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MICHELE BERNARDI: 2 December 2019

2 December 2019


Via Beldomandi 1, Padova

Aula Spettacolo (third floor)


Director, videomaker and author of animated music videos

Conference for the course in History of Animation

Michele Bernardi will guest teach a class in the History of Animation course. He will talk about his professional experience, including his  animated music videos for Italian music bands such as i Tre allegri ragazzi morti, as well as his internationally acclaimed short films, like Mercurio.


18-19 November 2019


Via Beldomandi 1, Padova

Aula Spettacolo (third floor)




An Ugly Duckling Story

If there is a thread that runs through working at the Walt Disney Studio, it’s an inability of management to think long term about talent that doesn’t fit into the rigid theme of “do what you’re told” corporate ideologies. The particulars these stories vary but the underscore is always the same: Some politician at the studio with an inflated impression of their power sent someone with unique talent to another company where they proved their worth.

The shortlist of discarded Disney talent includes:

Maurice Noble, Academy Award® winner, production designer, background artist and layout designer
Walt Kelly, creator of Pogo
Hank Ketcham, creator of Dennis the Menace
Carl Stalling, composer for the Looney Tunes
John Lasseter, director and founder Pixar Animation Studios
Brad Bird, Academy Award® winner, film director
Harlan Ellison, author, screenwriter and essayist
Tim Burton, animator and feature film director
Jeffrey Katzenberg, producer and founder DreamWorks Animation

In cases like these, the marketplace judges the missteps of management. While in the cases of Brad Bird, Tim Burton and John Lasseter, Disney would buy these individuals back for fear of them becoming a long term competitor as Jeffrey Katzenberg has.

On November 18th and 19th, 2019, join Ron Barbagallo, the Director of The Research Library at Animation Art Conservation, at Padova University. In an educational lecture that runs 2 hours and 15 minute, Barbagallo will focus one such discarded Disney treasure: Production designer, background artist and layout designer Maurice Noble.

The frontispiece for this lecture purposes a folder of Maurice Noble art found in his home after his death. What was inside that folder? Rejected art Noble made while he worked at the Walt Disney Studio. This cradle-to-grave analysis of Noble’s aesthetic uses this artwork to prove that the aesthetic found in that folder — is the same one that would go on to allow Maurice Noble to alter the style of the genre he worked in, and win him an Academy Award®. After the lecture on Noble, Barbagallo will reprise another one of Disney’s discarded efforts by way of his lecture: Salvador Dalí’s Destino: Lost, Found and Restored.

RON BARBAGALLO is the Founder and Principle Executive of The Research Library at Animation Art Conservation, est. 1988.

He is an expert in the conservation / restoration of animation cel paintings and other types of art made of painted plastics.
As an author, he wrote and published essays on the aesthetics of fine art and the art of the motion picture.

Among is notable projects, there is the 2015 restoration of Salvador Dalí’s intention for his Disney film Destino; Barbagallo presented his research at the 29th SAS Conference in Padova.

His clients include The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., Nickelodeon, Hanna-Barbera, Christie’s East, Linda Jones Enterprises, United Productions of America (UPA), museums, galleries and private collectors worldwide, including the personal collection of Roy E. Disney.

The Animation Art Conservation Website

Dreams and Sounds of Old Bohemia – Lucca Comics & Games

Lucca Comics & Games 2019

Friday, 1 November

Chiesa dell’Agorà, 17:00

 “POP700” cycle, Centro Studi Luigi Boccherini


Václav Trojan’s Music for the Animated Films by Jiří Trnka

Presentation (Italian only) of Marco Bellano’s book Václav Trojan: Music Composition in Czech Animated Films (CRC Press – Taylor & Francis, 2019)

Alexandre Noyer: The Secret of the Pins

11 November 2019


Via Beldomandi 1, Padova

Aula Spettacolo (third floor)

Alexandre NOYER


A conference for the course in History of Animation

Come and discover pinscreen animation!
The pinscreen was invented and created by Alexandre Alexeïeff and Claire Parker in 1930; only 2 examples remain in the world.

Alexandre Noyer has succeeded in recreating a pinscreen to perpetuate this little-known technique.

During the conference, he will explain everything about this “image-making” machine.

From research and design, to how to use it, you will know all the secrets of the pins. And you will even be able to test the pinscreen yourself!

 Alexandre Noyer’s Website

“The Moon as a Movie Star”: Rovigo, 19 October 2019

During the Festa dell’Astronomia 2019 (Area Espositiva Cen.Ser Padiglione D, Viale Porta Adige 45, Rovigo, Italy), Dr. Marco Bellano will give the public talk (in Italian only)

The Moon as a Movie Star

19 ottobre 2019

Sala Rigolin
Free admission

Among the movie “stars”… the Moon has always had a special role since the renowned Le voyage dans la lune (1902) by Georges Méliès, where our natural satellite, with a human face for the occasion, ended up with a rocket wedged in its eye and gave birth to one of the most famous pop culture icons.  From that moment on, the Moon has never ceased to inspire directors from every place, bringing to films realistic sceneries or science-fiction utopias. Marco Bellano, adjunct professor in History of Animation at the University of Padova, will introduce an anthology of film scenes, dedicated to the surprising silver screen manifestations of the silvery celestial body.