'Bambi' animator Jules Engel to be feted

Cal Institute of the Arts planning screening, roundtable

California Institute of the Arts will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late animator and educator Jules Engel on April 18 at REDCAT at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

The event will include a film screening and roundtable discussion with such animators as Mark Osborne, Jorge Gutierrez, Steve Hillenburg, Mark Kirkland, Joanna Priestley and Henry Selick.

They will Engel's influence on contemporary animation with moderator Ramin Zahed, editor of Animation magazine. The discussion will be followed by a cocktail reception and sale of Engel's fine art.

Proceeds from the tickets and sale will benefit the Jules Engel Endowed Scholarship Fund, which Engel established to support the education of animators at CalArts.

Engel's career ranged from such Disney classics as "Fantasia" and "Bambi" to creating the characters Mr. Magoo and Gerald McBoing Boing. He also created abstract animation, live-action work and fine art.

Additionally, Engel originated the Character and Experimental Animation Programs at CalArts and was the founding Director of the Experimental Animation program.

"No other school has had the dynamic impact on contemporary animation as CalArts, and this is due, in significant measure, to Jules Engel's legacy," CalArts President Steven Lavine said.

In honor of Engel's centennial, Tobey C. Moss Gallery will hold a showing of his fine art.