Contact: Eddie Pittman
Legacy Animation Studios, LLC
Phone: 321-221-9435

Continuing Walt's Legacy

ORLANDO, FLORIDA (January 8, 2004) – Legacy Animation Studios, a new animation production studio in Orlando Florida, opens its doors in Winter Garden, Florida close to Orlando later this month. The studio will offer a full-range of traditional hand drawn (or 2D) animation services for film, television and commercials. Legacy was established by a group of animators and artists formerly employed by Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida. Legacy will also be dedicated to developing original properties for television and film. In time the studio hopes to produce its first feature film project.

“We believe that traditionally animated films are still a viable form of entertainment,” says Legacy Animation Studios Directing Manager, Eddie Pittman. “Our goal is to create quality animated films with compelling stories and strong characters and to continue Walt Disney’s legacy of hand drawn animation.”

The Legacy team has the talent to back up their claim, with the combined experience of over 25 animated films including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Mulan and Lilo& Stitch.

Directing Manager, Eddie Pittman is a cartoonist and illustrator with over fifteen years of professional experience. He has worked on such animated features as Mulan, Tarzan, Fantasia 2000, The Emperor’s New Groove and Lilo & Stitch. Eddie has taught for the renowned Computer Animation program at Ringling School of Art and Design and his popular drawing classes taught around Central Florida have been recommended to aspiring animators by Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida, Artist Development. Recently, Eddie produced and directed Legends of the Night Sky: Orion, the world’s first full dome (360°) traditionally animated movie.

Also joining the management team as Creative Director is veteran assistant animator David Nethery. David has nearly 20 years of experience as an animation artist, most of those years at Walt Disney Feature Animation. He has been the Lead Key Assistant on such characters as "Meeko” the raccoon from Pocahontas, "Mushu” from Mulan, "Cobra Bubbles” from Lilo & Stitch, and most recently "Tug" and "Koda's Mom” from Brother Bear. Other credits at Disney include The Lion King, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Legacy currently has three projects in development including a short film that will begin production in late January 2004.