I headed over to the Newport Beach Film Festival this evening. It’s a lower-profile festival put on by that community in some nice, older theatres. The one that I was at was on a peninsula right on the ocean. The event that had caught my eye was Walt’s nephew Roy E. Disney presenting an evening of rare or not-often-seen Disney short films.
I’m rather a fan of Roy, since he quietly put his influence behind pushing Disney to greatly innovate in the 1980s and that led to their big hits in the late-1980s and 1990s. He also was the host of “Fantasia 2000” if you ever saw that marvelous film. In many ways, “Fantasia” reminded me a lot of the spirit of the evening, with a diverse range of short films. Roy told a number of great stories, including referring to his big company war with former CEO Michael Eisner, and was quite on-top-of-things for a guy of 78.