Olivier S. (NDD#263) (27 Posts)

Born in France (and still living there) I discovered WDW in the mid 1970's when I was 10 during a trip to Florida with my parents. Since then, I am a Disney fan, but also a WDW fan with EPCOT as the prefered park. The Contemporary is my "mythic" hotel even if I never stayed there: it´s because of its futurist look. By the way, I also encountered space exploration during the same trip by visiting KSC. And I am today working as the chief editor of a space news website for a scientific park in France. Guess you can see the importance of this Florida trip and the others after...


Andreas Deja "roaring" (like Scar?) after receiving his Disney Legend Award at the D23 Expo 2015. Crédit: Disney

Andreas Deja “roaring” (like Scar?) after receiving his Disney Legend Award at the D23 Expo 2015. Crédit: Disney

At this year D23 Expo, Andreas Deja received one of the highest honors possible for someone involved with the Walt Disney Company: a Disney Legend Award.

Born in Poland, Andreas Deja started working for Disney animation at age 20. There, he met and collaborated with Eric Larson, one of the famous “nine old men”, nine animators known for their decisive talent and so named by Walt Disney himself (a reference to the Supreme Court of the United States nine judges). Andreas Deja animated iconic Disney characters such as King Triton (The Little Mermaid), Gaston (Beauty and the Beast), Jafar (Aladdin), Lilo (Lilo and Stitch) and one of the most memorable villain: Scar (The Lion King).

Despite his successful career, Andreas Deja obviously never forgot the heritage he was working from. That’s why he wrote the book “Nine Old Men” in which he shares, as the subtitle says “lessons, techniques, and inspiration from Disney’s greatest animators”.

deja-book.001You can buy this book, for example on Amazon, but what about a signed copy or even meet Andreas Deja and listen to him? This is possible thanks to  Van Eaton Galleries in California. Remember, this art gallery organized a one of a kind auction about Disneyland and published a fantastic catalog (more in this previous article).

On Saturday, October 10th, 2015, Van Eaton Galleries present an artist lecture, presentation and public reception with Andreas Deja. Lecture and presentation will be from 4:30 to 5:30 pm PDT and the reception, open to the public, will take place from 6 to 7 pm. The address is 1316 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, California (CA 91423).

Van Eaton Galleries states that “due to seating limitations, attendance at the event requires a Van Eaton Galleries Book Pre-Order” (one book per person attending, so 2 books if you are 2).

The price for the Nine Old Men book sold by Van Eaton is $39.95.

This book is from the first edition, and will be signed by Andreas Deja. More, if you can’t go to the event, you can order the book for $39.95 plus shipping charges. This book will also be signed by Andreas Deja!

If you are interested, all the information is on this page:

Scroll to the middle of the page and you will see 2 “add to cart” links. The one on the left is to order the book and have it shipped. The other on the right is to buy the book and attend the event (you then get the book during the event).

Are you ordering a book or plan on attending the event?

*Disclosure: There are no affiliate links between the author/website and Van Eaton Galleries. This information is shared as good will. And it is Disney 🙂

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