TEMPE, Ariz. – John Ramirez, whose work can be seen in “Toy
Story II,” “Beauty and the Beast” and more will visit Tempe for workshops and
presentations from April 15-17, the city announced today.
Ramirez, who includes
Chuck Jones as one of his cherished mentors, will join Jones’ grandson, Craig
Kausen, for a talk and presentation at 7 p.m. on April 15 in the Gallery at
Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway.
The pair will visit
Mountain Pointe, Tempe and McClintock high schools on April 16 for animation
demonstrations and presentations. Later that evening the two will head to
Kiwanis Park for a presentation of Jones’ films during Movies in the Park, which
begins at dusk.
John Ramirez is a professional animator,
storyboard and visual development artist, designer, illustrator and art
director. His work can be seen in many feature films, including Beauty and the
Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Hercules, Toy Story II and Tom and Jerry and The
Fast and the Furriest. He is a versatile artist who has applied his creative
skills in many fields, including being on the design team of theme parks around
the world, numerous museum exhibits, parades, mascots and award-winning floats
in Asia, Australia and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. Ramirez has been
creating animated stories, characters and exhibitions since he was a 12 year-old
student in junior high school. There, and later in his high school animation
class, he was fortunate to have been mentored by many of the masters of
animation, including Chuck Jones. In fact, when Jones saw Ramirez and his
classmates’ artistic progress and enthusiasm, he chose them to design, fabricate
and install the “Chuck Jones: An Animated Life” exhibit at the Capitol
Children’s Museum in Washington, D.C. Ramirez also worked with Jones developing
animation projects. Jones and Ramirez’ other mentors from the world of art,
animation and design had a very strong impact that transcended the creation of
beautiful and engaging films, environments and experiences. They also gave
Ramirez a deep appreciation for passing the torch of knowledge to others. While
he was still in high school and ever since, Ramirez has been mentoring young
student artists and their teachers in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
event is being partially funded by Friends of Tempe Center for the Arts and is in cooperation with the nonprofit Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.