Award-Winning Film Animator Visits Willamette University

Bill Kroyer, animator and award-winning director who has worked on computer-animated short and feature films such as Tron and FernGully: The Last Rainforest, will give a free public presentation March 9 as part of a weekend residency at Willamette University.

Kroyer will discuss "Animation and the Death of Fantasy," a provocative look at new computer-based techniques and their relation to and influence on traditional animation and storytelling. The lecture is at 7:30 p.m. in the Montag Den, located in the Montag Center at the northeast end of campus.

Trained in classic hand-drawn animation, Kroyer was one of the first to move to computer animation with work on Disney's 1982 feature Tron. In 1992, he directed FernGully: The Last Rainforest. He is currently senior animator at Rhythm and Hues Studio in Los Angeles, where he supervises animation for theatrical films and directs animation in commercials, including the Coca-Cola ads featuring the polar bears. He serves on the executive board of the animation branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Kroyer's residency is sponsored by the W. M. Keck Foundation Arts and Technology grant and Willamette University. For more information, call Cheryl Cramer at (503) 370-6122.