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At “U.N.C.L.E.,” D23 weekend events

JBwithCarlosGarzaUNCLEIt was a pleasure to participate in Saturday’s event celebrating The Man From U.N.C.L.E., old and new, with fans and friends at Creature Features in Burbank, Calif. Veteran special-effects artist Bob Short showcased dozens of original props, costumes and behind-the-scenes photos from the original series, and regaled us with tales of being on the set as an extra — along with his later work as consultant and gun designer for The Return of the Man From U.N.C.L.E. I was happy to sign copies of my book The Music of James Bond and talk about producing the U.N.C.L.E. soundtrack albums.

D23 EXPO 2015 - D23 EXPO, the ultimate Disney fan event, brings together all the past, present and future of Disney entertainment under one roof. Taking place August 14-16, this year marks the fourth D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center and promises to be the biggest and most spectacular yet. (Disney/Image Group LA) JON BURLINGAME, MARK WATTERS, DAVE BOSSERT

(Disney/Image Group LA)

Then on Sunday it was down to the D23 Expo in Anaheim, where I was delighted to join composer Mark Watters and Disney historian and filmmaker Dave Bossert to talk about music for animation. Bossert screened his award-winning documentary The Tunes Behind the Toons, in which Watters and I appear. Earlier in the day we attended a concert of music from Disney’s Silly Symphony series, hosted by Leonard Maltin. Here is my review of that event.

Talking music for Disney animation

JBonDisneypanelMarch2015On Saturday, I had the privilege of joining veteran Disney director Dave Bossert and composer Mark Watters at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. As part of its “Animation Basics” series, the museum screened Bossert’s excellent documentary The Tunes Behind the Tunes — as well as the classic Mickey Mouse short The Band Concert and a rarely seen Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon, Hungry Hobos — and then we answered questions from those in attendance. Watters and Bossert have been close collaborators for many years (here is a story I wrote about them for Variety in 2012) and it was great fun to talk about music for Disney cartoons before such an appreciative and responsive audience.