If your career goals include the latter, you're in luck, because the geniuses behind "Dragon's Lair," The Secret of Nimh and Finding Nemo share their creative wisdom at the first-ever Animation Weekend, taking place this weekend at the Art Institute of Phoenix and Phoenix Art Museum. (If you're that other guy . . . uh, it's time to download yourself a new girlfriend.)
Gary Goldman and Don Bluth -- Valley residents and co-creators of "Dragon's Lair," The Secret of Nimh and An American Tail -- present a two-hour workshop on "The Art of Storyboarding," followed by a Q&A session from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 26.
"We're often surprised by the number of people -- almost every day -- who tell us that they decided to get into animation because of 'Dragon's Lair,'" says Goldman, who, along with Bluth, is still trying to get a distributor to pick up the long-awaited feature film version of the groundbreaking video game.
Also on the Animation Weekend agenda is a presentation by Pixar Studios animator Dylan Brown -- "A Fish Story: The Making of Finding Nemo" -- from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 27. A special screening of the film, followed by a Q&A session with the Pixar filmmakers, closes out the weekend's events.