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an Ethical Approach to REPAIR

    ART CONSERVATION

    The Ethical Method of Repair

    PARTIAL RESTORATION

    The Attention is in the Details

    LAMINATED CELS

    REHOUSING YOUR COLLECTION

    Not Straw, Not Sticks, Not Brick -

    The Three Pigs get a New House

RON BARBAGALLO, the director of Animation Art Conservation, runs a conservation practice devoted to the ethical repair and scientific study of classic animation art. One of this country's leading authorities on the materials used to make animation art, Barbagallo has drafted policies for the care of studio collections.

 

His client list includes The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., Hanna-Barbera, Nickelodeon, UPA, Christie's East, Linda Jones Enterprises, the Animation Artifacts that survived WTC Tower One on 9/11, museums, galleries, private collectors including the personal collection of Roy E. Disney.

Over 30 years of Conservation Science and as many years of experience in the Preservation of Walt Disney Production Cels and Backgrounds. We curate Museum Exhibitions. Have a large high resolution digital image Archive. Thousands of character color samples. We organize Private Collections and Assets after film production. We digitize and apply Meta-data to motion picture assets, and we research for books, TV / Film Production.

 

Steve Bingen, Conservation Scientist  Michele Derrick, Dave Kooi, Greg Dyro, Ed Squair and Art Conservator Ron Barbagallo are The Research Library at Animation Art Conservation.

© Disney Enterprises, Inc. and Pixar Animation Studios

BRAD BIRD's Amazing Story,
from leaving Disney
onto fixing The Iron Giant
and the Road Less Traveled

the Lost and FOUND series

FROM

THE RESEARCH LIBRARY AT

ANIMATION ART CONSERVATION

INTERVIEW with INSIGHT

By Ron Barbagallo - September 25, 2018

"Well, when I realized that Disney was not going to be the place that I thought that it was, I had two alternatives. One was to quit animation and go into regular live action filmmaking, and the other was to make one last shot at doing the kind of projects I wanted to do in animation and see if I could get anyone interested in paying for it. I chose the latter. I took whatever money I had in the bank and I made a little sample film that I called
A Portfolio of Projects..."

 

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WORLDWIDE PUBLICITY for

the Lost and FOUND series

SALVADOR DALÍ’S DESTINO:
Lost, Found and RESTORED - 2015

 

ARTISTIC DISCOVERY

By Ron Barbagallo - July 12, 2019

The Destino Animatic, and the Fate of Assembling Artistic Truths into a Greater Whole

As a follow up to his 2017 Society of Animation Studies Keynote speech at Padova University (Destino, and the Fate of Assembling Plastic Truths into a Greater Whole), Ron Barbagallo, the Director of The Research Library at Animation Art Conservation, offers a full analysis of his Destino Animatic in a peer reviewed essay in the SAS Journal for Animation History and Theory...

 

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Artwork is from a private collection

The DESTINO Animatic,

and the Fate of Assembling Artistic Truths into a Greater Whole

PART OF  the Lost and FOUND series  FROM

THE RESEARCH LIBRARY AT ANIMATION ART CONSERVATION

 

PART OF  the Lost and FOUND series  FROM

THE RESEARCH LIBRARY AT ANIMATION ART CONSERVATION

RESEARCH PROJECT and CONSERVATION SCIENCE

SAS conference at the Univesidade Lusófona de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal - June 19, 2019

The Research Library at Animation Art Conservation announced on June 19, 2019 the results of a research project focusing on the plastics used to make Walt Disney Production Cels. A project 24 years in the making, the data was released at this year's SAS conference in Lisbon, Portugal picks up where...

 

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In 1995, Barbagallo published a hypothesis saying that Disney Di-Acetate shrinks about 3/8ths of an inch during a 40 year period.

His observation was made by observing the emergence of glue stains around cels that had been adhered to backgrounds.

24 years later, his research proved this to be true. This cel setup of Goofy and Percy from Walt Disney's 1941 feature film The

Reluctant Dragon proves that point. (animation shown here is an 18 year time lapse). Images: The Research Library at Animation Art Conservation

THE SHRINKING TRUTH ABOUT DISNEY plastic

ARTICLE

REVIEW

ARTICLE

ARTICLE

ART

FILM

 

ARTICLE

A BLADE OF GRASS

By Ron Barbagallo - 2003

Featuring background paintings from Steamboat Willie, Flowers and Trees, Mickey's Mellerdrammer, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Bambi, this article is an aesthetic tour of the evolution that took place within 2D background painting at the Disney Studio from 1928 through 1942. It shows how one can make an impact on an entire genre by thinking outside the box, even if that impact starts with something as small as A Blade of Grass.

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ARTICLE

DISCOVERING HELEN NERBOVIG

By Ron Barbagallo - 1997

REVIEW

RICHARD PRINCE • COWBOYS

By Ron Barbagallo - 2013

But Fine Art is more than working within a theme of social commentary. It’s execution and, the use of color here is no small feat. It can be as bold as simple interplay or as unusual as a light blue smattering in a field of red/orange. It can overwhelm or cause you to pull back. But within the application, it is brittle with electricity, stoicism, and peppered with sadness - like a painted photograph of a family member you never met or a handwritten note from your long departed Dad.

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Discovering Helen Nerbovig is the second of two matching pieces which give long overdue credit to Guthrie Sayle Courvoisier and Helen Gertrude Nerbovig. Two visionaries: Helen who is sometimes credited with the creation of the first cel setup, and Guthrie, who conducted the first wide scale distribution of animation art. Courvoisier and Nerbovig’s efforts overlapped and eventually intersected. This article chronicles Helen’s individual contribution and life journey.

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REVIEW

BEHIND THE PHANTOM THREADS

By Ron Barbagallo - 2018

Because at its very heart, the dress that Phantom Thread wears has nothing to do with the time period its set, or its beautiful couture. For all its alluring coloring and formal design, the film is an exotic bit of window dressing used to set a stage so PT Anderson can talk about something else - OBSESSION. Not just the obsession a woman has when she's trying to gain emotional completion from a man but the obsession a man can have for the bandage that is his work — and in ways that become less veiled where these obsessions collide and how they inspire.

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REVIEW

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

By Ron Barbagallo - 2009

But the pains of childhood and balancing act of single-parenting have many jagged edges and the story really opens up when Max runs away from home and encounters the Wild Things in the land where they live. Within short form we learn that the Wild Things are not waiting for Max to be his perfect playmates and that Max has not landed in some stuffed-toyed nirvana. Instead the Wild Things are fully realized characters -- charming and happy from first appearances but, like all of us, complex and vulnerable just under the surface.

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ARTICLE

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT

AND THE FIVE STAGES OF LOS ANGELES

By Ron Barbagallo - 2018

Frank Lloyd Wright first visited Los Angeles in January 1915, less than six months after the tragedy at Taliesin, and he would move there full time in early 1923. Still reeling from the loss of his home and family, Wright would within this time frame build five houses in LA that are linked by their concrete uniqueness and their ironic inability to be a home fit for anyone or anyone's family.

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ART CONSERVATION

PRESERVATION HERO

To see a recent example of Ron Barbagallo's efforts in the partial repair and preservation of Animation Art, please check this link:

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COMMENTARY

FOR ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD

By Ron Barbagallo - 2018

All the Money in the World is director Ridley Scott's new biopic about J. Paul Getty and the relationship Getty had with his family versus the relationship he preferred to have with money and the empire he built. It warns on the perils of addiction. Not just the addiction to drugs, or the addiction to power and money. All the Money in the World also warns on — the addiction to oneself.

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INTERVIEW

TIM BURTON'S CORPSE BRIDE

FROM CONCEPT ART TO FINISHED PUPPETS

By Ron Barbagallo - 2005

Graham G. Maiden goes into detail describing his role as Puppet Fabrication Supervisor Tim Burton's Corpse Bride. Maiden's interview uses exclusive art and images from the film's production to narrate the many stages that went into making stop motion puppets for this film.

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STRING OF ARTICLES

STATE OF THE ANIMATION ART MARKET

By Ron Barbagallo - 2003/2001/2000/1999/1997/1996

A compendium of articles I've written documenting the progression of the Animation Art Market. I update this  thread of essays when the mood strikes me.

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