A Visit with Willie Ito

Event description

  • Arts and entertainment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Family friendly
  • Free
  • Open to the public

Animator Willie Ito discusses his nearly seventy-year career as an animator in Hollywood, beginning with the spaghetti scene in Disney’s "Lady and the Tramp" to his work on Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera cartoons like "The Jetsons," "Scooby-Doo," and "Hong Kong Phooey." In his talk, he will also recount his experience as a teenager in WWII internment camps to his more recent work as a designer of Disney merchandise.

The event is part of an ASU Film and Media Studies series celebrating animation history that is sponsored by Arizona Humanities and Phoenix Public Library, with additional support from ASU's Asian Pacific American Studies program and Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.

Ito will also give an artist's talk later in the day at the Japanese Friendship Garden.

Additional information

Event contact

Kevin Sandler

Saturday, January 27, 2024


10:00 am11:00 am (MST)


Burton Barr Central Library