Legendary creative animators inspire young aspirants to the craft


MANASSAS, Va. (WDVM) — Some aspiring creators of animated films in our region got some help from a team of real pros at a Manassas, Virginia workshop over the weekend.

Philo Barnhart — who worked on the Disney classic, The Little Mermaid — and his collaborator, Charles Mouisant were in northern Virginia to help share the latest techniques in comic and creative animation and delivering the message that their art can be a force for good to bring about social change, clean neighborhoods, building relationships with police and forge community cooperation.

“We do a lot of work with children, teaching them techniques of drawing,” Barnhart said.

Their animation campaigns have also focused on financial literacy, anti-bullying and water safety.

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