Watch on Vimeo The Traditional Animation Show – Aaron Blaise Interview

We have a brand new episode of The Traditional Animation Show!! We interview former Disney Director Aaron Blaise and find out how he got his start in animation, from college all the way up to directing Brother Bear for Walt Disney Feature Animation. Be sure to stay tuned after the interview for a professional lesson in animating the bald eagle from our show. A big thank you to the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey for letting us use their center for the show. Enjoy!

Aaron Blaise’s website Creature Art Teacher
Audubon Center for Birds of Prey

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Lavalle Lee

Lavalle Lee

Lavalle Lee has been creating animated cartoons online since 1999/2000 for his website Many cartoons on the site have gained viral video status reaching millions of viewers online. In 2009, Lavalle started learning hand drawn animation from Don Bluth in his animation classes, as well as attending his Masterclasses in Arizona. He has also personally studied animation and visual effects from Veteran Disney animators in Orlando, FL.

Lavalle is widely known in the animation industry as the creator of the website. After seeing that most animation sites were about all types of animation, not any specific to classical hand drawn animation, Lavalle knew Traditional Animation needed to be represented online. has become the leading website and social media account for all things 2D. The website served as inspiration for “The Traditional Animation Show” in which Lavalle was both producer and host.

His partnership with Don Bluth began when he championed the Dragon's Lair Indiegogo campaign as lead project manager, editor, voice actor and in-betweener. The campaign reached $730,000 dollars to produce a 7-minute pitch video. In 2017, Lavalle brought the idea of creating a school to Don Bluth, and Don Bluth University was born. After a decade of learning from Don Bluth and working together on multiple pitches and business ventures, Lavalle accepted the position as Vice President of Don Bluth's new company Don Bluth Studios.


  1. Dag
    September 6, 2015 at 6:30 pm — Reply

    Yay! Another episode! 🙂 Looking forward to watching this tonight.

  2. September 13, 2015 at 3:43 pm — Reply

    Really inspiring stuff, thanks for breaking down those break downs !

  3. October 6, 2015 at 11:22 am — Reply

    Great show. Congrats!!
    Take a look. It’s not fantastic that in just 9 weeks you can learn the principles of animation????

    You can become an artist too!
    Try it! Take a look!

  4. October 13, 2015 at 12:08 pm — Reply

    Great stuff. Is there an RSS feed that I can subscribe to, or a way to view your video via podcast/RSS viewer. Catching shows via FaceBook, means that I won’t see every episode, whereas with an RSS feed my pod-catcher looks for new shows every time I fire it up (several times a day). Anyway, I know it’s a pain, just asking. jbb

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