Heavy hitters turned out for the June 1 dedication of the Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg Center for Animation on the USC School of Cinematic Arts campus. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas showed their support by taking the stage, while Katzenberg’s “Kung Fu Panda” star Jack Black watched from the audience.
Spielberg wanted everyone to know just how far animation and USC have come, so he told a story about “Marcello, I’m Bored” creator and former USC student, John Milius.
In 1967, “John was in this little shit shack in the back of this place with termites. It was the original Termite Terrace; it was not at Warner Bros. It was here at USC,” he quipped.
Regarding the new animation center, Spielberg added, “This is environmentally a very safe building, too,” referring to the fumes of enamel and paint Milius’ generation had to inhale for their art. – — Shelby Hill