Commentary Specialty: Animators and behind the scenes legacy
Favorite Disney Film: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Favorite Disney Parks Attraction: Test Track (EPCOT)
Favorite Disney Quote: “There is hope for the future. And when the world is ready for a new and better life, all this will someday come to pass… in God’s good time.” -Captain Nemo (as quoted in “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”)
Brian Slatky, lifelong and completely unashamed animation buff, collector and history nut, lives in the humble town of West Babylon on the south shore of Long Island, New York. Brian became an honorary CommentEAR in 2015 when he recorded the commentary for the 1990 Mickey Mouse featurette, “The Prince and the Pauper”. Since then, he’s participated in the commentary for “Pinocchio”, and is prepping for future episodes.
Brian graduated from Suffolk County Community College with his Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts in December 2014. There, he learned art in traditional methods with classes in drawing, painting, life drawing, sculpture and ceramics. In Fall 2015, his art education continued at Briarcliffe College where he will be earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design with a concentration in Illustration in August 2017. He has learned illustrating, photo editing, page layout, photography, 3D modeling and graphic design business from Long Island graphic artists Michael Mastermaker, John Pierce, Robert Field and Beth Costello among others.
Brian currently works part-time at Bed, Bath & Beyond as a Stock Associate, but is trying to get a freelance graphic design career started.
Brian’s love for animation came at a young age- at age 5, when he first took a crack at drawing Winnie the Pooh, he knew he wanted to go into animation. Even though he was not able to pursue animation as a college major, he is hoping to self-educate himself on animation after college, in preparation for his big dream of directing his own independent animated feature film with his own characters and story.
In his free time, Brian draws, does photography, visits New York City for movies and fun time with fellow CommentEARS Tony Lopez and Jen Seggio, and works on film preservation projects.