Sullivan Bluth Phoenix House (1988)

Sullivan Bluth Phoenix House 1988

Sullivan Bluth Phoenix House 1988

Fond memories from way back – almost 30 years ago.

We think this photo was taken on the 4TH OF JULY (1988), outdoors on the lawn in the back of then Sullivan Bluth Studios at the west end of Dublin city where 400 of us took part of the day to have a Bar-B-Q and enjoy a short concert performed by a few of our fellow artists, out of this photo to the right. We vaguely remember that the performing artists were, T. Dan Hofstedt, Charlie Bonifacio, Mark Swan and another who performed in harmony for the crew. Gary and Don are centered in this photo.

Having brought 87 veteran animation artists, technicians and supervisors, their families and their pets to Dublin, Ireland in mid-November of 1986, we made sure that we would celebrate our annual 4th of July event with our Irish artists and administrators. This was our second annual 4th of July event and always, included Bar-B-Q’d hot dogs and hamburgers with potato salad and plenty of soft drinks and beer. Sometimes we would move some cars in the parking structure to make room for a portable hardwood dance floor. We had great parties!

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5 Responses

  1. Philip Doctor says:

    Good times! 🙂

  2. Roisin_Casey says:

    I posted already to twitter but I was wondering if there was any way I could get a bigger copy of this photo? My husband and his three brothers are the kids just left of centre. Their father, Michael Casey is sitting down but unfortunately obscured. He has many fond memories of working there!

  3. Brian says:

    Wow, cool photo and such a nice story! 😀

  4. KevinO says:

    Hey Roisin_Casey – I took that picture, in ’88. I have the original here at my house in LA. I have more of that party too. I’ll probably put them up at some point. I also put them up on I Worked For Don Bluth In Ireland Facebook page. It was my first summer at the studio – I started there in May of ’88. It was 4th of July picnic behind the studio. I was an assistant animator at the time.
    -Kevin O’Neil

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