Leonard Maltin (2010)

Leonard Maltin, one of the country’s most recognized and respected film critics and historians, is a long-time Disney fan and is being honored for his work to preserve and promote the Disney legacy.
 
His numerous books include The Disney Films and Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons and his televisionwork includes the special, Fantasia: The Creation of a Disney Classic, which he wrote. Leonard is also active in the field of DVDs, hosting and co-producing the popular Walt Disney Treasures series. To date, the series includes 34 volumes, and has allowed Disney fans to collect such treasures as classic Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Oswald the Lucky rabbit cartoons; early Alice shorts; Silly Symphonies; rare World War II material; and early Disney television work. The series has also introduced much of that work to a new generation of Disney fans.
 
Leonard is now in his 28th season with television’s Entertainment Tonight. But long before he became a familiar face on television, his annual paperback, Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, established his reputation; he was 18 when the first edition was published. A perennial best-seller, The Guide has become an indispensable tool for film fans, and the New York Times called it “invaluable.” He also edited two companion volumes, Leonard Maltin’s Movie Encyclopedia and Leonard Maltin’s Family Film Guide.
 
His other books include The Great American Broadcast: A Celebration of Radio’s Golden Age, The Great Movie Comedians, The Art of the Cinematographer, Selected Short Subjects, and (as coauthor) The Little Rascals: The Life and Times of Our Gang.
 
Mr. Maltin teaches at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, hosts the weekly program Secret’s Out on ReelzChannel, and introduces movies on DirecTV. For three years he co-hosted the weekly movie review program Hot Ticket, and for six years was the film critic for Playboy magazine.
 
His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The London Times, Premiere, Satellite Direct, Smithsonian, TV Guide, Esquire, The Village Voice, and American Film. He is also a contributor to Oxford University Press’ American National Biography. He frequently lectures on film, and was a member of the faculty of New York City’s New School for Social Research for nine years. He has served as Guest Curator at the Museum of Modern Art film department in New York; in 1976, he programmed an eight-month salute to american film comedy to salute our country’s Bicentennial. He served as president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association in 1995 and 1996, and in 1997 was named to the National Film Preservation Board, to help select 25 films annually to join the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. In 2006 he was named by the Librarian of Congress to join the Board of Directors of the National Film Preservation Foundation. He has received awards and citations from the American Society of Cinematographers, Anthology Film Archives, The Society of Cinephiles, and the Telluride Film Festival.
 
Leonard has written a number of television specials, and has hosted, produced and written such video documentaries and compilations as The Making of The Quiet Man, The Making of High Noon, Cartoons for Big Kids, The Lost Stooges, Young Duke: The Making of a Movie Star, Cliffhangers: Adventures from the Thrill Factory and Cartoon Madness: The Fantastic Max Fleischer Cartoons.
 
His other DVD work includes appearing on Warner Home Video’s Night at the Movies. Perhaps the greatest indication of his fame was his appearance in a now-classic episode of the animated series South Park. (Or was it Carmela consulting his Movie Guide on an episode of The Sopranos?)

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