In 1974, Michael Chase Walker was living in India researching and acquiring artistic properties for possible productions as full-length animated features. After a chance meeting with former Beatle George Harrison, the two... more »
In 1974, Michael Chase Walker was living in India researching and acquiring artistic properties for possible productions as full-length animated features. After a chance meeting with former Beatle George Harrison, the two began discussing the prospects of starting an animation studio together. Later that year, in New York City, Walker was interviewing potential animation directors to oversee preproduction. At the time Zander’s Animation Parlour was one of the finest animation companies in New York. Zander’s commercials for Clairol Herbal Essence, and Leggs Sheer Energy were the best on TV, and were designed by graphic artist Keita Colton. At dinner one night, Miss Colton gave Mr. Walker a copy of The Last Unicorn and suggested he make it his first animated production. Walker read it and fell in love with both Colton and the book. He called Maggie Field, Peter Beagle’s agent at Ziegler Diskant Ross and was told the rights were tied up by Judy Balaban and Don Kwine for seven years. When Walker called Don Kwine and offered to buy the rights from him, he was so rudely rebuffed, he had little choice but to call Field back and persuade her to wrest the rights away from Kwine and sell them to him. She eventually relented, and Walker acquired the option in late 1974. 
Check out the whole story on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Unicorn_(film)
So much better than the cheap ass poster of the U.S. plus it had my name on the Marquee Lobby Poster
First Production Meeting after I optioned The Last Unicorn
I was living in Nee York City meeting with animation studios to start my animation house in India.
Opening of my animation studio WIPIP
At the opening of our boutique ad agency and animation studio But, Will It Play in Peoria? (I'm guessing that plaids and prints were all the rage. As for myself I was heavy into my Geraldo Rivera phase.
Accepting the TAG Advertising award
I'm accepting the Regional TAG advertising award for the commercial Iproduced for First National Bank that would loan me the money to buy The Last Unicorn rights outright.
Michael Chase Walker, Mia Farrow and Cast of The Last Unicorn