Mary Poppins Star Is Secret Animation Geek

MARY POPPINS star DICK VAN DYKE ha been keeping a secret from his fans - he's one of America's top animators. The 80-year-old actor has never turned his hobby into a career, despite getting several offers to give up acting and work for leading studios - and he boasts a home-computer animation studio to die for. Van Dyke says, "It started out as a hobby about 15 years ago when they first came out with a little machine that would actually do animation. "I've been doing it ever since and now I have a room full of equipment with a green screen and I'm struggling to keep up with the technology. It's an addiction. "It is so much fun and I've done pretty good. I've actually been offered a job as an animator, but I realised that the minute there's a deadline, the fun is over, so I turned it down. "I've got some good stuff in there but I've never sold any of it or even showed it."


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Actually it isn't all that 'new' to us fans. Most of us have had the honor to see some of Mr. Van Dyke's work. On the reunion special, The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited, Dick dances with his own animated character. And we all loved it! -- Have a nice day! -- Griddy
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