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Goodies from USC’s Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive

December 11th, 2014 · No Comments · American cinema, Education, Filmmakers, Libraries and archives

By chance I happened on the site of the University of Southern California’s Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive, which has posted a small number of items of interest in their Online Media listings. These include part 1 of an interview by film critic/historian Arthur Knight (my mentor at USC) with director King Vidor (The […]

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ASIFA-Atlanta’s Roll Yer Own 2014

July 2nd, 2014 · No Comments · American cinema, Animation Festivals, Independent animators, Student films

The 12th Annual Roll Yer Own, ASIFA-Atlanta’s showcase of local, independent short films will be screened Monday, July 14th at 8:00 pm at the Plaza Theater, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306. Admission is $5.00 at the door and  $3.00 for ASIFA-Atlanta Members and students with ID. For more details, including a […]

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Michael Sporn: An Interview

January 21st, 2014 · No Comments · American cinema, Animators, Directors, Independent animators

As a number of my readers know by now, Michael Sporn, a long-time fixture of New York animation passed away on January 19th. I recall him describing himself (I believe it was at a Walter Lantz Animation conference in Los Angeles) as something like an independent animator working in a commercial environment. That spirit of […]

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ASIFA-Atlanta’s 10th Annual Roll Yer Own

June 30th, 2012 · No Comments · American cinema, Animation Festivals, Screenings

ASIFA-Atlanta is celebrating 10 years of Roll Yer Own, perhaps its signature event, on July 16th, at the Plaza Theatre. A festival of locally-produced animated shorts this year also  joining forces for the decade celebration of Roll Yer Own, an independent “includes ASIFA-Atlanta’s favorites from the 2012 Atlanta Film Festival.”  The screening will be followed […]

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Adam Abraham’s “When Magoo Flew”

April 2nd, 2012 · No Comments · American cinema, Animation history and criticism, Animation studios, Books

Adam Abraham’s new book, which has just been published by Wesleyan University Press, is an easy book to recommend to anyone interested in film or animation history. I was one of the anonymous readers Wesleyan engaged to evaluate it. A brief excerpt from my confidential evaluation is used on the back cover as an endorsement; […]

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The Artist

December 31st, 2011 · No Comments · American cinema, French cinema, Silent cinema

I finally got to see Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist, his delightful romantic comedy about the end of the transition between the silent and sound era, and it is every bit as good as its reputation. The film’s conceit is that it is shot as a silent film in black-and-white; this sort of thing could easily […]

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Martin Scorsese’s Hugo

November 25th, 2011 · 4 Comments · American cinema, Film history and criticism, Filmmakers, French cinema, Special effects

Martin Scorcese makes a cameo appearance in Hugo. Right off the bat, let me say that Martin Scorsese’s Hugo is a wonderful film which I cannot recommend too highly. In a sense,it’s one of those generic, loving homages to the movies that come along every so often; though Hugo is in a class all by […]

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UPA News: Two DVDs and a Book

November 22nd, 2011 · 1 Comment · American cinema, Animation history and criticism, Animation studios, Books, DVDs

Jerry Beck at Cartoon Brew breaks the news that two DVD sets devoted to UPA’s theatrical cartoons are coming out soon: UPA Jolly Frolics due out on March 5th from Turner Classic Movies and  The Mr. Magoo Theatrical Collection 1949-1959 which s due out June 19th from Shout! Factory (both are available for preorder). Until now, the […]

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“It’s Not Cricket to Pass a Picket”– The Disney Strike 70 Years Later

June 22nd, 2011 · No Comments · American cinema, Politics, Unions

May 28th marked the 70th anniversary of the start of the Disney strike by members of the Screen Cartoon Guild (later the Screen Cartoonist Guild). The nine-week walkout, precipitated by the firing of Art Babbitt, the head of the Guild’s Disney’s unit, is a legendary event whose full story has yet to be told. Though […]

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Tangled

December 8th, 2010 · 1 Comment · American cinema, Cinematography, Computer animation, Feature films, Stereoscopic films

Despite the unexpected critical admiration Byron Howard and Nathan Greno’s Tangled seems to have gained, I was somewhat neutral in approaching the film. In the end, though, I found much to admire in it, especially its use of lighting. The film, which is inspired by the Brothers Grimm version of Rapunzel, is not without its […]

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Max Fleischer Teaching Student Officers to Read Maps

September 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · American cinema, Animation history and criticism, Documentary films, Filmmakers

The above article from the December 1918 issue of Popular Science is about how a training film produced by “the Training Division of the War College, Mr. Max Fleischer, a former member of the Popular Science Monthly staff, devised for the General Staff the system that we illustrate.” During World War I Max Fleischer was […]

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