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Remembering John Halas

April 16th, 2012 · No Comments · Animation studios, British cinema, Documentary films, Filmmakers, Producers

Vivien Halas has posted this filmic remembrance of her father John Halas (1912-1995), who would have been 100 years old today. Halas, whose studio, Halas & Batchelor, made the first British animated feature, Animal Farm (1954), was obviously a seminal figure in British animation and also served as the founding president of ASIFA-International. The documentary […]

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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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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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Disney Uber Alles Department

May 19th, 2010 · No Comments · Animation studios, Cartoons

From this week’s edition of The New Yorker. (Click on image for larger view.)

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Waking Sleeping Beauty Screening at SCAD-Atlanta

April 12th, 2010 · No Comments · Animation studios, Documentary films, Film history and criticism

A free preview screening of Waking Sleeping Beauty, Don Hahn’s documentary on the Disney animation renaissance that started in the 1980s will be held at the Atlanta campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design, 1600 Peachtree St., in Event Space 4C, on Wednesday, April 14th, at 7:00 PM. The film will be presented […]

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Oxymore’s Special Fleischer Issue

April 2nd, 2010 · No Comments · Animation studios, Film history and criticism

I just got my copy of the latest issue of the nice little French fanzine, Oxymore, which is a special Fleischer issue, to which I contributed “Max Fleischer & les studios Fleischer.” The other featured piece is Leslie Carbarga’s “L’histoire des Fleischers.” In addition, there is an interview with comic artist Kim Deitch, who talks […]

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Kenyan Animation Outpost Update

February 9th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Africa, Animation studios, Television animation

This is by way of an overdue update on Tinga Tinga Tales, the Kenyan animated TV series I reported here on June 30th. The series (see trailer above) has begun broadcasting on the CBeebies,(Children’s BBC) (those living in the UK can see past episodes here). In the meantime, check out this BBC story on the […]

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Clair Weeks and the Beginnings of Indian Animation

August 22nd, 2009 · 2 Comments · Animation studios, Animators, Indian cinema

The ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archives has recently been posting a slew of wonderful material from their Clair Weeks collection, including this entry on Weeks’ role in jump starting the Indian animation industry. Weeks’ career is a fascinating one, as after 16 years at Disney (where his credits ranged from Snow White to Peter Pan), he went […]

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Joe by Gilbert Bundy

August 21st, 2009 · 3 Comments · Animation studios, Animators, Harvey Deneroff

The Joe in question is my father, Joe Deneroff, and the drawing by cartoonist and illustrator Gilbert Bundy was apparently done in 1943 when both were working in the US Army Air Force’s fabled First Motion Picture Unit FMPU),  based at Fort Roach (i.e., the Hal Roach Studio, Culver City, California). My mother said my […]

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Animation Studio Links Discontinued

June 1st, 2009 · 2 Comments · Animation studios, harvey @ deneroff.com website

It is with some regret that the Animation Studio Links portion of this site is being discontinued. These links were initiated when the site was first started under the name Animation Consultants International in 2001. It was something of a labor of love, which has become increasingly hard for me to keep up. I appreciate […]

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Yip Harburg at Fleischer

April 25th, 2009 · No Comments · Animation studios, Music and film

Jerry Beck has this fascinating item at Cartoon Research on Yip Harburg and his work at the Fleischer Studios in the early days of talking pictures.  Harburg, of course, was one of America’s finest lyricists, whose work includes the words for two of the most memorable songs  of the Great Depression — “Brother, Can You […]

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More from Life: Hanna-Barbera, 1960

December 29th, 2008 · No Comments · Animation studios, Animators, Filmmakers, Television animation

The caption in the Life/Google archive for the photo above (by Allan Grant) reads: "Carlo Vinci, artist drawing cartoon at Hanna-barbara [sic] productions." Taken in 1960, the year Hanna Barbera became the force in television animation with The Flintstones, when it debuted on the ABC network on prime time.  The image below has the caption: […]

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Do You Know This Krazy Kat?

December 14th, 2008 · No Comments · Animation studios, Filmmakers, History and criticism, Short films

The Nitrate Film Interest Group of the Association of Moving Image Archivists‘ has a Flicker site where archivists post frame scans (and clips) of unidentified films. The above "frame scan is from the end of the film when the audience realizes that Krazy has been eating his furniture in his sleep." David Bordwell recently noted […]

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More From Life: Gerald McBoing Boing

December 8th, 2008 · No Comments · Animation studios, Cel animation, Short films

Whenever I lecture about UPA, I almost always mention the Life magazine story about Gerald McBoing Boing as an indicator of how popular the film was. Thus, it was no surprise to find a whole slew of images from the film in the Google/Life magazine archives. What is interesting is that they were apparently photographed […]

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Life Magazine Photos Online!

November 21st, 2008 · 2 Comments · Animation studios, Animators, Filmmakers, Television

Life magazine’s photo archives are in the process of being posted online, thanks to Google.  The magazine was the picture journal of its day and was published weekly from 1936-1972, and continued to be issued in various stand alone forms until 2000. And its roster of photographers reads like a Who’s Who of Photo Journalism […]

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