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Frank Terry: An Interview at CalArts

February 25th, 2014 · No Comments · Animators, Education, Filmmakers, TV and Film Commercials

Animation producer and educator Frank Terry passed away on February 11th. I must admit to not having really known Terry, and would refer you to the Animation Scoop blog post about him here, which include comments from people who knew him, as well as the CalArts blog post here. However, I did have the pleasure […]

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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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David Hand Collection to Animation Hall of Fame

August 28th, 2012 · No Comments · Animators, Film and television archives, Filmmakers, Producers

For my undergraduate History of Animation class, I’m obliged to give a pretest to judge my student’s knowledge of the topic. A favorite question is, “Who was the director of Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Bambi?” Alas, no one has a clue, even though almost every student has seen these films […]

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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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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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ASIFA-Atlanta’s First Annual Gallery Show of Art Inspired by the Golden Age of Comics & Cartoons

December 2nd, 2008 · No Comments · Animators, Events

John Kricfalusi, among others, said that the most important qualification for an animator is the ability to draw. If so, you can see how well qualified Atlanta animators are starting this Saturday, when ASIFA-Atlanta will debut its first annual art show of work by its members; the exhibition, featuring work inspired by the Golden Age […]

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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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Ollie Johnston

April 19th, 2008 · No Comments · Animators

The above photo of Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston and Roy Disney was taken on November 2, 2002, at the Disney Studio tribute to Ward Kimball, which took place at the Directors Guild. Frank and Ollie were among those giving tribute and it was probably their last public appearance I went to. Frank died at 92 […]

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