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Annie Awards Make History

February 12th, 2013 · No Comments · Animation history and criticism, Filmmakers, Producers

Perhaps historical would be a better word. I’m not talking about the winners in the competitive voting for ASIFA-Hollywood‘s Annie Awards proper (listed here), but rather for the juried awards, including the June Foray and Winsor McCay Awards. What was startling was the fact that three of these honors went to animation historians: Jerry Beck […]

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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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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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Roy E. Disney

December 17th, 2009 · No Comments · Producers

  This snapshot, which I took at The Animation Guild’s annual Christmas party on December 12, 2003, was the closest I ever got to meeting Roy E. Disney, who died yesterday, December 16th, at the age of 79. He appeared there in the midst of an epic struggle for control of the Disney Empire with […]

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EmmyTVLegends.org Launched

September 15th, 2009 · No Comments · Filmmakers, Producers, Television history and criticism

The Academy of Television Arts iand Sciences’ Archive of American Television has launched EmmyTVLegends.org website, which aims to put its voluminous collection of over 600 video interviews with  “with the pioneers and legends of [ American]television.” The site, which uses YouTube to host the interviews, represents a second try for the Archives, which according to […]

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An Interview with Gary Kurtz

June 14th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Producers

The following story was originally published in issue 49 of Animatoon (2004), the Korean animation magazine, and was based on an interview I conducted in at the Café Nero in the Pimlico section of London on April 30, 2004.  As I noted in the story, I knew Gary when we were both students at the […]

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Max Fleischer at The Brooklyn Daily Eagle

December 23rd, 2008 · No Comments · Filmmakers, Producers

Steve Hulett, on The Animation Guild blog, noted this story by Joel Feingold from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle on Max Fleischer’s days as a cartoonist at the paper from 1901 to 1905. It also reprints several examples of his work, including the one on the left, from August 1902,  noting “Chawles’ resemblance to Betty Boop.” […]

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Jack Zander

December 20th, 2007 · No Comments · Directors, Producers

Jack Zander, the veteran New York producer who began his career during Hollywood’s Golden Age of Animation, died on Monday at age 99. Among his accomplishments as an animator was animating Jerry in Puss Gets the Boot (1940), the first Tom and Jerry cartoon. However, after the war he established and ran two of New […]

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