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Don Figlozzi, the First TV Animator?

December 25th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Television animation, Television broadcasting, Television history and criticism

Don Figlozzi (1909-81), spent the first half of his career in animation and the second half at the New York Daily News, , where his cartoons, signed “Fig,” became a fixture (see sample below). In between, he briefly worked for the newspaper’s TV station, WPIX, as a  pioneer in a field that became known as broadcast […]

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Japanese Edition of Astro Boy and Anime Come to the Americas

April 7th, 2010 · No Comments · Anime, Books, Japan, Television animation

The Japanese-language edition of  Astro Boy and Anime Come to the Americas, by Fred Ladd (with my assistance) has been published by NTT in a translation by Kumi Kaoru, the author of two books on Hayao Miyazaki.  The Japanese title is Anime ga Anime ni naru made (How the Japanese Cartoon Became “Anime”’). Kumi-san emailed me […]

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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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Mideast Animation

July 21st, 2009 · No Comments · Arabic cinema, Mideast cinema, Television animation

I came across this modest story in Dubai’s Khaleej Times about locally-produced Mideast animation. It notes: Cartoons are fast becoming a serious business in the region. New animation companies and talented creatives are gaining international attention for their inspirational characters and shows that focus on life and culture in the Middle East. … Companies in […]

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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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Astro Boy and Anime Come to the Americas Is Now Available

December 10th, 2008 · No Comments · Books, Japan, Television animation

Though the official publication date is March 2009, Astro Boy and Anime Come to the Americas: An Insider’s View of the Birth of a Pop Culture Phenomenon, Fred Ladd’s personal history of anime and his involvement in it, is now available and is priced at $35.00. (I am the second author, though save for writing […]

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Brian Henson on Digital Puppetry

September 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Motion capture, Television animation

Brian Henson, Jim Henson’s son and co-chair of The Jim Henson Company, showed up today at Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts to give a fascinating presentation about his company’s use of “digital puppetry” in their new PBS preschool series, Sid the Science Kid. The talk coincided with the Center’s new “Jim Henson: Wonders From His […]

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Bullwinkle Assassinated

September 13th, 2008 · No Comments · Animated characters, Television animation

Thanks to Karl Cohen for calling my attention to this important story.

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4mations Launches

August 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment · British cinema, Television animation

Wow! There’s getting to be a delightful glut of films posted online these days. Following the National Film Board of Canada recent launch of their beta site. The Guardian now reports that Britain’s Channel 4, a public-service broadcaster funded by advertising, has launched  4mations, which “it hopes will be an online home for the UK’s […]

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Kenyan Animation Outpost

June 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Africa, Animation studios, Television animation

The recent news that Playhouse Disney has joined with Britain’s Tiger Aspect Productions is co-producing a new animated TV series, Tinga Tinga Tales for preschoolers with Kenya’s Homeboyz Entertainment. The show, which revolves around African animals and is just starting animation,  is based on the Tinga Tinga art of Tanzania and was commissioned last year […]

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