Animators of Film and Television: Nineteen Artists, Writers, by Noell K. Wolfgram Evans

By Noell K. Wolfgram Evans

Within the phrases of Walt Disney, "Animation can clarify regardless of the brain of guy can conceive." half biography, half background, half inventive remark, this quantity seems at significant figures within the box of animation and discusses how their contributions have affected the process the industry--and, in lots of circumstances, pop culture as a complete. those proficient artists are divided into a number of classifications: Idealists (Art Babbitt, John Hubley); Mavericks (John Kricfalusi, Terry Gilliam); Technicians (Max and Dave Fleischer); Influencers (Frank Tashlin, Matt Groening, Ray Harryhausen, Ed Benedict); Trailblazers (Lotte Rieniger, Lillian Friedman); Teller of stories (Henry Selick); academics (George Newall, Tom Yohe, the FMPU); and Storytellers (Joe supply, invoice Scott, Michael Maltese). A selective record of every animator's key motion pictures and awards is incorporated.

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We would do a storyboard first — or sketches for the storyboard — and then talk to the composer. 8 Educating the Next Generation The studio also put a particular focus on education, providing animated sequences for Sesame Street and The Electric Company. For these PBS series Hubley and a studio writer (generally Chris Cerf ) would receive a syllabus for the show season and from that plan out their sequences. Across seasons, Hubley and his team took part in the creation of at least 60 of these animated efforts including the popular Letterman series on The Electric Company and, for Sesame Street, sequences such as F, Football, where a football player discusses his favorite sport, and Letter S, where the letter S meets up with a face that turns out to belong to a snake.

It’s worth it to me to help out before a production begins, but it will be up to you to practice and apply and critique yourselves according to what you learn. — John Kricfalusi about starting his “Cartoon College”2 Kricfalusi can be tied back to Art Babbitt by more than just a desire to impart animation techniques, though; both are idealistic artists in an industry that claims to want art but treasures commerce and control. Unfortunately, both are also similar in that they found this out the hard way.

In the early years, animated shorts were each distinctly original and imbued with the sensibilities (in design, manner, characterization, poses) of its guiding creator, but as mediums shifted and a corporate model became the de facto production process, much of this originality was lost. That’s what makes this series so special. Bakshi made one brilliant decision when starting the series, which sealed the fate of the series and created a star. He hired John Kricfalusi. The young, Canadian-born animator was looking for the chance to create an experiment of sorts.

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