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You’re Goin’ to the Moon, June?

If there is anyone in the animation field who truly needs no introduction, it is June Foray. The First Lady of Animation has accomplished so much in her long and varied career—which ... Continue Reading →
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Roman Knows: What’s In a Name

Phil Roman has settled into being an elder statesman of the animation industry—something of an irony (if an inevitable one) for a man once described by Chuck Jones as “the youngest ... Continue Reading →
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Fighting the System: Merle Welton

For every recorded love story between an artist and their animation studio, there are many other relationships that landed on the rocks. One such involved Merle Welton, a native New ... Continue Reading →
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Simon Said

One of the true pioneers of comic books, Joe Simon, passed away last week at the age of 98. Unlike his early creative partner Jack Kirby, Joe never worked directly in the toon trenches, ... Continue Reading →
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Acting 101 with Don Bluth

How many of these blogs have begun with the phrase, or even the thought: As hard as it may be to imagine today, back then it was like this…? And “back then” wasn’t all that ... Continue Reading →
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Into the Woods with Keane & Pocahontas

One often hears animators described as actors with pencils. You also hear Walt Disney Feature Animation legend Glen Keane described as “the Laurence Olivier of animation.” Anyone ... Continue Reading →
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Big Innovation from Little Packages

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a chat I had with Brendan Fraser regarding the fine art of acting on a set opposite characters that aren’t really there, but will be added later through ... Continue Reading →
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Don’t Judge a Judge by his Characters!

Recently I bumped into an old acquaintance who happened to mention that he had been a good friend of Bob Clampett during the legendary toonmaker’s latter-day career. He described ... Continue Reading →
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Ralph Bakshi and the Canadian Caper, Part 3 of 3

The story so far: In the late 1960s Ralph Bakshi is sent by American producer Steve Krantz to Al Guest Productions in Toronto to try and salvage the animated series Rocket Robin Hood, ... Continue Reading →
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Ralph Bakshi and the Canadian Caper, Part 2

Our story so far:  Ralph Bakshi is asked by producer Steve Krantz to take over production of a troubled series, Rocket Robin Hood, which is being produced in Canada by Al Guest and ... Continue Reading →