CalArts Founding Director of Experimental Animation Jules Engel will receive the prestigious Pucinella Award for Career Achievement at the seventh annual Cartoons on the Bay Int’l Festival of Television Animation in Positano, Italy. Engel will accept the award in person on April 13, 2003. Previous winners include Joe Barbera, producer John Coates, director/producer Phil Roman, Jimmy Murakami and director Osvaldo Cavandoli.
Engel began his career in the 1940s with work on Disney’s Fantasia and Bambi. He went on to become a founding member of United Prods. of America, where he developed such properties as Mr. Magoo and Gerald McBoing-Boing. His own animated and live-action films have won numerous prizes at film festivals around the world and his other professional honors include the Jean Vigo, Winsor McKay and Norman McLaren awards, five Golden Eagles, an American Film Institute grant and the Friz Lifetime Achievement Award. He has taught at the California Institute of the Arts since the 1960s.