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Animation Block Party Unveils 2016 Program

The 13th annual Animation Block Party is returning to Brooklyn July 28-31, and organizers have revealed the full programming lineup for this year’s celebration of animated artistry. ... Continue Reading →
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Bakshi Talks ‘Last Days of Coney Island’

This story originally appeared in the December 2015 issue of Animation Magazine. Ralph Bakshi has long been one of the true rebels of animation, having directed features like the X-rated ... Continue Reading →
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‘Fritz’ Animator, Director Taylor Dies

Animator Robert Taylor – best known as the animator on Ralph Bakshi’s original Fritz the Cat feature and director and animator of its sequel — died Dec. 11 due to complications ... Continue Reading →
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Joe Barbera’s Snow Job

As regular readers of this blog know, whenever I’m at a loss for a story idea, I turn back to the book of Joe … Barbera, that is. I knew Joe for the last several years of ... Continue Reading →
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Books We Love – Issue #234

The Noble Approach: Maurice Noble and the Zen of Animation Design By Tod Polson [Chronicle Books, $40] Fans of classic animation gems such as Dumbo, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and ... Continue Reading →
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Animation Block Party Spotlight: Doug Crane

Animation Block Party (www.animationblock.com) is the premier animation festival of the East Coast. In this interview series, the founder of ABP, Casey Safron will be introducing Animation ... Continue Reading →
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Gene Deitch Sees Red!

Even some fans of UPA, who have rushed out to buy the new, long-awaited DVD collection of their classic theatrical cartoons, might not know that Walt Disney had a particular name for ... Continue Reading →
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Veteran Animator Jim Hiltz Dies at 85

The Animation Guild Blog reports that veteran animator, director and teacher Jim Hiltz has passed away at the age of 85. Best known for directing Jay Ward’s Rocky and His Friends, ... 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 1

For most people, working in animation is a job. If you’re anywhere around Ralph Bakshi, however, it’s probably an adventure. Bakshi, of course, is the producer/director of Fritz ... Continue Reading →