Steven Spielberg will exec produce a live-action TV series based on the popular...
I have written about Lucille Bliss before on this blog. But upon hearing the sad news that this talented little lady passed away a couple weeks ago, I was drawn back to the interview I did with her in 2003, to find more stories about her fascinating career. If there [...]
Since this past week has been one in which a lot of unexpected things happened, let’s go even further. Imagine a time in which, against all present trends, traditional hand-drawn animation makes a substantial return. Suddenly, all those classically-trained and experienced animators are once more in demand for their primary [...]
The big news in showbiz over for the last week has, of course, been the Walt Disney Company’s purchase of Lucasfilm for some four-billion-dollars and change. In many quarters the news was greeted with the same sort of stunned disbelief that would greet the announcement of a new afternoon talk [...]
Unlike the biz as a whole, animation has long been a field in which people don’t specialize. Finding an artist whose skill set includes animation, design, storyboarding, directing, even voice work, is the norm, not the exception. Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone certainly have all of those on their resumes—as [...]
One of the tasks of a cartoon historian is to research and identify as accurately as possible which artists and artisans worked on what projects. That, however, can be surprisingly difficult, since screen credit in the Golden Age was often whimsical. Even today, when end credits might account for one-tenth [...]