July 2nd, 2015

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Animation: Bugs Bunny in Coronet Magazine

Coronet Magazine

Animation Resources supporter, Rich Borowy stopped by to digitize some classic Stan Freberg radio shows for the archive database yesterday. Under his arm was a box of old Coronet and Omnibook magazines. Rich said that he was given the box at a garage sale that was closing down. I’ve never looked at these particular magazines, but they have wonderful illustrations and features. Here are highlights from the December, 1945 issue. Check it out. There’s a big surprise at the end. Thanks for bringing these in, Rich!

Each issue opens with an inspirational message and illustration. This one is by illustrator, Vera Bock. Many issues contain the work of Arthur Szyk, whose book “The New Order” we featured last year. I’ll be doing a whole post of Szyk illustrations from Coronet soon.

Coronet Magazine

Next up is a retelling of "The Night Before Christmas" by Golden Book illustrator, Sheilah Beckett. Will Finn recently posted about her book on Gilbert & Sullivan Operettas. These pages strongly resemble the back of Little Golden Books. Do you think Sheilah Beckett designed that?

Coronet Magazine
Coronet Magazine
Coronet Magazine

Here’s a feature on the artists who created the Famous Artists Course… Stevan Dohanos, along with his illustrator friends Albert Dorne, Ben Stahl, Hardie Gramatky, Fred Ludekens and Dean Cornwall donated their services to decorate casts in the Halloran Army Hospital in New York.

Coronet Magazine
Coronet Magazine

And here’s a feature on exotic superstitions and religious beliefs by Stevan Dohanos…

Coronet Magazine
Coronet Magazine

Here’s a real surprise- The autobiography of Bugs Bunny! "A Hare Grows In Manhattan"…

Coronet Magazine
Coronet Magazine
Coronet Magazine
Coronet Magazine
Coronet Magazine
Coronet Magazine
Coronet Magazine

Stephen Worth
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Animation Resources

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July 1st, 2015

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Animation: UPA’s Man On The Land 1951

UPA Man on the Land

We received a surprise in the mail today from Archive supporter James Tucker- a DVD of great fifties industrial films, including UPA’s groundbreaking Man On The Land. This film includes animation by Pat Matthews, Grim Natwick and Art Babbitt, but animation isn’t the primary attraction here. It’s the drop dead brilliant layouts by Director Bill Hurtz, Associate Director Art Heinemann and background artists Bob Dranko, Boris Gorelick and Paul Julian (among others). Just about every setup in this film is strong enough to be an illustration in a book. Check out the depth and lighting in these backgrounds. They may be painted flat, but they sure aren’t composed flat. If this sort of design sensibility was applied to a cartoon with vivid characters, humor and entertainment value, wouldn’t it be incredible?

UPA Man on the Land

UPA Man on the Land

UPA Man on the Land

UPA Man on the Land

UPA Man on the Land

UPA Man on the Land

UPA Man on the Land

UPA Man on the Land

UPA Man on the Land

UPA Man on the Land

UPA Man on the Land

UPA Man on the Land

UPA Man on the Land

UPA Man on the Land

UPA Man on the Land

UPA Man on the Land

UPA Man on the Land

UPA Man on the Land

UPA Man On The Land

This is a large file, so allow yourself some time before clicking on the link.

Man On The Land (UPA/1951)
(Quicktime 7 / 16 minutes / 35 megs)

It’s great folks like James Tucker that make sure that cartoons like this aren’t lost and forgotten. We all owe him a big thank-you for sharing his film collection with us at Animation Resources.

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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June 30th, 2015

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Voice Acting: Mel Blanc on Advertising

Voice Actor Mel Blanc

Today, Jerry Beck posted the cover of this record over at Cartoon Brew, so it’s a good time to rerun our MP3 of this great speech by Mel Blanc. Enjoy!

There’s one aspect of animation that I haven’t dealt with much yet- Voice Acting. My own research in this area is pretty limited. I hope sometime in the future, a specialist in this field will contribute their expertise to the Archive to curate this important aspect of cartoon filmmaking.

Voice Actor Mel BlancVoice Actor Mel BlancBut that doesn’t mean that we don’t have any interesting material dealing with voice acting at Animation Resources. Eric Graf stopped by with a wonderful treasure the other day… An LP record pressed by the production company of legendary voice actor, Mel Blanc. It’s a recording of a speech by Blanc at the 1966 Annual Awards Luncheon of the Station Representatives Association. Titled “Mel Blanc Takes A Humorous Look At Commercials: Past, Present and Future (Who The Hell Is Mel Blanc?)”, this record is a hilarious glimpse at both the advertising industry and a little known aspect of the career of one of the most famous voice actors of all time.

Who The Hell Is Mel Blanc?
(Mel Blanc Associates/1966)

(AAC Audio File / 32kbps-44.1kHz / Mono / 25 minutes / 6.25 mb)

Thanks for bringing this by Eric!

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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