July 6th, 2015

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Commercials: Bob Kurtz Commercials

Bob Kurtz Commercials

Not long ago, we had a visit from Director/Story Man/Designer Bob Kurtz. Bob started out working on The Alvin Show, Roger Ramjet and Linus the Lionhearted, and went on to a long and distinguished career directing commercials. He was kind enough to contribute copies of his commercials to our collection, and promised to come back again soon to do a taped interview for the blog. In the meantime, check out this reel of great commercials from Kurtz & Friends…

Bob Kurtz Commercials

Bob Kurtz Commercials

Bob Kurtz Commercials

Bob Kurtz Commercials

Bob Kurtz Commercials

Kurtz & Friends Historical Reel (1970s-80s)
(Quicktime 7 / 37.2 megs)

Many thanks to Bob Kurtz for stopping by and sharing this with us.

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Animation.

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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
Director
Animation Resources

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This posting is part of a series of articles comprising an online exhibit spotlighting Illustration.
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This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Animation.

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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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This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Animation.

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