December 8th, 2016

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Bakshi Call Fundraiser

Animation Resources has brought amazing treasures to the internet animation community for over a decade. Now we are asking the people who have benefitted from our work to help us go a step further.

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Bakshi Call Proposal

You might remember a video from a few years back where Archive Director, Stephen Worth interviewed Ralph Bakshi. Bakshi opened up in this interview and really hit it out of the park, sharing a philosophy of creativity that has gone on to inspire thousands of other animators. Since then, Worth and Bakshi have spoken on the phone almost every week, talking about what it means to be an artist, sharing theories about the creative process, and trying to figure out how to think the way the great cartoonists of the past thought. Up to now, no one but Bakshi and Worth have heard these conversations. We would like to ask you to help us change that.

In 2016, Animation Resources launched a podcasting initiative, raising funds to build a video podcasting studio at its headquarters in Los Angeles. The past podcasts can be found archived on our Podcasting Initiative Page. Bakshi recently visited and was impressed by the setup. He suggested that we send a mobile video system to his home in New Mexico, so we could record both sides of our phone calls and open our discussions up to interested creative people on the internet. The Board of Directors of Animation Resources would like to take him up on the offer.

The cost of purchasing the necessary equipment is $1,500, which is more than a small non-profit like Animation Resources has the resources to afford. However, it isn’t a great deal of money if the tens of thousands of people who follow our postings on the internet pull together and pitch in.

Animation Resources is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, so your contribution may be tax deductible. If you donate before January 1st, you may be able to claim a deduction for the 2016 tax year. See your accountant for details.

If you donate $50, we will provide you with a link where you can download a video file of the podcasts when they are completed. If you donate $100, we will give you the downloads and a one year membership in Animation Resources ($85 value). Just contribute through this PayPal link and we will contact you via email with information about the progress of the project as it unfolds.

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We hope to begin taping in Spring of 2017 and have podcasts completed by mid-Summer. The plans are being kept flexible to accomodate Mr. Bakshi’s schedule and availability. We can’t predict what form these informal interviews will take or how many there will be, but this is an opportunity that Animation Resources feels that we can’t pass up. After the podcasts are complete, the equipment will come back to Animation Resources to serve as a location podcasting kit. Your contribution will continue to be put to work, producing more podcasts, lectures and online seminars.

Please share this with your friends and help us reach our goal.


Current Fundraising Totals


  • Total as of 12/08/16: $60


Proposed Equipment List & Expenses


  • GoPro HERO5
     $387.99
  • Boya BY-WM6 UHF Wireless Lavalier Microphone System
     $185.95
  • Eachshot ES240 LED Video Studio Light System
     $254.00
  • Mactrem Q666C Tripod
     $143.99
  • SanDisk Extreme 128 GB (two)
     $122.00
  • SUBTOTAL
     $1093.93
  • TAX
     $164.09
  • SHIPPING / INSURANCE
     $250.00
  • TOTAL
     1508.02


Please Note: Any money contributed to this project is being donated to Animation Resources, a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization. Your contribution is considered acknowledgement that the eventual use of the funds raised here is at the sole discretion of the Board of Directors of Animation Resources.

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December 7th, 2016

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Animation: Disney’s Artist Tryout Book

Disney Artist Tryout Book

Today, we scanned another fascinating document from the collection of Clair Weeks. This is the "Disney Studios Artist’s Tryout Book" from 1938. It provides a valuable overview of the production process and description of the various job categories. You will definitely want to print this out and study it carefully.

Here are some quotes from this booklet that you might find interesting…

STORY MEN must be able to draw. The stories are not written but are visualized in sketch form.

The value of an animator is dependent upon his ability to dramatize and caricature life, and to time and stage his characters’ actions in an unusual and interesting way. An animator must be a showman- he must know how to entertain an audience, to present a gag, to picture dramatically an ordinary incident. Above all, he must be a sure and skillful draftsman.

THE DIRECTOR must have complete knowledge of every phase of animation, have executive ability and outstanding dramatic talent. He must be familiar with practically all of the Arts… To date, all directors have arisen from the ranks of the Studio, sometimes through story work, but more often through animation. Because of the complexity of animation it seems that this will continue to be the case.

All inking and painting of celluloids, and all tracing done in the Studio is perfomed exclusively by a large staff of girls known as Inkers and Painters… This is the only department in the Disney Studio open to women artists.

Disney Artist Tryout Book

The original brochure was in very poor condition, with tears and waterstains throughout. I’m sure that this was carried around in Weeks’ back pocket for quite a while. But Photoshop can work miracles, so these scans ended up looking better than the original.

In case you haven’t noticed, Animation Resources has become "an embarassment of riches". We are doing very important work here. I hope you will support our project any way you can.

Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

Animated CartoonsAnimated Cartoons

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

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December 6th, 2016

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Animation: Clair Weeks’ Goodbye Book 1952

Clair Weeks

Today, we had a visit from the family of Clair Weeks. They brought along several portfolios full of beautiful drawings, mostly from Bambi that they plan to sell. Over the next few weeks, they will be allowing us to digitize the material for inclusion in our database. They also promise to write a Biopedia Page for Weeks. Here is the "Readers’ Digest version" of Weeks’ career…

A missionary’s son, Clair Weeks was born in 1912 in India. He lived there until the early 1930s, when he relocated to America. In 1936, he joined the staff of the Walt Disney Studio and set to work as an assistant on Snow White. He went on to assist Marc Davis on Bambi, CInderella and Peter Pan, taking a brief break from animation to serve in the military during WW2.

In the early 50s, Weeks left the studio travel the world. He eventually settled in Bombay, India, where he headed up a government owned studio that produced animated shorts. Weeks’ impact on Indian animation was immense. The people he trained were the pioneers who established the Indian animation industry.

Clair Weeks

The treasure I’m presenting today dates to August of 1952… It’s the scrapbook given to Weeks upon his departure from Disney. I won’t spoil the fun by telling you what’s in it. Click on the images and prepare to be amazed! (Thanks to Hans Perk for the identifications!)

Clair Weeks
Clair Weeks

Members of the “9 Old Men”: Marc Davis (Weeks was his assistant), Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas, Milt Kahl, Eric Larson / Assistant Animators: Bob McCrea, Clarke Mallery, Iwao Takamoto, Julius Svendsen, Bill Eigle (?)

Clair Weeks

Ben Sharpsteen (Director) / Hazel George (Studio Nurse) / Hal Adelquist (Asst. Director) / Oliver Wallace (Music) / Koneta Roxby (Library) / Bob Gibeaut (Cutting) / Jo Sears (Ink & Paint / Production)

Clair Weeks

Layout Artists: Lance Nolley, Al Zinnen, Don Griffith, Ken Anderson, Ken O’Connor, Mike Holoboff, MacLaren Stewart, Basil Davidovich, Tom Codrick, Charles Philippi / Background Artists: Jimi Trout, Hugh Hennesy, Ray Huffine, Art Riley, Dick Anthony, Ralph Hulett, Al Dempster, Claude Coats, Art Landy / Art Directors: Thor Putnam, John Hench / Directors: Jack Kinney, Charles “Nick” Nichols, Gerry Geronimi, Wilfred “Jaxon” Jackson / Asst Directors: Bee Selck, Lou Debney, Toby Tobelman (?) / Directors’ Secretary: Marie Dasnoit / The Man: Walt Disney / Tom Jekel (?)

Clair Weeks

Animators: Bob Youngquist, Jack Campbell, Les Clark (9 Old Men), Hugh Fraser, John Lounsbery (9 Old Men), Harry Holt, Art Stevens, George Nicholas / Asst Animators: Walt Stanchfield, Lou Appet, Bob Ogle, Dale Barnhart

Clair Weeks

Don DaGradi (Art Director)

Clair Weeks
Clair Weeks

Animators / Assistants: Dick Lucas / Al Wilson / Jim Steele / Eric Cleworth / Ambrozy Paliwoda / Jerry Hathcock / Charlie “Chuck” Downs / Bob Carlson / Woolie Reitherman (9 Old Men) / Ed Soloman / Wathel Rogers

Clair Weeks

Bonar Dyer (Personnel) / Mary Flanigan (Notary) / Bunny Venable (Production or Legal)

Clair Weeks
Clair Weeks

Mostly Effects Animators: Retta Davidson, Dwight Carlisle, Joe Nunez, Sandy Strother, Dan MacManus, Al Severns, George Rowley, Marion Mahnken, Jack “Buck” Buckley, Frank Onaitis, Ed Parks, Jane Fowler

Clair Weeks

Ed Aardal (Animator) / Harvey Orr (Print Shop) / Johnny Bond (Head of Clean Up)

Clair Weeks
Clair Weeks
Clair Weeks

Ken Peterson (Animator / Prod. Mgr. / Scheduling) / Andy Engman (Effects Animator / Prod. Mgr.) / Esther “Esta” Haight (Front Office File Room / Western Union) / Anne Meyer (Production?)

Clair Weeks

Thanks to the family of Clair Weeks for sharing this with us!

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

Animated CartoonsAnimated Cartoons

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

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