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Friday, September 16th, 2011

Exhibit: Grim Natwick’s Scrapbook Jump Page

Grim Natwick

Animation Resources is pleased to present an online exhibit of material from the collection of legendary animator, Grim Natwick.

Grim NatwickGRIM NATWICK’S SCRAPBOOK

INTRODUCTION

Grim Natwick is undoubtedly one of the most influential animators who ever lived. His career spanned the entire history of animation- from its earliest days in New York to Richard Williams’ Cobbler and the Thief in recent times. Grim worked at many of the major studios- Hearst, Fleicher, Iwerks, Disney, Lantz, UPA, Jay Ward, Melendez and Richard WIlliams. He animated in every style, but was able to maintain his own personal flavor, regardless of whether he was animating for modern studios like UPA or cartoony ones like Fleischer. If one had to define the single element that set his animation apart, it would have to be that his characters always seemed to have a genuine spark of life.

Grim NatwickGrim NatwickGrim was a friend of mine. I spent many entertaining afternoons with him on his porch, listening to his memories of "the old days". Grim remembered everything. I once mentioned the name of an assistant animator he worked with at Fleischer. Grim not only recalled working with him more than half a century before, he remembered his bowling scores! When Grim passed away at the ripe old age of 100, his family asked me to organize his artwork. Whenever Grim left a studio, the contents of his desk was emptied into boxes and sent off to his storage locker in Missouri. When all of the boxes arrived for sorting at his apartment in Santa Monica, I was astonished to find thousands and thousands of drawings- amazing examples from a career that spanned more than 75 years.

Grim Natwick

The drawings that were most precious were the gag drawings and caricatures that grew on the walls of the studios like leaves on a tree. There were also many important sketches documenting Grim’s thought process- the roughs that were usually thrown in the trash after a job was completed. These are the drawings that make up this exhibit. I hope this exhibit gives you a clear idea of who Grim Natwick was as an artist and as a person. -Stephen Worth


THE ONLINE EXHIBIT CATALOG


Grim Natwick Exhibit

Assistant Archivist, Joseph Baptista views the exhibit.

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

Animated CartoonsAnimated Cartoons

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

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Exhibit: Illustration Jump Page

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Modern Illustration Artzybasheff

Animation Resources isn’t just an archive OF animation… it’s an archive FOR animators. There’s a subtle but important distinction there… One of the aspects of modern animation that could stand improvement is design. Too many current animated films ignore the importance of appealing design, or lean too heavily on the designs of other animated films. There’s absolutely no reason why every princess, king or mouse should look like princesses, kings and mice from previous films. There’s a wide world of design inspiration to be found in the history of illustration. Here’s just a sampling of the important material related to illustration contained in the Animation Resources Database…


CLASSIC ILLUSTRATION

Classic Illustration Kay Nielsen

One of the primary projects of Animation Resources is to gather together the reference materials that inspired the artists who made animated cartoons in the golden age. It’s a little known fact that every animation studio had a library of children’s books for the reference of the background painters and designers. Rare editions of Rackham, Dulac and Wyeth sat on the shelves at studios in both New York and in Hollywood. Many great children’s book illustrators worked for a time in animation, including Kay Nielsen, Gustaf Tenggren and Willy Pogany.


BLAND TOMTAR OCH TROLL: John Bauer’s Trolls (Bauer Biography) / Einar Norelius 1929, 1934, 1944 & 1949 (Norelius Biography)

KAY NIELSEN: East of the Sun and West of the Moon / Twelve Dancing Princesses and Hansel & Gretel

ARTHUR RACKHAM: Grimm’s Fairy Tales

EDMUND DULAC: Hans Christian Anderson / Poe’s Poetical Works and Tanglewood Tales

MILO WINTER: Aesop For Children

FELIX LORIOUX: Fables de la Fontaine and Le Buffon des Enfants / Tales From Perrault

GUSTAF TENGGREN: D’Aulnoy’s Fairy Tales, Good Dog Book, Small Fry And The Winged Horse / Heidi – Wonderbook – Juan & Juanita / Grimm’s Fairy Tales (See also Gustaf Tenggren under Golden Book Style below.)

WILLY POGANY: Willy Pogany’s Drawing Lessons / Mother Goose

OTHER CLASSIC ILLUSTRATORS: W. Lee Hankey’s Deserted Village / Maxfield Parrish’s Arabian Nights (1909) / N. C. Wyeth’s Legends of Charlemagne / Mabel Lucie Attwell’s Peter Pan and Wendy / Frank Reynolds Paints Pickwick / Monks By Eduard von Grutzner / Boris O’Klein’s Dirty Dogs of Paris / Reginald Birch and St. Nicholas Magazine


MODERN ILLUSTRATION

Mary Blair

From the 1920s through the late 1950s, magazines featured the work of some of the top talents in the art world. Leindecker, Artzybasheff, Szyk and Hurst were all great artists whose work has a lot to offer today’s cartoonists and character designers. Thanks to Archive Supporters Mike Fontanelli and Kent Butterworth, we have been able to bring many of these great names to your attention.


BORIS ARTZYBASHEFF: As I See: Neurotica, Machinalia and Diablerie

LAWSON WOOD: The Monkey Painter

WARTIME PROPAGANDA: Arthur Szyk: The New Order / WWI & WWII Propaganda Posters / Aviation Illustrators

COLLIERS MAGAZINE: 1930s & 40s Colliers Illustrations, Advertisements, Ink Wash Paintings / and WWII Era Illustrations

CORONET MAGAZINE: Bugs Bunny: A Hare Grows In Manhattan 1945 / Disney’s Casey At The Bat / Harper Goff’s Blood On The Moon / Norman Rockwell: The People’s Painter

VANITY FAIR MAGAZINE: The Genius of Miguel Covarrubias


GOLDEN BOOK STYLE

Mary Blair

Thanks to a generous donation by Animation Resources supporter John Kricfalusi, we are able to share the beautiful work of the great artists who made a fortune for Western Publishing’s Little Golden Book line. The style was created by Disney concept artist, Gustaf Tenggren and reached its peak in books by Mel Crawford. Many animation artists moonlighted as children’s book illustrators… among them Norm McCabe, Harvey Eisenberg, Mary Blair and J. P. Miller.


GUSTAF TENGGREN: Tenggren’s Tell It Again Book: Genesis of the Golden Book Style / Sing for Christmas / The Little Trapper (See also Gustaf Tenggren under Classic Illustration above.)

FEODOR ROJANKOVSKY: Frog Went A-Courtin’

TIBOR GERGELY: A Day In The Jungle / “Watch Me! Said the Jeep” and “The Red, White and Blue Auto”

MARY BLAIR: Mary Blair’s Baby’s House / Little Verses / The New Golden Song Book

MEL CRAWFORD: Rootie Kazootie Joins The Circus

AL WHITE: Rocky & His Friends and Huck Hound Builds A House

ANIMATION RELATED: Disney Christmas Cards / Disney’s Uncle Remus Stories / Ferdinand the Bull / Late 30s Looney Tunes Placemats

RECORD ALBUMS & MOVIE MEMORABILIA: 50s & 60s LP Covers / Bozo And His Rocket Ship / Ernesto Garcia Cabral: The Greatest Cartoonist You’ve Never Heard of Before! / Fantastic Mexican Lobby Cards


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FINE ART PRINTS

Mary Blair

VISIT OUR GALLERY OF FINE ART PRINTS

Imagekind Kay Nielsen GalleryImagekind Kay Nielsen GalleryAnimation Resources in association with Imagekind is proud to present a collection of fine art prints representing some of Kay Nielsen’s greatest work- illustrations from the classic book, East of the Sun and West of the Moon. Produced on demand from high resolution archival scans, these prints are carefully color corrected for maximum image quality and fidelity to the original book. Visit the Kay Nielsen Gallery at Imagekind to see all the available images.