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Friday, April 11th, 2014

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
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Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Biography: Bob Kurtz

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Birth/Death

Occupation/Title

writer, Miscellaneous Crew, Director, Producer, Soundtrack, Art Department , Sequence Animator, Title Designer and Animator, Song Sequence EditorAnimation designer, Animation storyboard artist, Animation supervisor in Kurtz & Friends on their latest movie The Pink Panther (2006)?

Bio Summary

Early Life/Family

His career started when he began writing the pink panther series.

Education/Training

Bob went to El Camino College.?He is a Chouinard Art Institute graduate (now the California School of the Arts.)

Career Outline

Bob Kurtz began his career as a writer in the early 60’s to late 70’s. And in the early 80’s he began to work as a producer and director. Later on he started his own animation studio in Burbank, Kurtz & Friends, which their latest work includes the Pink Panther (2006).

Comments On Style

Bob has a very original way to look at things. He combines the art and beauty of contemporary animations with his cutting edge humors. Charles Solomon, an author and animation film critic was once quoted saying that most of the times Bob’s commercials are more interesting than the programs it’s interrupting.

Influences

Contemporary Animations, Classic Disney Animations.?Personality?Bob Kurtz is known to be honest and artistic, thoughtful, always fun, very original to his friends and colleagues in the professional industry; some of them include Chuck Jones, Harry Shearer and Lily Tomlin.

Personality

Anecdotes

Miscellaneous

Marc Davis (Legendary Disney Animator, character designer of Thumper, Tinkerbell, Cinderella) was his Bob’s drawing teacher and mentor.

Filmography

“The Alvin Show” (1961) TV Series (story writer)
“Linus! The Lion Hearted” (1964) TV Series (storyboard artist)
“Roger Ramjet” (1965) TV Series (layout artist)
“The Pink Panther Show” (1965) TV Episode (story writer)
Dial ‘P’ for Pink (1965) (story) (writer)
Pickled Pink (1965) (writer)
Shocking Pink (1965) (writer)
Pinkfinger (1965) (writer)
The Pink Tail Fly (1965) (writer)
An Ounce of Pink (1965) (writer)
Cool Cat (1967) (story writer)
Blaze Glory (1969)(writer)
“George of the Jungle” (1967) TV Series (design)
“The Pink Panther Laugh and the Half Hour and Half Show” (1976) TV Series (writer)
George Carlin: Carlin on Campus (1984) (TV) (animation producer)
Drawing on My Mind (1985) (director and producer)
Jetsons: The Movie (1990) (song sequence director)
Honey I Blew Up the Kid (1992) (animator: opening animation)
Honeymoon in Vegas (1992) (animator: opening animation)
Jurassic Park (1993) (movement designer: ‘Mr. D.N.A.’ animation)
City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold (1994) (title designer: animated main titles)
Four Rooms (1995) (animator: titles)
A Very Brady Sequel (1996) (animation sequence)
“Major Flake” (2001) TV Series (director)
Minority Report (2002) (soundtrack writer: “Pine and Oats” (2002))
The Pink Panther (2006) (animation designer: Kurts & Friends) (animation storyboard artist: Kurtz & Friends) (animation supervisor: Kurtz & Friends)

Honors

Ottawa International Animation Festival second prize in the category ‘Promotional Films’ for “Underwater Kitty”. 1978
An Award for the PBS special Roman City?The Peabody Award for the Lily Tomlin special Edith Ann’s Christmas?The Annie Award for Lifetime Achievement?Annie Award: Winsor McCay Award 1991

Related Links

http://imdb.com/name/nm0476021/

http://www.chuckjones.com/artists/bob_kurtz.php

http://www.kurtzandfriends.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Kurtz?IMDB.com

ChuckJones.com

Bibliographic References

Producing Animation (Focal Press Visual Effects and Animation) (Focal Press Visual Effects and Animation) by Catherine Winder and Zahra Dowlatabadi (Paperback – May 2001)? Draw! : A Visual Approach to Thinking, Learning, and Communicating by Corinne Hanks (Paperback – Aug 10, 1992)?

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