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Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Illustration: Bozo And His Rocket Ship

Bozo And His Rocket Ship

In 1946, a young producer at Capitol Records, Alan Livingston was assigned the task of developing a children’s line for the fledgling record company. He came up with the idea of a read-along record and book set featuring a circus clown named Bozo. The album, Bozo At The Circus sold over a million copies, and helped to push Capitol to the top of the sales charts.

Pinto Colvig As BozoPinto Colvig As BozoLivingston went on to create read-along sets featuring DIsney, Lantz and Warner Bros characters, but the most successful line was the Bozo series. Voiced by Disney story and voice man, Pinto Colvig with music by Billy May, Livingston wrote and produced Bozo On The Farm, Bozo And The Birds, Bozo Under The Sea, and this one… Bozo And His Rocket Ship. All of the sets were re-released in the LP era, but this one was heavily edited, for obvious reasons. In this album, Bozo makes a survey of just about every ethnic stereotype imaginable. But that isn’t the reason we’re presenting it here. We’re featuring the wonderful work of the illustrators, Norm McCabe and Cecil Beard.

Bozo at the CircusBozo at the CircusMcCabe was an animator at Warner Bros in the 30s and directed in the early 40s. After the war, he turned to commercial work and illustration. He returned to cartoon animation in the mid-1960s, animating the titles to The Pink Panther. He continued to work in the business until his death in 2006. Cecil Beard was an animator and story man at Disney and Columbia. He worked on the Fox & the Crow comic books with Jim Davis in the late 40s, and as an illustrator for Western Publishing in the 1960s. He passed away in 1986.

The most striking thing about these images are the compositions. Notice how the white of the page is used and how small windows in the backgrounds open onto other environments. There’s some really clever use of perspective and depth cues here. Enjoy!

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Stephen Worth
Animation Resources


This posting is part of a series of articles comprising an online exhibit spotlighting Illustration.

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Biography: Cecil Beard

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Born: March 27, 1907 in Edna TX
Died: December 28, 1986 In Silver City, NM


Animator, Storyman, Cartoonist

Bio Summary

Art, cartooning and story writing had Cecil’s main interests all his life. At the tender age of 13 he saved up money he had earned with after school jobs and sent for a mail order cartooning course. He took those lessons very seriously, practicing all the time, honing his skills.

Early Life/Family


By the time he reached college age he was able to pay his tuition to Trinity College
with his cartooning skills. Comissions stacked up from stuents and faculty at the college as well as town merchants. He was art editor of the year book for 4 years running. He graduated at the top of his class with degree in journelism and art.

Upon graduation, Cecil hitch-hiked from his hime in South Texas to Chicago to attend the Art Institute

Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles. – Trinity University.

Career Outline

After a short stint as a schoolteacher back in his home town of Edna, TX where he met and married Alpine Harper, He got recruited by the fledgling Walt Disney Studio in Hollywood to work on their 1st annimated feature, Snow White, which was already in production
Beard animated at Disney Studios from 1936-1940 (Snow White, Pinocchio Bambi), and animator and story man at Columbia from 1940-1945 (The Fox and the Crow), and at Cambria Productions from 1960-1965 (The New Three Stooges).
He was a writer for the American Comics Group from 1944-1950 (no titles known), and inker at D.C./National (The Fox and the Crow 1948-1953) (script by Hubie Karp and artwork by Jim Davis).

Wrote scripts for The Fox and the Crow, The Hound and the Hare, Tito and His Burrito and Twiddle and Twaddle from 1953-1968. He was an inker for United Feature Syndicate on Ella Cinders 1952 (script by Fred Fox and artwork by Roger Armstrong).

He wrote scripts for Western Publishing in the 1960s with Disney characters (Mickey Mouse) and others (Road Runner, Bugs Bunny), and for Disney Studios he wrote scripts for foreign-market comic book stories (Magica de Spell, Madam Mim).

His wife Alpine assisted him as writer of The Fox and the Crow, Tito and His Burrito, Twiddle and Twaddle, The Hound and the Hare from 1953-1968. She worked for Western Publishing: Comic book scripts with funny animals in the 1960s (no specifics known). Also worked for Disney Studios writing scripts for foreign-market comic-book stories 1960s (Uncle Scrooge, Mickey Mouse, Madam Mim)

He also worked on George Pal’s Puppetoons and Madcap models in 1942.

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