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Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Join Animation Resources Today And Download A Rare UPA Industrial Film


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January-February 2017

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Every other month, members of Animation Resources are given access to an exclusive Members Only Reference Pack. These downloadable files are high resolution e-books on a variety of educational subjects and rare cartoons from the collection of Animation Resources in DVD quality. Our current Reference Pack has just been released. If you are a member, click through the link to access the MEMBERS ONLY DOWNLOAD PAGE. If you aren’t a member yet, please JOIN ANIMATION RESOURCES. It’s well worth it.

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Man on the Land

Man On The Land (UPA/1951)

Animation Resources Advisory Board member, Steve Stanchfield recently contributed a high quality transfer of UPA’s Man On The Land to our collection of digitized animated films. This early industrial 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 you are interested in studying how to use camera movement creatively, this is a perfect film to study. No matter what part of the background the camera is panning over, the compositions are always absolute perfection.

REFPACK014: Man On The Land (UPA/1951)
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Friday, February 10th, 2017

Join Animation Resources Today And Download Volume 2 Of The Zim Cartooning Course!


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May-June 2015

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During Member Appreciation Month, Animation Resources is pulling out all the stops to share some of our greatest treasures with our members. If you join today, you will be able to download 5 volumes of Eugene Zimmerman’s cartooning course materials. That’s over 800 pages of tips, advice, drawings and horse sense. But these books will only be available until the end of the month, so join today! For a rundown of all the perks of Animation Resources membership, see… http://animationresources.org/wannabeamember/

Every other month, members of Animation Resources are given access to an exclusive Members Only Reference Pack. These downloadable files are high resolution e-books on a variety of educational subjects and rare cartoons from the collection of Animation Resources in DVD quality. Our current Reference Pack has just been released. If you are a member, click through the link to access the MEMBERS ONLY DOWNLOAD PAGE. If you aren’t a member yet, please JOIN ANIMATION RESOURCES. It’s well worth it.

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The Zim Cartooning and Caricature Correspondence Course

A couple of years ago ago, I stumbled across a "how to" book on cartooning by Eugene “Zim” Zimmerman. It was titled Zim’s Cartoons & Caricatures, Or Making The World Laugh. I happened to be speaking on the phone to Ralph Bakshi, and I mentioned the book. "Ooooohh! So you’ve discovered ZIM now! He’s one of my secrets…"

The Zim Cartooning and Caricature Correspondence Course

In 1967, right after he had resigned as the head of the Paramount cartoon studio, Ralph and his wife Liz were walking through Brooklyn when they saw a sign on an old house advertising an estate sale. They went inside, but it was late in the day and there wasn’t much left. Ralph glanced up at a tall bookcase and saw a pile of pamphlets stacked up on a high shelf. It was too high to reach, so he didn’t bother to look at them. As they were walking out the door, he got the feeling that he needed to go back and look at the pamphlets. It was a good hunch. The stack contained a nearly complete set of Zim’s correspondence course in cartooning. He asked the estate agent how much they cost, and was told $50. That was more than he and his wife had in their pockets, so Liz volunteered to run home and get the money. The Zim books were on his desk every day throughout the production of Fritz the Cat, Heavy Traffic and especially Coonskin. This set is Ralph’s most prized possession, and now he is sharing them with Animation Resources.

The Zim Book on Cartooning

Zim’s correspondence course was the most highly regarded cartooning course of its day. Spanning 20 volumes, it covered a wide range of subjects, from practical homespun advice to lofty philosophy. Here are some examples of Zim’s genius from the pages of the four volumes we completed digitizing today…

The course was published in two different editions… 1914 and 1920. We have been able to find an earlier edition of the course to supplement and complete Ralph Bakshi’s set. There are no chapters or specific assignments. The books consist of page after page of individual nuggets of wisdom. Each book and each page stands on its own.

The Zim Cartooning and Caricature Correspondence Course
The Zim Cartooning and Caricature Correspondence Course

Ralph also helped Animation Resources obtain vintage copies of the magazine Judge’s Library containing dozens of full page color examples of Zim’s work. These have been included in our exclusive online e-books.

Zim’s course is much more than just a "how to draw" course. In short anecdotal paragraphs, Zim succeeds in conveying what it means to be a cartoonist… the history behind the artform… how to deal with everyday problems and setbacks… and how to live the life of an artist.

The Zim Cartooning and Caricature Correspondence Course

The Zim Cartooning and Caricature Correspondence Course


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Zim was the founder of the "grotesque" school of caricature, which formed the basis of what we now call "cartoony drawing". He provides lots of examples of caricatures drawn from life, with photos of his subjects alongside his caricature of the person.

There’s plenty of traditional drawing lessons too. Zim’s masterful expressive line fills every page with perfect examples of the principles he is discussing.

The Zim Cartooning and Caricature Correspondence Course
The Zim Cartooning and Caricature Correspondence Course

The book is full of amusing observation. Just look at the shoes and the way the clothing hangs on these bums. Zim is able to pack personality into every detail of the character.

The Zim Cartooning and Caricature Correspondence Course

If you aren’t convinced yet that Zim is a drop dead genius, just click on this image!

The Zim Cartooning and Caricature Correspondence Course

The most impressive illustrations in the course are the examples of Zim’s rough sketches. He had an uncanny knack for being able to express every nuance of his subject with a free flowing and loose pencil technique.

The Zim Cartooning and Caricature Correspondence Course

He was capable of extreme exaggeration that captured the essence of the unique qualities of the personalities he chose to caricature.

The Zim Cartooning and Caricature Correspondence Course

But the most amazing thing about Zim’s artistry was his ability to draw the viewer into his world and make them feel the way the characters in the drawings feel. Wouldn’t you love to live in a cartoony world like this? You can, and Zim can teach you to THINK like a cartoonist.


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Monday, February 6th, 2017

JOIN Animation Resources Today And Download Three Surreal Van Beuren Cartoons!


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Every other month, members of Animation Resources are given access to an exclusive Members Only Reference Pack. These downloadable files are high resolution e-books on a variety of educational subjects and rare cartoons from the collection of Animation Resources in DVD quality. Our current Reference Pack has just been released. If you are a member, click through the link to access the MEMBERS ONLY DOWNLOAD PAGE. If you aren’t a member yet, please JOIN ANIMATION RESOURCES. It’s well worth it.

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Van Beuren

Three Van Beuren Shorts
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“Cubby’s Stratosphere Flight” (1934) “Jolly Good Felons” (1934) “Wild Goose Chase” (1932)

Of all of the golden age cartoon studios, Van Beuren is the closest in tone to current cartoons. The humor is quite random with plenty of surreal touches, and the drawing is basic but appealing. They truly represent the time and place they were made- New York City in the mid 1930s. In this Reference Pack, our Advisory Board member, Steve Stanchfield has selected three typical examples featuring three different sets of characters… Cubby Bear, The Little King and a pair of Mickey and Minnie clones.

Cubby Bear’s Stratosphere Flight (1934): The title of this Cubby Bear cartoon refers to the 1933 World’s Fair balloon flight by Jean Piccard. But the majority of the film deals with a polar night club inhabited by seals, penguins and walruses. A polar bear cop raids the joint and everyone scrambles.

Jolly Good Felons (1934): This short is probably the best of the series based on Otto Soglow’s Little King comics. It features some amazing early animation by Jim Tyer and astoundingly politically incorrect gags. Incongruously, the design of the prison riot at the end perfectly merges Soglow’s gentle style with the ruff and tumble Van Beuren animation style.

The Wild Goose Chase (1932): This Aesop’s Fables cartoon stars the boy and girl cat featured in “Silvery Moon” (aka “Candy Town”) another early Van Beuren cartoon. The plot of the cartoon defies description, so I won’t even try! But be assured it includes tons of surreal eye candy… Frogs playing banjos, tree stumps coming to life, singing skeletons… all to the tune of “Let A Smile Be Your Umbrella”, which you probably know from “Roger Rabbit”.

Many thanks to Animation Resources Advisory Board Member, Steve Stanchfield for sharing these three rare films with us.

REFPACK014: Three Van Beuren Shorts
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