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Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Animation: Nat Falk’s How To Make Animated Cartoons Part One

Nat Falk Book

Today, we began digitizing an extraordinary book… Nat Falk’s "How To Make Animated Cartoons". Published in 1941, this book brings together information from all of the major studios of the day… Disney, Terrytoons, Screen Gems, Warner Bros, Fleischer, Lantz and Harman-Ising. It’s wild to see Popeye on the cover right next to Andy Panda and Farmer Al Falfa… You’ll never see competing studios cooperate to create a book like this today!

Nat Falk Book

This particular copy of "Animated Cartoons" has its own history… It belonged to one of the pioneers of animation, Carlo Vinci, and it was given to him as a gift by Paul Terry himself.

Nat Falk Book

Here then, is the first installment of Nat Falk’s "Animated Cartoons"… consisting of a forward by Paul Terry, a chapter on the history of animation and an overview of the animation studios of the time. The animation history chapter is fascinating, because it includes information from first hand sources about the early days of animation in New York. Learn who did the first double exposed effects, who was the first to use cels, who made the first color cartoons (no, not Walt Disney!) and who invented the pan background… Print it out and read it all!

HOW TO MAKE ANIMATED CARTOONS by Nat Falk

Nat Falk Book
Nat Falk Book
Nat Falk Book
Nat Falk Book
Nat Falk Book
Nat Falk Book
Nat Falk Book
Nat Falk Book
Nat Falk Book
Nat Falk Book
Nat Falk Book
Nat Falk Book
Nat Falk Book
Nat Falk Book
Nat Falk Book
Nat Falk Book
Nat Falk Book
Nat Falk Book

I’m going to take one short sequence of the book out of order, because it really belongs here with the information on the studios…

HOW I CREATED ANDY PANDA
By Walter Lantz

Nat Falk Book
Nat Falk Book

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

Animated CartoonsAnimated Cartoons

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

This posting is part of an online series of articles dealing with Instruction.

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Inbetweens: Terry-Toons Comic Book Covers

Terrytoons Comic Book Cover

Terrytoons Comic Book Cover

Terrytoons Comic Book Cover

Terrytoons Comic Book Cover

Terrytoons Comic Book Cover

Terrytoons Comic Book Cover

Terrytoons Comic Book Cover

Terrytoons Comic Book Cover

Terrytoons Comic Book Cover

Terrytoons Comic Book Cover

Terrytoons Comic Book Cover

Terrytoons Comic Book Cover

Terrytoons Comic Book Cover

Terrytoons Comic Book Cover

Terrytoons Comic Book Cover

Terrytoons Comic Book Cover

Terrytoons Comic Book Cover

Terrytoons Comic Book Cover

Terrytoons Comic Book Cover

Terrytoons Comic Book Cover

Terrytoons Comic Book Cover

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Animation: Terrytoons’ Catnip Capers

Terrytoons Catnip Capers

Today, we digitized a batch of Terrytoons from the 3/4 inch masters given to me by John Kricfalusi. Among them was a real gem… Catnip Capers (1940).

Terrytoons Catnip Capers

Terrytoons Catnip Capers

This cartoon is among the best cartoons TerryToons ever produced. It starts out like a typical Terry cat and mouse cartoon, but before long, it’s gone off on a wild tangent into feline surrealism and exotica.

Terrytoons Catnip Capers

Terrytoons Catnip Capers

The backgrounds in this cartoons are spectacular. If anyone out there knows who laid out or painted these, please post to the comments below. There are times where backgrounds and layout are equal in importance to the animation of the characters… a couple of good examples would be the end of Tex Avery’s "King Size Canary" and the St. James Infirmary Blues sequence of "Betty Boop in Snow White". This cartoon certainly fits in that category as well.

Terrytoons Catnip Capers

Terrytoons Catnip Capers

Terrytoons Catnip Capers

Terrytoons have been ufairly criticized as being "monotonous", "predictable" and "boring" in just about every animation history book that references them. Animation Resources has made it a goal to collect and make available as much of the output of the studio as possible to put the lie to those mischaracterizations.

Terrytoons Catnip Capers

Terrytoons Catnip Capers

Catnip Capers (Terry/1940)
(Quicktime 7 / 13.5 megs)

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

Animated CartoonsAnimated Cartoons

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