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Monday, January 20th, 2014

Interview: Bob Givens- Grand Old Man Of Animation

Bob Givens

In November of 2008, Will Finn, Mike Fontanelli, JoJo Baptista, Michael Woodside and I were treated to nearly three hours of fabulous stories from Bob Givens relating to his half century in the animation business. I’ve included the whole interview as two Quicktime movies…

Bob Givens

You’ll notice that the kinds of stories that Bob relates here are quite different from what you might have read. When I first met Bob, I asked him if he had read any of the books written on the subject of animation history. He was blunt. “A lot of it is bologna. Those books are written by people who weren’t there… people who have never set foot in an animation studio.” This is a sentiment that I’ve heard expressed by a lot of the "old timers" I’ve had the privilege of being able to speak to. But Bob may be the last one left. We’re all lucky to have this opportunity to virtually sit at the feet of a "golden age" animator and hear about his experiences in his own words.

Bob Givens

Bob began his career as an Assistant Animator at Disney. His raw talent led him to be assigned to assist the Grim Natwick unit on Snow White. Please correct me in the comments if I’m wrong, but I believe that Bob is the last surviving member of the Snow White crew.

Private Snafu

During WWII, Bob was a part of the First Motion Picture Unit producing training films for the war effort.

Bob Givens

At Warner Bros, Bob designed the character models for the first true Bugs Bunny cartoon, "A Wild Hare", as well as providing background layouts and story sketches for countless Jones, Freleng, Avery and McKimson cartoons.

Linus the Lionhearted

Givens’ career continued to flourish throughout the television era. He worked on the first TV cartoon, Jay Ward’s Crusader Rabbit, as well as Clampett’s Beany & Cecil, Post Cereal’s Linus the Lionhearted and Hanna Barbera’s The Flintstones. Along with Bernie Gruver, Givens designed the classic "Raid Bug" spots for Cascade, and continued to work steadily into his 80s, retiring in 2001 after laying out Chuck Jones’ Timber Wolf.

Bob Givens

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Many thanks to Bob Givens for sharing his experiences with us, to Mike Fontanelli and Will Finn for taking time out of their busy schedules to speak with Bob, and to Michael Woodside and JoJo Baptista for producing this video.

Will Finn posts his impressions of the interview on his blog, Small Room.

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

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Creative League: Writing For TV with George Clayton Johnson

George Clayton Johnson

George Clayton Johnson’s
“A Game of Pool”

On Saturday January 14th at 7pm, screenwriter GEORGE CLAYTON JOHNSON will be joining us to share his theories on writing for television.

Our guest is well qualified to speak on this subject. He was one of the principal writers on Rod Serling’s “Twilight Zone”, writing both stories and screenplays for such legendary episodes as “The Four of Us Are Dying”, “Kick the Can”, “A Game of Pool”, and “Nothing in the Dark”. He also was the writer of the first regular episode of Star Trek to air, “The Man Trap” and the feature films “Logan’s Run” and “Oceans 11″. He was part of a group of Southern California science fiction writers that included Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury and Charles Beaumont. We will be screening “Icarus Montgolfier Wright”, an Academy Award nominated animated film which he co-wrote with Ray Bradbury.

Facebook Signup Page For George Clayton Johnson Theory Night

Twilight Zone

In addition to this program on Saturday the 14th, we will be hosting an informal Friday the 13th screening of several of George Clayton Johnson’s episodes of “The Twilight Zone” in new high definition restorations. There is no need to RSVP for the Friday the 13th screening. Just show up at 7:00 at our usual Pacoima meeting place.

Facebook Info Page For Friday the 13th Screening

The signup list for the George Clayton Johnson theory night is sure to fill up quickly, so get your email request in ASAP. Due to space limitations, attendance at the Animation Creative League meetings is by invitation only. We will be notifying everyone who will be attending by email a week before the event. As a courtesy to the rest of the members of our group, do not request a confirmation if you may not be able to attend, and let us know immediately if your plans change so we can offer your space to another member.

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