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Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

REFPACK 008: WWII Training Film- Night Battle


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Night Battle

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First Motion Picture Unit (ca. mid 1944)

Paul Fennell was a master of using animation for communication and education, and at the First Motion Picture Unit he had the opportunity to experiment with new ways of conveying information. This rare film from 1944 explains strategies for naval warfare at night, using the battle at Empress Augusta Bay in November 1943 as an example. The U.S. was seeking to establish a beachhead at the very outer edge of the range of their fighter planes, so they could build an airstrip to act as a base to extend their reach.

Using a blend of cel animation, stop motion and diagrammatic animatics, the artists of the First Motion Picture Unit explain some pretty complex strategic maneuvers. But it never becomes a purely technical exercise, because the animation of the night battle, revealed as brief flashes of light from gun blasts, is both cinematically and graphically exciting. This film must have been produced very quickly in the first few months of 1944. Time was of the essence to pass along the concepts learned from this naval battle to other servicemen serving in the War of the Pacific.

Films like this are rarely seen today, except in bits and pieces as stock footage in TV documentaries. This intact print, labelled “Confidential Report on the Battle of Empress Augusta Bay” comes from the collection of Paul Fennell’s family. We thank them for sharing it with us.

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Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Editorial Cartoons: Arthur Szyk The New Order

Arthur Szyk was born in Poland and began painting at the age of four. He studied art in Paris until the outbreak of World War I, when he travelled East to study Mohammedan art. In 1914, he joined the Russian army, and later served as an officer in a guerrilla regiment in the Polish army. He married in 1921 and moved back to Paris, where he lived and painted until 1931. Szyk received many important commissions during this time… He illuminated the Covenant of the League of Nations, painted a series of miniatures dealing with the American Revolution that hangs in the White House, and spent three years working on an illumination of the Haggadah, the story of the Jews’ flight from Egypt which was dedicated to the King of England.

In 1940, Szyk relocated to Canada, eventually settling in New York City in 1941. Szyk’s political cartoons, which were published in the newspaper PM, were described by art critic, Thomas Craven as being “as compact as a bomb, extraordinarily lucid in statement, firm and incisive of line, and deadly in their characterizations.” The illustrations we scanned today are from a collection of Szyk’s political cartoons called “The New Order”..

Caricature is the foundation of cartooning. It involves the exaggeration of features to highlight and focus personality traits. Szyk was a master of caricature. His ability to clearly express the arrogance, irony and evil behind the trumped up facade of civilized behavior spoke louder than words. “The New Order” is a rare book. It was ahead of its time when it was published in 1941, before the United States entered the Second World War. Animation Resources was fortunate to locate a clean copy to digitize.

Stephen Worth
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This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Editorial Cartoons.
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Monday, December 14th, 2015

Magazine Cartoons: Virgil Partch’s Here We Go Again

Virgil Partch Here We Go Again

Today, we digitized Virgil Partch’s book, “Here We Go Again”. Here are some examples from this book…

Virgil Partch Here We Go Again

Virgil Partch Here We Go Again

Virgil Partch Here We Go Again

Virgil Partch Here We Go Again

Virgil Partch Here We Go Again

Virgil Partch Here We Go Again

Virgil Partch Here We Go Again

Virgil Partch Here We Go Again

Virgil Partch Here We Go Again

Virgil Partch Here We Go Again

Virgil Partch Here We Go Again

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