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RefPack015: Download The Definitive Documentary On Silent Movie Comedy


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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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Comedy A Serious Business

Hollywood: Comedy- A Serious Business
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The animators of the golden age all expressed a debt of gratitude to the silent comedy film makers who paved the way for the cartoonists that followed their lead. At Disney, Don Graham led action analysis classes for the staff breaking down the pantomime of Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd. Chuck Jones once expressed regret that he was born too late to work alongside the great slapstick comedy directors. The writing techniques at almost all of the animated cartoon studios of the 30s and 40s were derived from principles developed at Mack Sennett and Hal Roach’s studios. These films may seem ancient to us today, but they are far from irrelevant.

At the time this documentary was made, silent films were long gone from public view. In fact, if they were presented at all, they utilized beat up incomplete prints projected at the wrong frame rate. For the Hollywood series, film historian Kevin Brownlow assembled the best prints, transferred them on a state of the art variable speed telecine rank, and interviewed surviving cast and crew members to create the definitive documentary series on this seminal era in the history of movies. This episode deals with the comics- Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd and explains how they created their films. Unseen since the VHS era, Animation Resources acquired a transfer of this important documentary from a rare set of laserdiscs, and now we share it with you.

Recently, blu-rays and DVDs have breathed new life into these important films. If you are unfamiliar with the movies discussed in this documentary, jot down the titles and look them up. You’ll find a lot to study and learn from silent films.

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March 20th, 2017

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Animation: Jules Engel’s Color Keys For The Alvin Show

Jules Engel The Alvin Show

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In his wonderful blog, Cartoon Modern, Amid Amidi recently posted some thumbnail background keys by color stylist, Jules Engel and invited his readers to comment. I happened to have a nice little stack of Jules Engel keys from The Alvin Show sitting here on my desk, so I decided to scan them and post them to follow Amid’s lead.

Jules Engel The Alvin Show
Jules Engel The Alvin Show
Jules Engel The Alvin Show
Jules Engel The Alvin Show
Jules Engel The Alvin Show
Jules Engel The Alvin Show
Jules Engel The Alvin Show
Jules Engel The Alvin Show
Jules Engel The Alvin Show

Cartoon ModernCartoon ModernMake sure to pick up a copy of Amid’s great new book, Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in 1950s Animation.

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

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March 17th, 2017

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Illustration: Kay Nielsen’s 12 Dancing Princesses and Hansel and Gretel

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animationresources.org Nielsen was a Danish illustrator who is best known today for his concept work at Disney on Fantasia. Nielsen’s pastels of Chernabog from the “Night on Bald Mountain” sequence set the mood and gave animator Bill Tytla a big boost. But among illustrators, Nielsen is best known for his illustrations for his masterful work on East of the Sun and West of the Moon. His style was ornate and decorative, blending elements of Aubrey Beardsley and John Bauer with Persian illuminated manuscripts and Oriental motifs.

Here is some of Nielsen’s earliest work, his illustrations for Twelve Dancing Princesses…
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animationresources.org Nielsen Twelve Dancing Princesses

animationresources.org Nielsen Twelve Dancing Princesses

animationresources.org Nielsen Twelve Dancing Princesses

animationresources.org Nielsen Twelve Dancing Princesses

animationresources.org Nielsen Twelve Dancing Princesses

animationresources.org Nielsen Twelve Dancing Princesses

animationresources.org Nielsen Twelve Dancing Princesses

animationresources.org Nielsen Twelve Dancing Princesses

animationresources.org Nielsen Twelve Dancing Princesses

animationresources.org Nielsen Twelve Dancing Princesses

And here is a sampling of animationresources.org Nielsen’s later style- the illustrations for Hansel and Gretel and Stories from the Brothers Grimm…

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animationresources.org Nielsen Hansel and Gretel
animationresources.org Nielsen Hansel and Gretel

Visit our Kay Nielsen Gallery at Imagekind to order fine art prints of beautiful illustrations from “East of the Sun West of the Moon”. The prints are made from high resolution scans off a pristine first edition from the collection of Animation Resources. You can order individual prints, or a huge sheet with all 25 images from this landmark illustrated children’s book. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these prints goes to support Animation Resources.

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

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