May 22nd, 2015

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Illustration: Willy Pogany’s Mother Goose

Willy Pogany's Mother Goose

One of my favorite blogs is David Apatoff’s Illustration Art. David is one of the best writers on the subject of art that I’ve read online. He’s unique because he thinks like an artist and he’s concise, two characteristics that are rare when it comes to art criticism in the blogosphere.

The other day, David posted about one of my favorite illustrators, Willy Pogany. (Read his post HERE.) You might recall that we featured Pogany on the Animation Resources site last Summer… (Willy Pogany’s Drawing Lessons) The post on Illustration Art discusses how much better Pogany’s work was when it was less embellished and more direct. I couldn’t agree more. I would add that it’s even better when it doesn’t take itself quite so seriously. A perfect example of Pogany at his absolute peak is a book that just happens to be my favorite illustrated children’s book, Willy Pogany’s Mother Goose.

Pogany's Mother GoosePogany's Mother GooseI’m afraid that viewing this book on the web puts you at a distinct disadvantage. This is one of those books that expresses itself beyond just the images. The size and weight of the book, the feel of the paper, the proportion of text blocks and margins, and the counterpoint in the layout of opposing pages all contribute to the powerful impression this book makes on the reader. The best way I can describe the feeling of reading this book is that each turn of the page is like revealing a new surprise.

From a design standpoint this book was revolutionary, because in 1928 when it was first published, the norm for illustrated books was to have uniform text blocks filling the bulk of the pages with an occasional hand tipped and tissue protected color plate. Pogany breaks all those conventions and makes every single page a fully illuminated illustration. I think it could be argued that this is one of the very first modern children’s books. The watercolors are rendered quickly in a deceptively simple style, but they’re packed with a million clever design ideas and tremendous spontaneity.

I’m afraid this is one book that I can’t afford a clean first edition copy of. The copy I scanned was battered and worn. I’ve done extensive Photoshopping to remove smudges and creases from the many decades of abuse by tiny fingers, and I’ve done my best to maintain the relative scale and basic compositions of the page spreads. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I do.

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One last image (racially insensitive)

Stephen Worth
Director
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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May 21st, 2015

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JUNE 20th: Golden Age Cartoons On The Big Screen At The Egyptian!

Golden Age Cartoon Screening

RARE AND RESTORED!
A Time Machine Trip Back To The Golden Age Of Cartoons

Egyptian Theatre- Sat June 20th 2015, 3pm
Presented by the American Cinematheque and Animation Resources

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Back in the 1920s and 30s, cartoons were a truly magical experience. Hand drawn doodles danced and sang projected as big as a house on the silver screens of lavish movie palaces. Every short cartoon was a window into a world of its own, and artists were free to use their pencils and paint to make fun of absolutely anything- no rules, no censors.

Today, times have changed. Animation is primarily a children’s medium. It’s made with computers, and the scope of the cartoon world is limited by the size of the TV set in our living room. Classic animated films of the past have suffered the ravages of time, gradually deteriorating, being bumped out of broadcast TV schedules, fading away until they’re little more than just a pleasant memory.

But on June 20th, film preservationist Steve Stanchfield will turn back the hands of time and present a program of newly restored vintage cartoons on the big screen at the legendary Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Stanchfield is a champion of rare and forgotten animation, and his company, Thunderbean Animation is helping preserve our cartoon heritage, utilizing modern digital technology to return these precious films to their former glory.

Also on board for this exciting program is Stephen Worth, the president of Animation Resources, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to serving animation artists and researchers. Worth will be sharing the stories of the artists who made the films and providing historical background. The program will include a little bit of everything, from animation’s biggest stars to its most unusual obscure characters. There will be silent films and sound films, early experimental color cartoons, as well as good old black & white. The rarest of the rare will be back on the big screen where it belongs, and even the most die hard cartoon fans will see plenty of things in the program they’ve never seen before- perhaps things they didn’t even know existed!

Steve Stanchfield will have DVDs and blu-rays of restored cartoons for sale in the lobby after the program, and Animation Resources will be on hand to provide info about their organization.

Screening format 35mm, 2K Digital

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May 21st, 2015

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Gag Drawings: Scooper Conlon’s Scrapbook

Scooper Conlon Scrapbook

Cartoon by animator, Bill Nolan

Today, we had a visit from John Denos, who is a collector of portrait photography and Hollywood memorabilia. He had a treasure with him… a scrapbook of gag drawings that belonged to publicist, "Scooper" Conlon. Conlon’s career spanned the history of the golden age of Hollywood, from the early silent era all the way through the fifties. He had many friends in the business, including many famous animators. John is looking for information on the artists behind these great cartoons. If you have any pertinent details, please leave a comment below.

Scooper Conlon Scrapbook

Cartoon by Lantz animator, Bill Nolan in his retirement years

Scooper Conlon Scrapbook

Gag by unknown cartoonist (Bill Nolan?)

Scooper Conlon Scrapbook

Cartoon by Lantz director, Dick Lundy from the late 1930s

Scooper Conlon Scrapbook

Cartoon by MGM animator, Irv Spence dealing with Conlon’s work on "Gunga Din" (1939)

Scooper Conlon Scrapbook

Another by Irv Spence

Scooper Conlon Scrapbook

Gag by Warner Bros animator, George Grandpre, soon after he left John Sutherland Productions, and before starting his long run at Warner Bros

Scooper Conlon Scrapbook

Gag by unknown Disney animator

Scooper Conlon Scrapbook

Caricatures of the cast of "Gunga Din&quot with Conlon by MGM animator, Carl Urbano

Scooper Conlon Scrapbook

Scooper Conlon Scrapbook

Gags by unknown magazine cartoonist

Scooper Conlon Scrapbook
Scooper Conlon Scrapbook
Scooper Conlon Scrapbook

Gags by Warner Bros story man, Warren Foster

Thanks to John Denos for sharing these with us!

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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

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