February 8th, 2017

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Visual Artists: Spend The Most Important 20 Minutes Of Your Life!

Please share… If you are a visual artist or student, here is one of the most important 20 minutes you’ll ever spend in your life… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL0G3x7GRQ0

Animation Resources is a LOT more than just a webpage. For the past decade, we have been building the best collection of reference material for animators, cartoonists and illustrators that has ever been amassed. Using modern technology, we are digitizing priceless artwork, animated films and artists’ biographies and combining them in a searchable database. At this point, the database is a functional prototype- it’s only available to visitors to our facility in Los Angeles. But as Animation Resources grows, we will be able to upload more and more treasures to the internet to share with our supporting members and the worldwide animation commmunity. Our goal is to eventually make this database available over the internet to all of our membership.

PLEASE take 20 minutes out of your day and watch this video. Learn what we are building for the world. I think you will want to pitch in and help. Joining Animation Resources isn’t just about the perks of joining during our Member Appreciation Month (More on that here). It’s about supporting our Animation Archives Project so the knowledge of the past can be the foundation for animation’s future.

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February 6th, 2017

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JOIN Animation Resources Today And Download Three Surreal Van Beuren Cartoons!


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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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Three Van Beuren Shorts
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“Cubby’s Stratosphere Flight” (1934) “Jolly Good Felons” (1934) “Wild Goose Chase” (1932)

Of all of the golden age cartoon studios, Van Beuren is the closest in tone to current cartoons. The humor is quite random with plenty of surreal touches, and the drawing is basic but appealing. They truly represent the time and place they were made- New York City in the mid 1930s. In this Reference Pack, our Advisory Board member, Steve Stanchfield has selected three typical examples featuring three different sets of characters… Cubby Bear, The Little King and a pair of Mickey and Minnie clones.

Cubby Bear’s Stratosphere Flight (1934): The title of this Cubby Bear cartoon refers to the 1933 World’s Fair balloon flight by Jean Piccard. But the majority of the film deals with a polar night club inhabited by seals, penguins and walruses. A polar bear cop raids the joint and everyone scrambles.

Jolly Good Felons (1934): This short is probably the best of the series based on Otto Soglow’s Little King comics. It features some amazing early animation by Jim Tyer and astoundingly politically incorrect gags. Incongruously, the design of the prison riot at the end perfectly merges Soglow’s gentle style with the ruff and tumble Van Beuren animation style.

The Wild Goose Chase (1932): This Aesop’s Fables cartoon stars the boy and girl cat featured in “Silvery Moon” (aka “Candy Town”) another early Van Beuren cartoon. The plot of the cartoon defies description, so I won’t even try! But be assured it includes tons of surreal eye candy… Frogs playing banjos, tree stumps coming to life, singing skeletons… all to the tune of “Let A Smile Be Your Umbrella”, which you probably know from “Roger Rabbit”.

Many thanks to Animation Resources Advisory Board Member, Steve Stanchfield for sharing these three rare films with us.

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February 3rd, 2017

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The Biggest Bargain In Animation!

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Here’s what you get if you join Animation Resources today…

  • FIVE downloadable e-books comprising the entire 800 pages of the legendary Zim Correspondence Course of Cartooning and Caricature!
  • Over a HALF HOUR of rare animation as DVD quality downloads… a rare UPA industrial film animated by Art Babbitt and Grim Natwick, and three surreal cartoons from the Van Beuren Studios!
  • In the beginning of March, every member of Animation Resources will receive a $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE to our online e-book and video store. Grab a book or animated film you may have missed when we first shared them with our members the first time around!
  • Every member gets FREE ADMISSION to our screenings and meetings. Our Annual Meeting is coming up at the beginning of March, and it will be a lot of fun. Come see a great film on the big screen!
  • Throughout the year, Animation Resources members receive bi-monthly REFERENCE PACKS… downloadable e-books and animated films. Last year, members received seven e-books and over 4 hours of amazing animation they couldn’t get anywhere else.

Best of all, by joining Animation Resources, you are supporting the building of our digital archive. As our membership grows, we can share more and more of our treasures with the worldwide animation community- that means you! By joining, you’re also expressing thanks to the volunteers who work hard to bring great inspiration and information to you every day via social media and the WWW.

Animation Resources is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is funded by artists like you, not big corporations or the government. Don’t depend on someone else. It’s up to YOU to support the things you directly benefit from. The dues are reasonable. Spread over the year, it comes out to a little over a dollar a week. You can afford that, even if you are a student or struggling artist. Give back to your muse.

Put your money where your art is!

If you have read this far, you know how valuable the work we’re doing is. Help us take it to the next level. Join today.

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