July 22nd, 2015

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What You Know And What You Don’t

We had a meeting of the Board of Directors of Animation Resources last weekend, and an interesting comment came up… Someone observed that the material we share in our Reference Packs isn’t necessarily the sort of educational material a student might know he or she needs… It’s the sort of material that they don’t know they need, but they really do. Discovering important resources you didn’t know existed is more important and exciting than mining the small pool of things you already know about.

I sometimes have people come in to use our library who are only interested in “the usual suspects”… Chuck Jones, Freddie Moore, Mary Blair, etc. Those artists are all great and worthy of study, but they are just the first step of discovery. If you want to travel to places the art form hasn’t gone before, you have to expand your frame of reference to be able to envision the limitless possibilities that exist in animation. That means taking an interdisciplinary approach… not just studying animators, but studying creators in all fields… music, art, dance, performance, design.

There is no school on Earth that teaches how to think like an artist, even though it’s a subject that really should be taught. In order to think creatively, a student needs to open their world up and seek out knowledge and life experiences they haven’t experienced yet. Then they can incorporate that into their own process of creation to make things that don’t look just like the things everyone else are making. CREATIVE THINKING is the ultimate destination all students should be aiming for, and that takes a wide view of creativity.

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July 21st, 2015

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Filmography: Gandy and Sourpuss in Aladdin’s Lamp

Gandy and Sourpuss

>Over at John Kricfalusi’s blog, All Kinds of Stuff, John posted an appreciation Gandy Goose and Sourpuss– the cartoon comedy team that were one of the inspirations for Ren & Stimpy.

I’ve long thought that the Gandy Goose cartoons are underappreciated. They’re funny, well animated and have a great deal of variety. The early ones, in particular "Doomsday", have lavish production values. "Aladdin’s Lamp" is a typical wartime short featuring the duo, and it includes a great jitterbug dance sequence by Carlo Vinci. Vinci’s hand is evident throughout this short.

Gandy and Sourpuss

Gandy and Sourpuss

Gandy and Sourpuss

Gandy and Sourpuss

Gandy and Sourpuss

Gandy and Sourpuss

Gandy and Sourpuss

Gandy and Sourpuss

Gandy Goose & Sourpuss in
Aladdin’s Lamp (Terry/1943)

(Quicktime 7 / 14.5 megs)

Many thanks to John Kricfalusi for donating this great cartoon to our archive.

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

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July 20th, 2015

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RefPack 005: Download Penn Mutual Insurance Industrial Film


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July-August 2015

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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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100 Years of Security

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Paul Fennel Studios (ca. 1948)

Continuing our series of rare industrial films by the Paul Fennell Studios, here is an animated film about the history of insurance in America. Fennell was insured by Penn Mutual, and he pitched his agent with the idea of doing an animated film for their annual report to stockholders. The company liked the idea, so Fennell quickly set up a studio and hired Ed Benedict away from Disney to do design and layout. They continued to work together on commercials and industrial films until the late 1950s.

This film does a good job of turning technical subjects that could easily become tedious into interesting and entertaining film action. It displays Fennell’s experience producing instructional films for the government during WWII, and combined with Benedict’s clear, focused layouts, it is a perfect model of animation as an instructional medium.

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