September 29th, 2020

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Commercials: Bob Kurtz Commercials

Bob Kurtz Commercials

Not long ago, we had a visit from Director/Story Man/Designer Bob Kurtz. Bob started out working on The Alvin Show, Roger Ramjet and Linus the Lionhearted, and went on to a long and distinguished career directing commercials. He was kind enough to contribute copies of his commercials to our collection. Check out this reel of great commercials from Kurtz & Friends…

Bob Kurtz Commercials

Bob Kurtz Commercials

Bob Kurtz Commercials

Bob Kurtz Commercials

Bob Kurtz Commercials

Kurtz & Friends Historical Reel (1970s-80s)
(Quicktime 7 / 37.2 megs)

Many thanks to Bob Kurtz for stopping by and sharing this with us.

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

Animated CartoonsAnimated Cartoons

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

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September 28th, 2020

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RefPack035: Another Treasure Chest Of Great Art Reference!

LAST CALL

Animation Resources’ next Reference Pack will be posted this coming weekend. If you are a member and haven’t had a chance to download it yet, do it now before RefPack 035 is deleted from the server. If you aren’t a member yet, NOW is the perfect time to join. Download RefPack 035 today and have a new Reference Pack to download this weekend. Animation Resources is dedicated to helping you become a better artist. There is no reason not to join!

Reference Pack

Every other month, Animation Resources shares a new Reference Pack with its members. They consist of an e-book packed with high resolution scans and video downloads set up for still frame study. Make sure you download the Reference Packs before they’re updated. When it’s gone, it’s gone!


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<Bruce Bainsfather Fragments From France

Animation Resources has just posted its 35th RefPack! This time our Reference Pack is jam packed with incredible things to study and inspire you. First of all, we are sharing some amazing collection of WWI cartoons by Bruce Bairnsfather. Early in life, Bairnsfather had difficulty finding his place in the world, but when he became a soldier, all that changed. The London Times noted that he was “fortunate in possessing a talent… which suited almost to the point of genius one particular moment and one particular set of circumstances. His series of cartoons called "Fragments From France" was a sensation, and they gave the public back home a sense of what life in the trenches was like.

Bruce Bainsfather Fragments From France


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Len LyeLen Lye

And that is just the beginning… In RefPack029 we shared some amazing experimental animation by Len Lye. This time, we return to that subject with five more wonderful films. Lye’s technique is drop dead simple and direct… Lye painted directly on blank rolls of film with colored dyes and created layers of movement in an optical printer. But that is just the surface. It goes much deeper than that. The planning required to achieve this complete synthesis of sound and motion required incredible concentration. The result is deceptively simple- it’s like abstract art coming to life and dancing across the screen. If you have never seen Lye’s work before, you are in for a treat!

Len LyeLen Lye


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Cherubashka

RefPack035 also includes a pair of cartoons featuring the children’s character, Cheburashka. The animation in these films is brilliant, and it’s well worth still framing through to study how the various personalities are put across through the walk cycles and gestures. The puppets limit the flexibility of facial expressions, but the animators more than make up for it through the way the characters move. The principles behind stop motion, hand drawn animation and CGI are all the same. The different disciplines have a lot to learn from each other!

Cherubashka


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Keds Commercial Reel

Our bonus download this month is a commercial reel from the collection of Paul Fennell. The Kedso the Clown spots, voiced by children’s TV personality Pinkie Lee, were very influential on the design of later television animation at Hanna-Barbera and other studios. We thank the family of Paul Fennell for sharing all of the wonderful commercial reels with us that we have been featuring over the past years.


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<Bruce Bainsfather Fragments From France

At Animation Resources, our Advisory Board includes great artists and animators like Ralph Bakshi, Will Finn, J.J. Sedelmaier and Sherm Cohen. They’ve let us know the things that they use in their own self study so we can share them with you. That’s experience you just can’t find anywhere else. The most important information isn’t what you already know… It’s the information you should know about, but don’t know yet. We bring that to you every other month.


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Animation Resources is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization dedicated to providing self study material to the worldwide animation community. If you are a creative person working in animation, cartooning or illustration, you owe it to yourself to be a member of Animation Resources.

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Posted by Stephen Worth @ 12:13 pm

September 25th, 2020

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SEPT 26: Discord Discussion- Advice For Independent Animators

SATURDAY 5:30pm (PDT)! Don’t miss it!

Animation Resources Discord

Animation Resources is hosting monthly Discord parties on its Discord server. Join us the last Saturday of every month to participate in discussions and network with fellow artists from all over the world. The party starts at 4:30 pm (PDT) and the program begins at 5:30 pm.

THIS MONTH’S PROGRAM

Advice for Independent Animators

Our schedule of monthly programs under the banner Discord Discussions continues this Saturday September 26th!

All artists aren’t the same. There are a lot of people giving advice on how to get a job at a studio working on features and TV shows, but people who aspire to “go it alone” as an independent animator are often left on their own to figure out how to build a successful career. There are strategies and responsibilities that come with being your own boss. You have freedom to control your own destiny, so you want to make sure you keep moving forward. Animation Resources is there to help.

Join us Saturday for an informal discussion of the advantages of pursuing a career as an independent animator. Learn how to avoid the pitfalls and chart your course for yourself. Find out how wide the world of cartooning is! Have fun meeting other like-minded folks!

ADVICE FOR INDEPENDENT ANIMATORS
Animation Resources
At The Animation Resources Discord Server
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 26th, 2020 5:30 pm (PDT)
HOSTED BY DAVEY JARELL, WITH STEPHEN WORTH

Animation Resources is one of the best kept secrets in the world of cartooning. Every month, we sponsor a program of interest to artists, and every other month, we share a book and up to an hour of rare animation with our members. If you are a creative person interested in the fields of animation, cartooning or illustration, you should be a member of Animation Resources!

ABOUT YOUR HOSTS

Davey Jarell is a member of the Board of Directors of Animation Resources. He is a professional storyboard artist for television and acts as our Director of Programs. Stephen Worth has been working in animation as a producer for 35 years. He is the President of Animation Resources.

ABOUT DISCORD

Discord is a free chat app that supports video, voice chat and text chat. Discord servers are divided into channels, which all have their own subject or theme of discussion. Members are assigned roles which helps everyone keep track of who’s who. The Animation Resources Discord channel is a virtual meeting place for our supporters. You can meet other Animation Resources members, talk with the people behind the scenes at our organization, and attend lectures and screenings— all without leaving your home. It’s free and open to everyone in the creative community. If you’d like more info on how Discord works, see this article: What is Discord?

Here’s how to install the Discord app and login to the Animation Resources Discord Server:


    1. INSTALL DISCORD
  • iPhone or Android: Download the app from the App Store or Google Play Store and install.
  • Desktop: You can access Discord for your Mac or PC from discordapp.com. You can choose to download and install the free Discord app, or enter our channel directly using your web browser.
    2. CREATE AN ACCOUNT
  • Just follow the prompts to create your own login account.
    3. JOIN THE ANIMATION RESOURCES CHANNEL
  • Click the plus sign to the right of the app and select "JOIN A SERVER".
  • Enter this invite code: vES5YsV
    4. YOU’RE THERE!
  • Take a moment to look around, read the rules and introduce yourself.

The Animation Resources Discord Server is open to the public right now. Pop in and look around, and make a point to visit on Saturday!

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Posted by Stephen Worth @ 12:42 pm