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Biography: Zack Schwartz

Birth/ Death

B. March 6, 1913
D. January 13, 2003


Animator, Art Director, Production Designer

Career Outline

Worked for Disney in the early 1930’s until the Strike in 1941
Worked for Screen Gems from 1941-1943
Co founded United Productions of America (UPA) in 1944 (formerly known as Industrial Films and Poster Service)

Comments on Style

Worked mostly in limited animation (reusing common parts between frames, rather than redrawing entire frames)


“Our camera is closer to being a printing press, in the way we use it, than it is to being a motion picture camera.”-Zack Schwartz

“Hell Bent For Election” was made in Zack Schwartz’s apartment because UPA did not have a studio in 1944


Wrote a book with Jim McCaulay (a colligue from Sheradon) called, And Then What Happened?
Taught at Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada in the 1980’s and 90’s
Helped develop the animation department at Sheridan along with Kaij Pindal


1947 “Clearing The Way” (short) (animator)
1947 “Expanding World Relationships” (short) (Production Designer)
1946 “Flight Safety: After the Cut” (short) (layout artist)
1945 “A Few Quick Facts: Fear” (short) (Production Designer)
1945 “A Few Quick Facts: Fear” (short) (layout artist)
1944 “Hell-Bent for Election” (short) (Production Designer)
1944 “Lend Lease” (short) (Production Designer)
1944 “Flat Hatting” (short) (layout artist)
1943 “He Can’t Make It Stick” (short) (layout artist)
1943 “Willoughby’s Magic Hat” (short) (layout artist)
1943 “Professor Small and Mr. Tall” (short) (layout artist)
1943 “The Vitamin G-Man” (short) (layout artist)
1942 “Song of Victory” (short) (layout artist)
1942 “Old Balckout Joe” (short) (layout artist)
1942 “Wolf Chases Pigs” (short) (layout artist)
1942 “Concerto in B Flat Minor” (short) (layout artist)
1940 “Fantasia” (segment “The Sourcer’s Apprentice”) (art director)
1938 “Wynken, Blynken & Nod” (short) (layout artist)


“Robin Hoodlum” (1948) and “The Magic Fluke” (1949) were both produced by UPA and nominated for an Academy Award

“When Magoo Flew” (1953) and “Magoo’s Puddle Jumper” (1955) both won Academy Awards for Best Short Subject (cartoons)

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