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Wednesday, February 9th, 2022

Animated Discussions 007: Is Reference Constructive Or A Crutch?


Animation Resources has embarked on a podcasting series with informal screenings, interviews and seminars. In honor of Member Appreciation Month, we are sharing our latest podcast with everyone. All of our past podcasts are archived in our Annual Members Bonus Archive.

Animated Discussions Podcast

Is Reference Constructive Or A Crutch?
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Animated Discussions 007 / Hosted by Davey Jarrell with Taber Dunipace and Stephen Worth

NewNewThere’s a myth that says that true artists don’t use reference, that they are just born gifted, and their inspiration just comes out of thin air. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The most successful artists use reference for two main purposes: one is for finding solutions to technical problems, and the other is for general inspiration. Great artists expose themselves to as wide a variety of work as they can, regardless of whether or not they see an immediate practical use for it. In this episode of Animated Discussions, Animation Resources Programming Director Davey Jarrell interviews Board Member Taber Dunipace and President Stephen Worth on how to use reference for both practical purposes and for feeding your creative spirit.

AD007: Reference- Constructive Or A Crutch?
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Members Appreciation Month

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Tuesday, February 1st, 2022

LAST CALL RefPack043: Anime, Terry-Toons, Russian Animation and Chaplin!


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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Animation Resources is growing. Since we are a non-profit organization, all of the money we take in from dues gets spent on our projects. So as we get more members, we share more wonderful material with them. Here’s an overview of what you will find in RefPack043…


This time we are featuring experimental films by the father of Japanese manga and anime, Osamu Tezuka. Tezuka made these personal films while he was producing television animation and publishing manga.


The purpose of these films was to allow Tezuka to explore new ideas and techniques with complete freedom. The innovations he came up with in these experimental films ended up enriching his commercial work.


These films helped him lay the groundwork for the limited animation techniques that made television anime possible.


Next up is a pair of cartoons from Terry-Toons. Animation Resources Advisory Board member Steve Stanchfield is responsible for sharing these interesting films with us.


These aren’t the best cartoons ever made, but they include some fantastic scenes animated by Carlo Vinci and Jim Tyer. Check them out and see what you can learn from the masters.


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In the International section, we feature part four of Roman Davydov’s five part series based on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book…


…along with an amazing Russian film titled, The Brave Little Gudgeon…

Well Just You Wait

Next up is a new episode of Well, Just You Wait…

Dog Cat And

…and another crazy episode of Dog, Cat And… from Studio Miniatur Filmowych in Poland.

Cyborg 009

The Early Anime section, which is curated by JoJo Baptista, includes two episodes of the rarely seen Japanese TV series, Cyborg 009 from 1968.

Cyborg 009

It has some hilarious limited animation takes and a giant robot monster animated in a very unique style.


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Charlie Chaplin

And that’s not all! In the Slapstick Section, we are continue the three part series that outlines the working methods of Charlie Chaplin.

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As a bonus, we feature three an e-book with two complete issues of the most beautiful magazine ever published, L’Illustration Noel.


Animation Resources Board Member David Eisman presents a series of breakdowns on conveying the feeling of weight in animation.

Animated Discussions Podcast

And Animation Resources’ Director of Programming Davey Jarrell has a new podcast for us! This time, the subject is what animators can learn from live action movies. To go with the podcast, we are rerunning a supplementary documentary on the history of cinematography from a past RefPack.


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Whew! That is an amazing collection of treasures! 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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Check out this SAMPLE REFERENCE PACK! It will give you a taste of what Animation Resources members get to download every other month!

Sample RefPack


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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Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

Interview: Bob Givens- Grand Old Man Of Animation

Bob Givens (March 2, 1918 – December 14, 2017)
Thank you for being so generous with us at Animation Resources, Bob. We’ll never forget you.

Bob Givens

In November of 2008, Will Finn, Mike Fontanelli, JoJo Baptista, Michael Woodside and I were treated to nearly three hours of fabulous stories from Bob Givens relating to his half century in the animation business. I’ve included the whole interview as two Quicktime movies…

Bob Givens

You’ll notice that the kinds of stories that Bob relates here are quite different from what you might have read. When I first met Bob, I asked him if he had read any of the books written on the subject of animation history. He was blunt. “A lot of it is bologna. Those books are written by people who weren’t there… people who have never set foot in an animation studio.” This is a sentiment that I’ve heard expressed by a lot of the "old timers" I’ve had the privilege of being able to speak to. But Bob may be the last one left. We’re all lucky to have this opportunity to virtually sit at the feet of a "golden age" animator and hear about his experiences in his own words.

Bob Givens

Bob began his career as an Assistant Animator at Disney. His raw talent led him to be assigned to assist the Grim Natwick unit on Snow White. Please correct me in the comments if I’m wrong, but I believe that Bob is the last surviving member of the Snow White crew.

Private Snafu

During WWII, Bob was a part of the First Motion Picture Unit producing training films for the war effort.

Bob Givens

At Warner Bros, Bob designed the character models for the first true Bugs Bunny cartoon, "A Wild Hare", as well as providing background layouts and story sketches for countless Jones, Freleng, Avery and McKimson cartoons.

Linus the Lionhearted

Givens’ career continued to flourish throughout the television era. He worked on the first TV cartoon, Jay Ward’s Crusader Rabbit, as well as Clampett’s Beany & Cecil, Post Cereal’s Linus the Lionhearted and Hanna Barbera’s The Flintstones. Along with Bernie Gruver, Givens designed the classic "Raid Bug" spots for Cascade, and continued to work steadily into his 80s, retiring in 2001 after laying out Chuck Jones’ Timber Wolf.

Bob Givens


John Wayne & Judy Garland in Lancaster, CA
The Lake Norconian "Orgy"
Mentor Huebner’s Film Concept Work
David Swift at IMDB
History of the First Motion Picture Unit

Many thanks to Bob Givens for sharing his experiences with us, to Mike Fontanelli and Will Finn for taking time out of their busy schedules to speak with Bob, and to Michael Woodside and JoJo Baptista for producing this video.

Will Finn posts his impressions of the interview on his blog, Small Room.

Stephen Worth
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Animated CartoonsAnimated Cartoons

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

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