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Monday, September 27th, 2021

RefPack041 Last Call For Russian Feature!

Animation Resources’ next Reference Pack will be posted next weekend, and the current one will be replaced. This is your last chance to join and access RefPack041. Here is just a small sample of what you can download if you JOIN TODAY!

RefPack041

Animation Resources’ next Reference Pack will be posted next weekend, and the current one will be replaced. This is your last chance to join and access RefPack041. JOIN TODAY!

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Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

REFPACK041: Russian Animated Feature, Japanese TV Animation & MORE!

LAST CALL! REFPACK041 will be replaced next week. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, do it now before it’s gone forever. If you haven’t joined Animation Resources yet, JOIN TODAY and download RefPack041 today and Refpack042 next week. Animation Resources membership is the biggest bargain in animation.

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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 RefPack041…

The Humpbacked Horse

One of the unquestioned masterpieces of Russian animation is Ivan Ivanov-Vano’s The Humpbacked Horse. This lavish film was produced in the years immediately following World War II when Russia was isolating itself from Western influences. Ivanov-Vano mined Russian fables and fairy tales as subjects for animated films, and adapted them to suit the ideological demands of the Soviet authorities who oversaw the Soyuzmultfilm studio. The goal was to create animation that competed with Western studios like Disney, while developing a style that was distinctly Russian. Click through to the Members Only page to see the entire film.

The Humpbacked Horse


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Van Beuren Tom And Jerry

Van Beuren cartoons are among the most misunderstood animated shorts from the golden age of animation. Armchair animation historians tend to have a certain set of criteria they judge by— either the polish and production values of Disney, or the carefully constructed gags of Tex Avery at Warner Bros and MGM. If you judge like that, Van Beuren cartoons fall far short, but that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to learn from these films. Click through to the Members Only page to find out more…

Van Beuren Tom And Jerry


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Mowgli

In our International Animation section, we are continuing three series we began in our last Reference pack… The first is the second chapter of a Russian adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book directed by Roman Davydov. We will be sharing the entire story in five parts with our members over the next several Reference Packs, so don’t let your membership expire.

Well Just You Wait

Also included is the second episode of the most popular cartoon series in Russia titled "Well, Just You Wait…" Rounding out the International section is a fantastic film from Poland, the second episode of "Dog, Cat and…" You won’t want to miss these, so click through the link and download them now.

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Sabu And Ichis Detective Stories

Next up we are introducing a new section in our Reference Packs dedicated to early anime. This time we are featuring episodes from three television series that are rarely seen outside of Japan… Sabu & Ichi’s Detective Stories presents the adventures of Sabu, a young shogun and his partner, the blind master swordsman Ichi. This series is animated in an animatic style with very sparse animation. However extremely complex movement is perfectly conveyed with only a few drawings by means of careful spacing and timing.

Fight Da Pyuta

Next in line is Fight da!! Pyuta, which takes a Western approach, employing pop art and imagery from American comic books as well as an underscore that features surf guitar and jazzy latin bongos. The debt to Bakshi’s Mighty Heroes is clear here. The last Japanese show we are featuring is called Space Ace. It’s a great example of a bunch of totally different ideas being mixed together for maximum fun. The show starts out with skiing, then suddenly takes a turn towards science fiction when a space ship lands. The interior of the space ship turns out to be like a haunted mansion. The action becomes more and more surreal until an alien brain in a glass helmet is revealed. It gets even weirder! You’ll have to download the show to find out. It’s sure to inspire you.

Space Ace


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Buster Keaton

In the Slapstick section, we feature the last episode of a landmark three part documentary on one of the greatest slapstick performer/directors who ever lived… Buster Keaton. If you have never seen a Buster Keaton film before, this documentary will give you a taste of what you’ve been missing. If like me, you have studied all of his films over and over many times, you will learn new things about Keaton and his creative process that you didn’t know before. It’s a rare opportunity to sit at the feet of a master, and even though these films were made a century ago, Buster Keaton: A Hard Act To Follow allows you to do just that.

Kanada Effect

Animation Resources Board Member, David Eisman has curated a collection of breakdown clips featuring "Kanada Style Effects". Yoshinori Kanada was one of the most influential Japanese animators of the late 20th-century. Throughout his career, Kanada developed a school of thought pertaining to effects animation that was completely unique and would inspire and mold an entire generation of Japanese animators, from Hiroyuki Imaishi of Studio Trigger to Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli. Kanada was able to distinguish himself from the factory-like system of late 20th-century Japanese animation by experimenting with abstract shapes and linework to create energetic and often chaotic movements. You’ll definitely want to add these clips to your reference library. Click the link to see…


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Halas and Bachelor Shorts

Last but not least is our Bonus Download. We’re rerunning three wonderful short films by the British team, John Halas and Joy Batchelor. The first film, “Top Dog” employs paper cut out characters in a very appealing way. “Foo Foo The Stowaway” uses simple means to put across its story without compromising movement, design or color. The third film, “The Cultured Ape” is modeled after the UPA style, and succeeds to make its point in a more entertaining way than many of the UPA films it is based upon.

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Halas and Bachelor Shorts

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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Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

REFPACK040: Two Oswald Cartoons By Lantz

Reference Pack

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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Walter Lantz Oswald

Walter Lantz’s Oswald
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"In Alaska" (1930) / "The Candy House" (1934)

Most cartoon fans are aware of Disney’s Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, but not many are familiar with Walter Lantz’s version of the character. At the Disney Studio, Ub Iwerks was the animator supervising the Oswald Cartoons. In New York Bill Nolan was performing the same duties on the Krazy Kat and Felix the Cat cartoons. Both animators were instrumental in refining the technique of rubber hose animation, even though they had never met. Iwerks was aware of Nolan’s work would go to the theater to see the latest Felix and Krazy Kat films when they were released. Likewise, Nolan made a point of seeing Iwerks’ Oswald and Alice in Cartoonland cartoons. A friendly transcontinental rivalry developed.

Margaret Winkler and Charles Mintz pulled the rug out from under Walt Disney, signing a distribution deal with Universal for a new series of Oswald cartoons, and hiring Walter Lantz to replace Disney. And as fate would have it, Carl Laemmle pulled the rug out from under Winkler and Mintz putting Lantz in charge of the Universal Cartoon Studio. Lantz chose Bill Nolan to supervise the series, and Nolan found himself directing the character Ub Iwerks created.

Walter Lantz Oswald


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Walter Lantz Oswald

Nolan was a master of rubber hose animation. One of the earliest Oswald cartoons at Universal, In Alaska, shows how much further he took the character than Iwerks ever had. His animation is loose, rubbery and sometimes surreal; but most of all, it is laugh-out-loud hilarious. As you still frame through this cartoon, check out the funny drawings. Even the incidental characters are amazing to look at.

Lantz and Nolan were partners at first, but Lantz had aspirations to become an independent producer with his own studio. Lantz and Nolan parted company in 1935 and Walter Lantz Productions was established to supply cartoons independently to Universal as a distributor. Lantz negotiated ownership of the characters, including Oswald and proceeded to shift the personality of the character to a blander disposition, more resembling Mickey Mouse.

Walter Lantz Oswald


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Walter Lantz Oswald

The Candy House is a transitional cartoon at the end of Nolan’s tenure at the studio. The difference between this cartoon and In Alaska is stark. The focus has shifted from funny drawings and movement to elaborate backgrounds and fairy tale themes. Once Nolan was gone, the Lantz cartoons struggled to find their own style for a while. Oswald was getting a little too tired to be the cartoon star of the studio, so they set to work developing new characters, like Pooch the Pup, a monkey trio named Meanie Miney and Moe, Baby Faced Mouse and Li’l Eight Ball; but none of them caught on. The Walter Lantz Studio finally found its legs when they started producing color cartoons, and the introduction of Andy Panda and Woody Woodpecker eclipsed Oswald, relegating him to the role of a side character.

Walter Lantz Oswald

Rubber hose animation doesn’t deserve its reputation of being primitive and old fashioned. It’s a valid style of animation that focuses on simple shapes and rhythmic movement, rather that realism and complexity. This simplicity allowed the animators to focus less on how the character looked and more on how they moved. Today, we associate rubber hose with the 1930s, but there’s no reason that modern ideas couldn’t be put across with simple shapes and rhythmic movement. The efficiency and freedom the style allows makes it a good model for internet animation.

REFPACK040: Oswald In Alaska
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REFPACK040: The Candy House
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