July 27th, 2017

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June Foray 1917-2017

A NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF ANIMATION RESOURCES

Most people know June Foray for her voices and characters, but when I think of her, I think of something quite different. June was a scrappy, hard working, tough minded person who fought for what she believed in. June and Bill Scott were mentors to Antranig Manoogian and me at ASIFA and they taught us what animation was really about- the people- the artists, students and devotees of the medium.

June had a lawyer’s love for words. She could find unusual words to describe things she cared about just as well as people she didn’t care for at all. In fact the words describing folks she considered scoundrels might have been the most colorful of all. You have to love the Irish for that. She fought long and hard to support independent creative artists at both ASIFA and the Academy. She went to the mat time and time again and she earned the respect of everyone for it, even people who were trying to block what she was fighting for. Most of what she accomplished has been undone, or is in the process of being undone. But fights worth fighting are a process, not a destination. I’m sure the ideas will live on, just in a different place and with different people. I know I’m still carrying on June and Bill’s goals of honoring artists, supporting students and encouraging the interaction between professionals and devotees. And I’m not the only one who learned a great deal from June. Her influence will endure.

June was always a staunch supporter of the Animation Archive Project. All of us at Animation Resources owe her a great debt of gratitude. Even though the wind had gone out of June’s sails over the past five or ten years, she was still feisty. She just wasn’t quite as connected to the world as she used to be. She got out and had people to look after her so it was good. She deserved a break from the struggles.

June and StephenJune and StephenOne of the high points of my life was receiving a June Foray award presented to me by June herself. The best part of it was that it was a lifetime achievement award for benevolent service to the art of animation. June is the one that taught me about benevolent service to the art form. I’m going to miss her and I hope in my travels I meet more people like June Foray.

Stephen Worth
President
Animation Resources

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July 26th, 2017

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REFPACK017: Download Two Beautiful Films By Lotte Reiniger


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Two Paper Puppet films by Lotte Reiniger
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“Helen La Belle” (1957) “A Night In A Harem” (1958)

In 1956, Lotte Reiniger partnered with a British company called Fantasia Productions to create animated paper puppet films in color. She only ended up making two films under this agreement, “Helen La Belle” and “A Night In A Harem”. The films were thought to only survive in fragmentary form until the British Film Institute combined two prints of each to create complete films.

“La Belle Helene” Synopsis: Paris, the son of King Priamos receives an apple intended for the fairest Goddess of all. Three Goddesses vie for the honor- Juno, Minerva and Venus. Each promises Paris a gift in return for being chosen, but Paris chooses Venus. Mercury takes Paris to meet Helena, wife of King Menelaos. Paris and Helena fall in love. The Gods conspire to kidnap King Menelaos so the couple can be alone.

“A Night In A Harem” Synopsis: Newlyweds traveling by hot air ballon are stranded when their balloon crash lands in the desert. Arab soldiers tie the groom to a palm tree and abduct his bride. She is taken to the Sultan, who locks her in his harem. The groom befriends a lion who leads him to the Sultan’s court. He attempts to rescue her, but is captured himself. At the last minute, the couple escapes when the balloon miraculously reappears.

These two films are unique because they are not silhouette films. The joints in the puppets are clearly visible. This reveals aspects of Reiniger’s technique that aren’t visible in her silhouette films.

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July 25th, 2017

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Illustration: Huckleberry Hound and Rocky & Bullwinkle Golden Books

Huck Hound Builds A House

We scanned Golden Books today… First up was Huckleberry Hound Builds A House. Published in 1959, this was one of the earliest Hanna Barbera books, and it’s one of the best. These H-B characters were beautifully designed and perfectly suited to the TV medium. This book was laid out by Harvey Eisenberg and painted by Al White.

Huck Hound Builds A House

Huck Hound Builds A House

Huck Hound Builds A House

Huck Hound Builds A House

Huck Hound Builds A House

Huck Hound Builds A House

Here is another TV cartoon related Golden Book by Ben De Nunez and Al White.

Rocky And His Friends is interesting because it depicts the characters in a very different way than they appeared in the TV series. White sees the characters as solid objects, not flat designs, and he renders them in a variety of different lighting situations. This book also has a nice balance of textures.

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Stephen Worth
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