Category Archives: #21 Winter 1987

Issue 21 – Index of selected articles

Studio report Animation Stroud closes, The Secret Policeman’s Third Ball, Scratch animation complete BAM, Trekkin’ across the universe. The animation cel story Brian Clark of Film Sales Ltd directs our attention to a basic material many of us take for granted. Annecy Festival 1987 In part two David Jefferson reports on more of the film-makers… Read More »

Issue 21 – Front cover

Animator. Winter 1987. Issue number 21. Front cover illustration: A scene from the “Star Trekkin” pop video made by The Film Garage for the chart topping hit record by The Firm. (see Studio Report) Printed in Animator Issue 21 (Winter 1987)

Studio report

Animation Stroud closes The Acre, Stroud, Gloucestershire, a studio once owned by Halas and Batchelor has been sold – thus ending a tradition, started by Anson Dyer at the commencement of the Second World War, of basing an animation studio in Stroud. Harold Whitaker started with Anson Dyer in 1940 and has been head of Animation… Read More »

The animation cel story

Brian Clark of Film Sales Ltd directs our attention to a basic material many of us take for granted. Animators are only too familiar with cel even if, in common with learned reference books, some know it as cell. It is an interesting reflection on this raw material that whilst the animation industry has grown,… Read More »

Annecy Festival 1987

In part two David Jefferson reports on more of the film-makers who attended the biannual International Animated Film Festival held in Annecy, France. This year, two Selection Committees screened 695 films coming from 39 countries. Kathleen Houston, Istvan Antal, and Thierry Steff selected short films. Robert Balser, Joachim Kreck and Francis Nielsen selected video shorts… Read More »

Annecy Festival 1987 – Page 2

Q: What do you think of the human characters in the present day Disney films? MD: Quite frankly, I haven’t seen that much of them. The last animation I did was Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmatians. After that I began working for Disneyland, designing the three-dimensional animated things, I did the Pirate Ride, I… Read More »

Girl’s night out – Joanna Quinn

Girls Night Out won three awards at Annecy ‘87. Joanna Quinn tells the story behind the film. Girls Night Out took approximately three years to make and was started when I was still a student at Middlesex Polytechnic. When I left the college the film existed as a simple line test with a rough soundtrack.… Read More »

Fine Art Babbitt

Brian Sibley reviews Channel 4’s documentary about veteran Disney animator, Art Babbitt. For years his name languished in obscurity: official Disney historians ignored his existence, while those who wrote about Disney in critical, iconoclastic terms only ever referred to him darkly as the animator who led the Disney studio strike of 1941. Having reached the… Read More »