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Don Messick: the man with a million voices

Father Bob Murphy meets voice artist Don Messick. Here is a quick Baby Boomer quiz that will give away your age: Which of the following groups of cartoon characters do you remember from your childhood: Group No. 1: Ruff of Ruff and Reddy; Boo-Boo, Pixie, and Iggy from the original Hucklebery Hound Show; and Tadpole… Read More »

Don Messick: the man with a million voices – Page 2

About the same time on the West Coast, MGM Studios was shutting down its cartoon division. Two of its animators, Bill Hannah and Joe Barbera, left MGM with a vision of how animation could be financially feasible for television. They started their own company and perfected “limited” animation and this assembly line approach would have… Read More »

The Rose of Baghdad

Giannalberfo Bendazzi’s lecture delivered to the Society for Animation Studies at Farnham – A Producer and His Film: Anton Gino Domeneghini and La Rosa Di Bagdad (The Rose of Baghdad). Précis by Ken Clark. Giannalberto Bendazzi’s self-appointed mission in life is to draw attention to La Rosa Di Bagdad (1949) which, he claimed, had largely… Read More »

Halas & Batchelor Reformed

Report by Ken Clark. After 53 years continual production Halas & Batchelor Ltd. has been reformed and removed to 6 Holford Road, London NW3 1AD, not so very far from Jack Straw’s Castle public house off Hampstead Heath. This is John Halas new residence, and building is still in progress converting the sizable garage into… Read More »

GILES – A 50 Years Celebration

On Tuesday 5th October 1993 the National Museum of Cartoon Art celebrated 50 years of Carl Giles art. Report by Ken Clark. “To all lovers of grandmas, cats, airedales, people, and so forth, I thoroughly recommend this.” – one of Giles baby twins had scrawled on the invitation. I am not quite sure whether it… Read More »

Animation B.C. (Before Computers)

By Steve Archer After one years hard writing Wills O’Brien: Special Effects Genius is about to hit the shops. By strange coincidence both O’Brien and myself like things western, and much of O’Brien’s work contained western themes: Gwang, Mighty Joe Young, The Westernettes and The Last of the Oso Si-Papu, but more about that later.… Read More »

Animation B.C. (Before Computers) – Page 2

After three months the work dried up and I returned to Shepherds Bush Odeon Cinema as a projectionist. Three years later I received a phone call from Culley’s cameraman, Gus Ramsden, and blue-screen technician, Dennis Barkleh, who told me that Ray Harryhausen was looking for an assistant for his new film, Clash of the Titans. I… Read More »

Animation B.C. (Before Computers) – Page 3

Following the demise of Force of the Trojans, I was hired by Clearwater Films in Battersea – which no longer exists – to animate on various TV commercials. On most of these, I worked alongside Steven Asquith for directors David Mitton and Keith Turner. This led to more animation work on various other commercials for… Read More »

Animation B.C. (Before Computers) – Page 4

My last animation work on a feature film was on the sequel, Gate II released in 1990 for which I contributed about half of the animation for special effects director Randy Cook (of Ghostbusters fame) at his Ruckus Studio. For Gate II (which went straight to video in this country and isn’t even available in Barnes) I… Read More »

The history of the animation cel

Stained glass windows, gun cotton, incendiaries and Celluloid By Brian Clark of Film Sales Ltd. The West window of the Church of the House of Prayer, Newark, New Jersey bears a spiritual likeness and Latin inscription dedicated to the Reverend Hannibal Goodwin. The motivation for this stained glass dedication was not so much related to… Read More »