Issue 25 – Index of selected articles

Paul Driessen Workshop When animators are engaged on commercial work or series work, they often have to produce a set amount of footage each day to keep within the budget. It doesn’t matter so much what the quality is like as long as the footage is completed. That kind of animation is not the most … Read more

Issue 25 – Front cover

Animator. Summer 1989. Issue number 25. Front cover illustration: Loud Lucy from the Odd Bodd Family, a segment of the Round the Bend TV series animated by Catalyst Pictures Ltd. See page 24.

News reports: Bristol Festival ’89 – ASIFA UK Board election

Animation Festival Bristol ’89 The world of animation will focus on Bristol for one week this year when The International Animation Festival takes place in the historic English shipping port from 31 October to 5 November 1989. The biennial Festival is Britain’s most prestigious showcase and the only major non-competitive event on the world-wide animation … Read more

News reports: The Hippodrome Show – Miro Man

The Hippodrome Show Rubicon Studios were teamed up again with Bernard Allum of The Graphics Department to produce a title sequence for Thames TV’s variety show, recorded live from Peter Stringfellow’s top London nightspot, The Hippodrome. Rubicon’s adventurous animation was combined with Bernard Allum’s night-time metropolis under a computer rostrum camera and further enhanced using … Read more

News reports: Bluth commercials – Huxley Pig

Bluth commercials Sullivan Bluth Studios, as part of its venture into TV commercials production, has recently completed three new Irish commissions: Hacks Lozenges (Wardell Roberts) through Hunter Advertising, Howards Flour through Davitt & Partners, and Bord Gais through Irish International Advertising and Marketing. In the past year, Sulliyan Bluth’s commercials production has turned over a … Read more

News reports: Charlie Chalk – M.E.D.I.A. 92

Charlie Chalk Charlie Chalk is a new series by Ivor Wood, creator of Postman Pat. There are thirteen episodes of stop-frame animation which are gentle and humorous, set to appeal to young audiences worldwide. It was broadcast on BBC 1 earlier this year. The happy-go-lucky clown, Charlie Chalk, sets off on a fishing trip in … Read more

Tribute to Eric Larson

One of the Nine Old Men of Disney Animation, Eric Larson, died on 25th October 1988 at the age of 83. He joined the Studio in 1933 and worked there all his life until ill-health forced him to retire soon after I had the pleasure of meeting him in the summer of 1985. He invited … Read more

Annecy Animation Festival 1989

For one week at the end of May the beautiful lakeside resort of Annecy in the Haute-Savoie region of France was taken over by a hoard of animators, animation enthusiasts and salesmen for the biennial animation festival. Report by David Jefferson. This was my third visit to the festival and each time it gets bigger. … Read more

The USA scene – Report from John Cawley

Filmation has closed its doors for possibly the last time. The studio, known for such series as the first tv Superman cartoons, Fat Albert and He-Man, gave employees one hour to gather their personal belongings and leave in early February. Reasons for the sudden action is said to be related to the recent scale of … Read more

Animation Quiz

Set by Gary Timmons 1. Which character said, “I just thought I’d mention in passing, I’ve always wanted a sparkly of my very own.”? 2. Good, Truth and Beauty are characters from which Richard Williams film? 3. Who was the producer for MGM’s Tom and Jerry cartoons between 1940 and 1955? 4. What town do … Read more