Category Archives: #19 Summer 1987

The making of When the Wind Blows – Page 7

When they were deciding on the type of film stock for the production Fuji was on the short list because it is a lot cheaper than Kodak film, but they decided Eastman stock gave a truer reproduction of the cartoon colours. “Fuji gave us a more pastel result. We have nothing against Fugi, the pastel… Read More »

Tribute to Norman McLaren

Internationally renowned animator Norman McLaren, who died on the 27th January 1987 at the age of 72, firmly believed in the efficacy of a limited budget to stimulate the imagination, writes Ken Clark. Norman McLaren scorned the big budgets of more conventional productions, preferring the stripped down simplistic style he so ably exploited in his… Read More »

Tribute to Norman McLaren – Page 2

A period of development took place between l939 and 1941 during his lean years when working independently, and for the Museum of Non-Objective Art in New York, who commissioned five 200 foot camera-less films, these were Dots, Loops, Scherzo, Stars & Stripes and Boogie Doodle. The sound was drawn directly onto the sound track area… Read More »

Memories of Norman McLaren

On April 1, the Canadian High Commission in London paid tribute to Norman McLaren, one of the world’s great animators, who died earlier this year, writes Brian Sibley. There was nothing surprising in this, since McLaren’s innovative work for the National Film Board of Canada not only received international acclaim, it achieved a far- reaching… Read More »

David Hand – A Guiding Hand

April Spencer looks at the career of David Hand, an American who influenced a generation of British animators. David Hand’s animation career may be divided into two main phases. He held animator and directorial posts at the Walt Disney Studio in Los Angeles from 1930 to 1944. Then he came to England to set up… Read More »

Gaumont British Animation – A Great British Achievement

Ken Clark takes a detailed look at the animation studio where many top British animators got their start. The original concept of Gaumont British Animation, a studio of sufficient size and capacity with which to challenge Disney’s supremacy, sounded exciting enough to tempt anyone with an ounce of ambition. According to 1. Arthur Rank it… Read More »