Animators of Film and Television: Nineteen Artists, Writers, Producers and Others

Animators of Film and Television: Nineteen Artists, Writers, Producers and Others

by Noell K. Wolfgram Evans




In the words of Walt Disney, “Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive.” Part biography, part history, part artistic commentary, this volume looks at major figures in the field of animation and discusses how their contributions have affected the course of the industry—and, in many cases, popular culture as a whole.
These gifted artists are divided into several classifications: Idealists (Art Babbitt, John Hubley); Mavericks (John Kricfalusi, Terry Gilliam); Technicians (Max and Dave Fleischer); Influencers (Frank Tashlin, Matt Groening, Ray Harryhausen, Ed Benedict); Trailblazers (Lotte Rieniger, Lillian Friedman); Teller of Tales (Henry Selick); Teachers (George Newall, Tom Yohe, the FMPU); and Storytellers (Joe Grant, Bill Scott, Michael Maltese). A selective list of each animator’s key films and awards is included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786448326
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/26/2011
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Noell K. Wolfgram Evans is a playwright, animation historian, and two-time winner of the Thurber Treat award. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

The Idealists

1 Working with Idealism Art Babbitt 7

2 The Modernist John Hubley 15

The Mavericks

3 The Throwback John Kricfalusi 29

4 The Accidental Animator Terry Gilliam 34

The Technicians

5 Max Dave Fleischer 51

The Influencers

6 Mr. Everything Frank Tashlin 65

7 The Populist Hippie Matt Groening 76

8 The Stop-Motion Master Ray Harryhausen 86

9 The Reluctant Influencer Ed Benedict 99

The Trailblazers

10 Shadowplayer Lotte Reiniger 111

11 The Patient Trailblazer Lillian Friedman 119

The Teller of Tales

12 Sharing Hope Through the Darkside of the Story Henry Selick 127

The Teachers

13 The Entertaining Educators George Newall Tom Yohe 139

14 The FMPU: Animating Our Way to Victory (and Education) 148

The Storytellers

15 The Constant Joe Grant 159

16 Writer and Moose Advocate Bill Scott 168

17 The Storyman Michael Maltese 183

Epilogue 198

Chapter Notes 199

Bibliography 207

Index 213

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