Animation (Pocket Essential series) by Mark Whitehead

By Mark Whitehead

Pocket necessities is a dynamic sequence of books which are concise, energetic, and straightforward to learn. jam-packed with proof in addition to specialist reviews, each one e-book has the entire key details you want to find out about such well known subject matters as movie, tv, cult fiction, background, and extra. From the instant Mickey Mouse stepped aboard Steamboat Willie, animation has been a world phenomenon. no matter if its insects Bunny or Tom and Jerry, or newbies like Wallace & Gromit and Toy Story's Woody & Buzz, animation keeps to create characters which are enjoyed by way of little ones of every age. For the 1st time, Jeremy Clarke brings jointly the innovators of animation from round the world—Japan's mythical Hayao Miyazaki, Czech surrealist Jan Svankmajer, American CGI wizard John Lassiter, and Britain's personal maestro Nick Park—in one quantity masking every thing from the vintage to the innovative.

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Sadly, her career was destroyed by the censorious Hays Code of 1934, charged with cleaning up Hollywood’s output. From 1935, Betty’s sexuality was dramatically toned down, her storylines became increasingly bland. She didn’t even bother to turn up for her last advertised short Yip Yip Yippy (1939). Helping to fill the void that Betty had left was Popeye 39 Animation master 20/4/04 3:23 pm Page 40 MARK WHITEHEAD the Sailor. Max had bought the screen rights to E C Segar’s strip a few years before.

Hearing that the dubious Charles Mintz was hiring, he got a temporary ink-and-painting job. From there he moved to the Walter Lantz Studio, becoming an in-betweener and backgrounder on Oswald the Lucky Rabbit shorts. Through good fortune, he had a rapid rise at Lantz. Through equally good fortune, the Lantz Studio didn’t mind what Avery did, so long as the shorts brought in revenue. Consequently, Avery was allowed to tear up the rule-book and do whatever he felt like. At Warners, he would habitually carry papers around with him so he would look like he was working, so great was his fear of being sacked.

Perhaps the kindest thing that can be said about Walt’s attempt to bring culture to the masses is that it’s not as bad as Fantasia 2000 (1999). The most unforgivable (although animated by Pogo’s Walt Kelly) is Beethoven’s Pastoral which gives us a My Little Pony version of Greek mythology – all syrup and no horse sweat. To further help finances, Walt released The Reluctant Dragon (1941), a cheap compilation of animated shorts plus a Robert Benchley-hosted documentary. Audiences 51 Animation master 20/4/04 3:23 pm Page 52 MARK WHITEHEAD weren’t impressed but the film’s cheapness helped it turn a profit.

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