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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Voice from the past...

In the late 40's, Dave Hand (1900-1986), who previously was animator and director on Disney's shorts, and Supervising Director on Snow White and Bambi, was hired by J. Arthur Rank to start an animation business in Cookham, England. Listen to him telling a bit about himself on British BBC radio around 1950, not long before he moved to Denmark, to work with my old mentor Børge Ring, Bjørn Frank Jensen, and A. Film's own Karsten Kiilerich's father-in-law, Arne Rønde in Vedbæk north of Copenhagen...

Today was a highlight at the 3-D Expo, as we saw a program with most all of the 3-D cartoons produced before the 60's, introduced by Jerry Beck. Most notably, Ward Kimball and Chas. Nichols' "Melody" and Jack Hannah's "Working for Peanuts." A wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime experience! Mind you, the rest was also very interesting, including Halas & Batchelor's peculiar "The Owl and the Pussicat", an abstract Norman McLaren, a Woody Woodpecker, Bugs Bunny, and (in outer space), Casper the Friendly Ghost and Popeye! Wow!

Reminds me of a CG Omnimax teaser called "Jasper" that we at
A. Film did around 2000. It was only screened once, at the introduction of the new Danish 3-D system called ColorCode3D, at the Danish Planetarium, which was a big affair.

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Anonymous Floyd Norman says...

Jerry Beck and I were on a panel at Disney Animation this week, along with animators, Angie Jones, Jamie Oliff and SFX guru, Richard Taylor.

I missed seeing those 3D films back in the fifties, but lucky me, Ward and Nick screened them for me at the studio. I also remember seeing "Working for Peanuts" as well.

Great memories.

Thursday, September 28, 2006 at 10:35:00 PM PDT  

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