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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Let's Make Them Move...

...with Walt Disney's new animation kit! Only $6.95...
This is an ad leaflet with insert from the late 50s. The insert seems to be a later addition, as they may have found that not too many people had any idea what they could use the animation kit for.

The contents of the box have been discussed some time ago, on Jenny Lerew's blog. What I especially liked was that one could turn in ones drawings with exposure sheet at the Art Corner, and get a pencil test on 16mm of it in return! I wonder how long that lasted!
Now - do we know anyone who started his/her career in animation using this kit?



Anonymous Michael Sporn says...

In the mid-fifties, I received a copy of that very same ad in response to a letter to Disney. I purchased one of the kits - which included a light table to assemble and several books on how to draw Mickey Donald Goofy and Pluto. There was also a book called "Tips on Animation" which explained things like stretch and squash.

The funny thing about the light table was that it used three round pegs (to use 3 hole looseleaf as animation paper), but the pegs kept falling out and would get lost. I eventually found that they were the same size as pencil erasers, and I replaced the pegs with the erasers, which had a better grip on the paper.

I used that light box for many years animating lots of 8mm film.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 5:58:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Wow - that's a GREAT story!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 8:44:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous George Taylor says...


I wish I had my time machine to visit The Art Corner!

Excellent post.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 6:54:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Hi George - several of my closest friends have told me for years that they would like to have a time machine and a loaded BankAmericard to visit the Art Corner...

Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 4:57:00 AM PDT  

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