Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Hemo The Magnificent

"Hemo The Magnificent" is an old educational film with animation produced by Shamus Culhane Productions. Though Culhane had probably little to no creative input as the animation was directed by Bill Hurtz. It features the voices of Mel Blanc, June Foray, Marvin Miller, and even an on screen appearance by Sterling Holloway. Here's the introductory scene from "Hemo". I have to say I love the background used in the first animated scenes.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sheldon Mayer - Dizzy Dog

A funny comic from Sheldon Mayer with a cameo by the Crow. I forget what issue of Funny Stuff this is from and I'm too lazy to look through them.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Donald Graham

I have been on a quest for some time to get a hold of Donald Graham's book "Composing Pictures" without paying an arm and a leg. Believe it or not, I've seen it on sale for as much as $400. Luckily, it turned up in a local library recently and I've been scanning it for a couple of weeks now. At a little over 400 pages it's quite a monotonous job. For those that don't know, Donald Graham was an instructor at Chouinard Art Institute and later commissioned by Walt Disney to instruct drawing classes for his animators. I found the few pages on storyboarding informative and thought I'd share.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Dick Lundy - "Bird-Brain Bird Dog"

Another great Barney Bear short directed by Dick Lundy and animated by Walt Clinton and Grant Simmons. I've been way to busy to post but I'm going to try and pick up the pace a little over the next few weeks.