This week: 1979
The nominees were:
DREAM DOLL Bob Godfrey & Zlatko Grgic [View]
IT’S SO NICE TO HAVE A WOLF AROUND THE HOUSE Paul Fierlinger [View]
And the Oscar went to:
EVERY CHILD (NFB) Eugene Fedorenko. [View]
The nominees this year were quite strong. Bob Godfrey’s adult cartoon, Dream Doll, was sophisticated and witty. Paul Fierlinger (and Jim Thurman) provided an appealing adaptation of Harry Allard’s Wolf, a parable with an important underlying message. Derek Lamb and Eugene Federenko’s Every Child was also unique, entertaining, and also contained a heart-felt message.
Every Child follows an unwanted baby who is passed from house to house until he is taken in and cared for by two homeless men. The film is the Canadian contribution to an UNESCO’s International Year of The Child initiative (1979). It illustrates one of the ten principles of the Declaration of Children’s Rights: every child is entitled to a name and a nationality. Lamb’s concept was clever, Federenko’s animation was bold, skillful and fun. Les Mimes Électriques (aka Canadian actors Bernard Carez and Raymond Pollender) provide all the music and sound effects just using their voices.
On April 14th, 1980 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion, Telly Savalas and Lauren Hutton presented the Oscar for Short Film (Animated) for Every Child to producer Derek Lamb (accompanied on stage by director Eugene Fedorenko). Here’s the video, below:
And so we continue our ongoing research into what other cartoons were submitted to the Academy for Oscar consideration but failed to make the cut. In 1979, there were 36 entries. Submitted, screened, but NOT nominated were:
NO, NO PICKLE
SMILE FOR AUNTIE
STALK OF THE CELERY MONSTER
THIS IS YOUR MUSEUM SPEAKING
A VIEW FROM ABOVE*
WE THINK THE WORLD IS ROUND
THE CASK OF AMONTILLDO
CONFESSIONS OF A STARDREAMER
GOING TO HEAVEN*
KING TUT GOES TO McDONALDS*
LADY AND THE LAMP
LOG DRIVERS WALTZ
TO TRY AGAIN…AND SUCCEED
THE WIZARD OF SPEED AND TIME
ZBIGNIEW IN LOVE*
ANIMALYMPICS – WINTER GAMES
BANJO THE WOODPILE CAT
LIFE AND DEATH*
THE LITTLE PRINCE
THE MAGIC FLUTE
* Those marked above with an asterisk are films we could not find video or information on. All others are embed below
Here’s the documentation:
With these posts we ask that you put yourself in the place of the nominating committee – which of the films submitted would you have nominated? Which cartoon should have won? For your edification and viewing pleasure, we have found embeds (below) for 21 of the qualified submissions that the Academy screened, but didn’t make the cut.
Enjoy the show!
ASPARAGUS – Suzan Pitt
Suzan Pitt’s still controversial, erotic experimental film.
NO, NO PICKLE – Jon Wokuluk
I actually posted this a few weeks ago to illustrate Wokuluk’s style. No, No Pickle = No, No Nomination.
SKY DANCE – Faith Hubley
SMILE FOR AUNTIE – Gene Deitch
Children’s book adaptation for Weston Woods. Made me smile.
STALK OF THE CELERY MONSTER – Tim Burton
Tim Burton student film from Cal Arts. Partial pencil test, partial sound, all-Burton.
THIS IS YOUR MUSEUM SPEAKING – Lin Smith
A night watchman, with his dog Fang, discovers that a museum is not just a collection of dusty old artifacts.
WE THINK THE WORLD IS ROUND – Rudy Larriva
Now here’s a real oddity. A Hanna Barbera production; it seems to be a sponsored film – perhaps sponsored by Spain and/or NASA(??). Voices by Cesar Romero, Janis Paige, Sidney Miller and Sterling Holloway. Was telecast (I think) in 1984, and released on video in 1992.
THE CASK OF AMONTILLDO – Bernard Wilets
Independent filmmaker Wilets takes a whack at an Edgar Allen Poe story… created for the educational film market.
CONFESSIONS OF A STARDREAMER – John Canemaker
John Canemaker’s exhilarating examination of an actress (Diane Gardner), who talks about her struggles in the world of show business, while colorful, animated images comment on, mirror, and probe the hidden meanings of her words.
LADY AND THE LAMP – John Lasseter
John Lasseter’s Cal Arts student film.
LOG DRIVERS WALTZ – John Weldon
A pleasant illustrated music film. Almost a quintessential NFB film.
TO TRY AGAIN…AND SUCCEED – Sam Weiss
Orson Welles narrates this Bosustow parable; animated by Bill Littlejohn, Walt Pergoy does the backgrounds.
THE WIZARD OF SPEED AND TIME – Mike Jittlov
ANIMALYMPICS – WINTER GAMES – Steven Lisberger
I assume they submitted the winter sections (at approx. 37:00 in). Look at the names in the credits: Brad Bird, Bill Kroyer, Roger Allers, Dan Haskett, and on and on… incredible!
BANJO THE WOODPILE CAT _ Don Bluth
You all know the story. This was created in Bluth’s garage on nights and weekends while the staff worked at Disney. Later, after the crew left Disney this short was sold to ABC as a TV special.
THE BEARD – Ian Emes
No doubt about it. Emes was a VERY cool animator.
CHAIRMEN – Jean-Thomas Bedard
An NFB film, I believe.
HARPYA – Raoul Servais
From Belgian filmmaker, animator and comics artist Raoul Servais.
THE LITTLE PRINCE – Will Vinton
THE MAGIC FLUTE – Luzatti/Gianini
MR. PASCAL – Alison DeVere
The earlier posts in this series: 1948, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977 and 1978.
(Once again, super-special thanks to Chris Sobieniak – and Mark Kausler)