Category Archives: Animation History

A Letter From Jack Zander
Animation History
April 23, 2016 posted by Christopher P. Lehman

A Letter From Jack Zander

This month’s posting is about Jack Zander, who had plenty to say about the African American characters he animated. He responded to my questions about his opinions of Bosko and the Tom & Jerry maid.

A Letter From Bill Melendez
Animation History
March 26, 2016 posted by Christopher P. Lehman

A Letter From Bill Melendez

When I was working on my dissertation and future book The Colored Cartoon almost twenty years ago, I wrote to several animators to see what memories they would share about…

Paramount Cartoons 1966-67
Animation History
November 23, 2015 posted by Jerry Beck

Paramount Cartoons 1966-67

The 1966-67 season marked the end of an era. But before the doors closed, Shamus Culhane and Ralph Bakshi tried to bring a fresh sense of innovation to the studio with Merry Makers, Fractured Fables and Go-Go Toons.

Paramount Cartoons 1965-1966
Animation History
November 16, 2015 posted by Jerry Beck

Paramount Cartoons 1965-1966

This season we say goodbye to Howard Post, Modern Madcaps and Noveltoons. Say hello to Honey Halfwitch, Shamus Culhane and “Sir Blur”.

Paramount Cartoons 1964-65
Animation History
November 9, 2015 posted by Jerry Beck

Paramount Cartoons 1964-65

The 1964-65 season would be a period of transition. Seymour Kneitel’s passing brought some unanticipated changes, director Howard Post and plenty of new characters.

Paramount Cartoons 1963-64
Animation History
November 2, 2015 posted by Jerry Beck

Paramount Cartoons 1963-64

1963-64: Swifty and Shorty have been added to the theatrical release schedule. New Casper cartoons are on ABC. And Seymour Kneitel passes away.

Paramount Cartoons 1962-63
Animation History
October 26, 2015 posted by Jerry Beck

Paramount Cartoons 1962-63

For the period from September 1962 to August 1963, Seymour Kneitel and crew kept busy producing 13 theatrical originals for Paramount, were deep into the King Features Trilogy, and were preparing and producing some new Casper cartoons for ABC.