Category Archives: Animation History

A Paul J. Smith Scrapbook
Animation History
June 4, 2014 posted by Jerry Beck

A Paul J. Smith Scrapbook

Who was “Paul J. Smith” (1906-1980)? He was a pioneering animator who started with Walt Disney on the Alice Comedies, then joined Harman-Ising on the Bosko Looney Tunes and Merrie…

Disney’s O-Zell Soda
Animation History
May 7, 2014 posted by Jerry Beck

Disney’s O-Zell Soda

Over the past weekend I had the pleasure to meet Dina Benadon and Brent Young, owners of the 1893 house that Walt and Roy Disney were born in. They bought…

“Johnny The Giant Killer” (1950)
Animation History
March 31, 2014 posted by Jerry Beck

“Johnny The Giant Killer” (1950)

Steve Stanchfield’s recent post about obscure animated features had me thinking about one of my favorite guilty pleasures – Johnny The Giant Killer. However, there is little to like about…

The Launch of “Toon Disney”
Animation History
March 17, 2014 posted by Jerry Beck

The Launch of “Toon Disney”

To a lot of us back in the 1990s, the very idea of a 24-hour television channel devoted to cartoons seemed like a fantasy – and when Ted Turner launched…

The Bosko Comic Strip – Part 4
Animation History
February 24, 2014 posted by Jerry Beck

The Bosko Comic Strip – Part 4

Alas, poor Bosko! I knew him well. The stretch-and-squash star of Warner Bros. Looney Tunes for three years, his rubber-hose antics became a victim of the “realism movement” in Hollywood…