Category Archives: Animation History

The Live Action Lips of “Syncro-Vox”!
Animation History
June 12, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

The Live Action Lips of “Syncro-Vox”!

What was the story behind those live action lips, super-imposed over the stiffest limited animation ever made? Clutch Cargo, Space Angel, Captain Fathom – parodied on Conan O’Brien and by…

Lantz Oswald on DVD
Animation History
June 3, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Lantz Oswald on DVD

Today I’m just going to sit back and rave about a new DVD I watched this past weekend. This is a an unabashed plug for Steve Stanchfield’s latest DVD release,…

Mickey Mouse in Two New Books
Animation History
May 27, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Mickey Mouse in Two New Books

Some of the best Disney scholarship being done today is hidden in the margins of a series of Mickey Mouse comic strip reprint books being published by Fantagraphics Books. David…

Harman and Ising at MGM
Animation History
May 25, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Harman and Ising at MGM

Super collector Martin Almeyra has shared with me (and by extension, you) his collection of Harman-Ising material. So much material that I will have to dole it out in several…

Chip, The Wooden Man
Animation History
May 22, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Chip, The Wooden Man

Chip the Wooden Man would fit perfectly in the Marvelous Land of Oz. However, he wasn’t an L. Frank Baum character, but was the creation of Kinex Studios of Hollywood,…

MGM Title Card Art
Animation History
May 20, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

MGM Title Card Art

Today, a little gallery of art – courtesy of Mike Van Eaton, animation art dealer extraordinaire – of MGM Cartoon title cards, circa 1939-40. Mike calls me over to the…

Famous Studios Popeye (1943)
Animation History
May 18, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Famous Studios Popeye (1943)

Paramount’s Famous Studios in 1943 was a studio in transition. Paramount ousted the Fleischer brothers and began moving the operation back to New York. Popeye was the prize. The series…

Frank Tashlin’s “The Bear That Wasn’t”
Animation History
May 13, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Frank Tashlin’s “The Bear That Wasn’t”

Long before mistaken-identity cartoons like Chuck Jones’ Forward March Hare (1952) and Jules Feffeir/Gene Deitch’s Munro (1960), was Frank Tashlin’s 1946 book The Bear That Wasn’t. Tashlin has inferred that…