Morey Zukor and Al Bertino are two relatively unsung animation artists; the former’s career was overshadowed by his older brother, while the latter toiled in shorts and worked on various Disneyland attractions.
Commissioned by a pro-ecology environmental group, “Mother” (aka “E.Y.E.S Of Mars”) was produced by Tōei Dōga. It was also apparently designed to avoid the traditional anime look and to look more “American”.
Soyuzmultfilm, the largest animation studio in Russia, is best known for its fairy tale animation. Less familiar are its cartoons produced for adult audiences which were anti-capitalist civic propaganda.
“Spider-Man On The Move” was a half hour special, narrated by Stan Lee (“The only problem with comic books is that they don’t move… until NOW!”), that shows how an TV cartoon is put together from initial idea to final animation.
This week’s breakdowns are a Pete Burness double feature. Burness directed the UPA’s Magoo and was an animator on MGM’s Barney Bear.
Several “before-they-became-famous” artists join Mickey, Donald and Goofy in this longtime favorite Disney collection of Fourth of July favorites from the late ’70s.
EDITOR JERRY BECK
CARTOON RESEARCH is compiled and edited by JERRY BECK, a writer, producer and author of over 15 books on animation history. He has lectured about Hollywood cartoons at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles. Beck currently teaches at Cal Arts and Woodbury University in Southern California. For more information [Click Here].