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
Jerry Beck is a writer, animation producer, college professor and author of more than 15 books on animation history. He is a former studio exec with Nickelodeon Movies and Disney, and has written for The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. He has curated cartoons for DVD and blu-ray compilations and has lent his expertise to dozens of bonus documentaries and audio commentaries on such. Beck is on the faculty of both Woodbury University in Burbank and Cal Arts in Valencia. More about Jerry Beck [Click Here]