While most of the characters in Treasure Planet were completely hand-drawn, the character of John Silver was a hybrid of traditional animation and CGI.
“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. If so, Casper, Daffy, the Fox and Crow should be VERY flattered!
The fledgling Hanna-Barbera studios were quick to capitalize upon the craze of galactic travel and general “space age” consciousness.
As Felix turns 100 (on Saturday, November 9th), I think it’s important to consider the major stepping stones of character performance that started with this cartoon cat.
Thirty years ago this month, Disney returned to its musical fairy tale roots (with a contemporary edge) and scaled heights far beyond some expectations. But we knew.
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 currently on the faculty of Cal Arts in Valencia – teaching animation history. More about Jerry Beck [Click Here]