Coar-Toon Rehash
June 17, 2024 posted by Bob Coar

Free Animation Downloads You Should Know

Prelinger Archives rocks! That’s not an opinion, it’s an indisputable truth.

Tis’ a magical wonderland of art and education. A digital public library in the spirit of Alexandria.

Most anything posted there can be downloaded for FREE. Phil Kimmelman has posted:

THE CARICATURE ART OF PHIL KIMMELMAN is available for free download at

Take a superbly illustrated tour of New York City’s animation community as it transitions from a couple big theatrical cartoon studios into dozens of smaller teleblurb shops.

THE CARICATURE ART OF PHIL KIMMELMAN is also available in paperback or screen read from Kindle – at Amazon.

With much help from Donna Dazzo, I’ve posted some material left behind by her father. He was one of Kimmelman’s favorite animators – Jack Dazzo.


When Peridot Films blew-up Jack Dazzo began keeping journals. They were written sporadically between 1974 and 1986, providing a fly-on the wall view into New York’s commercial animation industry. Dazzo’s scramble to find work after Peridot Films was destroyed sent him through a number of small studios. Sometimes they were high-end, while others were producers of low-hanging fruit.





Uncovered among Jack Dazzo’s papers was this 26 page comic book story. I believe Jack created it as a teenager.

While at Peridot Jack Dazzo made a short film titled APPLE, APPLE. APPLE. Available at

It takes a whimsical look at the Garden of Eden. My guess is that was made for the PBS show THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE around early 1972, but never aired.

One cartoon that did air on that show was ABRAHAM & ISAAC. It was written and directed by R. O. Blechman, and animated by Rod McCall.Pete Seeger performed the music. Blechman and Seeger are well-known. Rod McCall was an architect turned animator of SESAME STREET segments. He won numerous CLIO Awards, later writing and directing main-stream movies.

The last download is the STANDARD PRODUCTION REFERENCE created by Seymour Kneitel and Izzy Sparber at Fleischer Studios.


  • Thanks for sharing these, Bob!

    I’ve contended elsewhere on this site that an unsmiling spectator at the circus in the 1957 Paramount cartoon “Jolly the Clown” is meant to be Izzy Sparber. Readers can compare Phil Kimmelman’s caricature of Izzy and judge for themselves.

    It’s a shame that Kimmelman didn’t draw a picture to illustrate that story about Fred Mogubgub walking a cockroach on a leash. How he managed to get a string around that cockroach, or why, I’ll never know, but that’s Mogubgub for you. A guy who painted a sign three stories tall begging for two million dollars to finance a movie would have to be capable of pretty much anything.

  • My goodness! That’s a bit of a complicated Web site. Saaaay… I don’t s’pose it would happen to have Frank Tashlin’s comic strip “Van Boring” (or “Von Boring”), would it?

  • is a very valuable resource; often you can find things there that aren’t on YouTube.

    The typically charming Blechman graphics redeem the nasty story of Abraham and Isaac (of course most Old Testament stories peg God as an arch-neurotic). It’s always fun to revisit ’70s animation, even though almost none of it was done on ones and it cheats on in-betweens.

    Why are the drawings of Seymour Kneitel and Isadore Sparber more polished than any of their cartoons?

  • Archive sure is full of goodies. I found a bunch of model sheets from the WB, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, etc. cartoons from the Nineties.

  • Thank you for letting us know about this free stuff!

  • Thanks Bob, once again, for sharing my father’s legacy with your readers.

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