Before e-cards, cardboard records festooned with favorite animated characters and laminated with specially produced voice and music recordings sent magical messages.
One of the more fun aspects of creating visual effects animation, outside of actually animating, is enhancing that animation using camera operations.
A black and white Terrytoon? Sure. Willie Whopper? You’ve got it! I’ve put together a nice cross-section of early 1920s favorites of mine, as well as a few Golden Age goodies thrown in for good measure.
We continue with the first of many extended seasons of Merrie Melodies to come. The Warner animators were not only creative, but prolific in output – a profitable combination of character traits, to say the least.
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, UCLA in Westwood and Woodbury University in Burbank – teaching animation history. More about Jerry Beck [Click Here]