Monday, July 11, 2011

John the Animator Guy

Fellow animator and former colleague John Celestri has started a blog. I met John when he was a lead animator on the Nelvana animated feature Rock and Rule. Check out his blog when you get a spare moment. (and ask him about the cool Batman commercial he animated)

John also has the distinction of having worked with maestro Popeye animator John Gentilella - both pictured in the photo below taken in 1984. John Celestri is the guy on the far right with the big mustache.

Photo courtesy of Mike Kaweski

8 comments:

John Celestri said...

Thank you very much, Bob...for both the mention and posting the photo! Where did you get that shot? That was taken in California. From the people shown, I'm guessing Walter Kubiak was behind the camera.

Bob Jaques said...

Hey John - happy to do it. Mike Kaweski gave me the photo and he didn't say who shot it.

Dave Mackey said...

Gentlemen: are any of the others in the pic animation types?

Bob Jaques said...

Mike Kaweski - the tall guy in the plaid shirt - is in the animation business. I don't know who the others are - maybe John Celestri or Mike will leave a comment identifying them.

John Celestri said...

Hi!

The gentleman on the far left is Gary Selvaggio, and the lady is Rosie (at the time married to Walt Kubiak, who is the person taking the photo). This was on the occasion of Johnny Gentilella's visit to Los Angeles.

Gary, Walt and I got our start in animation at NY Tech (Tubby the Tuba) under Johnny Gent. We had all been together there from 1975 to 1976. By the time this photo was taken, the three of us had relocated to Los Angeles.

Dave Mackey said...

Thanks John... I've heard your name... you worked for DePatie-Freleng at one time, right?

John Celestri said...

Yes, I did. This was during the 1977 TV season. I was offered a job as animator by Friz Freleng when he was visiting New York City in 1976. Friz was looking at portfolios --- particularly of young people just starting in the business. I was an assistant animator on Raggedy Ann & Andy at the time.

walt Kubiak said...

I just came across this photo. you're right John, that was me taking the photo. I don't believe I've ever seen it before. thanks for the memory!
.Walt Kubiak