Sunday, August 21, 2011

Over at Cartoons of 1943 Blog....

Ted has posted a neat little bit on Famous Studios - that puts some faces to names there showing animator Tom Golden, head animator/de facto director Dave Tendlar, and background painter Robert Little. The bottom picture of the camera set-up has the cameraman shooting a frame from 'Cartoons Ain't Human'. Check it out...

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Educated Guess ID - Willard Bowsky

Willard Bowsky's work is hard for me to ID because the head animator/de facto directors at the Fleischer Studio didn't do much animation footage - if any - for their cartoons. Given that bit of info - I don't see a lot of what I would say with any certainty is Bowsky's animation in any of the Popeye cartoons that he de facto directed - at least enough to solidify an ID. There's a good possibility that Bowsky did not like animating Popeye and he may have put his efforts into animating other characters - like Betty Boop - when time permitted. Fortunately, I have seen a couple of autographed drawings that provide a key to help identify his animation style.

Here's a clip from 'The Spinach Roadster', released in 1936 - one bit of animation I believe was animated by Bowsky. Keep in mind this is just an educated guess....

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Compare the drawing in the clip with the one below that was autographed by Bowsky, published in 1939.