Canemaker Wins Emmy and Honored in Italy

Moon and the Son

Congrats to our friend, and the animation art form’s friend, John Canemaker, who won an Emmy award last night at the 28th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards. His film, The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation, which has already won the 2005 Oscar for Best Animated Short, took home the Emmy in the category of “Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Graphic & Artistic Design.”

Additionally, John will be honored in Italy this October at the 26th annual Giornate del Cinema Muto in Pordenone, Italy. He will be the first animation historian to receive the Jean Mitry Award, which is awarded to an individual or institution for their “reclamation and appreciation of silent cinema.” We are aware you are a true pioneer,” write Giornate Festival organizers Livio Jacob and Piera Patat, “making claims for the importance of Winsor McCay and Otto Messmer when even silent film historians were ignoring them.”


  • Chuck R.

    I’m surprised to find no comments under a posting of one of the all-time greatest writers of animation history. John’s books on the various departments at Disney (Before the Animation…; Paper Dreams; The Nine Old Men) are standouts in my collection. Not to mention the indispensible McCay book.

    I haven’t seen The Moon and the Sun, but the image above doesn’t represent Canemaker’s best work IMHO. I prefer this. Is there a better sampling of the film somewhere else online?

    Congratulations, John! Keep up the excellent work!