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Format Films in TV Guide (1961)

Internet broadcaster Stu Shostak has an almost complete collection of TV Guide magazine. While waiting for his radio show to start (which I was a guest on yesterday; rebroadcasts of the program run everyday at 7pm EST/4pm PST) I browsed through several back issues and found a few items of interest for Cartoon Brew readers.

For example, this three page spread from the December 30th, 1961 issue, on the fine art of Format Films animators Jules Engel, Bob McIntosh, Joe Mugnaini and Herb Klynn. Engel, McIntosh and Klynn are well known animation veterans, Mugnaini is best known for his illustrations for Ray Bradbury novels. It’s great they received this sort of exposure in a national magazine at a time when the perception of animation as an adult artform was waning. (Click thumbnails below to enlarge)

  • amid

    I love how these animation artists are the personification of sophistication. They look like real men who lead interesting and intellectual lives as opposed to so many of today’s artists who look like 5-year-old boys in stained T-shirts running around with their toys and videos games.

    For the record, Bob McIntosh is still with us. I visited him a little over a month ago and he was as charming and insightful as ever.

  • Mike Kazaleh

    I used to know Herb Klynn. He was a superb painter and graphic designer, one of the best really. He never stopped painting. He really was smart and sophisticated, in fact, I always felt like a longshoreman talking to him. Herb was refreshingly blunt and honest, loved art, artists, and animation, and I miss him very much. We could use a few dozen like him now.

  • amid- i agree. the way in which an artists chooses to present him/herself says a lot about how they feel about their work and life. I’ve noticed that animators that rely on cheap gags and techniques are often very sloppy people in general, whereas animators that delve deep into content and technique tend to look very professional and sophisticated.

    Thanks for the post Jerry!

  • bob kurtz

    i had the opportunity and privilege to work with these exceptional talents.
    i was so lucky!!!

  • They also take off their hats indoors, Mr. Amidi.

  • Joe Mugnaini wrote a great book on drawing (emphasis on figure drawing) called, “The Hidden Elements of Drawing.” It was a great resource when I was learning how to draw. The little bio on the dustcover didn’t even mention him having worked at Format Films! Mugnaini was also chairman of the drawing department at Otis Art Institute in L.A. Thanks for this post.

  • top cat james

    This post once again begs the question:

    Why has “The Alvin Show” not been released on DVD?

  • I know this seems off topic for an animation website but I remember an issue of TV Guide from perhaps the early 1970’s that featured a TV technician who built a miniature recreation of a TV studio out of cardboard and other found items. This may sound silly but it was absolutely an amazing model, with tons of cables and lights and consoles all over the place. I would love to have a copy of that issue today as it influenced my own paper model designs many years later!


  • Hello,

    I’m looking for information on animation cells from approx. 1967 with the ‘Format Productions, Inc’ logo on them. They are animated cells of The Mamas and the Papas, supposedly for a planned cartoon series based on them that never aired.

    Here is a small sample of one of the cells.

    If any has any info on these at all, or who the artist might have been, it would be very greatly appreciated.

    Chris Foote
    johnsmusicbox at

  • Wow! After three years of searching for the artist of “The Cathedral” I found it here! In Fact, Joe Mugnaini is holding the same work in this picture…It is titled “The Cathedral” from 1959. Thanks so much! I also just realized that all along I have his signed book from 1982 ” Drawings and Graphics”.