Happy Birthday, Howard Beckerman

Howard Beckerman is the king of New York animation; a teacher, a mentor and a living legend. It was his birthday yesterday, on Christmas, and to celebrate the occasion we present The Trip (1967) which Beckerman wrote, animated and co-designed — another hidden gem produced during the Shamus Culhane era at Paramount. Howard recalled:

“The film was originally titled “The Vacation”, but Paramount changed it to “The Trip” and it always gets confused with the Peter Fonda live-action production.”

Happy Birthday, Howard!


  • Jonah Sidhom

    Happy Birthday/Merry Christmas Mr. Beckerman. I love your work

  • http://www.forthebirdsblog.blogspot.com Michael J. Ruocco

    To my good friend Howard, I hope you had a Merry Christmas & a Happy Birthday. Enjoy the rest of your break & I’ll see you in class in a few weeks! Take care!

  • http://www.tomsito.com Tom Sito

    Happy Birthday Howard! From your favorite illegitimate son.

  • http://www.elliotelliotelliot.com Elliot Cowan

    Howard’s a terrific feller and tells a better animation story than anyone in the city.

  • http://bakertoons.blogspot.com/ Charles Brubaker

    “The Trip” is one of the best from the late-era Paramount.

    Really, despite Shamus Culhane being listed as a director, this is really Howard Beckerman’s film.

  • http://mayersononanimation.blogspot.com Mark Mayerson

    Happy Birthday, Howard. All the best for the new year.

  • David

    I was hoping the ape would kick the shit out of the boss at the end.

  • http://www.stephaniebuscema.com Stephanie Buscema

    Happy Birthday, Mr. Beckerman! You were the best teacher I had during my time at SVA and your work continues to be an inspiration.

  • http://thadkomorowski.com Thad

    Howard is ALWAYS worth visiting when you’re in NY. Happy birthday!!

  • http://www.chrisniosi.com Chris Niosi

    Hope ya had a great one Howard, you’r e avery inspiring teacher. B)

  • Chrisbo

    Happy Birthday Howard!
    Among my very favorite teachers at SVA 77-81 (and my teachers included Harvy Kurtzman, Will Eisner and art spiegleman-no slouches they). You will always have a warm place in my heart!

  • Stephen

    This makes an interesting pair with Bosko Shipwrecked…

  • David Levy

    Happy Birthday Howard!

    And, thanks for being a true inspiration and great friend.
    I wrote about Howard at my blog. Hope you all get a chance to check it out:

    http://animondays.blogspot.com/2009/07/my-lunch-with-howard.html

  • http://www.rudyagresta.com Rudy Agresta

    Happy Birthday Howard and MANY, MANY more!! You have been and always will be an inspiration to us all!

  • http://yeldarb86.deviantart.com Mr. Semaj

    Seeing this cartoon for the first time reminded me of a greeting card. It made sense when I re-read Culhane’s book, where he did mention Beckerman’s background in greeting card designs.

  • Magnusson

    He still knows how to work a room during a large lecture. Happy Birthday!

  • Mark Fichera

    Dear Howard You are a Friend To All, a Gentleman and a Scholar. Hey Everybody! Read Howard’s Book On Animation… More Info at: http://www.howardbeckerman.com