Jules Engel DVD

We’ve posted often about Jules Engel, and now the iotaCenter has released a DVD of his later, rarely seen experimental works. Jules Engel: Selected Works, Volume I is a collection of fifteen animated films from the famed artist, animator and educator.

Engel, who started as a inbetweener on Columbia Krazy Kat and Scrappy cartoons, went on to become a major influence at Disney during it’s golden age, a key artist and designer at UPA in their heyday, a founder of Format Films, a beloved teacher at Cal Arts, an acclaimed abstract artist and experimental animator.

Check out the excerpts (below) from his 1963 personal film Carnival and see excerpts from others films contained on the DVD at iotacenter.org.


  • http://meandtheblueskies.com Preston

    I remember cartoons like this one from Engel. (I was born in 1960)

  • http://www.skydavid.com Dennis “Sky” David Pies

    So heart warming to see this great man honored. I was a student of Jules, 1972-74 and in full bore animation production at age 62 with 45 completed animations to date. The proud legacy that Jules began over 30 years ago.

  • http://fluidtoons.com Brett W. Thompson

    Awesome!! I’ve been really curious to see Engel’s films, considering the huge influence he had on CalArts’ experimental program! Thanks for posting!

  • http://olivierrigaud.free.fr Olivier Rigaud

    Great ! But this film, not representative of Engel’s main body of work (abstract), is entirely based on the drawings of Siné, a French illlustrator he worked with in Paris and who is still very active and works in the exact same style he did 45 years ago. Siné also made a funny/erotic animated film for Lasse Braun productions in 1974, and last year created his own weekly political/cartoon newspaper : “Siné Hebdo” ( http://www.sinehebdo.eu/category/les-unes/ )
    Cheers from France !