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Jr’s Fun To Draw

Fun to Draw

I could have sworn someone would’ve posted the animation section from Alan Dale Bogorad’s 1943 book Jr’s Fun To Draw by now. When comics/animation historian Mark Arnold offered to scan his copy (in better shape than my own) I jumped at the chance to put it here for posterity. This chapter was compiled by Nat Falk and is a companion to his 1941 How To Make Animated Cartoons, combining model sheets, storyboards and animation sketches from Terrytoons, Fleischer and Warner Bros. Click on thumbnails below for full size images.

  • Bill Field

    Jerry- you left out MGM- Barney Bear is there as well!
    Thanks for this terrific post! Makes me wish I could see the entire book.

  • Neat! “Magic with a Pencil” indeed!

  • My favorite quote:

    “Note the simplicity and directness of the drawings in this animating sequence…There is not a superfluous line in any of the eight drawings. The action is thought out well.”

    Ah, if animation today were still like that…

  • Brad Constantine

    Great stuff! Is that a gag from Chuck Jone’s Presto Chango in there?
    Thanks fer sharing, Jerry

  • Gerard de Souza

    Thank you. I have seen multi-generational photocopies of a few pages, namely the Hoppity, Bugs and Porky ones but not the whole chapter. I knew it was from A Nat Falk book. When I saw the first Nat Falk book online I assumed I mis-remembered. Thanks again for this valuable artistic and historic resource.

  • Thad

    Barker Bill lives!

  • This is awesome stuff! Thanks for sharing.

  • Angry Anim

    If I had to guess, it looks like Jim Tyer drew page # 73. I hate his stuff. Alot of people in the biz tend to worship him, but ignoring volume, shapes, and flow doesn’t make you a great animator.

    His stuff is great when he was on Popeye shorts, and equally as good when his was doing that Sydney the Elephant graphic stuff, but his Terrytoons stuff is blob-a-mation.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Have to see if I ever get a copy of this one someday (still feel proud of my copy of “How to Make Animated Cartoons” with Paul Terry’s autograph/Farmer Al Falfa sketch inside).

  • David Cuny

    Cool stuff. But it’s odd how instructions on “How To Draw A Head” (pg. 70) admonish:

    “The underlying shape of a head is a circle or oval. Begin by drawing one of these shapes. Draw free hand. Don’t use a compass.”

    Yet the head on that page (and those on page 73) all use circles drawn with… a compass.

  • Doug Drown

    I remember this book very well. Our town library had a copy of it when I was a little kid fifty years ago. I took it out frequently. Don’t I wish I owned a copy!

  • Mike Scibetta

    Do you think that the books shown here are mislabeled? Could the sellers have misread “Jr’s” for “It’s”

    What do you think? Or was there a similar title written by the same author?

  • Thanks Jerry for agreeing to post this! I, like you, am surprised this chapter has never been posted on the Internet until now.

    I’ll answer a few questions:
    To Bill Field: This is the only chapter with copyrighted animated characters. The rest of the book is a standard art book, which may be of some interest to burgeoning artists, but you can let me know if you would like to see more.

    To Brad Constantine: Yes, that is from “Presto Chango”.

    To Mike Scibetta: I think the sellers have misread it as “It’s”. I’ve also seen it for sale with “Jr” spelled out as “Junior’s”.

    I’ve had the book since I was a child. My dad originally received it as a gift in 1944.

  • Just discovered this, looking for Nat Falk material. There was a copy of this book in my hometown Carnegie library c1960, and I well remember in particular the Porky Pig walk cycle. I was disappointed and puzzled, therefore, to get a complete photocopy of a friend’s copy of Falk’s book and not find Porky in there–and, in fact, to find the whole book to be much more 30’s in character style than ’40s. So this is the book I knew! Thanks so much for publishing it!

  • Nancy McMurtrie

    I have a copy of Jr’s Fun to Draw: the Boys and Girls Book of Drawing Fun and Magic with a Pencil. I was born in 1940. In 1942 my grandmother moved in with us and lived alone upstairs. I spend endless hours going upstairs to visit with her. When I was 4, she started me on piano lessons. Around the same time she must have bought this book to help me learn to draw. I remember that I was more interested in the oil paintings she was doing. My book is in great condition except for the back cover.