The Definitive History of UPA To Be Published in 2012

When Magoo Flew

If you are planning to buy the two sets of UPA cartoons that Jerry posted about, you would do well to also pick up the forthcoming history of the UPA studio, When Magoo Flew: The Rise and Fall of Animation Studio UPA by Adam Abraham. As far as I know, the book and the DVDs weren’t planned together, but the stars are aligned, and one of the most important yet neglected animation studios of all time is ripe for rediscovery in 2012.

I’ve already read Adam’s book and I’m happy to report that he gets it absolutely right. The research is impeccable, the writing solid, the story fascinating. Though the book includes over 70 illustrations, it’s more narrative history than coffeetable art book, but that’s hardly an issue anymore thanks to the two companion DVD sets that contain UPA’s entire theatrical short output. The 324-page When Magoo Flew will be released by Wesleyan University Press next March. Place your pre-order on Amazon for a mere $20.


  • Kristjan

    Hello, Amid is there complete filmography of UPA films in the book?

  • Robert Schaad

    Looking forward to the dvds and this book!

  • http://animationreview.wordpress.com/ Gijs Grob

    Wow. Just wow. Seems that our prayers have been heard!

    2012 – the year of UPA. I like that!

    O, and I’m glad it’s not a coffee table book. I’d rather read about the history of UPA, and watch the films themselves.

    • George

      I have to agree, however, I wouldn’t say no to an “art of” UPA book. Isolated backgrounds…drool…

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    Is there a good write-up on Gay Purree in it?

  • Adam Abraham

    In response to Kristjan above, I have produced a complete UPA filmography, and it will be incorporated in my UPA web site, which is coming soon. Because of space limitations, the book will include only a “select” filmography.

  • Kristjan

    @ Adam Abraham thanks :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/PCBookstore Nic Orizaga

    Hey Kristjan. There is a complete (as can be) filmography in Amid’s own UPA book if you find a copy somewhere.
    http://www.cartoonbrew.com/books/inside-upa-update.html

  • Adam Abraham

    In response to Nic above, I should add that I produced the filmography for “Inside UPA.” It is not at all complete. Amid wanted us to stop at 1960. So the forthcoming filmography will definitely be better.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Namely since that book covers the Bosustow-era of the studio I think.

  • http://www.cartoonresearch.com Jerry Beck

    And just to be clear, Adam’s new book focuses on the early years and the Bosustow era on the 50s, but he also covers the studios aftermath in the 60s, the Henry G. Saperstein period, as well.

  • Rock

    The vertical dimensions of the book lead me to believe there is not a lot of artwork inside.

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

    I’ve been curious about UPA’s creative philosophy. They obviously wanted something different from the Disney-styled storytelling the founders were trained from, but what seems yet to be known is that they also wanted to separate themselves from the Looney Tunes/Tex Avery-styled alternative the rest of the studios were using.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      That’s what I kinda felt as well since it was obvious past the first couple of years they certainly wanted to get away from doing that sort of thing that you can see in “Robin Hoodlum”.