Don Figlozzi, the First TV Animator? Don Figlozzi, the First TV Animator?

Don Figlozzi, the First TV Animator?

Historian Harvey Deneroff has posted a fascinating interview with Fleischer Studios veteran Don Figlozzi that he conducted in 1979. In it, Figlozzi (1909-1981) speaks about working as a “television artist” at WPIX in the late-1940s. If he wasn’t the first regular animator working in television, he was certainly among the first:

“They asked to see some samples, and I realized I wasn’t dealing with anybody that had been used to looking at art samples before. I was dealing with laymen, so to speak, engineers and people like that, and Hank Ross, who was a director, didn’t know anything about the art end of it. So I figured I’d make the stuff as close to TV as possible. I made their call letters and a call background – just like an announcement background. And then I made a series of things like the Twentieth Century-Fox heading that they have now; I originated that for WPIX, where letters come over a skyline; and worked up several different things: maps, little tiny maps – I thought everything had to be drawn small, so I did them small. I worked with a magnifying glass.”

  • In the Famous Artists course, Chad Grothkopf shows a frame from the first animated commercial produced for television. He made it in 1938 when there were fewer than fifty TV sets in the whole country!

    More info at the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive…

    Chad’s Design for Television

  • I never thought that Figlozzi was the first TV animator. However, he was certainly one of the earliest practitioners of a form of animation that was later called broadcast design.

  • interesting..