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Paul Terry on Animation (1925)

Allan Holtz, on his indespensible comic strip blog Stripper’s Guide, has posted an intriguing 1925 article (from Cartoons and Movies magazine) entitled Making Cartoon Movies: The Low Down on How It’s Actually Done by Paul H. Terry, “with illustrations by the author”.

Here is it. The whole thing, by one of the true pioneers of the industry. Terry was actually one of the field’s leading lights during the silent era. It’s been said Disney studied Terry’s Aesop’s Fables, back then, for their craftsmanship. His drawings accompanying the article are teriffic.

  • Brilliant stuff. It’s wonderful to see Farmer Al proudly swigging his home-brewed hooch—as drawn during Prohibition by an unashamed studio boss. Those were the days.

  • Steve Wojcik

    Paul Terry is truly a pioneer. You can see where Disney was inspired by his early work.