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Snapshots from Cinecon

As mentioned previously, I’m spending my Labor Day at the annual classic movie convention in Hollywood, Cinecon. Inbetween screenings I’m rummaging the dealers room, looking for animation material, and luckily every year I seem to find something to add to my research.

I’ve been collecting animation still photos since my days working on Of Mice And Magic. Back then, the only way to illustrate a book or article on animation was with physical still photos (mainly in black and white). These days, those materials are no longer needed for illustrations. Most books prefer color, and either scanned animation cels or frame grabs from DVDs are superior to most old publicity photos created back-in-the-day.

Regardless, I still maintain a pretty large collection of animation publicity photos, presskits, posters, slides and lobby cards from animated features, shorts, commercials, TV shows and specials. I enjoy having them even though I don’t need them as much as I used to for my work. Now I collect purely for the fun of it. This year I picked up 15 more unique cartoon stills, and I thought I’d share a few favorites.

The one above is an original ABC press photo for Rocky and His Friends. According to the info on the reverse, it dates from December 17th 1959, and the show aired at 5:30pm on Thursdays. I’d never seen this image before – I love the way Rocky looks and I suspect it’s from some early pitch boards.

Below, from left to right: a nice publicity set up for Cruise Cat (MGM, 1952); Burl Ives appears with the puppets from Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (1964) in this NBC publicity photo – one which I’ve not seen before, nor appears in any of Rick Goldschmidt’s excellent books; and one of two publicity stills I have from the only 3D Woody Woodpecker short, Hypnotic Hick (1953). I hope you enjoy these as much as I do… Click the thumbnails below to see larger versions of each:

  • Ridd

    man I love that Bullwinkle one. Got a larger version? Thanks for posting, Jerry.

  • Very cool. I see another book in your future, Jerry. “Promotional Stills from Golden Age Cartoons”…

  • Nice still finds, Jerry. You found that great Bullwinkle still the very weekend when the mighty moose has completely disappeared from broadcsst/cable TV, Family Net dropped The Bullwinkle Show from it’s Saturday schedule with no explanation on Sept. 4th. The Burl Ives still was terrific; he’s probably telling his snowman doppelganger, “I told you I’d shoot, but you wouldn’t believe me, WHY WOULDN’T YOU BELIEVE ME?!!” Were there other cartoon-related happenings at the Cinecon this year? Did you see any cartoons at the screenings you had not seen before? Any real FILM prints of good stuff in the dealers’ room? Enjoy!

  • These are great Jerry, thanks for sharing :)

  • top cat james

    “…and HE’S a ham sandwich!”

    Awesome acquisitions, Jer. Thanks for sharin’.

  • I like them too – I do have a few from Disney 1980’s press kits. They used to send colors chromes to newspapers and magazines, right?