A little bit about two incredible documents that have turned up online recently:
NY animation director Michael Sporn shares scans of a 1967 poster designed by André Martin that documents the early history of American animation from 1906-1941. It’s eye-opening to see the diverse strands of American animation organized neatly into a chronological hierarchy. What would be really amazing though is if someone adapted this chart into an app for digital tablets so that a user could click on names of studios, artists and films to see video clips, film stills, and additional documentation.
Canadian animation director Jamie Mason shares a treat he found on eBay: notes from a Disney lecture about caricature presented by T. Hee in April, 1939. The notes are unedited and slightly jumbled, but the information contained within sheds glorious insights into Hee’s approach to caricature. At the end of Jamie’s post, he includes copies of some of Hee’s caricatures, including four drawings that are discussed in the lecture–Bill Tytla, Ben Sharpsteen, Norm Ferguson and Lou “Whitie” Debney.