David Weidman Exhibit

On Sunday, October 4th, Renegade Animation will host an exhibition of serigraphs by animation veteran David Weidman. Best known for his work on Mr. Magoo, Fractured Fairy Tales, King Features TV Popeye and Hanna Barbera cartoon series of the 1950s and ‘60s, Weidman will also sign copies of his new book The Whimsical Works of David Weidman, And Also Some Serious Ones. The event, which is open to the public, will occur from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Renegade Animation’s studio, 116 N. Maryland Ave., Lower Level, in Glendale.

We mentioned Weidman and his new book here back in March. Now, you have a chance to meet the man in person. Weidman, now 87, began his career as a designer at John Hubley’s Storyboard, and later worked as a designer at UPA where he developed his signature personal style while creating backgrounds for animated shorts. He also worked in magazine illustration and commercials. His many credits include Crusader Rabbit, Calvin and the Colonel, The Boing Boing Show, Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol and Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines. Weidman will also be signing copies of Renegade Animation director Darrell Van Citters’ new book, Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol, The Making of the First Animated Christmas Special, which highlights Weidman’s work. For fans of the special, there will be production artwork for sale from Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol. Click on thumbnails above to see larger images of Weidman’s art.

For more about David Weidman, visit his website and read an interview with him in Swindle Magazine.

Halloween Animated Spook-tacular!

For the second year in a row, Brewmaster Jerry Beck will be programming a selection of strange and creepy Halloween related animated cartoons on the big screen at the Silent Movie Theatre in Hollywood. Using vintage prints in 16mm and 35mm, this years’ Animation Spook-tacular will screen next Tuesday, October 6th at 8pm. Milton the Monster, Casper, and all the famous monsters of filmland will be here. Special guest animators will show their films and discuss their ghastly influences. For more information and to order advance tickets, click here.

Reviews of the Walt Disney Family Museum

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Reviews of the Walt Disney Family Museum are beginning to appear in papers and online. There aren’t many (if any) animation-related museums in the US–and especially none as well-endowed as this one–so it’ll be interesting to see how it’s received by the media and general public. Here’s a round-up:

Peter Hartlaub in the SF Chronicle

John King in the SF Chronicle about how they transformed old Presidio buildings into a musuem

Photo tour on MousePlanet.com

Edward Rothstein in The New York Times

Lori Rackl in the Chicago Sun-Times