How to Look At Ad Reinhardt, The Cartoonist Who Was A Fine Artist

Ad Reinhardt (1913-1967) was an artist’s artist, renowned among critics and curators, but hard for the general public to warm up to. His most famous fine art works are his Black Paintings, from the 1960s, which at first glance appear to be solid black, but on closer inspection turn out to be blocks of black and almost-black shades. Important, but challenging.

“When the Wind Blows” Director Jimmy Murakami, RIP

Japanese-American animation legend Jimmy Murakami, who played an important role in the development of Ireland’s animation industry, has died at the age of 80, reported the organization Animation Ireland. The cause of death is unknown.

When Amsterdam Went UPA: Dutch Modern Cartoons in the 1950s

Strictly speaking, the term ‘Dutch modern cartoons’ is a little misleading. They were made in Holland, yes. But the major stars in our story are four artists who came from England and Denmark.

Thursday in NYC: An Illustrated Lecture on UPA

Animation historian Adam Abraham (author of When Magoo Flew) will be doing a UPA talk and book signing at the New York Public Library’s Lincoln Center branch…

FIRST LOOK: Jerry on TCM

As previously noted, this Sunday night yours-truly, Jerry Beck, spends the whole evening co-hosting an entire block of classic animated …

Rare Animation on TCM: “UPA Cartoons”

This is gallery of images from Columbia Pictures cartoon shorts produced by UPA (United Productions of America), the groundbreaking …

AniMazSpot Announces 2012 Festival Schedule

AniMazSpot 2012 is ready to open the gate to the fourth annual festival for and about animated short filmmakers, September 10 – 16.Ten …

UPA Commercials Discovered

In the six years since the publication of my book Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in 1950s Animation, a lot of new artwork and films …

AniMazSpot Announces 2012 Festival Lineup

The AniMazSpot 2012 festival, September 10 – 16, will be a bit different this year, splitting its events between the historic Alex …

GIVEAWAY: UPA Jolly Frolics DVD sets

CONTEST IS CLOSED! WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON SUNDAY. I’ve got two copies to give away of TCM’s 3-dvd UPA Jolly Frolics set. It’s …

FRIDAY in L.A: UPA at LACMA

To celebrate the publication of Adam Abraham’s essential new UPA history, When Magoo Flew and the just-released TCM/Sony DVD set,

UPA, UPA, and Away!

They’re out… and as Tony the Tiger would say: “They’re Grrrr-reat!” I will go out on limb right now and declare TCM’s UPA: The Jolly …

March 30th in LA: “UPA Day!”

As far as I’m concerned, there can’t be enough praise and recognition for United Productions of America (UPA). They may be long gone and …

Tee Hee Meets the Eames

I was digging around for some UPA photos the other day when I stumbled onto this photo that I’d labeled “Tee Hee and visitors.” Tee Hee …

Bert & Harry Piel

Just for fun – and thanks to Chuck Howell, the Archivist at University of Maryland’s Special Collections in Mass Media & Culture – we are …

2012 Animation Book Preview

The future of animation books, like the rest of the publishing industry, isn’t rosy. Page counts and print runs are shrinking, and …

UPA Cartoons Are Coming to DVD

Here they come – at long last. Columbia Pictures classic collection of UPA cartoons will soon be available as you’ve never seen them …

TONIGHT in LA: UPA tribute at Cinefamily

Tonight at 8pm is that tribute to UPA I told you about last week. Its the latest subject of my Animation Tuesday screenings, held each …

UPA Cartoon Tribute at Cinefamily

Creators of Mr. Magoo and Gerald McBoing Boing, United Productions of America (UPA) was the most significant animation studio of the …

Who was Lee Orgel?

In the Gay Purr-ee production photo above is (left to right): Lee Orgel, Judy Garland, Henry G. Saperstein, Robert Goulet, Abe Levitow …

Six Rare Pieces of Animated Ephemera

Here are six good and rare animation-related clips I discovered on Critical Past, a stock footage house that specializes in films from US …

Rare UPA Recordings by Mel Leven

Here’s another historical curiosity courtesy of animator Mike Kazaleh. Songwriter Mel Leven (“Cruella de Vil” for 101 Dalmatians) …

Magoo’s Christmas

Once again I visited with Stu Shostak this week to do his Internet radio show. During the commercial breaks I peruse Stu’s huge archive …

Bob McIntosh, R.I.P.

Bob McIntosh passed away on June 17, 2010 at the age of 94. Born on March 11, 1916 in Vallejo, California, and raised in Stockton, Bob …