Table of Contents
Chapter 21: Spinach & Bricks
What do you do when you have to make a living diminishing true works of art? E.C. Segar's Popeye, and George Herrimans' Krazy Kat, have been mauled by others, so I don't need to apologize for my efforts at damage control. Here's what we did with them.
Chapter 22: Hobbitalized
We were first with this, but it became our most ignominious and unnecessary failure. Please weep with me as you read this chapter. I coulda bin a contendah...
Chapter 23: Self-Help For Nudnik
Our fun-films, and my personal best character. The 60s were probably our peak-Prague years.
Chapter 24: The Giants Win and Lose
A whole new area of work opened up for me just as the Soviet forces were breathing smoke around the borders of Czechoslovakia, and I made a film called "The Giants" that the communists banned for 20 years. For me, it was a point of pride.
Chapter 25: Into and Out of The Woods
Weston Woods, that is. I feel that my best films are the least known. My greatest fans still are teachers and librarians, and I spent 25 years of creative fulfillment in pleasing them.
Chapter 26: Krazy Klients
Peeing in the soup continues. The bladders of producers seem as continuous fountains. Here are a few hairy tales.
Chapter 27: A Tangled Web
The great writer, E.B.White became my friend and regular correspondent until his death. That was my main reward from a spidery web of deceit that squashed a literary spider. Here, and in the next chapter you can read the never-before published letters that reveal the true story.
Chapter 28: The Charolotte Papers
Here is the complete documentation of possibly my greatest creative loss. But my loss was nothing compared to what befell E.B. "Andy" White. Letters from him and his wife indicate the depressing effect the debacle had on his health. I know one thing for sure. No one ever saw the storyboard we created. No one rejected it. It was irrelevant to the powers that ignored it.
Chapter 29: Charlotte's Web Graphics
See for yourself. No one before has seen these drawings.
Chapter 31: The Last Word - Iris Out
A Terrific utterance.
Chapter 32: Added Feature Attraction
This is the kind of animation movie I've been talking about in this whole book!
Chapter 33: After-Word
Well, no one is perfect.
Animators Belong To The Ages -- The Da Vinci Daze.