Animation World Magazine, Issue 2.12, March 1998

On A Desert Island With...
Pre-Production People

compiled by Wendy Jackson

This month we asked people involved in animation pre-production to tell us what animated films they would want with them if they were stranded on a desert island. Maurice Noble is a background designer who has been working in the industry for over 65 years, and is still active today. His impressive list of credits include design for several of the films on his list: Snow White, What's Opera Doc?,The Dot and the Line and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Wes Archer is an animator and director currently working at Film Roman on the prime time series, King of the Hill. John Ramirez is a story/development artist at Warner Bros. Feature Animation, currently working on The Zoo. His recent projects include Hercules and Toy Story 2 at Walt Disney Feature Animation, where he was also an assistant to Andreas Deja on Aladdin and The Lion King. What do these three people all have in common? As pre-production artists, they have all found much inspiration in the work of their predecessors and contemporaries.

Maurice Noble's Favorites:
1. Dumbo (Disney).
2. Snow White (Disney).
3. Fantasia (Disney).
4. What's Opera, Doc? (Warner Bros.).
5. From A to Z (Warner Bros.).
6. Charlie Brown's Christmas (Bill Melendez Productions).
7. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (MGM).
8. Moonbird by John Hubley.
9. The Dot and the Line (MGM).
10. Duck Amuck (Warner Bros.).

Wes Archer's Selections:
1. Feats of Clay, a recent compilation of clay animated shorts.
3. Sinbad the Sailor produced by Ub Iwerks.
4. The Sour Puss supervised by Robert Clampett.
5. Allegro non Troppo by Bruno Bozzetto.
6. Mazinger vs. Dark General (Toei Animation, 1974).
7. "Space Madness," an episode of Ren & Stimpy directed by John Kricfalusi.
8. Any short film by Oskar Fishinger.
9. "The Purge," an episode of Aeon Flux directed by Peter Chung.
10. "Two Bad Neighbors," an episode of The Simpsons directed by me, Wes Archer.

John Ramirez's Top Ten:
"These films for one reason or another have great moments in them. I never get tired of watching them!"
1. The Big Snit by Richard Condie.
2. Toy Story (Pixar/Disney).
3. Allegro non Troppo by Bruno Bozzetto.
4. La Puta (Studio Ghibli).
5. My Neighbor Totoro (Studio Ghibli).
6. Kiki's Delivery Service (Studio Ghibli).
7. Keisei Tanuki Gassen Pom Poko (Studio Ghibli).
8. 101 Dalmatians (Disney).
9. Peter Pan (Disney).
10. Hoppity Goes To Town (Mr. Bugs Goes To Town) (Fleischer Studios).

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