ANIMATION WORLD MAGAZINE - ISSUE 4.2 - MAY 1999

In Passing

Evelyn Lambart, 1914 - 1999. Evelyn Lambart, filmmaker and close associate of Norman McLaren, died Saturday, April 3 at the age of 84. Lambart studied commercial art at the Ontario College of Art. On graduation, she worked for a year and a half doing illuminations for Canada's Book Of Remembrance. She began work at the National Film Board as a letterer in 1942. At that time, the only ones doing animation at the NFB were Norman McLaren and Guy Glover. One day, McLaren asked her to help with some heraldic devices for a film he was working on and, with her experience in illuminating, she was able to do a very good job. So began a long-lasting and very productive partnership, with Lambart often perfecting the tools McLaren needed and suggesting materials to produce the varied textures in his films. It was a partnership based on mutual respect; Lambart is credited as co-director on six of the eight films she made with him. Her collaboration with Norman McLaren produced Begone Dull Care/Caprice En Couleurs, Now Is The Time, Around Is Around, A Chairy Tale/Il Était Une Chaise, Le Merle, Short And Suite, Lines-Vertical/Lignes Verticales, Lines-Horizontal/Lignes Horizontales, and Mosaic/Mosaique. In the early 1960's, McLaren became interested in ballet films, which held no interest for Lambart, so she started thinking about doing her own films. She perfected the technique of paper cutouts transferred to lithograph plate which she would then paint and animate. She used this technique in seven award-winning films: Fine Feathers (1968), The Hoarder (1969), Paradise Lost (1970), The Story Of Christmas (1973), Mr. Frog Went A-Courting (1974), The Lion And The Mouse (1976), and The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse/Le Rat De Maison Et Le Rat Des Champs (1980).

Jean Vander Pyl, Best Known As Wilma Flintstone's Voice, Dies. Jean Vander Pyl, who was best known as the voice of Wilma Flintstone on Hanna-Barbera's The Flintstones TV series, died Saturday, April 10 at her home in Dana Point, California. She was 79. Although born in Philadelphia, she moved to Los Angeles while still a teenager and attended Beverly Hills High and UCLA. Her career began as a radio performer for several radio series including Amos And Andy, Lux Radio Theatre, Studio One, and Father Knows Best. In the late 1950's, she began doing voice work for Hanna-Barbera, and worked on several well-remembered series, including Quick Draw McGraw, Huckleberry Hound, Top Cat, Yogi Bear, and The Flintstones. In addition to Wilma Flintstone, she will perhaps be best remembered for Pebbles Flintstone and Rosie the Robot on The Jetsons. She continued to work for Hanna-Barbera until mid-1998 when she was hospitalized for lung cancer. On April 20th, Women in Animation awarded her with a posthumous lifetime achievement certificate.

Schoolhouse Rock Creator Dies In Car Accident. David McCall died April 18th in a car accident near Kukes, Albania, along with his wife, Penny, and Refugees International's European representative Yvette Pierpaoli and the car's Albanian driver. The McCalls were en route from Tirana to Kukes, the primary reception point for Kosovar refugees. They were on a mission for Refugees International, the Washington, D.C.-based organization on whose board Mr. and Mrs. McCall served. Part of the mission was to explore providing region-wide help through radio broadcasts to refugees seeking to locate family members. The accident was the result of bad weather and treacherous road conditions. Mr. McCall, 71, was a partner in the New York-based communications consulting and advertising firm, Shepardson Stern + Kaminsky. He was a renowned figure in the advertising world, having been the chief copywriter at Ogilvy & Mather and the co-founder of his own agency, McCaffrey & McCall. Mr. McCall began his advertising career in the mailroom of Young & Rubicam after leaving Yale University in 1951. From Y&R, he joined Ogilvy & Mather, where he spent ten years, eventually succeeding founder David Ogilvy as the agency's chief copywriter. During his tenure at O&M, Mr. McCall developed campaigns for such clients as Sears, Hathaway shirts and Maxwell House coffee. For Maxwell House, he wrote the line, "Coffee that tastes as good as it smells." In 1961, Mr. McCall left O&M to co-found the advertising agency McCaffrey & McCall, Inc. The agency's clients included Exxon, Tiffany, Hiram Walker, J.C. Penney, The Hartford Insurance Company, Mercedes-Benz and Norelco. Among the many campaigns the agency developed was the name change from Esso to Exxon. He also created the television commercial featuring Santa Claus sledding downhill on a Norelco electric shaver. In 1973, he created Schoolhouse Rock, a series of 3-minute animated educational segments that originally aired on the ABC television network during Saturday and Sunday morning cartoons from 1973 to 1985, and again in 1993. McCall originally presented the Schoolhouse Rock idea to Michael Eisner, who at the time was serving as ABC's vice president for children's television programming. The series won four Emmy Awards.


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