Gene, is it over? Is this it?
I have faithfully showed up here every Wednesday to read the next installment. Are my Wednesdays going to be poorer now? No new artwork? No new bits of history? No new anecdotes?
I have enjoyed your memoir enormously and I hope somebody will print it on paper and make it available for sale.
Thanks for writing this book (and your other one).
Thanks for the films.
So what are you working on next?
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- Has JLA already premiered on Cartoon Network. If so, at what time does it air? Otherwise, when will it premiere?By:Gerard Raiti (not verified)
- Dreamy emotions are nice, but the pursuit of wisdom and knowledge are going to do more to prevent hate crimes like Sept 11 and Oct 7- ? Long lasting happiness, satisfaction and pleasure will evolve from an understanding of the roots of these acts. Specifically an understanding that you live within a system, not something natural or god given; a system that feeds itself through its contact with the rest of the world. This is less a time for smiles and random acts of kindness than it is for logic, empathy and humility.By:Chris Robinson (not verified)
Dear Gene, thank you so much for the wonderful and exciting reading that your book has provided to all of us animation lovers! By looking at the Charlotte Web´s sketches, one really feels that your film would have been undoubtely much superior to the adaptation of the same novel made by Hanna-Barbera. This reminds me that in Joe Barbera´s autobiography, "My life in ´toons" he explains that the film´s producers considered the artwork produced by your Czech team to be "dark" and "depressing", before turning the project to H-B. I do believe that if Mr. Barbera saw Mirko´s artwork, now that he has the chance of doing so, he would entirely disagree with that oppinion!By:Moliné Alfons (not verified)
- The Animation Pimp Part 2: Pierre Hébert and the Work of Animation in the Age of Digital Reproduction.semitemos gniyonna os era uoy ,sirhcBy:doug vitarelli (not verified)
- What a wonderful sounding card. I was so glad to hear about the new OpenGL capabilities since the other Geforce 3's didn't have that. However I have a big question. Right now I'm in school, hopefully to become an animator somewhere when I get out. However, getting $1000 video cards isn't exactly within my price range. Nor is getting 17" LCD monitors or new Pentium 4 2Ghz chips. I was wondering what video cards other people have found to be great in using programs like Max or Maya but was relatively cheap (for students like me). I know cheap and quality don't go together but hopefully there are suggestions.By:Steven S (not verified)
- BRUCE TIMM AND HIS CREW HAVE THE GREATEST DRAWING STYLE THAT I HAVE SEEN IN A LONG TIME. I HAVE BEEN HOOKED SINCE THE START OF BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES. I COLLECT ALL OF THE EPISODES ON VHS. AS AN ASPIRING ANIMATOR, HOW DO I GET A JOB WITH ONE OF THE GREATEST YOUNG TALENTS IN CARTOONS TODAY. I'LL SCRUB FLOORS TO GET MY FOOT IN. THANKS, ROBERT GARCIABy:Robert Garcia (not verified)
- I live Vancouver, Canada and I would like to know if Vampire Hunter D will be coming to theater here? Any info you could give e-mail me would be great.By:John Loyer (not verified)
And the saga goes on. Nickelodeon, in association with Universal (Sagittarius/Seagrams)
and Paramount is doing a direct-to-video sequel!By:Ray Pointer (not verified)
Speaking of CHARLOTTE'S WEB, guess what? Nickelodeon is producing a sequel!By:Ray Pointer (not verified)
- I think not mentioning the 1982 Don Bluth movie "The Secret of Nimh" is quite outragous, as it's widely regarded as one of the best, if not the best, full length animated feature of all time. I don't think there's any doubt that it's Don Bluth's best film. Other than that, keep up the good work!By:Jarle Berntsen (not verified)
- I went to San Diego in 2000, and will go next year. But you're delusional about the cuisine. The "Top Gun" barbecue joint (where they filmed some of Tom Cruise's scenes for the movie) served dried-out, flavorless food that tasted worse then the actual movie. Some seafood restaurant near my hotel was pricey, had great decor, but a McDonald's Filet-O-Fish would make a better meal. I could take any one of a dozen conventional restaurants from my home town, transplant it in downtown San Diego, and drive those poseurs out of business. Also, you neglected to mention that the con goes to bed at 7 PM, when they roll up the city's sidewalks. A convention like Atlanta's Dragon*Con (where I am trying to encourage greater animation coverage) has all-night raves, room parties, all-night anime in the convention (not hidden in some hotel) and joy among fandom. Although this is a seaport town, there's nothing a sailor would want to do there - or a hard-core fan. While it is a great con, which I will be proud to attend, couldn't they bring a little life to this whitebread Republican town - at least for one weekend?By:Thomas Reed (not verified)
- Sadly, my friend, you missed a few points. There would be no rivalry between anime and American animation, since in the Oscars all foreign films compete under the "Foreign Film" categories. "Mononoke" would have to compete against Czech dramas, Italian Westerns and Irish musicals in that one little category. Also, some of the films you mentioned didn't get theatrical releases. If I recall correctly, "Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer" was a video presentation you could customize by having your child's picture inserted in the video. The late Gene Siskel used his face in this, when the video was reviewed. Also, did "Transformers: The Movie" really get a theatrical release? It must've been about fifteen minutes long...By:Thomas Reed (not verified)
- Umm...nice job Will. Very funny. Glad to see this fine animator being promoted.By:Chris Robinson (not verified)
First a huge thanks for writing this book. You've got an incredibly unique perspective on the artform and life in general, and I'm so glad you're sharing all these fabulous stories. I'd love to hear more about UPA-New York. As I understand, UPA-NY was one of the most prolific commercial producers of the time, and I'm curious as to how involved the agencies were in the advertising process during the mid-'50s at a studio like UPA. It's always said that animation studios in the '50s had greater creative involvement in the commercial process, but then you say that a Y&R writer created the Bert & Harry campaign. Had the agencies already started providing boards at this time or were ad concepts still mostly thought up by the studios? I'd also be curious to hear what's your take on producing commercials as opposed to shorts and the other long-form animation you were producing later on. Was it more/less enjoyable? As fulfilling creatively? Completely different? That sort of thing.
Also I've heard that you created the original pilot of DUSTY OF THE CIRCUS at UPA-NY which turned into a series for THE GERALD MCBOING BOING SHOW. If that's true, I'd be interested in hearing details on how that came about, what it was originally intended for, etc, etc.
AmidBy:Amid Amidi (not verified)
- Jerry, welcome to the AWN team! It will be a joy to see your bright and cogent commentary in the cybermag, as well as an inspiration to those of us in the animation writing community.By:Martin Goodman (not verified)
- Disney "starting" to go downhill? The previous review is just waking up to a trend that has happened over the past eight years or so. Ever since they made the big push into TV animation, the quality has been less than their established standard. I frankly could not see much difference in TV product such as DUCK TALES and TALESPIN as with the product of RUDY-SPEARS and HANNA-BARBERA at the time. The animation in the TV spin-offs of their successful features were not up to their standard either. And the feature animators who put their heart and sole into giving the characters life saw their efforts ruined in the TV reincarnations. Having been involved with animation production for 34 years, and in the Hollywood TV circle the past ten, I have seen a lot of the inner workings and can speak from my experience and observations that go beyond that of the armchair observer. In some instances, there have been some well ani-mated Disney TV series such as WINNIE THE POOH in 1988, and 101 DALMATIONS from three years ago. There have also been some forgotten series such as THE SNOOKUMS AND MEAT FUNNY CARTOON SHOW, which was elaborately animated to no avail. This Disney answer to REN AND STIMPY is now forgotten, and all concerned with it have gone elsewhere. Recent efforts like MOUSE WORKS made a valliant effort to recapture the orignal spirit, but suffered from a lack to time to properly develop story material and animate them with real feeling. There tends to be a quasi full animation attempt in these shows, that are beautifully drawn, but tend to move alike, many times too abruptly, lacking in subtleties and individual personality. Why should Minne move in such a quick, manner as Mickey? I would agree that programs such as RECESS are definately below the Disney standard. One would think that they came out of DIC, and considering that they owned DIC until recently, it would come as no wonder.As for the lack of creativity at Disney, it would seem that it is self-inflicted with the huge bureaucracy that has developed there that tends to seek success formulas over imagination and originality. At times, there have been misplaced people in positions of re-sponsibility who are more concerned with holding onto their pay checks than making revolutionary decisions. I was interviewed for a potential Director's postiion at Disney Interactive a few years ago. Having just done some freelance dircting on a POOH CD-ROM game, I was asked if I had worked for Disney before. I was then asked to show examples of my exposure sheets showing my written directions. When I produced them, showing my action descriptions, track breakdown, and lip assignment, I was asked, "Is this all?" They were expecting to see the numbers for the exposed drawings as well. Obviously, these gentlemen didn't have a clue as to what an Animation Director does, and they were tasked with deciding my fate. Needless to say, I was not hired, and I understand that this division went under. I have continued to work inside and outside of the main-stream, working on shoestring budgets, winning various awards over the past 28 years. It's interesting that others manage to see something in what I do, but it is unfortunate that the people at Disney did not. Perhaps this may partially answer the question.By:Ray Pointer (not verified)
- I just got a dual P4 Xeon with and Elsa Gloria Dcc, dude this machine rox my sox ! I love this card, I got it for under $700 I couldnt be happier. I use a lot of 3d Studio Max and am getting into Maya, and the card is smoother than glass ! On the unhappier note, don't evern buy a hard drive or anything else from Seagate ! My 40 GB hard drive broke after 3 months of use, but I think it was bunk from the get go because it gave my G4 all kinds of problems. Anywho, they won't pay the service fee $80, which is alot for me IM in college, and they're going to send me a rebuilt, previously broken hard drive, not a bran dnew one ! They suck donkey balls ! Dont ever buy any of their products -keithBy:Keith Conway (not verified)
I like your cartoons, even though I only have Sidney tape. I guess your cartoons are rare. By the way, I think I'm the only 12 years who knows you an the other rare cartoons from other directors. I discovered most rare ones at Toon Tracker and Tonarific. The only reason I know you is because I saw your name credited on Tom and Jerry cartoons, the ones you did in 60s. By the way, do you, like, sell some of tapes containing the cartoons you did?By:Charles Brubaker (not verified)
- Hey Jerry Thanks for the comment on Disney being not so original on new shows. Although this new show looks pretty sincere, (probably won't play out that way) I am sick and tired hearing about these shows that are based on kids! Kids that talk perfectly and happen to have a very P.C. group of friends and family. Then they just stand around and talk talk talk! I know to have talking characters is cheaper than actually animating them, but give me a break! Kids HATE watching shows about other kids, it's the parents who think they know what thier kids like! The parents are told what their kids should like and are "herded" by Disney and others into buying all the junk that's associated with them! Disney's going downhill pretty fast! We all know how Walt started the company with his intentions....it's unfortunate that nobody there (or practically anywhere) still carry those intentions. The development guys there are just these untalented schmucks who happened to fall into their postions, now we all have to suffer for their lack of creativity. They don't even know who their predecessors are! I've lost all hope for them when I saw "Recess" and "Lloyd in Space," what peices of unimaginative crap! Well I won't apologize for my sermon, but I am glad to see you part of the AWN group and look forward to reading your future articles. Regards, NMBCBy:no more bad cartoons (not verified)