The book continues to be outstanding and inspirational. I will be making it required reading for my students this fall.
Incidentally, Mike Maltese said in an interview that he had worked as a story man for Jam Handy in the thirties.By:Nancy Beiman (not verified)
- "Atlantis" looks sweet, but too much time was spent looking for the place and then half an hour later the movie's over. It was very Nadia-esque and Laputa-esque (Myazaki was originally slated to direct the Nadia Series, which is very similar to Laputa.) I wonder if Disney will ever release "Laputa: Castle in the Sky." Are they afraid people will scratch their heads after seeing it and say, "Wait a minute here..."?By:Bucky Cox (not verified)
Eloquently spoken; What an intelligent and informative article. Only a very talanted writer can divulge so much information without it being dry...(how did he DO that?)
Thank you, Gene, for telling it so well.By:Heidi Leigh (not verified)
Before you move onto Jam Handy, tell us any other details of those early Columbia UPA cartoons, The Fox & Crow and first Magoo. You had told me the original title of RAGTIME BEAR was "Strike Up The Banjo" and Columbia imposed their own title on it. Those kind of details. How were those cartoons percieved at the studio, to the Columbia suits, to the public? The Oscar nominations?
The book is great, I'm eating up every word!By:Jerry Beck (not verified)
- I thought this film was very weak in all catagories. The story was rushed and the characters ran through their lines. I was expecting more. Go see Shrek again!By:Ken Goldstein (not verified)
- Atlantis: The Lost Empire is not the greatest Disney animated feature that I've ever seen. It's also not as bad as critics would have you believe. I found it to be a very entertaining film with wonderful character designs, good humor and a first rate voice cast (Michael J. Fox, John Mahoney, James Garner and Leonard Nimoy). Some of the character animation, particularly with the character of Milo, is very expressive. There is definitely a more adult feel about the movie, including two very sexy female characters, but it still maintains it's classic Disney "family appeal." If it's target audience is young boys, it hits it's mark far better than the (unfortunately) dull Titan A.E. Atlantis is worth seeing in the theater, and it's worth owning on video. Hopefully with plenty of 'making of' features, which Disney is becoming less stingy with on recent releases.By:Dan Roberts (not verified)
- Disney as ever just seem to get better and better! Atlantis, looks well impressive visually and I can't wait for it to be releaesd in the UK in October. Hope fully Atlantis will hope to disprove the notion that Animated movies are just for little kids :0) Hunchback was given a U rating in the UK, Black Cauldron woz the last PG rated Disney movie over here!By:Darren Steele (not verified)
- The Last Disney Movie To Have A PG rating was "The Hunchback Of Notré Damé" NOT the Black Cauldren.By:jose ortiz (not verified)
I just polled my kids.
My (13 year old) daughter's favorite contemporary 'toons: "As Told By Ginger" and "The Simpsons."
My (12 year old) son's fav's: "Invader Zim" and "Sponge Bob". "Oh dad," he adds. "They have 'Sponge Bob' characters at Burger King now, canwegoferlunch?"
His extra little question spurred me to take Mr. Deitch's analogy one step further. To wit: Not only is today's animation gobbled mindlessly like "junk food", contemporary animation and junk food make a marketing match that envies soup and crackers.
This marketing, aimed at the kids who watch contemporary TV and film 'toons, works. And results in boxes and boxes of plastic toys that are 10-for-a-buck (freebies on Sunday afternoons) at yard sales around the world. Toys that are cranked out in sweatshops in Taiwan and China by kids younger than the ones who haul them home in America and other prosperous countries.
If it were not so horrible, this whole concept in itself would make a great full-length cartoon. Funny with a social statement.By:Ted Fiskevold (not verified)
Crabby takes me back to pre-school days, tree-houses, and Captain Kangaroo every morning with my Cheerios, and etc. I started Kindergarten in the fall of 1959 and Tom and Manfred and Crabby and of course,the Captain all vanished as part of my daily Mon.-Fri. routine. Only on sick days, day-after-Thanxg Fridays, Xmas vacation, Easter vacation... did they reappear. But it was never to be the same again.
I'm not an animator, but those of you who are, long to be, or especially if you TEACH animation will do well to pay attention to Mr. Deitch. In fact, if you pay close attention, you will learn about much more than just animation from this wise, worldly and very witty old sage!By:Ted Fiskevold (not verified)
Your producer story is hilarious, and may I suggest an addition to the story in light of recent developments in animation?
Everyone MUST make EXACTLY THE SAME SOUP.By:Nancy Beiman (not verified)