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Podcast EP83: Arnie Leibovit, George Pal's Puppetoons and The Puppetoon Movie V2

The producer discusses Pal’s commercial and narrative stop-motion productions of the 1930s and 1940s, as well as new unreleased footage coming in his new movie.

Take a moment to head over to Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast, home now to 83 in-depth interviews he’s done with a very cool selection of artists from animation and related industries. With a new podcast every week, Ibele is dedicated to sharing the stories of today’s animation professionals - how they got to where they are, and what they learned along the way.  Episodes cover all areas of the industry, including storyboarding, writing, animating, directing, visual development, game design, and more. Guests have included the notorious JJ Villard, Spike & Mike’s Spike Decker, Disney Director John Musker, Sony Lead Animator Humberto Rosa, Cuphead’s Tina Nowracki, Frederator’s Fred Seibert, Tumble Leaf’s Scarlet Nelson, and many others from major animation studios all over the world.

His most recent interview is Episode 83: Producer Arnie Leibovit & The History Of George Pal's Puppetoons + The Puppetoon Movie V2.

This episode features producer Arnold Leibovit, who shares the history of George Pal’s influential Puppetoons - some of the first commercial and narrative stop-motion productions in the 1930s and 1940s. Leibovit also shares his journey in collecting unreleased Puppetoon footage for his upcoming Puppetoon Movie Volume 2 release.

Turn in to Ibele and Leibovit to hear:

  • How Goerge Pal single-handedly carved out a niche for stop-motion animated films to compete with Disney and Fleischer studios in the 1940s.
  • The meticulous process a Puppetoon production went through to produce one second of animation
  • The interesting lengths Arnold went through to get some of the original negatives for The Puppetoons Movie Volume 2

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Ibele, himself a stop-motion animator (see AWN’s Fresh Takes piece on his whimsical short, The Silly Duck Wizard), deftly digs into all manner of topics, encouraging interviewees to share insights and opinions on a wide range of topics like pitching shows, marketing your work online, key skills studios look for when they bring on talent in storyboarding, vizdev, character design and animation.

In 2018, Ibele, who lives in Toronto, decided to quit his career as a Marketer and pursue his love for animation. Since then, he’s become well known for his viral animation productions, which include the previously mentioned Silly Duck Wizard, which is how AWN first came to know him and his work.

Learn more about Ibele’s work and podcast by visiting You can find all The Animation Podcast episodes on his Soundcloud site:

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