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Updated: 2017-06-04T12:00:50.761-04:00

 



If credits were even doled out at all back then. U...

2009-03-05T15:49:00.000-05:00

If credits were even doled out at all back then. Usually, it was the Big Cheese who got all (or most of) the credit and back then was perceived as the ONE who did all the work, be it Walt Disney, or Ub Iwerks, or Leon Schlesinger, or Dave Fleischer, or Amedee Van Beuren, or Paul Terry. I'm sure it was a revelation to many filmgoers to hear that it literally took hundreds of people to make a cartoon.

"The Plot Sickens" is a very interesting film - your dad seemed to shine on these more "adult" stories, far removed from the Caspers and Popeyes.

It also shows that the directors like Seymour Kneitel and Izzy Sparber and Dave Tendlar exerted very little influence over the content of a film, just leaving those things to the head animators and the writers. That's how things like this and "Chew Chew Baby" could get made alongside the more kiddieish cartoons like, say, "Abner The Baseball".



Thanks, Bob. In many ways I'm grateful for what I ...

2009-03-04T20:10:00.000-05:00

Thanks, Bob. In many ways I'm grateful for what I have. Often a journeyman cartoonist's life is (was) like, punch the clock in the morning, punch out, go home and eat dinner. Who knew then what we know now?

Of course, I'd always love to be able to run my own hands through it, but often can be satisfied if I can just view a finished cartoon, knowing which part(s) he worked on. In that respect, probably the biggest gap, and my biggest lament, is in his pre-WWII work. No need to tell you about how credits were doled out in those days, especially for a young animator just cutting his teeth, beginning in 1930. - Paul



It's really too bad you can't acquire more of your...

2009-03-04T17:57:00.000-05:00

It's really too bad you can't acquire more of your dad's work... I have really enjoyed taking a look at your postings! Thanks -Bob