Saturday, October 25, 2008


Time to get back to art with another of my free-view stereoscopic paintings. Ya gotta cross yer eyes and focus on the image in the middle.

Click on image to enlarge.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Fear(s) of the Dark

I mentioned this last Halloween. I hope it plays somewhere near. See The trailer at the link above.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Alvin Show

Back in the 60's "The Alvin Show" premiered on prime time television. It was an example of limited animation that utilized modern design made popular by UPA earlier in the 50's. Format Films and creator Ross Bagdasarian,(David Seville and the Chipmunks), filled the series with fun designs and strong character situations that lifted the show above it's small budget. "The Alvin Show" also features great comic songs by Ross that were available as novelty records. It was a great use of cross marketing.

Check out the opening to see the style of the show:

And see some of the songs here:

Sustainable Freedom

Here's something a little different. My brother sent this to me and I was very impressed. Hope you have a high speed connection.

If you can't see the movie, click the title or go here:
Sustainable Freedom

Monday, October 20, 2008

Tom Terrific

Speaking of Gene Deitch,(see last post), look what I found on YouTube. I love Mighty Manfred the Wonder Dog. The lip smacking is still funny and says volumes about who Manfred is. I don't know for certain but the animation of Tom watching TV may be Jim Tyers. It's got his 'shrink take' style and he did work on the series.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Gene Deitch

Tom Teriffic

I stumbled across the name Gene Deitch on an information sharing site and wondered if it was the director/animator who turned Terrytoons into the modern style of UPA type animation during the fifties. This is what I wrote and the response I received:


Are you the animation director Gene Deitch? If so, I loved "Tom Teriffic" as a kid and hope it's made available again one day. I thought Jim Tyer was a great fit for that show and his animation seemed well suited for an amorphous character.

Hope you are well,



yes,Joel,it's me. Thanks for your good words! I'm on an iPhone out in the countryside,so can only reply with a few words. Thanks for remembering Tom Terrific! Gene


Cool huh! What makes this particularly interesting to me is that since 1961, Deitch has resided with his wife, Zdenka, in Prague.

Now I see Gene Deitch will be the Guest of Honor at the 3rd annual San Francisco International Animation Festival (SFIAF), a four-day event from November 13th through 16th at Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema.

Go see him if you can.