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Daily post &Top Cel 29 Sep 2013 12:35 am

Who Saw That Coming?

Even Mother Nature
can change her mind.

4 1

2 2

7 3

6 4

2 5

12 6

9sky 7

Photos by Steve Fisher

Animation Artifacts &Top Cel 13 Mar 2013 02:28 am

Top Cel – 8

We’ve come to the last of the Top Cel issues that Vince Cafarelli saved. These take us through May of 1968. I’m not sure what happened then, whether Vinnie just got tired of saving them or whether Ed Smith stopped editing. Regardless, this is where we are, and this is the last post, for now, of the Top Cel issues.

January 1968, pg.1
Designed and Drawn by Ed Smith

Jan68-2 2 Jan68-3 3

Jan68-4 4 Jan68-5 5

Jan68-6 6 Jan68-7 7

Jan68-8 8

February 68, pgs. 1 & 6
Designed by Ed Moskowitz

Feb68-2 2 Feb68-3 3

Feb68-4 4 Feb68-5 5

March 1968, pg.1

Mar68-2 2 Mar68-3 3

Mar68-4 4 Mar68-5 5

Mar68-6 6

Apr68-1 April 1968, pg. 1
Designed by Bill Feigenbaum

Apr68-2 2 Apr68-3 3

Apr68-4 4 Apr68-5 5

Apr68-6 6

May 1968, pgs.1 & 4

May68-2 2 May68-3 3

Top Cel 06 Mar 2013 04:18 am

Top Cel – 7

Here are all of the Top Cel issues saved by Vince Cafarelli from 1967. These were all edited by the gifted animator, Ed Smith. Top Cel, of course, was the news reader of New York’s animation guild, Local 841.

January 1967, pgs 1 & 6
Designed and drawn by Ed Smith

jan2 2 jan3 3
Walt Disney dies.

jan4 4 jan5 5

February 1967, pgs 1 & 6
Designed and drawn by I. de la Rosa

feb2 2 feb3 3
Jack Kinney resigns from Disney.
Bob Little resigns from Paramount after 20 years.

feb4 4 feb5 5

March 1967, pg 1
Designed and drawn by Frank Scioscia

mar2 2 mar3 3
Oskar Fischinger dies.

mar4 4 mar5 5

mar6 6

April 1967, pg 1

apr2 2 apr3 3
George Germanetti dies at 58.
Bob Taylor, Dave Tendlar, Jack Schnerk & Johnny Vita leave Terrytoons.

apr4 4

May 1967, pg 1
Designed and drawn by Karl Fischer

may2 2 may3 3
The Hubleys win the Oscar for “Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass.”

may4 4 may5 5

may6 6

June 1967, pgs 1 & 6
Designed and drawn by Tom Turkoski

jun2 2 jun3 3
Shamus Culhane resigns from Paramount
and is replaced by Ralph Bakshi.

jun4 4 jun5 5
The Montreal Animation Exhibition opens with over
20 animation pioneers & professionals appearing.

July 1967, pgs 1 & 6
Designed and drawn by Bill Feigenbaum

jul2 2 jul3 3
Jack Schnerk and Jim Tyer both leave for the West Coast.
Cosmo Anzilotti back at Paramount.

jul4 4 jul5 5

August 1967, pgs 1 & 6
Designed by Ed Smith

aug2 2 aug3 3
George Bakes, John Paratore and Clif Roberts form Poverty Pictures.
Art Babbitt represents Hanna-Barbera commercials at Montreal Expo.

aug4 4 aug5 5

aug6 6

November 1967, pgs 1 & 6
Designed and drawn by Ed Smith

nov2 2 nov3 3
Bill Peckmann back at Focus after vacation in California.
Jim Tyer and Jack Schnerk back in NY after LA trip.
Pinto Colvig dies.

nov4 4 nov5 5

nov6 6 nov7 7

commercial animation &Top Cel 06 Feb 2013 04:27 am

Top Cel – #3

This is our third installment of Vince Cafarelli‘s collection of the Ed Smith edited issues of Top Cel the u-nion organ. Local 841 of the MPScreen Cartoonists had Pepe Ruiz as their Business Rep., Izzy Klein as the President and Howard Beckerman as VP.

Feb 1963

2 3


Pages 1 & 4 wrap around 2&3
March 1963
Cover unsigned but it looks like Ed Smith drew it


Pages 1 & 4 wrap around 2&3
April 1963
Drawn by Ken Kimmelman

9 10


Pages 1 & 4 wrap around 2&3
May 1963
Designed by Bill Feigenbaum & Karl Fischer


Pages 1 & 4 wrap around 2&3
July 1963
Drawn by George Cannata


Pages 1 & 4 wrap around 2&3
August 1963
Desiged by Ed Smith


Pages 1 & 4 wrap around 2&3
September 1963
Desiged by Ed Smith & Karl Fischer


Pages 1 & 4 wrap around 2&3
October 1963
Drawn by Gloria Graves Kougal



This cover was probably the most famous Top Cel cover.
It was originally printed in two colors – red & black and
was 8½ x 14 in size. Ed Smith did justice to it in this reprint.



Daily post &Top Cel 23 Jan 2013 08:56 am

Top Cel – 2

- It’s 1961-1962, and we return to Vinnie Caffarelli‘s collection of Top Cel, the u-nion’s monthly newsletter. As I wrote last week, the interest in this period of the publication is that the editor, animator Ed Smith, brought a lot of great graphics to the publication, and they really stood out. These were collector’s items for a lot of the membership, and I’m glad Vinnie had saved these so that I can share them with you. I have a collection of them that dates back a bit earlier, but all those have been in storage for some time and I can’t easily get to them.

We have in this group something that seems to have been fairly regular, the wraparound cover. The first and last pages of the newsletter unfold to be one long drawing. I’ve attached both pages and turn them on their side so they can be properly seen.

A lot ow work went into putting these newsletters together, so kudos to Ed Smith for having done such a great job.

August 1961 – drawing by Ed Smith

1b 1c

1d 1e


October 1961 – drawing by Len Glasser

2b 2c


Novemeber 1961 – drawing by Dolores Cannata

3b 3c


December 1961 – drawing unsigned (?)

4b 4c


April 1962 – drawing by Len Glasser

5b 5c

June 1962, drawing by Karl Fischer

6b 6c

May 1962, drawing by Bill Feigenbaum

7b 7c

July 1962, drawing by Len Glasser

8b 8c


August 1962, drawing by C. R. (?) possibly Cliff Roberts

9b 9c

September 1962, drawing by Karl Fischer

10b c


October 1962, drawing unsigned (?)

I wish these great drawings were better labeled.

11b c

Animation Artifacts &Commentary &Illustration &Layout & Design &Top Cel 16 Jan 2013 08:23 am

Top Cel – 1

- Over the years I’ve found that a number of animation personnel saved their copies of Top Cel, the u-nion newspaper. However, we’re not talking every copy of Top Cel, we’re focused on the Ed Smith years. Ed was the editor for a number of years, and his issues were filled with great graphics done by local members.

I have a complete collection from the late forties up to the final years. That collection has been in storage for the entire run of this Splog, or I would have been posting these sooner. However, there among the Vince Cafarelli collection was a couple of the Ed Smith years’ papers. Starting with July 1960 and running through May 1968, there are a lot of papers. I hope to post the graphics from these and wil pick out particular stories or images within to give an idea of what was happening in the business. I don’t want to post the entire thing, since many of the articles pertain specifically to u-nion business, and it seems pointless in its outdated nature.

We’ll start with the first 10 issues:

July 1960
Artwork by Mordi Gerstein

1a 1b
(Click any of these frames to enlarge to a more legible size.)

August 1960
This issue, like many others, has to be turned clockwise to properly read.
For the sake of these covers, I am turning the image 90° c/w
for you to read and will do this for all subsequent covers.
Artwork by Ed Friedman

2a 2b


Sept 1960
This cover was also turned 90° c/w.
Artwork by Spipol (? I have difficulty reading the name ?)

3a 3b

3b CU
This cartoon, by Ed Smith, makes fun of the fact that the fashionably popular
HuckleberrynHound and Yogi Bear were being advertised as “Adult” cartoons.


Within this larger issue, there were two pages of photos taken at
the Annecy Animation Festival to which a number of members went.
The left page is posted above, the right page is posted below.

3d 3e
Reports about the Festival by two members, Dick Rauh and Hal Silvermintz.

October 1960
The front cover of this issue.
Artwork by Karl Fischer

4a 4b

The back cover

Nov 1960
Artwork by Mordi Gerstein

5a 5b

Jan 1961
Artwork by Len Glasser

6a 6b

This back page had the contacts of all contracted studios in NY.
I love that P.Kim & L.Gifford have
different contact info from Gifford-Kim.

February 1961
Turned 90° c/w.
Art by Edwin R. Smith J.R. (Ed’s son?)

7a 7b


March 1961
Turned 90° c/w.
Art by Hal Silvermintz

8a 8b


April 1961

9a 9b


May 1961
I think the artwork is by Arnie Levin
Front cover

Back cover is an extension of the front.

Attached they look like this.

Inside is a 2-page promotion for the Hubley show at the
Beekman Theater. This was the premiere of their feature, Of Stars & Men.

This was the 2nd page of the promo.

There also must have been a middle page of text which is lost from this copy of the issue.

Attached the program looked like this.

This was my first viewing of the Hubley works. I had never seen a Hubley short
prior to this program. I was a Sophomore High School student at the time.
I went back a couple more times, and my world was changed forever.

To see some copies of Top Cel which were issued in 1945 and 1946, Richard O’Connor and his company’s blog Ace and Son has ostd quite a few of these issues. By going here, you’ll find 8 or 10 documents.

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