Animation Artifacts &Books 14 Aug 2006 06:42 am

Turney 2

Here are a couple of provocative articles about animation:
- The Cartoon Conundrum. A NYPost article about the marketability (or not) of star voices in animated films. here

- A British article about the rise of “Adult” themed animated features. here

The Turney Book

- Continuing yesterday’s post, there are a number of photographs in Harold Turney’s “Filmguide’s Handbook to Cartoon Production. Many of the photographs are unique to this volume, and I wasn’t able to scan more of them yesterday.

It’s an odd little book, held together with two staples. However any publication on the animation process was a rarity in 1940. Aside from the Lutz book and Nat Falk’s book on Terrytoons, there’s little more.

The book includes this dedication: “Cartoon Production” is herewith dedicated to all teachers, club group leaders, and librarians as an enduring aid in answering the oft-repeated question, “How are cartoons made?” – H.T.

I don’t know where the book was sold, though I do know that many of the people in the studio were given a copy. It seems to have been part of a subscription offering. I find it a bit odd that you don’t see many copies of it around. This is the only copy I’ve ever seen.

I’ll post more of the photos tomorrow.

(Click on any of the images to enlarge.)

Just above, the photo on the upper left shows two animators. I believe the animator on the right is Norm Ferguson. I’m not sure who any of the others are though I would guess the director at the movieola in the photo on the lower right is Jack Cutting, director of The Ugly Duckling (the pictures behind them), who appears in yesterday’s post.

If anyone out there can identify any other of these artists, please leave a comment.

8 Responses to “Turney 2”

  1. on 14 Aug 2006 at 6:54 am 1.Amid said …

    #5: Person on the bottom right is T. Hee

    #12: Just a guess, but it looks a little like Marc Davis.

  2. on 14 Aug 2006 at 7:02 am 2.Mark Mayerson said …

    Amid is definitely right about T. Hee. I have no idea who anybody else is.

  3. on 14 Aug 2006 at 8:43 am 3.Michael said …

    Was Marc Davis left-handed? That would be the clue.

  4. on 14 Aug 2006 at 11:07 am 4.Ward said …

    It’s good to finally see that those guys were just as messy as I am today. This is very cool to see just how it really was (sort of) in the studio at that time—most of what we see via print and screen was always cleaned up for show and promotion (ie: Reluctant Dragon, etc.). I like to see photos like #12 where the desks were definitely a lived in thing.

    There’s a slight possibility that the photo could’ve been reversed, in case it is Marc and he was right-handed (I do not know if he was, by the way). Just letting you know.

    Thanks for sharing, Mike. This is a great set of scans.

  5. on 14 Aug 2006 at 11:21 am 5.Doug Vitarelli said …


    in yesterday’s post you mentioned you “little collection”. that seems to be an understatement! can you let us know aproximately how many books, drawings, cels, backgrounds, etc. you own?

    i bet we’d all be very, very jealous.

  6. on 14 Aug 2006 at 12:24 pm 6.voiceman91 said …

    The person drawing the Coachman is Charles Nichols.

  7. on 14 Aug 2006 at 3:12 pm 7.Michael said …

    a note from John Canemaker states:
    I think that:

    #9 (on the right) and #23 is Jack King;
    #17 is sculptor/oainter Helen Nervobig;
    #22 is Charles Nichols;
    #5 (standing left) is layout man Ken O’Connor;
    #7 (left) is layout man Charles Philippi;
    #4 (left, standing) is David Hand.

    Emphasis on “I think!”

  8. on 19 Aug 2006 at 1:14 pm 8.Nancy Beiman said …

    #5 Layout man is Ken O’Connor.

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