Category: Animation

The Multifaceted Talent of Eyvind Earle

Eyvind Earle was a remarkable artist whose multifaceted talent spanned numerous mediums and styles, making him a truly versatile figure in the art world. Born April 26, 1916, Earle’s career spanned over six decades and encompassed everything from painting and printmaking to animation and film design. He is perhaps best known for his work at …

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Soviet Film Wednesday: A Rainy Story

Inspired after seeing this on Soviet Visuals and Folklore Film Fest‘s #SovietFilmWednesday, this was the first Soviet film I shared a little over three years ago, and it is still one of my favorites. What can I say, I love rain and cats, and the illustrations are beautiful, so this seemed like the perfect starting place for …

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Soviet Film Wednesday: Thank You

Thank You (Spasibo, Спасибо) is a hand-drawn 1973 animation directed by Vladimir Tarasov, who is best known for his Soviet science fiction films Contact (1978), Contract (1985), and The Pass (1988). In Thank You, a group of polite children take a field trip to learn about airplanes. Click the “cc” icon for subtitles.

From Aurora to Maleficent, Marc Davis Designed a Host of Disney’s Most Beloved Characters

Born on this day March 30, 1913, Marc Davis, one of Disney’s most influential animators and artists, holds a special place in the annals of animation history. From Aurora to Maleficent, his portfolio is a veritable who’s who of Disney’s most treasured characters. His artistic abilities and unique vision shaped the look and feel of …

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Soviet Film Wednesday: The Cow

I recently posted an introduction to the beautiful work of Aleksandr Petrov, who creates animations using pastel oil paintings on glass to create wonderful, unique frames of soft, muted colors. Here is one of his early works, The Cow (Корова, Korova), made in 1989. In the story, a boy remembers how his family lost their …

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Behind the Magic: The Life and Legacy of Animator Ken Anderson

In the world of animation, few names hold as much weight and significance as that of Ken Anderson. A brilliant mind and a creative genius, Anderson’s contributions to the realm of animation have left an impression that continues to inspire generations of animators. As one of Walt Disney’s earliest team members, Anderson was instrumental in …

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From Russia with Folklore: The Intriguing Journey of ‘Tale of Tales’

Tale of Tales, a film that emerged from the Soviet Union in 1979, remains a cinematic gem that continues to fascinate and inspire audiences worldwide. Directed by the acclaimed animator Yuri Norstein, this animation is not just a representation of artistic triumph but a vessel of profound storytelling that transcends the boundaries of time and …

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Soviet Film Wednesday: Fox and Rabbit

The 1973 animation Fox and Rabbit (Лиса и заяц) was Yuri Norstein’s debut as an exclusive director. In keeping with Norstein’s most beloved animation techniques, it is made with wonderful cut-outs and has that signature Norstein earthy feel, brimming with folksy forest animals and seasonal motifs. Based on a Russian folk tale, it is the …

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Rolly Crump: Disney Imagineer Who Helped Shape Our Childhood

Born on this day February 27, 1930, Rolly Crump, an iconic Disney Imagineer, is a name that resonates profoundly in the realm of animation and design. Many of us may not readily recognize his name, but we have certainly been touched by his creative genius. Crump’s contributions as an animator and designer at Walt Disney …

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Soviet Film Wednesday: The Battle of Kerzhenets

Released on January 1, 1971, The Battle of Kerzhenets is based on the mythical underwater city of Kitezh. According to legend, the Russian town “Little Kitezh” was built on the Volga River in the early 13th century. The Mongols had been invading nearby territories during this time, and when they reached Kitezh they started to attack the …

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