Animation Blast #9

Blast #9 Contents
108 pages, full-color, ad-free, printed in a limited edition of 2500
this issue is available exclusively through IELTS Institute

John Sibley

by Pete Docter. “In contrast to much of today’s animation, which reflects either an obsessive drive for realism or pointless, broad cartoon movement, Sibley’s scenes look like how an action feels.” Considered the best Goofy animator in the business, John Sibley (1912-1973) worked his entire career at Disney, yet his work was always overshadowed by the studio’s “celebrity” animators, the Nine Old Men. Director Pete Docter (MONSTERS INC.) explores the life and work of Sibley and rediscovers the legacy of one of animation’s all-time greats.

Twice Upon a Time

by Taylor Jessen. In 1980, Bay Area animation company Korty Films decided to make a feature. Its executive producer was George Lucas and the crew included Henry Selick (director of NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS), David Fincher (director of FIGHT CLUB and SE7EN) and Harley Jessup (production designer of MONSTERS INC). This is the behind-the-scenes story of the film’s production, from its inspired conception through its ignominious end when distributor Warner Bros. buried the film. Taylor Jessen explores this forgotten animated gem through interviews with many of the film’s key figures including directors John Korty and Chuck Swenson, as well as Selick, Fincher, George Evelyn, Kaj Pindal, Carl Willat, Michael McDonald, Alan Ladd Jr. and Bill Couturie.

John Dunn

by Amid Amidi. Equally talented as a writer, storyboard artist and character designer, John Dunn (1920-1983) was truly the last of a breed: a story artist who understood the short format and who could draw gags as well as he could write them. Despite the fact that he got his first short credit in 1961, well after TV had struck a death blow to the short subject, Dunn remained a creative powerhouse for decades, and was a favorite writer of both Ward Kimball and Friz Freleng. He wrote more theatrical shorts in the 1960s and 1970s than any other storyman in the business. This extensive article collects artwork from throughout his career and documents his many contributions to the animation art.

Service Ribbin’

by Jerry Beck. During World War II, animation artists contributed to the cause in whatever way they could, including creating booklets of risque cartoons, titled SERVICE RIBBIN’, for the troops. Among the artists who contributed to these books were Chuck Jones, Rod Scribner, Art Davis, Bill Justice, Preston Blair and Warren Foster. Long considered lost, these bawdy gag cartoons are being reprinted in ANIMATION BLAST for the first time in over sixty years.

Disney in the Fifties

Ray Aragon shares an incredible collection of photographs he took while working as a layout artist on SLEEPING BEAUTY and 101 DALMATIANS. His photos document the unique mix of young and veteran artists then working in Disney’s layout and background departments, including Al Dempster, Walt Peregoy, Don Griffith, Dick Ung, Vic Haboush, Tom Oreb, Don DaGradi and others.

Three Caballeros

by David Calvo. Called ‘vulgar’ and ‘degrading’ by detractors of its time, and sometimes considered the worst cartoon ever made by Disney, the THREE CABALLEROS has leapt ahead many generations to meet us, like an old feathered cousin from a long-gone world. Novelist David Calvo looks at the film from a fresh perspective, and offers unique insights into what the film meant to Walt Disney and his studio.


Paintings by Milton Knight, Patrick Mate and Don Shank, and comics by Gabe Swarr, Nick Cross and Marc Deckter.

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