"Masters of Animation"
A series of four
programs produced and directed by John Halas. Over 10 years in the making, Masters
of Animation represents the peak achievements of 7,000 artists from 13 countries.
Produced and directed by John Halas, former president of the International Animated
Film Association and award-winning animator, the series provides an opportunity to
experience the exciting diversity of the world's leading animation artists. In
addition, viewers are treated to examples of state of the art animation technology.
(Produced and directed by John Halas. Associate Producer, Jean-Marc
Peyron. Editor, Sean Lenihan. Commentary, David Healy and Oswald Laurence. Original Music, Peter Shade, Richard Arnell and David Hewson. 1986)
Volume 1: USA and Canada
By the 1920s animation was
established in the United States. In this program such animation greats as Chuck
Jones, Barrie Nelson and Leo Salkin discuss their work. Excerpts from the work of
Walt Disney, the Hubleys, Will Vinton, Bob Blechman, Joanna Priestley and others make this
a lively and well-rounded program.
The National Film Board of Canada
The NFBC is internationally known for its
outstanding work in animation, Norman McLaren, Caroline leaf and Don Arioli discuss their
work for the NFBC, and we see examples of their work as well as that of Eugene Fedorenko,
Derek Lamb, Zlatko Grgic, Co Hoedman, Geoffrey Hale and Ishu Patel.
The CBC-Radio Canada/Canadian Independent Animators
Animation in Canada has achieved an international reputation for technical excellence and
artistic content. This program presents outstanding examples of work by the
CBC-Radio Canada as well as that of independent animators. Artists presented include
Frederic Back, Graeme Ross, Andre Theroux, Al Sens, Philippe Bergeron, and others.
Volume 1: 85
2: Great Britain, Italy, France
Within the European community Great Britain played a leading role in establishing
animation as sophisticated entertainment. Interviews with John Halas, Joy Batchelor,
and John Coates combine with works by Dunning, Godfrey, Grgic, and others to present the
best of British animation.
The humor and artistry of Italian animation have their origins in the Renaissance. Emanuele Luzzati and Giulio Gianini discuss their films, while excerpts from the work of Manfredi, Cavandoli, Manuli, Lagana and Bozzetto round out this overview.
France was a leader in the
development of animated pictures. Today, French animators use a wide variety of
styles and techniques. Works by Grimault, Alexeieff, Parker, Foldes, Lenica,
Laguionie and the Gaumont Studios illustrate this variety.
Volume 2: 87 minutes.
3: USSR, Yugoslavia, Poland, Hungary
With some 25 studios spread over its territory, the USSR has a long tradition of animated
filmmaking. The work of such artists as Evanov-Vano, Atamanov, Vinokurov,
Shvartzman, Kurchevsky, and Norstein exhibits a remarkable variety of animated styles.
In the past few decades, Zagreb Film has become one of the most active centers of European
animation. Interviews with Vokotic, Stalter, Dragic and Dovnikovic and works by
Majdak and Gasparovic illustrate the diversity of Yugoslavian animation.
In Poland animated programs are popular for all ages. Works by Giersz, Kijowicz,
Kucia, Dumala and Szczechura illustrate the skill and humor with which Polish artists
carry out their themes.
The widely diverse styles of Hungarian animation artists have produced many animated
feature films. These works are represented by Macskassy, Dargay, Nepp, Varga,
Rofusz, Reisenbuchler, Jankovics and Gemes.
Volume 3: 113 minutes.
4: Japan, Computer Animation Parts I + II
Noted for producing most of the world's animated programs for children, Japan is also home
to independent animators with widely varying styles. Works by Kinoshita, Tsukioka,
Yusaki, Dawamoto, Tezuka and Kuri illustrate this diversity.
COMPUTER ANIMATION PART I:
This program takes the viewer inside the studios of the Institute National de
l'Audiovisuel in Paris to show how computer animation is achieved. The medium is
illustrated in works by, among others, Hourcade, Borenstein, Abel, Roberts, Whitney,
Demos, Csuri, Rosendahl, Halas, and Donner.
COMPUTER ANIMATION PART II:
Computer animation technology is opening up new horizons in space research, medicine, the
entertainment industry, architecture, advertising, and the arts. Works by such
international experts as Rosendahl, Toyolinks Corporation, Sogitec Audiovisuel,
Lodge-Cheesman, Nakamae and Makajima illustrate these applications.
Volume 4: 84 minutes.
Maps & Globes
Bulletin Board Maps
Hand Painted Furniture
Old World Globe Bars