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Thursday, August 7, 2008

The Masters (Old and Young): Joe Barbera, John Kricfalusi, Jim Hanna,

From the sublime (Guitars, rock n roll, Rolling Stones, Marty Scorsese. Roy Buchanan) to the ridiculous: John Kricfalusi.

This blog harkens back to my first love: animation. I did a stint at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan back in the 70s, where I met geniuses like John Canemaker ...

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John Canemaker, director of the Oscar® winning animated short "The Moon and Son: An Imagined Conversation" at the reception for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' screening of all 10 of the Oscar® nominated animated and live-action short films Tuesday, February 28, 2006, in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The winners in the animated and live-action short film categories will be announced at the 78th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 5, 2006, which will be telecast live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PST with an hour-long arrival segment.
— copyright © 2006 doctornoemedia.com




... and my esteemed prof Gil Miret, and where I renewed my relationship with my longtime collaborator on the esoteric film magazine Cineaste, Bill Plympton

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Later on in my career I wrote about animation for The Hollywood Reporter. Since I'm back with that outfit now, and specializing once again in animation (I'll be writing a bunch of stuff for the forthcoming Global Animation Special Issue (coming 10/3/08) and the Oscar Watch: Animation Special Issue (out 11/19/08), here's a hearkening back to this roundtable I redacted back in 1998 with John Kricfalusi, Friz Freleng, Joe Barbera and Bill Hanna.

Cheers,

Noe Gold
aka Doctor Noe
aka Noe the G


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The Masters (Old and Young): Joe Barbera, John Kricfalusi, Jim Hanna, (seated) Friz Freleng

The Masters (Old and Young): Joe Barbera, John Kricfalusi, Jim Hanna, (seated) Friz Freleng

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Here is the history of my concept of the first Hollywood Reporter Roundtable:


The Masters: Joe Barbera, John Kricfalusi, Jim Hanna, (seated) Friz Freleng. From a proof sheet by Aldo Mauro.
Roundtable for The Hollywood Reporter conducted by features editor Noë Gold in 1998 when all these gents were still with us.



... And John Kricfalusi has posted the entire Roundtable transcript on the ASIFA website in two parts here ...

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ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive: Biography: John K Interviews ...
www.animationarchive.org/2006/04/biography-john-k-intervi...

Animation: John Kricfalusi and Noe Gold conduct the first Hollywood Reporter Roundtable with legendary animators Joe Barbera, Bill Hanna and Friz Freleng.

“Here is the first installment of a 1992 interview conducted by John Kricfalusi and Noë Gold with Bill Hanna, Joe Barbera and Friz Freleng. Rarely do we have the opportunity to listen in as directors speak filmmaker to filmmaker. Although the candidness of some of the comments may surprise you, I think you'll agree that this may be one of the most illuminating interviews on the subject of animation ever conducted.” -Stephen Worth

INTRODUCTION by John Kricfalusi: “There has lately been a lot of talk of an animation Renaissance. Where is it? It hasn't happened. ... There certainly is a great upsurge of interest in cartoons, especially from adults. We all want it to happen. Animators want it to happen. Studio Executives want it to happen and most importantly; the public wants it to happen. ... In the 1940s, men like Bill Hanna, Joe Barbera, Friz Freleng and their contemporaries, Bob Clampett, Chuck Jones and Tex Avery, brought animated cartoons to their height of glory...”

Noe Gold from the Hollywood Reporter and I met with Joe Barbera, Bill Hanna and Friz Freleng in Mr. Barbera's office. ...

and here ...

NoeTHR-FrelengHannaBarberaKricfalusi-1992-Pt2
ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive: Biography: John K Interviews ...
www.animationarchive.org/2006/05/biography-john-k-intervi...

Animation: John Kricfalusi and Noe Gold conduct the first Hollywood Reporter Roundtable with legendary animators Joe Barbera, Bill Hanna and Friz Freleng.

This is a continuation of an interview by John Kricfalusi with Bill Hanna, Joe Barbera and Friz Freleng. If you missed it, please see Part One of John K Interviews Bill, Joe & Friz

INTRODUCTION by John Kricfalusi: Noe Gold from the Hollywood Reporter and I met with Joe Barbera, Bill Hanna and Friz Freleng in Mr. Barbera's office. ...

FRIZ & BILL AT HARMAN-ISING

Noe Gold: You gentlemen worked together at one point, didn't you?

Bill H: Friz and I worked together in 1930 for a company called Harman & Ising.

Friz F: And that was the beginning...

Bill H: The very beginning... Leon Schlesinger engaged them as a company to produce cartoons for them. After about two or three years, he decided to produce them himself, and that is when Friz and I parted company. I stayed with Hugh and Rudy, and Friz went to work with Leon.

Friz F: I knew I had to make a choice. It was either MGM or Leon Schlesinger. But they started making pictures with Jack King and Tom Palmer, and when I saw what what they made, I threw up. I figured it would be a cinch to make pictures better than that. Leon Schlesinger said I could have my own crew. Warners loved what we were making- Bosko in "Sinkin' in the Bathtub" and all that. ...

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