Saturday, May 14, 2011

Animation Fun Facts for May 14th

George Lucas is 67.

Robert Zemeckis, the director of 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbitt?, Beowulf and Polar Express is 60 years old.

1923- Kansas City cartoonist Walt Disney wrote NY producer Margaret Winkler for help to get a series of cartoon shorts distributed. Margaret Winkler “ The Live Wire Saleslady of Warner Bros” helped Disney Studios get his start, as well as Max Fleischer and Paul Terry.

1942- Disney composer Frank Churchill, who wrote "Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf", shot himself at the piano. Another version of the story had him shooting himself in an onion field in Valencia that would one day be the site of Cal Arts.

1944- In the comic strip Dick Tracy, the longtime Tracy nemesis the gangster Flattop was killed.

1951 - Ernie Kovacs Show, TV Variety debut on NBC. Kovacs was a great pioneer in the video medium who loved creating surreal images and pantomime blackout skits.

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