When Magoo Flew: The Rise and Fall of Animation Studio UPA by Adam Abraham

By Adam Abraham

What do Franklin Roosevelt, Dr. Seuss, the U.S. military, and Mr. Magoo have in universal? they're all a part of the incredible tale of the pioneering sketch studio UPA (United Productions of America). in the course of the Nineteen Fifties, a gaggle of artists ran a company that broke the entire principles, pushing lively motion pictures past the fluffy fable of the Walt Disney Studio and the crash-bang anarchy of Warner Bros. as a substitute, UPA's movies have been leading edge and graphically bold--the sketch reminiscent of sleek paintings. whilst Magoo Flew is the 1st book-length examine to chronicle the full tale of this detailed American firm. The booklet positive factors cameo appearances through Aldous Huxley, James Thurber, Orson Welles, Judy Garland, Robert Goulet, Jim Backus, Eddie Albert, and Woody Allen, in addition to a decide upon filmography of the easiest of UPA.

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47 In short order, some of Schlesinger’s Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies took a modernist turn. Conrad the Sailor and To Duck… or Not to Duck offer simplified backgrounds in a single color. The Unbearable Bear presents a series of two-color backgrounds, such as blue and red. Wackiki Wabbit finds two starving men on a jungle isle. The jungle, however, appears flat, twodimensional—rather like the wallpaper in a jungle-themed hotel. Another Jones/McGrew collaboration, Case of the Missing Hare, uses a series of twocolor backgrounds that change from one moment to the next—pink and blue become yellow and orange—based on mood or the inevitable Warner Bros.

S. troops took over much of the Disney compound, in part because of its proximity to the Lockheed aircraft factory. 3 Former strikers and other animation personnel enlisted or were drafted into the armed services; however, they did not necessarily find themselves in the front lines. ” He wanted to serve in the Coast Guard artillery, but his animation talents directed him to the Army Signal Corps. ” Yet when he arrived in Arizona for basic training, Pyle was asked to paint a mural for the officer’s club.

In December 1941, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, and the United States of America entered the Second World War. 1 Many of these servicemen found themselves in one of the motion-picture branches, such as the Marine Corps Film Unit or the Navy Photographic Unit. The Army Signal Corps, for instance, maintained bases in Astoria, New York; Fort Monmouth, New Jersey; Dayton, Ohio; and Los Angeles, California. Hollywood studios also made training and propaganda films to do their bit for the cause—and to protect top talent from the insatiable draft.

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