Thursday, August 10, 2006

Scribner at UPA

Amid Amidi again brings the world joy, or at least me joy, by putting up a sample of Scribner's work for UPA. It's pretty exciting.

See it at Cartoon Modern!
The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
Part 7

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Anecdote Time!

Here is an interesting anecdote on Scribner from Michael Barrier's interview with Lloyd Turner, storyman for Art Davis' during his short lived directorial stint.

Lloyd Turner: Well, apparently. Nobody really hated Artie[Art Davis], but nobody really liked him. I'll tell you a Rod Scribner story. Rod was thoroughly crazy; you know that. He ended up in a looney hatch somewhere; burned down his house and did a lot of bizarre things. Rod was a weird guy. Artie'd been on his ass a lot—no, I beg your pardon, it wasn't Artie. He was still with McKimson.

Barrier: Scribner was in Clampett's unit when Davis took over, but he went immediately into McKimson's unit. Then he was out for about two years with TB, and he came back—

Turner: Into McKimson's. It must have been the brief exposure he had with Artie; something ticked him off with Artie. He was always bum-rapping him, even though he wasn't working with him. Anyway, Rod was very irresponsible, and would do anything. Anything he did wouldn't really shock you. We were going out the back door, through the lot, going to lunch, a group of us; Rod and I were hanging back. We see Artie go into the phone booth, right there by Johnny Burton's office—just a phone booth, sitting in the hall. It's not attached, except a few wires going into the wall. Rod elbowed me and said, "Watch me fix Davis." So he goes around to the other side of the phone booth and gets it, and tips it at a 45-degree angle. Inside that booth, it sounded like a bomb had exploded. Knees, elbows. Scared Artie absolutely to death. Rod tips it back up, laughing like he was possessed, and he runs out the door. Davis comes out of there—he was petrified—and what he saw was Rod running and laughing. Oh, he was really mad. They gave each other a wide berth for a while; but that was Rod. It was kind of an unfunny prank.

It's a really interesting interview. Turner is very candid and insightful.

You can read the rest here.

The Bob Clampett and Frank Tashlin interviews are also super interesting.

Hopefully, no one will ever notice that I have no orignal content on this site.
The Lost Duchess!!!

Amid Amidi has posted some amazing screenshots of a cartoon directed by Rod Scribner from his UPA days in the 50s on his cartoon modern blog. It looks great. I had heard of the three cartoons he directed (”The Lost Duchess,” “One Wonderful Girl” and “The Armored Car”) for the Gerald McBoing Boing show years ago and I have still never seen them, and seeing these screenshots makes me even more devastated about that fact. If anyone has them and puts them on youtube, I would be beyond thrilled. In fact, if anyone puts them up and lets me know on this blog I will send them a crisp 20 dollar bill. That's right folks, a visit from Andrew Jackson courtesy of The Rod Scribner Project.

See for yourselves!

Speaking of youtube, if you have ever fantasized about Scribner animating Hitler, your prayers have been answered in Russian Rhapsody. See it here.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
Part 6

Hmm, the prayer doesn't look too scribnerish, maybe an asistant jumped in for that little piece. Does anyone know? Will anyone read this?

Friday, August 04, 2006

The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
Part 5