Monday, November 3, 2008

Hollywood Studio Animation V: UPA

United Productions of America

The Unicorn in the Garden (1953)

-UPA's style was a radical departure from Disney as it featured "Limited Animation" as opposed to Disney's lush, detailed and realistic style.

-Limited Animation- involves the use of visual abstraction, symbolism, relatively limited movement to suggest backgrounds and environments.

-UPA animation became synonymous with a more modern, bold approach to graphic style in animation. UPA used color as a key expressive ingredient.

-UPA eschewed violent gags and talking animals, they were common in most studio animation.

-All other studios were heavily influenced by UPA style including Disney.

-Columbia Pictures released the UPA cartoons in the late 1940's and 50's.

Key Figures:

John Hubley

Robert Cannon

Jules Engel

William T. Hurtz

Steve Bosustow

Screening Room:

Barefaced Flatfoot (1951) - John Hubley
(French Dub)

Magoo Meets Frankenstein (1960)

Gerald McBoing Boing (1950) - Robert Cannon & Dr. Suess

Rooty Toot Toot
(1951) - John Hubley

Christopher Crumpet (1953) - Robert Cannon

The Unicorn in the Garden
(1953) - William T. Hurtz

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