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Paul Fennell was a storyboard artist who got his start as an animator at Disney Studios in 1933, contributing as an uncredited animator to shorts such as Mickey’s Mellerdrammer, Mickey’s Mechanical Man, and Father’s Noah’s Ark. Leaving in 1933 to work at Leon Schlesinger, alongside other Disney animators, Bill Mason and Tom Palmer, Paul Fennell produced animations for Warner Bros., and during the war directed cartoon propaganda films for the army.
An illustrious landscape of melting landscapes and luscious music, the spring atmosphere is literally animated by the underground gnomes in this 1936 MGM cartoon. The gnomes chop down timber-like mounts of colours, and transport them across the cavernous landscape, to be turned and mashed into pots of workable colours, bubbling in cauldrons. This exhausting exercise produces a waterfall of rainbow colours, pumping and travelling through test tubes, and dispersed into the now melodiously green and colourful image of nature.
An animator born in America, Sparber first got his start in animation through the Fleischer Studios in 1922. Contributing as an uncredited writer to Superman, Betty Boop and Popeyes cartoons, as well as on Fleischer features Gulliver’s Travels, and Mr. Bug Goes to Town,Sparber’s name first appeared in the 1941 cartoon Quiet Pleaze, as the label for a demolition company – Sparber Destruction Co.
This month’s featured link is the Comic Strip Library of the Little Nemo, a wildly colourful and splendidly drawn by the technical mastermind Winsor McCay. With pages of archival images of the cartoon series, which explore week after week the wonderful dream land of of little Nemo, the luscious scenes realize fantasies within the confines of a comic strip format.