While conducting research for Hollywood
Cartoons: American Animation in Its Golden Age, I gathered
far more material about individual films than I could possibly include
in the book. This section of my Web site, Capsules, is how I've
decided to put that information to good use. It will consist of
short essays on animated films of many kinds. Sometimes I'll write
about their production histories, sometimes I'll offer critical
appreciations of neglected films, and sometimes I'll write about
one overlooked aspect of a film that has gotten a lot of attention
My inaugural offerings are pieces on two very different films:
Cock Robin?, one of Walt Disney's most enjoyable Silly
Symphonies from the mid-thirties, and Motion
Painting No. 1, the greatest of the abstract animated
films made by Oskar Fischinger.
Among the cartoons I hope to encapsulate soon are Bob Clampett's
Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs, Chuck Jones's Fast and
Furry-ous, Walt Disney's Music Land, Robert Cannon's
Gerald McBoing Boing, and Milt Gross' Jitterbug Follies.
Are there short cartoons that you'd like to see written about
in this section? Let me know.