style 13.1

27 01 2020

the next posts will show you examples of different styles or looks of animated shorts and feature films of the past. later I want to explain how these looks were developed, what inspired the artists. this is as well the subject of a new book I am writing – about the development of style in animation.

following pans from WB shorts – bad old putty tat, back alley uproar and bugs bunny rides again. both cartoon backgrounds painted by PAUL JULIAN

the next masterpieces were painted by john hubley for tender game

and 2 pan backgrounds from fleischer’s superman shorts

© john hubley / © WB / © paramount





magazine illustration 1.2

24 01 2020





magazine illustration 1.1

24 01 2020





pure beauty 8

7 01 2020

© disney enterprise, inc © paramount © zagreb studio © fischerkoesen
© edelmann © WB © UPI © richard williams © jan lenica © toccafundo





pure beauty 7

6 01 2020

© disney enterprise, inc © paramount © zagreb studio © fischerkoesen
© len lye © edelmann © WB © UPI © richard williams © purdum animation





pure beauty 6

3 01 2020

© disney enterprises, inc





a new decade

31 12 2019

the ‘roaring twenties’ or ‘golden twenties’ of the last century following the devastating first world war were a time of economic prosperity in many industrial countries and ended with a crash on wall street and a world financial crisis. the social and political changes especially in europe were dramatic, and would finally lead to another world war. it was the decade of nightclubs, silent film and jazz, and with it the start of fashion. radio stations began broadcasting and the mass-produced automobile became popular. in the US it was the time of prohibition and the ku klux klan, the invention of the penicillin and the switch from coal to electricity. in art expressionism, art deco and cubism developed in europe, it was the time of the bauhaus in germany. in animation lotto reiniger created the first feature film, in the US felix the cat was popular and walt disney started his imperium in 1928.

what will happen in the next decade, our ‘twenties’? compared to the last century we are informed, the internet connects nearly everybody around the globe. and still with all our education, knowledge and information, we allow the growth of extremism, the systematic abuse of freedom by governments and the development of a new world order of the wealthy and powerful, while our planet is being destroyed by our ignorance and greed. well, let’s hope there is a tiny bit of hope…








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