Archived Pages from 20th Century!!
Seeking out little-known animation is much like surfing the web. You
see one compilation, one or two directors really interest you, you look
for more of their work, this usually leads to more compilations with yet
more interesting directors, etc.
The most technically intriguing animation is done with 3-D puppets.
These strange toons aren't simply drawn; they're built! You can actually
TOUCH the sets, actors, etc., if you only knew where in the world they
were. On film, we actually see "living" dolls, toys, etc., which,
when well done, seem like they could easily be living among us, which may
cause minor paranoia about small movements in the corners of our vision...
Welcome to one of my obessions! On this, my most ambitious web page:
I offer you a look at animation that deserves to be better known. Come
with me to worlds both beautiful and terrible, naive and intri cate. Curl
up with the heavenly goodness and naivete of Art
Clokey's Davey & Goliath or George Pal's Puppetoons, or be disturbed
by the hellish visions of Jan
Svankmejer and his "sons" The
Brothers Quay. Better still, come back to the very beginning, with
the amazing inventor of "puppet films", Ladislas
Surprisingly, I have found no other mention of any of these animators
on the web. Most of this infor mation is based on my admittedly limited
knowledge, since the work being discussed is not well-known enough for
me to be able to find much research material. Clips and pictures are from
my own collec tion. Public video availability, if known, is mentioned.
Check 'em out... and keep checking back for new quicktimes, artists,
Starevich: The Father of 3-D Animation Revised 6/30/96
Alchemist of the Surreal Revised 7/15/96
Brothers Quay: Twisted Americans in Europe
Art Clokey: The
Davey & Goliath Revised 7/14/96
Pal: The Puppetoon Home Page
The world of stop-motion animation is huge;
although I'll always be adding more coverage,
I'm never going to cover it all.
These excellent sites cover stop-motion animators whose work I haven't
If you want your site added, e-mail me and I'll check it out.
They aren't really brothers, but they DO know how to handle
Their first feature is The
Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb,
and here's a great site about it from the video distributor.
Think David Lynch meets Art Clokey.
The bolexbrothers site is maintained by Manga Entertainment.
Everyone was asking about those TOOL videos that they thought
the Quays did... well, it was this guy!
Don't think of him as a Quay rip-off, though... he's quite original.
Think of it like this:
The Quays are to Jan Svankmajer as Fred Stuhr is to the Quays.
He's taking his influences in his own direction, in other words.
The Stuhr pages are on the Animation
Nerd's Paradise site.
Stuhr Art Gallery
The Animation Nerd's Paradise site is maintained by Michelle Klein-Hass.
What can I say? He's the biggest, best mainstream stop-motion
He started with Willis O'Brien on the original King Kong, then went
on to do the Sinbad movies
and just about anything else with big-profile stop-motion for years.
This site is HUGE, with lots of behind-the-scenes stuff.
The Fantastic Films of Ray Harryhausen site is maintained by J. Rodkey.
Wait, There's More!
Where I credit Contributors to this site... meet tradin' pals
The Whole Toon
A good source for these videos. I am not affiliated.
And of course, my hand-picked
Statistics, and What is to Come...
(Note: This does not mention additions to my Hot
You can do a search for other web stuff from right here, compliments
of Starting Point.
This web site is maintained/edited entirely by Tim Fitzpatrick
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This page originally created October 24, 1995.
Last revised July 16, 1996.
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