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Thursday, December 15, 2005

COLE, Cornelius

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Production Designer / Screenwriter / Cinematographer

Bio Summary

Mr. Cole is a well known figure in the Animation industry, who has served as Production Designer for animated commercials, series and feature films, including "Is it Right to Be Right?" which won an Academy Award in 1971. Mr. Cole has been nominated for ten Clio awards throughout a long and illustrious career.

Early Life/Family


UC Berkeley
San Francisco Art Institute

Career Outline

His decline began when he went into animation starting at Disney in 1954. He was an inbetweener on Lady and the Tramp. Between 1954 and 1961 he did layouts for Warner Bros, and his design concepts helped UPA and Steve Bosustow win the Animated Shorts Oscar for Mister Magoo. His fluid, creative design skills attracted the interest of Chuck Jones; Corny designed characters and did layouts on several of Chuck's films, including Gay Purr-ee and The Phantom Tollbooth. He was production designer on Shinbone Alley, Raggedy Ann and Andy, and The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie. He helped develop Richard Williams' The Cobbler and the Thief, was a segment writer on Heavy Metal, the title designer for Flesh Gordon, a layout artist on Pink Panther and Friends, Hillbilly Bears, The Secret Squirrel Show, The Ant and the Aardvark, Alvin and the Chipmunks,Little Nemo and a few other things here and there. He designed TV commercials at Murakami-Wolf, Spungbuggy and Filmfair, earning Clios for several commercial spots. For several years he worked out of his own studio, Corny Films. In addition to animated film making, Corny is a Fine Arts painter and sculptor, a poet, a book illustrator and, for nearly twenty years, an instructor at California Institute of the Arts.

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Irreverent Imagination: The Golden Age of the Looney Tunes (2003) (V) (thanks)
"The Pink Panther Laugh and the Half Hour and Half Show" (1976) TV Series (background artist)
Flesh Gordon (1974) (title designer)
"The Pink Panther Show" (1969) TV Series (background artist) (layout artist)
... aka The New Pink Panther Show (USA: third season title)
... aka The Pink Panther Meets the Ant and the Aardvark (USA: second season title)
Carte Blanched (1969) (layout artist)
Pierre and Cottage Cheese (1969) (layout artist)
Pink Pest Control (1969) (background artist) (layout artist)
French Freud (1969) (layout artist)
Pink Is a Many Splintered Thing (1968) (background artist) (layout artist)
With Six You Get Eggroll (1968) (animation director)
... aka A Man in Mommy's Bed
"Super President" (1967) TV Series (layout artist)
Pink Paradise (1967) (layout artist)
Pink Posies (1967) (layout artist)
"The Super 6" (1966) TV Series (layout artist)
"The Secret Squirrel Show" (1965) TV Series (layout artist)
"The Hillbilly Bears" (1965) TV Series (layout artist)
"Linus! The Lion Hearted" (1964) TV Series (layout artist)
The Pink Panther (1963) (lead graphic designer: main titles) (uncredited)
A Sheep in the Deep (1962) (layout artist)
Compressed Hare (1961) (assistant layout artist)
Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1989) (design)
The Ant from Uncle (1969) (graphic designer)
The Ant and the Aardvark (1969) (graphic designer)
"The Super 6" (1966) TV Series (storyboard artist)
Lickety-Splat (1961) (assistant layout artist)
Production Designer
The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie (1981)
... aka Friz Freleng's Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie
Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure (1977)
Shinbone Alley (1971) (as Cornelius Cole)
Is It Always Right to Be Right? (1970)
Talking of Tomorrow (1960)
Clerow Wilson's Great Escape (1974) (TV)
Clerow Wilson and the Miracle of P.S. 14 (1972) (TV)
Tom and Jerry: The Movie (1992) (effects animator)
Heavy Metal (1981) (story) (segment Neverwhereland) (as Cornelius Cole)
Behind the Tunes: A Hunting We Will Go - Chuck Jones' Wabbit Season Twilogy (2005) (V) .... Himself
Behind the Tunes: Tish Tash - The Animated World of Frank Tashlin (2005) (V) .... Himself
Behind the Tunes: It Hopped One Night - A Look at 'One Froggy Evening' (2004) (V) .... Himself
Behind the Tunes: Wagnerian Wabbit - The Making of 'What's Opera, Doc?' (2004) (V) .... Himself
Behind the Tunes: Too Fast, Too Furry-ous (2003) (V) .... Himself


Annie Award: Winsor McCay Award 2005

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