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Friday, July 17, 2009

Welcome To The Cartoon Hall of Fame!

Ub IwerksUb IwerksIn the past, books on the history of animation have been organized into chapters by studio or by character. But this doesn't tell the real story of how these films were made... The history of animation is a story of PEOPLE... artists working together and learning from each other, moving from studio to studio as their career carries them. Every artist is influenced by every other artist they ever worked with. Here at the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive, we want to tell these people's stories.

The way we plan to do this is to create an inter-connected database of biographical information. The database will contain information about each artist... their career path, their filmography, their style, and the artists who influenced them. When this database is full of information, we will be able to follow the links between artists and see the real story that hasn't been told yet.

Below this post, you will find an index of names of people who have been honored with the Winsor McCay Award, people who have been featured in the Animation Archive Blog, and people who serve on the Board of Directors of ASIFA-Hollywood. Each name links to an information page on that person. Right now, many of the pages are empty, with just an outline of the sort of information we are looking for... That's where YOU come in...

Grim NatwickGrim NatwickWe invite you to submit information on these people. Spend a few hours searching the web or scanning through an animation book to find information on your favorite animator, director or voice artist. Go to the library and look for references to them in magazines or newspapers. Assemble the information and submit it through the comments link at the bottom of that person's page. We will compile all the submissions and add them to the Hall of Fame for the whole world to read.

If there is a name that you feel should be included here but it isn't listed, you can sponsor that entry by creating a biographical sketch following our basic outline headings. Email the listing to me at sworth@animationarchive.org, and I will add it to the database.

These people have given us all hours and hours of animated entertainment. We can repay them with our respect and acknowledgement. Please contribute to the Hall of Fame and tell your friends they should participate too. As time goes by, we will be adding more names and expanding the listings. But we need your help to get it started. Please set aside a few hours to contribute.

Thank you
Stephen Worth
Director
ASIFA-Hollywood
Animation Archive

You can contribute to this listing. Click on COMMENTS below to submit information.

1 Comments:

At 9:29 PM, Anonymous Vincent Nguyen said...

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Eugene Zimmerman
Eugene Zimmerman, a cartoonist who lived from 1862-1935, was born in Basel, Swtizterland. Zimmerman was known as “Zim” for his famous signature. Zim came to America in 1869. In his early years in America, he became a trainee/ intern sign painter acquiring the skills needed to be a professional cartoonist. As he continued to work there for several years, he became better and better and was able to gather an impressive portfolio that got him an interview in 1883 with Puck Magazine as a cartoonist. He was hired as a cartoonist and began to work for one of the best magazine companies of the late 19th Century.
In 1885, Zim got hired for Judge Magazine. In 1886 he married Mabel Beard. In 1888, he moved to Horseheads, New York with Mabel. Since he was living in New York at the time and his magazine job became further away from home within the distance of 250 miles. Zim worked at Judge for the remainder of his career until his retirement in 1912.
Zim created cartoons ranging from all types of varieties. As he work developed he became one of America’s best known cartoonists. He printed more than 40,000 sketches in his lifetime. After his retirement from Judge, Zim was founder and first president of the American Assocation of Cartoonists and Caricaturists.
As for his home in Horseheads, New York; he loved his life there. He creteadthe small town’s Teal Park Bandstand. The community preserves Zim’s residence, now known as the “Zim House,” that contains all his orginal sketches, papers, and communications.

 

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