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Early encouragement from a teacher


The first animation film I ever saw
Jules Engel Film-maker
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The first animated film that I saw? Well, that's a… that's a big one. I'm trying to… I'm stalling right now because I'm trying to think. I think it was probably some Disney film. Oh yes, I think it was something like Three Little PigsThree Little Pigs, that's right. And that, that was of consequence because it was something new I've never seen before. And without knowing yet, I fell in love with animation, but not knowing it.

The late Hungarian-American film-maker Jules Engel is best known for his contribution to the field of animation. His work includes the dance sequences in Walt Disney's 'Fantasia' and the creation of 'Mr Magoo'. His films and lithographs are housed in museums all over the world and have won many awards.

Listeners: Tamara Tracz Bill Moritz

Tamara Tracz is a writer and filmmaker based in London.

William Moritz received his doctorate from USC and pursues parallel careers as filmmaker and writer. His forty-four experimental and animation films have been screened at museums in Paris, Amsterdam and Tokyo, among others. He published widely on Oskar Fischinger, James Whitney, Bruce Conner, the Fleischers and 200 pages of animation history for an AbsolutVodka website. He wrote chapters for the "Oxford History of Cinema", appeared in several television documentaries, curated art exhibits and received a lifetime achievement trophy from the Netherlands Royal Academy for his work with visual music. He has served on film festival juries and received an American Film Institute filmmaking grant. His poetry and plays are also performed and published. He is a leading expert of Oskar Fischinger and recently published a biography of him. He teaches at The California Institute of the Arts.

Tags: The Three Little Pigs, Walt Disney

Duration: 34 seconds

Date story recorded: April 2003

Date story went live: 24 January 2008