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Independent animators


The world of animation has lost its roots
Jules Engel Film-maker
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The big problem, that they don't exist, as far as the industry. When we're talking industry, they don't exist. I mean, Oskar Fischinger with all the films, he doesn't exist. He exists when you go to another terrain of a lifetime and he functions in that way, which has nothing to do with the industry, which has nothing to do with Warner Brothers or MGM [Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer] or Universal. Nothing… it has nothing to do with that. But here you have those people who wouldn't even watch a Fischinger, would not know. Would not know. You see? That's how the industry is laughing to themselves. And when you're talking about a man like Oskar Fischinger, that doesn't exist, they don't know who the hell you're talking about, you know? I'm sure John Hubley would know, Bobo Canon would know about… about, you know, Fischinger. But in general, the membership at large in the animation world, is not beyond where they work at the moment.

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: Bill Moritz Tamara Tracz

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.

Tamara Tracz is a writer and filmmaker based in London.

Tags: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Brothers, Universal, UPA, United Productions of America, Oskar Fischinger, John Hubley, Robert Canon

Duration: 1 minute, 15 seconds

Date story recorded: April 2003

Date story went live: 29 September 2010