THE MOON AND THE SON WINS ANIMATED SHORT OSCAR
Los Angeles, March 5, 2006 – John Canemaker and Peggy Stern won the 2006 Academy Award for their animated short subject, THE MOON AND THE SON: An Imagined Conversation. The 28-minute film, which explores Canemaker’s troubled relationship with his Italian immigrant father, will air on HBO/Cinemax on Father’s Day 2006.
John Canemaker and co-producer Peggy Stern
hold their Oscar statuettes after winning the
Academy Award for Best Animated Short in
Hollywood on Sunday, March 5, 2005.
In his acceptance speech, Canemaker said, “Peggy and I thank the Academy for this great honor. And also for your faith in hand-drawn animation, which still can pack an emotional wallop.” He also thanked his students and colleagues at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
This is the first Academy Award for Canemaker, who has been making personal and sponsored animated films since 1975. He is director of the animation program at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, and an internationally recognized animation historian.
PAST NEWS / EVENTS
John Canemaker Curates Mary Blair Exhibition at Walt Disney Family Museum
The Walt Disney Family Museum will host a new exhbtion, MAGIC COLOR FLAIR the world of Mary Blair,
from March 13 to September 7, 2014.
John Canemaker, the exhibition's curator, has gathered more than 200 works from a wide range of sources to create
a comprehensive study of the artist's diverse career. In addition to the Walt Disney Family Museumís collection of
Blair concept art and ceramics, the exhibit features works from private collectors and Blairís original book illustrations,
many never before shown publicly.
The exhibition is divided into three major sections:
"Learning the Rules" surveys Blair's formative years as an art student at the Chouinard Institute in Los Angeles, the influence
of her mentor Pruett Carter, and her fine arts career as a member of the California Water-Color Society in the 1930s;
"Breaking the Rules" covers her innovative, boldly stylized concept art for Disney animated features, beginning with
Saludos Amigos (1942) and continuing through Peter Pan (1953);
"Creating New Worlds" examines her career as a New York-based freelancer in the 1950s and 60s, designing advertisements,
clothing, theatrical sets, window displays and book illustrations, such as the children's classic I Can Fly; as well as her final
commissions from Walt Disney: the delightful "It's a Small World" exhibit at the 1964 New York World's Fair, and a stunning
large-scale ceramic mural for the Contemporary Hotel at Walt Disney World.
A lavish 172-page catalog, with an introduction by John Canemaker, will be published in conjunction with the exhibition
by Weldon Owens, Inc.
Disney Editions is also releasing an updated edition of Canemaker's The Art and Flair of Mary Blair in March 2014.
The Walt Disney Family Foundation to Publish New Canemaker Book
Herman Schultheis and the cover of his Special Effects notebook
John Canemaker has just completed the manuscrpt of an exciting new book project to be published by The Walt Disney Family Foundation Press,
titled Secrets of Disney Movie Magic (1938 - 1941): Herman Schultheis and his Special Effects Notebooks. The book is expected
to be published in late 2014.
Herman Schultheis (1900-1955) was a German-born engineer who worked at the Walt Disney Studios during the its most ambitious period
of animated feature production. He worked in the studio's Process Lab, which created the special visual effects for Pinocchio, Fantasia,
Dumbo and Bambi.
An avid photographer, Schultheis meticulously documented the work of the Process Lab in several large-format notebooks, detailing
how they accomplished the dazzling effects imagery that still amazes audiences today. His hand-printed commentary and photographs
offer a rare look at the state of the art in special effects during this important era at the Disney studio.
Schultheis left Disney in the early 1940s, and his notebooks remained unknown until his widow's death in 1990. They have since
been acquired by The Walt Disney Family Museum, located at The Presidio in San Francisco, where the Special Effects notebook
is on permanent view in an extraordinary interactive digital display.
In this new book, John Canemaker interweaves the life story of the enigmatic Schultheis with a close analysis of the notebooks' content,
and the many people who worked with Schultheis at Disney.
In 1993, art dealer Howard Lowery introduced Canemaker to the notebooks, having recently acquired them from the Schultheis estate.
Canemaker wrote a 1996 Print magazine article about them, a .pdf file of which can be viewed here.
Canemaker brings Winsor McCay to San Francisco Silent Film Festival
"JOHN CANEMAKER'S WINSOR McCAY LECTURE/TRIBUTE AT THE CASTRO GOT A LONG STANDING OVATION
The reason for calling attention to his outstanding ability to entertain, charm and educate an audience at the same time
is let you know he is likely to return to San Francisco at some point, and when he does, if you are a serious lover of animation,
don't miss his next local presentation! "
-- Karl Cohen, ASIFA-SF Newsletter, Sept. 2013
Gertie the Dinosaur ambled across the great screen of San Francisco's Castro Theater, delighting the audience
as she has since 1914, in John Canemaker's tribute to the artistry of Winsor McCay at the San Francisco Silent
Film Festival on July 20. The program included four of McCay's animated filims from 1911 - 1918: the aforementioned
Gertie, as well as Little Nemo, How a Mosquito Operates and The Sinking of the Lusitania. Stephen Horne provided an
exceptionally sensitve and moving musical accompaniment to the program.
John Canemaker to Appear at Webster University April 19 & 20
John Canemaker will present three special programs in St. Louis, as part of Kinematifest 6,
Webster Univeristy's International Animation and Interactive Media Festival.
On Friday, April 19, at 7 pm, Canemaker will show a retrospective of his personal films, including
his Academy Award-winning short The Moon and The Son: An Imagined Conversation, Bridgehampton,
Bottom's Dream, Confessions of a Stardreamer, The Wizard's Son, and others.
On Saturday April 20, at 7pm, he will screen his acclaimed film and image homage to legendary
animation pioneer and comic-strip artist Winsor McCay, featuring rare photographs and examples of McCay's art.
These include the seminal 1905 comic strip Little Nemo In Slumberland, and his extraordinary animated films
Little Nemo (1911), How a Mosquito Operates (1911), Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) and The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918).†
The evening screenings take place in
Winifred Moore Auditorium
470 East Lockwood Ave.
Ticket prices are $6 for the general public
$5 for seniors, Webster alumni and students from other schools
$4 for Webster University staff and faculty
Free for Webster students with proper I.D.
In addition, on Saturday, April 20 at 1:30 pm, Canemaker will conduct an Action Analysis Workshop.
This is a rare opportunity to explore some of the techniques behind classic personality animation.
Frame-by-frame comparison of live-action and animated film sequences illustrate how animators employ movement
to express character and emotion.
The workshop will be held at
Sverdrup Business & Technology Complex
8300 Big Bend Blvd.
Admission is free.
John Canemaker Hosts Life of Pi Event for NYU Tisch
Nearly 500 NYU Tisch School of the Arts students and faculty attended a special preview screening of The Life of Pi
in New York on November 13, 2012. John Canemaker hosted a post-screening interview and Q&A with the film's director
(and Tisch alumnus) Ang Lee, and its two stars, Irrfan Khan and Suraj Sharma.
Seen here after the screening are, from left, Irrfan Kahn, Ang Lee, Tisch dean Mary Schmidt Campbell, John Canemaker and Suraj Sharma.
AMPAS Salutes the Hubleys
Photo: Greg Harbaugh/(c) A.M.P.A.S.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles hosted a salute to innovative animators John and Faith Hubley
on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. John Canemaker, who wrote, co-curated and hosted the program, recalled their extensive careers through
words and images, and screened rare 35MM prints of ten films, followed by an on-stage Q&A with filmmaker Emily Hubley, daughter of John and Faith Hubley. The program was produced for the Academy by Randy Haberkamp.
Photo: Matt Petit/(c) A.M.P.A.S.
A reception in the Academy gallery preceded the event, attended by many in the film and animation community, including
Tony Anselmo, Jerry Beck, Tee Bosustow, Sharon Colman, Alice Davis, Andreas Deja, June Foray, Eric Goldberg, Scott Johnston,
Linda Jones Clough, Jenny Lerew, actor Norman Lloyd, Tom Sito, Charles Solomon, Ted Thomas, and NYU Tisch/Kanbar animation
alumni Eugene Salandra, John McIntyre and Elizabeth Seidman.
Winsor McCay Makes New Waves in Sarasota
On November 15 and 16, 2012, The Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, hosted two days of talks
and workshops around Little Nemo: The Exhibition, on display at the College's Selby Gallery. The exhibit featured original
drawings and page proofs from Winsor McCay's comic strips and animated films, as well as set models and costume designs
for the new opera Little Nemo in Slumberland, which premiered at the Sarasota Youth Opera on Nov. 10.
Above, from left, artist and Ringling faculty member Jeff Schwartz interviews John Canemaker, author and graphic designer Chip Kidd
and comc book artist and cartoonist Chris Ware, in a panel discussion following Canemaker's multimedia presentation on McCay's
life and work. Below, Canemaker, Kidd and Ware at dinner after their appearance.
Ringling College Welcomes John Canemaker to Winsor McCay Exhibition
On Thursday, November 15, 2012, at 7:00pm, John Canemaker will present his acclaimed multimedia program
on the life and art of animation and comic strip pioneer Winsor McCay, at The Ringling College of Art and Design
in Sarasota, Florida. The evening is part of LITTLE NEMO: The Exhibition, a salute to the visionary 1905 comic strip
which has now been adapted into an original youth opera to be performed in Sarasota on Nov. 10 and 11.
Following his lecture, Canemaker will join graphic designer Chip Kidd and other guests in a discussion of McCay's art.
The exhibit and talk take place at the Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida.
For information, call 941-359-7563.
Canemaker to be Guest Speaker Aboard Disney Magic
Photo: Disney Cruises
John Canemaker will give two lecture/screenings on the Disney Magic Western Caribbean Cruise, sailing from Galveston, TX, December 21.
The first presentation will discuss the lives and work of story artists Joe Ranft and Joe Grant, the subjects of his 2010 book Two Guys Named Joe,
featuring rarely-seen artwork and film clips. In addition, Canemaker will speak on the life of artist Mary Blair and her profound influence
on the look of Disney animation and theme park attractions.
For further information on the cruise, click here.
Motion Picture Academy to Salute John and Faith Hubley in Los Angeles Sept. 14
Order tickets here
John Canemaker will present a lecture and screening of the lives and work of independent animators John and Faith Hubley
on Friday, September 14, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in Los Angeles.
For two decades starting in 1957, John Hubley (1914-1977) and his wife, Faith Elliot Hubley (1924-2001), created painterly moving graphics
dealing with humanist concerns, which garnered the couple many international awards, including three Oscars.
At the time of their marriage in 1955, John Hubley had been in the industry for 20 years, first at Disney, then Columbia/Screen Gems,
and later as creative director and production chief at UPA. Faith Elliott had worked in Hollywood since the early 1940s as a music/film
editor and script supervisor at Columbia and Republic Pictures. After an ambitious animated musical feature of Finian's Rainbow was derailed
by Hollywood blacklist, they relocated to New York, started a family and embarked on a novel professional and personal creative partnership
that revolutionized independent animation.
The Hubleys resolutely maintained their artistic freedom, taking on commercial projects in order to be able to make the personal films
that enabled them to explore new directions in storytelling, aesthetics and social relevance. They bravely tackled controversial themes
such as environmental pollution, race relations, war, and overpopulation, as well as celebrating the joy of children at play and young
people in love. Following Johnís untimely death, Faith continued making films on her own until her death.
Academy Award-winning animator and historian John Canemaker hosts an in-depth look at the life and work of these two iconoclastic artists,
including screenings of the UPA classic Rooty Toot Toot, Adventures of an *, The Tender Game, and newly discovered footage of a
never-completed animated version of Facade, by Edith Sitwell and William Walton.
The Tender Game, by John and Faith Hubley
John Canemaker Speaks on Disney's European Influences at The Walt Disney Family Museum
On July 14, at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, John Canemaker spoke about European influences on Disney's
early animated features, weaving together diverse inspirational sources that include artists Heinrich Kley and J.J. Grandville,
F.W Murnau's German Expressionist films of the 1920s and the early Renaissance frescoes of 14th-century Italian master Giotto.
Canemaker also reviewed the contributions of several European-born artists who worked at Disney in the 1930s and 40s: Albert Hurter,
Ferdinand Horvath, Gustave Tenggren, Kay Nielsen, Bianca Majolie, and Sylvia Moberly-Holland The talk accompanied an exhibition
of Kley's original drawings and sketchbooks at the Museum, which runs through Sept. 16, 2012.
A full review of the talk has been posted at the Museum's Storyboard blog, which can be found here.
John Canemaker Returns to Disney Family Museum on July 14
Sincere thanks to Jerry Beck for mentioning this upcoming talk in Cartoon Brew:
Here is a link to The Walt Disney Family Museum website with more information
and how to order tickets:
Heinrich Kley and Company: European Influences on Disney
Seating is limited -- order now!
John Canemaker to Host Academy Tribute to John Hubley October 10
On October 10, 2011, the New York branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science (AMPAS) will present
A Salute to John Hubley, one of animation’s most innovative and influential designer/directors. John Canemaker will host
the evening of rarely-seen films, which he co-curated with filmmaker Emily Hubley and will also present an illustrated lecture
on the life and art of John Hubley.
John Hubley (1914 -1977) is known primarily for two decades of highly creative film collaborations with his wife, Faith Elliot Hubley.
Starting in 1957, their painterly moving graphics dealing with humanist concerns garnered the couple many international awards,
including three Oscars. Their impressive body of work was, in fact, a second blossoming of the career and life of John Hubley, who
already personified new directions in animation and a rebellion against traditional Disney studio style and content.
Canemaker's Academy tribute demonstrates John Hubley’s profound and continuing effect on the art and industry of animation.
He will trace Hubley’s early training and contemporary art influences, through his apprenticeship on Pinocchio and Fantasia,
his involvement with the infamous strike at the Disney studio, his HUAC blacklisting in the 1950s, and discuss his groundbreaking
modernist designs and direction of World War II training films and the innovative studio UPA.
Through rare films and Canemaker's talk, the AMPAS tribute demonstrates John Hubley’s integration of modernist contemporary graphics
into films with an adult sensibility and his continuous striving to “get a graphic look that had never been seen before.”
Update: Michael Sporn wrote a detailed review of the event, with many photos, for his blog, Splog. Here is the link.
John Canemaker at 2011 Ottawa International Animation Festival
Presents Two Guys Named Joe Illustrated Lecture
Academy Award winning animation filmmaker and author John Canemaker presents an illustrated lecture
based on his recent book Two Guys Named Joe (Disney Editions, 2010), an immensely entertaining and insightful portrait
of the legendary animation storytellers Joe Grant (1908–2005) and Joe Ranft (1960–2005).
In his long career at Disney, Grant helped create such masterworks as SnowWhite and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Pinocchio (1940),
Fantasia (1940), Dumbo (1941), Make Mine Music (1946), and Lady and the Tramp (1955), as well as more recent hits like Beauty
and the Beast (1991) and The Lion King (1994).
Ranft, a Pixar creative cofounder and storyboard artist, is widely celebrated for his imaginative and irreverent contributions to such
classics as The Brave Little Toaster (1987), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), The Little Mermaid (1989), Tim Burton’s The Nightmare
Before Christmas (1993), Toy Story (1995), James and the Giant Peach (1996), Toy Story 2 (1999), Monsters, Inc. (2001), and Cars (2006).
The lecture will take place on Friday, September 23, 2011 9:15 pm, Museum of Civilization.
Hampton Library to Present Winsor McCay Lecture on August 7
John Canemaker will present his accalimed illustrated talk on the life and art of noted illustrator and animator Winsor McCay
at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton on Sunday, August 7, at 2:00 p.m.
One of the most important popular artists of the 20th century, Winsor McCay created the groundbreaking comic strips
Little Nemo in Slumberland (1905) and Dream of the Rarebit Fiend (1904), known for their extraordinary graphic inventivenss.
He also pioneered the then-new art of animation, creating nearly a dozen short films between 1911 and 1921.
McCay was one of the first animators to create characters with distinct, expressive personalities using a fluid animation style
that anticipates by two decades the great Walt Disney cartoons of the 1930s.
John Canemaker is an expert on McCay's work, and is the author of Winsor McCay: His Life and Art and
creator of the 1976 film documentary Remembering Winsor McCay. His lecture combines cartoon images, film clips and personal photos
to provide an insightful look at an extraordinary artist.
The Walt Disney Family Museum Presents The Art and Flair of Mary Blair on April 16
John Canemaker will present an illustrated lecture on the life and work of artist Mary Blair, at the Walt Disney Family Museum
in the Presidio, San Francisco, on Saturday, April 16 at 3:00 p.m.
Mary Blair (1911–1978) was one of Walt Disney's most brilliant conceptual designers. Her distinctive, colorful style helped define
the look of the classic Disney animated features Cinderella (1950), Alice in Wonderland (1951), and Peter Pan (1953), and the theme park
attraction, "It's A Small World." She also illustrated children's books, advertisements, theatrical set designs and large-scale murals.
The deceptively naïve style of Blair’s commercial artwork belied her great visual sophistication in everything from color choices to composition.
Although much of her art veers away from naturalism toward abstraction and Surrealism, she was one of Walt Disney's favorite artists.
John Canemaker’s lecture is based on his 2003 Disney Editions book The Art and Flair of Mary Blair.
Click here for ticket information.
George Eastman House Festival to Host Canemaker Appearance and Screening
The 360|365 George Eastman House Film Festival in Rochester, New York, will salute John Canemaker with a screening of
his independent animated shorts and documentaries, including his Oscar-winning The Moon and the Son,on Saturday, April 30 at 5 p.m.
The 90-minute program, titled The Animated World of John Canemaker, encompasses his career as animation filmmaker, film historian
and author, and will include the following films:
BOTTOM’S DREAM (6 min., 1983);
BRIDGEHAMPTON (6 min., 1998);
OTTO MESSMER AND FELIX THE CAT (30 min., 1977);
CONFESSIONS OF A STARDREAMER (9 min., 1978);
THE WIZARD’S SON (10 min., 1981);
THE MOON AND THE SON: An Imagine Conversation (28 min., 2004).
John will answer the audience's questions after the screening.
Additional information about the festival is available here.
Two Guys Named Joe: Master Animation Storytellers Joe Grant and JoeRanft
Listen to John Canemaker's interview on The Leonard Lopate Show at WNYC-FM HERE
Watch John Canemaker’s new YouTube video about Two Guys Named Joe
Amid Amidi discusses Two Guys Named Joe with John Canemaker on Cartoon Brew
Read Didier Ghez's review and interview with John Canemaker
UPDATE: Additional reviews by Mike Sporn and Mark Mayerson.
UPDATE 2: Read Leonard Maltin's review.
In his tenth book on animation history, John Canemaker brings his unique insight and understanding to the lives
of Joe Grant (1908-2005) and Joe Ranft (1960-2005), two gifted artists whose work defined and refined the art of animation
story telling, beginning in the 1930s during the Golden Age of traditional animation at the Walt Disney Studios and continuing
into the present digital age at Pixar Animation.
Their imaginative and inventive approach to animation narrative helped create many unforgettable moments in such classic animated
features as Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story1&2, Fantasia, The Lion King, Aladdin, Monsters, Inc., Pinocchio, The Nightmare Before Christmas,
Cars, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, A Bug's Life, Dumbo and more.
Lavishly illustrated with personal art from both artists as well as rarities from the Disney and Pixar archives, Two Guys Named Joe sensitively
and candidly explores the interplay between personal creativity and the craft of animation storytelling, as seen through the lives and art of
two of animation’s most original artists.
Two Guys Named Joe at MoMA
The Museum of Modern Art dedicated a weekend to the lives and art of Joe Ranft and Joe Grant on Oct. 1 and 2, 2010, with screenings
of Toy Story, Dumbo and many rarely-shown Disney and Pixar shorts, as well as John Canemaker's acclaimed multimedia presentation
about the two Joes. A large and enthusiastic audience attended Canemaker's talk and book signing.
Afterward, the Museum hosted a dinner party to celebrate the event.
Above, from left, Charles Kimbrough, Beth Howland, John Canemaker, Steinunn and Howard Green,
Peggy Stern, Geri Thomas and Angela Gilchrist.
Highlights from John Canemaker's California Two Guys Named Joe Tour
John Canemaker gave two well-attended talks at the Walt Disney Family Museum. His appearances in San Francisco
and Los Angeles drew positive viewer comments in Cartoon Brew.
At left, with Ron and Diane Disney Miller and Richard Benefield, Founding Executive Director,
the Walt Disney Family Museum. At right, in conversation with Diane Disney Miller
By coincidence, John's talk at Pixar on Monday, August 16, took place on the fifth anniversary of Joe Ranft's death.
John spent some time with Up!'s Academy Award-winning director Pete Docter before the event. These photos
were taken by longtime friend Sheila Saxby.
It was a pleasure to meet legendary Disney/Pixar animator and story man Floyd Norman, who came to the presentation
for Ken Shue's group at Disney Publishing Worldwide. Floyd even contributed a gag sketch of the event!
Among those attending a reading and book signing at the Glendale Barnes & Noble were Joe Ranft's sister Ruth,
above left, as well as Joe Grant's daughter, Carol Grubb. Dinner afterward, at right, was a warm reunion with former
NYU students Sue Perrotto and Eugene Salandra, both now at Disney Television, and Disney historian Paula Lowery.
A morning Disneyland book signing, at left, in the Disney Gallery on Main Street USA, provided an opportunity
to meet some fans. Amy Rocchio wrote a nice article about it on Mouse Planet. Dinner that night with Howard Green
(to whom Two Guys Named Joe is dedicated), Alice Davis and Charles Solomon was a highlight of the trip.
The final talk and signing, at left, took place at the Disney Feature Animation building. While on the studio lot,
John also took a nostalgic walk through the original Animation building, now used for production offices.
Rockefeller Foundation Selects John Canemaker for Bellagio Residency
John Canemaker will work on a new personal animated film during a Rockefeller Foundation Creative Arts residency
at the Villa Serbelloni on Lake Como, Italy, from August 31 to Sept. 28, 2009. During a previous Rockefeller Foundation
residency in 1999 (photos above and below), he created storyboards and a script for his Academy Award-winning animated short,
The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation.
The cylindrical "La Veduta" was Canemaker's Bellagio studio in 1999.
Interior view of the studio, with preliminary concept drawings for The Moon and the Son.
John Canemaker wins 2008-2009 NYU Distinguished Teaching Award
John Canemaker has been selected to receive New York University's Distinguished Teaching Award.
Canemaker, professor of animation at the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, Tisch School of the Arts, is one of six
NYU faculty members to be honored for "exceptional teaching, inside and outside the classroom." NYU established
the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1987. It is presented annually to recognize outstanding full time faculty members.
New Chuck Jones Documentary with Canemaker Animation
Premieres March 24 on TCM
Chuck Jones Memories of Childhood, a documentary directed by Peggy Stern, takes a look at the early life of the legendary Warner Bros. animation director, who died in 2002. The 26-minute film will premiere on Turner Classic Movies on March 24, 2009 at 8pm ET. It contains never-before-seen footage of Chuck Jones' talking about his family's hardscrabble life in 1920s Los Angeles, blending family photos, clips from classic Warner Bros. cartoons and original animation sequences directed by John Canemaker, based on spontaneous drawings Jones made during the 1998 filmed interview. Canemaker and Stern previously teamed up on the Academy Award-winning animated short The Moon and the Son.
TCM will screen the documentary three times on March 24, as part of an all-night program of Chuck Jones films, including many rarely-seen early Warner Bros. shorts and his 1969 feature, The Phantom Tollbooth.
John Canemaker's Spring 2009 Appearances
New York City
Chuck Jones Evening at MAD
On Thursday, March 12, 2009, John Canemaker will join producer/director Peggy Stern at the Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle,
for a screening of her new documentary,Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood, along with a program of classic Chuck Jones Warner Bros. shorts.
The event begins at 6:30 pm, and tickets are available at www.madmuseum.org.
Dance in Animation at Lincoln Center
The Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center will present "Forever Young: Dance Stars of American Animation," a screening and talk
by dance historian Mindy Aloff, author of the new book, Hippo in a Tutu: Dancing in Disney Animation (Disney Editions) Thursday, March 19.
Joining Ms. Aloff will be John Canemaker and dancer/choreographer Marge Champion, who as a teenager was the live-action model for Snow White,
the Blue Fairy in Pinocchio and the balletic ostriches from "Dance of the Hours" in Fantasia.
The event begins at 6:00pm in the Bruno Walter Auditorium on the library's lower level. Library of Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
The Leonard Lopate Show
John Canemaker will be a guest on WNYC radio's "The Leonard Lopate Show," Tuesday, March 24, discussing his work on
Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood, which premieres that night on Turner Classic Movies. . The segment will air from 1:00 - 1:20pm.
The Leonard Lopate Show.
Serious Toons at Village Zendo
On Wednesday, April 29, the Village Zendo will host "Serious 'Toons - Emotion in Animation," a special evening with John Canemaker,
who will discuss his use of animation to explore serious emotional themes. The films screened will include his AcademyAward-winning
2004 short, The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation. This event is a benefit for the Village Zendo, and a donation of $20 per person
is suggested. For more information, see http://www.villagezendo.org
Miami Beach, Florida
From March 26-29, Canemaker will be a featured guest at the first South Beach Animation Festival in Miami Beach, where he will screen
and discuss a selection of his films, including The Moon and the Son. http://www.southbeachanimationfest.com/
Kansas City, Missouri
On April 16, Canemaker will appear at the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO, as part of the Institute's "Current Perspectives"
lecture series. The event will include a screening of The Moon and the Son, and a discussion of his upcoming book, Two Guys Named Joe,
which will be published by Disney Editions in 2010. http://www.kcai.edu/newsevents/currentperspectives.php
New Photos on Teaching Page
A photo gallery of John Canemaker teaching a Fall 2008 Storyboarding class at NYU has been posted on the Teaching page.
The Moon and the Son on iTunes
THE MOON AND THE SON is now available for download at Apple’s iTunes Store. Just enter “THE MOON AND THE SON” in the search box at the upper right corner of the iTunes Store home page to preview the film. THE MOON AND THE SON is one of more than 100 award-winning short films offered exclusively on iTunes by Shorts International.
Canemaker Directs WonderPets! Episode "Save the Pangaroo"
"Save the Pangaroo," an episode of the pre-school children's series WonderPets!, premiered on Nick, Jr. on Friday, February 29, 2008. John Canemaker directed the episode and designed the characters of Pangaroo and Butterdeer for production company Little Airplane. WonderPets! follows the adventures of three animated classroom pets who travel around the world as a team to rescue animals. In this case, the animal in need is a child's discarded drawing, part parrot and part kangaroo. The WonderPets find a home for the Pangaroo by drawing a new landscape that he can live in. They also combine two children's drawings to create a friend for him, the Butterdeer, who is part butterfly and part deer .
John Canemaker and Dick Williams Appear at Ottawa and MoMA
John Canemaker conducted an on-stage interview with legendary animator/director Richard Williams to a capacity crowd at the Ottawa International Animation Festival on September 20, 2008. He and Williams repeated the program two days later at New York's Museum of Modern Art, again to a packed house of animation enthusiasts. Canemaker and Williams discussed his five decade career in animation and showed rarely-seen clips from his films. Williams was in Canada and New York to promote his new 16-DVD box set of The Animator's Survival Kit ANIMATED. Below is a 1976 photograph of Williams and Canemaker working on Canemaker's first book, The Animated Raggedy Ann & Andy.
McCay, Gertie and Canemaker Wow Annecy 2008
Gertie the Dinosaur, who made her screen debut in 1914, won the hearts of a new generation at the 2008 Annecy Animation Festival
in France, during John Canemaker's presentation on the life and work of animation pioneer Winsor McCay. Hailed as
one of the festival's most memorable events, the talk featured numerous examples of McCay's graphic art and four of his animated films.
The highlight was a recreation of McCay's 1914 vaudeville act, in which he introduced his "trained dinosaur," Gertie.
Canemaker, standing in for McCay, interacted with the animated character on screen and brought the audience into the act as well,
having them call out commands for Gertie to perform.
Festival director Serge Bromberg provided live piano accompaniment for the films, which also included Little Nemo (1911),
How a Mosquito Operates (1912) and The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918). An enthusiastic audience, nearly 1000 strong, brought
Canemaker out for an unprecedented curtain call at the end of his presentation.
Canemaker also did a Creative Focus workshop, in which he explained how he handles difficult emotional themes in animation,
and served on the festival's short film jury with fellow animators Dick Williams, Zbigniew Rybczinski, and Stefan Flint-Muller,
as well as Helene Tanguay of the National Film Board of Canada.
(Photos courtesy of Federico Fiecconi)
MoMA Jazz Score Opening Night
John Canemaker at the opening reception of the Jazz Score exhibition, The Museum of Modern Art, Tuesday, April 22, 2008.
Original animation drawings from his film Bridgehampton are on display at left, and the film is screened in the background.
For a review of the exhibition, see Michael Sporn's blog, splog.
MoMA Showcases Canemaker Film and Original Animation Art
John Canemaker’s 1998 film Bridgehampton is featured in Jazz Score, a five-month long film retrospective, gallery exhibition
and concert series at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Jazz Score explores the creative and collaborative relationship between
postwar filmmakers and jazz composer.
The gallery exhibition, in the Roy and Niuta Titus 1 & 2 lobbies, includes a large-scale installation of original animation art from
Bridgehampton (above) and John and Faith Hubley’s Adventure of an * (1957). Both of these films are screened continuously
in the gallery, in addition to being shown as part of the film retrospective.
Bridgehampton features an original jazz piano score by composer Fred Hersch, who also performs the work on the soundtrack. The John Canemaker
Collection at the Museum of Modern Art includes many original artworks from his films.
Jazz Score runs through September 15, 2008. For more information, visit JAZZ SCORE.
Remembering Ollie Johnston, 1912-2008
Frank Thomas, John Canemaker and Ollie Johnston at the Walt Disney Studio, June 1979.
The Wall Street Journal asked me to write a tribute to Ollie Johnston, who was my friend and mentor for more than 30 years.
LINK HERE for the article.
ASIFA-Hollywood Cites Canemaker, Keane and Kricfalusi for Lifetime Achievement
ASIFA-Hollywood Board Member Frank Gladstone, second from right, congratulates Winsor McCay Award winners John Canemaker, John Kricfalusi and Glen Keane at the 35th Annie Awards ceremony in Los Angles on February 8, 2008. To view their bios and clip reels, go to
The Moon and the Son Wins Emmy Award
John Canemaker's film The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation won an Emmy Award
for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Artistic and Graphic Design, at the 28th News and Documentary
Emmys on Sept. 24, 2007. The Moon and the Son previously won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Animated Short.
The film premiered on Cinemax in June 2006, making it eligible for Emmy consideration as well.
These top honors from the television and motion picture industries affirm The Moon and the Son's status as a unique blend
of animation and documentary, expanding the boundaries of both genres through dramatic visuals and an emotionally compelling narrative.
John Canemaker to Receive Winsor McCay Award
ASIFA Hollywood has named John Canemaker a recipient of the 2007 Winsor McCay Award, presented to individuals in recognition of lifetime or career contributions to the art of animation. Considered one of the highest individual honors in the animation industry, the Winsor McCay Award has been presented annually since 1972.
Canemaker will receive the McCay award at the 35th Annie Awards ceremony, to be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2008
For further information: http://www.annieawards.org/winsormccayaward.html
Canemaker Hosts MoMA Salute to Michael Sporn
The Museum of Modern Art will present a three-day salute to the animated films of Michael Sporn, November 9 - 12, 2007, organized by assistant curator Josh Siegel and John Canemaker. On Monday, Nov. 12, at 7:00 pm, Canemaker and Siegel will moderate "A Conversation with Michael Sporn," featuring clips from throughout Sporn's career.
Canemaker notes, "Michael Sporn is a poet of animation. His artistry and craftsmanship are first-rate, and he invests each of his handmade projects with keen intelligence, integrity, and heart."
Follow this link for further information on the program: http://www.moma.org/exhibitions/film_exhibitions.php?id=6483&ref=calendar
Disney's Original Snow White Charms Platform Festival
A highlight of the recent Platform Animation Festival in Portland, Oregon, was a special screening of Walt Disney's first feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which premiered 70 years ago this fall. John Canemaker introduced the program and returned after the screening for a lively interview with dancer-choreographer Marge Champion (above), who as a teenager was Disney's live-action model for Snow White's movements and expressions.
Ms. Champion, elegant and charming at 88 years old, regaled the audience with stories of working at Disney in those early days, accompanied by rare home-movie footage (shot by her first husband, animator Art Babbitt) showing her in costume as Snow White.
Marymount Manhattan College Honors Alumnus John Canemaker
Marymount Manhattan College named John Canemaker '74 a Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa, at its 2007 commencement ceremony. Above, MMC president Judson Shaver presents the degree.
As part of its tribute, Marymount also mounted a month-long exhibition of artwork from Canemaker's 2005 film The Moon and the Son at the college's Hewitt Gallery. The exhibit featured final animation art as well as inspirational sketches that showed the creative process behind The Moon and the Son's striking imagery. The drawings below, for example, were not used in the final film but imagine how its various human characters might be depicted as animals.
Tribeca Film Festival Interview
John Gartenberg of the Tribeca Film Festival interviewed John Canemaker at the Apple Store in SoHo on Wednesday, May 2, 2007, regarding the program of Canemaker films presented at the Festival. The half-hour interview is available as a free podcast at the iTunes Store. Click on the link below to connect: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=202224986&s=143441&i=15980002
The Moon and the Son Nominated for Emmy Award
The Moon and the Son has been nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy® Award in the category of
Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Graphic & Artistic Design.
For further information on this year's News and Documentary Emmy Awards, please click on the following link:
Pordenone Silent Film Festival Honors John Canemaker
John Canemaker gave the keynote address at the 2007 Giornate del Cinema Muto, in Pordenone, Italy, on October 11. His presentation on the life and art of Winsor McCay, including full-screen enlargements of McCay's remarkable comic strips and editorial illustrations, as well as rare family photos, personal documents, and four of McCay's surviving animated films (accompanied by pianist Stephen Horne), was cited by many attendees as a festival highlight.
For his contributions to early animation history, particularly his books, films and research on pioneers McCay and Felix the Cat creator Otto Messmer, the festival awarded Canemaker the prestigious Jean Mitry Award, below, with festival official, author and historian Russell Merritt standing at right
The Pordenone Festival is the leading international festival dedicated to silent film, and widely attended by archivists, academics, curators, filmmakers and fans from around the world. Below left, Walter Veltrone, mayor of Rome and a prominent figure in Italian politics, paid a visit to the festival and met with Canemaker and animator Richard Williams .
Canemaker Joins PLATFORM Animation Festival Jury
John Canemaker will serve on the jury of the PLATFORM International Animation Festival, June 25-30, 2007, in Portland, Oregon www.platformfestival.com. Other announced jury members include French director/special effects specialist Gaelle Denis (City Paradise), American director/animator PES (Roof Sex) and Japanese animation producer Eiko Tanaka (Mind Game).
PLATFORM, making its debut this year, is a brand new breed of festival. Along with being an international competition with cash prizes, the Festival will break boundaries into other art forms including comics, illustration, character and toy design, motion graphics, gallery art and live action cinema.
For further information, see Animation Magazine: http://www.animationmagazine.net/article/6543
Marymount Manhattan College Hosts John Canemaker Screening, Art Exhibit and Reception on April 19
Join us for a screening of John Canemaker?s Academy Award-winning animated film The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation on Thursday, April 19, 2007, followed by a reception in the Hewitt Gallery of Art at Marymount Manhattan College.
The screening will begin at 5:30 p.m. sharp at the Beekman Theatre, which is located at 1271 Second Avenue between 66th and 67th Streets.
A reception, featuring hand-drawn, original animation art from the film, will follow at 7:00 p.m. at the Hewitt Gallery of Art at Marymount Manhattan College, 221 East 71st Street. This event is free of charge for all attendees.
Seats are filling up fast. Please RSVP to Laura Davis, Manager of Alumni Relations via e-mail at email@example.com or phone at (212) 517-0416.
The Canemaker exhibit will be on display in the Hewitt Gallery of Art from April 16 through May 23.
Tribeca Film Festival Salutes John Canemaker
The Animated World of John Canemaker, a program of shorts and documentaries spanning John Canemaker's career as a filmmaker, will be presented at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. The program will be shown on the following dates:
Monday, April 30, 6:15 pm
Sunday, May 6, 10:30 am
AMC Kips Bay Theater 14
570 Second Avenue (at 32nd St.)
New York, NY 10016
Thursday, May 3, 11:59 pm
Tribeca Cinemas - Theater 2
54 Varick Street (Below Canal Street, at Laight Street)
New York NY 10013
Jon Gartenberg, curator of The Animated World of John Canemaker notes that the program continues the Tribeca Film Festival's continuing "celebration of NYC-based independent animators" by "featuring a program of the career work of John Canemaker, pre-eminent filmmaker, author, teacher and historian. Due to his longstanding, unflinching commitment to this particular moving image art form, Canemaker has been called 'animation’s ambassador at large [who] has brought animation’s unsung heroes into the limelight, expanded the parameters of the medium, and inspire[d] those who are embarking on careers in the industry.' "
Film in the program include: Confessions of a Stardreamer; Bridgehampton; The Wizard's Son; Bottom's Dream; Otto Messmer and Felix the Cat; and the Academy Award-winning The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation.
THE ROAD TO OSCAR ®
In 2006, Ward Jenkins asked me to recall the hectic week leading up to the 78th Academy Awards for his animation and design-focused blog, Ward-o-Matic.
The resulting two-part interview will give you some idea of what the five nominees in that year’s Animated Short competition experienced on a ‘road show’ tour of animation studios in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles.
This link has a complete set of photos from Oscar week
The photo above shows me and co-producer Peggy Stern, as we accepted the Academy Award for THE MOON AND THE SON: An Imagined Conversation, on Sunday, March 5, 2006.
January 9, 2007 - Elmira Salutes Native Son John Canemaker
The city of Elmira, New York, proclaimed January 9, 2007 John Canemaker Day, honoring the filmmaker whose Academy Award-winning animated short THE MOON AND THE SON described events that occurred there. Canemaker returned to his hometown for a day of public appearances, including talks to students at his alma mater Notre Dame High School and a standing-room-only screening of his films at Elmira College. Local news coverage at the links below:
December 7, 2006 - Thursday 7:30pm - Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA
John Canemaker hosts the DVD debut of DISNEY TRUE-LIFE ADVENTURES 1949 -1960,
screens highlights from the famous series, and leads a discussion with a panel of filmmakers
including Roy E. Disney.
November 16, 2006 - Thursday 7:00pm - Wexner Center for the Arts
"John Canemaker: Selections of Recent Work"
November 2, 2006 - Thursday 11:30am - Red Gallery
Savannah Film Festival - Savannah, GA
"Winsor McCay" - Lecture by John Canemaker
September 1-5, 2006 - Telluride, Colorado
The 33rd Telluride Film Festival
As designer of this year's festival poster, John Canemaker is a special guest.
August 29, 2006 - San Francisco, California
LucasArts Studio (not a public event)
"Walt Disney's Nine Old Men and the Art of Animation"
August 28, 2006 - Emeryville, California
Pixar Animaion (not a public event)
"The Art and Flair of Mary Blair"
August 26, 2006 - Berkeley, California
Pacific Film Archives
"John Canemaker: Marching to a Different Toon"
"Winsor McCary - His Life and Art"
July 18-25, 2006 - Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil
Anima Mundi the 14th International Animation Festival
John Canemaker Presents:
"John Canemaker: Marching to a Different Toon," a program of his own films and two illustrated lectures:
"Winsor McCay - His Life and Art"
"The Art and Flair of Mary Blair"
June 12, 2006 - Zagreb, Croatia
Animafest, 17th World Animation Festival
John Canemaker receives the 2006 Award for Special Achievement in the Theory of Animation.
• Feb 23 – 26, 2006 - Sedona International Film Festival - Sedona, Arizona.
John Canemaker will conduct a workshop on his own work as an animator and will also present his lecture/screening on Winsor McCay. For further information: http://www.sedonafilmfestival.com
• Jan 14, 2006 7:30 pm - Los Angeles County Museum of Art - California.
John Canemaker will present his lecture and screening of the art of Winsor McCay, (see above for details) preceded by a book signing of Winsor McCay: His Life and Art.
• Jan 12, 2006 7:30pm - ASIFA Hollywood - California.
ASIFA Hollywood will host An Evening with John Canemaker at the Dreamworks Animation Campus in Glendale, featuring a retrospective of his films. For further information see http://www.asifa-hollywood.org/anifest.html
• Nov 30 - Dec 4, 2005 - I Castelli Animati Animation Festival - Genzano di Roma, Italy.
John Canemaker was one of several artists honored with career retrospectives at I Castelli Animati animation festival. He also gave three presentations on the history of Disney animation. His latest film, The Moon and the Son, which had been selected for competition, won the Fabrizio Bellocchio Prize for Social Content.
• Nov 17, 2005 - Winsor McCay: His Life and Art - The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
In conjunction with the publication of the revised edition of his acclaimed biography of Winsor McCay (1867 – 1934), John Canemaker presented an overview of McCay’s prolific career as artist, cartoonist and animator. Examples of McCay’s work from throughout his career were shown, including circus posters, editorial cartoons and comic strips, such as “Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend” and his masterpiece, “Little Nemo in Slumberland.”
A capacity audience of 400 attended the talk, which also featured four of McCay’s rarely-seen animated films: a hand-colored print of Little Nemo (1911), How a Mosquito Operates (1911), Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) and the deeply emotional The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918).
Canemaker will present this lecture and screening again in Los Angeles and Sedona, Arizona, in early 2006 (see below).
• Jun 2-5, 2005 - VISIONFEST keynote speaker, Indianapolis, IN.
• Apr 28, 2005 - 6 p.m. THE MOON AND THE SON screening / discussion at NYU Cantor Center, 35 East 8th St., N.Y.C.
• Apr 14, 2005 - 7 p.m. "Classical Toons" lecture at Jacob Burn Film Center, Pleasantville, N.Y.
• Mar 24, 2005 - 7 p.m. "Looney Tunes and Silly Symphonies" with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - Panel discussion at American Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, N.Y.