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John Canemaker (b. 1943) is an Academy Award-winning independent animator, animation historian, author, teacher and lecturer. In 1980, he began teaching and developing the animation program at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts', Kanbar Institute of Film and Television Department. Since 1988 he has directed the program and is currently a tenured full professor. From 2001-2002 he was Acting Chair of the NYU Undergraduate Film and Television Department. In 2006, his film The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation, a 28-minute animated piece about Canemaker's relationship with his father, won the Academy Award for best animated short. 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... New York University (NYU) is a major research university in New York City. ... Tisch School of the Arts (known more commonly as Tisch or TSOA) is one of the 14 schools that make up New York University (NYU). ...

Raised in Elmira, New York, Canemaker began an acting career which included off-Broadway and advertising work in New York City from 1961 to 1965. In 1967, after a two-year stint in the Army, Canemaker, with funds from acting assignments in TV commercials (he appeared in over 35 advertisements for major products)—and appearing as a cast member of the 1972 WCBS-TV show Patchwork Family, in which he drew on a large sketching pad—he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Marymount Manhattan College in 1974 and Master of Fine Arts in Film from New York University in 1976. Location in Chemung County in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York County Chemung County Mayor John S. Tonello (D) Area    - City 7. ... Marymount Manhattan College is a liberal arts college located in Manhattan, New York City, New York. ...

While studying for his Bachelor of Arts degree, Canemaker's childhood interest in animation revived. He began making sponsored animated shorts and wrote the first of more than 100 articles on animation history. His first book, the story of the making of Richard Williams' Raggedy Ann and Andy, was published in 1977 as The Animated Raggedy Ann and Andy. In 1982, he wrote the introduction to "Treasures of Disney Animation Art," and, in 1987, he published, "Winsor McCay - His Life and Art," and, in 1991, "Felix, the Twisted Tale of the World's Most Famous Cat." There followed "Tex Avery: The MGM Years" and "Before the Animation Begins: The Art and Lives of Disney Inspirational Sketch Artists (both in 1997), "Paper Dreams: The Art and Artists of Disney Storyboards" (1999), "Walt Disney's Nine Old men and the Art of Animation" (2001), and "The Art and Flair of Mary Blair" (2003). Richard Williams (born on February 10, 1993 in Australia , Eastwood) is a Canadian animator, film director, and film producer, most well known as a film title sequence designer and animator; his most famous works included the title sequences to Whats New, Pussycat? (1965), title and linking sequences in The... Raggedy Ann is a fictional character created by writer Johnny Gruelle (1880-1938) in a series of books he wrote and illustrated for young children. ... Look up Felix in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Frederick Bean Fred/Tex Avery (Wednesday, February 26, 1908 – Tuesday, August 26, 1980) was an American animator, cartoonist, and director, famous for producing animated cartoons during the Golden Age of Hollywood. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... Mary Blair (October 21, 1911–July 26, 1978), born Mary Robinson, was an art supervisor for The Walt Disney Company who produced striking conceptual art for such films as Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. ...

His research in the history of animation inspired two of his own films, Remembering Winsor McCay (1976) and Otto Messmer and Felix the Cat (1977). Winsor McCay Winsor McCay (September 26, 1867(?) – July 26, 1934) was a prolific artist and pioneer in the art of comic strips and animation. ... Otto Messmer (August 16, 1892 - October 28, 1983) was an American animator, best known for his work on the Felix the Cat cartoons and comic strip produced by the Pat Sullivan studio. ... The famous Felix pace as seen in Oceantics (1930) Felix the Cat is a cartoon character from the silent-film era. ...

Canemaker's filmography includes independently-made animated shorts that are part of the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art. Among them: The 40's (1974), Street Freaks (1975), Confessions of a Stardreamer (1978), The Wizard's Son (1981), Bottom's Dream (1983), Confessions of a Stand-Up (1993), Bridgehampton (1998). View across garden, in new MoMA building by Yoshio Taniguchi. ...

In the early 1980's, Canemaker animated several Children's Television Workshop films, TV commercials, and, in 1981, created the animation sequences for the Warner Bros. feature The World According to Garp. He designed and directed animation sequences in the Academy Award-winning HBO documentary You Don't Have to Die (1988) and the Peabody Award-winning CBS documentary Break the Silence: Kids Against Child Abuse (1994). Sesame Workshop, formerly known as the Childrens Television Workshop (or CTW), is a non-profit organization behind the production of several educational childrens programs that have run on public broadcasting around the world (including PBS in the United States), as well as Noggin, a joint venture with Viacom... Warner Bros. ... The World According to Garp book cover The World According to Garp is a novel by John Irving. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... For other uses, see HBO (disambiguation). ... The George Foster Peabody Awards, more commonly referred to as the Peabody Awards, are annual international awards given for excellence in radio and television broadcasting. ... CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ...

John Canemaker: Marching to a Different Toon, a DVD/home video collection of his films, is distributed by Milestone Film & Video/Image Entertainment. In addition, Canemaker writes regularly on animation for the New York Times and is on-camera and audio commentator for DVD versions of The Fantasia Anthology, Dumbo, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cut-up: The Films of Grant Munro, and Winsor McCay: The Master Edition. He has appeared on NBC's Today Show, PBS's The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and Entertainment Tonight, and has lectured throughout the United States and in Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, and Wales. The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... DVD (commonly known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... Fantasia is a 1940 motion picture, the third in the Disney animated features canon, which was a Walt Disney experiment in animation and music. ... Dumbo is the fourth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated film, the thirtieth animated feature to be produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation. ... Statue of Peter Pan in St. ... Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 animated feature, the first produced by Walt Disney Productions. ... Grant Munro (born 15 September 1980 in Inverness) is a professional footballer playing for Scottish Premier League side Inverness Caledonian Thistle. ... NBC (an abbreviation for National Broadcasting Company, its former corporate name) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Today, commonly referred to as The Today Show to avoid ambiguity, is an American morning news and talk show airing weekday mornings on the NBC television network. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer is an evening television news program broadcast weeknights on PBS in the United States. ... Entertainment Tonight is a daily television entertainment news magazine that is syndicated by CBS Paramount Domestic Television throughout the United States and Canada. ...


  • Felix, The Twisted Tale of the World's Most Famous Cat, 1991, Pantheon, New York, ISBN 0-679-40127-X.
  • Storytelling in Animation: The Art of the Animated Image, Volume 2, editor, 1988, The American Film Institute.
  • Paperdreams; The Art and Artists of Disney Storyboarding.
  • Winsor McCay: His Life and Art, 1987.
  • Treasures of Disney Animation Art (with Robert E. Abrams), 1982.
  • The Animated Raggedy Ann and Andy, 1977.

The famous Felix pace as seen in Oceantics (1930) Felix the Cat is a cartoon character from the silent-film era. ... Winsor McCay Winsor McCay (September 26, 1867(?) – July 26, 1934) was a prolific artist and pioneer in the art of comic strips and animation. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ...

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