“Together In The Weather” January 14, 2008Posted by Jeff in 1946 through 1960, Cartoons, Movies, Puppetoons, Zook.
This week, a festival of George Pal Puppetoons designed by my father, Reginald Massie (1909-1989).
Below: George Pal
George Pal (1908-1980) had worked as an animator in his native Hungary and elsewhere in Europe, including Germany where he briefly ran Ufa’s cartoon division. He realized that while the flatbed animation cameras needed for cel animation were expensive and rare, if he worked with puppets he could use any camera. Fifty years before John Lasseter and Pixar, George Pal pioneered 3D animation techniques without the use of computers.
Below: Reg Massie self-portrait, 1945
Not long after Paramount signed Pal to a contract in 1939, Reg Massie came to work for him briefly between gigs at Disney. Along with much of the Disney studio’s best and brightest, Dad walked out of Disney in the 1941 strike, where he met my mother on the picket line. During WWII he was in charge of effects animation at the Army Signal Corps Photographic Center in Astoria, Long Island, working with Frank Capra and John Huston on animated maps and special effects. After the war, he returned to Pal in time for the Puppetoon’s brief golden era.
Although he was only credited for “backgrounds”, Dad was essentially the art director, responsible for the overall look of the shorts.
From 1946, “Together In The Weather”.