“Tex Avery — Arch Radicalizer of the Hollywood Cartoon” consists of slightly glorified program notes that I wrote for the Zagreb Animation Festival in 1978. It was a big hit in the Old World and was published in Russian, Croatian, Dutch, French, and Italian (twice), but the only time it ever got printed in English was by Gary Morris in his cinephile-revered rag called Bright Lights. Now, thirty-one years later, Mr. Morris has decided to reissue the piece online. I have forgone attempting any actual rewrites, though, because the observations have not dated especially egregiously, except for my discussion of the then-current state of cartoon criticism. The biggest faux pas contained herein is my overconfident assertion that cel animation would inevitably dominate the future of the medium (oops – maybe not), as CGI was then but a distant pixel on the historical horizon.
Author: Greg Ford
Greg Ford is an independent cartoon producer, director, historian, and consultant to Warner Bros. Animation. He is perhaps best known for making the theatrical shorts "Night of the Living Duck" (1988), "Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers" (1991), and "Blooper Bunny" (1992) and creating the best-selling cartoon music CDs, The Carl Stalling Project, Volumes I and II (1990-96). For more details, check out his wikipedia entry.