Saturday, November 14, 2009

Spotlight on UPA

UPA (United Productions of America) that was formed in 1944, after the Disney animator's strike of 1941. The studi's legacy isn't as well known as Disney or Warner Brothers but they developed a style that was well suited for television animation (simplistic) but still managed to maintain a special uniqueness. UPA was,for the most part, theatrically based until 1956 with such popular characters as Mr. Magoo and Gerald McBoing Boing. The studio closed permanently in 1964, selling off everything to other studios, mostly to Columbia Pictures, but still retained the licenses to all of their popular characters.

The Magic Fluke (1949) - The second cartoon produced by the studio.

The Ragtime Bear (1949) - The first appearance of Mr. Magoo

When Magoo Flew (1953) - Academy Award winner for Best Short Subject.

Gerald McBoing Boing (1951) - The first appearance of Gerald.

The Unicorn In the Garden (1953) - Based on the classic book by James Thurber.

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