Tag Archives: History of Animation


18-19 November 2019


Via Beldomandi 1, Padova

Aula Spettacolo (third floor)




An Ugly Duckling Story

If there is a thread that runs through working at the Walt Disney Studio, it’s an inability of management to think long term about talent that doesn’t fit into the rigid theme of “do what you’re told” corporate ideologies. The particulars these stories vary but the underscore is always the same: Some politician at the studio with an inflated impression of their power sent someone with unique talent to another company where they proved their worth.

The shortlist of discarded Disney talent includes:

Maurice Noble, Academy Award® winner, production designer, background artist and layout designer
Walt Kelly, creator of Pogo
Hank Ketcham, creator of Dennis the Menace
Carl Stalling, composer for the Looney Tunes
John Lasseter, director and founder Pixar Animation Studios
Brad Bird, Academy Award® winner, film director
Harlan Ellison, author, screenwriter and essayist
Tim Burton, animator and feature film director
Jeffrey Katzenberg, producer and founder DreamWorks Animation

In cases like these, the marketplace judges the missteps of management. While in the cases of Brad Bird, Tim Burton and John Lasseter, Disney would buy these individuals back for fear of them becoming a long term competitor as Jeffrey Katzenberg has.

On November 18th and 19th, 2019, join Ron Barbagallo, the Director of The Research Library at Animation Art Conservation, at Padova University. In an educational lecture that runs 2 hours and 15 minute, Barbagallo will focus one such discarded Disney treasure: Production designer, background artist and layout designer Maurice Noble.

The frontispiece for this lecture purposes a folder of Maurice Noble art found in his home after his death. What was inside that folder? Rejected art Noble made while he worked at the Walt Disney Studio. This cradle-to-grave analysis of Noble’s aesthetic uses this artwork to prove that the aesthetic found in that folder — is the same one that would go on to allow Maurice Noble to alter the style of the genre he worked in, and win him an Academy Award®. After the lecture on Noble, Barbagallo will reprise another one of Disney’s discarded efforts by way of his lecture: Salvador Dalí’s Destino: Lost, Found and Restored.

RON BARBAGALLO is the Founder and Principle Executive of The Research Library at Animation Art Conservation, est. 1988.

He is an expert in the conservation / restoration of animation cel paintings and other types of art made of painted plastics.
As an author, he wrote and published essays on the aesthetics of fine art and the art of the motion picture.

Among is notable projects, there is the 2015 restoration of Salvador Dalí’s intention for his Disney film Destino; Barbagallo presented his research at the 29th SAS Conference in Padova.

His clients include The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., Nickelodeon, Hanna-Barbera, Christie’s East, Linda Jones Enterprises, United Productions of America (UPA), museums, galleries and private collectors worldwide, including the personal collection of Roy E. Disney.

The Animation Art Conservation Website

Alexandre Noyer: The Secret of the Pins

11 November 2019


Via Beldomandi 1, Padova

Aula Spettacolo (third floor)

Alexandre NOYER


A conference for the course in History of Animation

Come and discover pinscreen animation!
The pinscreen was invented and created by Alexandre Alexeïeff and Claire Parker in 1930; only 2 examples remain in the world.

Alexandre Noyer has succeeded in recreating a pinscreen to perpetuate this little-known technique.

During the conference, he will explain everything about this “image-making” machine.

From research and design, to how to use it, you will know all the secrets of the pins. And you will even be able to test the pinscreen yourself!

 Alexandre Noyer’s Website

History of Animation 2019-2020: Lesson 8 – Videos

The Haunted Hotel; or, The Strange Adventures of a Traveler (Vitagraph of America, James Stuart Blackton, 1907)

L’Auberge ensorcelée (Georges Méliès, 1897)

L’Auberge du bon repos (Georges Méliès, 1903)

El hotel eléctrico (Segundo de Chomón, 1908)

The enchanted drawing (James Stuart Blackton, 1900)

Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (James Stuart Blackton, 1906)

Lightning Sketches (James Stuart Blackton, 1907)

Matches: An Appeal (Arthur Melbourne Cooper, 1899)

Fantasmagorie (Émile Cohl, 1908)

Clair de Lune Espagnol (Émile Cohl, 1909)

Le retapeur de cervelles (Émile Cohl, 1910)

Le cheveu délateur (Émile Cohl, 1911)

Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (Edwin S. Porter, 1906)

Little Nemo (Winsor McCay, 1911)

How a Mosquito Operates (Winsor McCay, 1912)

Gertie (Winsor McCay, 1914)

The Sinking of the Lusitania (Winsor McCay, 1918)

History of Animation 2019-2020: Lesson 7 – Videos

Pierre Jaquet-Droz, the writing automaton (1774)

Reconstruction of movement as suggested by some Paleolithic cave paintings

The “wheel of life”, a magic lantern slide (1871)

Pauvre Pierrot (Èmile Reynaud, 1892)

Autour d’une cabine (Èmile Reynaud, 1893)

A reconstruction of Reynaud’s show

History of Animation 2019-2020: Lesson 6 – Videos

Pulcinella (Giulio Gianini, Emanuele Luzzati, 1973)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sen noci svatojánské, Jiří Trnka, 1959) [fragment].

Allegro non troppo (Bruno Bozzetto, 1977)

Interstellar Lego Trailer (CBL Animation, 2014)

The Black Hole (Gary Nelson, 1979) – Title sequence

Young Sherlock Holmes (Barry Levinson, 1985) – The stained glass knight

Food (Jídlo, Jan Švankmajer, 1993)

Night on Bald Mountain (Une nuit sur le Mont Chauve, Alexander Alexeïeff, Claire Parker, 1933)

Here and the Great Elsewhere – Michèle Lemieux and the Secret of Pinscreen (Making of)

An example of machinema.