Rod Scribner in 1962 at Playhouse Pictures
Rod Scribner (1910-1976) is generally considered one of the great all-time animators. The animation that he created at Warner Bros., particularly under director Bob Clampett, is classic in every regard. What many don’t know about Scribner, however, is that he was also one of the great stylized animators of the 1950s. Scribner had an innate understanding of design and of how to move around highly stylized characters in innovative ways. This put him heavily in demand during the decade, and he animated commercials at many studios including Animation Inc., Storyboard, Playhouse Pictures, John Urie and Associates and United Productions of America (UPA).
From approximately 1956-1958, Scribner worked in-house at UPA, where he directed and animated three shorts for THE BOING BOING SHOW (”The Lost Duchess,” “One Wonderful Girl” and “The Armored Car”) as well as animated dozens of commercials and the studio’s new theatrical titles. The frame grabs below are from “The Lost Duchess,” in which Scribner offers his distinctive take on the conventional big-nosed/eyes-on-the-side-of-the-head characters and devises a completely original way of moving these characters around.
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