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1980 Crew

Photo Care of Phil Phillipson

A lot of animation artists in late 1970′s and early 1980′s cut their teeth in the business at television animation studios like Hanna-Barbera and Filmation Studios. These union studios had on the job training programs where you could learn the trade and get your start in an entry level union position as an inbetweener with the opportunity to work your way up to assistant animator and animator. The above photo is of the crew of artists that were working on Hanna-Barbera’s second feature film Heidi’s Song.

I see many people that I know went on to work at Walt Disney Feature Animation. Let me know who you recognize in the text box below.

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  1. paul briggs (April 14th, 2008, 6.11 am)

    These photos are really cool – Thanks for posting them.

  2. admin (April 15th, 2008, 6.38 am)

    From Lureline Kohler:

    I have this picture too. That was my first animation job and I remember being so incredibly happy to have it. I was going to be a career inbetweener, then came the first layoff. I was freaked out by that. Ha. By the time I got to Filmation and the grueling TV schedule I looked forward to layoff. I remember so many of those people several of whom are not with us anymore like Moe Gollub and Stan, can’t remember his last name but he was a gentle sweet soul, and Gilda Palinginis. Marilyn Taylor is the one who really gave me my first opportunity to work in animation. I had a quick visit with Bob Taylor and he sent me directly to Marilyn. She kindly took me in and trained me, luckily I caught on quickly enough to please her. I loved working at Hanna Barbera and hated leaving there when it was all over.

  3. admin (April 25th, 2008, 8.26 am)

    From Rik Maki:
    Hanna Barbera was my first job when I came down from Canada. I just got off the bus and took a cab up Cahuenga Blvd and walked in and met the guard Lobby Bobby and said to him, “I’m here to start work” .

    They put me in the old camera room right next to Betty Doyle and I think Mauro Maressa was right behind me. I just remember we were all crammed in on the 3rd floor. My first supervisor was Bob Goe who had worked for Jay Ward. He was the best guy ever and my first scene was from Mitch Rochon and it was of this Seaweed Monster on long pan paper and trying to flip this huge pan paper was a bitch!.

    I remember this photo was taken in late august and it was a Friday morning and I wasn’t there because my father died and I had to go back to Canada. We were working on Heidi’s Song. That was the first big project I worked on. I was an assistant animator working for Bob Taylor, Charlie Downs, Hal Ambro. We were in a pool and you picked up work.

    I learned a lot from those people. They were great. Everybody was so willing to help you learn. Nobody every hesitated to give you information. The guy that really helped me the most Hal Ambro.

    You could walk into Hal’s office and you would see his work on this little tiny moviola screen and oh my gosh, what beautiful work. He was amazing… I remember on his desk he had a big “H” and a big “A” .. ha!

    I am trying to think of the best words to say here because I don’t want to disrespect him but Hal Ambro was the best guy. He always helped everyone try to make the work better. Hal Ambro told me to “Stick to the drawing the board” and I’ve never forgotten that.

  4. admin (April 26th, 2008, 8.38 am)

    From Barbara Wiles:
    AND yes, that’s the younger slim me! The photo is awesome…Would love to be able to put names with familiar faces. Bet Mauro has a bunch of them identified. Give him a hug for me, will you?

  5. admin (April 27th, 2008, 8.57 am)

    From Merry Clingen:
    I am in this photo!!! I am in the second row, second kneeling person from the right.

    We sat in a building that had been converted into a sports club. It was like a big warehouse with only a small number of wall plugs and lots and lots of extention cords. I often wondered what would happen if the fire department did an inspection.

    I sat at several different desks. My first roomate was Mabel Gessner, and another older women, both of whom chain-smoked (this was before the no smoking legislation). Mabel was like everyone’s mom, and she would bring a cake every time she heard it was someone’s birthday.

    I sat over the wall from David Pacheco, who drew silly cartoons of everyone and used to tie me to my chair with masking tape. Later, I moved across the hall from Mauro Maressa, who was a character animator at the time.

    THE FUNNIEST person I worked with was Phil Mendez, who was doing storyboards. He acquired an entire room to himself, and was boarding H&B cartoon Disney style, pinning them all over the wall. One day, Jane Barbara went into his office and told him his room was going to house executives, and that he had to sit out with everyone else.

    Phil said “where should I sit?” and Jane told him to pick a desk. Not to be daunted, Phil moved a desk into the Men’s Room. He added “dez” after the word “Men” so that the sign said “Mendez.” Phil started working in there, putting up storyboards on the wall all over the men’s room. He sat in there for several weeks before he was discovered and thrown out.

    After he finished the project, he was laid off, and Phil decided to leave his mark– literally. He did a mural of a cartoon animal marching band on the wall in the hallway with permanant marker. It was fantastic! Management decided to paint it over, but the ink kept bleeding through. I thought it was a shame, because the mural was beautiful.

    About a year later, Phil dropped by to visit us. He was such a funny guy, and soon every one was gathered around laughing at his stories. Our new supervisor, John Borsma (a big gruff guy that looked like a former Marine) came down the hall and started barking orders. Everyone slunk back to their seats, but Phil just stood there watching him go. When John Borsma had reached his desk at the other end of the large room, Phil said in a loud voice “Who the hell was that?!!!” Of course being a storyman, it was perfect timing, and it cracked everyone up.

  6. Dorse A. Lanpher (December 21st, 2008, 9.27 pm)

    Love the picture…The comments are great too…Hey, people telling their stories…
    Thanks, Dorse

  7. David Nethery (December 21st, 2008, 10.19 pm)

    Wow … World Art Supply closing down (another victim of internet sales I suppose).

    I never worked at H&B , but I did spend a few glorious years at Baer Animation Co. a little further up Cahuenga (near Lankershim) and did indeed drop into World Art Supplies often.

    I see a lot of familiar faces in that photo above (Bronnie Barry, Marty Korth, Gilda, Lureline, Merry , Dave Pacheco , among others) I appreciate the ID’s contributed by Lureline, Rik, and Merry , so far . It would be great to get a complete set of ID’s on all the people pictured above.

  8. David Nethery (December 21st, 2008, 11.30 pm)

    Oh, yeah, now that I’m looking at it closer I see several other people I know: Barry Cook, Renee Holt, Philo Barnhart, Alex Topete, Peggy Tonkonogy , Ron Westlund, George Scribner.

    Several others who I know their faces , name is on the tip of my tongue … but can’t quite remember .

  9. Tom Sito (December 22nd, 2008, 12.27 am)

    When this was taken soon after I left H&B to return to NY. I’ll attempt to identify as many people as my widdle pin-head can recall.

    Down front sitting & kneeling L-R- Jerry Hathcock, Iwao Takamoto(?), unknown, Mike Olivia.

    Far right seated Karen Marjoibanks and Gilda Palenginis (deceased), Merry Clingen kneeling behind. Crouching behind Merry is Ron Westlund. Standing on the far right is Vicky Andersen.

    Ext row standing extreme left Pat Wong, Joanna Romersa(?), Luriline(?), then Tom Tataranowicz with beard & vest, unknown then Kathy Castillo, unknown, Ayalen Garcia (deceased) arms folded in center.

    11 o’clock to Ayalen is Letitia Lichtwardt, Peggy Tonkonogy (partially hidden) right of her and Dave Pacheco above her with mustache.

    Behind Tom T 10:00clock is Kurtis Kim (shades) and the other side a bit in shadow is Chris Chu (deceased. Bronny Barry (straight bangs) is left of Dave Pacheco and Charlie Downs to his right.

    Irv Spence (deceased) the older gent with the pipe, I think Mother Mabel Gesner (deceased), is 11:00 to Irv and Jesse Cosio behind him with the black beard. Alex Topete to his left.

    Behind Bronny Barry is Moe Gollub (round glasses, white beard) and Dave Prince, to the left of Moe is Hal Ambro ( partially hidden with beard) and John Kimball behind him. Next to Hal is Barry Cook with rag-mop hairdo.

    Behind Dave Prince with the mustache and striped shirt may be Rick Vogel.

    7:00 in front of Bronny behind Kathy Castillo is Sandy the designer, who’s last name escapes me and died young.

    Behind Bronny and Dave Pacheco is Kevin Petrilak to his right is Sib Torres (?), then Phil Ortiz. Behind Phil with the blond beard and sunglasses perched on top of his head is Mitch Rochon. In the back against the wall center, only head visible with curly blonde hair is Paulette Hazelit Downs. To the right of Phil Ortiz is Mauro Maressa.

    Behind Jesse Cosio against the back wall right with the striped shirt and curly hair may be Mark Kirkland (?) and Kunio Shimamura in front of him.

    The big assistant with the glasses on the far left rear is name is Stan. The girl looking down with straight hair, behind John Kimball ( white beard) is Judy Levitow, Abe Levitow’s daughter who today does helicopter traffic reports in LA.

    Of course, I forgot the names of a lot of good friends here, If I didn’t spot you, forgive me, and I might be wrong on some. You’re all welcome to jump in with any corrections.

  10. Steven Worth (December 22nd, 2008, 9.13 am)

    The World Supply building across the street was originally the home of Ray Patin Animation. The second floor framing shop with the stairs leading up was Ray’s office.

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