Living Life Inside the Lines: Tales from the Golden Age of Animation

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2005 - Art - 245 pages
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Martha Sigall worked with all the classic cartoon characters-Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tom & Jerry, Droopy Dawg, Beany & Cecil, Tweety, and Porky Pig-and the madcap artists who created them-Chuck Jones, Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Frank Tashlin, Friz Freleng, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Bill Melendez, and Ben (Bugs) Hardaway.

As a teenager Sigall became an apprentice painter working in the Golden Age of Hollywood at the Leon Schlesinger studio, making $12.75 per week coloring animation cels that would introduce Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd to the world. She recounts her wild and wonderful experiences with the Warner Bros. cartoon crew, working and laughing all day with the animators, partying all night with the Looney Tunes gang on the bowling and baseball teams, and participating in weekend scavenger hunts. She was president of the in-house "Looney Tunes Club," co-wrote the company gossip column, and performed in the company's theatrical troupe.

After World War II, Martha joined MGM Animation (Tom & Jerry, Tex Avery) in Culver City as an assistant in the camera room and later freelanced her ink and paint services, creating art for many classic features, shorts, commercials, and TV series-including Garfield, Peanuts, and The Pink Panther.

Written with warmth, humor, and a touch of nostalgia, this is a rarely told story of what it was like to be a part of a team of artists who were creating masterpieces of animation. Martha recalls her lifelong friendships with writer Michael Maltese, animators Ben Washam, Ken Harris, Herman Cohen, Paul Smith, Bob Matz, and many others. She writes of her experiences of being a woman in a male-dominated industry, particularly during the war years when she was one of the first women camera operators in the industry.

Recipient of numerous awards for her artistry, Martha Sigall, Culver City, California, worked in animation production from 1936 to 1989.

 

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Contents

THE BEGINNING 1932
3
MY FIRST DAY IN ANIMATION 12
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THE TECHNIQUES OF INK AND PAINT
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THE CAST OF CHARACTERS 23
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PRODUCTION TERMINOLOGY 42
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THE BOYS OF TERMITE TERRACE 46
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TALES FROM TERMITE TERRACE 94
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THE INK AND PAINT DEPARTMENT 106
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DEPARTING SCHLESINGERS 148
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GRAPHIC FILMS HERE I COME 151
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MGM CARTOONS 161
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CELINE MILES INK AND PAINT 184
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WORLD EVENTS OF THE 1950S AND 1960S 187
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LISBERGER PRODUCTIONS 189
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KURTZ AND FRIENDS 192
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FILM FAIR 195
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chapter9 THE INK AND PAINT GALS 110
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WORKING CONDITIONS 116
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STUDIO ROMANCES 119
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STRIKES 140
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WORLD WAR II 144
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chapter22 BILL MELENDEZ PRODUCTIONS 197
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chapter23 CENSORSHIP AND THE BLACK LIST 200
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OTHER HAPPENINGS 205
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INDEX 233
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Recipient of numerous awards for her artistry, Martha Sigall, Culver City, California, worked in animation production from 1936 to 1989.

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