Monday, January 18, 2016

The Animation Guild Golden Award Interview #6 -- Paul Fennell

Animation veteran Paul John Fennell has a lot to say in this interview, and says it crisply, in a smidge over four minutes. (Maybe his military background as a Marine Corps officer has something to do with that). Harvey Deneroff interviews Mr. Fennell at the 1983 Golden Awards banquet, held in Toluca Lake, California.

Mr. Fennell broke into the animation industry in 1931, rising rapidly from in-betweener to animator at Walt Disney Productions because (as he says) "They were desperate."

Paul F. worked on a variety of shorts in the 1930s, and after the war spent two decades at the head of his own studio doing animated commercials. During World War II, he headed up a military animation unit in Washington D.C. where he performed some of his most satisfying and significant work, creating classified films about the beaches at Normandy for D-day.

Paul Fennell spent his later career working at Filmation, from where he retired IN THE EARLY 1980s. He passed away in 1990 at the age of 80.


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