Friday, September 08, 2006

Paliwoda in hi-fi

Ambrozi "Amby" Paliwoda was an animator who started at Disney in 1935. In 1952 he was one of the "charter members" who signed the original petition that led to the formation of the Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists, Local 839 IATSE. (We DID have our occasional differences. He called and gave us hell for this cheeky Peg-Board logo back in 1993. Commies, he liked not.) Amby worked at Disney until 1960, thereafter he could be found at most of the top studios of the sixties and seventies, commuting from his home in Manhattan Beach. Paliwoda in Hi-FiHere he is as John Sparey captured him in the middle fifties. Amby picked up his Golden Award from TAG in 1985, the same year as Ed Benedict and Tony Rivera. He's in the second row of this group picture, next to Ken O'Connor. Amby passed away in 1999, just shy of ninety. Go here for an index of our posts of John Sparey art.


Anonymous said...

I worked with Amby at Disney in the fifties, but the thing I remember most was Amby's stint with Bill Cosby's "Fat Albert Special" on NBC back in the sixties.

Though he was the "Old Guy" even back then, Amby showed he could still groove with the young animators on the show. Amby's animation was still fresh and inspired even though he had been working in animation for decades. The show featured some bold new animation techniques, and this "old codger" showed he could keep up with the kids.

Amby never had a problem speaking his mind, but he was a very funny guy.

Anonymous said...

I was just a teenager at the time, when I was Amby's assistant back in the late 70's and 80's at Duck Soup. He was a very helpful mentor, always cracking jokes and keeping you honest. It's great to see him remembered here!
-Craig Clark

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