Monday, October 09, 2006

Types I have known, by John Sparey: Jack and Amby

Most of the figures in John Sparey's portfolio are his contemporaries, but here are two veterans who found themselves at Disney in the mid-1950s ...


Although Jack Carr (left) had been in the cartoon business since 1924 and had been an animator since the '30s, he found himself working as an assistant at Disney in 1956. He was also a character actor/extra with seventy live-action credits listed on IMDb, mostly uncredited, starting with She Done Him Wrong starring Mae West ... and that's not counting his work as the voice of Buddy in the Schlesinger cartoons from 1933 to 1935.

Previously he had worked for Mintz, FBO, Pat Sullivan, Fleischer, Lantz, Schlesinger and MGM. After Disney he worked for Larry Harmon on "Bozo The Clown" before ending up at Hanna-Barbera, where he animated and assisted up until his death in 1967.

We've already written about animator Amby Paliwoda, but when we posted John S.'s other "Amby art" last month, we left out John's explanation of the "hi-fi" cover:

Amby had built his bass viol using Disney desk shelves and wooden spoons. For inspiration, he would leap up from his desk, strum a few ka-thumpa-thumpas and go back to work.


FilmScholar said...

The animator John Jack Carr died on August 3, 1974 and not in 1967. He never worked as an actor in motion pictures. You (and IMDb) have him confused with the actor Jack Carr.

-Wynn Hamonic

Source: `John J. Carr, Pioneer in Film Animation Dies.`Los Angeles Times, August 4, 1974, Part II, p. 3.

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