Monday, May 02, 2016

The Animation Guild Golden Award Interviews #23 -- Curt Perkins and Lee Halpern

Curtis Perkins and Lee Halpern both entered animation in 1936, when the West Coast industry was expanding (Disney was still looking for artists to complete Snow White) and there were a cluster of other studios turning out shorts.

Curt Perkins began his career at Walter Lantz, but soon moved to Disney where he did effects animation and storyboarding. After World War II, he operated his own studio and worked for Hanna-Barbera and Filmation, among others. Curt passed away at age 80 in 1996. ...

Lee Halpern began his cartoon career at Leon Schlesinger's the summer of '36, making a princely $6 per week. Happily, he didn't stay at the rate for long, and by the 1960s was working on both theatrical shorts and television half-hours. Lee continued to work into the late 1980s, principally at Filmation. He passed away at age 86 in 2002


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