Animation Inspiration

Die Schöpfung

The Creation

Thomas Meyer-Hermann (1995)

The film depicts the creation of the world through playful images that draw parallels with the creative process associated with art. It focuses on the problems and dangers involved. But all’s well that ends well – because we’re at the movies.

From 1977 to 1984 Meyer-Hermann studied graphic design at the Stuttgart Art Academy with professors Peter Grau and Albrecht Ade. During his studies and in the years after, he made six animated short films that were awarded several festival prizes.

In 1985 he began his academic career as a lecturer for animated film at the Stuttgart Art Academy and has been a professor of animated film at the Kassel Art College since 2000. As part of his teaching activity, he has been designing and organizing the Kassel game room since 2011, the festival of author games.

Since 1989 he has been working as managing director, producer and director in the Film Bilder studio in Stuttgart. There are animated films in all animation techniques. The studio production includes both free artistic short films and animated commissioned works. The short films won more than 130 awards at international festivals.


Piotr DumaŇāa (1981)

Piotr Dumala¬†is a Polish film director and animator. He is noted for his animation technique. While training to be a sculptor, he discovered that scratching images into painted plaster could be a beautiful way to create animations. This is only one technique of a method called destructive animation, where one image is erased and re-drawn to create the next frame in the sequence. Dumala’s main themes, and the way to show them, recall ostensibly the world of writer Franz Kafka. His film¬†Crime and Punishment¬†was included in the Animation Show of Shows. In 1992 his film¬†Franz Kafka¬†won the Grand Prize for best short film at the World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb, and his film¬†Hipopotamy¬†received the Grand Prize for Independent Short Animation at 2014 Ottawa International Animation Festival.

The Cat in the Hat

Dr. Seuss (1971)

The Cat in the Hat¬†is an American¬†animated¬†musical¬†television special¬†first aired on¬†CBS¬†on March 10, 1971, based on the 1957¬†Dr. Seuss¬†children’s book¬†of the same name, and produced by¬†DePatie‚ÄďFreleng Enterprises. With voices by¬†Allan Sherman¬†and prolific vocal performer¬†Daws Butler, this half-hour special is a loose adaptation with added musical sequences.

Animation by Hal Ambro, Warren Batchelder, Manny Gould, George Nicholas, Manny Perez, Phil Roman, Robert Taylor, and Don Williams.

Andy Panda in Knock Knock

Walter Lantz, Ben Hardaway & Alex Lovy (1940)

Woody Woodpecker is an animated cartoon character, an anthropomorphic red-headed woodpecker who appeared in theatrical short films produced by the Walter Lantz animation studio and distributed by Universal Studios.

Knock Knock is a 1940 animated short subject, part of the Andy Panda series, produced by Walter Lantz. The cartoon is noted for being the first appearance of Woody Woodpecker, and was released by Universal Pictures on November 25, 1940.

Like most of the early 1940s Lantz cartoons,¬†Knock Knock¬†carried no director’s credit. Lantz himself has claimed to have directed this cartoon, although more recent information has indicated that¬†Alex Lovy¬†was the actual director. The cartoon features animation by Lovy and Frank Tipper, a story by¬†Ben Hardaway¬†and Lowell Elliott, and music by¬†Frank Marsales.¬†Knock Knock¬†was Marsales’ final score for Lantz.

As the first appearance of Woody Woodpecker,¬†Knock Knock¬†is also the first cartoon to feature Woody’s trademark laugh, a gurgling cackle voice artist Mel Blanc had been perfecting since high school. This is also the laugh Blanc used for¬†Happy Rabbit, a predecessor to¬†Bugs Bunny¬†in the 1939 cartoon¬†Hare-um Scare-um. This cartoon is also notable for featuring a very crude Woody design, something that was softened by 1942 and later changed into a much more realistic and easier to animate woodpecker by 1944. This first design featured Woody with red vest feathers (instead of white), buck teeth in some shots, thick ringed legs, two green tail feathers, and a big chin. The short almost never saw the light of the day because then distributor¬†Bernie Krieser¬†(representing Universal) thought Woody was the ugliest thing he had ever seen. Lantz told him, “You’re not paying for these pictures. All you’re doing is distributing them. So release him because I’m taking a chance.” So then Krieser took it back and asked for a series as the short was a hit.

Woody’s first words are his trademark “Guess who?” as he pops through the roof of Andy Panda’s house, except the voice is normal-sounding instead of sped-up as Woody’s voice normally would be.