John Hubley

Followed a few links from here to there and ended up perusing the work of 1950s/60s director John Hubley. He is perhaps most famous for inventing the character Mr Magoo. What I didn't know is that he also made a short film that won the Academy Award for best short animation in 1959 called Moonbird. Its interesting to see the contrast between his more commercial work and his independent film. You can see he was used to working with strict character models and comedic formulas, but obviously made a deliberate choice to do something looser in style for Moonbird, perhaps inspired by the wonderfully natural voice performances from his children.

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