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- May 20, 2001
Maurice Noble Passes
Away at 91 Years of Age
Noble worked on more than 60 Warner Bros. cartoons featuring characters such as Bugs Bunny, Marvin the Martian, Daffy Duck, Pepe Le Pew, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner. A lot of his influence could be seen in 1995's "That's Warner Bros." production which took a look at classic Warner Bros. animated shorts.
Noble's history in animation layout and art is almost unrivaled.
"He enhanced every film, and provided inspiration and creativity to the team," says another well-known name in the industry - Chuck Jones. "He never showed off, but he did show up every layout man or art director I have ever known by his honesty, his devotion to his craft, and above all, his commitment to the film at hand. Without him, a great many of my films could not have been made."
Noble's fame and style stuck with him until his death. Several years ago he was asked to begin training a new generation of artists in his style and technique. He accepted the challenge and the group he was training quickly became known as the "Noble Boys."
After World War II (in which Noble created animated films for the Armed Forces), Noble entered into a creative partnership with Jones that would continue, off and on, for nearly 50 years. Some of the more famous animated short subjects he designed include "Duck Dodgers in the 24th Century," "Bully For Bugs," "Duck Amuck" and "What's Opera, Doc?"
"What's Opera, Doc?" was inducted into the National Film Registry in December 1992 for "being among the most culturally, historically or aesthetically significant films of our time."
In the 1960s, Noble's collaboration with Jones continued as both produced many Dr. Suess classics including "The Cat In The Hat," "Horton Hears a Who," and the original animated adaptation of "How The Grinch Stole Christmas."
At the time of his
death, Noble was working on a design and layout book. There's no word
yet on how far along he was and if the work completed will be published.
Noble is survived
by his wife Marjorie, two children and a grandson. His life will be celebrated
in a memorial service in June.
Shrek Makes an
Estimated $42.1 Million in Opening Weekend!
While the opening of Shrek isn't the biggest in animation history, it is among the top and gives the movie a chance at breaking into the Top 10 Highest Grossing Animated Movies of all time. Shrek's estimated $42.1 million take even beats Disney's The Lion King, which made $40.8 million in its opening weekend in 1994 on its way to becoming the number one highest grossing animated movie of all time.
Final numbers will be released Monday evening. Click here to visit the dFX Shrek Movie Site.
Mickey Mouse Drawings
Don't Save Cartoon Museum!
The "Plane Crazy" storyboard, valued at $3.2 million, only sold for $800,000. Dozens of other Mickey Mouse drawings sold far under their value or didn't sell at all. This leaves the museum still in debt to a bank that holds its mortgage. The museum says it will now work on fund raisers or possibly sell its building in order to get out of debt.
News Link of the
Day - Arts Extra: The Lessons of Hollywoods Creative Crisis
"Every year I
keep a running list of the films Ill want to remember in December
when it comes time to compile my 10 Best list. The year 2001 was a third
over at the end of April, and a stunning fact stared me in the face. The
major Hollywood studios had not produced one film that had a prayer of
ending up on my list. In fact, the studios had notuntil the arrival
of Shrek in mid-Mayreleased even one good movie, by any standards.
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