Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Lloyd Turner Interview - Storyboard Artist/Writer at Looney Tunes

http://www.michaelbarrier.com/Interviews/Turner/interview_lloyd_turner.htm

If you were interested in yesterday's post about how stories are written at cartoon studios, there is a really fun behind-the-scenes- interview with one of the storyboard artists/writers at WB in the 1940s at Mike Barrier's site.
http://klangley.blogspot.com/2008/03/art-davis-bye-bye-bluebeard.html

Lloyd Turner was in Art Davis' crew and later worked for Bob Clampett on Time For Beany.
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http://www.tvsquad.com/2007/01/13/full-episode-of-time-for-beany-video/


He went on to Rocky and Bullwinkle and other Jay Ward cartoons.

He also wrote many live action sitcoms, including The Jeffersons, All In The Family and Mork and Mindy - unless there were 2 writers named Lloyd Turner!

Anyway, read the interview and you'll get a real feel of how they go about writing cartoons, with all the dirt and studio politics involved!

12 comments:

Jim, Son of Silver said...

Sweet Info, Man

Larry Levine said...

Excellent Lloyd Turner interview, terrific insight on story artists Maltese, Scott, Foster & Pierce.

It was especially nice to read how highly Turner thought of the great Chuck Jones.

Booo Tooons Ltd. said...

Barrier's interviews are such long reads. I'll have to read this later when I've the time.

Thanks for the info, John! Always good to learn a little more about Art Davis as so few people have info on him.

- trevor.

Thornhill said...

Yep, Turner wrote all those sitcoms as well. A very underrated talent.

Weirdo said...

Hey John, what do you think of Arthur Davis' cartoons? Where does he rank in your list of cartoon directors?

Larry Levine said...

IMO, Arthur Davis is a very underrated director!

Davis got screwed because when Warners scaled back a unit, Eddie Seltzer prefered uninspired company man Bob McKimson. McKimson who, unlike Chuck & Friz, never protested front office interference.

PCUnfunny said...

This was a very fancinating interview. Lloyd really took us into the atmosphere of the studio and the people who worked there. Art Davis seemed more of a follower then a leader from what I gather and the evidence is in his films. His cartoons, though good, seem to lack focus at points. They never had that great polish like Jones or Clampett had.

PCUnfunny said...

BTW John, that image of Beany and Cecil is not coming up.

Beck said...

Thanx John!

Thornhill said...

Larry Levine-
You are wrong. Davis's unit was disbanded because he was the bottom guy. Last one hired, first one fired. If you actually read the interview, Turner doesn't speak well of Davis fighting for his staff's employment.

Gavin Freitas said...

Bye Bye Bluebird is a great cartoon. I think Art Davis was very under rated. Dough Ray Meow is on my all time list of Favs. Art gave a cool "spunky" approach to Daffy too, similar to Bob Clampett's cartoons. Good interview....

Larry Levine said...

Thornhill:

I indeed read the article & I am also going by what Bill Melendez, an animator in Davis' (and later McKimson's) unit told me.

Also, Davis spent the last decade of his life insisting McKimson's, (unlike Chuck & Friz) refusal to buck Seltzer's interferences was the reason his own unit was the choice to close.

Regardless of Art's shortcomings or insecurities working with the writers, he was a far superior director than McKimson.

Art Davis is very underrated by history as a director. Just because Davis' unit got stuck with the cheaper Cinecolor process doesn't make his cartoons any less great.