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A full slate of the most important UPA films, with an impromtu discussion that followed,

        with Dave Hilberman, Steve Bosustow, Herb Klynn, Bill Hurtz, Jules Engel,

            and others.  The room was jammed packed .... and no one recored it.

Upper Left: Co-Producers, Tee Bosustow and Marsha Jeffers, with Filmex’s Steve Leiva.

Upper Right: Filmex Director, Gary Essert, UPA Co-Founder, Dave Hilberman, and Tee

Lower Left: Tee with father and UPA’s 40s & 50s President/Producer, Steve Bosustow

Lower Right: UPA Layout Artist/Director, Bill Hurtz, with UPA BG Artist, Jules Engel

     (no, they weren’t at the Playboy mansion, Playboy was the big Filmex sponsor that year)

ASIFA-Hollywood sponsored a UPA Program, which Jerry Beck

and Tee Bosustow produced to a standing room only crowd.  After

the showing of almost an hour of UPA landmark films, there was a

panel discussion (see photo to the right, moderated by Jerry Beck,

with veteran UPA artists, Bob McIntosh, Joe Siracusa, Alan Zaslove,

Eddie Friedman, Fred Crippen, and Mel Leven.

At the request of longtime Zagreb Festival Director, Margit Antauer, Adam Snyder and Jerry Beck assembled a pristine collection of UPA theatricals, through Michael Schlesinger, at Sony Pictures,

plus Tee Bosustow added the first edited sequence from the UPA documentary, then just in it’s very early stages.  Tee also did a spontaneous Q&A at the end of the screening.  In those couple

of short years, Tee had by now become a solid expert on UPA.  Pictured to the left are attendees, Juan Pablo Zaramella, Silvina Cornillón, animation historian, Giannalberto Bendazzi, attendee, Sylvie Bosustow, and her father, presenter, Tee Bosustow.

On the recommendation of John Canemaker, Anima Mundi hosted two UPA film screenings, plus a third program of clips and a Q&A with Tee, first in Rio, and then repeated in São Paulo.  For the programers, which included Mark Walsh from Pixar, John Weldon from NFB, Mark Kelley from Laika, Mikhail Aldashin, from Moscow, and Tee Bosustow from Van Nuys, it meant more time seeing the sights, eating barbecue, and dancing salsa, than actually attending their programs.  Pictured to the left are presenters Mikhail Aldashin and Tee Bosustow with one of the festival directors, Lea Zagury,

Anima Mundi then recommended a UPA program to CinAnima, in Espinho, a lovely little seaside resort in northern Portugal.  Two UPA programs were scheduled, including a Q&A with Tee, one of which can be seen

to the left.  And, like Rio, there was plenty of time for touring, eating and constantly taking in the breathtaking beauty of this coastal environment.  To the right is one of the presenters’ lunches, where they not only had a great view, but became a part of the view.

Soon after the Egyptian tribute, Tee was invited to the annual animation festival in Ottawa,

to present four hour-long programs of UPA films, hence the “UPA 3” on the marquee to the left.  Each program was shown twice, and each focussed on a different aspect of UPA, and was introduced via videotape on DVD, by a different animation expert; Tom Sito on the Early Trailblazers, Amid Amidi on the Designers, Mark Kausler on the Directors, and Jerry Beck on the Legacy of UPA.  Tee Bosustow was on hand at each of the eight screenings for a Q&A.

1978: First Tribute, Filmex, Century City, California

2003: 1st Presentation,

Woodbury University,

Burbank, California

This was the presentation that got us

started again.  Although, only about a

dozen students attended the hour-long

program of films, followed by a Q & A,

and only Tee Bosustow was there to

answer some very fine questions from

the small audience, it was the beginning

of breathing life back into the idea of making a documentary on UPA Pictures.


 Complete History of UPA Presentations & Tributes

2004: AFI’s Ted Ashley Theater, Hollywood, California

2005: Animafest, Zagreb, Croatia

2006: Gala UPA Tribute, Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood, California

2006: Ottawa International Animation Festival, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

2007: Anima Mundi, Rio de Janeiro

and São Paulo, Brazil

2008: Festival Internacional de Cinema de Animação, CinAnima, Espinho, Portugal

2009: Weekend of Animated Shorts

Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood, California

Each year new films and information are discovered, which are added to that

year’s presentation(s), so, from 1978  to now, things keep getting better.

The following year, after many more interviews with UPA veterans, Tee put together an ambitious two hour program with, and for, many of the former staff members of UPA.  The screening was broken into three parts with two panel discussions in between, featuring UPA veterans and animation experts. To the left is a collage of the two panels, Fred Crippen, Sam Clayberger, Alan Zaslove, and Mark Kausler, for the first panel, & Bill Melendez, Willis Pyle, Amid Amidi, & Lou Romano, for the second. Both were moderated by Jerry Beck.

On the right and below, the grand buffet gathering we had just prior to the event, in the Egyptian colonnade entrance.

By 2009 Tee Bosustow was invited to two more animation festivals to present UPA programs, but the AniMazing Spotlight festival and feedback project had just been launched and left no time for traveling.  So, UPA took a temporary back burner. Although, even their big November festival couldn’t completely get away from the influence of UPA.  Several of the presenters mentioned its indisputable legacy, and each of the programs included a word of wisdom from animation luminaries, among the 160+ interviews videotaped for the UPA feature documentary.  To the left are four of those luminaries, who appeared posthumasly, via videotape/DVD;

        upper left, Derek Lamb, former director of the National Film Board of Canada,

        upper right, Jules Engel, UPA BG artist, and founder of Cal Arts experimental,

        lower left, Mel Leven, UPA composer, as well as many other animation tunes,

        lower right, Bill Melendez, UPA animator, and director of the Peanuts specials.




     

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2005: Continuing a Busy Year: MP Academy in Beverly Hills, ComiCon in San Diego, and ASIFA-Paris

First of all, the Motion Picture Academy invited Bill Melendez and Tee Bosustow to speak at one of their “It’s Great to be Nominated” series, where they screened nominated features and shorts from past years.  Normally, they only invited folks who had been involved with features, but since UPA has won some 15 nominations, Bill and Tee were up on the dais with, AMPAS Special Events director, Randy Haberkamp.


Then, that same year, a UPA discussion left the quiet dignity of the Academy to the raucous mayhem of ComiCon, where Larry Loc, Fred Crippen, and Tee Bosustow, showed some UPA films and discussed more of the legacy of UPA.

Finally, for ASIFA-Paris, Sebastien Dabadie produced a program that was shown to its members in L’Ecole de L’Image” theater at the Gobelins Institute in Paris.  Sebastien gave a wonderfully detailed introduction, in French, of course, and at the end, brought Tee up for an interview, which was conducted in a sort of Franglais, French-English, which both men seemed comfortable with, as was the audience.  Although, they ran long and had to leave the theater, the discussion continued outside on the sidewalk of Boulevard Saint-Marcel, in the 13th arrondissement.  It was chilly out there, but no one seemed to notice, except the two Southern Californians, Tee Bosustow, and his daughter, Sylvie.

2007: Pixar Presentation, Emeryville, California

At one of the many dinners thrown for the presenters at Anima Mundi,

in Rio, such as the one on the right, presenter, Mark Walsh, on hearing

Tee Bosustow’s name, leaned over and asked, “Are you related to the

Steve Bosustow of UPA?”.  This began a conversation that ultimately

resulted in a UPA Presentation of films and Q&A at Pixar Animation,

in Emeryville, just for Pixar staff. Tee has kept in touch with

some of the people he met that day, and you might say

it led to Jim Capobianco’s Hollywood Premier of

“Leonardo” at the “Weekend of Animated

Shorts” at the Egyptian Theatre,

in November, 2009.

Click Mister Magoo for the latest update

on the progress of the UPA Documentary feature.

The hour-long film program included seven UPA shorts, primarily from the early 50s, to coincide with the mid-century modern period of Modernism Week:


Tom Sito (give a concise introduction to UPA)


Gerald McBoing Boing (UPA’s very first Oscar)


Ragtime Bear (the first Mister Magoo was grouchy)


When Magoo Flew (one of two Mister Magoo Oscars)


Rooty Toot Toot - (nicknamed the Citizen Kane of UPA)


Unicorn in the Garden (the wry humor of James Thurber)


Fudget’s Budget (a tale just as relevant 60 years later)


Christopher Crumpet (parenting only in animation)

Updates on the documentary production progress are on the

Doc Progress page, a button to the page is also provided above. 

This “Update” page is for the Updates on the UPA Presentations and Tributes at festivals and other venues. 


For the early events, from 1978 through 2009, scroll down to

the “Complete History of UPA Presentations & Tributes” which,

of course, isn’t “complete” because our more recent events

are right up here, and there may be more to come.




     

2011: Melbourne Intn’l Animation Festival

Three UPA Presentations, featured guest

Tee Bosustow was the featured guest, presenting three UPA programs, answering questions, and meeting with animators

in the Center for Moving Images cafe.  On the right, Bosustow, and Festival Director, Malcolm Turner, are interviewed at a Melbourne radio station.

2010: UPA Tribute (films & UPA panelist)

Woodbury University, Burbank, California

    Two 40 minute programs featuring UPA veterans panelists; Fred Crippen, Ervin Kaplan, Martha Sigall, and June Foray, moderated by Magoo Flew author, Adam Abraham.  Including, special video presentations from Gene Deitch and Ron Dias.

    Film program included classic theatricals, rare television shorts and commercials, including one from Cuba, the Wazir

& cute animals scene from the Magoo feature, and the first showing of the long lost Howdy Doody and his Magic Hat.

2012: Magoo at the Alex, Glendale, California

Distinguished Panel presents UPA & Oscars

A unique tribute to UPA, showing all 15 of UPA’s Oscar nominated and winning shorts, from pristine 35mm prints, recently restored by Sony Pictures, followed by an “I UPA”

panel of distinguished animators; Tom Sito, Bob Kurtz, and UPA’s own Fred Crippen, discussing UPA’s influence on their own work and modern animation in general.


 Recent UPA Presentations and Tributes

2010 through 2013

Howdy Doody and his Magic Hat directed by Gene Deitch

actually 1978 through 2009

Here is the

front and back

of the flyer we’re

putting out at

Modernism

Week

BAFICI is held every year in April, in Buenos Aires.  Unlike other festivals where we’ve presented

UPA programs, BAFICI is a total film festival,

not just animation.  In fact, BAFICI rarely shows animation, certainly not animated shorts, and our few events of UPAs animated shorts were dwarfed by the massive number of events, around 200, almost entirely live-action features. 


However, because animation is so rare at their festival, we got a lot of attention.  We had three shorts programs, a screening of the first UPA feature, Magoo’s 1001 Nights, a Round Table discussion, an exhibition of rare UPA archival treasures, and three extensive newspaper and magazine articles on us.

2013: Mid-Century Modern Animation

February, Palm Springs, California

This UPA Presentation, during Modernism Week

in Palm Springs, was a little different than most

of our presentations, as the yearly Palm Springs

celebration focusses primarily on architecture,

so our program this time was tweaked a bit to

include John Lautner’s design of the UPA studio.


John Lautner is probably best know for his design

of the Elrod House in Palm Springs, which was

used as a location in the James Bond movie,

“Diamonds are Forever”.  Unfortunately, his

UPA studio was torn down to build a high-rise.


Modernism Week has been running for a dozen years or so and brings in over 30,000 visitors from

all over the world. After our Presentation several audience members joined presenter, Tee Bosustow,

in the Museum’s Sculpture Gardens, one couple had come down from British Columbia for the event.

Testing the UPA screening at the Annenberg Theater,

with the custom designed podium in the foreground.

Palm Springs Museum Sculpture Garden

a giant Marilyn Monroe statue attracted tourists between Modernism Week events, and perhaps a few even during MW events.

Modernism Week banners lined the streets

AniFilm 04

International Festival of

Animated Films, Třeboň, Bohemia,

Czech Republic

3 - 8 May, 2013

If you think there is anyone we should be interviewing for the documentary, please let is know.  This is going to

be the last round of interviews,

before we say, this is enough

of this fun, we gotta get to

working on putting this

epic doc together.


Thanks, the UPA Doc Team


  The Most Recent UPA Tribute was in Argentina

Featured top/center, the main plaza of Třeboň, site of AniFilm 04. Then, the interviews are highlighted from left to right,

top three rows: Serge Bromberg, Alain Gagnol, Jean-François Laguionie, Elana Pomaras, Bromberg is rewinding a rare 1927 feature when we arrive for his interview, Monique Renault, Edgar Dutka, Micheala Mertova, Jean-Christophe Dessaint, then, a clip from the only color version of the Georges Méliès 1902 animation groundbreaker Trip to the Moon (Voyage dans la Lune) being handled with care, again by Bromberg, then, Anik Le Ray, Bára Příkaská, AniFilm 04 Festival Programer, Gregoire Pont, with his on-the-spot character creation, Pierre François Maquaire, and one of several man-on-the-street interviews, this one done by Edgar Dutka, on the banks of the Vltava (Moldau) river in Prague.  Then, Bristol where we’d planned a now postponed interview with Richard Williams, and to the right the world famous La Poudriere animation school, with two of it’s graduates, Alain Gagnol, and Elana Pomares.  Then, a visit to the new Cinématheque Française’s Jacques Demy exhibit by Tee Bosustow and animation friend, Paul Dopff, followed by Bosustow receiving flowers by mistake at the festival closing ceremonies, Bosustow presenting UPA program #3, in the suit he wore at his daughter’s wedding just the day before, in California, then Bosustow answering questions after the program, with the help of one of Martina Spartna’s translators, and followed by animation mulit-talent, Sébatien Dabadie, and Gregoire Pont in a converted Normandy barn, now housing Pont’s animated film collection.  And finally, Gene and Zdenka Deitch at a lunch in Prague with off-camera Bára Příkaská and Tee Bosustow, including four of the tasty dishes enjoyed with interviewees in Monteuil, Bretagne, Valence, and one on the road in the Czech Republic.


A final interview from the trip was with Tim Decker, who we met at the Czech Festival, and later interviewed him here at our

LA studio, when he came from his home in Milwaukee to visit some friends here in LA, and also to allow us to interview him.

Bird’s eye view of the main plaza of Třeboň, Czech Republic

The programs were UPA Classics, UPA Designers, and UPA’s First-Time Directors, which featured the oft-forgotten shorts on the CBS Gerald McBoing Boing television series.  Tee Bosustow presented the final show, unable to attend the first two because his daughter was getting married.  Directly after the wedding, he hopped on a flight from LAX to Prague,

and presented the third program the next morning.  The first two UPA programs were helmed by such notables as Gene Deitch and Amid Amidi.

Also, there was a panel discussion with Deitch, Amidi, and Emily Hubley.


The festival was followed with a little over three weeks of about a dozen interviews videotaped for the UPA documentary feature, in Prague,

Paris, Montreuil, Elbeuf en Bray in Normandy, Trèdarzec in Brittany,

La Poudriere animation school in Valence, and a final animation studio

in Nieuwendammerdijk, Amsterdam.  It was an extremely productive

trip, captured albeit briefly, in the collage below.

2013: AniFilm 04, May

Třeboň, the Czech Republic

(followed by interviews in France)

2014: BAFICI 14, April

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Here’s the promotional postcard that our Argentine crew member, Silvina Cornillón, designed, with characters by Brazilian crew member, Fernando Ferriera Garroz.  It was put out on festival promotional tables, as well as given out after each presentation.

The left overs we’ll be using at the Road Trip booth in Burbank.

UPA Gem(s)


Festival goers, or anyone for that matter, could visit the “UPA Gem(s)” exhibition in Sala Cronopios in the Recoleta Cultural Center. Those visitor became the first to see hundreds of UPA treasures that hadn’t been seen

for 50 years or more.  Steve Bosustow, who headed UPA from the early 1940s to the end of the 1950s, was in the midst of writing a book about

UPA, but died before he was able to finish it.  His collection of letters, articles, press releases, photographs, posters, and personal notes on

things he wanted to include in his book, lay dormant in dozens of boxes, gathering dust, until just recently, when BAFICI offered to exhibit them to their festival goers, and the Argentine public.  Tee Bosustow, one of Steve’s sons, then began the arduous, albeit exhilarating, task of going through each box to select the best items for the BAFICI exhibition.  These often surprising materials offer an inside look at the workings of UPA during its heyday, using items from Steve Bosustow’s personal collection, which had remained unseen, until BAFICI offered to exhibit them.

The BAFICI Film Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina, from April 4 to 13, 2014, presented a UPA tribute, perhaps bigger and better than any we’re aware of since New York City’s Museum of Modern Art honored UPA in 1951, in fact, the first time MoMA had featured the art of any animation studio before.


BAFICI had four film programs of UPA theatricals, a Round Table discusssion, plus a major exhibition, which they describe  this way ...


This collage offers a small glimpse of the exciting time of UPA in BA.  Starting from

the top left there are several images from the UPA Gem(s) exhibition, starting with

the first three panels of a 29 panel “timeline” of UPA, which filled the entire wall that

visitors saw when they first entered the Cronopios gallery.  Next is a single red panel

entitled “Upaparazzi”, which shows some rare photos, articles and a drawing for the

unfinished UPA book.  Next is a long shot of a portion of the exhibition, and another

single panel, this one on our documentary feature.  The last one on the top row is

another section of the exhibition where visitors could sit on UPA colored stools of

blue, yellow, and red, to watch UPA shorts non-stop. 


The middle row begins with a shot taken after the first presentation; Mark Naylor,

from Cultural Affairs at the US Embassy in Buenos Aires, presented Tee Bosustow,

who’s next to him, then Silvina Cornillón, our Argentine crew member, who was an

incredible help down there, ending with Agustina Odella Roca, also from Cultural

Affairs, and our contact at the Embassy, who were a major help in getting this UPA

event happening.  Next, a panel called “Who’s Who at UPA”, a collage of rare photos,

then a shot of the Round Table discussion; Tee Bosustow is on the left, then Isabelle

Siegrist, the tireless translator who worked seven different events seamlessly, then

Leonardo d´Esposito, the eloquent and knowledgeable Argentine film critique, and

finally, Juan Miguel Dominguez, who coordinated the entire UPA event.  Then, at the

end is one of the three news articles written about the event and documentary.


The bottom row begins with an exterior, and interior below it, of the Dazzler Tower

Recoleta hotel, where BAFICI put up all the directors and presenters.  It was about

a fifteen minute walk to the Cultural Center, where many of the activities were held.

Next to that is a shot of our “rock” at the festival, crew member, Silvina Cornillón. It

was taken at La Dorita, a colorful restaurant known for their traditional varieties of

Argentine bbq.  The next shot is not Paris, but the street right outside the hotel, but

then most of the city of Buenos Aires looks very much like Paris, part of the reason 

it’s call the Paris of South America. Next is one of the light moments of the trip, when

Bosustow felt he had to try out the tango while in Argentina.  The shot makes it look

much better than it really was, really.  And, last but not least, Maria Renée Aranibar

Talaverra Becker, who greeted us when we first slogged into the hotel that first day,

and never let us feel sluggish again.  Maria helped make our busy visit seem like a

breeze, one of the many super friendly folks we had the pleasure of meeting in BA.