Noted Critic Praises Professor’s Collaboration

January 13th, 2011 by CCAD News
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A DVD compilation of rare animation subjects that includes a 12-page companion booklet by Stewart McKissick, professor, Illustration and Graduate Studies, was praised in a noted American film critic and historian’s review of animation books and DVDs.

Leonard Maltin’s Movie Crazy blog highlighted Stop-Motion Marvels!, which chronicles vintage stop-motion animation shorts, and the collaborators who produced it.

“From the attractive packaging to every aspect of the presentation, it’s clear this DVD was a labor of love. It belongs in every animation collection, and I feel certain it would fire the imagination of kids everywhere …,” Maltin wrote.

McKissick (CCAD, ’79) worked with Steve Stanchfield and Ken Priebe at Thunderbean Animation over several years to feature Kinex films as well as other vintage stop-motion animation shorts. The DVD includes commentary tracks with leading stop-motion animators and a booklet McKissick wrote of the history of the Kinex films. McKissick also did the artwork and packaging for the collection. CCAD provided a faculty enrichment grant to help McKissick, who majored in Illustration at CCAD, with production costs.

Additional reviews of Stop-Motion Marvels! are at Cartoon Brew and DVDtalk.com.

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