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In 1959 Searle and his first wife Kaye Webb planned an animated version of Dicken's classic ' A Christmas Carol'. Of course this was long before Richard Williams' award-winning version from 1971 and Robert Zemeckis' mo-cap version in 2009 and even predates UPA's 'Mr Magoo's Christmas Carol' in 1962.
They teamed up with American animation director Dave Hilberman who Ronald had worked with in 1957 on "Energetically Yours' - a 13 minute long film celebrating Standard Oil's centenary.
I bought a copy of the script at auction several years ago and it is illustrated with Searle sketches. The story was made more 'animation-friendly' with the addition of a humorous mouse.
Sunday, September 19, 2021
The British Museum website has steadily uploaded images of prints and drawings from its collections including the Ronald Searle material. I was able to visit the museum and look through the original drawings of 'The Rake's progress' in 2009 but time was limited and I couldn't request to see everything. However the website turns up this fascinating artifact-
Searle's rough draft sketchbook in which he compiled the sketches with the finished printed cartoons. It's insightful to see how Searle altered the compositions between the rough and the final image.
(Click on an image to go through them full screen)
Friday, September 17, 2021
If you're ever in the haute-Provence region near Draguignan be sure to make the drive to Tourtour the village where Ronald Searle lived- it's worth the trip. The visitor's website had been updated with an online version of the exhibition that displayed Ronald's drawings for the village magazine Lou Troumeptoun. See it here
More on 'the village in the sky' Tourtour here