Ottawa 98 Exhibitions
& Special Events
Cartoon Charlie: The Life and Art of
Great Plains Publications is pleased to host a reception and book launch
for a new illustrated biography, Cartoon Charlie: The Life and Art of
Animation Pioneer Charles Thorson. Author Gene Walz writer, filmmaker,
and film professor will be on hand to talk about the brilliant career and
turbulent lifestyle of this fascinating and little-known Canadian artist.
Thorson is best known as the talented scoundrel who designed and named
Bugs Bunny. In fact, he created more than 100 cartoon characters, and worked
on dozens of animation classics while employed in Hollywood during the
Golden Age of Animation. The reception will be held in Le Salon at the
NAC from 5 to 7pm, and will be followed by a retrospective of short animated
classic films featuring the character designs of Charles Thorson.
La maison d'édition Great Plains Publications a le plaisir d'annoncer
qu'elle sera l'hôte du lancement de la biographie illustrée
de Charles Thorson intitulée Cartoon Charlie: The Life and Art of
Animation Pioneer Charles Thorson, qui se tiendra le jeudi 1 septembre
1998, dans le cadre du Festival international d'animation d'Ottawa. M.
Gene Walz, l'auteur, cinéaste et professeur de cinéma qui
a signé cet ouvrage, assistera à la soirée et dira
quelques mots sur la carrière remarquable et la vie mouvementée
de cet artiste canadien fascinant et peu connu. Thorson est ce talentueux
voyou qui a conçu et baptisé Bugs Bunny. En effet, il a créé
plus d'une centaine de personnages de dessin animé et participé
à la production, à Hollywood, de quelques douzaines d'oeuvres
d'animation classiques pendant l'age d'or de l'animation américaine.
La réception aura lieu au Salon du CNA, de 17h a 19h. Elle sera
suivie d'une rétrospective de courts métrages d'animation
classiques mettant en vedette les personnages de Charles Thorson.
Timo Viljakainen of THIRD EYE
The opening of THIRD EYE will take place, in the Chez-Ani, on Wednesday,
September 30 following the Official Competition #1 screening. THIRD EYE
will be on display in the Chez-Ani throughout the festival. Timo Viljakainen
will be in attendance.
"I have photographed every person with
closed eyes. Why? When you close your eyes you go into yourself, it's easier
to you think, dream or remember. People say that you can see through people
by looking them in the eyes. I think there is some magic in the eyes and
I like the idea to catch the moment when people go into themselves and
close their eyes and you don't know what kinds of pictures they see or
think about, that makes the picture more interesting and mysterious. And
animation filmmakers make their films from their imagination, so if you
close your eyes you see more clear with your mind's eye.
I started shooting these pictures mainly in Utrecht 1996, earlier I had
already had portraits about Priit Parn, Gerrit van Dijk, and The Quay Brothers.
After that we have been visiting Prague, Tallinn, London, Los Angeles,
Baden and Annecy taking portraits. Now we have about 60 persons in our
I'm not directing my models very much. I'll try to find a good background
and that's all. The best background is the model's homes or working place.
Quite often I don't know their films. I look at them as human beings and
artists. I'm working very intuitively. I trust my good luck and that is
what you need to get a good result."
Timo Viljakainen, July 1998