Personal blog - and temporary home page until new website is finished - of writer, editor and graphic artist Christopher Mills

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Scott Mcloud - SPACE ANGEL!

Space Angel was a television cartoon produced by Cambria Productions from 1962-1964 for independent television stations. It was produced in 5-part, 5-minute chapters that could be serialized every weekday morning as part of a local station's cartoon kiddie shows.

It's notable for a number of reasons. It was one of the first programs aimed at children that exploited the 60s space race, it was the first job in animation for acclaimed comics artists Alex Toth and Doug Wildley, and it employed the patented "SyncroVox" process. This amazing process involved superimposing the highly rouged lips of live actors over the faces of cartoon characters, for absolutely perfect, synchronized dialogue! Among Cambria Production’s other innovations was an extremely liberal interpretation of the word "animation," as they relied pretty heavily on utterly static drawings of their characters.

This six-page comic story was drawn by Toth to promote the cartoon, and appeared - I believe - in an issue of Jack & Jill magazine.

Read my review of the Space Angel cartoon DVD collection at DVD Late Show.


Janus said...

And don't forget Clutch Cargo, that other masterpiece of SynchroVox.

One of the extras on the DVD for The Incredibles is a Mr. Incredible cartoon that is done in SynchroVox style. I was laughing my ass off when I saw it.

M. Bouffant said...

The copyright on p. 2 says "prepared especially for JACK & JILL."

A magazine I had entirely forgotten until now.

Christopher Mills said...

Oops. Missed that. I'll correct the post.

El Vox said...

I remember these style of cartoons from my youth, though I never knew what they were called. I just remember that they were way more static than the others ones I preferred like Looney Tunes or whatever, and just the lips moving was plain freaky.

Neat post. I like Zot too.