Oct 21, 2007

Fred Moore and family-previously unpublished



Here's a wonderful photograph: Disney animator Fred Moore, his first wife Virginia (for the record, his second wife was also named Virginia) and one of their two daughters, probably taken about 1938 or so.

Of course all we animation fans love the glimpse into the private, candid life of a legendary Disney animator, but as someone else (someone not in the business) pointed out upon seeing it: "it's great to see these kinds of images of people from seventy years ago. It's so vivid and casual-it's as if you're in the moment with them and makes you see them as real people, not caricatures, not just names on the credits or in a book." Indeed. The scene looks strikingly contemporary--the young Mrs. Moore could easily be my mom 30 years later, Fred one of my friends in the story department mugging with their own babies.

When's this insouciant artist going to get his own book? Until then, I'm grateful to be able to pass this happy snap along to Diary readers.

18 comments:

db said...

Why don't you write the book? I'm sure (after reading your many posts on Fred) that it would be great.

Jenny said...

Thanks! I'm sure it'd amaze no one to hear that I've given it serious thought(my interest in Fred was spurred years ago by an article I compiled for a magazine that went defunct before it could be published).
The thing is, he'd be much better suited for inclusion in a book about several artists--a volume on just Fred, marvelous and important as he was, would be a very difficult sell to a publisher and a niche market--not that there's anything wrong with that! From the reader's point of view, that is.
However, I've also heard rumors that better connected people than I might have plans along those very lines, so it may be moot for me to take it further. I hope one way or another an extensive presentation of his work and style is made available. It's just got to happen eventually.

Daphne said...

Oh! What a lovely photograph! And their expressions are wonderful :D

That would be really exciting to see a book with at least one of its primary focuses on Fred Moore.

Vanwall said...

I bet your take would be interesting anyway - keep up the good work here, like this piccie. I love Fred Moore's taking advantage of sitting behind his wife - she probably would've rolled her eyes if she knew he was doing that.

Anonymous said...

You know what's amazing is that, let's say back at Warner Brothers, we would have NEVER have had access to all the photos of Fred you've been able to uncover..the internet has helped so much in getting people together who have stuff like this to share. I was personally stunned at those first photos you posted, like the one with him holding the dog in the chair. I hope you keep finding and posting these...and yes, whenever I think of a book on Fred all I can think of is that you would be the one to write it.

Cynthia
tangoland.com

Jenny said...

Cynthia-no kidding!

I had a similar shock when I first saw those photographs--until then I'd only seen the same couple of publicity photographs everyone has over and over(with the rare exception of two that Art Babbit had). James Walker, a generous and incredibly dedicated Fred Moore expert-collector, had collected those candid snaps and seeing them was so fantastic--like real time travel. Here was the real person behind the killer drawings and animation, long since disappeared. Just so moving.

Thanks for the kind words--I'll tell you, though, there are a lot of other people out there less conspicious than I've been with this blog who know what they're talking about where Moore's work is concerned.
Yep, the internet is an amazing thing.

Will Finn said...

Hey Jenny, instead of one book/several artists, how about a series of short but concise books on the artists (completists will have to own them all!). One on Fred Moore, another on Milt Kahl, Marc Davis, Rod Scribner... Personal portraits of animation greats of days gone by...
Nifty photo too.

Kali Fontecchio said...

What a handsome couple! Thanks for sharing :p

Mark Mayerson said...

So where is that daughter today? And where is Fred's other daughter? Has anyone ever interviewed them?

Mark McDonnell said...

Nice pic.

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SHANE PRIGMORE said...

That is so cool! I have lived so long only seeing the five or so photos of Fred in all the books. This is great. Makes him more real. Thanks for posting it!

tony said...

Nice post. There has been a sudden interest in Fred Moore online among Disney fans (for some reason - but it's a good thing).

Floyd Norman said...

Hey Will -- Funny you should mention that. A new book series on the life and work of great Disney animators, eh?

I can't be more specific at this time, but you may just get your wish.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps Mr. Canemaker will write "Walt Disney's Nine Older Men"?

David Nethery said...

Jenny,

I really think YOU are the one to write the book on Fred Moore. (or at least an extended monograph or magazine piece ... is Amid ever going to publish another Animation Blast ? Seems like a special Fred Moore issue is in order.)

Lester Hunt said...

"The thing is, he'd be much better suited for inclusion in a book about several artists--a volume on just Fred." Jenny, you are probably on the right track here. Publishers don't like book manuscripts on subjects, topic-areas, that people are not already interested in. This is the voice of experience speaking!

Jenny said...
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Jenny said...

Floyd Norman always knows whereof he writes. Far be it from me to gainsay a Disney Legend! Heed him, folks!