Arna Selznick

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Arna Selznick
Residence Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Animation crewmember
Years active 1980s–present
Employer Nelvana (1980s)[1]
Known for Directing The Care Bears Movie (1985)
Spouse(s) John van Bruggen[2]
Children Max Douglas
Website
dancingmonkeys

Arna Selznick is a Canadian Director and Artist, known for directing Nelvana's 1985 animated film The Care Bears Movie. She is one of only four women to have directed a full length animated feature. She owns and operates a studio called Dancingmonkeys with her husband/partner John van Bruggen.

Career[edit]

Selznick began her career at Toronto's Nelvana studio, participating in several efforts such as Rock & Rule, Inspector Gadget and Strawberry Shortcake and the Baby Without a Name.[1] There, she met future husband John van Bruggen.[2] She moved on to direct The Care Bears Movie, released in 1985 by the Samuel Goldwyn Company in the United States,[1] and Astral Films[3] and Criterion Pictures Corporation[4] in Canada. The film went on to win Canada's Golden Reel Award for highest-grossing local production in 1985, at C$1.845 million.[5] At the time of that film's release, she was only the third woman to direct an animated feature (after Lotte Reiniger of 1927's The Adventures of Prince Achmed, and Joy Batchelor of 1954's Animal Farm).[1][nb 1] Selznick was part of the layout unit on the next two Care Bears films, A New Generation (1986)[6] and Adventure in Wonderland (1987),[7] and was also a storyboard artist on Wonderland.[7]

In 1986, Selznick launched the dancingmonkeys studio in Toronto, partnering with John van Bruggen.[8] In 2005, she and van Bruggen created Coolman!, part of the FunPak series on Canada's YTV network.[9] Selznick has also been among the crew of several other children's films and television series, among them Disney's Return to Never Land; the British animated feature The King's Beard; the Nicktoons sci-fi saga Skyland; Treehouse TV's Toot & Puddle; and many other Nelvana productions.[10]

While the Houston Chronicle's Stephen Hunter gave a mixed response to the animation of The Care Bears Movie, he pointed out that director Selznick "has a nice feel for the dynamics of action animation; several of the set-pieces zing along nicely."[11]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In 1998, Selznick was followed by Brenda Chapman of DreamWorks Animation's The Prince of Egypt.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Beck, Jerry (2005). The Animated Movie Guide. Chicago Reader Press. p. 48. ISBN 1-55652-591-5. 
  2. ^ a b "Best of Ottawa 2005 in Montreal: Coolman! 'Hootchy Kootchy Haiku'". Ottawa International Animation Festival. September 2005. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  3. ^ Kearney, Mark; Ray, Randy (1998). "What is the highest-grossing Canadian movie ever?". The Great Canadian Trivia Book: A Collection of Compelling Curiosities from Alouette to Zed 2. Dundurn Press. p. 80. ISBN 0-88882-197-2. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  4. ^ National Film Board of Canada; National Library of Canada; Moving Image and Sound Archives (Canada); Cinémathèque québécoise (1986). Film/Vidéo Canadiana, 1985–1986. National Film Board of Canada. p. 43. ISSN 0836-1002. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  5. ^ Urquhart, Peter (Fall 2003). "You Should Know Something—Anything—About This Movie. You Paid for It" (PDF). Canadian Journal of Film Studies (Film Studies Association of Canada) 12 (2): 67. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  6. ^ Schott, Dale (director) (1986). Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation (Animated film). Columbia Pictures (distributor) / Nelvana Limited / LBS Communications. 
  7. ^ a b Jafelice, Raymond (director) (1987). The Care Bears Adventure in Wonderland (Animated film). Cineplex Odeon Films (distributor, North America) / Nelvana Limited. 
  8. ^ Staff (May 25, 2009). "Canadian indie prodcos and what they did in '08". Playback (Brunico Communications): 26. 
  9. ^ Staff (January 28, 2005). "Brampton animator vies in YTV's new 'toon idol' contest". Brampton Guardian (TDNG Inc.). p. 25. 
  10. ^ Selznick, Arna (July 6, 2010). "Arna Selznick's CV". dancingmonkeys. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  11. ^ Hunter, Stephen (April 6, 1985). "'Care Bears Movie' is a harmless film diversion". Houston Chronicle. p. 6. 
  12. ^ Mallory, Michael (March 19, 2000). "Move Over, Old Men; Disney's fabled favourite artists weren't alone in the male-ruled animation world. Now women are in key jobs, and they aim to stay". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). p. Calendar 8. Retrieved October 18, 2010. 

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