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Jules Engel
Mr. Magoo Original Vintage Animation Cel Hand Drawing Painting



Born in 1918 in Budapest, Hungary, Engel began his professional career in animation as a color designer at the Walt Disney studio. Although his credits include work on such classics as Disney’s Bambi and Fantasia and UPA’s Gerald McBoing-Boing, he is best known as a mentor to literally hundreds of students. Engel was also one of the original members of United Productions of America (UPA), where, during the ’50s, he worked on classics such as Mr. Magoo, Gerald McBoing-Boing and Madeline. According to his biographer, Dr. Janeann Dill, Engel has created more than 33 personal films and received five Golden Eagle awards, an Annie Award, a Winsor McCay Award, the Fritz Award, a Jean Vigo Award, and the Norman McLaren Heritage Award. In 1960, Engel received an Oscar nomination for Icarus Montgolfier Wright, a film scripted by Ray Bradbury and directed and produced by Engel and his partners at Format Films, the late Herb Klynn and Buddy Getzler. Coaraze, a film Engel made in France in 1965, garnered the Jean Vigo Award, the French equivalent of an Oscar. As the founding director of the CalArts Experimental Animation Program, Engel has taught several generations of students about the importance of his favorite art form. His former students include Henry Selick, Eric Darnell, Kathy Rose, Stephen Hillenburg, Joyce Bornstein, Mark Kirkland, Christine Panushka, Joanna Priestly and John Lasseter. “In my teaching I show a lot of experimental filmmaking to my students, or rather, films that I think are of consequence,” he notes. “I also show not only films, but enormous amounts of works by Picasso, artists like Kandinsky, and the English painter Francis Bacon. I show the work of Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham as well, because all of this has to do with movement; animation is about movement.” Acknowledged as an early California Modernist, Engel’s extensive art exhibition record (over sixty exhibitions in impressive venues such as the Chicago Art Institute, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, the Hirschorn, the Walker Art Center, and numerous other notable galleries in the United States and Europe) has paralleled his completion of more than thirty independent experimental and animated films. A creative professional for over six decades, Engel has been rewarded by his peers with an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nomination for an Oscar in 1960; the French Oscar, a Jean Vigo Award in 1965; a Norman McLaren Heritage Award in 1992 from the National Film Board of Canada; and two Lifetime Achievement Awards. A prolific artist, Engel has worked in all media: paintings, films, drawing, sculpture and prints. His later lithographs reaffirm the sophisticated color palette and architectonic structure found in his abstract films.


  • Creator
    Jules Engel (1909 - 2003, American)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 10.5 in. (26.67 cm)Width: 12.5 in. (31.75 cm)
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  • Condition
    small paint blemishes shown.
  • Gallery Location
    Bal Harbour, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3826140052

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