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Jun 232010

An appetizer.

Dearest Minions!

Before we get going on today’s guest, I have a special cartoon my guest found a while ago,  and gave me.  This made me laugh so hard, milk came out my nose.  I wasn’t even drinking milk at the time!

Probably one of Funniest Cartoons I have ever seen!

Here is a film I mentioned at the beginning of the podcast that you guys HAVE to see.  The 1965 film The Agony and the Ecstasy directed by Carol Reed, starring Charlton Heston as Michelangelo and Rex Harrison as Pope Julius II.  A raging era of titans, popes and princes… of conspiracy and conflict… of turmoil and transgressions… of a man among men… of magnificence!

Pope Julius is eager to leave behind works by which he will be remembered. To this end he muscles Michelangelo into painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. When not on the battlefield, the Pope constantly nags the crap out of Michelangelo to speed up his painful work on the frescoes.

The main Course.

Today I am going to introduce to you a very special friend of mine from way back in my Disney days.  His name is Dana Reemes and he is the cat’s pajamas!

I used to stay late at the studio every night and work on my own animation projects.  You know me, I’m always trying to better myself.  I figured I wasn’t going to be at Disney forever and wanted to take full advantage of my time there.  Dana worked nights as well and we became friends.

Professor Dana Reemes.

This is Dana in his study.  Animator, Film maker, Egyptologist, Professor, Cartoonist, Published Writer, Explorer, and good buddy!

Earliest work.

Dana’s “Artism” manifested itself at age two. Check out the choo choo!

Comic Resume.

This is Dana’s clever as hell resume he used to get his first animation job at Filmation in 1979. He just walked in and showed them this.  He was hired on the spot! No portfolio or nuthin’!

Remember Atomic Sit ups in middle school?

Person 1 is conned into performing “the hardest sit-up ever” an Atomic sit up. Person 1 then lies on their back and are told to cross hands on their chest. Person 2 then holds a towel over the face of person 1 covering the eyes telling him sit up quickly with all his strength when he says to.  Meanwhile person 3 has removed their pants and is squatting over person 1’s face with out him knowing. Person 2 then tells person 1 to sit up and quickly  removes the towel as soon as the sit up begins. The result has person 1’s nose  planted into person 3’s ass.

Here Dana has drawn a gag cartoon showing off a automatic atomic sit-up machine!

Caricature of Dana Reemes by Michael Swafford.

I knew Michael Swafford while I was working on Disney’s Hercules in 1997.    Mike  supervised the animation of Hermes and was truly one of the most talented animators I had ever seen!  I mean look at this caricature of Dana he did!  EXCELLENT!

Robert Crumb!

Dana met Robert Crumb in 1969 in the flea bag Miramonte  Hotel on Mission Street where Robert was staying at the time.  Dana brought his sketchbook and Robert kindly went over it with him!  Not only that, Crumb gave some sage advice as well as a Crowquill Penpoint!  Believe it or not Dana still has it! Behold!

Minions! I got to hold a pen Crumb gave Dana in 1969!

Robert also handed Dana a gel capsule of high grade LSD called Owsley’s White Lightning.

One of the first underground chemists to mass produce high-quality LSD in the 1960’s was Owsley Stanley.  .

Owsley produced his LSD in Los Angeles and once he had a huge batch,  he drove to the bay area where he supplied LSD to Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters for their acid tests. Through them he also met the Grateful Dead in 1966 and began supporting them both financially and as a sound man.

Owsley’s best-known acid was “White Lightning” (300,000 doses) made in 1966-1967.

Robert Crumb’s  music!

Dana Also turned me on to Robert Crumb’s band “The Cheap Suit Serenaders”

They play covers of 1920’s Tin Pan Alley Jazz! Holy cow what find!  Highly recommended!  A new Man vs. Art favorite!

Here is one of my favorite songs “The Fine Artist Blues” from the album Chasin’ Rainbows.

I dedicate this song to all the Man vs. Art Minions out there!

Thanks Dana for turning me onto these jams!  And thanks Robert Crumb for your cartoons and now your music!!

Twinkle Toes Dana the Ballet Pirate!

Okay guys, here are two pics of Dana in a pirate costume from the Sacramento Junior Ballet’s 1962 all-ballet production of Peter Pan! This is how he  looked when the teen bathing-beauty nymphets threw his butt  in the deep end of the pool.  You’ve seen the pictures!  You CAN’T unsee them!

My doesn’t he look fierce and manly?  ARRRRRRRRR!!!!

Dana’s fave Comics.

Dana really enjoyed Curt Swan’s Lois Lane for it’s elegance and theatrical posing.

Dana Also dug the Italian artists who drew Turok! Son of Stone!

This is beautiful work!  Nothing fancy, just good solid drawing!  I love these!

Magnus Robot Fighter was another of Dana’s choices!

This is some really good stuff!  I love the way he draws the girls!  The panel flow is really smooth and each composition is tight!


This is a clean up pencil test of Skeletor from the 1980’s Filmation Cartoon He Man and the Masters of the Universe. My friend Dana Reemes provided the clean up assistant animation on this scene. I just took the photocopies he loaned me, scanned them, and put together this animation test.

Filmation’s early stuff!

Believe it or not Filmation’s first gigs were doing the opening credit sequences for  Italian Giallo  which were the first  sexual thrillers.

Although they did not do the titles for this particular Giallo film, I wanted to share it with you guys because it is just so insanely awesome! Blood and Black Lace Directed by the Great Mario Bava!

Check out the trailer! In bleeding COLOR!

Here are the opening Credits.

The 2010 Geeks Con!

Here is your Man vs. Art probably talking about art.  Probably!

Getting some sugar from my babe, The Lovely and Vivacious Hortencia.

Melissa admires the display Hortencia put together for Man vs. Art!

Hortencia did an exceptional job of putting together my display! She matted my prints, bagged the cards and books, and dug up the vertical display things!  My stuff looked rad!

Sherm Cohen and I hammed it up big time!  It was great to meet him and his wife! Sherm is quite a talented fellow!  The poor dude has a bone spur in his foot and hobbled in on crutches! What a trooper! The kids gushed their chonies with his Sponge Bob stuff which looked friggin’ awesome!  Get Well Sherm!

John Narcomey is a bigger ham than Sherm and I put together.

The super talented Rafael Navarro is always a stud!

Ted Seko buffed and talented!  Dig that sketch guys!

Geo Brawn IV and Nancy.  What a nice couple!  Love the jewelry Geo! The dark one Geo had the kids gushing their chonies as well, only out of fear!

Javier Hernandez and Jim Lujan, now this is what I call studs!

Geeks Con 2010 was a blast and I can’t wait until next year!

That’s enough for now!



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  6 Responses to “Man vs. Art Episode 24! Candid Interview with Disney & Filmation Animation Artist Dana Reemes Part 1.”

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  2. Daaaaaang! This could be the most elaborate post I’ve seen yet! Talk about doing one’s homework! I enjoyed the podcast thoroughly, but this is “meta content” to the max. It’s a double bonus episode with this post (and its only part 1!).
    Thank you so much for the extra material, Raul.
    I hope everyone reads this!

    • Thanks Jose, you are always so gracious! I guess I tend to get carried away. I really want people to have some sort of reference for all the stuff my guests, Che, and I talk about. Maybe it’s the Artist in me trying to make the podcasts as well as my posts extensions of my art. I’m trying to make podcasting and blogging my own, as well as use them as forms of expression not just information dumps. Plus I want to punch it up where I think it’s needed. Like Geo drawing pigs in kindergarten!

  3. Dude! This was an amazing episode and loved every minute of it. Great stuff. Can’t wait for part 2.

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