Experimental Film Movement of the West Coast

With the disappearance of cartoons in the “movie house”,studios closed, resorted to adult feature films, and some reorganized for the production of animation series. With the development of television series came the “death” of the silent animated character. The last successful mime-like character was the Pink Panther (1964). With the rises of speaking characters the sixties also brought us Yogi Bear, the Flintstones, and Scooby-Doo.

Then came the success of Ralph Bakshi’s Fritz the Cat(1972), Don Bluth’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit(1988), and Disney’s, The Little Mermaid in the late 1980s. In addition of the founding of Marvel comics and The Simpsons we saw comebacks from Woody the WoodPecker, Koko the Clown, and other “old heroes”.
Also Studios began to collaborate with toy manufactures in releasing new dolls and action figures based on characters, but Despite large economic increase in this field some companies didn’t survive. Therefor, in an effort to cut spending a large amount of work such as colouring,”inbetweening”, and sometimes animation was done in foreign countries.

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