Tuesday, April 26, 2011

NFB Animation Chart

Well it's been months since I posted anything, and the main reason for that is lack of time. With work, school, and snowboarding I barely had time for anything else, but alas snowboarding on chair lifts is over, and finals are next week, so I am going to be overloaded with spare time, which will be nice.

Speaking of spare time, I was browsing my usual blogs and websites one day a couple weeks ago, and I came across a great piece of animation history on Michael Sporn's Splog and it was the NFB Animation Chart from 1967. The original post is here and man does this have a lot of new info to me. It also has lots of in depth info on animators and directors. It's fun to see how much the directors and animators jumped from studio to studio.

Anyway, I was feeling frisky one day, and decided the pieced together scan that Michael Sporn so graciously put on his website wasn't perfect enough for me. I had printed it out on 16 pieces of computer paper, and glued it on to foam core, but it wasn't good enough. So I decided to recreate the entire thing from scratch in Adobe Illustrator, so that I could have a crystal clear recreation. Now about 20 hrs later it is finished, at 300 dpi and about 48 in X 36 in. Sorry for anyone who speaks French, but I only copied the English parts.

Now I can print it out on nice paper and frame it for my wall. I was thinking ePingo.com had decent prices for a print this big, but any suggestions would be appreciated.

Without further adieu, her is the poster in all it's digitally remastered glory!

(Actually this is just a preview because blogger will only let me upload an 8 GB image with a maximum resolution of 1600 pixels)

So I uploaded the image to Rapidshare, it is available as a full dimension and 300 dpi jpeg (15.4 MB) and also as a pdf file (0.2 MB), which is the file format I am going to have it printed from. Enjoy, and hopefully someone gets something out of this as well.

Links UPDATED 09/12


  1. The PDF and the high res poster aren't online anymore ! Could you please upload them once again ? I'd sure be glad !

    1. Hey just updated the links. If they don't work let me know. I'm just happy somebody else is going to find this useful. I haven't printed a nice version yet either. I costs like $50, and after researching it, I noticed a lot of factual errors. I wanted to correct all of the errors now that we have better info, but got kinda overwhelmed with what I should add and take out, so I kinda left it alone.

    2. Thanks a lot ! It works just fine. Amazing restoration ! I'll print mine at work on a A3 paper sheet.