short film Moonbird © Storyboard-Harrison
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Moonbird

John and Faith Hubley recorded the random conversation of their children, and then constructed an Oscar-winning cartoon around it. The story concerns two boys who have a nocturnal adventure outside their house, making a trap to catch the myserious 'Moonbird'.

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Someone named Oscar Grillo said, "I rate "Moonbird" as the most beautiful animated film ever made.". I stumbled across that while researching the background of this Oscar-winning short, which I'd forgotten...
Created by: Storyboard-Harrison
Language: English
Country of Origin: USA
Featuring the voices of:
Mark Hubley ... Mark
Ray Hubley ... Hampy
Directed by: John Hubley
Produced by: Faith Hubley and John Hubley
Animated by: Robert Cannon and Ed Smith

short film Moonbird © Storyboard-HarrisonThe first of three Oscar-winning, and seven Oscar-nominated shorts from the Hubleys. Best short animated subject, 1959.

John Hubley formed Storyboard Studios after he was blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee, and fired from UPA, for refusing to 'name names' or apologise for his previous work. Ironically he had helped form UPA after being involved in the Disney animator's strike.

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Independent Spirits - PBS documentary -- Very good PBS set of pages on Hubleys, with viewable clips from several of their animations.
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Hubley Collection - Vol 1
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