Mark Mayerson

Writer, Cartoonist, Sculptor

Most of the articles I've written have been about animation. My articles have appeared in small press magazines such as Animation Magazine, Animato, Animation Blast, fps, Cartoon Quarterly, Cartoonist Profiles, The Comics Journal, The Velvet Light Trap, Apatoons and my blog. What's below is a collection of articles from various places. I've grouped them in an attempt to make them more reader-friendly.


Muhammad Ali and Darwyn Cooke

Jack Kirby, Charlie Chaplin, and Louis Armstrong

Jim Tyer: The Animator Who Broke the Rules

John Wayne's 100th Birthday

Animators Fred Moore and Bill Tytla

Remembering Animation Director Michael Sporn

R.I.P. Animator Jack Zander

Chuck Jones: Falling Behind With the Joneses

Hanna and Barbera

Golden Age Animation Directors

Animator Al Eugster

Animation Education

It's the School Plus You

Clarity, Logic, and Entertainment

Advice to Graduates

Animation and Acting

The Definition of Animation

Animators and Acting Part 1

Animators and Acting Part 2

Animators and Acting Part 3

The Collaborative Nature of Animated Acting

Complex Characters

The Importance of Sympathy

Marlon Brando and Animation

Motion Capture

Seduced by Supporting Characters

Animation: The Vital Connection

Animation: The Vital Conception

Animation and Theatre


Should Animation Only Do What Live Action Can't?

Animation's Lack of Consequences

Media Consumption

Why Are Disney's Pre-war Films Better Than the Post-War Films?

Conflict in Disney Films

The Importance of Setting

The Elements of a Scene: Setting

The Elements of a Scene: Personality

The Elements of a Scene: Objective and Motive

The Elements of a Scene: Conflict, Obstacles and Resolution

The Elements of a Scene: Business

The Elements of a Scene: Character Arc

The Elements of a Scene: Suspense and Surprise

The Animation Business

Art vs. Business

Against Outsourcing

The Benefits of Creative Ownership

Customers, Waiters, and Cooks

Get Out of the Kitchen

Fail Faster and Cheaper


Management and Innovation in Animation

Pixar in Vancouver or The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

The Talent Differential

Who Are the Next Animation Inspirations?

Is the Storyboard Artist the Director?

Where Does Morale Fit Into a Budget?

Pitch Audiences, Not Gatekeepers Part 1

Pitch Audiences, Not Gatekeepers Part 2

Pitch Audiences, Not Gatekeepers Part 3

Pitch Audiences, Not Gatekeepers Part 4

Pitch Audiences, Not Gatekeepers Part 5

Pitch Audiences, Not Gatekeepers Part 6

Pitch Audiences, Not Gatekeepers Part 7

Studio Ghibli

Miyazaki's Spirited Away

Pondering Miyazaki's Ponyo

Miyazaki's The Wind Rises

Takahata's The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Takahata's My Neighbors, The Yamadas and Pom Poko

Specific Films

John Ford's Submarine Patrol

Michael Sporn's The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

Borge Ring's Anna and Bella

James Cameron's Avatar and Animation

George Pal's Tulips Shall Grow

Disney's The Flying Mouse (1934)

Morality and the Story Structure of Disney's Pinocchio

Disney's Sleeping Beauty Puts Me to Sleep

Disney's The Lion King

Pixar's Toy Story 2

Pixar's Ratatouille: Food for Thought


The Corruption of Copyright

Who Owns History? Who Owns Culture? Who Owns Speech?


The Upside and Downside of Influences

Book Review: Hollywood: The Oral History