Manuel Mario Moreno papers, 1909-1992
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- 3.5 linear feet
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- Moreno, Manuel Mario, 1908-1991.
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- The correspondence documents Moreno's efforts to develop feature-length animation in the Mexican film industry at the height of its Golden Age. It gives insight into the role of Mexicans and Mexican Americans who worked in Hollywood during the 1920s and 1930s. There are numerous sketches and artwork, some photographs, some film footage, film strips, and home movies (all the film material has been restored).
- Caricolor Films, S.A.
- Walter Lantz Productions.
- Winkler Productions.
- Professional Color Service.
- Animated films > Mexico.
- Animation (Cinematography)
- Caricatures and cartoons > Mexico.
- Cartoon characters.
- Motion picture industry > Mexico.
- Motion pictures > California > Hollywood (Los Angeles)
- Video recordings
- Local subject
- Mexican American studies.
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- Purchased, 1997.
- A cartoonist and animator who in the mid-1920s created comic strips for newspapers in Los Angeles and Mexico before starting to work in animation with Winkler Productions in 1928. Between 1929 and 1937 he worked with Walter Lantz Productions at Universal Pictures where he helped develop Oswald the Rabbit, a character that later evolved into Mickey Mouse. Between 1938 and 1941 he worked at the Harman-Ising Unit at MGM, stopping to take over his brother's camera shop when he was drafted into the army during World War II. In 1943, Moreno moved to Mexico City with the goal of developing an animation studio in Mexico. While there he built much of the equipment necessary for animation and was able to produce a few shorts and Mexico's first feature-length animated film, "My voy de cacería." In 1946, after protracted struggles with the producers over financing and distribution, Moreno returned to the United States. The feature film is assumed to be lost, although Moreno's archive includes a 25-foot section. (Notes from Chon Noriega, 11/13/97)
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- Me voy de cacería
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