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Bert Klein was working as a Simpsons Character Layout Artist when he was still a junior in high school. About a year after he graduated high school, Disney persuaded him to come work for them.

In this episode, The Corner Booth guys visit Bert at his home in Burbank California to discuss his extraordinary career. The Simpsons and Disney where just the beginning of his many adventures in the animation industry.

 

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  1. Chris Sobieniak (@ChriSobieniak) says:

    Loved listening to this episode while on my walk today. Kinda jealous Bert had an Amiga growing up. I never had one myself but recall often seeing ads for it all the time including this promo tape they would play at a Software Etc. mall outlet. It was just TOO tempting (and my older brother already had a Commodore 64 to hog up most of the time so I never got to use that)…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVH5iK_fUMo

    I suppose at the the time I was turned on more by the artistic and video capabilities this computer had available though it was something completely out of the price range of my parents at the time so I never got one at all. The very thought though that I could make an animated cartoon or simply mess around with my videotapes looked like a very trippy idea indeed and I wanted so badly to be part of that generation I was never in. A shame I missed out.

    One guy that did came in and in a big was was Ohioan Eric Schwartz (best known in the “furry” community for his Sabrina Online comic strips). His work was quite excellent for what he could get out of his 500 and other models that followed (not sure if he had to use a mouse like Burt though or perhaps a camera system to shoot the drawings with and a genlock system to grab the frames). Here’s a sample!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-G0R3_P1P8A
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgBMknI93LE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeiyiN2PDXY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rM2to8vHZfI
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXxHNEc632w
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8Yh8_rfTMQ
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JavpzGBvEP0

    I swear he could’ve gotten a job at WB easy back then given his talent on display here, at least I hope he was an inspiration to future animators through his work. In recent years he did a few tribute videos to the Amiga that were also pretty sweet.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mg6wrYCT9Q

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