Monday, 20 October 2008

Naomi’s grandpa Phil Klein

I only know Naomi Klein’s writing by reputation, but for any passers by who may have followed more closely, animation historian Michael Barrier has a post on her grandfather, animator Phil Klein, named by her as an influence. There’s also a follow-up.

Phil Klein took part in the 1941 Disney strike, on which Barrier has more here and elsewhere. The film in production at that time was Dumbo, completed after the strike ended. Michael Sporn has an interesting post on possible socialist imagery in the tent raising scene from that film here. Another sequence of the film seems to pull in the opposite direction as the scoundrel clowns who exploit Dumbo are heard singing “we’re gonna hit the big boss for a raise.”

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