Floyd E. Norman is a animator, writer, and comic book artist. Over the course of his career, Norman has worked for a number of animation companies, among them Walt Disney Animation Studios, Hanna-Barbera Productions, Ruby-Spears, Film Roman and Pixar. This is his article on his recollections of his pitch to Bill Cosby for his new animated show.
Review all of the press coverage received to date for the Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition National Museum Tour.
I recently had an opportunity to speak with Leo Sullivan, one of the pioneering Black animators who helped lead the revolution of positive Black animated characters during the 1970’s. I interviewed Leo for close to an hour, spoke to him after the interview for a little longer. He was gracious, humorous and introspective. His bio and interview are below. It was an honor to speak to this Animation Legend.
Fat Albert, Schoolhouse Rock, The Harlem Globetrotters: with their retro animation styles, these 1970s cartoons seem dated now, but in their time, they were groundbreaking.
Think of trailblazing black TV shows, and The Cosby Show immediately comes to mind. But before the Cliff Huxtable, there was Fat Albert, Bill Cosby’s beloved animated creation that became famous for his catchphrase, “Hey, hey, hey!”
The mission of the Museum Of UnCut Funk is to “preserve funky Black Cultural artifacts and history for future generations.”
Just in time for Black History Month, a new exhibition in Harlem looks at the rise of black characters on classic Saturday morning cartoons. NY1’s Roger Clark filed the following report.
The Museum Of UnCut Funk and our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition National Museum Tour was recently covered in the Black History Month Supplement of USA Today.
Pre-Boomerang/Cartoon Network, when there were only three major networks (CBS, NBC and ABC), part of the television ritual for kids during the 1970s was Saturday morning cartoons.
On February 2, 2014 our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition at the Schomburg Center was mentioned on the ABC 7 NY community affairs program Here and Now.
The Museum Of UnCut Funk visited the FanBros Show to talk about our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition at the Schomburg Center. Kimsonian from FanBros came to our Curator’s Talk and to see the exhibition.
Hey Hey Hey! New Animation-Inspired Exhibit, Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution to Open at Schomburg Center February 5th.
Our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition National Museum Tour was recently covered by Tanya Ballard Brown for NPR’s Code Switch blog. Below is Tanya’s article, which includes her conversation with legendary animator Leo Sullivan, who worked on the Fat Albert cartoon special and series and several other 1970’s cartoons that featured positive Black characters.
2012 Toonseum Exhibition
The Museum Of UnCut Funk successfully completed it’s first showing of Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution at the ToonSeum in Pittsburgh, Pa. They have a beautiful space and we were very excited to have worked with them to kick off this historically important traveling exhibition.
Black Character Revolution – A Retrospective Of The First Positive Black Animation Characters To Appear In Television History
Black Character Revolution –
A Retrospective Of 1970’s Saturday Morning Animation Art Featuring Characters From The Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids Cartoon
Black Character Revolution –
A Retrospective Of 1970’s Saturday Morning Animation Art Featuring Characters From The Jackson 5ive Cartoon
Has anyone been watching the new Black TV network, Bounce TV? And if so, what are your thoughts on the programming thus far? It’s still a little early in the game I suppose, but I’m sure some of you have already started forming your opinions of it, based on its current offerings.
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids the animated series was created, produced, and hosted by comedian Bill Cosby, who also lent his voice to a number of characters, including Fat Albert himself. Filmation was the production company for the series. The show premiered on September 9, 1972 and ran until 1985. The show, based on Bill Cosby’s remembrances of his childhood gang, focused on the lovable, oversized Albert, with his signature rumbling exclamation “Hey hey hey!”, and his friends.