Notes on Weston Woods History
Cech, John. 1989. “Weston Woods: Three Decades of Moving Picture Books” Horn Book, Vol. 65, pp. 589-594.
– Founded by Mort Schindel
– Begin producing films in the mid-1950s.
– Calls himself an ‘edutainer’
– Wanted his films to serve as a means of drawing children back to books – sending them off to the library – not to toy stores or theme parks.
– They used money to make films and books as opposed to using films and books to make money.
– In 1960s Weston Woods got its big break when the first dozen Weston Woods films began their long run on “Captain kangaroo”. Schindel allowed his films to be shown without a credit line.
– Schindel does not take liberties with the text
– he has made 120 films in the past three decades
– Schindel worked closely with the book’s artist and writer to reproduce on film what they put out in book form.
– Schindel has won many awards – even though his work does not have its own identifiable style.
– Gene Deitch, the principal director of animated films for Weston Woods indicates that without his name on them, no one could tell that these all came from the same director – won an Oscar for his film called Munro, based on a book by Jules Feiffer about a 4 year old who is drafted into the army.