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And you thought it was a funny name going forward...
I am currently re-reading the late, great Chuck Jones' second book, Chuck Reducks. I had somehow missed this little fact the first time I read it, but this time around I believe it will stick to my brain forever:

Did you realize that if you pronounce the name of the brilliant animator and technician Ub Iwerks backwards, it comes out as Screwy Boo? O.O

Oh, and btw, trdsf, between the time Iwerks' studio failed in the early 40s and the time he went back to Disney, Iwerks was a technician at the studio of his friend, Jamison Handy.

That's right. Jam Handy Productions. o(:o)

EDIT: I was wrong, dead wrong. It was Max Fleischer, not Ub Iwerks. I got my cartoon god wires crossed.

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I have both of Chuck's books in hardcover edition stashed away somewhere in my room. Good stuff.

Screwy Boo? That's no animator, it's a chicken! A giant chicken!

XD I'm going to be laughing over that one for a long, long time.

IMDB doesn't show anything offhand that Iwerks worked on when working for the Handy media empire. It does report that Handy was an Olympic bronze medalist in water polo (1924, and one of his teammates was Johnny Weissmuller). It just gets weirder and weirder. However, if Iwerks was working for Jam Handy in the early 40s, then he just might have helped out on Hired! and A Case of Spring Fever... o.O;


It was not Ub Iwerks who worked at Jam Handy Productions. I was remembering the facts correctly, just the wrong animation pioneer.

From Out of the Inkwell: Max Fleischer and the Animation Revolution, by Richard Fleischer, The University Press of Kentucky, 2005:

...[in late December, 1941] Max was paid a visit in Miami by and old friend and alumnus of the J.R. Bray [studio] days, Jamison Handy. Max and Handy had been good friends in those early days, and now Handy was offering a helping hand to his old friend Max [who had just had his studio abruptly shut down by Paramount Pictures].

In 1944, Max Fleischer directed the first animated Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Jam Handy.

Fleischer was a technical advisor at Jam Handy Productions until February 1953. Unfortunately, he was about a year and a half too late to claim either Hired! or A Case of Spring Fever.

So, my goof-up. But Ub Iwerks is still Screwy Boo backwards! o(:o)

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