BiographyWimbledon, London, England, UK
John was wounded in WWII, while serving in the British Army "Desert Rats", in North Africa. Being a graphic artist, on return to England, he started as asst. art director at Pinewood Studio, with David Lean. Seeing a note on the studio notice board asking for cartoonists and artists to apply at GBA, Cookham, for work as animators, John applied, and was accepted. Here, under David Hand, (ex Disney director of Snow-White, Bambi), he worked for four years, becoming a first rate animator and director. Read more... in Les Clark's unit. In 1954 he left Disney to start Fine Arts Films producing Petroushka (1956) with I. Stravinsky, winning five international awards, starting a new artistic direction in the use of animation. Journey to the Stars, (1961), seen by 7 million visitors to the Seattle World's Fair, was a major step, and animating Irma La Douce (trailer), for Billy Wilder, made it possible to enjoy the artistic merits of Paris hookers. He started John Wilson Prods., for Aussie TV in Melbourne, 1963, in a brief visit down under. Back with FAF, in '64, John got the Peabody award for NBC's Exploring, as the Best Kid's Show. This led to ten years work for US-TV, (CBS, ABC, NBC) in children's and primetime entertainment. In 1971 he produced and directed the animated feature Shinbone Alley (1970), a literary and musical success based on the works of poet Don Marquis. This received the Golden Phoenix Award at the Atlanta Film Festival, (Best of Fest). For the next ten years, John produced many award-winning TV series, (Madeline-DIC), Bucky O'Hare and Peter Pan for FOX-TV. Stanley the Ugly Duckling (1/2 Hour Musical for ABC-TV. Returning to OZ, in '83, John set Ferngully for AFC, as an animated feature, which successfully protected the rainforests, released by Warner Bros. At present, John is working on the musical version of Peer Gynt.