Phil Roman

Animator


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

In his three-hour Archive interview, Phil Roman reminisces about his early interest in art, and his studies in art school before and after World War II. He talks about his first professional job in animation, working for the Walt Disney Studios. He speaks about his subsequent jobs as an animator, working on projects including Calvin and the Colonel and the feature film "The Incredible Mr. Limpet." Next, he describes working for MGM's animation department under Chuck Jones, and his work on projects including Tom and Jerry cartoons, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Horton Hears a Who. Mr. Roman talks about later animating George of the Jungle for Jay Ward. He speaks at length about his years working as an animator and later, director for Bill Melendez Productions on dozens of Charlie Brown specials. Finally, he talks about opening his own company, Film Roman, to produce programs including the Garfield specials, The Simpsons, Bobby's World, and King of the Hill. He also gives a video tour of the Film Roman facilities and the people involved in the production of The Simpsons. Jennifer Howard conducted the interview in Los Angeles, CA on June 26, 2002.

"Every project has its own identity, its own look, its own feel. I never believed in doing things by formula. You design a project to look a certain way and characters move the way they're designed so every show has its own look. I never wanted a Hanna-Barbera or a Disney look, because all of the sudden, you're limited."

Highlights
Animator Phil Roman on why he feels How the Grinch Stole Christmas has become a TV classic
01:15
Animator Phil Roman on Chuck Jones' contribution to How the Grinch Stole Christmas
00:57
Animator Phil Roman on what Boris Karloff brought to the voice work for How the Grinch Stole Christmas
00:51
Animator Phil Roman on his work on Charlie Brown Specials
12:19
Animator Phil Roman on producing Garfield
14:02
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early years, education, and military service during the Korean War
18:02
On being hired as an assistant animator at Disney

Chapter 2

On being an assistant animator at Walt Disney Studios; on leaving Disney
02:28
On working on television animation; on joining MGM and working on Tom & Jerry, The Incredible Mr. Limpet, The Dot and the Line, and other films

Chapter 3

On animating The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
10:58
On working on The Cat in the Hat, Mr. Magoo, The Pink Panther and other television animation
12:11
On joining Bill Melendez to work on Charlie Brown Specials

Chapter 4

On his work on Charlie Brown Specials
12:19
On his work on the animated Garfield series
14:02
On his company Film Roman

Chapter 5

On his company Film Roman
02:33
On Film Roman's production of The Simpsons
17:52
On Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue; on Bobby's World

Chapter 6

On some of the other series done by Film Roman; on the state of the animation industry; on how he would like to be remembered
Shows

Charlie Brown Specials

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Animator Phil Roman on his work on Charlie Brown Specials
12:19

Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas

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Animator Phil Roman on why he feels How the Grinch Stole Christmas has become a TV classic
01:15
Animator Phil Roman on Chuck Jones' contribution to How the Grinch Stole Christmas
00:57
Animator Phil Roman on the scenes he worked on in How the Grinch Stole Christmas
00:48
Animator Phil Roman on what Boris Karloff brought to the voice work for How the Grinch Stole Christmas
00:51

Garfield Specials

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Animator Phil Roman on producing Garfield
14:02

Simpsons, The

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Animation executive Phil Roman on the production of The Simpsons
17:52
Professions

Animator

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Phil Roman on the animation style at Walt Disney Studios
08:43
Genres

Animation

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Phil Roman on the animation style at Walt Disney Studios
08:43
People

Chuck Jones

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Animator Phil Roman on Chuck Jones' contribution to How the Grinch Stole Christmas
00:57

Boris Karloff

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Animator Phil Roman on what Boris Karloff brought to the voice work for How the Grinch Stole Christmas
00:51

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