His animated films have to me always felt honest and that they were a part of him (except Cool World, but that's a different story). However, with that honesty comes a sense of incoherent storytelling (some call it stream of consciousness). You can definitely see this in Heavy Traffic, where some events seem to happen for no reason.
However, I love the animation in his films. He had great stuff from Irv Spence, Brenda Banks, Virgil Ross, John Gentilella, and others.
My list of best to worst of his films are:
1. Hey Good Lookin'
4. Heavy Traffic
5. American Pop
6. Fritz the Cat
7. Fire & Ice
8. Cool World
9. The Lord of the Rings
All of these films have fantastic artwork by great artists like Johnny Vita, Barry Jackson, Louise Zingarelli (she's one of the best artists I've ever seen) and Milton Knight. He always took great advantage of the artists he had. He didn't let their work go to waste.
I will cover his TV work in another post, and later will do a review for each of his animated films.
See you next time,
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