Tuesday August 4, 2020

Arts Feature: Drawing a monster invasion

Niamh Sharkey's imagination brought Henry Hugglemonster to life, and now Disney are going to bring him to the world, writes Fiona Ness.

3rd February, 2013
Disney's Beth Gardiner and author Niamh Sharkey. Photo: Maura Hickey

If you'd happened onto the Warner Bros animation studio lot in the 1940s, you might well have spotted a group of men, in pleated suit trousers and rolled-up shirt sleeves, performing madcap antics.

They weren't professionals letting off steam, but cartoonists acting out the plots of their shows, to see how the stunts would hang together. Afterwards, they'd return to the studio and start drawing.

Down at Brown Bag Films in Dublin, history is repeating...

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