Friday, November 16, 2012

RIP Twinkies: This is Personal

The end of Twinkies? That's just downright un-American.  What the hell is going on in our country?  
I loved Twinkies as a kid.  They were good.  And not only that, commercial animation kept my family alive growing up.  My mother worked in animation for decades as an 'ink and painter.'  Before Xerox machines were invented everything was painstakingly done by hand.  One by one, she hand-inked and painted all of the animation cels that went into the Twinkie the Kid ad campaign in the 1970s, and many, many others.  I would often be at the studios where she worked. Many nights she would bring work home and I would sit there with her for hours talking and watching her deftly complete each step.  First she would ink [trace] the animator's drawings onto the cel, then paint in the colors and then 'opaque' each one on the back.  'Opaquing' is applying a coat of white gesso so that when the cameraman shoots it, light won't come through.   

This was one of the 30-second spots she worked on.

Brings back memories.  I had forgotten all about Fruit Pie the Magician.  I did like those fruit pies.  Apple was my favorite.

8 Comments:

Anonymous AFree American said...

Fear Not UI: The Twinkies brand, formula, & factories (minus the greedy unions) will be bought by a worthy Capitalist & production will soon resume.

November 16, 2012 1:36 PM  
Blogger defiant_infidel said...

A great tale, UI! I DO recall the process and it's so very COOL your mom was a key part of it!

I can very much relate to the extinct job as my dad was a lifelong linotype operator, painstakingly hand setting soft lead type headlines and copy for newspapers all over the country his entire life. As a kid visiting his newspaper, I well recall the heat and smell of the lead pots at the rear of the huge machines he worked on.

AFA is right, it will be grabbed by an enterprising Capitalist and reinvented. Those 18,500 employees will be grateful to their unions for saving them from a pay cut to allow the company to survive and keep their jobs, to a pay evaporation and comfortable, lengthy stays in the local unemployment line with other idiots just like them, devoid of work ethic, integrity and motivation. Apathetic whining will so well suit their mentality!

Hang in there, Trooper! ;)

November 16, 2012 1:46 PM  
Blogger Mikey Lee said...

Yep, another union tragedy. My Dad WAS a Professional Air Traffic Controller, at least he retired rather than strike.

November 16, 2012 5:44 PM  
Blogger ConanTheRepublican said...

In the NY Daily News story we read the following: "Management squarely blamed labor, saying union wages and pensions had made the company unprofitable and unable to secure financing to emerge from bankruptcy". That's right; stinking, filthy, Communist-inspired UNIONS broke this hallowed American icon. It's time to absolutely breakup every single God-forsaken union in this country. THIS is how Communism is taking over America.

November 16, 2012 6:37 PM  
Blogger Urban Infidel said...

Ironically enough, the NYC Screen Cartoonists local union ceased to exist when the jobs went overseas in the animation industry in the 80s.

November 17, 2012 10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the three little Sweetheart stores were closed yesterday AM. About 15 people lost their jobs. Not many for a town of 40,000 but to those 15 people and the thousands others around the country which have absolutely nothing to do with unions.

November 20, 2012 10:16 AM  
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Anonymous AFree American said...

Hi UI,
While grocery shopping today a box of Little Debbie “Cloud Cakes” shouted at me. They look like Twinkies but do they really have the taste, I wondered. I was hooked. The review: “Cloud Cakes” are Canal St. clone Twinkies that, if you don’t concentrate, can be a temporary substitute. They will help me wait for the real thing when Hostess is back.

December 04, 2012 11:16 PM  

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