Sunday, 5 June 2016
Tralfaz Sunday Theatre: Wings For Roger Windsock
Gene Deitch was involved in the making of this limited animation cartoon. The highlights may be the post-war designs and the voice work of Dick Beals, who later moved to Hollywood where his perennial kid voice could be heard in Alka Seltzer commercials, as Ralph Phillips in the Warner Bros. cartoons (Windsock compares interestingly with Phillips), and in TV series like The Funny Company, Roger Ramjet and Davey and Goliath. Beals was an actor on radio in Detroit at the time this film was made.
Deitch, of course, went on to do commercial work at UPA, became the head of production at Terrytoons, then moved to Czechoslovakia where he made Tom and Jerry theatrical cartoons and Popeye cartoons for television.
Rudy Zamora has been identified by Mr. Deitch as one of the Windsock animators. Another source says Jim Fekete also worked on it.