Martin B. Taras


Martin B. Taras was better known as Marty Taras. Marty Taras was born on 9thAugust 1914 in New York City, New York and passed away on 2 nd November 1994 in White Plains, New York.

Martin B. Taras was known as an American animator, cartoonist, director, and writer.

**Bio Summary:*
Martin B. Taras (1914 - 1994) was a talent and excellent animator in Famous Studios. Taras was born and grew up in New York, so his style designs were related to modern designs. Marty Taras's early career was as an artist with the old Van Beuren Studios in 1935, and after that Marty started animating in 1939 to1957. Moreover, in 1935 Marty moved over to work for Fleischer because at that time some artists or animators thought they could have found an opportunity to unionize Fleischer's. In fact, Marty was fired in 1937 for his union activities since he "was accused of creating a fire hazard by giving a guy a hotfoot as a joke." (Tom Sito, pg. 85)

After the Fleischer strike solution, Marty started directing for CBS among the directorial stints. After that, Marty joined in the Famous Studios which was known later as Paramount Cartoon Studios in 1956. Moreover, Marty created "Baby Huey" which was very powerful and successful character. In 1958, Marty Taras and Dave Tendlar, two Famous Studios stalwarts, joined in the Terrytoons.

Marty also drew comic books emphasizing characters such as Rag Rabbit, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Spooky the Tuff Little Ghost, Wendy the Good Little Witch, Buzzy the Funny Crow, and Herman and Katnip. Furthermore, Marty was an animator and designer for television programs such as Spider-Man (1967), Super Friend, and Batfink. According the IMDbPro, Marty was known as theatrical motion pictures such as The Lord of the Rings (1978), Fritz the Cat (1972), and Wizards (1977), and Marty also won the Golden Award 1985.

Marty Taras spent his life for doing his talent skills. Marty also had a happy family with his beautiful wife and two daughters. Finally, after providing for animation entertainment, Marty passed away in 1994 at his eighty-age in White Plain, New York.

**Comments On Style:*
Whenever people talked about Marty Taras, they always mention that Marty's art works are very clean, simple, clear, and easy to understand. All of Marty's art works were needed how clever and skillful to draw and design. Marty's characters who were all very attractive to the audiences because of their actions and motivation. "Baby Heuy" and "Rags Rabbit" were examples to prove Marty's works. The first comment is from Michael Sporn who is one of the person knows Marty's art works. Michael quoted: "Marty Taras is one of the great animators at Famous. I think he invented the 'stock cookie cutter' look that some criticize the shorts for, but I think it works really well for the dopey characters like Baby Huey and Katnip. There is also really fluid movement in his animation. Speaking of Huey, Marty created this character! He was said to have been the model for his body-build too. Below is one of his great pages of comic book art from the early 50s. Jerry Beck was kind enough to send me all of these great images you see before you. Bob Jaques also helped me pinpoint a few of these Marty Taras scenes and his style. The three of us need to collaborate on a book of the Famous history, guys! It's really needed!" The second comment is from Jerry Beck who quoted: "Marty Taras is one of my favorite animators and cartoonists. Here is some beautiful artwork that was typical of Taras' 1950s Rags Rabbit comics. His artwork is so lively that the characters seem to be jumping off the page! (This is typical of his and Jim Davis' Fox & Crow/Flippity & Flop work.)" J.E. Daniels also quoted: "Marty Taras was a great talent at the Famous Studios, and like Johnny Gent, he was a good as anyone on the West Coast. He did a lot of great comic book work too, like Rags Rabbit. Unfortunately Rags was never animated in any of his own Harveytoons, but the art has such an animated feel that it seems like you're watching a cartoon anyway." The cartoon audiences note only mention Marty Taras's animation styles but also consider the scenes. Marty's art works were very emotional and well-timed. Some audiences seem to think that his art works which contain "jazz" make the audiences feeling excited to. The comment of John Celetri showed: "I learned very early on: Don't treat each scene as though it was equal to another...there are "money" scenes and there are scenes that can be done cheaply. Put the effort (money) where necessary and balance it out with easy scenes. I learned this from animators like Johnny Gentilella and Marty Taras (who were veteran Fleischer/Paramount/Terrytoons animators)."

*II.5 **Honors:*
Martin B. Taras (Marty Taras) won the Golden Award in 1985.


*Description Jobs*

Early 1930s

The Old Van Beuren Studios Marty Taras worked as an artist and a writer.
The Fleischer Studios Marty Taras worked as a cartoonist and an animator.
End 1930s
The Famous Studios and CBS Marty Taras worked as an animator and a director.
The Terrytoons Studios Marty Taras worked as an animator and a director.
Krantz Productions Marty Taras worked as an animator.
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