Call Number: Mss 220, Pc 196 (A.05-93, A.06-89)
Title: Richard Condie fonds.
Extent: 8.38 m of graphic material and other material.
Biographical sketch: Richard Condie was born in
1942 in Vancouver, British Columbia. He moved to Winnipeg where
he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University
of Manitoba in 1967. Before establishing his career as an animator,
Condie worked as a musician for the Manitoba Theatre Centre (1964),
as a musician for CBC TV (1964-65), and as a sociologist in the
Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia (1967-69).
In 1971 and 1972 he was awarded Canada Council Grants to experiment
in animation. His experimentation resulted in the production of
his first animated short film, Oh Sure, which was purchased
in 1978 by the National Film Board of Canada. He went on to produce
nine animated films, two of which, The Big Snit and
La Salla, were nominated for Academy Awards.
Condie’s work first garnered international recognition in
1980 when he was presented with an award in Tampere, Finland for
his animated short film, John Law and the Mississippi Bubble.
His next animated shorts, Getting Started (1980) and Pigbird
(1981), won a variety of awards in several countries including
Yugoslavia, Portugal, Finland, Poland, Australia, Canada and the
United States. Condie received his first Academy Award nomination
for The Big Snit in 1985. The Big Snit is Condie’s
most famous film and winner of sixteen international awards. Condie
received his second Oscar nomination in 1997 for La Salla,
his first computer-assisted animated short. La Salla is
the winner of nine international awards. Throughout his animation
career, Condie has contributed to the film and video industry in
almost every capacity: as animator, writer, director, producer,
composer, and musician. He is an active member of the Royal Canadian
Academy of Arts, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
and the International Animation Society, and is a founding member
of the Winnipeg Film Group. He continues to experiment with animation
Custodial history: The first accession of the
fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special
Collections by Richard Condie in 2005. University of Manitoba Libraries
acquired the second accession the following year.
Scope and content: The fonds is compiled into
five series. The first series is comprised of biographical information,
including Condie’s curriculum vitae. The second series contains
Condie’s personal and professional correspondence. The third
series is divided into six sub-series consisting of individual films:
Oh, Sure (1972), Getting Started (1979), Pigbird
(1982), The Big Snit (1985), The Apprentice (1991),
and La Salla (1996). The material within these sub-series
includes award notifications, film industry and newspaper reviews,
exhibition programs, animation cels, backgrounds, layouts, and dope
sheets, as well as publication and periodical information pertaining
to Condie’s career in animation. Two photographs and digital
scans of photographs make up the fourth series. A videocassette
(VHS) of a compilation of Condie’s work for the National Film
Board of Canada concludes the series. The 2006 accession consists
of approximately 100 painted cels from the film The Big Snit
as well as 2 backgrounds created by Richard Condie's sister, Sharon
Condie, for the same film.
Restrictions: There are no restrictions
on this material though extra care must be taken with this fonds
as it is very fragile and light sensitive.
Accruals: Further accruals to this fonds may be
Finding aid: A printed finding aid is available
in the Archives reading room and an on-line finding aid is available
at the link below:
220, PC 196 (A.05-93, A.06-89).