Fonds MSS 220 - Richard Condie fonds

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Richard Condie fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 220

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  • 1972-2009, [2017?] (Creation)
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    Condie, Richard

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9.35 m of graphic material and other material.

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(1942-)

Biographical history

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 techniques.

Custodial history

The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Richard Condie in 2005. Accession A.06-89 was acquired by the Elizabeth Dafoe Library in 2006. Accession A.11-94 was acquired by the Elizabeth Dafoe Library in 2011. In 2019, accessions A.18-06, A.18-087 and A.18-100 were acquired.

Scope and content

The 2005 accession 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. 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 two backgrounds created by Richard Condie's sister, Sharon Condie, for the same film. The 2011 accession consists of painted cels from the films Heartland and the Big Snit, as well as two videocassettes of Heartland and The Apprentice. The fonds is compiled into two series, the first entitled Animation Cels: Painted Cels and the second PC 196. The 2018 accessions A.18-086 and A.18-087 consist of cels from The Big Snit and accession A.18-100 has textual records of promotional material, clippings and publications relating to Richard Condie.

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A printed finding aid is available in the Archives reading room and on-line finding aids can be generated from this description.

View Richard Condie's National Film Board films: https://www.nfb.ca/directors/richard-condie/

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2005-093

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2006-089

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2011-094

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2018-086

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2018-087

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2018-100

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196

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Inventory prepared by Nicole Coffey and Brian Hubner (2006).
Finding aid encoded by Vladimira Zvonik (2006).
Quality checked by Mary Grace Golfo (March 2017).
Finding aids prepared by K. Suderman (January 2019).
Revised by M. Horodyski (February 2019).

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  • English

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