Richard Condie:

An Inventory of Richard Condie's Work at the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Alanna MacIsaac
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Finding aid encoded by Alanna MacIsaac (October 2012)
Finding aid written in English.

Collection Summary

University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Richard Condie

Richard Condie fonds


0.64 m of graphic material and other material

MSS 220, PC 196 (A.11-94)


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Biography of Richard Condie

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 found employment in a variety of interesting fields. Between 1964 and 1969 he 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 both 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 in1978 by the National Film Board of Canada. Condie’s career as an animator was then established. 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 Academy Oscar nomination for "La Salla", his first computer-assisted animated short, in 1997. "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.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds is compiled into two series. Because animation cels, layouts and dope sheets, vary in size and shape, this collection is stored in 1/2m archival boxes, over-size document boxes and map folders. The first series consists of animation cels from the films "Heartland" (1987) and "The Big Snit" (1985). The second series is the original VHS copies of the films "Heartland" and "The Apprentice" (1991).

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into two series

  • 1. Animation Cels: Painted Cels
  • 2. PC 196

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Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on this material

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Restrictions on Use

Extra care must be taken with this collection as it is very fragile and light sensitive.

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Related Materials

Sharon Condie fonds - MSS 222, PC 197, A.05-102

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Custodial History

The first accession of the Richard Condie fonds was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Mr. Condie in 2005. University of Manitoba Libraries acquired the second accession the following year. The third accession of the Richard Condie fonds was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives &Special Collections by Mr. Condie in 2011.

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Detailed Description of the Collection


11 "Heartland" Hearse Scene Cels E1-E57 circa 1987
2 "Heartland" Cels E1-E40 circa 1987
3 "Heartland" non-numbered cels circa 1987
4 "Heartland" Cels E63-E66 circa 1997
5 "Heartland" Cels E1-E46 circa 1987
6 "Heartland" Box E Cels 2G-5G circa 1987
7 "Heartland" Box E Cels 7G-17G circa 1987
8 "Heartland" Box 5E Cel 69
9 "Heartland" Box E Cels 19G-22G circa 1987
10 "Heartland" Box E Cels 24G-36G; 38G-39G circa 1987
11 "Heartland" Box E Cel 1B circa 1987
12 "Heartland" Box E background shot 20; shot 22 circa 1987
13 "Heartland" Cels E1-E2; E4; E6-E7; E9-E57; E60; shot 5E8 circa 1987
21 "Heartland" Cels 5E5; 5E33-5E68; 5E70-5E86; 5E88-5E90 circa 1987
2 "Heartland" Cels E92; E94; E96-E98; E100; E102; E104-E105; E107-E119; E123-E155 circa 1987
3 "Heartland" non-numbered cels circa 1987
4 "Heartland" Cels GBG-IBG; HBH G1; H55; HBG;B1; B background 5 shot 6; not numbered cels; 2B11; background 6 shot 7; background 5 shot 6; 2B7 circa 1987
5 "Heartland" Cels D1-D22; D24-D40 circa 1987
6 "Heartland" Cels B2-B33; B36-B45; B47-B65; B68-B69; B71-B78; B81; B85-B89; B91; B100-B104; B108-B112; B116-B119 circa 1987
7 "Heartland" Cels E4-E25; E27-E48; E50; E52-E55; E57; E62 circa 1987
8 "Heartland" Cels 156B-156I; 157A-158I; 158A-158I; 159A-159I; 160A-160I; 161A-161I circa 1987
9 "Heartland" Wake-up scene, spatting etc... Cels E1-E47; E49-E63; Shot 13 (11) 4D100 circa 1987
10 "Heartland" Original Backgrounds - Graveyard circa 1987
31 "Heartland" Cels 1C Box F-55C Box F circa 1987
2 "Heartland" Cels 3A Box D -11A Box D; 13A Box D-48A Box D circa 1987
3 "Heartland" Cels 6F1-^F19; 6121F-6155F circa 1987
4 "Heartland" Cels 4D60-4D120 circa 1987
5 "Heartland" Cels 4D1-4D59 circa 1987
6 "Heartland" Sc. 18; Cels D1-D5; D7-D24; D26-D28 circa 1987
7 "Heartland" Cels 4D121-4D165 circa 1987
8 "Heartland" Cel Box E 23G circa 1987
41 "Heartland" "Scene 21" Cels H1-H60; H62-H63 circa 1987
2 "Heartland" "Scene 16" Cels 1; 3-23 circa 1987
3 "Heartland" Cels B1-B61; B63-B71 circa 1987
4 "Heartland" Cels F1-F21; F23-F40 circa 1987
5 "Heartland" "Shot 9 - Cows" Cels F2-F17 circa 1987
6 "Heartland" Cels 2B2-2B6; 2B7-2B10; 2B12-2B63 circa 1987
7 "Heartland" Cels 6F20-6F60 circa 1987
8 "Heartland" Cels 6F61-6F120 circa 1987
9 "Heartland" "Scene 19" Cels F1-F2; F4-F24; F26-F28 circa 1987
10 "Heartland" "Shot 6" Cels B2-B39 circa 1987
51 "Heartland" "Town 2" non-labelled backgrounds; above backgrounds from Heartland shot 32 cels 17-20 circa 1987

see map cabinet for this folder

2 "Big Snit" "Shot 29" Backgrounds 59 and 62; reference sheet; layout 29A; "His exit then kitchen vestibule scene"; Cels 1-82 circa 1985
3 "Big Snit" "Shot 30"; "accordion scene"; 1/3 background 63; reference sheet; layouts 30A-30D; Cels 1-25; 27-31; 32-74; 76-77; 79-97; 99-115 circa 1985
4 "Big Snit" "Shot 30"; 2/2 Cels 116-118; 120-142; 145-224 circa 1985
5 "Big Snit" "Shot 30"; "Concertina Scene" 3/3 Cels 225-269; 271-275; 276-279; 281-285; 288-340 circa 1985
61 "Big Snit" reference sheet; Cel H4; non-numbered cel circa 1985
2 "Big Snit" "Shot 31"; reference sheets; sketches 65-66; layout 31A-C; Cels 6-10; 12-19; 28-34; 36-37; 39-50; 52-59; 62-68; 69-75; 77-99; 102; 104-109; 111-119; 121-137 circa 1985
3 "Big Snit" "Shot 32"; Background cells non-numbered; Cels 2-132; 134-202 circa 1985

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PC 196 1987-1991
71 "Heartland" Animation IMAX 1987
2 "The Apprentice" 1991

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