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Call Number: Mss 220, Pc 196 (A.05-93, A.06-89)

Title: Richard Condie fonds.

Dates: 1972-2006.

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 techniques.

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 expected.

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:

MSS 220, PC 196 (A.05-93, A.06-89).


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