William L Snyder

Producer
One of the first Americans to do business in postwar Eastern Europe, William L Snyder imported European films through his production company Rembrandt Films (founded in 1949). Two years later, he brought Czechoslovakian ... Read more »
Born: 02/14/1918

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (12)

Aloma of the South Seas (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Blackbeard the Pirate (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Blue Skies (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

New Mexico (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

One Minute to Zero (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

The Bandit of Sherwood Forest (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

The House Across the Street (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

The Loves of Carmen (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

The Petty Girl (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

The Return of October (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

The Toast of New Orleans (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

White Savage (Movie)

(Cinematographer)
Actor (1)

Julia Misbehaves (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

One of the first Americans to do business in postwar Eastern Europe, William L Snyder imported European films through his production company Rembrandt Films (founded in 1949). Two years later, he brought Czechoslovakian director Jiri Trnka's adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen tale "The Emperor's Nightingale" to the USA. This puppet-animation film, featuring a new English narration by Boris Karloff, was released to critical acclaim. Snyder also produced the animated drama "White Mane" (1952), a poignant story of the friendship between a fierce stallion and a small boy. In 1959, he teamed with animator Gene Deitch, the former head of UPA Studios, to produce cartoons in Prague. Five films distributed by Rembrandt Films earned Academy Award nominations and Snyder picked up a statuette for the 1960 Jules Feiffer short "Munro," an eight-minute animated film about a four year old boy mistakenly drafted into the Army. Rembrandt Films also adapted and animated many classic children's books including Ludwig Bemelmans' popular "Madeline" series, James Thurber's "Many Moons" and Eve Titus' "Anatole." The 1964 Oscar-nominee "Nudnik # 2" spawned a series of films including "Here's Nudnik" (1965), "Nudnik on the Roof" and "From Nudnik With Love" (both 1966). Snyder's last film credit was 1966's feature "Alice in Wonderland in Paris," directed by Deitch.

Relationships

Dana Snyder-Grant

Daughter

Trinka Snyder

Daughter

Adam Snyder

Son

Peggy Snyder

Wife
survived him

Milestones

1966

Produced "Alice in Wonderland of Paris", directed by Dietch

1964

Received two Academy Award nominations in the Best Short Subject (Cartoons) category for "Nudnik #2" and "How to Avoid Friendships"

1960

Won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Subject for Jules Feiffer's "Munro", a film about a 4-year old boy mistakenly drafted into the Army

1959

Began producing cartoons in Prague with former head of UPA Studios, animator Gene Dietch

1952

Produced the 38 minute animated drama "White Mane"

1951

Rembrandt released a Boris Karloff narrated puppet-animation adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen tale "The Emperor's Nightingale" to critical acclaim

1949

Founded Rembrandt Films, importing films from Europe

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