The Miss Mallard Mysteries Animated Film series based on Robert Quackenbush's Miss Mallard mysteries, were produced by Cinar in co-production with Shanghai Animated Film Studios (Copyright 2000, 2001) are now owned and distributed by DHX Media. They are being shown in 70 countries around the globe in five languages.
In France, where the films are being shown on prime time television, Miss Mallard is subject of essays by university students and the toast of Paris. In China, Miss Mallard is the beloved duck of 25,000,000 children. There are 26 episodes. Running time is 30 minutes each. The films are based on the books listed in the series below.
Bicycle to Treachery / Surfboard to Peril / Texas Trail to Calamity / Dogsled to Dread / Danger in Tibet / Lost in the Amazon / Evil Under the Sea / Express Train to Trouble / Cable Car to Catastrophe / Dig to Disaster / Gondola to Danger / Stairway to Doom / Rickshaw to Horror / Taxi to Intrigue / Stage Door to Terror / Flamenco to Mischief / Miss Mallard's Case Book.
NEW SERIES: SUPERHEROES IN STAMPS
During our turbulent times in need of superheroes, Robert Quackenbush is at work on an exciting new series of works featuring superheroes - real and imaginary - rendered in postage stamps that are mounted on canvas board. Show below are six examples from the series:
Batman in Stamps Superman in Stamps
Abraham Lincoln in Stamps (SOLD) President Obama in Stamps
Amelia Earhart in Stamps Sigmund Freud in Stamps
Edgar Allan Poe in Stamps
Over 100 new oils and watercolors completed by Robert Quackenbush since 9/11 are now on view at this studio. On display is a large oil called The Living Tree (below, right), a tribute to youth and survival, oils and watercolors honoring New York City firemen, self-portraits, family portraits, student portraits, sketchbooks, and paintings from his travels to Europe, the Caribbean, Belize, Mexico, and Canada. When in New York, you are invited to visit his studio and see the collection. Appointments in advance may be set up via e-mail contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recommended by Better Homes and Gardens Magazine: In an article on family travel, Better Homes and Gardens (August 2006) recommends ten "actual places and settings to visit that inspired some of the great works of American literature" from the boyhood homes of Dr. Seuss and Mark Twain to Robert Quackenbush's New York studio. The article says:
"Robert Quackenbush, best-selling author and illustrator of Henry's Awful Mistake, the Miss Mallard mystery series, and 200 other children's books, regularly hosts families at his art-filled studio in New York City. There, he gives readings, draws his book characters, and teaches workshops on illustrating and creating books. The visits are by appointment only, call 212-744-3822 or visit the author's Web site, www.rquackenbush.com for more information."
Robert Quackenbush's "The Living Tree"
Robert has been very busy in his studio!
A prolific artist unveils some remarkable new paintings
A preview showing of new paintings by Robert Quackenbush at his studio were reviewed by Ruth Bass in her column about New York art events for Art-Talk . Dr. Bass is also an important reviewer for Art News. She said in Art-Talk:
"Another important event was the show of recent oils and watercolors by Robert Quackenbush in his Manhattan studio. Quackenbush, a native son of Phoenix, is beloved by generations of children (and their parents) as the author-illustrator of the delightful Miss Mallard mystery series and at least 200 other books for small fry, as well as chapter books and illustrated classics for their older siblings. His work is in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution, the Whitney Museum of American Art and Mrs. Norton Simon."
"Central Park is a major presence in the new oils. In The Living Tree, children who are bathed in a lime-green halo of grass and sun play around a large tree. An image of the artist as a child rises, half-hidden, on the surface of the huge and ancient trunk. In another painting, New York firemen are picnicking in the park. In yet another, we see the solid and abiding forms of New York buildings glimpsed from a fifth-story ledge. Resilient and life-affirming, the works are Quackenbush's way of working through his continuing horror at the events of 9/11."
Robert Quackenbush is now at work in his studio on a series of paintings called "Ducks on Stage" that show ducks involved in human professions and play from acting to sports to building skycrapers to going to resorts for vacations. In all seriousness, the ducks are engaged in these activities against optical illustion backgrounds that reflect our uncertain and confusing times. These tongue-in-cheek paintings will be completed by January 2006. They are based on lessons from the artist's childhood and his parents saying that no matter how tough things are, as long as we keep our sense of humor our spirits cannot be crushed. The paintings will be displayed on this site upon completion.
Robert Quackenbush has now completed the eagerly awaited series of 11" x 14" oils on canvas board titled Ducks on Stage. The eight paintings (displayed below) show ducks performing on stage various human activities from building a skyscraper to attending a wedding. The props on the stages of the ducks busy world are optical illusions that reflect our confusing and uncertain times. Some illusions are never-ending, such as the prop for Ducks on Stage: The Skateboarders.
Even so, there is rainbow or bright sunlight in the background to show that hope is ever present. The humorous paintings are based on lessons from the artist's childhood and his parents saying that no matter how tough things are as long as we keep our sense of humor our spirits cannot be crushed. Beneath the humor of the paintings are some moral lessons, too, as shown in the painting Ducks on Stage:The Opera in which the murder scene from Tosca is being enacted by ducks. Here for your viewing pleasure and thoughtful social and classroom discussions Robert Quackenbush is pleased to present Ducks on Stage:
Ducks on Stage: Quackenbush Follies Ducks on Stage: The Resort Ducks on Stage: The Construction Crew
Ducks on Stage: The Morning Workout
Ducks on Stage: The Skateboarders Ducks on Stage: The Opera Ducks on Stage: The Wedding Ducks on Stage: The Circus
Ducks on Stage: Gods and Goddesses of Ducklympus (oil painting on canvas 4' x 3')
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