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Charles David "Chuck" Menville (April 17, 1940June 15, 1992) was an Americanmarker animator and writer for television. His credits included Batman: The Animated Series, Land of the Lost, The Real Ghostbusters, The Smurfs, Star Trek: The Animated Series, and Tiny Toon Adventures.

Menville was born in Baton Rouge, Louisianamarker, but moved to Los Angelesmarker at the age of 19 with aspirations of becoming an animator. There, he got a job with Walt Disney Productions and served as an assistant on The Jungle Book. Unhappy with the climate at Disney, Menville soon branched out into writing, and in the 1960s began a long working partnership with his friend Len Janson.

During the mid 1960s, Menville and Janson co-produced a series of short live-action films, among them the Academy Award-nominated Stop Look and Listen, an innovative stop-motion pixilation experiment in which the main characters "drive" down city streets in invisible cars.

Pixilation, the animation of living beings, and object animation, was nothing new to film, having been refined by Norman McLaren and his National Film Board of Canada associates during the 1940s and 1950s, most notably the Oscar-winning Neighbours in 1952.

Disney and other Hollywood studios saw little use for the technique, and so the pixilation technique became largely forgotten after McLaren moved on to using other animation techniques for later films.

But Menville and Janson revived the all-but-forgotten technique, introducing it to a new generation of fresh baby-boomer eyes.

They followed Stop Look and Listen with their acclaimed 1967 short film, Vicious Cycles a comedy shot in 16 mm, featuring a gang of hard-core bikers intimidating a prissy motor scooter club. Menville plays the head of the scooter club. Clips from the film was featured in a 1970 summer television series on the ABC network called The New Communicators and made Menville's pixilation technique nationally famous in the USA.

Gulf oil (Union 76) soon hired them to do a series of pixilation commercials for their "no-nox" gasoline, which allowed them to increase the production value of their films.

They graduated to 35 mm with their next short film, 1970s Blaze Glory, a spoof of cliche western movies in which heroes and villains rode around the old west, without horses. Again, Menville himself played the title character. Easily his most ambitious and elaborate short film, an entire full-scale stage coach, with no wheels, was physically animated, along with an animated moving camera, frame-by-frame for a complex robbery scene. The film, loaded with other equally complicated animated elaborate sight gags, was a hit short film at midnight movies in the early 70s.

They followed this with another 35 mm short film, Sargeant Swell (1972), a spoof of super heroes. Mostly live action with a minimum of their now-trademark pixilation animation technique that had made their earlier films so distinctive, the film failed to garner an audience at the box office, but by then they had established themselves as a creative force within Hollywood animation production circles.

In the mid-1970s, the team began a stint at Filmation, during which they brought their irreverent take to Star Trek: The Animated Series. (Menville authored an episode titled "The Practical Joker" for that series, which is now seen by many within Star Trek fandom to have been the genesis of the holodeck.)

In the 1980s, Menville contributed to a number of Saturday morning series, including The Smurfs, The Real Ghostbusters, and Kissyfur. Among his last projects before his death in 1992 was the episode "Opah" of the live-action Land of the Lost, for which he was nominated for the Humanitas Prize in Live-Action Children's Programming.

Menville was the author of The Harlem Globetrotters: Fifty Years of Fun and Games, a history of the famed basketball team. It was published by the D. McKay Company in 1978.

Menville, who died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma in Malibu, Californiamarker in 1992, was the father of Scott Menville, an Americanmarker musician and voice artist and Chad Menville, an Americanmarker writer.

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