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Now and then I get approached by journalists who seem to think nothing positive has been written about my work. In fact, most of what has been written about my work is extremely positive.–Reg Hartt.



“There doesn’t seem to be much creativity at the top. It seems to me that Toronto has a split personality, a civic schizophrenia. On one level there is the spirit of individuals and small groups who do things…what you might call the vernacular spirit. This is all very informal, ingenious, quite romantic and full of fun, a great deal of fun. It seems to me that the official spirit of Toronto is stamp out fun. It’s pompous, impressed with mediocrity if its very, very big and expensive,”–Jane Jacobs–hXw8       .

“Visitors to Reg Hartt’s Cineforum, the funky Victorian row development in downtown Toronto that is both movie emporium and Hartt’s house, might be in for a bit of a surprise if they show up the evening of Dec. 11. There to greet them will be none other than Pierre Berton, the 82-year-old dean of popular Canadian non-fiction.

“Berton will be on hand as special guest at a potpourri presentation called Cats in Cartoons. Hartt, the man who first brought Deep Throat to Ontario and keeps bringing Triumph of the Will, the original Metropolis, Un Chien Andalou et al. to Toronto audiences, is including Krazy Kat, Felix the Cat and Tom and Jerry animations in the program.

“Berton’s taking it in because (1) “he loves Reg,” according to his longtime agent, Elsa Franklin, and (2) his latest book, a memoir, is titled Cats I Have Known and Loved. In fact, if you bring a copy with you to Cineforum, you get in free, and you can get it autographed.”—James Adams, GLOBE AND MAIL

“The official spirit of Toronto is stamp out fun.”—Jane Jacobs.


Bernie Farber, quote d in this piece, served as the head of The Canadian Jewish Congress. Compare what he said with what the author the letter accusing me of spreading hate stated.

The left is as bad as the right. Both feel free to lie to serve their cause.

Bernard B. Brown played first violin in the orchestra which accompanied THE BIRTH OF A NATION during its premiere run in Los Angeles in 1915. On retiring he taught film and film sound at UCLA. For three days in 1980 he taught me.

Friz Freleng was wonderful. In Toronto he met an audience which regarded him as they would have regarded Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. They saw him not as a man who made funny cartoons but as what he was, a real artist working in the medium of his choice. Mr. Freleng is one of animation’s great unsung heroes. His use of music in animation is peerless. Two of his best films, CLEAN PASTURES and GOLDILOCKS AND THE JIVING BEARS are among the fabled Censored Eleven Warner Animation classics. While these films certainly don’t belong on regular television they are mature works which should command the respect they deserve. They are adult in the best sense of that word. Freleng did Ralph Bakshi (FRITZ THE CAT, COOKSKIN, etc.) when Bakshi was in diapers.

Jane Jacobs wrote this. It is a powerful letter of endorsement and support.

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