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Straight Talk

designer: Bob Kurtz • studio: Kurtz & Friends • comment

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Animator Bob Kurtz and title designer Wayne Fitzgerald collaborated for the first time on Max Dugan Returns in 1983. Fitzgerald, who has literally designed hundreds of titles for film and television since the mid 1950s, usually was the one who brought in Kurtz for the animation. Straight Talk is the only title sequence of Kurtz that did not feature any characters. 

The dance steps are a reference to the story of the main character (played by Dolly Parton), who used to be a dance instructor. It also serves as a metaphorical reference to Parton's romantic pas-de-deux with the main character.

Bob Kurtz: “I was brought in to do a little teeny bit. But it's fun because you still have to come up with the idea of what to do and how it's going to work. Actually, we danced trying to get it right. I was doing the tango. The rest of the crew laughed, but we were having fun with it. This title is a little more designy.”

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About Bob Kurtz

Bob Kurtz

Bob Kurtz, founder of the Burbank-based animation studio Kurtz & Friends, writes, designs and directs animated short films, title sequences and tv commercials. His first animated main title was Max Dugan Returns (1983). More recently, he completed the main title animations for The Pink Panther (2006) and Are We Done Yet? (2007)

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Director (film)
Barnet Kellman

Title designer
Wayne Fitzgerald

Title director/animator
Bob Kurtz

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