Filmmaker who made illustrations into moving images dies

An Oscar-nominated filmmaker who developed a technique to transform illustrations from children's books into moving images for films has died at his Connecticut home. Morton Schindel was 98.

Scholastic Inc. senior vice president Kyle Good says Schindel died of natural causes Saturday in Weston. Scholastic bought Schindel's company, Weston Woods Studios, in 1996.

Schindel's filmmaking technique involved using cameras to make original artwork from books move across the screen. It was used in the 1973 film "Where the Wild Things Are," based on Maurice Sendak's children's book of the same name.

The Orange, New Jersey, native and former New York resident produced more than 300 movies and 450 recordings.

In 1986, he received an Academy Award nomination for "Doctor De Soto," based on the children's book by William Steig.


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