I really like thedissolve.com, which covers film with news, reviews, interviews, and in-depth appreciations of various filmmakers. Right now, they have a great post up about the Hubleys, parents John and Faith, and their kids who include animator Emily and Yo La Tengo co-founder Georgia. I highly recommend reading the full post at thedissolve.com.
John Hubley created Mr. Magoo, although he drew the character differently than the more popular TV version we're most familiar with. John and Faith were going for a different, deeper form of art with their animation, eschewing the Disney palette for a flatter, almost waxier look that was abstract but familiar at the same time. When I was in school, at random times various English teachers would show us short films like the ones the Hubleys made (or, maybe live action films like, say, 'the red balloon'), and these films stand up today surprisingly well. They reflect a time in America when Jazz was still the most respected form of popular music, and abstract art was still disturbing to a lot of people — when people actually paid attention to art.
Here's one of their best shorts, 'The Adventures of an *', followed by an excerpt from the story at thedissolve.com.
At this point, John had been burned three times by commercial animation: during the Disney strike, at UPA, and by Finian's Rainbow. Faith had never had anything but distrust of commercial projects to begin with. So as a condition of their marriage, they made a pact: They would make one serious film a year, for themselves, and do whatever they had to do to support it. Many people make this kind of one-for-them-one-for-me promise at the beginning of their careers; almost no one keeps it. John had been working in animation for nearly 20 years when he decided it was time for personal projects—and he and Faith kept their bargain, producing innovative, avant-garde films at a breakneck pace. John continued to work in commercials, and Faith worked in various parts of the film industry, including as a script supervisor on 12 Angry Men, but the goal was to support their own work. Here's how John described the importance of this bargain to Ford:
…if you believe in this media as an art, and you believe yourself to be an artist, and you want to make films as an artist, you have to go ahead and do it; you have to make what you want to make, have control over it, and make it on your terms. The old struggle of art versus commerce and whether the artist can control creativity or be told what to do by the money people is one that we realize every artist is up against. Faith and I decided that we would separate the two functions and never let the necessity of earning a living interfere with the production of one film a year. In other words, make the living doing other things and always keep one film a year where you don't have to worry about economics. (Well, you do worry about economics, because you're pouring money into it and you can't expect to get it back.) But it's very important to do it, because it feeds your whole creative life.