Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Death Place: New York City, New York, USA
Bartel's interest in film began at the age of nine. He went to the movies often, frequently at a film club which showed 16mm prints of silent and classic works. By the age of 11, animation had captured his imagination. Influenced by Disney's "Pinocchio" and "Fantasia", Bartel decided that he wanted to direct animated films. At age 13, he spent a summer working at New York's UPA animation studio.
While a student at UCLA, Bartel produced several animated shorts and documentaries. Upon graduation, he received a Fullbright scholarship to study film direction in Rome. One of the short theatrical films he produced while in Italy, "Progetti", was presented at the 1962 Venice Film Festival.
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