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TT has been with the BCDB for a long time, and is the resident Hanna-Barbera expert. Tammi loves the old show, and keeps up with the nes ones, too. You can reach her here.

Adam and Dog Full Video Online

 Adam And Dog


Adam And Dog

Acad­emy Award nom­i­nee “Adam and Dog” is now fully rep­re­sented online. If you are inter­ested in see­ing the full 15 minute short, you now can because direc­tor Minkyu Lee has posted the full ver­sion to the Internets.

Of the other Oscar nom­i­nated films, Paper­man and Fresh Gua­camole have full ver­sions online, too. British entry Head Over Heels has only a teaser video avail­able right now.

Simp­sons short The Longest Day­care is not cur­rently avail­able online.

All videos that are online can be viewed directly from their BCDB page.

Bydlo Named One of Canada’s 10 Best Short Animated Films

Bydlo

Bydlo

Bydlo,” an ani­ma­tion directed by Patrick Bouchard for the National Film Board of Canada, was named Tues­day evening as one of Canada’s top short films of 2012.

The 12th annual Canada’s Top Ten list was announced at a Toronto gala orga­nized by the Toronto Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val Group. Actors Sarah Gadon and Don McKel­lar were the hosts.

An alle­gory of mankind head­ing for dis­as­ter, Bydlo is a tragic vision inspired by the fourth move­ment of Mussorgsky’s Pic­tures at an Exhi­bi­tion. Draw­ing on the composer’s bril­liant abil­ity to evoke work and labour in his music, Bouchard brings the earth to life through ani­mated clay sculp­tures, cre­at­ing a con­crete and ter­ri­fy­ing world, a tac­tile night­mare in which man is his own slave driver.

The film has been nom­i­nated for next year’s Annie Award for Best Ani­mated Short Sub­ject. It pre­miered June 7 at the Annecy Inter­na­tional Ani­ma­tion Festival.

Oth­ers in this year’s list of Top 10 Cana­dian shorts are (in alpha­bet­i­cal order) Chef de meute (Herd Leader), directed by Chloé Robichaud; Crackin’ Down Hard, directed by Mike Clat­ten­burg; Kas­par, directed by Diane Obom­sawin; Ne crâne pas sois mod­este (Keep a Mod­est Head), directed by Deco Daw­son; Lingo, directed by Bahar Noorizadeh; Mal­ody, directed by Phillip Barker; Old Growth, directed by Tess Girard; Reflex­ions, directed by Mar­tin Thibaudeau; and Paparmane (Win­ter­green), directed by Joëlle Des­jardins Paquette.

A list of Canada’s Top 10 fea­ture films was announced as well.

From a hilar­i­ous sex quest to an apoc­a­lyp­tic satire, this year’s diverse list of doc­u­men­taries, come­dies, dra­mas and epics serve the country’s savvy movie­go­ers the eclec­tic cock­tail of films they have grown to count on from Canada’s Top Ten,” TIFF senior pro­gram­mer Steve Grave­stock said in a statement.

Added TIFF artis­tic direc­tor Cameron Bai­ley: “We couldn’t be more impressed by the cal­i­bre of films the indus­try has pro­duced this year,”

TIFF will screen films from both Top 10 lists at its Light­box head­quar­ters in Toronto from Jan­u­ary 4 to 13. The screen­ings will be accom­pa­nied by spe­cial intro­duc­tions and question-and-answer ses­sions with the film­mak­ers. Some of the films will come to other Cana­dian cities in the new year. Screen­ings are planned for Mon­treal, Van­cou­ver and Edmonton.

A panel made up of film­mak­ers, movie indus­try peo­ple and jour­nal­ists across Canada chose the two lists.

Hotel Transylvania Opens in Spain to $3.6 million

Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia

Sony Animation“s “Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia” opened for busi­ness in a host of coun­tries this past week­end, help­ing it make $18.1 mil­lion in its fourth week of for­eign release.

Debut­ing in Spain, Ger­many, the Ukraine, Aus­tria, German-speaking Switzer­land and the Mid­dle East, Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia was seen at 5,550 venues in 50 over­seas coun­tries over the week­end. In Spain, it earned $3.6 mil­lion on 623 screens.

Fea­tur­ing the voices of Adam San­dler and Kevin James, the movie has made $68.8 mil­lion abroad so far.

After 21 weeks over­seas, Dream­Works Animation’s Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted has made $495.9 mil­lion. Dis­trib­uted by Para­mount, the movie made $8.5 mil­lion at 2,901 loca­tions in 29 coun­tries over the week­end. In its sec­ond week­end in Britain, Mada­gas­car 3 fell to $4.5 mil­lion from 541 screens to take sec­ond place in that country.

Comedic hor­ror film Franken­wee­nie, directed by Tim Bur­ton, col­lected $3.5 mil­lion in its sec­ond week­end over­seas. Seen in 27 coun­tries, the Dis­ney film has made a total of $17.7 mil­lion abroad.

[Via The Hol­ly­wood Reporter http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/…kyfall-blasts-383848]

Musicians’ Union Sues Over Use of “Simpsons” Tunes

The Simpsons

The Simp­sons

The Amer­i­can Fed­er­a­tion of Musi­cians sued 20th Cen­tury Fox and NBC Uni­ver­sal last week, object­ing to the use of the recorded music sound­track from The Simp­sons in a series-based roller coaster attrac­tion at Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios Theme Park in Hollywood.

The law­suit, filed in Cal­i­for­nia fed­eral court, charged that Uni­ver­sal obtained the record­ing with­out giv­ing notice. The com­plaint cites Fox and Uni­ver­sal as par­ties to a 2010 agree­ment with the union which “include(s) a broad restric­tion on new uses” of music recorded for TV shows.

These songs, the suit con­tends, are to be used as “orig­i­nally pre­pared” except for adver­tis­ing, rehears­ing, the enlight­en­ment of com­pany exec­u­tives and cer­tain other restricted pur­poses. Music that’s dubbed for record­ings also pro­vides for pay­ment and cred­its, the law­suit adds.

Said the com­plaint: “Universal’s use of music sound track from The Simp­sons at its park does not fall within any of the new use excep­tions enu­mer­ated in Arti­cle 8 of the Agree­ment and, thus, is not an autho­rized new use under the Agree­ment.” Fox claims that it has trans­ferred some of its intel­lec­tual prop­erty rights in The Simp­sons to Uni­ver­sal, accord­ing to the lawsuit.

The com­plaint says Uni­ver­sal claims that use of the sound­track is for “pro­mo­tional” purposes.

The AFM is suing Fox and Uni­ver­sal for break­ing the labor agree­ment and wants relief in the form of an injunc­tion. It also wants is ask­ing for finan­cial dam­ages for the musi­cians who were hired to record­ing music for The Simp­sons.

Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios Hol­ly­wood denies the claims made by the Amer­i­can Fed­er­a­tion of Musi­cians. No other com­ment on pend­ing lit­i­ga­tion will be made,” said a Uni­ver­sal spokesperson.

Fox did not answer requests for comment.

The com­plaint can be viewed at www.hollywoodreporter.com/sites/default/files/custom/Documents/simpsons.pdf.

[Via The Hol­ly­wood Reporter ca.movies.yahoo.com/news/musicians-union-sues-fox-universal-over-simpsons-music-004332876.html]

Jeanette Thomas was Widow of Disney’s Animator Frank Thomas

Jeanette Thomas

Jeanette Thomas

Jeanette Armen­trout Thomas, the widow of leg­endary Dis­ney ani­ma­tor Frank Thomas (one of Walt Disney’s renowned “Nine Old Men”), died Sat­ur­day at Hunt­ing­ton Hos­pi­tal in Pasadena, Cal­i­for­nia from age-related ill­nesses. She was 91.

She was promi­nently fea­tured in sev­eral doc­u­men­taries directed by her son Theodore (“Ted”), includ­ing Frank & Ollie and Walt and El Grupo. She was also a long­time docent at Pasadena’s his­toric Gam­ble House, and authored an acclaimed 1989 book called Images of the Gam­ble House: Mas­ter­work of Greene & Greene.

My mother was beau­ti­ful, poised, accom­plished, but would become a bit incred­u­lous if we would point out any of these qual­i­ties to her,” recalled her son.

She took a deep, empa­thetic inter­est in the lives of her chil­dren, rel­a­tives, and friends, and our tri­umphs as well as our stum­bles were felt just as much by her. My par­ents took joy in hav­ing found each other, and cer­tainly they helped to make life stim­u­lat­ing and reward­ing for all of us in their sphere.”

Jeanette Armen­trout was born in 1921 and raised in Gree­ley, Col­orado, where her father was vice-president of the Col­orado State Col­lege of Edu­ca­tion, now the Uni­ver­sity of North­ern Col­orado. She attended Stephens Col­lege in Colum­bus, Mis­souri, and then received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity. She taught in Cal­i­for­nia sec­ondary schools and at the Col­orado State Col­lege of Edu­ca­tion dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, and in 1946 mar­ried vet­eran Dis­ney ani­ma­tor Frank Thomas.

In his 2001 Dis­ney Edi­tions book Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men & the Art of Ani­ma­tion, Oscar-winning ani­ma­tion director/author John Cane­maker recounted Frank’s courtship with Jeanette and the young animator’s impres­sions of his future bride:

In 1945, after the war, she took a job teach­ing high school in Red­wood City, Cal­i­for­nia, near Palo Alto,” says Thomas, who was smit­ten after their ini­tial meet­ing and had ‘writ­ten let­ters to her all along.’ Now that Ms. Armen­trout was sud­denly ‘in the back yard’ (that is, in Cal­i­for­nia) their let­ters became more spe­cific. ‘It took me three and a half years, and a war, and teach­ing, to real­ize that he was pretty spe­cial,’ says Jeanette.”

Thomas went on to send Jeanette a musi­cal piece he had writ­ten titled ‘Con­certo by Me,’ which friends told him sounded like a pro­posal. ‘Good things hap­pened pretty fast after that,’ recalled Thomas, who stretched a fifty-mile limit three-day pass to travel 200 miles to visit Jeanette. ‘So we pro­posed to each other and we decided what we were going to do,’ he said.”

Thomas was dis­charged from the ser­vice in Jan­u­ary 1946, and the cou­ple was mar­ried in Col­orado on Feb­ru­ary 16. They were mar­ried for 58 years up until Frank’s death in 2004.

In addi­tion to being the mother of four chil­dren, Ann, Gregg, Theodore, and Dou­glas, Jeanette was exten­sively involved with the PTA, the Amer­i­can Field Ser­vice, taught music in the La Cañada schools, and was an early and active docent at the Gam­ble House in Pasadena. Her 1989 book Images of the Gam­ble House show­cased an exten­sive and inti­mate knowl­edge of the his­tory and archi­tec­ture of the Crafts­man mas­ter­piece. For her efforts, she received awards from both the Gam­ble House Docent Coun­cil, and the City of Pasadena.

She is sur­vived by her son Gregg, her son Theodore and his wife, Kuniko Okubo, her son Dou­glas and his hus­band, Dan Poirier, three grand­chil­dren, and one great-granddaughter. Funeral ser­vices will be pri­vate. Plans for a life cel­e­bra­tion will be announced later.

In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily asks that dona­tions be made to the Young Musi­cians Foun­da­tion, 195 South Bev­erly Drive, Suite 414, Bev­erly Hills, CA 90212, (310) 859‑7668, or www.ymf.org/donate.

Wallen New CTO at DreamWorks Animation

Lincoln Wallen

Lin­coln Wallen

Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion has announced they have pro­moted Lin­coln Wallen as their new CTO, replac­ing cur­rent CTO Ed Leonard. Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion has juts released Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,  and is releas­ing the highly antic­i­pated Rise Of The Guardians next month.

Wallen joined DWA in 2008 as head of research and devel­op­ment, and has recently risen to head of ani­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy. He has also served as CTO at the game com­pany Elec­tronic Arts Mobile where he was instru­men­tal in shap­ing EA’s approach to the mobile busi­ness. Prior to join­ing EA, Lin­coln was with Cri­te­rion Soft­ware and Math­Engine. His early career involved 20 years of pro­fes­sional IT and math­e­mat­ics research, includ­ing two years as BP Ven­ture Research Fel­low at the Uni­ver­sity of Texas at Austin, and lat­terly as a Reader in Com­puter Sci­ence at the Uni­ver­sity of Oxford.

For­mer CTO Ed Leonard is now run­ning a mobile app effort called Ptch which started at at Dream­Works. Leonard was instru­men­tal in tran­si­tion­ing Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion to a LINUX as its core oper­at­ing sys­tem for the pro­duc­tion of ani­mated films

 

 

DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor Partner On Distribution Deal

DreamWorks Animation SKG

Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion SKG

In a major strange bed­fel­lows pair­ing, Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion and Tech­ni­color announce a joint ven­ture in a con­tent dis­tri­b­u­tion deal. Their new com­pany– called M-Go– will be push­ing out con­tent dig­i­tally. But not just DWA’s con­tent… the agree­ment announced Tues­day are with NBCU­ni­ver­sal, Para­mount Pic­tures, Sony Pic­tures Home Enter­tain­ment, Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox and Warner Bros. Dig­i­tal Distribution.

The new M-Go ser­vice will be pre-loaded on con­sumer elec­tron­ics from Intel, Sam­sung and Vizio, and is sched­uled to launch later this year. M-Go will also be avail­able as a free ser­vice at www.mgo.com. M‐Go will also offer Ultra­Vi­o­let compatibility.

The deals will enable con­sumers to rent or pur­chase day & date new release films, catch-up tele­vi­sion and back cat­a­log film and TV shows,” the com­pany said. “M‐Go cen­tral­izes view­ing in one easy place, bridg­ing the divide between view­ing plat­forms, con­tent sources, deliv­ery tech­nolo­gies and devices.”

John Bat­ter, CEO of M‐Go, said: “Part­ners choose us because of the value M-­Go brings to the mar­ket­place by pro­vid­ing mas­sive amounts of qual­ity film and TV con­tent on the devices peo­ple already use.”

M-Go cur­rently uses the Medi­aNavi search and dis­cov­ery plat­form for cloud-based ser­vices for con­sumers. The app-based ser­vice was launched in Jan­u­ary. The ser­vice won the CSI award in the TV Every­where / Multi-screen Video cat­e­gory ear­lier this month. The CSI Awards are one of the most com­pre­hen­sive and com­pet­i­tive tech­nol­ogy awards in the world. They reward tech­ni­cal and prod­uct mar­ket­ing excel­lence in the cable, satel­lite, ter­res­trial broad­cast­ing, IPTV, online/internet video and mobile TV sectors.

Film festival in Glendale has a Jones for Chuck

Chuck Jones

Chuck Jones

On Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 21 at the Alex The­atre in Glen­dale, Cal­i­for­nia, the Chuck Jones Cen­ten­nial Cel­e­bra­tion Film Fes­ti­val will be an evening devoted to hon­or­ing the artist who brought to life such famous car­toon char­ac­ters as Wile E. Coy­ote, Road Run­ner, Pepé le Pew, Mar­vin Mar­t­ian and Marc Anthony.

Hosted by the fam­ily of Chuck Jones, the evening — which gets under­way at 8 p.m. — will include rem­i­nis­cences from noted artists whose careers and lives have been impacted by Chuck Jones and the work he cre­ated. The Alex The­atre is located at 216 Brand Boule­vard. The phone num­ber is (818) 243-ALEX (2539).

Tick­ets range in price from $10 to $50, ben­e­fit­ing the pro­grams of the Chuck Jones Cen­ter for Cre­ativ­ity. They’re avail­able at the Alex The­atre box office or online at www.AlexTheatre.org.

Of course, there will be car­toons, many of them from Jones’ per­sonal 35mm collection.

Jones, whose cred­its include four Acad­emy Award-winning short films, directed over 300 films in his life­time, with such mem­o­rable titles as Rab­bit Sea­son­ing, Robin Hood Daffy and Feed the Kitty. In 1992, his What’s Opera, Doc? was the first short ani­mated film to be inducted into the Smithsonian’s National Film Reg­istry. Sub­se­quently, two oth­ers have been added: One Froggy Evening and Duck Amuck.

An hon­orary life­time mem­ber of the Direc­tors Guild of Amer­ica, Jones is con­sid­ered to be one of the pio­neers of the ani­mated film, feted and hon­ored at dozens of Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­vals from Annecy to Zagreb. In 1985, he was the sub­ject of a film ret­ro­spec­tive at the Museum of Mod­ern Art, New York.

In 1999, Jones founded the Chuck Jones Cen­ter for Cre­ativ­ity, a non-profit pub­lic char­ity whose vision is to inspire the innate cre­ative genius within each per­son that leads to a more joy­ous, pas­sion­ate, and har­mo­nious life and world.

Among the pre­sen­ters on Sep­tem­ber 21:

* Carl Bell, ani­ma­tor and clean-up artist, will be one of the pre­sen­ters. A Gov­er­nor of the Acad­emy of Motion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences, Bell worked with Jones in the late 1960s and early 1970s at MGM. His career includes work with Clam­pett Pro­duc­tions early in his career and most recently with Dis­ney Studios.

* Eric Gold­berg: Gold­berg joined Dis­ney Stu­dios in 1990 as the super­vis­ing ani­ma­tor respon­si­ble for the move­ments, per­son­al­ity and soul of the Genie in Aladdin. Goldberg’s strong back­ground in ani­ma­tion next earned him his direc­to­r­ial debut on Poc­a­hon­tas, which he fol­lowed up as the super­vis­ing ani­ma­tor on Phil, the salty satyr and trainer of heroes in Her­cules. Gold­berg also directed the “Car­ni­val of the Ani­mals” and “Rhap­sody in Blue” seg­ments of Fan­ta­sia 2000, the con­tin­u­a­tion of Walt Disney’s 1940 masterpiece.

Gold­berg not only served as the direc­tor of ani­ma­tion for Warner Bros.’ 2003 live-action and ani­ma­tion hybrid fea­ture Looney Tunes: Back in Action, but he also pro­vided the voices of the car­toon char­ac­ters Mar­vin Mar­t­ian, Tweety and Speedy Gon­za­lez. Work­ing with Bob Kurtz of Kurtz + Friends, he ani­mated the title sequence of MGM’s 2006 remake of The Pink Pan­ther. His rela­tion­ship with Chuck Jones began in the early 1990s and con­tin­ued until Jones’ pass­ing in 2002.

*Jerry Beck is an ani­ma­tion his­to­rian, author, blog­ger, ani­ma­tion pro­ducer and indus­try con­sul­tant to Warner Bros. Stu­dios, and has been an exec­u­tive with Nick­elodeon and Disney.

Reserved seat­ing is avail­able in Orches­tra 1, 2, 3 and 4. Gen­eral admis­sion seat­ing is in the bal­cony. Photo or video record­ing by patrons is not allowed.

Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie voicing animated film

The Canterville Ghost

The Can­ter­ville Ghost

Long­time friends Stephen Fry and Hugh Lau­rie are reunit­ing for an ani­mated film to be released on Christ­mas Day 2014.

Fry told Twit­ter fans that he and the House actor are “cook­ing up a project together.”

Later, he announced: “M’coll Hugh & I will be work­ing together to voice the new ani­mated fea­ture of Oscar Wilde’s The Can­ter­ville Ghost.”

Fry is one of the film’s exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers. Being made by France’s Mel­moth Films, Britain’s Sprout Pic­tures and Canada’s Arc Pro­duc­tions, the fea­ture film is now in pre-production.

He tweeted a poster for The Can­ter­ville Ghost, based on Wilde’s clas­sic story. Fry’s and Laurie’s names receive top billing.

Friends in uni­ver­sity, the pair gained fame in Britain as com­edy duo Fry and Lau­rie. After meet­ing at Cam­bridge, they joined forces on sev­eral TV shows, includ­ing Jeeves and Wooster. Lau­rie played Bertie Wooster, while Fry por­tayed valet Jeeves.

They also received crit­i­cal plau­dits for their BBC sketch show A Bit of Fry & Lau­rie.

Scaredy Squirrel wins Canadian screenwriting award

Scaredy Squirrel

Scaredy Squir­rel

Noth­ing But the Tooth,” an episode of Nelvana’s “Scaredy Squir­rel” writ­ten by Dar­rin Rose, won a Cana­dian screen­writ­ing award for ani­ma­tion Mon­day evening from the Writ­ers’ Guild of Canada.

In “Noth­ing But the Tooth,” Scaredy loses a tooth and tries to dupe the Molar Owl. The episode aired in Canada and the United States last Novem­ber 4.

Scaredy Squir­rel is based on a series of books writ­ten and illus­trated by Melanie Watt and pub­lished by Kids Can Press.

Other Writ­ers’ Guild of Canada Award nom­i­nees for ani­ma­tion were the Side­kick episodes Hench­man For A Day, by Richard Clark, and Ye Olde Side­kick Vil­lage, by Dan Williams and Lienne Sawatsky; the Franklin and Friends episode “Franklin and the Creepy Clock,” by Karen Moonah; and the Kid Vs Kat episode “Hit the Road,” by Shane Simmons.

Bruce M. Smith won the Cana­dian Screen­writ­ing Award for movies and minis­eries for John A: Birth of a Coun­try, based on the first vol­ume of Richard Gwyn’s biog­ra­phy of John A. Mac­don­ald, Canada’s first prime minister.

The TV drama award was won by Larry Bam­brick for the Flash­point episode “Shock­wave.” In it, Strate­gic Response Unit offi­cers Sam, Spike and Raff are trapped in an office build­ing with nine civil­ians and a bomb.

For­mer Kids in the Hall star Mark McK­in­ney was given the WGC Showrun­ner Award to rec­og­nize his body of work and cre­ative vision.

North of 60 writer Bar­bara Samuels received the Alex Bar­ris Men­tor­ship Award for work­ing with up-and-coming writ­ers through the Cana­dian Film Cen­tre and Hum­ber College.

Other Writ­ers’ Guild of Canada Award winners:

Chil­dren and Youth: My Babysitter’s a Vam­pire, “Revamped,” by Alice Pro­danou.
Doc­u­men­tary: Wak­ing the Green Tiger, A Green Move­ment Rises in China, by Gary Mar­cuse.
TV Com­edy: Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, “A Farewell to Cur­tis’ Arm,” by Craig David Wal­lace.
Shorts and Web series: Mur­doch Mys­ter­ies: The Curse of the Lost Pharaohs, “The Van­ished Corpse,” by Patrick Tarr.
Writ­ers Block Award: Chuck Lazer.