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Monthly Archives: February 2011

Duck Amuck (1953) – Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

Duck Amuck

“Stand back, musketeers!” swordsman Daffy cries, surrounded by Dumasian scenery, credits and music. “They shall sample my blade!” But within a few thrusts and touches, Daffy notices that the background behind him has ended: “Hey, psst, whoever’s in charge here, the scenery, where’s the scenery?” A paintbrush comes across the screen and puts down a farmyard setting. Daffy leaps back in his musketeer garb, realizes it’s inappropriate, and returns with overalls and hoe, then notices that the scenery has changed into a North Pole setting: “Would it be to much to ask if we could make up our minds, hmmm?”

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“The Last Airbender” named “winner” of 5 Razzies

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Adapted from the Nicktoons Productions animated series “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender received five Razzie awards — including Worst Picture — on Saturday night, the now-traditional Night Before the Oscars.

The 31st Annual Razzies were announced in satirical ceremonies held at Hollywood’s Barnsdall Gallery Theatre.

The Last Airbender was based on the TV show about a young hero who can reunite feuding nations of people who can control air, water, fire and earth.

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Toy Story 3 Takes Best Animated Feature, Song

Toy Story 3
“Fear-based filmmaking” led to making the third installment of the Toy Story franchise, director Lee Unkrich said Sunday night after getting Toy Story 3 the Academy Award for best animated feature.

The threequel won a second Oscar for best original song (Randy Newman’s “We Belong Together”).

Though losing to The King’s Speech to best picture, Toy Story 3 was the third animated movie ever to be nominated in the top Academy Award category.

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No Barking (1944) Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon

No Barking (1954) Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon
No Barking: A homeless cat (Claude) searching for food is harassed by the playful antics and barking of an energetic pup (Frisky). Frisky repeatedly sneaks up behind the poor tabby cat (who hates the dog) and scares it into jumping vertically when it barks. After Claude finally silences the pup, he encounters a larger dog, whose bark has a disastrous effect. Tweety Bird has two lines. Can you guess what they are?… (more)

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The Zoot Cat (1944) Tom & Jerry Theatrical Cartoon

The Zoot Cat (1944) Tom & Jerry Theatrical Cartoon
The Zoot Cat: Shedding his “square” image, Tom becomes “cool” and wins the affection of a black kitten by wearing a makeshift green and orange zoot suit (made from a lampshade… (more)

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South Park threats contribute to 25-year sentence

South Park

A 21-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison after admitting to posting threats against the creators of South Park.

Court documents said that Zachary Adam Chesser made posts that included the writers’ home addresses and urged readers to “pay them a visit.”

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“Dragon” helps double DWA’s fourth-quarter profit

How To Train Your Dragon

DVD sales of “How to Train Your Dragon” and a tax benefit helped double DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.’s fourth-quarter profit, the studio behind the Shrek movies announced Thursday.

Net income rose to $85.2 million (99 cents a share) from $43.6 million (50 cents) the previous year. With the exception of some items, analysts had expected profit of 73 cents a share, the average of 12 estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

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No Boop for you, Fleischer family

Betty Boop

Betty Boop merchandising, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.

The court ruled in a 2-1 decision that the chain of title had been broken after the original sale of the rights to Betty over 70 years ago. In essence, it said, Fleischer’s family lacks a valid copyright or trademark for Betty.

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Raggedy Ann and Andy writer Max Wilk dead at 90

Raggedy Ann And Andy

Author, playwright and screenwriter Max Wilk, co-writer of the screenplay for the 1977 Fox-distributed animated feature film Raggedy Ann And Andy, died Saturday at his Saugatuck Shores home in Westport, Connecticut. He was 90.

During several years living in London in the 1960s, he became involved with the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine project and was commissioned to write the novelization of the film.

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