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Monthly Archives: February 2011

Viewers pause to focus on Jessica Rabbit’s charms

Jessica Rabbit

Jessica Rabbit and Sharon Stone have at least one thing in common: their apparent, if momentary, lack of underwear.

That’s probably why Jessica’s risque scene in the partly animated Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) is the fifth most-paused “blink and you’ll miss it” moment in movies, according to Lovefilm, a British DVD rental and streaming service.

First, as if you hadn’t guessed, is Stone’s iconic leg-crossing scene in 1992’s Basic Instinct.

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Colene Gonzales, 82, was inker on Peanuts shows


Inker and painter Colene Gonzales, who worked on several Peanuts film and TV productions, died January 14. She was 82.

From 1946 until her retirement in 1989, she worked for Disney, MGM, Sutherland, Claire Ishkanian, Betty Brenon, Universal, Celine Miles, DePatie-Freleng, Bakshi-Krantz, Murakami-Wolf, Animation Camera Service, Lisberger, and Kurtz And Friends.

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Filmation cel painter Sara Seaberry dead at 73


Sara Seaberry, who painted cels and did mark-up for Filmation from 1973 until 1989, died January 10. She was 73.

Assistant head of ink and paint mark-up for the 1987 movie Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night, Seaberry was assistant head of mark-up on BraveStarr: The Legend, released the following year. She was a mark-up assistant on Happily Ever After (1993).

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5-foot Simon the Chipmunk returns without glasses

Alvin And The Chipmunks
Was AAAAALVINNNN! responsible?

No one knows who’s the culprit behind the disappearance of a five-foot plastic statue of Simon the Chipmunk. But the Rockland, Massachusetts family who owns it is glad that the Alvin And The Chipmunks star is back home.

Even if his glasses are missing.

Rockland police are probing the theft.

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Heavy Metal assistant animator Judy Niver dies, 71

Heavy Metal

Layout artist and animator Judith M. “Judy” Niver, an assistant animator on the “Taarna” segment of the 1981 movie Heavy Metal, died December 14. She was 71.

From 1965 until 1994, she worked for DePatie-Freleng, Filmation, Hanna-Barbera, UPA, Ed Love, Ruby-Spears, Encore, Hyperion, Cool Productions, DreamQuest and Rich Animation.

Niver was a key assistant animator on the 1987 Filmation theatrical feature Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night. In addition, she was an assistant animator on 1991’s Rover Dangerfield.

More here at The Big Cartoon Forum

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“Tangled” ties up No. 1 spot in five countries

TangledDisney Animation’s “Tangled” reached top spot in Denmark, Norway, South Africa, Spain and Sweden over the weekend, collecting $12.1 million abroad to become the second-biggest picture at the overseas box office.

Second only to Black Swan, the Rapunzel adaptation was seen in 5,210 venues. It’s made $328 million in 52 countries abroad so far toward an international take of $522.1 million.

In Spain, the 3D film made $3.2 million in 612 locations for a total of $14.2 million over three weeks.

Outgrossing Pixar-Disney’s WALL-E ($521.3 million), it’s now the 18th-biggest animated film in movie history.

More at Big Cartoon Forum

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Justice League, Ben 10 writer Dwayne McDuffie Dies

Ben 10Dwayne McDuffie, a leading comic book writer who later wrote several animated superhero features and TV series, died Tuesday.

His age and place of death were not immediately available. He died from complications from a surgical procedure performed Monday evening, the Comic Book Resources site said.

Last year,, a science fiction-fantasy site, put McDuffie in seventh place on its list of “10 Most Influential African Americans In Sci Fi.”

More at Big Cartoon Forum.

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The Band Concert (1935) Mickey Mouse Theatrical Cartoon

The Band Concert: ckey leads his band through a rendition of Rossini’s “The William Tell Overture” in the park. It starts off fine until peanut vendor Donald Duck disrupts the concert… (more)

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Cars 2 Teaster Video Up

Cars 2

We have posted the video for the next PIXAR sequel, Cars 2. To be honest, when I first heard the premise of Cars, I thought that might be the first PIXAR flop; boy, was I wrong. Based on this trailer, Cars will be a lot like its bigger brother, Toys Story; the sequels are better than the original.

Watch the trailer and see what you think!

Cars 2 Video

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