Monthly Archives: February 2011

Viewers pause to focus on Jessica Rabbit’s charms

Jessica Rabbit

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.

Eighth place goes to a scene in Disney’s The Lion King (1994) which is entirely family friendly. In it, dust spells out “S.F.X.” — a reference to the special effects used during animation.

The saucy Basic Instinct scene drew a third of the votes in the poll by the DVD rental and streaming service.

For the other most-often-paused moments in the Top 10, please link to the Big Cartoon Forum.

Colene Gonzales, 82, was inker on Peanuts shows

Peanuts

Peanuts

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.

Also credited as M.C. Gonzales, Margaret Colene Gonzales and Margaret Gonzales, she was an ink and paint artist on the movies Heavy Traffic (1973), The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat (1974) and Animalympics (1980).

More here at the Big Cartoon Forum

Filmation cel painter Sara Seaberry dead at 73

filmation

filmation

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).

Seaberry was a key cel painter for the 1992 direct-to-video release The Kingdom Chums: Original Top Ten, co-produced by ABC Entertainment and Rick Reinert Production.

5-foot Simon the Chipmunk returns without glasses

Alvin And The Chipmunks

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.

“Whoever took him beat him up pretty good,” said Irene Kelleher, the other of the 70-pound statue. Tossed in a snowbank, Simon was also scuffed up and missing his tail, she added.

Simon did a vanishing act for 24 hours. He was stolen from the Kellehers’ backyard at about dusk Monday.

More here at the Big Cartoon Forum

Heavy Metal assistant animator Judy Niver dies, 71

Heavy Metal

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

Through A Lens Darkly (1999) Daria Television Cartoon Series

CotD: Here is a series we rarely look at, in fact, I have never seen. MTV’s Daria, and the 1999 show “Through A Lens Darkly“.

Through A Lens Darkly

Through A Lens Darkly

Through A Lens Darkly (1999) Mickey Mouse Theatrical Cartoon

Through A Lens Darkly: Helen suggests that Daria get contact lenses after a bad-driving lesson, which Daria eventually agrees upon. However, Daria finds the contact lenses extremely uncomfortable and doesn’t want to wear them anymore. But, not wanting to go back to the glasses, she winds up spending a day wearing neither one and bumping into people. Eventually, Brittany gives her some helpful advice about being herself.

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

Tangled

Tangled

Disney 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.

Warner Bros.’ partly animated Yogi Bear was tied with Paramount’s True Grit and No Strings Attached for the No. 3 spot with an estimated $10 million. Seen on 4,300 screens in 44 countries, it’s made $76 million overseas so far.

More at Big Cartoon Forum

Justice League, Ben 10 writer Dwayne McDuffie Dies

Ben 10

Ben 10

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

His last work was the script for the direct-to-video animated feature All Star Superman, which went on sale Tuesday across the United States. McDuffie wrote four days ago on his personal Web site that he was “taking a break from a script I owe” to attend its Los Angeles premiere.

More at Big Cartoon Forum.

The Band Concert (1935) Mickey Mouse Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: In 1935, Disney produced their first color Mickey Mouse cartoon, “The Band Concert“.

The Band Concert (1935) Mickey Mouse Theatrical Cartoon

The Band Concert: Mickey 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 by playing “Turkey In The Straw” on his fife, which he pulls out of his sleeve. Undeterred, Mickey braves on. A cyclone appears and takes Mickey and the band- still playing!- for a ride.

Cars 2 Teaster Video Up

Cars 2

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

Cars 2