Monthly Archives: March 2011

Penguins take wing with “Madagascar” spin-off film

Penguins Madagascar

Penguins Madagascar

If you never thought that penguins could get off the ground, DreamWorks Animation is out to prove otherwise.

The penguins of DWA’s Madagascar franchise are set to star in their own feature film, with Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simons — the writers of last fall’s Megamind — hired to handle the project.

Schoolcraft and Simons will write the script and develop the story. Currently, there is no director or co-directors, and no release date has been set.

Paramilitary penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico will be featured in the movie. They were — and are — supporting characters in the Madagascar films (Madagascar 3 is set for release in 2012).

More on this film at The Big Cartoon Forum

Quackodile Tears (1962) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

CotD: A personal favorite, “Quackodile Tears” shows the domestic side of Daffy; Directed by Art Davis ~

Quackodile Tears (1962) - Merrie Melodies

Quackodile Tears (1962) - Merrie Melodies

Quackodile Tears (1962) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

Daffy’s wife tells him to watch their egg while she goes out. Daffy gets his egg mixed up with a crocodile egg. He and the crocodile fight over the egg. Daffy cannot win against wife nor beast.

Watch Quackodile Tears at Big Cartoon DataBase

Brazilian worker wins $227K over SpongeBob jokes

SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob SquarePants

Partly because colleagues nicknamed a Brazilian insurance worker “SpongeBob SquarePants” due to her accent, a judge awarded the aggrieved employee the equivalent of $227,000 U.S.

A British judge ordered her employer, medical insurance firm AXA PPP Healthcare, to pay her aggravated damages of £142,000 — including nearly £25,000 ($40,000 U.S.) for hurt feelings — after hearing that she was the target of racial bullying for 18 months.

Licia Faithful, a 31-year-old mother of one, told an employment tribunal that she suffered post-traumatic stress disorder and depression after co-workers in the claims department ridiculed her. She had been making £17,765 ($28,400) a year in the office in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

More at The Big Cartoon Forum

Popeye For President (1956) – Popeye the Sailor Cartoon Series

CotD: In 1956, we had “Popeye For President”; anyone notice if he was a Republican or Democrat?

Popeye For President (1956) - Popeye the Sailor Cartoon

Popeye For President (1956) - Popeye the Sailor Cartoon

Popeye For President (1956) – Popeye the Sailor Cartoon Series

Election time again with Popeye on the Spinach Party and Bluto on the Blutocratic ticket. To beat Bluto, Popeye must win Olive’s decisive vote. Popeye and Bluto race to Olive’s country farm to win her affection.

Watch Popeye For President at Big Cartoon DataBase

Norwegian actress, activist Wenche Foss dead at 93

Wenche Foss

Wenche Foss

Wenche Foss, one of Norway’s most popular actresses, died Monday in Oslo after a terminal illness, the nature of which was undisclosed. She was 93.

Foss provided the voice of Enkefru Stengelføhn-Glad in the 1975 animated feature film Flåklypa Grand Prix, known in English as Pinchcliffe Grand Prix. She voiced the same character in another animated feature, 1998′s Solan, Ludvig og Gurin med reverompa (Gurin with the Foxtail).

The star of numerous movies, she had a wide range of roles. Besides the screen, she was in comedies and major musicals.

She was born Eva Wenche Steenfeldt-Foss Stang in Oslo (then known as Kristiania) on December 5, 1917. Making her stage debut at 17, she was a stage performer until well into her 80s.

More on Wenche Foss’ life at The Big Cartoon Forum

Sony Pictures’ “Rango” opens at top spot in France

Rango

Rango

Rango” opened at No. 1 in France over the weekend, taking in $3.3 million in 592 locations.

Made by Sony Pictures and distributed by Paramount, the animated film came in No. 2 abroad. This past weekend, it collected $15.5 million in 6,095 venues in 55 countries. The overseas gross is $94 million so far, thus raising the worldwide take to $200.4 million.

In earthquake-beset Japan, Disney Animation’s “Tangled” experienced a 23% increase in sales this weekend. It yielded $2.8 million from 145 locations for a cumulative total of $12 million.

More at the Big Cartoon Forum

Hare-Way To The Stars (1941) Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

Commander X-2- who was to become Marvin Martian- in his first ever Chuck Jones cartoon from 1958

Hare-Way To The Stars (1958) Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

Hare-Way To The Stars (1958) Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

Hare-Way To The Stars (1958) Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

Bugs Bunny, groggy from a rabbit hangover, climbs out of his hole and into a rocket ship parked directly above. He thinks that he’s still in his rabbit hole. Reaching the top, he unwittingly stows away aboard the rocket to Mars and is carried off by a satellite onto a futuristic landscape of panels suspended in outer space. He tries to rent a U-Drive flying saucer from a local character wearing a spittoon: Commander X-2 in his Roman hairbrush helmet. Marvin advises him not to bother, as “the Earth will be gone in just a few seconds. I’m going to blow it up- it obstructs my view of Venus.” To save the planet from destruction, Bugs makes off with the Aludium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator that the Martian has built.

Watch Hare-Way To The Stars on Video Here

German TV has meltdown over “Simpsons” nuke scenes

The Simpsons

The Simpsons

There’ll be no nuclear disasters in Springfield, at least not on German television.

Pro7, the channel which broadcasts The Simpsons in Germany, will remove or replace any current or future episodes of the cartoon sitcom that feature a disaster at Montgomery Burns’ nuclear power plant.

Reportedly, networks in Austria and Switzerland have done likewise because, as we all know, cartoons are real, and if we air it on a cartoon in our country, it will happen to us.

It’s a reaction to the actual nuclear disaster taking place in Japan’s Sendai prefecture following the earthquake and tsunami.

More on our Forum Here.

Howl’s Moving Castle author Diana Wynne Jones dies

Diana Wynne Jones

Diana Wynne Jones

Science fiction and fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones, whose novel Howl’s Moving Castle was adapted into an Oscar-nominated anime movie in 2004, died early Saturday morning after a year-long struggle with lung cancer. She was 76.

Hayao Miyazaki, Pete Docter and Rick Dempsey co-directed the adaptation Hauru No Ugoku Shiro, which was produced by Studio Ghibli and several other companies. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2006, it won the Audience Award for Best Japanese Movie at the Mainichi Film Awards. In 2004, the film was nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival, where it was first screened.

Jones once said that Howl’s Moving Castle is “a very visual book. I think it appealed to Miyazaki because it was about magic in four or five places at once.”

She believed that her characters attracted Miyazaki’s imagination as well. “I imagine that Miyazaki might, almost at once, have set about thinking how to draw and animate a fire demon [Calcifer].”

Read more about Diana Wynne Jones at Big Cartoon Forum

Scrub Me Mama With A Boogie Beat (1941) – Cartune Theatrical Series

From Walter Lantz’ Cartune series, “Scrub Me Mama With A Boogie Beat” is one of the cartoons that is a victim of it’s times, and is not shown anymore for fear of offending viewers ~

Scrub Me Mama With A Boogie Beat (1941) - Cartune Theatrical Series

Scrub Me Mama With A Boogie Beat (1941) - Cartune Theatrical Series

Scrub Me Mama With A Boogie Beat (1941) – Cartune Theatrical Series

Lazytown (population 123½) is a sleepy Southern burg along the banks of the Mississippi that’s home to some outrageously stereotyped blacks. Everyone is lazy here- even the fish! The all-black townspeople nap and attract flies. They fall asleep in the middle of fistfights, and the dogs don’t have the energy to chase the cats. A riverboat pulls up at the dock, and a jazzy young lady from Harlem steps off. She starts looking around Lazytown. Needless to say, the men come to life. The sexy young lady teaches the locals about hot rhythm, singing the swinging title tune. The black mamas are scrubbing their kids, and they get into the swing of it. A washerwoman becomes confused when she hears the singer, and her scrubbing becomes frantic.

A boy bites into a huge slice of watermelon. A number of musicians take up the melody, and an old man with a cane becomes activated by the music. Soon, everyone’s moving to a Harlem boogie beat, dancing, scrubbing clothes and eating watermelon. The town has come to life, and swings so much that even the underwear climbs out of the washtub to dance. The ship’s captain sounds the whistle and yells “All aboard!” to indicate that the ship is about to depart. The pretty lady gets back on the boat, leaving Lazytown a jumping place.

Watch Scrub Me Mama With A Boogie Beat on Video Here