Monthly Archives: March 2011

Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) – Feature Length

Two years ago, DreamWorks released A Giant, a Blob, a Cockroach and the Missing Link in the feature film “Monsters vs. Aliens” ~

Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) - Feature Length

Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) - Feature Length

Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) – Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film

When California girl Susan Murphy is unwittingly clobbered by a meteor full of outer space gunk on her wedding day, she mysteriously grows to 49 feet, 11 inches tall. The military jumps into action, and Susan is captured and secreted away to a covert government compound. There, she is renamed Ginormica and placed in confinement with a ragtag group of monsters: the brilliant but insect-headed Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D.; the macho half-ape, half-fish The Missing Link; the gelatinous and indestructible B.O.B.; and the 350-foot grub called Insectosaurus. Their confinement is cut short, however, when a mysterious alien robot lands on Earth and begins storming the country. In a moment of desperation, the President is persuaded to enlist the motley crew of monsters to combat the Alien Robot and save the world from imminent destruction.

Watch Monsters vs. Aliens on Video Here

Johnny Bravo (1995) – What A Cartoon! Show

Today marks the day that the short that was to spawn the Johnny Bravo series was first shown on Cartoon Network

Johnny Bravo (1995) - What A Cartoon! Show

Johnny Bravo (1995)

Johnny Bravo (1995) – What A Cartoon! Show

In attempting to romance a pretty zookeeper, Mary, Johnny tries to find an escaped 800-pound gorilla while exhibiting the ultimate traits of sexual bravado and machismo.

Watch Johnny Bravo on Video Here

Crazy Town (1932) – Talkartoons Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: Here comes Betty Boop and Koko in “Crazy Town” from 1932; watch it today and tell us what you think of Betty!

Crazy Town (1932) - Talkartoons Theatrical Cartoon

Crazy Town (1932) - Talkartoons Theatrical Cartoon

Crazy Town (1932) – Talkartoons Theatrical Cartoon

Betty Boop and Bimbo take a streetcar ride to Crazy Town for a little vacation, a city where everything is upside-down: fishes are flying, birds are swimming, mice are roaring, the lions crow like roosters… Suddenly, a piano grows out of the ground, and Betty and Bimbo perform for all the town’s animals.

Watch Crazy Town on Video Here

Violet-eyed actress Elizabeth Taylor dead at 79

Elizabeth Taylor in Giant

Elizabeth Taylor in Giant

British-born movie legend Elizabeth Taylor, famed for her violet eyes and many romances (eight marriages, seven husbands), died Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 79.

Taylor was surrounded by her four children when she died of congestive heart failure. She had been hospitalized for about six weeks, publicist Sally Morrison said.

She won an Oscar for her scorching portrayal of an alcoholic shrew in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. In the movie, she was in a passive-aggressive marriage opposite Richard Burton, her real-life husband — whom she married twice. A second Academy Award went for her portrayal of a call girl in Butterfield 8.

Click hear to read more of our celebration of Elizabeth Taylors animated roles

The Dinosaur And The Missing Link (1917) – Early Animation

CotD: Early stop-motion animated cartoon featuring the work of Willis O’Brien of King Kong fame: “The Dinosaur And The Missing Link”; watch it today!

The Dinosaur And The Missing Link (1917) - Early Animation

The Dinosaur And The Missing Link (1917) - Early Animation

The Dinosaur And The Missing Link (1917) – Early Animation

Three suitors, named the Duke, Stonejaw Steve and Theophilus Ivoryhead, compete for the hand of Miss Araminta Rockface. Ivoryhead, an unassuming weakling, wins her hand when the others mistakenly believe that he has killed a large ape which was actually felled by a dinosaur.

Watch The Dinosaur And The Missing Link on Video Here

Scrooge McDuck And Money (1967) – Disney Featurette

CotD: CotD: Today we feature a rare breed of cartoon and a rare character… 1967′s “Scrooge McDuck And Money”; watch it today!

Scrooge McDuck And Money (1967) - Disney Featurette

Scrooge McDuck And Money (1967) - Disney Featurette

Scrooge McDuck And Money (1967) – Disney Featurette

Huey, Dewey and Louie stop by to see Scrooge McDuck and ask for advice on making their savings grow; he tells them the history of money and the basics of economics. Various segments explain what a billion is, budgeting and how to save.

Watch Scrooge McDuck And Money on Video Here

Disney stole my “Cars,” U.K. screenwriter charges

Cars 2

Cars 2

A British screenwriter has sought an injunction in United States District Court to prevent Cars 2 from leaving the lot.

Jake Mandeville-Anthony filed the claim this week. He’s suing Disney and Pixar, charging that the 2006 blockbuster Cars and its sequel — which is slated for theatrical release June 24 — are partially based on work he submitted in the early 1990s.

Mandeville states that he created two screenplays: Cookie & Co., a three-parter about real-life adventure race car driver Michael Owen Perkins, who won a 1988 race, and Cars, which included 46 animated car character descriptions, 10 cars character sketches, a treatment, a sample screenplay, and a marketing and merchandising plan.

More on this story at The Big Cartoon Forum

Artist Jean-Maxime Perramon dies in highway crash

Jean-Maxime Perramon

Jean-Maxime Perramon

Longtime Hollywood storyboard artist and animator Jean-Maxime Perramon died February 26 of injuries suffered when he was struck by a car on the shoulder of the Ventura Freeway (101 North) near Westlake Village, California to check his Ferrari, officials of the California Highway Patrol said. He was 63.

The Malibu resident was a storyboard artist for the 1987 Japanese-American series Bionic Six. He was also animation director for 2000′s The Tigger Movie and a visual designer for Jetsons: The Movie (1990). As well, he was a conceptual artist for the 1992 feature film FernGully: The Last Rainforest.

Perramon was an assistant character designer for the 1984 series Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats, and a background artist for the 1982 TV special Ziggy’s Gift.

More on Jean-Maxime Perramon at the Big Cartoon Forum

A Hare Grows In Manhattan (1947) – Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: CotD: “A Hare Grows In Manhattan” has a great little dance sequence in it, animated by Virgil Ross; watch it today!

A Hare Grows In Manhattan (1947) - Merrie Melodies

A Hare Grows In Manhattan (1947) - Merrie Melodies

A Hare Grows In Manhattan (1947) – Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series/strong>

While interviewer Lola Beverly visits Bugs’ Hollywood mansion, the famous bunny pops out in sunglasses and bathrobe. The story then travels backwards to the streets of New York. Bugs tells a story of his youth (especially his confrontation with a gang of dog toughs), and how he got his start in show business and became a star..

Watch A Hare Grows In Manhattan on Video Here

“Dragon” winner of Humane Society’s Genesis Award

How To Train Your Dragon

How To Train Your Dragon

Dragons, vampires and even some humans took home honors Saturday at the 25th Anniversary Genesis Awards, presented by the Humane Society of the United States.

DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon won in the Outstanding Feature Film category for its inspiring message about tolerance and respect for all living creatures.

The other nominee in the category was The Switch, from Miramax Films.

This year’s Genesis Awards were held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Every year, they pay tribute to major news and entertainment media for producing outstanding works that raise public awareness of animal issues.

More on this award at The Big Cartoon Forum