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