Monthly Archives: March 2011

Two Chips And A Miss (1952) – Chip an’ Dale Theatrical

CotD: Chip and Dale get a shot in Disney’s “Two Chips And A Miss” from 1952 ~

Two Chips And A Miss (1952) - Chip an' Dale

Two Chips And A Miss (1952) - Chip an' Dale

Two Chips And A Miss (1952) – Chip an’ Dale Theatrical Cartoon Series/strong>

Unbeknown to each other, both Chip an’ Dale- feigning sleepiness and disinterest- sneak out of their tree to head downtown to the Acorn Club. Dressed in tuxedos, they meet the same pretty lounge singer, Clarice, who flirts and winks every chance that she gets. They both soon learn that they have the same date. Soon, all three are singing and playing their hearts out to a jazz beat.

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Dumb-Hounded (1943) – Droopy Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: First of the Droopy series, “Dumb-Hounded” hit screens for the first time in 1943~

Dumb-Hounded (1943) - Droopy Theatrical Cartoon

Dumb-Hounded (1943) - Droopy Theatrical Cartoon

Dumb-Hounded (1943) – Droopy Theatrical Cartoon

Droopy tracks down escaped convict Wolf, and the chase leads all over the world. No matter where the Wolf tries to hide, Droopy is there to take him in. Of course, Droopy has a secret…

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Taylor Swift joins voice cast for Seuss’ “Lorax”

Taylor Swift The Lorax

Taylor Swift The Lorax

Taylor Swift will voice dream girl Audrey in this, the third feature created by Illumination and Universal. Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment founder Chris Meledandri announced Thursday that she has joined the cast of the 3D-CGI feature Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.

To be released March 2, 2012, the film is an adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

Danny DeVito will lend his vocal talents to the iconic title character of the Lorax, while Ed Helms will voice the enigmatic Once-ler. Also bringing his talents to the film is Zac Efron as Ted, the idealistic young boy who searches for the Lorax. Rob Riggle will play financial king O’Hare, and beloved actress Betty White has signed on to portray Ted’s wise Grammy Norma.

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English voice cast for Mia and the Migoo announced

Mia and the Migoo

Mia and the Migoo

Animation specialist GKIDS announced Tuesday the English-language voice cast for its award-winning animated feature Mia and the Migoo by French director Jacques-Rémy Girerd.

The new English-language version is produced by United States distributor GKIDS and Matthew Modine, and features John DiMaggio, Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Modine, Wallace Shawn and James Woods. It introduces Amanda Misquez as Mia.

The film opens theatrically for an exclusive engagement at New York’s IFC Center on Friday, March 25, with its national bow set for Earth Day, April 22, in partnership with Earth Day Network.

Originally released as Mia et le Migou in 2008, the French-Italian co-production is the second feature by Girerd, founder of famed French animation studio Folimage and recipient of France’s Ordre national du Mérite (National Order of Merit), one of the nation’s highest honors. The film was named Best Animated Feature at the European Film Awards in December 2009 and is being released theatrically in the U.S. by GKIDS with the support of MEDIA International.

Created from 500,000 hand-painted frames of animation, Mia and the Migoo is a family adventure that pits plucky, wild-haired young heroine Mia against profit-hungry developers, with the future of life on Earth in the balance. One night, Mia has a premonition. So, after saying a few words of parting at her mother’s grave, she sets out on a journey across mountains and jungles in search of her father, who has been trapped in a landslide at a disaster-plagued construction site on a remote tropical lake.

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Funderful Suburbia (1962) – Modern Madcaps Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: Paramount had some good shorts in the early 60′s, like “Funderful Suburbia”

Funderful Suburbia (1962) - Modern Madcaps

Funderful Suburbia (1962) - Modern Madcaps

Funderful Suburbia (1962) – Modern Madcaps Theatrical Cartoon

A family tries to live in the suburbs, but it can’t take the traffic jams, household problems and shopping difficulties, so it moves into space.

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The Three Musketeers In Boots (1972) – Feature Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: Here is a Japanese feature that a lot of people seem to like; what do you think of 1972′s “The Three Musketeers In Boots”

The Three Musketeers In Boots

The Three Musketeers In Boots

The Three Musketeers In Boots (1972) – Feature Theatrical Cartoon

Sequel to 1969′s “Nagagutsu O Haita Neko” (Puss In Boots), which also featured Pero. Pero became the mascot and symbol of Toei Animation.

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Michael Gough, 94, was butler Alfred in “Batman”

Michael Gough

Michael Gough

British character actor Michael Gough, who portrayed butler Alfred Pennyworth in the first four of Tim Burton’s Batman movies, died Thursday. He was 94.

Gough came out of retirement in 2005 to work for Burton again, voicing Elder Gutknecht in Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. Also for Burton, he voiced the Dodo Bird in last year’s Disney motion-capture film Alice In Wonderland.

He voiced the Professor in Tony Collingwood’s short film Rarg (1988).

Gough was born to British parents in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya (now Malaysia) on November 23, 1916. First seen on the screen in the 1947 movie Blanche Fury, he gained cult fans for his parts in such Hammer Films productions as Dracula (1958) and Phantom Of The Opera (1962).

More on Michael Gough’s life at The Big Cartoon Forum

West Coast hip-hop artist Nate Dogg dead at 41

Nate Dogg

Nate Dogg

California-based hip-hopper Nathaniel Hale, best known on stage as Nate Dogg, died Tuesday night due to complications from multiple strokes, his attorney, Mark Geragos, said. He was 41.

Hale had suffered from strokes in 2007 and 2008.

As part of the trio Houston, he — along with Bobby Sandimanie, Jr. and Steve Prudholme — performed “I Like That,” heard on the soundtrack of the 2005 Fox animated feature film Robots.

He guested as himself in The Story Of Thugnificent, a 2007 episode of The Boondocks.

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Bosko’s Easter Eggs (1937) – Happy Harmonies Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: After they started the Warner animation studios, Harman-Ising took Bosko to MGM. One cartoon was 1937′s “Bosko’s Easter Eggs”

Bosko's Easter Eggs (1937) - Happy Harmonies

Bosko's Easter Eggs (1937) - Happy Harmonies

Bosko’s Easter Eggs (1937) – Happy Harmonies Theatrical Cartoon

Bosko decides to help his girlfriend Honey collect eggs to color for Easter. He and his dog Bruno have all kinds of trouble with the chickens. Bruno breaks the eggs that Bosko “wuz deliverin ta” Honey.

This cartoon is not currently shown on television due to unfavorable portrayal of blacks.

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Fourth suspect arrested in Cinar fraud case

John Xanthoudakis CINAR

John Xanthoudakis CINAR

Quebec provincial police on Tuesday morning arrested the fourth and final suspect in a $120 million fraud case in connection with the downfall of Montreal-based animation studio Cinar.

Former Norshield Financial Group president John Xanthoudakis, 52, was arrested at Trudeau International Airport shortly before 9 a.m. He had arrived on a flight from Bermuda.

Arraigned Tuesday afternoon in a Montreal court, he was charged with 36 fraud and forgery-related counts. Released on $100,000 bail, Xanthoudakis was ordered to reappear in court in May.

According to authorities, the Montreal-based hedge fund operator offered no resistance after being handcuffed and while being led into an unmarked police car. Quebec provincial police allege that Xanthoudakis — along with company president Ronald Weinberg, Hasanian Panju and Lino Pasquale Matteo — took part in a financial fraud at the now-defunct children’s TV production company.

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