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.

Watch Two Chips And A Miss on Video Here

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…

Watch Dumb-Hounded on Video Here

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.

More on Tay­lor Swift and The Lorax at The Big Car­toon Forum

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.

More on Mia and the Magoo at Big Car­toon Forum

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.

Watch Fun­der­ful Sub­ur­bia on Video Here

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.

Watch The Three Mus­ke­teers In Boots on Video Here

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.

More on Nate Dogg at The Big Car­toon Forum

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.

Watch Bosko’s Easter Eggs on Video Here

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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