Monthly Archives: March 2011

Baby Bottleneck (1946) – Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: I am a sucker for Bob Clampett; when I saw that today was the 65th anniversary of the release of “Baby Bottleneck” I posted it~

Baby Bottleneck (1946) - Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon

Baby Bottleneck (1946) - Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon

Baby Bottleneck (1946) – Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon

As the baby boom commences, and with the delivery service overworked, Porky and Daffy are placed in charge of a baby factory, where they help the stork keep up… until an unidentified egg comes off the assembly line.

Watch Baby Bottleneck on Video Here

Yellow Submarine Sinking Fast

Zemeckis Yellow Submarine

Zemeckis Yellow Submarine

Due to the incredibly poor performance of “Mars Needs Moms” at the box office, Disney is pulling out from Robert Zemeckis’ next planned motion capture project, a remake of the Beatles classic Yellow Submarine. Industry insiders are seeing this as a repudiation of Zemeckis’ motion-capture style of animation, and Disney closing the book on any further productions using the technique.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, even before the lackluster performance put in by Zemeckis’ “Mars Needs Moms”, the remake of the Beatles film was on shaky ground. HR points out budget problems as well as Zemeckis’ inability to get the Beatles heirs onboard the project as major impediments to the future of the project. And almost a year to the day ago, Disney closed ImageMovers Digital Studios, their joint venture in Marin County with Zemeckis. With the audiences staying away from this current motion capture project, Disney has now completely pulled the plug on the project.

More on Motion Capture and Zemeckis over at The Big Cartoon Forum

Tangled opens in Japan despite “tragic conditions”

Tangled

Tangled

Disney said that “despite the ongoing tragic conditions,” it proceeded with its opening of “Tangled” at 370 screens in Japan this past weekend.

Largely because of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, the overseas box office fell by 60% from the same weekend last year.

In Japan, Tangled opened to just $1.6 million. The 3D retelling of the Rapunzel story ranked No. 3 overseas for a total of $1.74 million this weekend.

More here at The Big Cartoon Forum

“Snoopy, Come Home” recordist Stan Ross dead at 82

Stan Ross

Stan Ross

Producer and engineer Stan Ross, co-founder of Hollywood’s iconic Gold Star Recording Studio and the music recordist and mixer for the 1972 movie Snoopy, Come Home, died Friday in Burbank, California. He was 82.

Ross died at Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center of complications following surgery, his family said.

The second in the series of Peanuts feature films, Snoopy, Come Home marked Woodstock and Franklin’s animated debut.

Gold Star was famed for its ground-breaking “Wall of Sound” technique developed by producer Phil Spector. The building at Santa Monica Boulevard and Vine Street was the home of over 100 Top 40 hits, among them such records produced by Spector as “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” by the Righteous Brothers and “Be My Baby” by the Ronettes.

More here at The Big Cartoon Forum

“Lipsett Diaries” wins Jutra for animated film

Lipsett Diaries

Lipsett Diaries

Theodore Ushev’s “Lipsett Diaries” (“Les journaux de Lipsett”), won the award for best animated film at Quebec’s 13th annual Jutra Awards.

The annual celebration of Quebec film’s industry was held Sunday night at Théâtre St-Denis in Montreal.

Already the winner of the Genie — the Canadian equivalent of the Oscar — for best animated short, Lipsett Diaries was produced by the National Film Board of Canada’s Marc Bertrand and directed by Theodore Ushev.

More at The Big Cartoon Forum

Jack-Jack Attack (2005) – Direct-To-Video Cartoon

CotD: In 2005, PIXAR short Jack-Jack Attack released; if you have not seen this yet, watch it now and thank me later.

Jack-Jack Attack

Jack-Jack Attack

Jack-Jack Attack (2005) – Direct-To-Video Cartoon

While the Parr family was out saving the world from Syndrome, this short looks at the wild times at home between Jack-Jack and his baby-sitter Kari.

Watch Jack-Jack Attack on Video Here

Voice of Dora’s “Boots” wins Young Artist Award

Dora The Explorer

Dora The Explorer

For his work portraying Boots in Nickelodeon’s “Dora The Explorer,” Regan Mizrahi received the Young Artist Award on Sunday night in the category of Best Young Actor in a Voice-Over Role.

Also nominated in the category were Jacob Ewaniuk (The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That; PBS) and Dallas Jokic (Babar and the Adventures of Badou; Nelvana).

For Best Young Actress in a Voice-Over Role, nominees included Erika-Shaye Gair (Dinosaur Train; Jim Henson Company) and Alex Torrington (The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That). However, they lost to Jordan Van Vranken, who performs in the live-action Warner Brothers TV series Chadam.

More on this at The Big Cartoon Forum

“Mars Needs” bombs, opens at #5 with $6.8 million

Mars Needs Moms

Mars Needs Moms

Moviegoers didn’t need Walt Disney Studios’ “Mars Needs Moms” over the weekend — not on this planet, anyway.

Despite a massive $150 million budget, the animated film opened to only $6.8 million, putting it in fifth place at the North American box office.

Mars Needs Moms made an additional $2.1 million in 14 foreign countries.

At No. 1 was Sony’s live-action Battle: Los Angeles, which opened to gross an estimated $36 million (with another $16.7 million in 33 foreign countries).

The computer-animated Rango, distributed by Paramount, still has legs at the box office. Down just 39% from its first-place $38.1 million opening last weekend, it grossed $23.1 million this weekend for a strong second place.

More on the BO Wars at The Big Cartoon Forum

Barn Dance (1929) – Mickey Mouse Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: Today is the anniversary of “Barn Dance“, the fourth Mickey Mouse cartoon Disney made.

Barn Dance (1929) - Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Barn Dance (1929) - Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Mickey wants to take Minnie to a dance, but Pete’s flashy car beats Mickey’s horse-drawn wagon as her transportation of choice. At the dance, Mickey uses some balloons to make himself light on his feet- the perfect dancing partner- but this doesn’t keep Minnie at his side for long, either.

Watch Barn Dance on Video Here

Ex-Cinar president Weinberg released on $140K bail

Ronald Weinberg

Ronald Weinberg

The former president of now-defunct animation company Cinar was released Friday on $140,000 bail after being charged in connection with an alleged $120 million fraud.

Ronald Weinberg, 59, was freed less than a day after he surrended to Montreal police at Trudeau International Airport. A week earlier, the Quebec provincial police issued a warrant for his arrest.

Bail conditions require that he must refrain from communicating with others accused in the case; refrain from trading public stocks; live at one of his two homes, in suburban Pointe Claire, Quebec, or upstate New York; and keep the peace.

More at The Big Cartoon DataBase