Monthly Archives: May 2011

Hair-Raising Hare (1946) — Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: The orange-haired mon­ster that would become known as Gos­samer first appeared in “Hair-Raising Hare” in 1946 ~

Hair-Raising Hare (1946) - Merrie Melodies

Hair-Raising Hare (1946) — Mer­rie Melodies

Hair-Raising Hare (1946) — Mer­rie Melodies The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

A mad sci­en­tist needs spec­i­mens for his exper­i­ments. Lured to the scientist’s lair in a cas­tle by a sexy mechan­i­cal rab­bit, Bugs is hunted down through the dun­geon by the big orange mon­ster (so scary that it fright­ens its own mir­ror image away) who wants the bunny for dinner.

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Kung Fu Panda 2″ integrated into CityVille game

"Kung Fu Panda"

Kung Fu Panda”

Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion SKG, Inc., Para­mount Pic­tures and Zynga announced Fri­day a new in-game item and quest for play­ers of the pop­u­lar game CityVille to pro­mote the open­ing of Kung Fu Panda 2, which debuts in the­aters Thursday.

This is the first-ever in-game inte­gra­tion within CityVille, Facebook’s largest and most pop­u­lar application.

CityVille’s more than 88 mil­lion monthly play­ers (accord­ing to App­Data) will be able to place a Kung Fu Panda 2–themed drive-in movie the­ater in their city. Play­ers who place the the­ater will also receive col­lec­tion items, mem­bers of Kung Fu Panda’s Furi­ous Five: Tigress, Crane, Man­tis, Viper and Mon­key. When all five items are col­lected, an exclu­sive Po the Panda statue will be unlocked and avail­able to play­ers as a reward for com­plet­ing the Kung Fu Panda 2 quest.

Nearly a third of all Kung Fu Panda fans on Face­book have also played CityVille, so the inte­gra­tion is a nat­ural fit and some­thing we think our play­ers will love,” said Manny Anekal, global direc­tor of brand adver­tis­ing at Zynga. “It’s impor­tant that we col­lab­o­rate with inno­v­a­tive brands like Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion that res­onate with and are mean­ing­ful to our play­ers and enhance their game play.”

Our exclu­sive inte­gra­tion of Kung Fu Panda 2 in Zynga’s CityVille gives mil­lions of play­ers a fun and deeply inter­ac­tive way of con­nect­ing with Po and the Furi­ous Five,” said Jason Alex, head of online mar­ket­ing at Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion. “Po jour­neys on a mem­o­rable kung fu quest in the movie, and through this online chal­lenge, we’re able to reward fans for fur­ther engag­ing with the char­ac­ters they love.”

The Kung Fu Panda 2 quest runs through May 31 on CityVille.

The announce­ment fol­lows recent Zynga movie-themed inte­gra­tions with Para­mount Pic­tures to bring Rango into the untamed wilder­ness of Fron­tierVille and with Dream­Works Ani­ma­tions on Mega­mind, where Mega­mind launched his very own “Mega-Farm” within Far­mVille. In the first 24-hour pro­mo­tion period, more than nine mil­lion peo­ple engaged with the “Mega-Farm.”

Mike’s New Car (2002) — Pixar Animation Studios

CotD: From the DVD release of Mon­sters, Inc., “Mike’s New Car” also pre­ceded a revival of “Who Framed Roger Rab­bit” theatrically

Mike's New Car (2002) - Pixar Animation Studios

Mike’s New Car (2002) — Pixar Ani­ma­tion Studios

Mike’s New Car (2002) — Pixar Ani­ma­tion Studios

Mike get’s a new car, and wants to show it off to his pal Sully.

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Songwriter Joseph Brooks, 73, an apparent suicide

Joseph Brooks

Joseph Brooks

Oscar-winning song­writer Joseph Brooks, who com­posed the hit “You Light Up My Life,” was found dead Sun­day in his New York apart­ment. Brooks, 73, appar­ently killed him­self, police said.

His body was found at about 12:30 p.m. at his apart­ment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side by a friend with whom he had planned to have lunch, accord­ing to police.

In the 1991 Simp­sons episode I Mar­ried Marge, his iconic tune was per­formed by Debby Boone, Dan Castel­lan­eta and Julie Kavner. Brooks won his 1977 Acad­emy Award for com­pos­ing the Boone bal­lad, which was fea­tured in the film of the same name. Brooks wrote and directed the movie as well.

At the time of his death, Brooks was await­ing trial fol­low­ing a 2009 not-guilty plea to charges that he raped and sex­u­ally abused at least 11 women.

The Man­hat­tan dis­trict attor­ney charges that Brooks duped would-be actresses into com­ing to his apart­ment in the belief that they were audi­tion­ing for a role. Often, the women responded to a notice that Brooks had posted on Craigslist and flew to New York from across the United States at Brooks’ expense, the dis­trict attorney’s account said.

Police said Sun­day that a plas­tic bag was wrapped around Brooks’ head. As well, police stated, a helium tank with a hose attach­ment was found at the scene and may have been used in the appar­ent suicide.

Although they said they found a sui­cide note, they would not dis­cuss its con­tents. An offi­cial autopsy will be done on the body.

Last Decem­ber, Brooks’ son Nicholas was charged with second-degree mur­der after for­mer girl­friend Sylvie Cachay, a 33-year-old swimwear designer, was found dead in a bath­tub at an upscale New York hotel. He has pleaded not guilty.

Bill Hunter, 71, voiced dentist in “Finding Nemo”

Bill Hunter

Bill Hunter

Bill Hunter, a main­stay of Aus­tralian film who voiced the den­tist in Pixar-Disney’s Find­ing Nemo (2003), died Sat­ur­day evening in Mel­bourne. He was 71.

The actor died sur­rounded by fam­ily and friends at a Kew hos­pice at 8:05 p.m. local time after fight­ing can­cer, man­ager Mark Mor­ris­sey said.

He also voiced Bubo in last year’s Leg­end of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, an American-Australian co-production dis­trib­uted by Warner Bros.

He was a fine actor, a true sto­ry­teller and a great friend. He will be sorely missed,” Mor­ris­sey said. “‘Dur­ing the course of his long and esteemed career, Bill touched the lives of many people.”

Mor­ris­sey described the actor as “much loved, a gen­tle­man, an inspi­ra­tion to fel­low actors, a jour­ney­man and a rogue.”

Born William John Hunter in Bal­larat, Vic­to­ria on Feb­ru­ary 27, 1940, he was admit­ted Sun­day to the Car­i­tas Christi hos­pice six days ago after refus­ing to enter a hospital.

He appeared in over 60 films, includ­ing a role in 1957’s The Shi­ralee. His decades-long career also included stage roles.

Hunter starred in such iconic Aus­tralian films as Gal­lipoli, Muriel’s Wed­ding, Strictly Ball­room and The Adven­tures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Appeared in over 60 films, Hunter won two Aus­tralian Film Insti­tute Awards.

He won an AFI Award for Best Actor in a Lead­ing Role in 1978 for his part as Len Maguire in the movie News­front. It won eight AFIs, includ­ing Best Film.

Accord­ing to Mor­risey, Hunter recently summed up his beliefs in an inter­view for his last project, fea­ture film The Cup, in which he por­trayed leg­endary Aus­tralian racer Bart Cummings.

As long as the direc­tor told me where to stand and what to say, I was happy,” Hunter said. “Any­one who says there’s any more to it than that, is full of bulls***.

‘It’s a job. It is a craft, but there’s no art involved,” Hunter added.

What you need is com­mon sense and a rea­son­ably rough head. You put on the makeup and the wardrobe, and that is half the per­for­mance. That upsets the purists, but never mind, they don’t work as much as I do.”

Hunter was mar­ried to Rhoda Roberts from 1993 until their divorce in 1999.

A memo­r­ial ser­vice will be held at 2 p.m. Thurs­day at the Princess The­atre in Mel­bourne, Hunter’s long­time man­ager said.

If you are not able to attend, we invite you, whether you are in your favorite pub, a the­atre, at home, in coun­try towns, on the land or with friends any­where through­out Aus­tralia, that at 6 p.m. on Thurs­day [the] 26th you raise your glass as a salute and a final farewell to a great man,” said Morrissey.

Silly Scandals (1931) — Talkartoons Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: “Silly Scan­dals” was the first car­toon fea­tur­ing a named Betty Boop, who still has her puppy dog ears. ~

Silly Scandals (1931) - Talkartoons

Silly Scan­dals (1931) — Talkartoons

Silly Scan­dals (1931) — Talka­r­toons The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Bimbo is try­ing to get in to see a the­ater stage show. Because he has no money, Bimbo tries var­i­ous dodges to sneak into the the­ater, and even­tu­ally suc­ceeds. A stan­dard set of Fleis­cher audi­ence gags fol­lows: First, Bimbo can’t see because he is behind a large hip­popota­mus who always shifts to block Bimbo’s view; the hippo is replaced by a woman with a big hat.

When she removes the hat, she has an even big­ger hairdo under­neath. Bimbo cuts off her hair, and finally, he can see the stage. The crowd cheers Betty by name when she comes on stage. She has dog ears, a white nose, lots of curls and an enor­mous head.

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The Lonesome Mouse (1943) — Tom and Jerry Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: “The Lone­some Mouse” fea­tured a make-over for Tom… and both he and Jerry speak ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/2933-Lonesome_Mouse.html

The Lonesome Mouse (1943) - Tom and Jerry

The Lone­some Mouse (1943) — Tom and Jerry

The Lone­some Mouse (1943) — Tom and Jerry The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Jerry finally gets Tom thrown from the house, but he soon finds life a bore with­out the cat’s tor­ment­ing. The two join forces to get Tom back in and up to his old ways.

Watch The Lone­some Mouse at Big Car­toon DataBase

Rob Edwards hired to script “Animated American”

Disney

Dis­ney

Best known for writ­ing Disney’s 2009 ani­mated fea­ture film The Princess And The Frog, Rob Edwards has been hired to write the Mouse House’s Ani­mated Amer­i­can.

To be pro­duced by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Cooper, Ani­mated Amer­i­can focuses on an ani­mated baby raised by a live-action fam­ily until his 18th birth­day. Then, aided by his friend and her jeal­ous boyfriend, the char­ac­ter decides to find his “real” car­toon family.

No start date has been announced.

[Via Vari­ety www.variety.com/article/VR1118037229?]

Who Shot Mr. Burns? — Part One (1995) — The Simpsons Cartoon Episode Guide

CotD: “Who Shot Mr. Burns? — Part One” was a clas­sic from the Simp­sons, and onme of the most pop­u­lar episodes ever ~

The Simpsons

The Simp­sons

Who Shot Mr. Burns? — Part One (1995) — The Simp­sons Car­toon Episode Guide

It’s bad enough that Mr. Burns steals the newly dis­cov­ered oil under Spring­field Ele­men­tary, but it’s going too far when he steals the town’s sun­shine. He is shot, and every­one won­ders who did the dirty deed.

Watch Who Shot Mr. Burns? — Part One at Big Car­toon DataBase

Adult Swim announces programming slate for 2011-12

Adult Swim

Adult Swim

Adult Swim cel­e­brated a new slate of pro­gram­ming for the 2011-12 sea­son Wednes­day night dur­ing its star-studded annual Upfront event in New York City.

New orig­i­nal series and spe­cials include:

The Ven­ture Bros. Spe­cial — From the Ladle to the Grave: The Story of Shal­low Gravy
See the Ven­ture Fam­ily as you’ve never seen them before: in a 15-minute documentary-style ani­mated spe­cial. Fol­low the mete­oric rise, the equally mete­oric fall and the decid­edly un-meteor-like sec­ond com­ing of the most impor­tant band Hank Ven­ture, Der­mott Fitc­tel and H.E.L.P.eR. robot have ever been in: Shal­low Gravy. If you’re hun­gry for rock, then open wide, because here comes a ladle of heavy metal fire and metaphoric meat drip­pings. Launched on Adult Swim in August 2004, The Ven­ture Bros. is an inspired spoof of such 1960s action car­toon shows as Jonny Quest. Cre­ated by Jack­son Pub­lick III (King of the Hill, The Tick), the 30-minute ani­mated series fol­lows the bizarre mis­ad­ven­tures of the Ven­ture fam­ily. Pre­mieres July 24.

Tight Bros
Tight Bros is a new ani­mated com­edy that fol­lows two moronic “cler­gy­bros” who are on a quest for fat beats, hot chicks and tricked-out cell phones. Vince and Aaron were called by God to spread a holy mes­sage: one of peace, love and tearin’ up the club. By day, the two sell reli­gious kitsch at a kiosk in Viceroy Del Sol mall. By night, they hunt for babes, but only with mega tans and super smooth waxes in place. Pre­mier­ing in the spring of 2012, Tight Bros is cre­ated and writ­ten and exec­u­tive pro­duced by Sam John­son and Chris Marcil.

Black Dyna­mite
Based on 2009’s critically-acclaimed fea­ture film Black Dyna­mite, the new 30-minute ani­mated series will pre­miere in the spring of 2012. The Black Dyna­mite ani­mated series fur­ther chron­i­cles the exploits of the cen­tral char­ac­ter, Black Dyna­mite, and his crew. Under the direc­tion of Carl Jones (The Boon­docks), the series fea­tures the voice tal­ent of Michael Jai White, Tommy David­son, Kym Whit­ley and Byron Minns, all of whom starred in the fea­ture film. The fea­ture film is an out­ra­geous action comedy-spoof that fol­lows ex-CIA agent and full-time ladies man Black Dyna­mite, who’s out to avenge the death of his brother against kung-fu mas­ters, drug-dealing pimps and The Man. Black Dyna­mite, the ani­mated series, is being pro­duced by Ars Nova Enter­tain­ment. Jones is exec­u­tive pro­ducer. Jon Stein­gart and Jil­lian Apfel­baum also serve as exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers. Brian Ash is co-executive pro­ducer. Scott Sanders, White and Minns are pro­duc­ers. Black Dyna­mite is being ani­mated by Tit­mouse, Inc.

Return­ing series:

Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1
The series for­merly known as Aqua Teen Hunger Force is one of the most pop­u­lar and longest-running orig­i­nal series on Adult Swim and has been retooled for glory and renamed Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1. Show cre­ators Dave Willis and Matt Maiel­laro felt that after 100+ episodes, they really didn’t like the name. Now Fry­lock, Mas­ter Shake, Meat­wad and their smelly neigh­bor Carl appears under a new ban­ner and new theme song, which was writ­ten, com­posed and per­formed by Joshua Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and Alain Johannes. The clos­ing theme shred gui­tar per­for­mance is by co-creator Maiel­laro. The cast also does a lot of the things they’ve done over the past 10 years: look for a new place to put their stuff, pay rent, make gut-wrenching deci­sions and talk about life while sip­ping herbal tea. Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1 pre­miered May 8 and con­tin­ues at 11:45 p.m. (ET/PT) every Sunday.

Mary Shelley’s Franken­hole
Moral Orel cre­ator Dino Stam­atopou­los returns to Adult Swim in the spring of 2012 with sea­son 2 of the stop-motion ani­mated series Mary Shelley’s Franken­hole. This is the true story of Vic­tor Franken­stein — the world’s most nar­cis­sis­tic genius — and his var­i­ous attempts to become rec­og­nized as the great creator/scientist that he believes him­self to be.

Met­alo­ca­lypse
From cre­ators Bren­don Small and Tommy Blacha, the fourth sea­son of the ani­mated series Met­alo­ca­lypse pre­mieres in the spring of 2012. The series chron­i­cles Dethklok’s cru­sades into dark­ness and their exploita­tion as the world’s most pop­u­lar metal band and most sig­nif­i­cant cul­tural force.

Mongo Wrestling Alliance
The Wrestler meets Met­alo­ca­lypse in this story of the once great Kle­berkuh Clan. Back-stabbing smok­ing ring sluts, vil­lain­ous mutants and pile-drivers from the top of great big lad­ders — it’s all in a day’s work for young Rusty Kle­berkuh, who is deter­mined to restore his family’s name in the treach­er­ous and deviant world of pro­fes­sional wrestling. Cre­ated by Tommy Blacha (Met­alo­ca­lypse co-creator), Mongo Wrestling Alliance pre­miered sea­son 1 part 1 in Jan­u­ary. Sea­son 1 part 2 pre­mieres at mid­night (ET, PT) Sun­day, June 19.

Robot Chicken
Robot Chicken uses stop-motion ani­ma­tion to bring pop-culture par­o­dies to life in a mod­ern take on the variety/sketch show for­mat. The Emmy Award-winning series began air­ing in Feb­ru­ary 2005 and remains the top-rated orig­i­nal series on Adult Swim. Robot Chicken is cre­ated and exec­u­tive pro­duced by Seth Green and Matthew Sen­re­ich under their Stoopid Mon­key Pro­duc­tions, in con­junc­tion with Alex Bulk­ley and Corey Campodonico’s Shad­ow­Ma­chine Films. Green and Sen­re­ich also exec­u­tive pro­duce, write and, with Chris McKay, direct the series, with Green pro­vid­ing many of the voices. Sea­son 5 part 2 pre­mieres this fall.

Squid­bil­lies
The inbred squid-things of Dou­gal County return for a fifth sea­son of hill­billy shenani­gans in the spring of 2012. The squids won’t dis­ap­pointify you, as long as you like bank rob­bing, drug traf­fick­ing, unskinny bop­ping, and guest appear­ances by bona-fide famous peo­ple. Squid­bil­lies pre­miered on Adult Swim in Octo­ber 2006 and is from cre­ators Dave Willis (Aqua Teen Hunger Force) and Jim Fortier (The Brak Show), both Geor­gia natives. Willis and Fortier worked as writ­ers and pro­duc­ers on Space Ghost Coast to Coast.

Super­jail!
In April, the hit series Super­jail! slammed back in gen­eral pop­u­la­tion for a sec­ond sea­son of destruc­tion and con­tin­ues to pre­miere at mid­night (ET, PT) Sun­days on Adult Swim. Dou­ble the insan­ity. Dou­ble the crazy. Dou­ble the pain of being kicked in the guts really hard. Super­jail! returns to Adult Swim with ten new episodes pro­duced at Tit­mouse Stu­dios in N.Y. Series cre­ators and exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers Christy Kara­cas (Car­toon Sushi, Robot­omy) and Stephen War­brick (Beavis and Butthead, Daria) teamed up again to take this over-the-top ani­mated series to the next level. Chris McCul­loch (The Ven­ture Bros.) returned as a con­sult­ing pro­ducer this sea­son and lent his tal­ents with story edit­ing and voiceovers.

Pilots cur­rently in devel­op­ment include:

The Dum­miez; Nick Can­non project
Unti­tled project with Major Lazer
Unti­tled project with Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All
Rolling with Dad; 30-minute ani­mated sit­com cre­ated by Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzen­berg
Unti­tled project by Dan Har­mon and Justin Roiland

Return­ing acquisitions:

Amer­i­can Dad!
Bleach
Fam­ily Guy
Full Metal Alchemist: Broth­er­hood
King of the Hill