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.

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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.

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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