Monthly Archives: June 2011

WALL•E (2008) – Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film

CotD: PIXAR heads off into space with their film “WALL•E” from 2008 ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/92024-WALL-E.html

WALL•E (2008) - Feature Length

WALL•E (2008) - Feature Length

WALL•E (2008) – Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film

The year is 2700. WALL•E, a robot, spends every day doing what he was made for. But soon, he will discover what he was meant for. After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, WALL-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) discovers a new purpose in life when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. EVE comes to realize that WALL-E has inadvertently stumbled upon the key to the planet’s future, and races back to space to report her findings to the humans who have been eagerly awaiting word that it is safe to return home.

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Beauty And The Obese (2003) – Stripperella Cartoon Episode Guide

CotD: Stan Lee and Pam Anderson began their new series Stripperella off with “Beauty And The Obese” in 2003 ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/41602-Beauty_And_The_Obese.html

Beauty And The Obese (2003) - Stripperella Cartoon Episode Guide

Beauty And The Obese (2003) - Stripperella Cartoon Episode Guide

Beauty And The Obese (2003) – Stripperella Cartoon Episode Guide

Someone is turning the city’s supermodels hideously fat. Is it the dubious modeling agent, Nairesec Rotcod? Or is it the dubious plastic surgeon, Dr. Cesarian? Or is it a third dubious person we haven’t mentioned? One thing is certain: whoever is behind this is dubious. It’s up to Stripperella to find out before it’s too late. Stripperella solves the mystery of who’s been turning the city’s supermodels hideously fat. She then has to save the day after learning that one of the supermodels has been literally “booby-trapped” with an exploding breast implant.

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A Scent Of The Matterhorn (1989) – Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: “A Scent Of The Matterhorn” features everyone’s favorite skunk… and pidgin-French credits ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/4422-Scent_Of_The_Matterhorn.html

A Scent Of The Matterhorn (1961)

A Scent Of The Matterhorn (1961)

A Scent Of The Matterhorn (1961) – Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

Pepé chases that cat all over the Alps.

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Tummy Trouble (1989) – Theatrical Animated Film

CotD: After a 25 year hiatus from theatrical shorts, Disney released “Tummy Trouble” in 1989 ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/4256-Tummy_Trouble.html

Tummy Trouble (1989) - Theatrical Animated Film

Tummy Trouble (1989) - Theatrical Animated Film

Tummy Trouble (1989) – Theatrical Animated Film

Roger Rabbit is left to baby-sit with the mischievous Baby Herman. The infant swallows a toy rattle, which is just the beginning of Roger’s troubles. When he rushes the baby to the hospital, the duo gets involved in a multitude of misadventures.

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The Milky Way (1940) – Theatrical Animated Film

CotD: The first non-Disney cartoon to win an Academy Award was MGM’s “The Milky Way” ~

The Milky Way (1940)

The Milky Way (1940)

The Milky Way (1940) – Theatrical Animated Film

Three kittens, denied milk as punishment for misbehaving, sail up into the Milky Way in a hot air balloon. Once in the Milky Way, they find it a land of natural milk springs and gushers. The kittens proceed to happily gorge themselves on milk. However, it turns out to be just a dream.

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SpongeBob mushroom discovered in forests of Borneo

SpongeBob mushroom

SpongeBob mushroom

Sing it with us: What lives in the rainforest, under a tree? Spongiforma squarepantsii, a new species of mushroom almost as strange as its cartoon namesake.

Its discovery in the forests of Borneo, says San Francisco State University researcher Dennis Desjardin, suggests that even some of the most charismatic characters in the fungal kingdom are yet to be identified.

Shaped like a sea sponge, S. squarepantsii was found in 2010 in the Lambir Hills in Sarawak, Malaysia. It is bright orange — although it can turn purple when sprinkled with a strong chemical base — and smells “vaguely fruity or strongly musty,” according to Desjardin and colleagues’ description published in the journal Mycologia.

Under a scanning electron microscope, the spore-producing area of the fungus looks like a seafloor carpeted in tube sponges, which further convinced the researchers to name their find after the famous star of Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants.

The new species is only one of two species in the Spongiforma genus. The other species is found in central Thailand, and differs in color and odor. But close examination of the fungi and genetic analysis revealed that the two were relatives living thousands of miles apart.

“We expect that it has a wider range than these two areas,” said Desjardin, a professor in ecology and evolution in the SFSU Biology Department. “But perhaps we haven’t seen it in more places because we haven’t collected it yet in some of the underexplored forests of the region.”

Desjardin said Spongiforma are related to a group of mushrooms that includes the tasty porcini. But the genus sports an unusual look that is far from the expected cap and stem style.

“It’s just like a sponge with these big hollow holes,” he explained. “When it’s wet and moist and fresh, you can wring water out of it and it will spring back to its original size. Most mushrooms don’t do that.”

Spongiforma’s ancestors had a cap and stem, but these characters have been lost over time — a common occurrence in fungi, Desjardin noted.

The cap and stem design is an elegant evolutionary solution to a fungal problem. The stem lifts the fungus’ reproductive spores off the ground so that they can be dispersed more easily by wind and passing animals, while the cap protects the spores from drying out in their lofty but exposed position.

In its humid home, Spongiforma has taken a different approach to keeping its spores wet. “It’s become gelatinous or rubbery,” Desjardin said. “Its adaptation is to revive very quickly if it dries out, by absorbing very small amounts of moisture from the air.”

S. squarepantsii now has another claim to fame: It joins the five percent of species in the vast and diverse Kingdom Fungi that have been formally named. Researchers estimate that there may be anywhere from 1.5 to 3 million fungal species.

“Most of these are very cryptic, molds and little things, most of them are not mushrooms,” Desjardin said. But even mushrooms — which are sort of like the big game of the fungal world — are mostly unknown.

“We go to underexplored forests around the world, and we spend months at a time collecting all the mushrooms and focusing on various groups,” Desjardin said. “And when we do that type of work, on average, anywhere from 25 percent to 30 percent of the species are new to science.”

Desjardin and his colleague Don Hemmes of the University of Hawaii at Hilo will describe five new white-spored species of mushrooms from the native mountain forests of Hawaii in an upcoming issue of Mycologia.

The Hawaiian species are among the diverse set of organisms found on the islands and nowhere else in the world. Desjardin and his colleagues are racing to discover and study the islands’ fungi before native forests succumb to agriculture and grazing.

“We don’t know what’s there, and that keeps us from truly understanding how these habitats function,” Desjardin said. “But we think that all this diversity is necessary to make the forests work the way they’re supposed to work.”

“Spongiforma squarepantsii, a new species of gasteroid bolete from Borneo” was published online May 10 in Mycologia.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) – Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film

CotD: It took years for the attorneys to work out contracts for the cartoon characters that appeared in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/45-Who_Framed_Roger_Rabbit.html

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) – Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film

Roger Rabbit is an animated cartoon star-a ‘Toon’- at Maroon Cartoon Studios. Roger is suspected of the murder of Marvin Acme, owner of the Los Angeles subdivision of Toontown, and head of the renowned Cartoon Prop Company. Acme had been sighted playing patty cake with Roger’s shapely wife, Jessica. Eddie Valiant, a down-on-his-luck gumshoe, is asked by Roger to find the real killer. Reluctantly, Valiant agrees, and soon discovers local magistrate Judge Doom at the center of the tangled Toon web. With Judge Doom’s cartoon weasel henchmen in pursuit, Valiant follows leads all over Los Angeles- and into the heart- of Toontown.

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“Penguins of Madagascar” wins six Daytime Emmys

The Penguins of Madagascar

The Penguins of Madagascar

The Penguins Of Madagascar” received six Daytime Emmys — including one for Outstanding Children’s Animated Program — during a grand gala Friday night for over 1,000 attendees at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles.

Also at the 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmy Awards, The Penguins Of Madagascar was honored for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction And Composition (composer Adam Berry was singled out), Outstanding Performer In An Animated Program (Danny Jacobs, as King Julien), Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing — Live Action and Animation, Outstanding Writing In Animation (Brandon Sawyer, Bill Motz and Bob Roth), and Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special (casting director Meredith Layne).

Also from Nickelodeon, the launch trailer for the animated series Bubble Guppies won for Outstanding Promotional Announcement – Episodic. Chris Papa was the director of animation.

The Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program went to yet another Nickelodeon production: Fanboy and Chum Chum. The show also won for Outstanding Directing In An Animated Program (Brian Sheesley, Jim Schumann and Russell Calabrese, directors; Ginny McSwain, voice director).

Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer won for Outstanding Achievement in Main Title and Graphic Design.

The Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Special Class Directing was given to Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade (ABC), directed by Ryan Polito.

“The Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmy Awards is one of the cornerstones of our business,” said Brent Stanton, executive director of the Daytime Emmy Awards. “The daytime community is well and prospering, as witnessed by this overwhelming turnout honoring the best in daytime television in more than 50 categories. I continue to be inspired by the quality of work these individuals and organizations provide the daytime viewer each and every day.”

Friday’s show was hosted by Steve Wilkos, of The Steve Wilkos Show, and joined by such presenters as Bill Farmer and Tony Anselmo, the voices of Goofy and Donald Duck.

AMPAS invites 13 animators to join organization

Oscar Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Oscar Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended invitations to join the organization to 178 artists and executives — including 13 animators — who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2011 to the roster of members of the Academy, which hands out the Oscars each year.

These are the animators invited:

Geefwee Boedoe — Let’s Pollute, Monsters, Inc.
Alessandro Carloni — How to Train Your Dragon, Over the Hedge
Sylvain Chomet — The Illusionist, The Triplets of Belleville
Jakob Hjort Jensen — How to Train Your Dragon, Flushed Away
Biljana Labovic — The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger, Idiots and Angels
Tomm Moore — The Secret of Kells, Backwards Boy
Teddy Newton — Day & Night, Ratatouille
Bob Peterson — Up, Finding Nemo (also invited to the Writers Branch)
Javier Recio Gracia — The Lady and the Reaper, The Missing Lynx
Andrew Ruhemann — The Lost Thing, City Paradise
Kristof Serrand — How to Train Your Dragon, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
Shaun Tan — The Lost Thing, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!
Simon Wells — Mars Needs Moms, The Prince of Egypt

Also invited were film editor Darren Holmes (How to Train Your Dragon, The Iron Giant) and visual effects artists Tim Alexander (Rango), Rob Bredow (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Polar Express), Sean Phillips (Alice in Wonderland, The Polar Express) and Brian Van’t Hul (Coraline).

“These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy president Tom Sherak. “Their talent and creativity have entertained moviegoers around the world, and I welcome each of them to our ranks.”

The Academy’s membership policies would have allowed a maximum of 211 new members in 2011, but, as in other recent years, several branch committees endorsed fewer candidates than were proposed to them. Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.

In an unprecedented gesture, the list of new members includes documentary filmmaker Tim Hetherington, who was killed in action in Libya in April. Hetherington had been a 2010 nominee for his film Restrepo, but he died prior to the Academy’s spring meetings to select new members. The Documentary Branch proposed that Hetherington’s name be included among the year’s invitees. The governors agreed.

Individuals invited to join multiple branches must select one branch upon accepting membership.

New members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception in September.

To Spring (1936) – Happy Harmonies Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: 1936’s “To Spring” was a Harman-Ising Productions version of a Silly Symphonie ~

To Spring (1936) - Happy Harmonies

To Spring (1936) - Happy Harmonies

To Spring (1936) – Happy Harmonies Theatrical Cartoon Series

A group of elves is in charge of adding color back to the landscape for spring! Old Man Winter fights back, pushing the lever to turn the “spring machine” off!.

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