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 ~

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 ~

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 ~

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 ~

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” ~

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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