Monthly Archives: July 2011

Steamboat Willie (1928) — Mickey Mouse Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: Gen­er­ally cred­ited to have released Novem­ber 18,1928, “Steam­boat Willie” had a prior lim­ited, silent release on this date in 1928 ~

Steamboat Willie  (1928) - Mickey Mouse

Steam­boat Willie (1928) — Mickey Mouse

Steam­boat Willie (1928) — Mickey Mouse The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

A loose par­ody of Buster Keaton’s Steam­boat Bill, Mickey is a roustabout on Peg­leg Pete’s river steamer. After a goat eats the sheet music, Mickey and Min­nie use var­i­ous objects at hand (includ­ing a cat on unedited ver­sions!) to cre­ate music.

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Alice In Wonderland (1951) — Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film

CotD: No, not the Tim Bur­ton Re-vision, Walt’s orig­i­nal “Alice In Won­der­land” released on this date in 1951 ~

Alice In Wonderland  (1951) - Feature Length Theatrical

Alice In Won­der­land (1951) — Fea­ture Length Theatrical

Alice In Won­der­land (1951) — Fea­ture Length The­atri­cal Ani­mated Film

On a lazy, sunny after­noon, young Alice is dream­ily ignor­ing a les­son when she is sur­prised to see a white rab­bit, run­ning briskly and look­ing at his pocket watch. She pur­sues him and falls down a rab­bit hole, enter­ing a magic land where she encoun­ters a num­ber of crazy char­ac­ters includ­ing Twee­dledee and Twee­dle­dum, the Cater­pil­lar, the Mad Hat­ter, the March Hare, the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts. After a series of escapades in Won­der­land, Alice escapes to find that the entire adven­ture has been a dream.

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A Wild Hare (1940) — Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: He first appeared in 1940’s “A Wild Hare”, so that makes today Bugs Bunny’s Birth­day! ~

A Wild Hare  (1940) - Merrie Melodies

A Wild Hare (1940) — Mer­rie Melodies

A Wild Hare (1940) — Mer­rie Melodies The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Be vewy, vewy qwiet, as Elmer’s hunt­ing rab­bits. This short estab­lishes many stan­dards we expect in a Bugs Bunny car­toon, right from the start. Exam­ples: push­ing a gun down a rab­bit hole, Bugs inquir­ing, “What’s up, Doc?”

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Live-action “Voltron” being adapted for big screen

Voltron, Defender of the Universe,

Voltron, Defender of the Universe,

Rel­a­tiv­ity Media has optioned the fea­ture film rights for Voltron from World Event Pro­duc­tions, and will adapt the live-action big screen ver­sion from the 1984 cult-classic ani­mated series Voltron: Defender of the Uni­verse, the studio’s pres­i­dent of world­wide pro­duc­tion, Tucker Too­ley, announced Thursday.

The project was brought to Rel­a­tiv­ity through its deal with Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, whose com­pany will shep­herd the project.

In Voltron, an elite bat­tle force defends the fate of mankind in the spec­tac­u­lar action adven­ture. Five young war­riors are respon­si­ble for the future of the galaxy when they become pilots of a bat­tal­ion of ultra-high-tech Robot Lions, pow­er­ful ves­sels with the abil­ity to join together to form a fear­some mega-weapon known as “Voltron.”

The orig­i­nal series, based on the Japan­ese anime prop­er­ties Beast King GoLion and Kikou Kan­tai Dairug­ger XV, aired in the United States for two years and has been described as an “inter­na­tional pop-culture hit” that has gar­nered a large fol­low­ing over the last 25 years. In recent years, the Voltron prop­erty has sold over 300,000 DVDs, estab­lished numer­ous apparel and con­sumer prod­uct deals, and has spawned a highly suc­cess­ful TV series, Voltron Force, which became Nicktoon’s highest-rated debut ever on June 16.

Voltron made its first-ever panel debut Thurs­day at Comic-Con Inter­na­tional in San Diego, a pre­sen­ta­tion of all-new and clas­sic Voltron con­tent was featured.

The live-action film will be pro­duced by Atlas Entertainment’s Roven (The Dark Knight) and Suckle (The Inter­na­tional), along with Kick­start Entertainment’s Jason Net­ter (Wanted). World Events Pro­duc­tions’ Ted Koplar (Voltron Force) will exec­u­tive pro­duce. The script is being penned by Thomas Dean Don­nelly (Conan the Bar­bar­ian) and Joshua Oppen­heimer (Sahara).

For nearly three decades, Voltron has cap­tured the minds of a nos­tal­gi­cally loyal and rabid fan base, and has long been con­sid­ered a hotly-pursued project. We are beyond excited World Event Pro­duc­tions and Atlas Enter­tain­ment have placed their trust and faith in Rel­a­tiv­ity to bring this cov­eted prop­erty to the big screen, and usher in a new gen­er­a­tion of devoted fans,” Too­ley said. “With Chuck and Richard’s expe­ri­ence pro­duc­ing tent­poles, they are the per­fect pro­duc­ers to bring this poten­tial fran­chise to the­aters,” he added.

It’s incred­i­bly grat­i­fy­ing to offi­cially announce the devel­op­ment of the live-action Voltron movie this week, given its recent resur­gence and the start of Comic-Con,” said Roven, co-founder of Atlas Entertainment.

I know there’s been a lot of rumors and spec­u­la­tion about this movie, so it’s great to finally con­firm to all the Voltron fans every­where that we’re com­ing for them,” added Suckle, a pro­ducer at Atlas Entertainment.

Look­ing ahead, Rel­a­tiv­ity will release David Ellis’ Shark Night 3D on Sep­tem­ber 2, fol­lowed by Marc Forster’s Machine Gun Preacher on Sep­tem­ber 23, then Immor­tals on Novem­ber 11, star­ring Henry Cav­ill, Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans and Kel­lan Lutz with John Hurt and Mickey Rourke.

The stu­dio is in pro­duc­tion on its Unti­tled Snow White Project (in the­atres March 16), star­ring Lily Collins as Snow White, Oscar-winner Julia Roberts as the evil Queen, Armie Ham­mer as Prince Andrew Alcott, and Nathan Lane as the hap­less and bungling ser­vant to the Queen.

Relativity’s expan­sive 2012 slate also includes Hay­wire (in the­atres Jan­u­ary 20), Act of Valor (in the­atres Feb­ru­ary 17), The Raven (in the­atres March 9), Unti­tled Farrelly/Wessler Project (in the­atres April 13), House at the End of the Street (in the­atres April 20), Safe Haven (in the­atres June 1) and Hunter Killer (in the­atres Decem­ber 21, 2012).

The Bears and the Dragon (1962) — Aesop and Son Cartoon Episode Guide

CotD: Don’t expect you’ll know the name “The Bears and the Dragon” But you prob­a­bly love the series that it is from ~

The Bears and the Dragon (1962) - Aesop and Son Cartoon Episode Guide

The Bears and the Dragon (1962) — Aesop and Son Car­toon Episode Guide

The Bears and the Dragon (1962) — Aesop and Son Car­toon Episode Guide

Aesop tries to teach his son about life with his tales. His son twists the tales always seems to find an alter­nate — and com­i­cal– meaning.

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Duck Dodgers In The 24½th Century (1985) — Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: Hide your Aludium Phozdex! Today is the release date for “Duck Dodgers In The 24½th Cen­tury” Watch it again today! ~

Duck Dodgers In The 24½th Century (1985) - Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon

Duck Dodgers In The 24½th Cen­tury (1985) — Mer­rie Melodies The­atri­cal Cartoon

Duck Dodgers In The 24½th Cen­tury (1985) — Mer­rie Melodies The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Duck Dodgers is sent on a secret mis­sion to Planet X to col­lect Aludium Phozdex, the shav­ing cream atom. There, he and co-pilot Porky must bat­tle Com­man­der X-2 (and his Mar­t­ian Matomic Masher) for the fate of the planet.

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The Black Cauldron (1985) — Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film

CotD: Depend­ing on your point of view, Disney’s release of “The Black Caul­dron” 26 years ago today was a low spot in the stu­dios history

The Black Cauldron (1985)

The Black Caul­dron (1985)

The Black Caul­dron (1985) — Fea­ture Length The­atri­cal Ani­mated Film

Cen­turies ago, in the land of Pry­dain, a young man named Taran is given the task of pro­tect­ing Hen Wen, a mag­i­cal orac­u­lar pig, who knows the loca­tion of the mys­ti­cal black caul­dron. This is not an easy task for the Evil Horned King will stop at noth­ing to get the cauldron.

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Bad Ol’ Putty Tat (1949) — Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: Every­one loves a good Tweety and Sylvester, and “Bad Ol’ Putty Tat” is one of the best ~

Bad Ol' Putty Tat (1949) - Merrie Melodies

Bad Ol’ Putty Tat (1949) — Mer­rie Melodies

Bad Ol’ Putty Tat (1949) — Mer­rie Melodies The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Sylvester tries to get Tweety out of his barbed wire-protected house. Sylvester tries a new tac­tic by tak­ing up trampolining.

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No Butts about it: South Park wins copyright suit

South Park

South Park

Mak­ing “What What (In the Butt)” the butt of a joke is fair play, a Wis­con­sin fed­eral judge has ruled.

Via­com and Com­edy Cen­tral were sued in Novem­ber over the 2008 South Park episode Canada On Strike. Brown­mark Films alleged that a scene stole from its copy­righted music video for the viral phe­nom­e­non “What What (In the Butt).”

In “Canada on Strike,” the char­ac­ter But­ters Stotch recon­structs a silly Inter­net video by singer Samwell.

Down­loaded over 41 mil­lion times on YouTube, Samwell’s “What What” video was fea­tured on PerezHilton and VH1’s Best Week Ever.

Re-creating the music video amounted to copy­right infringe­ment, Brown­mark claimed. But Via­com responded that its own ver­sion was a par­ody, and thus was allowed within “fair use” excep­tions to copyright.

In a rare move, the judge affirmed “fair use” at the sum­mary judg­ment phase of the action.

Any­one see­ing the South Park episode will know that the show was try­ing “to lam­poon the recent craze in our soci­ety of watch­ing video clips on the Inter­net that are — to be kind — of rather low artis­tic sophis­ti­ca­tion and qual­ity,” the judge added.

The judge ruled that a clip last­ing under a minute in a 25-minute episode was not very sub­stan­tial and would not hurt the suc­cess of the orig­i­nal video dis­trib­uted by Brownmark.

As well, the judge observed, South Park altered “What What (In the Butt)” con­sid­er­ably by accom­plish­ing “the seem­ingly impos­si­ble — mak­ing the WWITB video even more absurd by replac­ing the African-American male singer with a naive and inno­cent nine-year-old boy dressed in adorable outfits.”

Stephanie Denton hired as SVP of Arc Productions

Arc Productions

Arc Pro­duc­tions

Arc Pro­duc­tions, Canada’s lead­ing CG-animation and visual effects stu­dio, has hired Stephanie Den­ton to head its Los Ange­les office as senior vice-president of sales and busi­ness development.

For­merly known as Starz Ani­ma­tion Toronto, Arc Pro­duc­tions was recently acquired by a Cana­dian own­er­ship group from Starz Media US. Starz remains a minor­ity share­holder in the Toronto-based car­toon maker.

The stu­dio ani­mated Gnomeo & Juliet for Mira­max Films and Elton John’s Rocket Pictures.

Denton’s respon­si­bil­i­ties will include try­ing to get more Hol­ly­wood stu­dios to bring their projects to Arc so that they can find up-front cost sav­ings from local film and dig­i­tal tax credits.

We are thrilled to have Stephanie join our team. Her knowl­edge of the fea­ture film busi­ness is excep­tional,” Jeff Young, pres­i­dent and chief oper­at­ing offi­cer of the 3D ani­ma­tion stu­dio, said Monday.

Her back­ground in domes­tic and inter­na­tional dis­tri­b­u­tion, inde­pen­dent film financ­ing, and cre­ative devel­op­ment will be a tremen­dous asset to the com­pany. Stephanie’s appoint­ment’ in con­junc­tion with the company’s recent deci­sion to engage Par­a­digm to rep­re­sent the com­pany’ again demon­strates our aggres­sive growth strat­egy,” he added.

This is a great oppor­tu­nity to join the Arc Pro­duc­tions team. The stu­dio has an amaz­ing artis­tic tal­ent base that has estab­lished itself as a world-class ser­vice stu­dio for both ani­ma­tion and VFX. In addi­tion to grow­ing the ser­vice busi­ness, I am excited to be a part of Arc’s ini­tia­tive to enter the intel­lec­tual prop­erty busi­ness,” Den­ton said.

Before join­ing Arc Pro­duc­tions, Den­ton accrued 24 years of expe­ri­ence, many of them as pres­i­dent of inter­na­tional sales and dis­tri­b­u­tion for such lead­ing inde­pen­dents as Bold Films, Lion­s­gate, Ini­tial Enter­tain­ment Group and Lakeshore International.