Monthly Archives: August 2011

Mary Poppins (1964) – Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film

Mary Poppins (1964) - Feature Length

Mary Poppins (1964) - Feature Length

CotD: Not entirely animated, “Mary Poppins” won the Sherrman Brothers an Academy Award for the song Chim Chim Cher-ee

Mary Poppins (1964) – Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film

The story of Jane and Michael Banks, who are too much of a handful for the typical Nanny. But Mary Poppins is no typical Nanny. And there are more than enough lessons to go around- even the parents of little Jane and Michael have something to learn; and it’s so much easier with a spoon full of sugar.

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The Dippy Diplomat (1945) – Woody Woodpecker Theatrical Cartoon

The Dippy Diplomat (1945) - Woody Woodpecker

The Dippy Diplomat (1945) - Woody Woodpecker

CotD: Woody Woodpecker and Wally Walrus mix it up (WAY up!) in 1945’s “The Dippy Diplomat” Watch this classic today ~

The Dippy Diplomat (1945) – Woody Woodpecker Theatrical Cartoon Series

Woody Woodpecker’s sleeping in the arms of a statue in the city park, dreaming of a big, juicy steak. Across the street from the park lives Wally Walrus, who’s preparing to entertain famous Russian ambassador Ivan Awfulitch.

Wally starts to barbecue some steaks, and the aroma from the sizzling meat wafts its way across the street into Woody’s nostrils, picks Woody up, and carries him to the fence surrounding Wally’s patio. Woody wakes up and, peeking through a hole in the fence, sees a table loaded with food. Woody reaches through the hole and helps himself to several ears of corn before Wally, who’s a little slow to realize what’s happening, nails a board over the hole.

Woody then tosses a ping-pong ball into the hard-boiled eggs, and he rushes in and asks permission from Wally to retrieve his ball. Before he can find his ball, Woody eats every egg in the bowl. Wally picks Woody up and throws him into the newspaper rack in the street corner. Woody glances at the papers and reads about the dinner party for the ambassador. He disguises himself as the ambassador, rents a limousine, and drive up to Wally’s house.

Woody heads for the steaks without delay, but he gets too close to the barbecue, and he burns his beard. The disguise is ruined, but even so, Woody manages to make off with a carload of food.

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Buckaroo Bugs (1944) – Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

Buckaroo Bugs (1944) - Looney Tunes

Buckaroo Bugs (1944) - Looney Tunes

CotD: Bugs’ first starring role in a Looney Tunes cartoon was 1944’s “Buckaroo Bugs” Watch this classic today ~

Buckaroo Bugs (1944) – Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

Red Hot Ryder, the West’s stupidest cowboy, tries to save the town from the Masked Marauder’s carrot thieving.

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Bee Movie co-director to lead Madagascar spin-off

DreamWorks Animation SKG

DreamWorks Animation SKG

Simon Smith, co-director of DreamWorks Animation’s 2007 Bee Movie, will now direct the same studio’s as yet untitled spin-off of 2005’s Madagascar, featuring the penguins.

Lara Breay, of DWA’s Megamind (2005), will produce the film.

In March, DWA hurried the project along by hiring Megamind writers Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simons, to script the tale, which will focus on penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico’s paramilitary stories. The four are supporting characters of the Madagascar movies, but often have stolen the show.

Decisions on casting remain far away.

A DWA animator, Smith was head of layout for the studio’s Antz (1998) and Shrek (2001). He was a layout consultant on Shrek 2 (2004).

Shrek then directed Shrek 4-D, an animated attraction that’s part of the Universal Studios theme park.

In addition, he directed the Shrek-themed Far Far Away Idol (2004) and this February’s Megamind: The Button Of Doom, shorts that came as extras on DVDs released by DWA.

The Legend Of Coyote Rock (1945) – Pluto Theatrical Cartoon Series

The Legend Of Coyote Rock (1945) - Pluto

The Legend Of Coyote Rock (1945) - Pluto

CotD: Goofy was not the only dog at Disney “The Legend Of Coyote Rock” featured Pluto! Watch this classic today ~

The Legend Of Coyote Rock (1945) – Pluto Theatrical Cartoon Series

Sheepdog Pluto protects his flock from a coyote, and carves out a desert landmark in the process.

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Blitz Wolf (1942) – MGM Theatrical Cartoon

Blitz Wolf (1942) - MGM

Blitz Wolf (1942) - MGM

CotD: A wartime 3 Little Pigs, “Blitz Wolf” was Fred ‘Tex’ Avery’s first MGM cartoon ~

Blitz Wolf (1942) – MGM Theatrical Cartoon

This variation on the Three Little Pigs tale takes place during World War II. The evil Adolf Wolf, “one big stinker,” is about to invade the state of Pigmania, but Sergeant Pork spoils his plans.

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Benson, Henson among 12 honored as Disney Legends

The Little Mermaid Disney Legends

The Little Mermaid

Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel from “The Little Mermaid,” was among 12 contributors to the Disney legacy who were named and honored Friday morning as official Disney Legends during the D23 Expo in the Anaheim Convention Center Arena.

The awards ceremony kicked off the first day of the D23 Expo, hosted by noted TV personality Tom Bergeron, host of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and America’s Funniest Home Videos.

“From giving voice to some of our most iconic and beloved Disney princesses to bringing a smile to millions of television viewers every morning for two decades, we are proud to present these 12 men and women with our highest, most coveted honor, The Disney Legends Award,” said Disney president and CEO Bob Iger. “Our newest honorees now join this unique and prestigious circle, which recognizes those whose incredible talents and outstanding contributions have had a lasting, meaningful impact on Disney’s great legacy.”

Benson, an acclaimed voice actress and soprano singer, provided both the singing and speaking voices for Disney’s Princess Ariel in The Little Mermaid and its sequels and TV Series. For more than 20 years, Benson has voiced Ariel in film, TV, video games, toys and at Disney Parks. She also starred as Sam in Disney’s Enchanted and voiced Barbie in the hit Disney¬∑Pixar films Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3, plus Weebo in the film comedy Flubber.

The late Jim Henson, an Emmy Award-winning TV producer and Oscar-nominated film director, was an American puppeteer and the creator of global phenomenon The Muppets. The cross-cultural appeal of The Muppets propelled television shows like Sesame Street, The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock to new heights. He also produced the cartoon series Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies. The success of these series led Henson to explore such feature films as The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper and The Muppets Take Manhattan, as well as the technologically ground-breaking fantasy classics The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. The Muppet legacy continued with such popular Disney films as The Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island, as well as the upcoming The Muppets, premiering this November.

Linda Larkin is a celebrated actress and popular voice performer best known for providing the voice of Princess Jasmine in the Disney animated feature Aladdin, its sequels, spin-offs and television series. She has also been vocally featured in the Disney animated television series House of Mouse and the popular Kingdom Hearts video game.

Paige O’Hara is a Broadway actress and singer best known for providing the voice of Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, its sequels, series and games. She also starred as Angela in the Disney film hit Enchanted. O’Hara has also been vocally featured in the Disney video game Kingdom Hearts and as Belle on the 64th Annual Academy Awards.

Anika Noni Rose is a renowned actress and singer who provided the voice of Princess Tiana in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. In addition, some of her Broadway, television and film credits include her Tony Award-winning performance in Caroline, or Change, the blockbuster feature film Dreamgirls, and television series including The Starter Wife and The Good Wife.

Lea Salonga is a celebrated actress and singer who provided the singing voice for two Disney Princesses: Jasmine in Aladdin, and Fa Mulan in Mulan and Mulan II. In addition to her recording and television career, Salonga’s vast Broadway credits are highlighted by her performance as Kim in Miss Saigon, which garnered her numerous awards, including a Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics’ Circle and Theater World Awards.

Also honored were Barton “Bo” Boyd, Regis Philbin, Jack and Bonita Wrather, Ray Watson and Guy Williams.

Each honoree receives a two-foot-tall bronze Disney Legends sculpture that signifies the imagination, creativity and magic they have brought to the company. Disney Legends Award recipients also participate in a handprint ceremony, and their bronzed prints will be displayed in the Disney Legends Plaza at the company’s Burbank, California headquarters.

The first Disney Legend, actor Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), was named in 1987. Including this year’s honorees, a total of 237 Disney Legends have been named. Past Disney Legends include Tim Allen, Robin Williams, Julie Andrews, Howard Ashman, Annette Funicello, Peter Jennings, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, Alan Menken, Hayley Mills, Fess Parker, Sir Tim Rice, Dick Van Dyke and Barbara Walters.

At the inaugural D23 Expo in 2009, the Legends Awards ceremony, which honored Robin Williams, Beatrice Arthur, Estelle Getty, Rue McLanahan, Betty White, Tony Anselmo, Bill Farmer, Harry Archinal, Don Iwerks and Leota Toombs Thomas, was presented to thousands of Disney fans for the first time.

Disney and Pixar ending boycott of Annie Awards

Disney

Disney

Disney and Pixar will be among the companies submitting entries for this year’s Annie Awards, ending their withdrawal from the prizes, Hollywood online news site TheWrap has learned.

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced Thursday its “Call for Entries” for the 39th Annual Annie Awards. The Annies are recognized by the entertainment industry as the highest and most prestigious honors given in animation by the animation industry.

This year’s Annie Awards ceremony is scheduled for next February 4 at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles.

Though the studio has made no formal announcement, a source who knows about the ASIFA process told TheWrap that Disney/Pixar will participate in the organization and its awards show.

Disney/Pixar pulled out last year from supporting ASIFA-Hollywood because of its objections to Annie rules and judging procedures.

“We are looking forward to having Disney and Pixar participate, and look forward to a full slate of talent this year,” said an Annies spokesperson, adding that she understands the company will make submissions this time around.

This year’s Annies saw DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon winning 10 awards. Pixar’s Toy Story 3 received none, even though it subsequently won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Disney/Pixar did not make any submissions for this year’s Annies. However, Toy Story 3 received three nominations.

Since this year’s ceremony, ASIFA replaced longtime president Antran Manoogian with longtime animation executive Frank Gladstone.

The new president said that he was planning on “making some significant changes to the status quo.” Among those changes were changing the voting structure of the Annies, and “establishing a representative voice for every animation studio.”

Disney/Pixar withdrew from ASIFA after the organization refused to set up a multi-studio advisory board. However, ASIFA did make changes that narrowed voting qualifications.

ASIFA members include professional animators, employees of animation companies, and fans who pay an annual fee. Because DreamWorks Animation buys all its employees memberships in ASIFA, it has been accused of controlling too large a part of the membership and excessively influencing the Annies.

The 2011 Annie Awards will be presented in 28 categories, including two new categories — Outstanding Editorial in an Animated Feature and Outstanding Editorial in an Animated Television Production — added to the slate this year. A “Member’s Favorite” award has also been added, but will be on a separate ballot located on the Annies Web site (www.annieawards.org). While Annie voting is limited to professional members, all members, both professional and associate, will be able to vote on this award.

Entries submitted for consideration will be from productions that were released in the United States during the 2011 calendar year. Details on how to enter may be found at www.annieawards.org.

The deadline to receive submissions and materials is 5 p.m. Friday, October 14. The deadline to join ASIFA-Hollywood, or to renew membership in order to participate in the Annie Award voting, is Friday, November 4. Membership information can be found at www.asifa-hollywood.org.

Scrap Happy Daffy (1943) – Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

Scrap Happy Daffy (1943) - Looney Tunes

Scrap Happy Daffy (1943) - Looney Tunes

CotD: You gotta love the Looney Toons with Adolf in them; “Scrap Happy Daffy” was also Daffy Duck’s last appearance in black and white ~

Scrap Happy Daffy (1943) – Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

Daffy as Super Duck in the War for Scrap against the Nazis. Air raid warden Daffy defends his scrap yard from attack after Adolf Hitler personally orders its destruction. Submarines and Nazi goats are no match for Daffy. After receiving inspiration from his ducky ancestors, Daffy turns into Super-Duck.

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Ship A-Hooey (1954) – Herman and Katnip Theatrical Cartoon Series

Ship A-Hooey (1954) - Herman and Katnip

Ship A-Hooey (1954) - Herman and Katnip

CotD: A classic from the Herman and Katnip series, “Ship A-Hooey” was released early in the series, around 1954 ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/15943-Ship_A-Hooey.html

Ship A-Hooey (1954) – Herman and Katnip Theatrical Cartoon Series

Mice are on a ship when they see a drifting raft in seeming distress. When they throw out a rope, Katnip the pirate climbs aboard. He invades their ship. They take to his raft to escape, but Herman has other plans and tries to recapture his ship from Katnip.

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