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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