Monthly Archives: August 2011

Birdy And The Beast (1944) — Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

Birdy And The Beast (1944) - Merrie Melodies

Birdy And The Beast (1944) — Mer­rie Melodies

CotD: “Birdy And The Beast” was the he sec­ond Tweety car­toon– and Tweety still does not have feath­ers ~

Birdy And The Beast (1944) — Mer­rie Melodies The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Tweety is in his lit­tle nest when a bad ol’ puddy tat– not yet Sylvester– looks in. Tweety says his catch­phrase, then flies off, and the cat fol­lows him. Not being able to fly, the puddy tat “faw down and go boom.”

When the cat falls from a tree onto a bull­dog, the dog decides to help Tweety chase the cat away. Tweety hides in the bulldog’s food bowl, caus­ing the cat to rum­mage through the dog’s food. The dog comes in, with obvi­ous results.

Tweety wan­ders into the cat’s mouth when look­ing for the puddy tat. He lights a match inside the cat’s mouth, which is soon on fire. Good lit­tle fire­man that he is, Tweety runs out to get a hose to help put out the fire. He then dons a fireman’s hat and con­nects the hose to a spout. When he opens the valve, we see that it’s con­nected to a gas can. Tweety sprays gaso­line into the cat’s blaz­ing mouth, caus­ing the cat to explode. Puddy tat blow up and go boom. The cat is recov­er­ing from his injuries, but is still try­ing to catch Tweety.

He turns him­self into a giant nest at the base of a tree… so invit­ing. Tweety decides to try it out, only to be chased away by a large hen. She lays her new nest full of eggs and goes off. The cat shows him­self, his mouth filled with eggs. He again tries to reach Tweety in his nest, where he grabs a hand grenade instead of Tweety and stuffs it in his mouth. Boom again.

Con­cludes Tweety: “You know, I lose more puddy tats dat way!”

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Luxo Jr. (1986) — Theatrical Cartoon

Luxo Jr. (1986) - Theatrical Cartoon

Luxo Jr. (1986) — The­atri­cal Cartoon

CotD: It all started with “Luxo Jr.” the first major short from PIXAR stu­dios and the sym­bol of the stu­dio ~

Luxo Jr. (1986) — The­atri­cal Cartoon

Light-hearted fun and games between Luxo Sr., a father lamp, and the lit­tle light of his life. Luxo Jr. plays exu­ber­antly with a ball, but he doesn’t quite get the hang of it.

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Heavy Traffic (1973) — Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film

Heavy Traffic  (1973)

Heavy Traf­fic (1973)

CotD: Ralph Bakshi’s “Heavy Traf­fic” is one of those love it or hate it films; which side are you on? ~

Heavy Traf­fic (1973) — Fea­ture Length The­atri­cal Ani­mated Film

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Fox News makes fair & balanced attack on SpongeBob

SpongeBob SquarePants

Sponge­Bob SquarePants

Sponge­Bob SquarePants may be a rad­i­cal who’s more green than yel­low, the hosts of Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends sug­gested in a recent broadcast.

The United States Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion has joined with Nick­elodeon to use Sponge­Bob SquarePants to teach chil­dren about global warm­ing. But the Fox News folks are wor­ried that the Nick hero is being duped.

On July 20, the depart­ment held an event in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. called “Let’s Read! Let’s Move!,” fea­tur­ing author Maya Soetoro-Ng (Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s half-sister), as well as NFL line­backer Chris Draft read­ing to stu­dents and encour­ag­ing them to exercise.

Accord­ing to con­ser­v­a­tive news site, the stu­dents received a book called Sponge­Bob Goes Green! An Earth-Friendly Adven­ture.

Fox played a clip from what it iden­ti­fied as a Sponge­Bob SquarePants car­toon shown to the stu­dents. It fea­tures Mr. Krabs say­ing, “Thanks to global warm­ing, the tem­per­a­ture will soon go through the roof, and we’ll have an end­less summer.”

The gov­ern­ment agency showed kids this car­toon and handed out books that blame man for global warm­ing, but they did not tell kids that that is actu­ally a dis­puted fact. Oops,” com­plained Fox & Friends host Gretchen Carlson.

Sponge­Bob is talk­ing a lot about global warm­ing, and he’s only look­ing at it from one point of view,” Carl­son continued.

Added Fox & Friends’ Steve Doocy: “What hap­pened was, the Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion invited a bunch of D.C. kids in and they had this fes­tiv­ity, and they handed out these par­tic­u­lar Nick­elodeon books where, clearly, Nick­elodeon is push­ing a global warm­ing agenda.

Clearly Nick­elodeon is push­ing a global warm­ing agenda, and while there’s no dis­put­ing the fact that the earth is get­ting a lit­tle warmer, the big ques­tion is, is it man-made, or is it just one of those gigan­tic cli­mac­tic phases that we’re going [through]?… For a while we’re cold and then we get warmer and then we get colder and warmer, which one is it? There’s sci­ence on both sides. There are a lot of sci­en­tists who say, ‘It’s this,’ oth­ers say, ‘It’s that.’”

Global warm­ing is “unproven sci­ence,” said Dave Briggs, also of Fox. “This is a pub­lic edu­ca­tion sys­tem that we all pay our tax dol­lars for, and the Sponge­Bob book says that it’s a man-made prob­lem that requires human intervention.”

Carl­son did admit that for her, Sponge­Bob SquarePants is “hard to fol­low sometimes.”

How­ever, Tim Tuten of the Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion said that no Sponge­Bob SquarePants car­toons were shown dur­ing the event.

We’ve never shown any videos ever, so I have no idea where that is com­ing from,” he said. Par­tic­i­pants were per­mit­ted to choose one of dozens of diverse books to take home with them, and the Sponge­Bob book was one of those, he continued.

The Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion doesn’t gen­er­ally pro­vide the books for spe­cial events, but such cor­po­rate part­ners as Tar­get, Nick­elodeon and United Way make them avail­able to kids, said Justin Hamil­ton, the department’s press secretary.

The kids get to pick what­ever books they’re inter­ested in,” he said. “We’re very happy that cor­po­rate spon­sors have made good books avail­able for kids to select and take home.”

Con­ser­v­a­tives also saw red over the yel­low sponge in 2005. At that time, Focus on the Family’s Paul Batura hinted that a video fea­tur­ing Sponge­Bob singing “We are Fam­ily” along­side peo­ple, Mup­pets and other car­toon char­ac­ters was “an insid­i­ous means by which the orga­ni­za­tion [spon­sor­ing the video] is manip­u­lat­ing and poten­tially brain­wash­ing kids.”

Bambi (1942) — Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film

Bambi (1942) - Feature Length

Bambi (1942) — Fea­ture Length

CotD: The art­work and ani­ma­tion from “Bambi” is among the best from Dis­ney, cer­tianly from the “clas­sic” era ~

Bambi (1942) — Fea­ture Length The­atri­cal Ani­mated Film

The for­est is abuzz with the news– a new prince is born in the thicket, a deer fawn named Bambi. With his friends, Thumper the rab­bit and Flower the skunk, Bambi learns of the forest’s won­ders and dan­gers– espe­cially a dan­ger called “Man.” Bambi grows up and fights for the doe Faline, sur­vives a dev­as­tat­ing for­est fire, and ulti­mately takes the place of his father, the Great Prince of the Forest.

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Eddie Murphy to voice “Hong Kong Phooey” in movie

Hong Kong Phooey

Hong Kong Phooey

Eddie Mur­phy will voice the ani­mated lead char­ac­ter in Alcon Entertainment’s live-action/animated big-screen Hong Kong Phooey, an adap­ta­tion of the 1970s Hanna-Barbera ani­mated TV series Hong Kong Phooey, Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Brod­er­ick John­son and Andrew Kosove announced Wednesday.

In addi­tion to voic­ing the char­ac­ter of Don­key in the box-office hit Shrek fran­chise, Mur­phy was also the voice of Mushu the Dragon in the suc­cess­ful ani­mated epic Mulan. Mur­phy will next be seen in the come­dies Tower Heist (co-starring Ben Stiller) from Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios and A Thou­sand Words from DreamWorks.

Alex Zamm (Dr. Dolit­tle: Mil­lion Dol­lar Mutts, Tooth Fairy 2) will direct. Kosove and John­son will pro­duce with Jay Stern and Brett Rat­ner. Steven P. Weg­ner will exec­u­tive produce.

Said John­son and Kosove: “We could not be hap­pier that Eddie Mur­phy will star as Phooey. There is no over­stat­ing his con­tri­bu­tions to cin­ema, and to such endur­ing stars of fam­ily enter­tain­ments such as Shrek and Dr. Doolit­tle. We look for­ward to watch­ing him reimag­ine yet another clas­sic character.”

Based on the cult clas­sic series, a mild-mannered dog named Penry (Mur­phy) stum­bles into a mys­tic cer­e­mony and is acci­den­tally granted mys­tic pow­ers, includ­ing the abil­ity to walk, talk and do kung fu. Under the tute­lage of his kung fu mas­ter, Penry dons a cos­tume and becomes Hong Kong Phooey, and, with the help of his trust­ing side­kick Spot the cat, cleans up a rogues’ gallery of wacky criminals.

Comedian-singer Scat­man Crothers voiced Penry/Hong Kong Phooey in the orig­i­nal series.

Pudgy The Watchman (1938) — Betty Boop Theatrical Cartoon Series

Pudgy The Watchman (1938)

Pudgy The Watch­man (1938)

CotD: Post-code Betty Boop The­atri­cal Car­toons like “Pudgy The Watch­man” is not as sexy as the ear­lier shorts, but can be a lot of fun ~

Pudgy The Watch­man (1938) — Betty Boop The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Betty is conned into hir­ing Al E. Katz, a crooked cat, to solve her rodent woes because Pudgy isn’t doing his job. A tra­di­tional mean cat-vs.-cute mice strug­gle ensues. At one point, the cat shel­lacs the tails of the mice, throw­ing the rodents back­wards at a beach umbrella in a home­made dart game. Even­tu­ally, the feline shys­ter drinks a cask of cider in the cel­lar and gets sloshed. When the mice lead him on a chase back upstairs, Betty’s relieved to have Pudgy throw Katz out the window.

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Luke Perry’s Guide To Love (2000) — Johnny Bravo Cartoon Episode Guide

Luke Perry's Guide To Love  (2000) - Johnny Bravo Cartoon Episode Guide

Luke Perry’s Guide To Love (2000) — Johnny Bravo Car­toon Episode Guide

CotD: Today we go for the eso­teric, the cere­bral, the sub­lime. “Luke Perry’s Guide To Love” is all of that and more– watch it and see! ~

Luke Perry’s Guide To Love (2000) — Johnny Bravo Car­toon Episode Guide

Johnny unknow­ingly saves the life of Luke Perry, who’s in town to per­form his one-man show, “Oh, Luke!” To repay the favor, Luke agrees to coach Johnny through one date via a hid­den micro­phone in Johnny’s ear.

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Animator, graphic artist Corny Cole dead at 81~

Cornelius "Corny" Cole

Cor­nelius “Corny” Cole

Long­time ani­ma­tor and graphic artist Cor­nelius “Corny” Cole died early Mon­day morn­ing, his close friend, ani­ma­tor Bob Kurtz, con­firmed. He was report­edly 81.

Cole had been suf­fer­ing with MSA (Mul­ti­ple Sys­tem Atrophy).

He served as a fac­ulty mem­ber at CalArts for 15 years and taught life draw­ing at the Uni­ver­sity of South­ern California,

Born (in 1930) and raised in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, Cole designed the Oscar-winning 1970 short sub­ject Is It Always Right To Be Right?. That year, he won a Cleo Award for his work on commercials.

At DePatie-Freleng Enter­prises, with which he was long asso­ci­ated, he was the lead graphic designer for the ground­break­ing ani­mated title sequence of the 1963 movie The Pink Pan­ther.

A fine art major at Chouinard Art School, he began in ani­ma­tion in 1954 as an in-betweener on Disney’s Lady And The Tramp, released the fol­low­ing year. Though uncred­ited, he was an effects ani­ma­tor for Warner Bros.’ leg­endary What’s Opera, Doc? (1957).

Work­ing in the late 1950s for UPA, he moved on to WB in the early 1960s. Cole finally received screen credit for the 1961 Looney Tune Lickety-Splat, with Wile E. Coy­ote and the Road Run­ner — and directed by Chuck Jones. He was a pro­duc­tion designer for Jones on the fea­ture fims Gay Purr-ee (1962) and The Phan­tom Toll­booth (1970)

Cole was a lay­out artist for the TV series Linus! The Lion Hearted (1964), The Secret Squir­rel Show (1965), The Super 6 (1966), Super Pres­i­dent (1967), The Pink Pan­ther Show (1969), The Bugs Bunny/Road Run­ner Show (1978) and Alvin & the Chip­munks (1987).

He was a char­ac­ter designer on The New Adven­tures of Huck­le­berry Finn (1968) and a sto­ry­board artist on Emer­gency +4 (1973), and a sto­ry­board direc­tyor on My Lit­tle Pony ‘n Friends (1987). As well, he was the title designer on the 1966 live-action series Mr. Ter­rific.

The designer on the Ant & The Aard­vark the­atri­cal shorts for DFE, Cole did pro­duc­tion design on the movies Shin­bone Alley (1971) and Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musi­cal Adven­ture (1977). He was the design devel­oper for TMS’ unsuc­cess­ful 1989 ani­mated fea­ture film Lit­tle Nemo: Adven­tures in Slum­ber­land.

Other ani­mated movies that he worked on included The Mouse and His Child (1977), Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie and Heavy Metal (both 1981), Bugs Bunny’s 3rd Movie: 1001 Rab­bit Tales (1982), My Lit­tle Pony: The Movie (1986), The Chip­munk Adven­ture (1987), Tom and Jerry: The Movie (1992) and the long-delayed The Princess and the Cob­bler (1993).

He was a pro­duc­tion designer or direc­tor on the TV spe­cials Mis­ter Magoo’s Christ­mas Carol (1962), Clerow Wil­son and the Mir­a­cle of P.S. 14 (1972), Clerow Wilson’s Great Escape (1974), I Love the Chip­munks Valen­tine Spe­cial (1984) and A Chip­munk Reunion (1985).

He was an ani­ma­tor and graphic designer for The Naked Ape (1973), and the title designer for the soft-core sci-fi spoof Flesh Gor­don (1974). In addi­tion, he was the ani­ma­tion direc­tor for the live-action Doris Day movie With Six You Get Eggroll (1968).

Cole also worked at Murakami-Wolf and Hanna Barbera.

This busi­ness has lost one of its great­est icons, as all his friends, and stu­dents at CalArts, will attest,” said Bob Fos­ter, pres­i­dent of The Ani­ma­tion Guild (TAG), Local 839 IATSE.

The Ani­ma­tion Guild had long ago sched­uled a gallery show of Corny’s work for this com­ing Octo­ber and, at the urg­ing of Corny’s fam­ily, we will still have that show. But now it will be far big­ger and more impor­tant. It will be a cel­e­bra­tion,” Fos­ter con­tin­ued. “We’ll have details as we con­firm everything.”

Infor­ma­tion about memo­r­ial ser­vices also will be announced later.

Ice Age: Continental Drift” voice cast announced

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift

Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox Ani­ma­tion and Blue Sky Stu­dios announced Mon­day the voice cast for Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift, the fourth entry in Blue Sky’s block­buster fran­chise, which has grossed over $4 bil­lion in all media.

Fox will release the ani­mated com­edy in 3D on July 13, 2012.

Ray Romano is back as Manny, the woolly mam­moth and the herd’s “Big Daddy,” Queen Lat­i­fah returns as Ellie — Manny’s sig­nif­i­cant other, Denis Leary rejoins the herd as the saber-toothed tiger Diego, John Leguizamo is at it again as ter­mi­nally goofy sloth Sid, and Seann William Scott and Josh Peck reprise pos­sums Crash and Eddie.

Join­ing the ever-growing Ice Age fam­ily for Con­ti­nen­tal Drift is a stel­lar lineup, includ­ing Jeremy Ren­ner, an Acad­emy Award nom­i­nee for The Hurt Locker and The Town (and whose upcom­ing films include Mis­sion: Impos­si­ble – Ghost Pro­to­col and The Bourne Legacy), who por­trays Gutt, a self-styled mas­ter of the high seas who’s deter­mined to make Manny, Sid and Diego part of his crew; Wanda Sykes as Sid’s stow­away Granny, who causes all sorts of prob­lems for our heroes; Aziz Ansari as Squint, a pre­his­toric rab­bit who fan­cies him­self a tough guy; actress-pop music star Keke Palmer as Peaches, Manny and Ellie’s head­strong teenage daugh­ter; hip hop sen­sa­tion Drake as Ethan, a hand­some young woolly mam­moth who has his eye on Peaches; and Jen­nifer Lopez as Shira, a sabre-toothed tigress who melts Diego’s heart.

Also tak­ing on star­ring roles are Heather Mor­ris, Joy Behar, Nicki Minaj, Josh Gad, Alan Tudyk, Nick Frost, Kunal Nay­yar, Alain Cha­bat and JB Smoove.

Also return­ing is Scrat (again voiced by Chris Wedge), who in the first Ice Age (2002) emerged as a movie icon. In Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift, Scrat’s nutty pur­suit of the cursed acorn, which he’s been after since the dawn of time, has world-changing con­se­quences — a con­ti­nen­tal cat­a­clysm that trig­gers the great­est adven­ture of all for Manny, Diego and Sid. In the wake of these earth-shattering upheavals, Sid reunites with his long-lost fam­ily, and the gang encoun­ters a rag­tag menagerie of col­or­ful new char­ac­ters deter­mined to stop them from return­ing home.

Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift is directed by Steve Mar­tino and Michael Thurmeier, and pro­duced by Lori Forte and John Donkin.