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!”

Watch “Birdy And The Beast” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

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.

Watch Luxo Jr. at Big Cartoon DataBase

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.

Watch Bambi at Big Cartoon DataBase

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.

Watch Pudgy The Watchman at Big Cartoon DataBase

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.

Watch Luke Perry’s Guide To Love at Big Cartoon DataBase

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.