Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Hare-Brained Hypnotist (1942) – Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

The Hare-Brained Hypnotist (1942) - Merrie Melodies

The Hare-Brained Hypnotist (1942) - Merrie Melodies


CotD: “The Hare-Brained Hypnotist” is quite a scary tale for your Halloween pleasure- Enjoy!

The Hare-Brained Hypnotist (1942) – Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

Elmer walks in the woods reading a book called “Stalking Wild Game.” A bear knocks him down. Elmer hypnotizes it, convincing the bear that it’s a canary, and the bear flies away.

He then meets Bugs, and starts trying to hypnotize him. Bugs gives Elmer a balloon which carries him into the sky (past the canary-bear), and then offers to catch Elmer when he falls- in a basket which turns out to be bottomless.

Elmer chases Bugs to his hole. They have a tug-of-war with the rifle. Elmer starts to cry, “How can I hypnotize you when you won’t cooperate?!” Bugs agrees to be a sport and hypnotizes Elmer into thinking that he’s a rabbit. Elmer starts acting wacky and resumes the rifle tug-of-war. Bugs says, “Hey, who’s the comedian in this picture?”

They then have a hypnotism battle. Elmer scampers away. Bugs takes off, saying, “Sorry, I’m due at the airport, I’m a B-19!”

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Falling Hare (1943) – Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

Falling Hare (1943) - Merrie Melodies

Falling Hare (1943) - Merrie Melodies

CotD: “Falling Hare” is a rare WB cartoon indeed; The only Bugs Bunny cartoon to fall through the cracks and lose its copyright protection.

Falling Hare (1943) – Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

Working at a U.S. Army Airfield under the banner “Victory Through Hare Power,” the Master Heckler finally meets his match.

While reading a book about gremlins- tiny creatures who sabotage (“saba-tog-ee,” says Bugs) military aircraft- Bugs Bunny happens upon one such creature, calmly attempting to detonate a blockbuster bomb with a mallet. An unusually gullible Bugs chases the gremlin into a bomber, which, of course, winds up airborne and out of control.

The plane finally plummets earthward, giving Bugs the chance to express his mortal fear in a dozen different amusing ways. Fortunately, the plane runs out of gas just inches away from impact.

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Treehouse Of Horror III (1992) – The Simpsons Cartoon Episode Guide

Treehouse Of Horror III (1992) - The Simpsons

Treehouse Of Horror III (1992) - The Simpsons

CotD: Its not quite Halloween until we get our yearly dose of Simpsons Scaries in shows like Seasons 4′s “Treehouse Of Horror III

Treehouse Of Horror III (1992) – The Simpsons Cartoon Episode Guide

The Simpsons hold a Halloween Party, in which three stories are exchanged:

  • Clown Without Pity- Bart receives, as a birthday present, a talking Krusty doll….from the ‘House of Evil ‘Your One Stop Evil Shop”
  • King Homer- King Kong Klone.
  • Dial ‘Z’ For Zombies- After being assigned to read a another book, Bart picks out an item from the occult section, and tries to raise the dead Snowball I, but instead cause the dead people to rise up.

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Deputy Droopy (1955) – Droopy Theatrical Cartoon Series

Deputy Droopy (1955) - Droopy Theatrical Cartoon

Deputy Droopy (1955) - Droopy Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: One of the best Droopy cartoons of all time, “Deputy Droopy” marked the transition of the characters films from Tex Avery to Michael Lah

Deputy Droopy (1955) – Droopy Theatrical Cartoon Series

Two villains are repeatedly trying to steal gold from a safe in the Sheriff’s office, and must do so without waking the sleeping Sheriff. Droopy makes it all that more difficult for them, though.

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Briefly: Captain Underpants to become feature film

Captain Underpants

Captain Underpants

DreamWorks Animation has obtained the rights to Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants book series, with plans to pursue a feature film adaptation for the big screen, the studio announced Thursday.

DWA development executive Damon Ross is overseeing the project at the studio.

The Captain Underpants book series tells the story of two mischievous kids, George Beard and Harold Hutchins, who hypnotize their school principal and turn him into their comic book creation, Captain Underpants.

“This is a joyous day for the countless Captain Underpants fans at our studio,” said DWA chief creative officer Bill Damaschke. “We are thrilled that Dav has decided the time is right to turn his beloved property into a movie, and we look forward to bringing the greatest Waistband Warrior of all time to the big screen at DreamWorks Animation!”

“I never wanted to do a Captain Underpants movie in the past because, frankly, I worried that a movie might not be able to properly convey what I was trying to do with the books. Then I saw How To Train Your Dragon and the Kung Fu Pandamovies. I loved the subtle way that morality and personal responsibility were handled in these very funny and exciting adventures. I felt that DreamWorks Animation would be the perfect home for Captain Underpants,” added Pilkey.

Scholastic first launched the Captain Underpants book series in September 1997, and there are over 50 million Pilkey books in print in the United States alone. Eight Captain Underpants books have been published in 19 countries, and several have debuted at #1 on various best-seller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today.

Some of Pilkey’s other work has been adapted into animated TV series.

In 2005, Canadian, German and South Korean studios co-produced Dragon, a stop-action clay animation series based on his series of children’s books of the same name.

Nelvana Limited and several other studios came together in 1999 to produce The Dumb Bunnies, based on Pilkey’s original book.

“BirdBoy” soars to win at Chicago film festival

BirdBoy

BirdBoy

BirdBoy,” directed by Pedro Rovero and Alberto Vazquez of Spain, has won the Silver Hugo for Best Animated Short at the 44th Chicago International Film Festival.

In the 13-minute BirdBoy, a terrible industrial accident changes Little Dinki’s life forever. Now Dinki’s fate may ride on the wings of her eccentric friend Birdboy, a misfit who hides in the Dead Forest, lost in his fantasies… a beautiful, haunting tale told with stark, stylized animation based on a graphic novel.

The Gold Plaque for Best Student Short (Animated) went to the eight-minute Belly, directed by Julia Pott of the United Kingdom.

In the melancholy Belly, Oscar is coming of age against his better judgment. In doing so, he must experience the necessary evil of leaving something behind, but he can still feel it in the pit of his stomach. Belly features a beautiful hand-drawn animation style, a distinctive color palette, and an unsettling, offbeat mood.

The 15-day Chicago International Film Festival, which ends Thursday, is the longest-running competitive film festival in North America.

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) – Charles M. Schulz Animated TV Special

It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) - Charles M. Schulz

It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) - Charles M. Schulz

CotD: The grand daddy of all Halloween specials, “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” first aired 45 years ago today (or, tonight rather!)

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) – Charles M. Schulz Animated TV Special

Ever the outsider Linus waits in the pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin to show up while the other kids go trick or treating.

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Laika’s ParaNorman Has A Poster

ParaNormanLaika Entertainment’s feature for next summer, ParaNorman, now has a pre-release poster. Due for release August 17, ParaNorman will be a stop-action film on the order of their last film, the highly acclaimed film adaption of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline.

In the comedy thriller, a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman, who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst of all, moronic grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.

This film will feature the voice of Kodi Smit-McPhee as Norman, with Casey Affleck, Tempestt Bledsoe, Jeff Garlin and John Goodman rounding out the voice cas.

“Tatsumi” honored in Sitges as Best Animated Film

Tatsumi

Tatsumi

Tatsumi,” by Eric Khoo, was named Best Animated Film at the 44th annual Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival in Spain on Saturday.

The 98-minute film is a co-production of studios in Singapore and Indonesia. Khoo borrowed manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s autobiography, A Drifting Life, and five short stories to take the big leap from cartoon to the big screen.

Tatsumi tells about a photographer wanders around a ravaged Hiroshima, a worker who has a monkey for a friend, a pensioner who decides to spend his final days among women, a girl prepared to break all bonds with men, and a comic book artist about to get fired.

Léo Verrier’s eight-minute Dripped was named Best Animated Short Film. Made in France, Dripped has no dialogue. Dedicated to American painter Jackson Pollock, it’s a beautiful, referential game on the subject of the recycling of pictorial styles that illustrates, literally, the nutritional power of art.

Anima’t presented its Gertie Award to animators Jordi Ojeda, Carles Santamaria and Pil Sung-Yim.

The Nova Autoria Bunuel Institute of Fundacio Autor gave Desde el averno a Special Mention for interesting animation work. Co-produced by Escola d’Animació de Catalunya and 9 Zeros, the four-minute film was made by Raúl García, Núria Argemí, Mariona Consuegra, Saúl Darú, Maria Moreira, Clara Vallvé and Bernat Vilaseca. It shows how a new soul arriving in hell to suffer for all eternity is unexpectedly offered a chance to escape.

Bugs Bunny’s Howl-Oween Special (1978) – Warner Bros. Animated TV Special

Bugs Bunny's Howl-Oween Warner Bros. Animated TV Special

Bugs Bunny's Howl-Oween Warner Bros. Animated TV Special

CotD: Its that time of year and Bugs Bunny is celebrating the season in 1978′s “Bugs Bunny’s Howl-Oween Special

Bugs Bunny’s Howl-Oween Special (1978) – Warner Bros. Animated TV Special

It’s Halloween, and Bugs is making his holiday rounds disguised as a witch. However, Witch Hazel plans to eliminate him when she thinks that he is a real witch intruding on her home turf. Joining in the hair-raising fun are Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and Speedy Gonzales. When Bugs and company tangle with Witch Hazel’s wacky magic, our Looney Tunes heroes are zapped into a mixed-up menagerie of oddball monsters!

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