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,” 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,” 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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