Monthly Archives: October 2011

Bardin’s “The Ugly Duckling” wins at Anim’est fest

"The Ugly Duckling" ("Gadkiy utyonok," or "Гадкий утенок)

The Ugly Duck­ling” (“Gad­kiy uty­onok,” or “Гадкий утенок)

The Ugly Duck­ling” (“Gad­kiy uty­onok,” or “Гадкий утенок” directed by Garri Bardin of Rus­sia, received the Best Fea­ture Film Award late Sat­ur­day at the sixth annual Anim’est Ani­ma­tion Film Fes­ti­val in Bucharest

The Anim’est Tro­phy, pre­sented to a film in the Short Film com­pe­ti­tion, went to Body Mem­ory (Keha mälu), directed by Ülo Pikkov of Esto­nia. The Best Short Film Award was pre­sented to David O’Reilly’s The Exter­nal World, made in Germany.

Spe­cial Men­tion of the Jury for a Short Film was pre­sented to Mill­haven, by Bartek Kulas of Poland.

White no White (Weiß kein weiß), directed by Germany’s Samo and Anna Bergmann, received the Best Stu­dent Film Award. Spe­cial Men­tion of the Jury for a Stu­dent Film was pre­sented to Ishi­hara, by Yoav Brill of Israel.

The Scream (Tipatul), directed by Sebas­t­ian Cosor, won the Best Roman­ian Film Award. It also was named Best Film in the Balka­n­i­ma­tion competition.

I Say Fever – Ramona Falls,” directed by Ste­fan Nadel­mann, of the United States, won the Best Music Video Award. The Best Adver­tis­ing Award was pre­sented to the com­mer­cial “Vitra – Kuubo,” directed by Switzerland’s Adrian Flückiger.

The Audi­ence Award, pre­sented to a short film in the Mozaic sec­tion, was handed out to Flamingo Pride, by Tomer Eshed of Germany.

The Gruffalo, by Jakob Schuh and Max Lang of the United King­dom, received the Award for Best Short Film in the Min­imest lineup.

Isabela Petrasincu won the Life­time Achieve­ment Award, pre­sented to an out­stand­ing Roman­ian animator.

Mater And The Ghostlight (2006) — PIXAR Theatrical Cartoon

Mater And The Ghostlight (2006) - PIXAR Theatrical Cartoon

Mater And The Ghost­light (2006) — PIXAR The­atri­cal Cartoon

CotD: Spun off from PIXAR’s Cars film, “Mater And The Ghost­light” brought sec­ondary char­ac­ter Tow Mater into the (lime) light

Mater And The Ghost­light (2006) — PIXAR The­atri­cal Cartoon

The whole town is sick of prac­ti­cal jokes from Mater the tow truck. Hav­ing heard of the ghost­light leg­end, Light­ning McQueeen gets play­back on Mater.

Watch “Mater And The Ghost­light” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Rainmaker brings 2 family features to big screen

Rainmaker Entertainment

Rain­maker Entertainment

Vancouver-based Rain­maker Enter­tain­ment is join­ing forces with fam­ily enter­tain­ment pro­ducer Jane Startz on the devel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion of two family-oriented ani­mated fea­ture films.

Uti­liz­ing Rainmaker’s exten­sive CGI tal­ents, the two films — Tiger’s Appren­tice, based on New­bury Honor win­ner Lau­rence Yep’s best-selling young adult novel of the same title, and Far Flung Adven­tures: Fer­gus Crane, based on the children’s fan­tasy tale writ­ten by Paul Stew­art and illus­trated by Chris Rid­dell (which was also the win­ner of the Nes­tle Children’s Book Prize) — will be pro­duced by Startz and Rain­maker Enter­tain­ment pres­i­dent and exec­u­tive pro­ducer Cather­ine Winder, who announced the two film projects Wednesday.

Jane is by far one of the most tal­ented pro­duc­ers of fam­ily enter­tain­ment in both film and tele­vi­sion, as evi­denced by her work as the pro­ducer of Ella Enchanted, The Indian In The Cup­board, Tuck Ever­last­ing and the multi-award win­ning The Magic School Bus,” said Winder. “She has also earned a rep­u­ta­tion as one of the most respected pro­duc­ers of children’s book adap­ta­tions, and we are very pleased to be part­nered with her on these two excit­ing lit­er­ary prop­er­ties, which both lend them­selves to big-screen adven­tures and storytelling.”

Startz added: “I’ve been wait­ing for the right oppor­tu­nity to bring Tiger’s Appren­tice to the big screen. The book’s mythol­ogy is so rich and one that has not been seen before. The rich sto­ry­lines are fur­ther enhanced by visu­ally excit­ing and com­plex char­ac­ters. Fer­gus Crane is fresh and funny, and has all the ele­ments to become a clas­sic ever­green fam­ily film. I look for­ward to work­ing with Cather­ine and the tal­ented, cre­ative forces at Rain­maker to adapt both these prop­er­ties into excep­tional movie going experiences.”

Oscar-nominated screen­writer David Magee (Find­ing Nev­er­land, The Life of Pi) has writ­ten the fea­ture adap­ta­tion to Tiger’s Appren­tice, the first book in a tril­ogy that fol­lows the adven­tures of Asian-American teenager Tom Lee, whose beloved grand­mother is killed try­ing to pro­tect a rare and pre­cious age­less object, which is then stolen by a myth­i­cal crea­ture upon her death. Orphaned, Tom is put under the pro­tec­tion of Mr. Hu, a mys­ti­cal tiger and three other crea­tures from the Chi­nese Zodiac — a mon­key, a dragon and a rat — all of whom can also take human form. Together, Mr. Hu and his unlikely com­rades have to train Tom to become a war­rior capa­ble of retreat­ing the stolen treasure.

David Beren­baum (Elf, The Spi­der­wick Chron­i­cles, The Haunted Man­sion) wrote the screen­play for Fer­gus Crane. The story is a rol­lick­ing comedic adven­ture that focuses on Fer­gus, a poor 10-year-old boy whose explorer father has mys­te­ri­ously dis­ap­peared on his “last fate­ful voy­age.” When pirates, pass­ing them­selves off as teach­ers offer­ing Fer­gus and the other under­priv­i­leged chil­dren of his sea­side town a free edu­ca­tion, come search­ing for him, a mys­tery of epic pro­por­tions begins to unravel, and Fer­gus must leave the safety of his home on a fan­tas­ti­cal voy­age to save those he cares about.

In 1997, Startz formed her own inde­pen­dent pro­duc­tion com­pany, Jane Startz Pro­duc­tions, Inc., which spe­cial­izes in devel­op­ing and pro­duc­ing high-quality family-based prop­er­ties across all media.

Prior to start­ing her own com­pany, Startz was the co-founder and exec­u­tive vice-president of Scholas­tic Pro­duc­tions, the film and tele­vi­sion divi­sion of Scholas­tic Inc., the largest pub­lisher of mate­ri­als for young peo­ple in the English-speaking world. Dur­ing Startz’s cre­ative aegis, the com­pany grew to be one of the pre­em­i­nent pro­duc­ers of fam­ily entertainment.

Startz launched Scholas­tic Pro­duc­tions in the tele­vi­sion series arena with the long run­ning com­edy series Charles in Charge, as well as the hugely pop­u­lar children’s series The Magic School Bus. Startz has received over 50 major awards in the cat­e­gory of children’s and fam­ily pro­gram­ming. These include two Golden Globe Nom­i­na­tions, six Emmys, 10 Emmy Nom­i­na­tions, two Ace Awards, Par­ents Choice Awards, and an Action for Children’s Tele­vi­sion Award.

The Incredibles (2004) — PIXAR Theatrical Feature Film

The Incredibles (2004) - PIXAR Theatrical Feature Film

The Incred­i­bles (2004) — PIXAR The­atri­cal Fea­ture Film

CotD: The first PIXAR film with human char­ac­ters, “The Incred­i­bles” was a won­der­ful mix of James Bond and PIXAR

The Incred­i­bles (2004) — PIXAR The­atri­cal Fea­ture Film

Mr. Incred­i­ble is a for­mer super-hero-turned-insurance agent, who comes out of forced retire­ment to con­front a mys­te­ri­ous and deadly men­ace. But Mr. Incred­i­ble (or “Bob” to his friends and co-workers) isn’t going into bat­tle alone this time.

To save the world from this deadly threat, Mr. Incred­i­ble is joined by his wife, the fan­tas­ti­cally flex­i­ble Elasti­girl; their insecure-and occa­sion­ally invisible-daughter, Vio­let; and super-fast son, Dash. The whole clan is out­fit­ted in newly-designed, match­ing super suits (but no capes, please!).

Despite their dys­func­tion and their dif­fer­ences, the Incred­i­bles now stand united as a fear­less team of super-powered heroes-and as a family.

Watch “The Incred­i­bles” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Dumbo (1941) — Disney Theatrical Feature Film

Dumbo (1941) - Disney Theatrical Feature Film

Dumbo (1941) — Dis­ney The­atri­cal Fea­ture Film

CotD: The short­est of all the Dis­ney fea­tures, “Dumbo” packs a lot of emo­tion into its 64 minutes

Dumbo (1941) — Dis­ney The­atri­cal Fea­ture Film

Cir­cus ele­phant Mrs. Jumbo’s lit­tle baby has huge ears, earn­ing him the deri­sion of the cir­cus pop­u­la­tion and the nick­name “Dumbo.” Befriended by Tim­o­thy the cir­cus mouse, the dejected lit­tle ele­phant tries to find his niche with cir­cus clowns– an attempt which ends in dis­as­ter. Finally, Dumbo soars to accep­tance when he dis­cov­ers that his ears are aero­dy­namic– Dumbo is a fly­ing elephant!

Watch “Dumbo” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Paperback Writer (1966) — The Beatles Cartoon

Paperback Writer (1966) - The Beatles Cartoon

Paper­back Writer (1966) — The Bea­t­les Cartoon

CotD: Don’t think we have ever done a Bea­t­les car­toon, so here we go! “Paper­back Writer” first aired on this date in 1966!

Paper­back Writer (1966) — The Bea­t­les Car­toon Episode Guide

Pub­lish­ers Dot, Blot and Clot want the Bea­t­les to write a book on how they met each other, with each writ­ing a story about how the band started. The tales are wild, and each one is com­pletely dif­fer­ent. Ringo claims to have been a the­ater “Starr,” Paul a sci­en­tist, George a James Bond-type spy, and John a World War I fighter pilot.

Watch “Paper­back Writer” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Bye, Bye Bluebeard (1949) — Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

Bye, Bye Bluebeard (1949) - Merrie Melodies

Bye, Bye Blue­beard (1949) — Mer­rie Melodies

CotD: I do not like always post­ing old WB car­toons, but “Bye, Bye Blue­beard” is an Art Davis car­toon, and I will always post an Arty Cartoon!

Bye, Bye Blue­beard (1949) — Mer­rie Melodies The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

A mouse imi­tates escaped killer Blue­beard to scare Porky. The mouse even has rock­ets to the Moon.

Watch “Bye, Bye Blue­beard” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

An Ounce Of Pink (1965) — Pink Panther Theatrical Cartoon Series

An Ounce Of Pink (1965) - Pink Panther

An Ounce Of Pink (1965) — Pink Panther

CotD: Fresh off the clos­ing of the WB stu­dios, Fre­leng and many other vet­er­ans got right to work on a new series star­ring a pink cat, like “An Ounce Of Pink”.

An Ounce Of Pink (1965) — Pink Pan­ther The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

The Pink Pan­ther encoun­ters a coin-operated talk­ing weight and fortune…

Watch “An Ounce Of Pink” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Mad As A Mars Hare (1963) — Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

Mad As A Mars Hare (1963) - Merrie Melodies

Mad As A Mars Hare (1963) — Mer­rie Melodies

CotD: Bugs takes off into space in “Mad As A Mars Hare”, Mar­vin the Martian’s last clas­sic WB short.

Mad As A Mars Hare (1963) — Mer­rie Melodies The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Bugs is sent to Mars on a mis­sion to claim the planet in the name of Earth, and meets up with oppo­si­tion from Com­man­der X-2.

Watch “Mad As A Mars Hare” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Home firebombed during anti-“Persepolis” protest



Tunisian extrem­ists fire­bombed the home of a TV station’s chief late Fri­day to protest a broad­cast of the Oscar-nominated 2007 ani­mated film Perse­po­lis.

About a hun­dred men besieged the home of Nabil Karoui, the head of pri­vate tele­vi­sion chan­nel Nessma, the sta­tion reported in its evening news bul­letin. Some tossed Molo­tov cock­tails at the home, located in the national cap­i­tal of Tunis.

Karoui’s fam­ily had just man­aged to escape, the sta­tion added.

Crit­ics accuse the French film — which is about Iran’s 1979 rev­o­lu­tion — of being blas­phe­mous for includ­ing an image of God.

One of the station’s major reporters, Sofi­ane Ben Hmida, told Agence France-Presse that the sta­tion chief was away from home when his house was attacked at about 7 p.m. local time. How­ever, his wife and chil­dren were there, and about 20 of the pro­test­ers man­aged to get inside.

The fam­ily man­aged to get out the back and are safe. The attack­ers wrecked the house and set it on fire,” he said.

About 100 peo­ple showed up out­side the house, forced their way in, broke the win­dows and tore out two gas pipes, Tunisian inte­rior min­istry spokesman Hichem Med­deb told AFP. He added that five peo­ple had been arrested.

Hours ear­lier, police in Tunis fired tear gas at hun­dreds of Islamists demon­strat­ing against a broad­cast of the film.

Demon­stra­tors in the cap­i­tal ral­lied against the pri­vate Nessma TV chan­nel, which angered Islamists by screen­ing Perse­po­lis. They were irate about fan­tasy scenes in the film in which God is depicted talk­ing to a young girl.

Con­ser­v­a­tive Mus­lim Salafists made up the bulk of the protesters.

Karoui apol­o­gized Tues­day for air­ing the film.

How­ever, many preach­ers at local mosques devoted their Fri­day ser­mons on the controversy.

The protest began peace­fully fol­low­ing Fri­day prayers at a cen­tral Tunis mosque. Hun­dreds of peo­ple shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great­est”) and demanded that Islamic law be imposed in Tunisia.

The crowd then approached the Cas­bah dis­trict of cen­tral Tunis, where care­taker Prime Min­is­ter Beji Caid Sebsi has his office. Accord­ing to a Reuters reporter on the scene, some groups tried to break through police lines.

In an effort to dis­perse the crowd, riot police fired tear gas and moved in with their batons. In turn, the pro­test­ers threw stones at police.

Police pur­sued sev­eral demon­stra­tors who took refuge in a local mosque, said an AFP journalist.

Most crowd mem­bers dis­persed after about half an hour. A few hun­dred young men were left and were still throw­ing objects at police.

Islamists held sep­a­rate protests in sev­eral loca­tions around the cap­i­tal, wit­nesses told Reuters.

Here in Tunisia, you can insult Allah, but you can­not insult Sebsi or the gov­ern­ment… and if you do, you pay dearly. That’s not right,” said one protester.

Tunisians vote next week for a con­sti­tu­tional assembly.