Monthly Archives: November 2011

Gumby” suspect and pal get probation for robbery



A man accused of attempt­ing to rob a San Diego-area con­ve­nience store dressed as Gumby was placed on pro­ba­tion Wednes­day for three years.

Jacob Kiss, 19, was sen­tenced in San Diego Supe­rior Court. Jason Giramma, 20, received the same pro­ba­tion sentence.

Each pleaded guilty Wednes­day to one count of mis­de­meanor bur­glary. The case involved a 7-Eleven in Ran­cho Peñas­qui­tos, California.

Their pleas were entered by their lawyers. Nei­ther sus­pect appeared in the court­room Wednesday.

Both men will be allowed to with­draw their pleas and may have their cases dis­missed if they com­ply with all terms of pro­ba­tion — and show proof in six months that they’ve got­ten jobs, done vol­un­teer work or enrolled in school. They’ll have to show “that they’ve got­ten their lives on track,” Deputy Dis­trict Attor­ney Ramin Tohidi said out­side the courtroom.

Police and pros­e­cu­tors say that Kiss walked into a 7-Eleven at about 12:30 a.m. on Sep­tem­ber 5 dressed as the famous Clay­ma­tion boy. He walked to the counter and told the clerk, “This is a rob­bery.” The clerk thought it was a joke.

Although Kiss then reached into his pocket, his bulky green cos­tume gave him trou­ble. He fum­bled for a few moments, then gave up and walked out of the store — with no new cash, but minus 26 cents that had fallen from his pocket.

While Kiss fum­bled, the plain­clothes Giramma had already exited and was wait­ing in a minivan.

The store’s sur­veil­lance cam­era caught the strange incident.

About a week later, the two sus­pects turned them­selves in at San Diego police head­quar­ters. They brought the Gumby suit, which detec­tives confiscated.

Kiss and Giramma were released that day. Five years later, the Dis­trict Attorney’s Office filed mis­de­meanor charges.

Com­mis­sioner Robert Rice accepted the court­room please. He ordered the men to report to county jail Decem­ber 4 to be booked, then released.

Giramma plans to join the mil­i­tary, defense attor­ney Matthew Koken said.

[Via San Diego Union-Tribune —]

Transylvania 6–5000 (1963) — Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

Transylvania 6-5000 (1963) - Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon

Tran­syl­va­nia 6–5000 (1963) — Mer­rie Melodies The­atri­cal Cartoon

CotD: Com­ing out about a month to late (for Hal­loween!) “Tran­syl­va­nia 6–5000″ was a great foray into hor­ror by Mr. Jones and pal Bugs.

Tran­syl­va­nia 6–5000 (1963) — Mer­rie Melodies The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

After tak­ing a wrong left turn, Bugs ends up in the cas­tle of a blood­thirsty Count. Luck­ily, Bugs knows the secret work, and con­founds the Count’s attempts to retrieve Bugs’ blood.

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Irish Film Board funding six animated projects

Irish Film Board

Irish Film Board

Six ani­ma­tion projects are among the pro­duc­tions just approved to share in fund­ing from the Irish Film Board.

Among the stu­dios to ben­e­fit is Brown Bag Films, which is up for a children’s BAFTA this week­end for its car­toon series Octo­nauts. It’s won devel­op­ment sup­port for The Wooden Sword.

Boul­der Media has been given money for the ani­mated fea­ture film Astrid Sil­ver­lock & the Staff of Virtue, sched­uled for release next year.

Another ani­mated fea­ture film to gain sup­port is Igloo FilmsThe Boy in the Bub­ble. Nar­rated by actor Alan Rick­man, it fea­tures a 10-year-old boy who falls in love for the first time.

The money will aid another year of sus­tained activ­ity for the Irish ani­ma­tion, film and TV indus­try, said Irish Film Board CEO James Hickey. The announce­ments demon­strate the strength of the Irish film and TV indus­try despite the reces­sion, he added.

Mexican Joyride (1947) — Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

Mexican Joyride (1947) - Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon

Mex­i­can Joyride (1947) — Looney Tunes The­atri­cal Cartoon

CotD: I can never pass up an Art Davis car­toon. “Mex­i­can Joyride” was spawned by a quick trip to Tijuana the crew took one weekend.

Mex­i­can Joyride (1947) — Looney Tunes The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Daffy Duck, singing “Gau­cho Ser­e­nade,” dri­ves down to Mex­ico for a vaca­tion. After a burn­ing expe­ri­ence with Mex­i­can food, Daffy takes in the bullfights.

As if at a base­ball game, Daffy heck­les the bull (“He’s blind as a bat! Throw the phony out!”). The bull chases the duck around the arena. Daffy tries the “Good Neigh­bor Pol­icy,” offer­ing the bull a “Cig­a­rette? Sparkling cham­pagne? A lit­tle gin rummy, per­haps?” Daffy pulls a hat trick, bet­ting the bull to guess what som­brero he’s hid­ing under. When the bull guesses wrong, he cries over los­ing his money. Daffy vol­un­teers weapons to help him com­mit suicide.

The bull chases the duck with a machine gun into town, where the duck packs his bags and dri­ves home, unaware that the bull is in the back seat.

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600 “Happy Feet Two” workers given walking papers

Happy Feet Two

Happy Feet Two

Some 600 of the 700 employ­ees at the dig­i­tal pro­duc­tion stu­dio behind the Warner Bros. flop Happy Feet Two have been given lay­off notices, accord­ing to an Aus­tralian film and TV indus­try site.

Work­ers at Dr. D Stu­dios, based in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, have been told they will be laid off in the com­ing weeks, said. The stu­dio could not be reached for comment.

The orig­i­nal Happy Feet (2006) won an Oscar and grossed $384.3 mil­lion from a $100 mil­lion bud­get. But as of Thurs­day, the sequel had made just an esti­mated $30.3 mil­lion worldwide.

Happy Feet Two opened Novem­ber 18 in 3,606 the­aters. Bud­geted at an esti­mated $140 mil­lion, it came in sec­ond at the box office on its debut week­end, gross­ing $21.2 million.

We obvi­ously came in a lit­tle bit under our expec­ta­tions on Happy Feet,” said Warner Bros. pres­i­dent of dis­tri­b­u­tion Dan Fell­man. “The mar­ket expands enor­mously over the hol­i­day. By next Mon­day, we’ll know whether we’re in good shape.”

Report­edly, some Dr. D. employ­ees have been offered a job at a new com­pany that Kennedy-Miller Mitchell Films, which launched Dr. D as a joint part­ner­ship with Omni­lab Media, plans to launch early next year. Happy Feet direc­tor George Miller co-founded KMM in 1973 with pro­ducer Byron Kennedy.

Dr. D Stu­dios’ Web site dis­plays an out-of-date notice that Happy Feet Two is in pro­duc­tion. No job open­ings are listed on the site.

Muppets” in 2nd place when viewed by “Twilight”

The Muppets

The Mup­pets

Disney’s fam­ily film “The Mup­pets,” com­bin­ing pup­pet ani­ma­tion with live action, raised $42 mil­lion over the five-day Thanks­giv­ing week­end to open in sec­ond place at the North Amer­i­can box office.

The CG-enhanced The Mup­pets made $29.5 mil­lion over the three-day week­end in its first big-screen appear­ance in 12 years. Mean­while, the live-action The Twi­light Saga: Break­ing Dawn — Part 1 stayed at No. 1 in its sec­ond week­end, col­lect­ing $42 mil­lion in three days and $62.3 mil­lion from Wednes­day to Sunday.

I don’t know that choice is ever a bad thing, and in terms of a week­end for fam­i­lies, this is one of the best,” said Dave Hol­lis, head of dis­tri­b­u­tion for Dis­ney. “The chal­lenge is break­ing through and being rel­e­vant and mean­ing­ful and fresh enough to take the more finicky cus­tomers and have them choose you.”

Accord­ing to Dis­ney, The Mup­pets attracted a mix of fam­i­lies and child­less cou­ples who have fond mem­o­ries of Ker­mit, Miss Piggy and the rest on The Mup­pet Show. The movie has made an addi­tional $1.6 mil­lion internationally.

Wholly ani­mated fam­ily films were in third and fourth place.

In its sec­ond week­end, Warner Bros.’ Happy Feet Two had a three-day total of $13.4 mil­lion and a five-day col­lec­tion of $18.4 mil­lion for five days. Its Oscar-winning pre­de­ces­sor brought in almost $200 mil­lion domes­ti­cally. The sequel has made only $43.8 mil­lion since its Novem­ber 18 open­ing, barely equal to the opening-weekend gross of the 2006 original.

Pre­vi­ously released in Europe, Sony’s com­edy Arthur Christ­mas opened in North Amer­ica with $12.7 mil­lion over three days and $17 mil­lion over five. It was pro­duced by British ani­ma­tion unit Aard­man and has enjoyed pos­i­tive reviews. Inter­na­tion­ally, it’s made another $11.9 million.

To have the one pic­ture that really is kind of car­ry­ing the torch as a Christ­mas pic­ture really bodes well for the future,” said Rory Bruer, Sony’s head of distribution.

In eighth place was Dream­Works’ Shrek spin-off Puss In Boots with $7.5 mil­lion ($9 mil­lion internationally).

Between Wednes­day and Sun­day, domes­tic rev­enue was $234 mil­lion — far below the $273 mil­lion record set in 2009, when The Twi­light Saga: New Moon led the box office. As well, tak­ings fell below last Thanks­giv­ing, when $264 mil­lion was col­lected, thanks in part to the No. 1 per­for­mance of Harry Pot­ter and the Deathly Hal­lows: Part 1.

Ticket sales for Fri­day through Sun­day at United States and Cana­dian the­aters, were esti­mated by Final domes­tic fig­ures are set for release Monday.

[Via Asso­ci­ated Press —]

The CooCoo Nut Grove (1936) — Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

The CooCoo Nut Grove (1936) - Merrie Melodies

The CooCoo Nut Grove (1936) — Mer­rie Melodies

CotD: Based on a Hol­ly­wood night club “The CooCoo Nut Grove” let WB ani­ma­tors stretch their pen­cils at satire and caricature.

The CooCoo Nut Grove (1936) — Mer­rie Melodies The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

A night at Hollywood’s fab-u-lous CooCoo Nut Grove restau­rant. You never know who you will see, or be seen by.

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Popeye The Sailor Meets Sindbad The Sailor (1936) — Popeye the Sailor Theatrical Cartoon Series

Popeye The Sailor Meets Sindbad The Sailor (1936) - Popeye the Sailor Theatrical Cartoon Series

Pop­eye The Sailor Meets Sind­bad The Sailor (1936) — Pop­eye the Sailor The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

CotD: Popeye’s first color car­toon “Pop­eye The Sailor Meets Sind­bad The Sailor” was a two-reeler; twice as long as a stan­dard short of the time.

Pop­eye The Sailor Meets Sind­bad The Sailor (1936) — Pop­eye the Sailor The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Pop­eye and Olive Oyl visit the mys­te­ri­ous island of Sind­bad and his two-headed giant, lions, drag­ons and other fab­u­lous crea­tures of leg­end. Sind­bad boasts that he is the great­est until he hears “Pop­eye the Sailor” when he asks who’s the best.

He sends his giant bird, Rokh, to wreck Popeye’s boat and cap­ture Olive. Pop­eye out-growls Sindbad’s lions. Pop­eye and Sind­bad finally fight it out, spinach-style, and Pop­eye res­cues Olive.

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Gone Nutty (2003) — Blue Sky Studios Theatrical Cartoon

Gone Nutty (2003) - Blue Sky Studios Theatrical Cartoon

Gone Nutty (2003) — Blue Sky Stu­dios The­atri­cal Cartoon

CotD: Nom­i­nated for an Acad­emy Award, “Gone Nutty” was spun off from the pop­u­lar Ice Age film series; some say it is bet­ter than the fea­ture films.

Gone Nutty (2003) — Blue Sky Stu­dios The­atri­cal Cartoon

Scrat crams one final nut into the cen­ter of his gigan­tic stash… and the result is cat­a­clysmic.
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Knock Knock (1940) –Andy Panda Theatrical Cartoon Series

Knock Knock (1940) -Andy Panda Theatrical Cartoon

Knock Knock (1940) –Andy Panda The­atri­cal Cartoon

CotD: Woody Wood­pecker first appeared on this date in 1940 in “Knock Knock”, a car­toon in the Any Panda series.

Knock Knock (1940) –Andy Panda The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Andy Panda and his dad are busy in the study read­ing their respec­tive favorite mag­a­zines. They hear a knock-knock, and father opens the door. Nobody’s there.

After this is repeated a num­ber of times, the door is taken off its hinges and set on the floor. The knocks are repeated again and again, and, see­ing saw­dust on the floor, Andy and his dad real­ize that the knocks come from the roof.

Father climbs to the roof and sees Woody Wood­pecker peck­ing holes in the roof. Then begins a series of episodes in which Andy Panda and his father try to get rid of Woody (includ­ing try­ing to put salt on his tail). They have no success.

Finally, two keep­ers from an asy­lum (also wood­peck­ers) arrive. Then the keep­ers them­selves begin act­ing like mani­acs as the pic­ture ends.

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