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Monthly Archives: November 2011
CotD: Today is the twentieth anniversary of the release of “Beauty And The Beast”, a film so good and so important we deem it worthy of mention as the second cartoon of this day.
CotD: CGI Animated films really got their first big boost 16 years ago with PIXAR’s release of “Toy Story”, their first computer animated feature.
John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, co-writers of the Will Ferrell comedy Blades of Glory, are in talks to develop a story about the mischievous bird, who first appeared in the 1940 Andy Panda short Knock Knock.
CotD: Amblin Entertainment released their first feature animated film “An American Tail” on this date in 1986.
Warner Bros. might need a referral to the podiatrist. Its penguin sequel Happy Feet Two made only $22 million during its opening weekend in North America, reaching No. 2 spot and collecting just half of what the original, Happy Feet, brought in during its debut weekend in 2006.
Animator and model designer Arland Barron, who worked on the Disney feature films The Little Mermaid (1989) and Beauty and the Beast (1991), died of pulmonary fibrosis September 22, one day after his 62nd birthday.
CotD: One of the funniest war cartoons from any studio, “Daffy-The Commando” features Daffy taking on– and beating!- Hitler.
GKIDS is bringing a complete retrospective of films from Japan’s renowned Studio Ghibli to the IFC Center in New York from Friday, December 16 to Thursday, January 12.All 15 Studio Ghibli feature films produced between 1984 and 2008 will be presented, including Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award-winning Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, Ponyo, Howl’s Moving Castle and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Films will be shown in both the subtitled and English-dubbed versions.
Bil Keane, creator of the enduring — and endearing — one-panel comic strip Family Circus, died Tuesday. He was 89.
Keane also created the NBC cartoon specials A Special Valentine With The Family Circus (1978), A Family Circus Christmas (1979) and A Family Circus Easter (1982), which were produced by Cullen-Kasden Productions and were ratings successes.
CotD: Third in a series of 1980’s Looney Tunes revival films, “1001 Rabbit Tales” features Bugs and Daffy competing against each other.
The ToonSeum pulls back the curtain to take a behind the scenes of Looney Tunes through the eyes of Robert McKimson Jr. Robert is the son of famed Warner Bros. cartoon director and animator Bob and the nephew of animators Chuck and Tom McKimson. Robert will share the story of his animated family through pictures and remembrances of their work and the legendary characters they created.
Sony Pictures Animation has set screenwriters Jay Scherick and David Ronn to write the screenplay for an all-new Popeye animated feature, based on the iconic characters of comic strip and cartoon fame, the studio announced Thursday.
Miley Cyrus has been hired to join the all-star cast of Sony Picture Animation’s Hotel Transylvania as Dracula’s teenage daughter Mavis.
The ToonSeum’s executive director, Joe Wos, will be an international geek ambassador of sorts as the “Artist Guest of Honour” during the Pure Speculation Festival in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The fan convention will take place Nov. 18–20 at Grant MacEwan Centre.