Monthly Archives: January 2012

Daffy’s Rhapsody” debuts in theaters February 10

Daffy's Rhapsody still

Daffy’s Rhap­sody still

Movie­go­ers see­ing the 3D fam­ily adven­ture “Jour­ney 2: The Mys­te­ri­ous Island” are in for a bonus reel of laughs and action with Daffy’s Rhap­sody.

The orig­i­nal Looney Tunes car­toon short makes its the­atri­cal debut in tan­dem with the fea­ture film release from New Line Cin­ema and Warner Bros. Pic­tures, open­ing across the United States on Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 10.

Three new images from this pic­ture have been released, and are nopw on the BCDB site. Click through the Car­toon Pic­tures From Daffy’s Rhap­sody link to see the newest images.

In Daffy’s Rhap­sody, a brand-new escapade star­ring Elmer Fudd and Daffy Duck, a relax­ing evening at the the­ater turns into hunt­ing sea­son when Fudd is sur­prised by the unex­pected appear­ance of his per­pet­ual and ever-elusive tar­get, Daffy. As Elmer gives chase, Daffy clev­erly evades him while regal­ing the audi­ence with a song that illus­trates his plight — how hunters never leave him alone.

Fea­tur­ing an orig­i­nal story and all-new ani­ma­tion, the short stars the voice of the late, leg­endary Mel Blanc in Daffy’s song, recorded in the 1950s, along­side acclaimed voice actor Billy West’s cur­rent char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of Elmer Fudd. Directed by Matthew O’Callaghan, it is the sec­ond in a new series of three orig­i­nal 3D car­toon shorts cre­ated for the­atri­cal release, in keep­ing with Warner Bros. Animation’s com­mit­ment to present the Looney Tunes on the big screen as they were first enjoyed and embraced by audi­ences around the world.

Sam Reg­is­ter, exec­u­tive vice-president for cre­ative affairs of Warner Bros. Ani­ma­tion, served as exec­u­tive pro­ducer on Daffy’s Rhap­sody, as well as the first short of the series, last year’s I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat. He says, “Every­one grew up lov­ing the Looney Tunes char­ac­ters, and it has been both a great honor and an enor­mous chal­lenge to con­tinue the legacy of these ani­ma­tion icons and intro­duce them to a new gen­er­a­tion of fans. To hear the incom­pa­ra­ble Mel Blanc voic­ing these char­ac­ters once more is noth­ing short of a dream come true.”

As with Jour­ney 2: The Mys­te­ri­ous IslandDaffy’s Rhap­sody will screen in both 2D and 3D, and in IMAX where avail­able, in the­aters across the U.S.

Puss in Boots surpasses $500M at global box office

Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots

Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion SKG, Inc.‘s Oscar-nominated movie Puss in Boots has earned approx­i­mately $507 mil­lion to date at the world­wide box office, the stu­dio announced Monday.

On behalf of the entire stu­dio, it is my plea­sure to con­grat­u­late the Puss in Boots cre­ative team on reach­ing this fan­tas­tic mile­stone,” said Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion CEO Jef­frey Katzen­berg. “Fol­low­ing the film’s recog­ni­tion by the Acad­emy as nom­i­nee for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture Film, we could not be hap­pier with the response to Puss in Boots both crit­i­cally and com­mer­cially across the globe.”

I am so thrilled that peo­ple around the world con­tinue to respond to Puss in Boots and I’d like to thank the incred­i­ble team of cre­ative tal­ent who worked tire­lessly to bring the story of our swash­buck­ling hero to life!” added the film’s direc­tor, Chris Miller.

Both Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion releases from 2011, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Puss in Boots, received 2012 Acad­emy Award nom­i­na­tions for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture Film.

Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion has been named one of the “100 Best Com­pa­nies to Work For” by For­tune mag­a­zine for four con­sec­u­tive years. This year, DWA ranks #14 on the list.

One Man Band (2005) — Pixar Animation Studios Theatrical Cartoon

One Man Band (2005) - Pixar Animation Studios

One Man Band (2005) — Pixar Ani­ma­tion Studios

CotD: Pixars’ “One Man Band” was first shown at the 29th Annecy Inter­na­tional Ani­mated Film Fes­ti­val in Annecy, France seven years ago today.

One Man Band (2005) — Pixar Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios The­atri­cal Cartoon

Two street per­form­ers com­pete for a small child’s last coin.

Come see “One Man Band” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Homer Simpson-shaped glue blob sells for $238,800

Homer Glue Blob

Homer Glue Blob

Homer Simpson’s image on a blob of dried glue has attracted lots of d’oh.

When the auc­tion for the looka­like glue-blob of The Simpson’s char­ac­ter closed Mon­day, the item sold for the equiv­a­lent of $238,800 U.S.

London-based seller Christo­pher Her­bert said he couldn’t believe it when Simp­sons fans began mak­ing offers. He found the blob while clean­ing his sta­tionery cup­board. He listed it on eBay only after his girl­friend noticed it had a slight resem­blance to Homer, includ­ing the car­toon dad’s big eyes and oval head.

Her­bert started the bid­ding at only 99p ($1.61), list­ing the item more for fun than any­thing else. In the list­ing, Her­bert called the curios­ity the “miss­ing piece” in any Simp­sons fan’s col­lec­tion and said that it was “made nat­u­rally by an over­flow­ing tube of Uhu glue!”

I’ve never actu­ally sold any­thing on (eBay) before, so I thought I’d just stick it on for a bit of a joke, to be hon­est,” said Her­bert, 36.

I didn’t think any­one would actu­ally bid for an old bit of dried glue, even one that looks like Homer Simp­son,” he remarked. “I’m absolutely amazed and very, very pleased and happy and won­der­ing what to spend the money on.”

Directors Guild honors “Child’s Garden of Poetry”

Amy Schatz

Amy Schatz

For her work on the Home Box Office ani­mated TV spe­cial A Child’s Gar­den of Poetry, Amy Schatz received the Direc­tors Guild of Amer­ica Award for Out­stand­ing Direc­to­r­ial Achieve­ment in Children’s Pro­grams on Sat­ur­day night.

The half-hour spe­cial also won the Emmy last year for Out­stand­ing Children’s Program.

HBO Fam­ily and the Poetry Foun­da­tion teamed up to bring clas­sic short poems to life. The pro­gram fea­tured mag­i­cal ani­ma­tion and con­tri­bu­tions from kids, as well as read­ings by such notable per­form­ers as Claire Danes, Car­rie Fisher, Josh Hamil­ton, Philip Sey­mour Hoff­man, Ziggy Mar­ley, Dave Matthews, Julianne Moore, Liam Nee­son and Jef­frey Wright, plus archival record­ings by renowned poets e. e. cum­mings, Edna St. Vin­cent Mil­lay and Carl Sandburg.

This was Schatz’s sixth DGA Award nom­i­na­tion. She won the DGA Award for Out­stand­ing Direc­to­r­ial Achieve­ment in Children’s Pro­grams in 2008 for Clas­si­cal Baby (I’m Grown Up Now): The Poetry Show, in 2001 for Twas the Night, and in 1999 for Good­night Moon & Other Sleep­y­time Tales. She was pre­vi­ously nom­i­nated in this cat­e­gory for Hard Times for an Amer­i­can Girl: The Great Depres­sion in 2009 and Through a Child’s Eyes: Sep­tem­ber 11, 2001 in 2002.

The 64th Annual DGA Awards Din­ner was held at the Grand Ball­room at Hol­ly­wood & High­land in Los Ange­les. Michel Haz­anavi­cius won the DGA’s Out­stand­ing Direc­to­r­ial Achieve­ment in Fea­ture Film for The Artist.

Fol­low­ing the wel­come by DGA pres­i­dent Tay­lor Hack­ford to an audi­ence of more than 1,600 guests, director-producer-actor Kelsey Gram­mer hosted the ceremony.

The DGA’s Award for Out­stand­ing Direc­to­r­ial Achieve­ment in Fea­ture Film has tra­di­tion­ally served as a near-perfect barom­e­ter for the Acad­emy Award for Best Direc­tor. Only six times since the DGA Award’s incep­tion in 1948 has the win­ner not gone on to receive the Acad­emy Award for Best Director.

Posse Cat (1954) — Tom and Jerry Theatrical Cartoon Series

Posse Cat (1954) - Tom and Jerry

Posse Cat (1954) — Tom and Jerry

CotD: Tom and Jerry are play­ing with firearms again in “Posse Cat”, much to Tom’s chagrin.

Posse Cat (1954) — Tom and Jerry The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Tom is hired to keep the cook­house free of mice, but when he is refused a meal, he enlists Jerry’s help.

Come see “Posse Cat” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Sleeping Beauty (1959) — Disney Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film

Sleeping Beauty (1959) - Disney Feature Length Animated Film

Sleep­ing Beauty (1959) — Dis­ney Fea­ture Length Ani­mated Film

CotD: Walt Dis­ney spent nine years and a then-exorbitant $6 mil­lion to make “Sleep­ing Beauty”, the first Dis­ney fea­ture film to be shot in 70mm; also had a stero­phonic soundtrack.

Sleep­ing Beauty (1959) — Dis­ney Fea­ture Length The­atri­cal Ani­mated Film

King Ste­fan and King Hubert cel­e­brate the birth of Stefan’s infant daugh­ter, Aurora and the betrothal of Hubert’s son Phillip to her. The three good fairies, Flora, Fauna and Mer­ry­weather, are in the midst of bestow­ing gifts on the princess, when Malef­i­cent, the evil fairy, interrupts.

Furi­ous at hav­ing been excluded from the cer­e­monies, Malef­i­cent curses the child to die on her six­teenth birth­day, by the prick of her fin­ger on the spin­dle of a spin­ning wheel.

Though Mer­ry­weather is able to soften the curse, bestow­ing an enchanted sleep instead of death, Ste­fan orders the kingdom’s spin­ning wheels burned and sends his daugh­ter into hid­ing with the three good fairies.

By chance, on the eve of her six­teenth birth­day, Aurora meets Phillip in the woods, and the two fall in love. At the same time, Malef­i­cent dis­cov­ers Aurora’s where­abouts, cap­tures Prince Phillip, and entices Aurora to a remote cas­tle tower, where she pricks her fin­ger and falls into the magic sleep. Phillip defeats and destroys Malef­i­cent and wakes the princess Aurora with true love’s kiss.

Come see “Sleep­ing Beauty” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Dimitra Aliss, actress in “The Sting,” dead at 79

Dimitra Arliss

Dim­i­tra Arliss

Dim­i­tra Arliss, who por­trayed hired hit lady Loretta Lalino in the hit 1973 com­edy The Sting, died Thurs­day in Los Ange­les. She was 79.

She died at the Motion Pic­ture and Tele­vi­sion Fund Hos­pi­tal, of com­pli­ca­tions from a stroke, said Jaime Larkin, a spokesper­son for Wood­land Hills, Cal­i­for­nia facility.

Aliss voiced Anas­ta­sia Hardy in the Spider-Man: The Ani­mated Series episodes The Sins Of The Fathers, Chap­ter II: Make A Wish (1995) and The Sins Of The Fathers, Chap­ter IV: Enter The Green Gob­lin(1996).

Some­times cred­ited as Dim­i­tra Arlys, she pro­vided the Armor Com­puter voice in the two-part 1994 Iron Man episode The Ori­gin Of Iron Man. In addi­tion, she guested as Maria Stark in The Ori­gin Of Iron Man, Part 1.

Of Greek back­ground, she was born in Lorain, Ohio on Octo­ber 23, 1932. Her act­ing career began at the Good­man The­atre in Chicago.

Arliss starred on Broad­way oppo­site Stacy Keach in Indi­ans, and with Kevin Kline and John Malkovich in Arms and the Man.

She appeared in 1980’s Xanadu, and in Clint Eastwood’s Fire­fox.

Guest­ing many times on TV, she was seen in Dal­las, Quincy M.E. and Rich Man, Poor Man.

Dim­i­tra Arliss is sur­vived by a sister.

Ian Abercrombie, 77, was boss Mr. Pitt on Seinfeld

Ian Abercrombie

Ian Aber­crom­bie

British-born char­ac­ter actor Ian Aber­crom­bie, known for por­tray­ing Elaine Benes’ fussy boss Justin Pitt on Sein­feld, died Thurs­day in Hol­ly­wood. He was 77.

In seven episodes of the series, he played the boss who wore white knee socks and ate candy bars with a knife and fork. He fired Elaine after becom­ing con­vinced that she — with Jerry as an accom­plice — had tried to mur­der him with drugs.

Aber­crom­bie voiced Ambrose in last year’s Oscar-nominated Rango. He also por­trayed Gan­thet in Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series, com­plet­ing his work on the lat­est episode of the Car­toon Net­work show just before his death.

He had a recur­ring role as Palpatine/Darth Sid­i­ous on George Lucas’ ani­mated series The Clone Wars, also voic­ing a pirate on the episode “Night­sis­ters.” He was Pal­pa­tine in the 2008 movie Star Wars: The Clone Warsas well.

In The Bat­man, he guested as Ewen in the episodes “Grundy’s Night” (2005) and “The Icy Depths” (2006). He was F in “Scythe 2.0,” a 2005 episode of Grim & Evil.

In live action, Aber­crom­bie por­trayed Smithee in the partly ani­mated 2006 movie Garfield: A Tail Of Two Kit­ties.

Born in Grays, Essex on Sep­tem­ber 11, 1934, Aber­crom­bie had a career span­ning over 50 years. He per­formed on stages in Lon­don, Hol­land, Ire­land and Scot­land before com­ing to the United States in 1951 at 17.

Debut­ing on film in Von Ryan’s Express (1965), he also appeared in They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969), The Molly Maguires (1970), Young Franken­stein (1974), Pup­pet Mas­ter III (1991), The Lost World: Juras­sic Park (1997) and Mar­i­lyn Hotchkiss’ Ball­room Danc­ing and Charm School (2005).

Aber­crom­bie played the Wise Man in Sam Raimi’s 1972 comedy-horror flick Army of Dark­ness (1972). He was 800-year-old wiz­ard Pro­fes­sor Crumbs on the live-action Dis­ney Chan­nel hit Wiz­ards of Waverly Place.

He was a reg­u­lar on the WB Network’s Birds of Prey. Aber­crom­bie appeared on dozens of other shows as well, includ­ing Get Smart, Hunter, L.A. Law, Dynasty, North­ern Expo­sure, News­Ra­dio, Mur­phy Brown and Des­per­ate House­wives.

Mak­ing his Amer­i­can stage debut in a 1955 pro­duc­tion of Sta­lag 17 oppo­site Jason Robards, he was seen in the the­atri­cal pro­duc­tions Mary Stu­art (with Mar­sha Mason), The Cru­cifer of Blood (with Charl­ton Hes­ton as Sher­lock Holmes), The Vor­tex (with Rupert Everett) and The Arcata Promise (with Anthony Hopkins).

A found­ing mem­ber and for­mer board mem­ber of BAFTA-LA, he was also a board mem­ber of the Actors Fund of America.

Ian Aber­crom­bie is sur­vived by broth­ers Dou­glas, Don­ald and Alex.

Too Hop To Handle (1956) — Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

Too Hop To Handle (1956) - Looney Tunes

Too Hop To Han­dle (1956) — Looney Tunes

CotD: Sylvester, Sylvester, Jr. and Hip­pety Hop­per appeared in “Too Hop To Han­dle”, the only car­toon in which Robert McKim­son ani­mated Sylvester.

Too Hop To Han­dle (1956) — Looney Tunes The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Sylvester Jr. sum­mons Hip­pety with a magic flute.

Come see “Too Hop To Han­dle” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase