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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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