Monthly Archives: January 2012

Oscar Nominated Shorts

Oscar Statuette, Academy Awards

Oscar Stat­uette, Acad­emy Awards

The nom­i­nees for the Oscar at the 84th annual Acad­emy Awards are in. Five short films are picked for Best Short Film (ani­mated), and this year, the choices are:

Dimache (Sun­day) National Film Board of Canada, Patrick Doyon Direc­tor. A small boy’s Sun­day is filled with both ordi­nary and extra­or­di­nary events.

The Fan­tas­tic Fly­ing Books of Mr. Mor­ris Less­more Moon­bot Stu­dios, William Joyce, Bran­don Old­en­burg direc­tors. A storm trans­ports a young man to a place where books are liv­ing entities.

La Luna Pixar Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios, Enrico Casarosa direc­tor. A young boy accom­pa­nies his father and grand­fa­ther to their unusual night­time job.

A Morn­ing Stroll Stu­dio aka, Grant Orchard direc­tor. A New Yorker passes a chicken out for its morn­ing stroll.

Wild Life National Film Board of Canada, Stu­dio GDS, Amanda For­bis, Wendy Tilby direc­tors. A young Eng­lish­man with more enthu­si­asm than prac­ti­cal expe­ri­ence emi­grates to Canada to become a rancher.

A great range of films; good luck to the nominees.

Dick Tufeld, 85, voiced robot on “Lost in Space”

Dick Tufeld

Dick Tufeld

Dan­ger, Will Robin­son!

Dick Tufeld intoned that warn­ing as the voice of the robot on Irwin Allen’s clas­sic 1960s science-fiction series Lost in Space. He was the show’s nar­ra­tor, as well.

Tufeld has died, long­time friend and co-star Bill Mumy (who played Will) announced on Face­book. He was 85.

Beyond Lost in Space, Tufeld fre­quently was heard in TV car­toons, fre­quently as an announcer.

The main title nar­ra­tor on the 1979 DePatie-Freleng series Spider-Woman, he was also the main title announcer on the 1981 Mar­vel Pro­duc­tions show Spider-Man and his Amaz­ing Friends.

Tufeld was the open­ing nar­ra­tor of DFE’s The New Fan­tas­tic Four (1978). He nar­rated sev­eral episodes of Thun­darr the Bar­bar­ian (1980), as well.

For Dis­ney, he nar­rated Ward Kimball’s Man In Space, orig­i­nally broad­cast on the Dis­ney­land tele­vi­sion show in 1956. The half-hour ani­ma­tion was nom­i­nated for an Oscar for Best Doc­u­men­tary, Short Sub­ject. He nar­rated Kimball’s 1955 ani­mated Dis­ney short Man and the Moon, which also first aired on Dis­ney­land.

The 1998 Simp­sons episode May­ored To The Mob offered Tufeld another chance to voice the Lost in Space robot. And he was the Ramber-Crane Series Robot in the 2004 episode Mil­house Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. (He repeated his role as the Robot in the 1998 fea­ture film Lost in Space, star­ring Matt LeBlanc.)

In the Warner Bros. series His­te­ria!, Tufeld was the announcer in the 1998 episodes Show 17 (a.k.a. Hannibal’s Trails) and “Inven­tors,” along with 1999’s “Writ­ers of the Pur­ple Prose” and “The Teddy Roo­sevelt Show.” He also was in the voice cast of the 1992 Garfield episode “The First Annual Garfield Watch­ers Test.”

The 1962 TV pilot Adven­tures Of The Road Run­ner – released the­atri­cally as a 20-minute fea­turette — cast him in an uncred­ited role as an ACME com­mer­cial announcer.

He was born Richard Nor­ton Tufeld in Los Ange­les on Decem­ber 11, 1926.

In live-action TV, he was an announcer on Voy­age to the Bot­tom of the Sea, Time Tun­nel, and com­mer­cials for bub­ble bath Mr. Bub­ble. He announced sev­eral live-action Dis­ney shows, includ­ing Zorro (1957–59), star­ring future Lost in Space lead Guy Williams.

Bob May, the man who actu­ally occu­pied the cos­tume of The Robot in Lost in Space, died at 69 in 2009.

Dick Tufeld was a really cool guy. He’s reunited with his wife Adrian now,” Mumy said. “R.I.P. Dick. You will be missed bigtime.”

Mumy later posted a jazz video. “This one’s for Dick Tufeld. He was close friends with Miles Davis. Peace on your jour­ney, pal…”

Star Wirth was in charge of H-B’s Xerox department

Hanna-Barbera Cartoons

Hanna-Barbera Car­toons

Xerox checker and super­vi­sor Star Wirth, head of the Xerox depart­ment at Hanna-Barbera from 1967 until 1999, died Jan­u­ary 12.

Her age was not imme­di­ately available.

Wirth did xerog­ra­phy for a host of TV series. She also worked for Dream­Works, Car­toon Net­work and Warner Bros. until her retire­ment in 2001.

She was a xero­g­ra­pher for the TV series The Mumbly Car­toon Show, The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour and Jab­ber­jaw (all 1976); The All-New Super Friends Hour and C B Bears (both 1977); Scooby’s All Star Laff-A-Lympics (1977–78); Dyno­mutt Dog Won­der, Yogi’s Space Race, Jana of the Jun­gle and Chal­lenge of the Super­Friends (all 1978); Godzilla (1978–79); Casper and the Angels, Buford and the Gal­lop­ing Ghost, The New Shmoo, The Super Glo­be­trot­ters, The World’s Great­est Super­Friends, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo and The New Fred and Bar­ney Show (all 1979); The Flint­stone Com­edy Show (1980); Super Friends (1980–81); Space Stars, Trol­lkins and The Kwicky Koala Show (all 1981); Smurfs (1981–88); Shirt Tales, The Gary Cole­man Show, Joke­book and Pac-Man (all 1982); The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show (1983); The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (1985); Paw Paws (1985–86); Snorks, ogi’s Trea­sure Hunt and The Jet­sons (all 1985–87); Foo­fur and Jonny Quest (both 1986–87); The Flint­stone Kids (1986–88); Sky Com­man­ders (1987); A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (1988–91); The Adven­tures of Don Coy­ote and San­cho Panda, Bill & Ted’s Excel­lent Adven­tures, Potsworth & Co. and Gravedale High (all 1990); Time­less Tales from Hall­mark (1990–91); Tom & Jerry Kids Show (1990–93); Yo Yogi! (1991–92); The Pirates of Dark Water (1991–93); Fish Police (1992); The Addams Fam­ily (1992–93); Capi­tol Crit­ters (1992–95); Droopy: Mas­ter Detec­tive and 2 Stu­pid Dogs (both 1993); Cap­tain Planet and the Plan­e­teers (1993–94); Dumb and Dumber (1995); The What a Car­toon Show (1995–97); Cave Kids (1996); The Real Adven­tures of Jonny Quest (1996–1997); Dexter’s Lab­o­ra­tory (1996–98); I Am Weasel (1997); Cow and Chicken (1997–99); Johnny Bravo (1997–2001); and The Pow­er­puff Girls (1998–2001).

For TV-movies, she worked on Davy Crock­ett on the Mis­sis­sippi (1976); A Flint­stone Christ­mas (1977); Scooby-Doo Goes Hol­ly­wood (1979); Christ­mas Comes to PacLand (1982); My Smurfy Valen­tine (1983), The Lit­tle Troll Prince, Yogi’s Great Escape, The Jet­sons Meet the Flint­stones, Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Broth­ers, Top Cat and the Bev­erly Hills Cats and Yogi Bear and the Mag­i­cal Flight of the Spruce Goose (all 1987); Scooby-Doo and the Reluc­tant Were­wolf, Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School, The Good, the Bad, and Huck­le­berry Hound, Rockin’ with Judy Jet­son and Yogi & the Inva­sion of the Space Bears (all 1988); Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby, The Town Santa For­got, The Hal­loween Tree and I Yabba-Dabba Do! (all 1993); A Flint­stones Christ­mas Carol, Scooby-Doo in Ara­bian Nights, Yogi the Easter Bear and A Flint­stone Fam­ily Christ­mas (all 1994); Jonny Quest Ver­sus the Cyber Insects (1995); and Dexter’s Lab­o­ra­tory Ego Trip (1999).

Her TV shorts included The Flint­stones: Fred’s Final Fling (1980), The Smurfs Spring­time Spe­cial (1982), Mon­ster in My Pocket: The Big Scream (1992), George and Junior’s Christ­mas Spec­tac­u­lar (1995), Kenny and the Chimp: Dis­easy Does It! or Chimp –n– Pox (1998), King Crab: Space Crus­tacean (1999) and The Man­sion Cat (2000). Worth also was a xero­g­ra­pher on the ABC Week­end Spe­cials The Puppy Saves the Cir­cus (1981) and Miss Switch to the Res­cue and Bun­nic­ula, the Vam­pire Rab­bit (both 1982). Her other TV work included the doc­u­men­taries The Flint­stones’ 25th Anniver­sary Cel­e­bra­tion (1986) and A Yabba-Dabba-Doo Cel­e­bra­tion!: 50 Years of Hanna-Barbera (1989).

In movies, Worth was the head of xerog­ra­phy on 1994’s The Page­mas­ter and the Xerox super­vi­sor on Heidi’s Song (1982), GoB­ots: War of the Rock Lords (1986), Jet­sons: The Movie (1990) and Once Upon a For­est (1990). She did xerog­ra­phy on the shorts Rock Odyssey (1987), Larry & Steve (1996), and Babe, He Calls Me and Mal­com and Melvin (both 1997).

Worth was a xero­g­ra­pher for the 1998 direct-to-video movie Scooby-Doo on Zom­bie Island, along with the video shorts Moses, Joshua and the Bat­tle of Jeri­cho and David and Goliath (all 1986); The Easter Story (1990); The Mir­a­cles of Jesus (1991); and Queen Esther (1992).

She was involved in copy­ing and ship­ping for the TV series His­te­ria! (1998), Bat­man Beyond (1999–2001) and Baby Blues (2000–02); the 1999 TV-movie Bat­man Beyond: The Movie; the videos Bat­man Beyond: Return of the Joker and Tweety’s High-Flying Adven­ture (both 2000) and Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring (2002), as well as the 1999 TV short King Crab: Space Crustacean.

One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish (1991) — The Simpsons

One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish (1991) - The Simpsons

One Fish, Two Fish, Blow­fish, Blue Fish (1991) — The Simpsons

CotD: As Homer found out in “One Fish, Two Fish, Blow­fish, Blue Fish “, sushi is a very yummy food. Fugu Me! This 20 year old episode also starred Star Treks’ George Takei.

One Fish, Two Fish, Blow­fish, Blue Fish (1991) — The Simp­sons Car­toon Episode Guide

Homer believes that he has 24 hours to live after think­ing he ate the deadly blow­fish at a local sushi restaurant.

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Grammy-winning R&B singer Etta James dead at 73

Etta James

Etta James

Blues singer Etta James, per­haps the quin­tes­sen­tial R&B diva, died Fri­day morn­ing, said her son, Donto James. She was 73.

Her leg­endary ren­di­tion of “At Last” was heard in the sound­tracks of the Simp­sons episodes The Strong Arms Of The Ma (2003) and The Wife Aquatic (2007).

James died of com­pli­ca­tions from leukemia at a River­side, Cal­i­for­nia hos­pi­tal, said Dr. Elaine James, her per­sonal physi­cian. She had been in fail­ing health for years.

Born Jame­setta Hawkins in Los Ange­les on Jan­u­ary 25, 1938, she spent much of her life in the city. Her dusky voice influ­enced gen­er­a­tions of singers, rang­ing from Tina Turner to Bon­nie Raitt and Christina Aguil­era. Bey­once por­trayed her in 2008 movie Cadil­lac Records.

This is a huge loss,” Bey­once said Fri­day in a state­ment on her Web site. “Etta James was one of the great­est vocal­ists of our time. I am so for­tu­nate to have met such a queen. Her musi­cal con­tri­bu­tions will last a lifetime.

Play­ing Etta James taught me so much about myself, and singing her music inspired me to be a stronger artist. When she effort­lessly opened her mouth, you could hear her pain and tri­umph. Her deeply emo­tional way of deliv­er­ing a song told her story with no fil­ter. She was fear­less, and had guts. She will be missed.”

In 1993, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

It really does mean a lot,” she told the Los Ange­les Times upon her induc­tion. “It shows that if you’re hang­ing around the candy store long enough, peo­ple start giv­ing you things.”

Her record­ing career spanned six decades. Her naughty 1955 sin­gle “The Wall­flower” (also known as “Roll With Me Henry”) soon made her a national star.

How­ever, James was best known for the bal­lad “At Last.” A 1961 hit, it is in the Grammy Hall of Fame.

A 1994 album of jazz stan­dards, Mys­tery Lady, earned James the first Grammy of her career, for jazz vocal per­for­mance. Two other Gram­mys fol­lowed : for 2003’s Let’s Roll, named best con­tem­po­rary blues album, and her 2004 col­lec­tion “Blues to the Bone,” named best tra­di­tional blues album.

Etta James is sur­vived by sons Donto and Sametto James, whom she hired as co-producers; Artis Mills, her hus­band of 42 years; and sev­eral grandchildren.

Tintin” wins Producers Guild Award for animation

The Adventures Of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn

The Adven­tures Of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn

Steven Spielberg’s “The Adven­tures of Tintin” was named Sat­ur­day night as the win­ner of the Pro­duc­ers Guild of Amer­ica Pro­ducer of the Year Award in Ani­mated The­atri­cal Motion Pictures.

Besides Spiel­berg, the film’s fel­low pro­duc­ers, Peter Jack­son and Kath­leen Kennedy, were sin­gled out for recog­ni­tion. Although Spiel­berg accepted the stat­uette with Kennedy, Jack­son was not in atten­dance at the 23rd annual PGA Awards gala, held at the Bev­erly Hilton Hotel.

The 3D motion-capture The Adven­tures of Tintin won out in the cat­e­gory over Cars 2 (Pro­ducer: Denise Ream), Kung Fu Panda 2 (Pro­ducer: Melissa Cobb), Puss in Boots (Pro­duc­ers: Joe M. Aguilar and Lat­ifa Ouaou) and Rango (Pro­duc­ers: John B. Carls and Gore Verbinski).

Spiel­berg received the David O. Selznick Achieve­ment Award in The­atri­cal Motion Pic­tures as well. Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion head Jef­frey Katzen­berg, the award’s pre­sen­ter, said of Spiel­berg, “He’s a great sto­ry­teller. He’s main­tained a deep affin­ity with his audiences.”

In the new cat­e­gory of Children’s Pro­grams, the ani­mated shows Dora the Explorer and Sponge­Bob Squarepants (both Nick­elodeon) and Phineas and Ferb (Dis­ney Chan­nel) lost to the live-action Sesame Street (PBS). Because Children’s Pro­grams is a new cat­e­gory, pro­duc­ers were not sin­gled out this year.

Tunisia urged to drop charges over “Persepolis”

Persepolis

Perse­po­lis

Crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings against the owner of a Tunisian TV sta­tion that screened the 2007 ani­mated film Perse­po­lis are an affront to free­dom of expres­sion, Amnesty Inter­na­tional said ahead of his trial on Monday.

Nabil Karoui, the owner of Nessma TV, faces trial in Tunis on charges of “vio­lat­ing sacred val­ues” and “dis­turb­ing the pub­lic order” after his sta­tion broad­cast French film, which has been crit­i­cized for being blas­phe­mous because of a scene show­ing a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of God.

If con­victed, Nabil Karoui faces up to three years in prison.

Putting Nabil Karoui on trial sim­ply for screen­ing a film which shows fan­tasy scenes of God is a very trou­bling devel­op­ment,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s interim direc­tor for Mid­dle East and North Africa.

The Tunisian author­i­ties must uphold Nabil Karoui’s right to free­dom of expres­sion and drop these charges imme­di­ately,” he said Friday.

Perse­po­lis, an award-winning film on Iran’s 1979 rev­o­lu­tion told from the per­spec­tive of a young girl, pro­voked angry reac­tions when Nessma TV aired it in October.

Karoui’s home was fire­bombed Octo­ber 14 fol­low­ing a protest out­side the Nessma TV offices in cen­tral Tunis. Salafist activists are believed to have car­ried out the attack.

A com­plaint by 144 lawyers and oth­ers was filed against the TV boss and two other Nessma TV employees.

Bottle (2011) — Theatrical Cartoon

Bottle (2011) - Theatrical Cartoon

Bot­tle (2011) — The­atri­cal Cartoon

CotD: Scarcely a year old, Kirsten Lepore’s “Bot­tle”, is get­ting great buzz. Watch it to see what you think!

Bot­tle (2011) — The­atri­cal Cartoon

A love story between a heap of sand and one of snow.

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Ridinghoods Anonymous (1961) — Fractured Fairy Tales Cartoon Episode Guide

Ridinghoods Anonymous (1961) - Fractured Fairy Tales Cartoon

Rid­ing­hoods Anony­mous (1961) — Frac­tured Fairy Tales Cartoon

CotD: From Rocky and His Friends show, “Rid­ing­hoods Anony­mous”, was a sim­ple but oh, so funny and orig­i­nal take on the Red Rid­ing Hood tale.

Rid­ing­hoods Anony­mous (1961) — Frac­tured Fairy Tales Car­toon Episode Guide

Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood is SO con­trite after her booby-trapped bas­ket explodes in the Wolf’s face– espe­cially as she’s just dis­cov­ered that he’s a mem­ber of Rid­ing Hoods Anony­mous, a pro­gram designed to help him kick “the Rid­ing Hood habit.” And this is just the begin­ning of the story! A wicked, wicked satire that takes on 12-step pro­grams, the DAR and the NRA in only four minutes!

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Goliath II (1960) — Theatrical Cartoon

Goliath II (1960) - Theatrical Cartoon

Goliath II (1960) — The­atri­cal Cartoon

CotD: Disney’s first short to use the new Xerox process for trans­fer­ring the pen­cil draw­ings to cels was “Goliath II”, an Acad­emy Award Nominee.

Goliath II (1960) — The­atri­cal Cartoon

Goliath is a minia­ture ele­phant who is ostra­cized from the herd because of his size. But his size comes in handy when he has to res­cue the herd from an invader: a mouse!

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