Monthly Archives: May 2012

Ceux d’en Haut (2012) – Theatrical Short

Ceux d'en Haut (The Inn)

Ceux d'en Haut (The Inn)

#CotD: New this month from Folimage Productions, “Ceux d’en Haut” is striking and surreal- really worth a look.

Ceux d’en Haut (2012) – Theatrical Short

In 1862, a high altitude inn at the foot of a glacier in the Swiss Alps. Each winter the snow isolates the inn rendering it totally inaccessible.

You can watch “Ceux d’en Haut” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Finding Nemo (2003) – PIXAR Animated Film

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo

#CotD: The box office champion of 2003, “Finding Nemo” cost a mere $94 million to make.

Finding Nemo (2003) – PIXAR Animated Film

The film follows the comedic and eventful journeys of two fish- Marlin and his son Nemo- who become separated in the Great Barrier Reef when Nemo is unexpectedly taken far from home and thrust into a fish tank in a dentist’s office overlooking Sydney harbor. Buoyed by the companionship of a friendly-but-forgetful fish named Dory, the overly cautious father embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero of an epic journey to rescue his son- who hatches a few daring plans of his own to return safely home.

You can watch “Finding Nemo” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Partly Cloudy (2009) – PIXAR Animated Film

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

#CotD: released theatrically with the film Up, “Partly Cloudy” was a new look at the classic stork stories.

Partly Cloudy (2009) – PIXAR Animated Film

Each day, storks deliver babies both human and animal all across the world. The source of their bundles of joy come from a series of cloud people, who sculpt the the young ones and bring them to life.

While most of the clouds deal with cute little puppies or chicks, one of them named Gus is tasked with creating some of the more volatile of babies. This begins to take a toll on his friend, a stork named Peck. Over the course of the film, Peck is tasked to deliver a baby crocodile, a baby ram, and a baby porcupine.

Each time, Peck returns a little more worse for wear. When he returns to find that Gus is planning to have him deliver a baby shark, Peck flies off to another cloud person. Gus grows angry, and then upset that his friend has abandoned him.

Soon after, Peck returns and gives the reason why he left: the other cloud person had helped fashion some protective gear for the plucky stork to continue to assist his friend. Gus is overjoyed that Peck has returned, and produces Peck’s next delivery: a baby electric eel.

You can watch “Partly Cloudy” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Nominees for 13th Golden Trailer Awards announced

Golden Trailer Awards

Golden Trailer Awards

Nominees were announced Saturday in many categories, including animation/family, for the 13th Annual Golden Trailer Awards.

For Best Animation/Family, the nominees include The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (Columbia/Paramount, Ignition Creative), Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted “Trailer 1″ (Paramount Pictures, TRANSIT) and The Muppets “Their Movie” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Buddha Jones).

Best Music nominees include The Muppets “The Pig With the Froggy Tattoo” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Buddha Jones).

Among the Golden Fleece nominees is John Carter (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Ignition Creative).

Most Original Trailer nominees include The Muppets “The Pig with the Froggy Tattoo” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Buddha Jones) and The Pirates: Band of Misfits in an Adventure with Scientists (Sony Pictures Releasing, Empire Design).

In the Foreign Theatrical Trailer sweepstakes, the sole nominee for Best Anime is The Secret World of Arrietty “Stand Tall” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture, Trailer Park).

For Best Foreign Animation/Family Trailer, the hopefuls are The Secret World of Arrietty “UK Trailer” (Studio Canal, The Editpool), Brave “Japan Trailer” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, mOcean), Don Gato y Su Pandilla “Trailer 1″ (Warner Bros. Mexico, FIX COMUNICACION), Don Gato y Su Pandilla “Trailer 2″ (Warner Bros. Mexico, FIX COMUNICACION) and The Secret World of Arrietty “Stand Tall” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Trailer Park).

Best Foreign Graphics in a Trailer nominees include Don Gato y Su Pandilla (Warner Bros. Mexico, FIX COMUNICACION).

Best Animation/Family TV Spot nominees include The Muppets “Prepare Physical” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, mOcean),The Pirates: Band of Misfits “Epic Love Story” (Sony Pictures, Green Monster Advertising), Puss in Boots “Curiosity” (Paramount Pictures, Aspect Ratio) and Puss in Boots “Fiesta Kids” (Paramount Pictures, TRANSIT).

Best Music TV Spot nominees include Puss in Boots “Fiesta Kids” (Paramount Pictures, TRANSIT).

One of the two nominees for Best Voice Over TV Spot is The Muppets“How Many” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Buddha Jones).

For Best Animation/Family Poster, the nominees include The Pirates: Band of Misfits in an Adventure with Scientists (Band of Misfits) (Sony Pictures Releasing, Empire Design).

Best Pre-show Theatrical Advertising nominees include The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (Columbia/Paramount, Picture Production Company).

Most Innovative Advertising for a Feature Film nominees include The Muppets “Two Muppets” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Buddha Jones).

The 13th Annual Golden Trailer Awards will be announced at the awards celebration on Thursday in Los Angeles.

The Isle Of Pingo Pongo (1938) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

The Isle Of Pingo Pongo

The Isle Of Pingo Pongo

#CotD: One of WB’s infamous Cenored Eleven, “The Isle Of Pingo Pongo” was the first of many Tex Avery Warner Bros. spot-gag-filled parodies of travelogues.

The Isle Of Pingo Pongo (1938) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

A travelogue which gets in all the usual sight gags (“Sandwich Islands,” “Canary Islands”), it turns downright mean-spirited when dealing with the natives. Ubangi-style lips are served as dinner plates, lips serve as trumpets. Fierce drummers do a riff on “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain When She Comes,” and a Fats Waller type contributes to a scat-style rendition of “Sweet Georgia Brown.”

You can watch “The Isle Of Pingo Pongo” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Three Little Pigs (1933) – Silly Symphonies Cartoon

Three Little Pigs

Three Little Pigs

#CotD: The first in what became a series of four cartoons, “Three Little Pigs” also spawned a popular song in it’s day a song you probably still know today!

Three Little Pigs (1933) – Silly Symphonies Cartoon

Three little pigs set off to the great wide world; their first step, to build a house. They each have their own life philosophies, which govern their lives, and they types of houses they make.

You can watch “Three Little Pigs” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Simpsons Meet The Ice Age

 

The Longest Daycare

The Longest Daycare

Ice Age: Continental Drift will feature more than pals Manfred, Sid, Diego, Ellie and Scrat when it premieres in July. Rather than the usual short featuring Scrat chasing his acorn, the fourth Ice Age movie will reach out to America’s most dysfunctional family with The Longest Daycare.

Announced after the season finale of The Simpsons on Sunday, the new theatrical short will feature the youngest family member, Maggie. The short has been produced in 3D, as has Ice Age: Continental Drift.

“It’s hard to do a 20-minute Maggie episode, but in four minutes it’s great. She’s like Charlie Chaplin,” Simpsons executive producer Al Jean commented to Entertainment Weekly exclusively. David Silverman directs.

Maggie go back to the Ayn Rand School for Tots. Each child through an airport security-style testing machine to measure their future. Maggie is scanned and the machine responds, “Nothing Special”, so they put her in an area that’s not all that great.

The Longest Daycare and Ice Age: Continental Drift will premiere in the United States on July 13, 2012.

AS Announces Largest Programming Schedule Ever

Adult Swim Logo

Adult Swim

Adult Swim, basic cable’s #1 network with young adults for seven consecutive years, has announced the largest programming commitment in Adult Swim’s history, which includes new and returning series, pilots and specials.

Adult Swim ordered a second season of new hit show China, IL. An animated pilot based on the Harold & Kumar films is in development.

Additionally, in response to overwhelming fan enthusiasm and devotion, the beloved anime programming block Toonami will make its return Saturday, May 26.

New original series and specials:

Black Dynamite
Premiering in July and based on 2009′s critically-acclaimed feature film, Black Dynamite, the animated series, further chronicles the exploits of the central character, Black Dynamite, and his crew. Under the direction of head writer Carl Jones (The Boondocks), the series features the voice talent of Michael Jai White (For Better or Worse, The Dark Knight, Why Did I Get Married?), Tommy Davidson (In Living Color, Bamboozled), Kym Whitley (The Cleveland Show, Brian McKnight Show) and Byron Minns (Mongo Wrestling Alliance), all of whom starred in the feature film. Black Dynamite, the animated series, is being produced by Ars Nova. Jon Steingart, Carl Jones and Jillian Apfelbaum are executive producers. Brian Ash is co-executive producer. Scott Sanders, White and Minns are producers. Monica Jones is associate producer. Lesean Thomas is creative producer/supervising director. Original music is by Adrian Younge. Black Dynamite is being animated by Titmouse, Inc.

Toonami
Beginning Saturday, May 26, Adult Swim brings back Toonami, the network’s popular block of anime programming. Airing weekly from midnight to 6 a.m. (ET/PT), in addition to the return of previous series featured in Toonami, Adult Swim is also developing new original anime programming for fans.

Robot Chicken DC Comics Special
Coming this fall, the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special brings you the awesomeness of the DC Comics universe of characters as only Robot Chicken can, with amazing guest stars and the stop-motion sketch comedy you’ve come to love after five seasons of the popular Adult Swim series. The special features many Robot Chicken favorites, including the Robot Chicken Nerd, the Humping Robot, Composite Santa, and the Mad Scientist who will be joined by characters of the DC Comics universe to poke fun at those with the most impressive powers and the lesser ones who can’t really be called superheroes. The all-star cast includes Seth Green as Batman, Robin and the put-upon Aquaman; Paul Reubens as The Riddler; Neil Patrick Harris as Two-Face; Alfred Molina as Lex Luthor; Nathan Fillion as the Green Lantern; Megan Fox as Lois Lane; and Breckin Meyer as Superman; plus Abe Benrubi, Alex Borstein, Clare Grant, Tara Strong, Matt Senreich, Tom Root, Zeb Wells, and Kevin Shinick as the narrator. Robot Chicken DC Comics Special is executive produced by Stoopid Monkey’s Seth Green and Matthew Senreich and their Stoopid Buddy Stoodios partners, Buddy Systems’ John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner, along with DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, and Warner Bros. Animation’s executive vice-president and creative affairs, Sam Register.

Venture Brothers Halloween Special
This October on Adult Swim, the Venture Family fills your Halloween goodie bag with fun-sized Truth. Created and directed by Jackson Publick and written by Publick and Doc Hammer, both of whom also provide voices for the special, Venture Brothers Halloween Special is being animated by Titmouse, Inc.

Beforel Orel
A Moral Orel special that sheds light on the origin of Orel’s religious nature and the birth of his brother Shapey. Beforel Orel is created by Dino Stamatopoulos (Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole and Mr. Show).

Pilots:

Untitled Animated Harold & Kumar Project (In Development)
An animated version of the eponymous blockbuster stoner comedy series. Produced by Lionsgate.

Rick & Morty
A genius inventor grandfather and his less than genius grandson, and the journeys in life they share. From Dan Harmon (Community, Channel 101) and Justin Roiland. (30-minute animated)

Colonel Wallace (Working Title)
An eccentric southern fried chicken magnate and his adventures with his family. Created by Greg Cohen (Conan O’Brien, King of the Hill, TV Funhouse). (15-minute animated)

Coffin Dodgers
A group of misfit grumps get into fraternity-style trouble at a cozy suburban retirement home. From Dave Silverstein and Matt Jeser (Drawn Together). (30-minute animated)

King Star King
King Star King is a modern day he-man who’s half-warrior, half-idiot. From artist JJ Villard (Monsters Vs. Aliens) and Eric Kaplan (Big Bang Theory). (15-minute animated)

Rolling With Dad
A brilliant but disabled man deals with his much less intelligent family. From Seth Grahame-Smith (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter; Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows; The Hard Times of RJ Berger) and David Katzenberg (The Hard Times of RJ Berger). (30-minute animated)

Returning series:

Aqua Something You Know Whatever
What happens when three wisecracking roommates go from chasing tail to the diaper pail? You’ll find out when Frylock, Meatwad and Master Shake try their hands – and hearts – at raising a baby. But smelly diapers aren’t the only thing changing this season – Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1 has been put to bed for a long nap and replaced by Aqua Something You Know Whatever, the show where Meatwad and the gang can get down to some serious parenting. This season, the Aqua Somethings find an ancient treasure map and follow it all the way to Argentina, where they’re shocked to discover an orphaned baby on the ‘x’ that marks the spot. Outraged, Master Shake begins to throw the child off a steep embankment but one look into the baby’s eyes, and the only thing getting thrown off a steep embankment is Shake’s heart. Introducing Pepe the Pepper, the newest member of the Aqua Something You Know Whatever family – and boy is he a handful! Find out what happens when three not-so-eligible bachelors catch a case of baby fever, and the only cure is snuggle time. The only nipples these guys will be touching are gonna have a bottle on the other end. Aqua Something You Know Whatever premieres in June on Adult Swim. Aqua Something You Know Whatever is created by Dave Willis (Squidbillies) and Matt Maiellaro (12 oz. Mouse).

The Boondocks
Since the debut of the first season in 2005, The Boondocks has been one of Adult Swim’s most popular and critically acclaimed series. The Peabody Award-winning animated series is based on Aaron McGruder’s comic strip by the same name. Produced by Rebel Base in association with Sony Pictures Television, The Boondocks returns with a new season on Adult Swim.

China, IL
Renewed for a second season, China, IL is about the worst school in America, where the teachers are crazy and the students just want to learn. In this second season of new half-hour episodes, we’ll continue to follow the Professor Brothers, Frank and Steve Smith, as well as their TA Pony Merks & their man-child friend Babycakes, along with a host of other teachers, students and townies. Some examples of stories we’ll see this season are Baby Cakes’s Joe McCarthy-esque witch hunt for actual wizards and witches, Frank and Ronald Reagan’s quest for Thomas Jefferson’s legendary Crystal Castle, and a god who descends down on China, IL, turning it into a surfer town. China, IL was created by Brad Neely, and is executive produced by Neely and Daniel Weidenfeld.

Robot Chicken
Premiering its sixth season this fall on Adult Swim, Robot Chicken uses stop-motion animation to bring pop-culture parodies to life in a modern take on the variety/sketch show format. The Emmy Award-winning series began airing in February 2005 and remains among the top-rated original series on Adult Swim. Robot Chicken is created and executive produced by Stoopid Monkey Productions’ Seth Green and Matthew Senreich and their Stoopid Buddy Stoodios partners, Buddy Systems’ John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner, also serve as executive producers. Green and Senreich also write, voice and with Zeb Wells, direct the multiple Annie Award-winning series. Robot Chicken head writers/co-executive producers Douglas Goldstein and Tom Root are joined by season six writers Matthew Beans, Rachel Bloom, Mike Fasolo, Jessica Gao, Breckin Meyer, Jason Reich, Mehar Sethi, Tom Sheppard, Erik Weiner and Wells. For season six, Robot Chicken welcomes Elizabeth Banks, Sarah Chalke, Kat Dennings, Sam Elliott, Ben Foster, Whoopi Goldberg, Lucas Grabeel, Megan Hilty, Gillian Jacobs, Zachary Levi, J.B. Smoove, Liev Schreiber, Jon Stewart, Patrick Stewart, Stanly Tucci, Olivia Wilde, and Alex Winter.

Squidbillies
Premiering its sixth season this July, Adult Swim welcomes you back to the North Georgia Mountains, birthplace of hell-raising and inhalant huffing. At the epicenter of this rural paradise is Dougal County, home to crippling gambling addictions, murderous corporations, sexual deviants, and the authentic southern mountain squid. Early Cuyler continues his reign as America’s favorite cephalopod in season six of Squidbillies, filled with love, murder, sobriety, and the secrets of the Catfish Kingdom. This time around, Rusty tackles fatherhood, Early defends his reputation as the town’s biggest badass, Granny helps the Sheriff solve a series of butt thefts, Lil embraces the boring life of sobriety, and the Sheriff finds love east of the Iron Curtain. Come watch the Cuylers chase the southern dream of a rewarding job in the food service industry, all while using violence and alcohol to tackle life’s toughest problems. It’s good clean family fun, if your family is in the 18-35 demographic! Squidbillies is written and produced by Dave Willis (Aqua Teen Hunger Force) and Jim Fortier (Space Ghost Coast to Coast, The Brak Show).

Superjail!
This fall on Adult Swim, Superjail! slams back in general population for a third season of destruction. Triple the insanity. Triple the crazy. Triple the pain of being kicked in the guts really hard. Superjail! is produced at Titmouse Studios in N.Y. Series creators and executive producers Christy Karacas (Cartoon Sushi, Robotomy) and Stephen Warbrick (Beavis and Butthead, Celebrity Deathmatch) have teamed up again to take this over-the-top animated series to the next level.

Returning acquisitions:

American Dad
Bleach
Cleveland Show
Family Guy
Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood
King of the Hill

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) – Theatrical Feature

Kung Fu Panda 2

Kung Fu Panda 2

#CotD: One year old today, “Kung Fu Panda 2” was an Academy Award nominee, but did not take the top prize.

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) – Theatrical Feature

Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five – Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey.

But Po’s new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. It is up to Po and The Furious Five to journey across China to face this threat and vanquish it.

How can Po stop a weapon that can stop kung fu? He must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed.

You can watch “Kung Fu Panda 2” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Charlie Brown Christmas Named to Nat’l Registry

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas

An album with tracks from the 1965 cartoon special A Charlie Brown Christmas is among the sound recordings selected Wednesday for induction into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.

A Charlie Brown Christmas introduced jazz to millions of listeners. The 1970 television soundtrack album of the same name includes expanded themes from the animated Peanuts special, as well as jazz versions of both traditional and popular Christmas music, performed primarily by the Vince Guaraldi Trio.

The original music is credited to pianist Guaraldi and TV producer Lee Mendelson. Best remembered is the “Linus and Lucy” theme, originally composed by Guaraldi for an earlier Peanuts project, which remains beloved by fans of the popular TV specials, those devoted to the daily newspaper comic strip, and music lovers alike.

The voices of former slaves, the sounds of Native American culture, the creative wordplay of “Rapper’s Delight,” Donna Summer’s electric 1977 hit and the only surviving recording of a stage icon are among the other sound recordings chosen for the registry. Marking the 10th anniversary of the registry, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington selected 25 sound recordings that will be preserved as cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures for generations to come.

“America’s sound heritage is an important part of the nation’s history and culture, and this year’s selections reflect the diversity and creativity of the American experience,” said Billington. “These songs, words and natural sounds must be preserved for future generations.”

Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian, with advice from the Library;s National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB), is tasked with selecting annually 25 recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and are at least 10 years old. The selections for the 2011 registry bring the total number of recordings to 350.

The selections named to the registry feature a diverse array of spoken-word and musical recordings — representing nearly every musical category — spanning the years 1888-1984. They cover a great breadth of sounds and music, ranging from the first commercial recording and the authoritative voice of journalist Edward R. Murrow to the innovative music of Hawaiian Sol Hoopii and the novelty of the all-women’s jazz band International Sweethearts of Rhythm.

Among this year’s selections are Dolly Parton’s autobiographical song, “Coat of Many Colors”; Prince and the Revolution’s “Purple Rain,” the soundtrack from Prince’s 1984 movie debut; Leonard Bernstein’s debut performance with the New York Philharmonic; the 1912 “Come Down Ma Evenin’ Star,” the only surviving recording of Lillian Russell, who is considered one of the greatest stars of the American musical stage; the Grateful Dead”s 1977 Barton Hall concert; and the pioneering hip-hop album Rapper’s Delight.

Other additions to the registry feature notable performances by Ruth Etting, Bo Diddley, the Dixie Hummingbirds, Love, Parliament, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, and the Gregg Smith Singers.

Nominations were gathered through online submissions from the public and from the NRPB, which comprises leaders in the fields of music, recorded sound and preservation. The Library is currently accepting nominations for the next registry at the NRPB website (www.loc.gov/nrpb/).

As part of its congressional mandate, the Library is identifying and preserving the best existing versions of each recording on the registry. These recordings will be housed in the Library’s Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia, a state-of-the-art facility that was made possible through the generosity of David Woodley Packard and the Packard Humanities Institute, with benefaction from the U.S. Congress. The Packard Campus (www.loc.gov/avconservation/) is home to more than six million collection items, including nearly three million sound recordings.

2011 National Recording Registry (Listing in Chronological Order)

1. Edison Talking Doll cylinder (1888)
2. “Come Down Ma Evenin’ Star,” Lillian Russell (1912)
3. “Ten Cents a Dance,” Ruth Etting (1930)
4. “Voices from the Days of Slavery,” Various speakers (1932-1941 interviews; 2002 compilation)
5. “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart,” Patsy Montana (1935)
6. “Fascinating Rhythm,” Sol Hoopii and his Novelty Five (1938)
7. “Artistry in Rhythm,” Stan Kenton & and his Orchestra (1943)
8. Debut performance with the New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein (November 14, 1943)
9. International Sweethearts of Rhythm: Hottest Women’s Band of the 1940s (1944-46)
10. “The Indians for Indians Hour” (March 25, 1947)
11. “Hula Medley,” Gabby Pahinui (1947)
12. “I Can Hear It Now,” Fred W. Friendly and Edward R. Murrow (1948)
13. “Let’s Go Out to the Programs,” The Dixie Hummingbirds (1953)
14. “Also Sprach Zarathustra,” Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1954, 1958)
15. “Bo Diddley” and “I’m a Man,” Bo Diddley (1955)
16. “Green Onions,” Booker T. & the M.G.’s (1962)
17. “Forever Changes,” Love (1967)
18. “The Continental Harmony: Music of William Billings,” Gregg Smith Singers (1969)
19. “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Vince Guaraldi Trio (1970)
20. “Coat of Many Colors,” Dolly Parton (1971)
21. “Mothership Connection,” Parliament (1975)
22. Barton Hall concert by the Grateful Dead (May 8, 1977)
23. “I Feel Love,” Donna Summer (1977)
24. “Rapper’s Delight,” Sugarhill Gang (1979)
25. “Purple Rain,” Prince and the Revolution (1984)