Monthly Archives: June 2012

The House Of Tomorrow (1949) – MGM Theatrical Short

The House Of Tomorrow

The House Of Tomorrow

#CotD: The first of four of Tex Avery’s “Tomorrow Themes” cartoons, “The House Of Tomorrow” was a trend-setter predicting the future.

The House Of Tomorrow (1949) – MGM Theatrical Short

One of Tex Avery’s “Tomorrow Themes” which featured the “house of the future” with many custom and adjustable gadgets around the house, such as a record changer that starts throwing the records against the wall. But the accommodations for the mother-in-law (including a medicine cabinet) is the real selling point.

You can watch “The House Of Tomorrow” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

News Hound (1955) – Noveltoons Theatrical Short

News Hound

News Hound

#CotD: One-off character Snapper appeared in “News Hound” and then was dropped. Snapper did not make the grade.

News Hound (1955) – Noveltoons Theatrical Short

Snapper has to get a sensational picture for the Daily Bow Bow (“Tree Star Edition”) or get fired.

You can watch “News Hound” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

The Wise Little Hen (1934) – Silly Symphonies Theatrical Short

The Wise Little Hen

The Wise Little Hen

#CotD: Donald got his start in “The Wise Little Hen” as really just a one off character. Who knew!

The Wise Little Hen (1934) – Silly Symphonies Theatrical Short

The Wise Hen needs help to plant corn for herself and her chicks. But Donald and Peter are totally unwilling to help out.

You can watch “The Wise Little Hen” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Tom Turkey And His Harmonica Humdingers (1940) – MGM Theatrical Short

Tom Turkey And His Harmonica Humdingers

Tom Turkey And His Harmonica Humdingers

#CotD: Hugh Harman directed “Tom Turkey And His Harmonica Humdingers” at the same time Hanna and Barbera were creating the first Tom & Jerry cartoon across the hall.

Tom Turkey And His Harmonica Humdingers (1940) – MGM Theatrical Short

Tom Turkey wanders over to the general store, his harmonica in hand. In no time he and the good ol’ boys there begin a jam session on harmonicas (and one piccolo) that end up turning the store into a total wreck.

You can watch “Tom Turkey And His Harmonica Humdingers” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

The Land Of The Lost (1948) – Noveltoons Theatrical Short

The Land Of The Lost

The Land Of The Lost

#CotD: “The Land Of The Lost” is the first of three cartoons that Famous Studios did based on this story.

The Land Of The Lost (1948) – Noveltoons Theatrical Short

Billy and Isabel are fishing and catch Red Lantern the talking fish, who takes them to the “Land of the Lost” at the bottom of the sea. The wise old fish shows them the Knives of the Square Table and Tableland, where all the lost dishes and spoons sing and play. Billy finds his lost jackknife.

You can watch “The Land Of The Lost” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Susie The Little Blue Coupe (1952) – Disney Theatrical Short

Susie The Little Blue Coupe

Susie The Little Blue Coupe

#CotD: An ode to old age and autos, “Susie The Little Blue Coupe” featured Disney fav Sterling Holloway as the narrator.

Susie The Little Blue Coupe (1952) – Disney Theatrical Short

From a Brand new very loved auto to an abused and neglected derilect… left at a junkyard for dismantling, the crusher and ultimately Skid Row, Susie’s story has the highest of highs, and plummets to the lowest of lows… an automotive riches to rags story.

You can watch “Susie The Little Blue Coupe” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Uncle Tom’s Bungalow (1937) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon

Uncle Tom's Bungalow

Uncle Tom's Bungalow

#CotD: One of WB’s notorious censored eleven, “Uncle Tom’s Bungalow” was based on a classic story by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Uncle Tom’s Bungalow (1937) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon

Topsy and Little Eva buy Uncle Tom from Simon Legree’s Used Slave Co., but they can’t keep up the payments. Topsy and Eva do a color switch under Legree’s whip as Eliza saves the day.

You can watch “Uncle Tom’s Bungalow” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

I Met The Walrus (2007) – Paramount Pictures Theatrical Short

I Met The Walrus

I Met The Walrus

#CotD: First screened at Worldwide Short Film Festival in Toronto, “I Met The Walrus” is a quirky short with an interesting and true story.

I Met The Walrus (2007) – Paramount Pictures Theatrical Short

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatles fanatic sneaked into John Lennon’s Toronto hotel room and convinced him to do an interview about peace for the school paper.

You can watch “I Met The Walrus” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Bowery Bugs (1949) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon

Bowery Bugs

Bowery Bugs

#CotD: Art Davis directed only one Bugs Bunny cartoon, “Bowery Bugs” but man was it was a good one.

Bowery Bugs (1949) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon

Bugs’ story of why Steve Brody jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge in 1886. Brody is, at first, going to cut Bugs’ leg off for a rabbit’s foot to change his bad luck. Bugs convinces Brody to consult a fortune- telling swami (Bugs, of course), and a series of mishaps leads Brody to become so averted to rabbits that he jumps off the bridge!

You can watch “Bowery Bugs” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear (1964) – Theatrical Cartoon

Hey There, It's Yogi Bear

Hey There, It's Yogi Bear

#CotD: The very first full-length feature film from Hanna-Barbera Productions, “Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear” was also the first feature film based on a television program.

Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear (1964) – Theatrical Cartoon

Yogi’s still hamming it up in Jellystone, swiping “Pic-a-nic” baskets and irking Ranger Smith. Best buddy BooBoo is along for the ride, as is the lovely Cindy Bear. Yogi and Cindy’s romance is proceeding nicely until Ranger Smith ships Yogi to the San Diego Zoo. However, Yogi substitutes another bear and remains at Jellystone. Panicked, Cindy runs off to find Yogi, but she gets caught up in the world of a scheming showman. The impresario forces Cindy into a perilous high-wire act at his cruel circus, where only a certain smarter-than-the-average bear can save her.

You can watch “Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase