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