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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Thunderbirds Creator Gerry Anderson Dead at 83

Gerry Anderson

Gerry Anderson, the creator of such British marionette-animated hit shows as Thunderbirds, Stingray and Joe 90, died peacefully in his sleep at noon Wednesday, son Jamie announced on his own Web site. He was 83.

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Cartoon of the Day: The Dot And The Line

The Dot And The Line

Chuck Jones made a lot of memorable films. But the best may not have starred a Rabbit, a fleet-footed desert bird, or a martian, or even the Grinch… it may have only featured a couple simple geometric shapes. Released on the last day of 1965, The Dot And The Line won an Academy Award for best short film with it’s simple yet timeless story.

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Cartoon of the Day: Bungled Bungalow

Bungled Bungalow

An early Mr. Magoo cartoon, Bungled Bungalow was only the third theatrical cartoon in the series. Produced at UPA, this short was directed by Pete Burness. Bungled Bungalow first came out fifty-two years ago today.

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Cartoon of the Day: The Tell-Tale Heart

The Tell-Tale Heart

Today’s CotD is one from the dark side- an animated retelling of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart. Produced by UPA Productions and released in 1953, this short was nominated for an Academy Award.

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Cartoon of the Day: Barney Bear’s Victory Garden

Barney Bear's Victory Garden

Barney Bear’s Victory Garden is a cartoon from the World War Two era, when every studio and all their output was part of the war effort. Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera were the rising stars at MGM, but Hugh Harmon and Rudolf Ising were still there, although no longer working with each other. This short was directed by Rudolf Ising.

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Cartoon of the Day: Rabbit Hood

Rabbit Hood

The day before Christmas, and all through BCDB, not a creature was stirring because they were all watching Rabbit Hood. You wouldn’t think a whole lot of good cartoons were released on December 24th, but you would be wrong… Rabbit Hood is just one of them!

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Cartoon of the Week: Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

Disney is quoted as saying, “It all started with a mouse.” Disney was always inventing, always trying new things, pushing the animation envelope. Today is the seventy-fifth anniversary of Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, and while it was not the first animated feature film, or even the first in full color… it was certainly the first commercially successful animated feature film, and it’s legacy is still being felt today.

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