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Monthly Archives: December 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
A classic Christmas film, Good Will To Men was an Academy Award nominee for MGM in 1956.
Vancouver-based Bron Studios announced Tuesday that it is making its first CG-animated feature film, Sole Mates.
“Seasons,” directed by Haowei Hu of the United States, was named Best Animated Film on Sunday at the London Film Awards.
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.
Today is actually the anniversary of TWO Winnie the Pooh specials, the aforementioned Winnie The Pooh And Tigger Too and, well, I’ll let you figure out the other one. Tigger released in 1974, the other one in 1968.
Dreamworks Animation’s “Rise Of The Guardians” was named Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media at the Satellite Awards, held Sunday night by the International Press Academy at the Intercontinental Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Time for a little reminder that it’s Christmastime, even in the stone age. Fred, Barney, Wilma and Betty all hang out for A Flintstone Family Christmas in this 1993 special.
“Rise of the Guardians” went past the $100 million benchmark at the foreign box office over the weekend.
Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki’s first film in five years will come out next year, distributor Toho announced Thursday. Miyazaki will release wartime romance Kaze Tachinu, based on the novel of the same name, usually translated as The Wind Has Risen.