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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Take Five Jazz Great Dave Brubeck Dead at 91

Dave Brubeck

Jazz pianist-composer Dave Brubeck, whose recording of “Take Five” sold over a million copies in 1960, died Wednesday of heart failure at Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, Connecticut, near his home in Wilton, Connecticut. He would have turned 92 on Thursday.

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Cartoon of the Day: Mouse Cleaning

Mouse Cleaning

Back before their television empire, back before the Flintstones and Scooby Doo, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera played a cat against a mouse. From Tom & Jerry, today’s cartoon of the day is Mouse Cleaning from this date in 1948.

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Cartoon of the Day: Frosty The Snowman

Frosty The Snowman

What would the holidays be without great Rankin-Bass animated specials like Frosty The Snowman? 43 years young today, Frosty The Snowman is not that horrible sequel Frosty Returns (which was cel animated), but proper stop motion animation and narration by none other than Jimmy Durante.

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Cartoon of the Day: La Planète Sauvage (Fantastic Planet)

La Planete Sauvage English Title: Fantastic Planet

A cartoon we get asked about a lot (and I do mean a LOT!) is La Planète Sauvage (English Title: Fantastic Planet). Not one I saw when I was growing up, but many of you obviously did. This joint production by French and Czechoslovakian filmmakers was seen as a metaphor for Soviet oppression of Czechoslovakia, and pressure from the Communist government.

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Bydlo Named One of Canada’s 10 Best Short Animated Films


Bydlo,” an animation directed by Patrick Bouchard for the National Film Board of Canada, was named Tuesday evening as one of Canada’s top short films of 2012.

The 12th annual Canada’s Top Ten list was announced at a Toronto gala organized by the Toronto International Film Festival Group. Actors Sarah Gadon and Don McKellar were the hosts.

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