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Monthly Archives: January 2013
Disney short and Oscar contender Paperman has hit the Internets. Yesterday, Disney released the full short, uncut, on the Internet on Huffington Post and Youtube. Directed by John Kahrs, the film is important because it combines the art of hand-drawn, 2D animation with the quality of computer animation seamlessly. The short made it’s theatrical debut paired with Wreck-It Ralph on November 2, 2012.
Why have just one when you can have four!
Former Annie Awards host and movie reviewer Leonard Maltin and voice actors Rob Paulsen and Maurice Lamarche will share hosting duties, along with a special appearance by long time Annies presenter-favorite, actor and animation industry professional Seth Green, at this year’s 40th Annual Annie Awards, set for Saturday, February 2.
While it was eight years ago today that PIXAR released One Man Band, it almost another half year for anyone to see it. Well, anyone that wasn’t in France at Annecy, at least. DO you remember what film this was ultimately paired with for it’s theatrical release?
From 1950 we have this classic pairing of Daffy Duck and Porky Pig in Boobs In The Woods. This Looney Tune was directed by Robert McKimson and written by Warren Foster.
The class in a French nursery school was expecting to watch a cartoon that their teacher had downloaded from the Internet.
Instead, they saw a hardcore porn movie for several minutes. And rouge-faced authorities on Wednesday called it an “extremely regrettable accident.”
From Columbia and UPA films, Gerald McBoing Boing was an Academy Award Winner in 1951. For such a highly regarded short, it is not rated high at BCDB. What do you think, is this worthy of an Oscar, or is the BCDB rating justified?
Isadore Sparber directed Musica-Lulu in 1947. By then, animated films were quite mature in production and story. The Little Lulu cartoons, at least story-wise were still a throw back to the thirties. Based on a comic strip by Marge, Famous eventually tired of paying her royalties on the character, and developed their own “cute little girl”, Little Audrey.
Today’s CotD is Rebel Rumble, an episode from The Peter Potamus Show. Hana and Barbera took a new tack with this show, one that would pay of for years. The studio began selling animated half-hour blocks directly into syndication. The new outlet grew the studio faster than anyone thought possible. After winning in syndication, ABC saw the light and brought this show back to network television.
Our first Tex Avery short of the year is Bad Luck Blackie, from 1949. Not his most popular character or short, but one worth watching if you are a fan of Avery.
Robert McKimson paired Bugs Bunny with Gruesome Gorilla in 1950 for Hurdy-Gurdy Hare. Anytime Bugs got to play against the Gorilla it was fun, and this film was no exception. Seen it? Watch it today if it has been a while, or you need a good laugh or three!
Probably the least known and least watch Disney animated film of all time, So Dear To My Heart is even less watched than Song of the South. Most people cab at least sing Zipitty Do Dah from Song of the South.… who can even tell you who starred in So Dear To My Heart?
Six of the 20 highest-grossing North American films of 2012 were completely animated pictures, including Pixar’s Brave, which was seventh overall with $237,262,307.
The episode Bewitched Bear is from the The Huckleberry Hound Show, the first successful animated television series by Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera. After making the transition from theatrical to television, Hanna-Barbera became synonymous with TV animation, and were the pioneers in the field.
ShortsHD The Short Movie Channel, working with Magnolia Pictures, will release The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013 in over 260 theatres across the United States, Canada and Europe on Friday, February 1.
From the Fleischer Color Classics series, today we celebrate Somewhere In Dreamland. While this was not the first cartoon in the Color Classics series, it does have the unique distinction of being the first from the series produced in three-strip Technicolor. The prior shorts were all done in the inferior two-strip process.