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Monthly Archives: January 2013
The fifth incarnation of Scooby-Doo began on this date in 1978 with Watch Out! The Willawaw! from Scooby’s All-Stars. WHen the series started, no one thought it would go to five shows, much less the thirteen shows it has spawned to date. Five curious teens and their dog and going on almost 50 years.
20th Century Fox’s computer-animated “Ice Age: Continental Drift” was the studio’s top foreign box-office hit of 2012, garnering a ginormous $718.1 million.
Bob Clampett started off 1944 right with the release of the Merrie Melodies cartoon What’s Cookin’ Doc?. Bugs had risen to star status four short years, and here he was heady enough to think he was in line for an Oscar. It would be another 14 years before the rabbit would get his own golden statue for Knighty Knight Bugs.
The Producers Guild of America announced Wednesday five nominations for the Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures.
Three of the nominees are products of Disney: Brave (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures), produced by Katherine Sarafian; Frankenweenie (Walt Disney Pictures), produced by Allison Abbate and Tim Burton; and Wreck-It Ralph (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures), produced by Clark Spencer.
Eighty years ago today saw the release of Mickey Mouse in Building A Building. This was not the same Mickey Mouse from Steamboat Willie. Mickey had done a lot of growing up– maturing– in five years, and passed a lot of his bad habits to Donald. And the artists at Disney had shown a drastic improvement in their skills.
The Heckle and Jeckle Theatrical Cartoon Series kicked off on this date in 1946 with The Talking Magpies. This short featured a very late appearance of Farmer Al Falfa, and a rare appearance in color.
One of the classic Bugs Bunny cartoons, Gorilla My Dreams was also one of director Robert McKimson’s finest. Known mainly for creating the Tasmanian Devil and Foghorn Leghorn, McKimson made a few classic Bugs films, too, including this one.
Isadore Freleng directed many great films, and paired two timeless characters so close they are now inseparable– Tweety and Sylvester. Dog Pounded is one of the later shorts, produced in 1954. It begins with the very familiar image of a starving Sylvester, rummaging through garbage cans for food…
Well Happy New Year! We start the year off with an Academy Award winning cartoon featuring Donald Duck from 1943. In fact, Der Fuehrer’s Face is Donald’s ONLY Oscar, to date. As funny as this short is, we should never forget the seriousness behind this and other War films… fighting the Nazi’s was serious business in the early forties, even if it could get a bit funny at times.