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Cartoon of the Day: Watch Out! The Willawaw!


Watch Out! The Willawaw!

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.

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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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Cartoon of the Day: The Emperor’s New Groove


The Emperor's New Groove

I am REALLY on the fence about The Emperor’s New Groove. Sure, it has it’s moments… it has Eartha Kitt… it also has Patrick Warburton and Wendie Malick. On the down side, it does have the barely one-dimensional David Spade in the lead role, and it was directed by Mark Dindal who was still perfecting the art of really screwing up an animated film here (his Masters thesis was Chicken Little in 2005, easily the worst film ever from Disney.)

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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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Cartoon of the Day: Pioneer Days


Pioneer Days

Let’s go way back in time for today’s CotD… on this date in 1930, Disney released the Mickey Mouse cartoon Pioneer Days. Directed by Burt Gillett, it was one of the earliest “costume dramas” featuring Mickey and his gang.

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Cartoon of the Day: Transylvania 6-5000


Transylvania 6-5000

Released on this date in 1963, Transylvania 6-5000 was the last Bugs Bunny cartoon directed by Chuck Jones. And this cartoon is thoroughly Chuck. From the backgrounds to the character design to the timing, this short is a one-stop lesson in Jonsian cartoon directing.

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Cartoon Of The Day: Hittin’ The Trail For Hallelujah Land


Hittin' The Trail For Hallelujah Land

Released this day in 1931, Hittin’ The Trail For Hallelujah Land is a founding member of the infamous Censored Eleven is also one of the least seen… I guess that is the point of being censored.

So watch this one today, and let us know what you think- rightly suppressed or much ado about nothing???

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