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Tag Archives: MGM
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.
From nearly the end of the theatrical series, The Missing Mouse was unique in a few ways. Popular voice actor Paul Frees– Captain Hook from Disney’s Peter Pan from the same year– handles the voice duties for this short, and therein is one of the unique aspects of the film.
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.
A classic Christmas film, Good Will To Men was an Academy Award nominee for MGM in 1956.
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.
#CotD: The first of four of Tex Avery’s “Tomorrow Themes” cartoons, “The House Of Tomorrow” was a trend-setter predicting the future.
#CotD: Hugh Harman directed “Tom Turkey And His Harmonica Humdingers” at the same time Hanna and Barbera were creating the first Tom & Jerry cartoon across the hall.
#CotD: A much more mature Tom and Jerry meet again in “Mouse For Sale” from 1955.
CotD: Extremely similar to a WB cartoon staring Bugs Bunny, “The Cat Concerto” and Tom and Jerry ended up winning the Oscar that year– Bugs would wait another ten for his.
CotD: Rudolf Ising was at the end of his career at MGM when he directed “The Boy And The Wolf ” as a one-time cartoon.
CotD: Reprising their first appearance in “Goldilocks And The Three Bears”, the Bear Family faces “A Rainy Day” and some incredible animation of the roof shingles turning into big waves.
CotD: The last collaboration between director Tex Avery and animator Preston Blair was on “Señor Droopy”.
CotD: Screwy Squirrel first appeared in Tex Avery’s “Screwball Squirrel from 1944. Contray to popular beleif, the directer did NOT voice Meathead.