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Paperman Director Lands At Paramount

JohnKahrsThe Oscar-winning direc­tor of Disney’s  Paper­man- John Kahrs– has turned up across the street at Para­mount for his next project. Kahrs’ Oscar last year for the Dis­ney ani­mated short was the stu­dios first win in that divi­sion in the  since 1969’s It’s Tough To Be A Bird. His new project will be Shedd, a fea­ture film with no release date yet set.

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Cartoon of the Day: Rango

RangoReleased two years ago today, and last year’s win­ner of the Acad­emy Award for best fea­ture ani­mated film, the car­toon oif the day is Rango. Directed by Gore Verbin­ski and star­ring Johnny Depp– wow, that sounds like a cou­ple of pirate films we know– this styl­ish west­ern was on the tops of many lists last year. Let us know what you thought of this one.

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News Hound (1955) — Noveltoons Theatrical Short

News Hound

News Hound

#CotD: One-off char­ac­ter Snap­per appeared in “News Hound” and then was dropped. Snap­per did not make the grade.

News Hound (1955) — Nov­el­toons The­atri­cal Short

Snap­per has to get a sen­sa­tional pic­ture for the Daily Bow Bow (“Tree Star Edi­tion”) or get fired.

You can watch “News Hound” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Paramount animation chief quits after four months

David Stainton

David Stain­ton

David Stain­ton has sud­denly resigned as head of Para­mount Pic­tures’ fledg­ling ani­ma­tion unit, just four months after he was hired, the stu­dio announced Wednesday.

Stain­ton left his job for “per­sonal rea­sons,” said the stu­dio. It would not give fur­ther details on why he and Para­mount parted ways.

We are grate­ful for the time David spent at the stu­dio and we wish him well in his future endeav­ors,” Para­mount Motion Pic­ture Group pres­i­dent Adam Good­man said in a statement.

The stu­dio said that Good­man will directly super­vise the ani­ma­tion devel­op­ment team from now on.

Stain­ton was hired by Para­mount last Octo­ber. Ear­lier, he was a 17-year vet­eran at Walt Dis­ney Studios.

He rose to pres­i­dent of fea­ture ani­ma­tion at the Mouse House, stay­ing in that job until early 2006, when Dis­ney bought out Pixar Ani­ma­tion Studios.

Stain­ton became chief of Paramount’s ani­ma­tion unit after it was estab­lished last year fol­low­ing the release of Rango, which has been nom­i­nated for an Oscar for best ani­mated film.

Online critics name “Rango” Best Animated Feature

Online Film Critics Society

Online Film Crit­ics Society

Para­mount Pic­tures’ “Rango” has been named Best Ani­mated Fea­ture at the 15th Annual Online Film Crit­ics Soci­ety Awards, the 200-member soci­ety announced Monday.

The Tree of Life, which led the Online Film Crit­ics Soci­ety nom­i­na­tions with seven, was the big win­ner at this year’s awards.

The film took home the prize for Best Pic­ture, as well as tro­phies for Best Direc­tor (Ter­rence Mal­ick), Best Sup­port­ing Actress (Jes­sica Chas­tain), Best Edit­ing and Best Cin­e­matog­ra­phy. No other film won more than one award.

The other three act­ing win­ners were Michael Fass­ben­der, win­ning Best Actor for his per­for­mance in Shame; Tilda Swinton’s work in We Need to Talk About Kevin won the award for Best Actress; and Christo­pher Plum­mer received the Best Sup­port­ing Actor prize for his work in Begin­ners.

Other win­ners of the 15th Annual Online Film Crit­ics Soci­ety Awards:

Best Orig­i­nal Screen­play: Mid­night in Paris
Best Adapted Screen­play: Tin­ker Tai­lor Sol­dier Spy
Best Film Not in the Eng­lish Lan­guage: A Sep­a­ra­tion
Best Doc­u­men­tary: Cave of For­got­ten Dreams

Spe­cial Awards (pre­vi­ously announced)

To Jes­sica Chas­tain, the break­out per­former of the year
To Mar­tin Scors­ese in honor of his work and ded­i­ca­tion to the pur­suit of film preservation

Founded in 1997, the Online Film Crit­ics Soci­ety has been the key force in estab­lish­ing and rais­ing the stan­dards for Internet-based film jour­nal­ism. The OFCS mem­ber­ship con­sists of film review­ers, jour­nal­ists and schol­ars based in the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin Amer­ica and the Asia/Pacific Rim region. For more infor­ma­tion, visit the Online Film Crit­ics Soci­ety at ofcs.org.

LA film critics give kudos to Verbinski’s “Rango”



Echo­ing its Washington-area coun­ter­part, the Los Ange­les Film Crit­ics Asso­ci­a­tion has given Gore Verbinski’s Rangoits award for Best Animation.

The Adven­tures Of Tintin: Secret Of The Uni­corn, directed by Steven Spiel­berg, was named runner-up in the cat­e­gory for the 37th annual Los Ange­les Film Crit­ics Asso­ci­a­tion Awards.

The Descen­dants was named Best Pic­ture, with The Tree of Life the runner-up. For their work on The Descen­dants, Alexan­der Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash were named runners-up for Best Screenplay.

Ter­rence Mal­ick won Best Direc­tor hon­ors for The Tree of Life. The pic­ture also won Emmanuel Lubezki a Best Cin­e­matog­ra­phy award.

Mar­tin Scors­ese was runner-up in the Best Direc­tor cat­e­gory for Hugo. Dante Fer­retti won Best Pro­duc­tion Design for the picture.

Michael Fass­ben­der won Best Actor hon­ors for his roles in A Dan­ger­ous Method, Jane Eyre, Shame and X-Men: First Class. Michael Shan­non was runner-up for Take Shel­ter.

Best Actress hon­ors went to Yin Jung-hee for Poetry, while Kirsten Dunst was declared runner-up for Melan­cho­lia.

Christo­pher Plum­mer was named Best Sup­port­ing Actor for his role in Begin­ners. Pat­ton Oswalt was runner-up for Young Adult.

Jes­sica Chas­tain was named Best Sup­port­ing Actress for her work in Cori­olanus, The Debt, The Help, Take Shel­ter, Texas Killing Fields and Tree of Life. The runner-up was Janet McTeer for Albert Nobbs.

Best Screen­play went to direc­tor Asghar Farhadi for A Sep­a­ra­tion, which was declared runner-up for Best Foreign-Language Film.

City of Life and Death, directed by Chuan Lu, was named Best Foreign-Language Film. Cao Yu was runner-up in Best Cin­e­matog­ra­phy for the movie.

Best Pro­duc­tion Design runner-up went to Maria Djurkovic for Tin­ker Tai­lor Sol­dier Spy.

The Chem­i­cal Broth­ers were hon­ored for Best Music Score for Hanna; Cliff Mar­tinez was the runner-up for Drive.

For Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film, Werner Herzog’s Cave of For­got­ten Dreams was the win­ner; Clio Barnard’s The Arbor was the runner-up.

Founded in 1975, the Los Ange­les Film Crit­ics Asso­ci­a­tion is com­prised of Los Angeles-based pro­fes­sional film crit­ics work­ing in the Los Ange­les print and elec­tronic media.

The Friendly Ghost (1945) — Noveltoons Theatrical

The Friendly Ghost (1945) - Noveltoons

The Friendly Ghost (1945) — Noveltoons

CotD: First shown the­atri­cally as a Nov­el­toon, “The Friendly Ghost” intro­duced Casper the Friendly Ghost who later got his own series, and tele­vi­sion show.

The Friendly Ghost (1945) — Nov­el­toons The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Casper runs away from home and the other ghosts there to explore the world and make friends. After unin­ten­tion­ally scar­ing away sev­eral dif­fer­ent ani­mals, he decides to end it all by lay­ing on the rail­road tracks in front of a speed­ing loco­mo­tive. Fail­ing that, two chil­dren, Bon­nie and Johnny, find him cry­ing on the tracks and befriend him.

Watch “The Friendly Ghost ” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Stainton hired to head Paramount’s animation unit

David Stainton

David Stain­ton

Para­mount Pic­tures announced Mon­day that it has appointed vet­eran ani­ma­tion exec­u­tive David Stain­ton as pres­i­dent of its new in-house ani­ma­tion division.

Stain­ton joins Para­mount after a 17-year run at Dis­ney, where he served as Pres­i­dent of Walt Dis­ney Fea­ture Ani­ma­tion. Dur­ing his stu­dio tenure, he over­saw sev­eral dozen releases across var­i­ous plat­forms that brought in $3.5 bil­lion in world­wide rev­enue. He spear­headed Disney’s tran­si­tion from its hand-drawn roots to fully dig­i­tal ani­ma­tion pro­duc­tion, led the suc­cess­ful Dis­ney Video Pre­mieres divi­sion, and over­saw the studio’s 150-person ani­ma­tion facil­ity in Paris. More recently, Stain­ton served as CEO of fam­ily enter­tain­ment pro­ducer Henry’s World Media, which he founded in 2007.

In his new role, which takes effect this week, Stain­ton will report to Adam Good­man, Pres­i­dent of the Para­mount Motion Pic­ture Group.

Para­mount Ani­ma­tion aims to focus on high-quality ani­ma­tion with bud­gets per pic­ture of up to $100 mil­lion, with an ini­tial tar­get of one release per year. The division’s man­date will be the devel­op­ment of the broad­est range of fam­ily CGI ani­mated films, with a key piece being titles under the label of Viacom’s Nick­elodeon, the No. 1 enter­tain­ment brand for kids world­wide. Para­mount will also build on Viacom’s already thriv­ing global con­sumer prod­ucts busi­ness by seek­ing to cap­i­tal­ize on mer­chan­dis­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties tied to all Para­mount Ani­ma­tion releases.

The suc­cess of Rango this year helped us rec­og­nize our poten­tial and abil­ity to cre­ate won­der­fully imag­i­na­tive ani­mated pic­tures with global appeal,” said Brad Grey, Chair­man and CEO of Para­mount Pic­tures. “David is a proven leader with a broad port­fo­lio of expe­ri­ence in ani­ma­tion and fam­ily enter­tain­ment. He will be a wel­come addi­tion to Adam’s highly tal­ented team.”

David’s accom­plish­ments speak for them­selves, and I am glad to wel­come him to the lot as we start this excit­ing new chap­ter,” Good­man added. “With David’s lead­er­ship, we will look to build on what has been a very strong year for our stu­dio in ani­ma­tion, with Rango and the upcom­ing Adven­tures of Tintin point­ing to the kind of artist-driven, broad-appeal films we intend to make at Para­mount Animation.”

Today’s mar­ket­place affords ter­rific flex­i­bil­ity as we set out to cre­ate fresh, new and dif­fer­ent films and seek to attract great tal­ent to Para­mount,” Stain­ton said. “It is a great honor to be join­ing a com­pany as sto­ried and suc­cess­ful as Para­mount and to be able to shape its future in ani­ma­tion. I look for­ward to help­ing usher in this new era.”

While Para­mount has released an array of suc­cess­ful ani­mated films in its his­tory, the company’s first fully owned CGI ani­mated prop­erty was Rango, released to great acclaim in March. The West­ern, directed by Gore Verbin­ski and fea­tur­ing the voice of Johnny Depp in the title role, has grossed more than $240 mil­lion world­wide and is the best reviewed ani­mated movie so far this year. Due for release in Decem­ber by Para­mount is The Aven­tures of Tintin, an ani­mated film from direc­tor Steven Spiel­berg and pro­ducer Peter Jackson.

Quick On The Vigor (1950) — Popeye the Sailor Theatrical Cartoon Series

Quick On The Vigor (1950) -  Popeye the Sailor

Quick On The Vigor (1950) — Pop­eye the Sailor

CotD: Sim­i­lar to Max Fleischer’s “King Of The Mardi Gras”, “Quick On The Vigor” was one of Famous Stu­dios less orig­i­nal cartoons…

Quick On The Vigor (1950) — Pop­eye the Sailor The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Pop­eye takes Olive to the amuse­ment park. She falls for strong­man Bluto, and he has eyes for Olive. Feel­ing threat­ened, Pop­eye needs to prove his man­li­ness. Bluto locks Pop­eye in a safe and takes Olive “for a ride.” “You keep your hands to your­self… that’s what you are,” says Olive, who gets stuck on the roller coaster. There’s a fourth party involved… a can of a cer­tain veg­etable. If these two can get together, the whole film may take off in a dif­fer­ent direction.

Watch “Quick On The Vigor” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Ship A-Hooey (1954) — Herman and Katnip Theatrical Cartoon Series

Ship A-Hooey (1954) - Herman and Katnip

Ship A-Hooey (1954) — Her­man and Katnip

CotD: A clas­sic from the Her­man and Kat­nip series, “Ship A-Hooey” was released early in the series, around 1954 ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/15943-Ship_A-Hooey.html

Ship A-Hooey (1954) — Her­man and Kat­nip The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Mice are on a ship when they see a drift­ing raft in seem­ing dis­tress. When they throw out a rope, Kat­nip the pirate climbs aboard. He invades their ship. They take to his raft to escape, but Her­man has other plans and tries to recap­ture his ship from Katnip.

Watch “Ship A-Hooey” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase