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DWA rejects Paramount offer to extend distribution

DreamWorks Animation SKG

Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion SKG

The board of Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion has turned down an offer by Para­mount to extend its cur­rent dis­tri­b­u­tion agree­ment for one more year.

Paramount’s deal with DWA expires at the end of 2012.

The dis­trib­u­tor had offered to keep releas­ing DWA films for an 8% fee. How­ever, Para­mount wanted to receive more in the future, and DWA wants to pay a lower commission.

A spokes­woman for Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion declined to comment.

Last month, Para­mount head Brad Grey announced that his stu­dio would start its own ani­ma­tion division.

Although DWA is said to be look­ing at other dis­tri­b­u­tion options, “nobody has been pitched to do dis­tri­b­u­tion” for the stu­dio, The Hol­ly­wood Reporter quoted an unnamed insider as say­ing. The ani­ma­tion firm “is not quak­ing in its boots going ‘Para­mount is the only game in town’” because Dream­Works can deliver fees on films that usu­ally gross in the hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars, the source added.

How­ever, Warner Bros. isn’t inter­ested in dis­trib­ut­ing DWA movies, “knowl­edge­able peo­ple who were not autho­rized to speak pub­licly on the mat­ter” told the Los Ange­les Times.

Mean­while, the Hol­ly­wood Reporter source belit­tled Paramount’s announce­ment of an ani­ma­tion divi­sion, derid­ing it as a plan “to do low-rent movies.”

Cool World (1951) — Feature Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: A blend of live action & ani­ma­tion, “Cool World” was Ralph Bakshi’s answer to “Who Framed Roger Rab­bit” ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/23338-Cool_World.html

Cool World (1951) - Feature Theatrical

Cool World (1951) — Fea­ture Theatrical

Cool World (1951) — Fea­ture The­atri­cal Cartoon

Burnt-out car­toon­ist Jack Dweebs with­draws into his car­toon cre­ations, the Cool World, where sexy “doo­dle” Holli Would uses him to become human. The story fol­lows two humans who encounter Cool World– a par­al­lel uni­verse where car­toons actu­ally exist– and tan­gle with the seduc­tive Holli, an ambi­tious ani­mated bomb­shell deter­mined to escape into three-dimensional reality.

Deebs cre­ated and then is seduced by Holli. Frank Har­ris is the Cool World cop out to make sure that humans don’t have sex with car­toon char­ac­ters, since that act can rup­ture the fab­ric between the two uni­verses. Of course, the rup­tur­ing occurs, and all sorts of free­wheel­ing ani­mated hell breaks loose as car­toon mis­fits of all shapes and sizes invade the city of Las Vegas.

With a thump­ing techno score that includes tracks from Moby and David Bowie and such goofy touches as Holli singing “Let’s Make Love” with Frank Sina­tra Jr., Cool World is def­i­nitely a freaky place to visit.

Watch Cool World at Big Car­toon DataBase

Tarts And Flowers (1950) — Noveltoons Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: One of the later Nov­el­toons from Famous Stu­dios, well after the Fleis­ch­ers hasd left “Tarts And Flow­ers” in 1950 ~

Tarts And Flowers (1950) - Noveltoons

Tarts And Flow­ers (1950) — Noveltoons

Tarts And Flow­ers (1950) — Nov­el­toons The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Lit­tle Audrey bakes a gin­ger­bread man while lis­ten­ing to a radio cook­ing show. When the dough is in the oven, she falls asleep. The gin­ger­bread man comes to life and takes her to Cake­land, a col­or­ful musi­cal land of candy canes and ice cream cones. There is a big cel­e­bra­tion because the Gin­ger­bread Man is tak­ing Miss Angel Cake as his wife.

There is a song, “Gay Hol­i­day,” with danc­ing and singing con­fec­tions, includ­ing a drunken rum cake and a car­i­ca­ture of Mau­rice Cheva­lier as Mr. Eclair Debonair. This sends the Devil’s Food Cake into an jeal­ous rage. Inter­rupt­ing the wed­ding, he kid­naps Miss Angel Cake and pad­dles her up the old milk stream.

It’s Audrey to the res­cue. When Audrey wakes up, she opens the oven to dis­cover in her bak­ing pan not only a gin­ger­bread man, but Miss Angel Cake and a cou­ple of kids. Audrey laughs through the clos­ing as she learns some­thing about life.

Watch Tarts And Flow­ers at Big Car­toon DataBase

What– No Spinach? (1936) — Popeye the Sailor Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: This is one of those unfor­tu­nate car­toons that was col­orized in the 1990’s. Watch “What– No Spinach?” at BCDB ~

What-- No Spinach? (1936) - Popeye the Sailor

What– No Spinach? (1936) — Pop­eye the Sailor

What– No Spinach? (1936) — Pop­eye the Sailor The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Wimpy is work­ing in Bluto’s Restau­rant and tries all sorts of tricks to get free food (includ­ing pour­ing hot sauce on Popeye’s roast duck).

Watch What– No Spinach? at Big Car­toon DataBase

Popeye For President (1956) — Popeye the Sailor Cartoon Series

CotD: In 1956, we had “Pop­eye For Pres­i­dent”; any­one notice if he was a Repub­li­can or Democrat?

Popeye For President (1956) - Popeye the Sailor Cartoon

Pop­eye For Pres­i­dent (1956) — Pop­eye the Sailor Cartoon

Pop­eye For Pres­i­dent (1956) — Pop­eye the Sailor Car­toon Series

Elec­tion time again with Pop­eye on the Spinach Party and Bluto on the Blu­to­cratic ticket. To beat Bluto, Pop­eye must win Olive’s deci­sive vote. Pop­eye and Bluto race to Olive’s coun­try farm to win her affection.

Watch Pop­eye For Pres­i­dent at Big Car­toon DataBase

Funderful Suburbia (1962) — Modern Madcaps Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: Para­mount had some good shorts in the early 60’s, like “Fun­der­ful Suburbia”

Funderful Suburbia (1962) - Modern Madcaps

Fun­der­ful Sub­ur­bia (1962) — Mod­ern Madcaps

Fun­der­ful Sub­ur­bia (1962) — Mod­ern Mad­caps The­atri­cal Cartoon

A fam­ily tries to live in the sub­urbs, but it can’t take the traf­fic jams, house­hold prob­lems and shop­ping dif­fi­cul­ties, so it moves into space.

Watch Fun­der­ful Sub­ur­bia on Video Here

Smoking in “Rango” accused of health risk to kids



Anti-smoking groups are fum­ing about the alleged health risks to kids posed by Rango, a PG-rated ani­mated fea­ture with tobacco imagery.

Mul­ti­ple char­ac­ters use cig­ars and a cig­a­rette in the film, released by Para­mount and Nick­elodeon last Fri­day. The hero, a chameleon, swal­lows a cigar being smoked by bul­ly­ing gila mon­ster Bad Bill, and then breathes/burps fire into his face.

While some in the film indus­try have taken pre­lim­i­nary steps to pro­tect young audi­ences by mak­ing more movies smoke-free, Paramount’s deci­sion to include smok­ing in a movie designed for kids is really trou­bling,” Cheryl G. Heal­ton, pres­i­dent and CEO of Legacy, said Monday.

Legacy is an orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to build­ing a nanny-world where young peo­ple reject tobacco and where any­one can quit, and uni­corns live in sugar shacks on the shores of a choco­late river.

More at the Big Car­toon Forum

La Petite Parade (1959) — Modern Madcaps Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: Today we reach deep into Famous Stu­dios Mod­ern Mad­caps for Mon­sieur Renoir in 1959’s “La Petite Parade”

La Petite Parade~ Modern Madcaps Theatrical Cartoon Series

La Petite Parade~ Mod­ern Mad­caps The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

La Petite Parade (1959) — Mod­ern Mad­caps The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

In a remote French vil­lage with a pop­u­la­tion of 105 peo­ple, 104 of them march in a parade every day at 7 a.m. in front of crusty old match­maker Mon­sieur Renoir’s house. Each morn­ing, a hole in the street causes the royal trash truck to drop its load of garbage in front of his house, keep­ing him awake. He com­plains to the mayor and every­one else who will lis­ten to him. His efforts to work his way through city hall leaves him about as suc­cess­ful as you or I would be. Finally, his wife solves the problem…

Watch La Petite Parade on Video Here