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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

Rango

Rango

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