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Cartoon of the Day: The Early Bird And The Worm

The Early Bird And The Worm

The Early Bird And The Worm

Today’s CotD takes us back to 1936 for The Early Bird And The Worm. Directed by Rudolf Ising, this color short was from the Happy Harmonies Theatrical Cartoon Series.

A sprightly young bird gets up early, the better to get the jump on his neighborhood worm, but he finds his quarry elusive. The worm, for his part, sets off with a flute and jazzes along happily, out-finessing the bird repeatedly. Then a pair of shiftless crows debate the virtues of early rising and decide that no worm is worth it (clearly, these are shiftless “Negro” stereotypes, though the ethnic angle isn’t stressed here so much). Finally, a rattlesnake practices some hypnotic moves on both bird and worm before getting tied up in knots.

The two lazy crows are caricatures of then-famous blackface comedy team Moran and Mack. Much of their dialogue is directly lifted from their hit 1920s comedy recording “Two Black Crows.”

Cartoon of the Day: The Case Of The Maltese Chicken

The Case Of The Maltese Chicken

The Case Of The Maltese Chicken

In 1964, Inspector Willoughby too on The Case Of The Maltese Chicken. Inspector Willoughby was one of the later Walter Lantz series, beginning in 1960 and running 12 cartoons.

In this theatrical short, Inspector Willoughby tries to retrieve The Maltese Chicken from the evil oriental villain Egg Foo Yung.

Woody Woodpecker makes a cameo appearance hidden inside The Maltese Chicken.

Based on Jack Hannah’s Ranger Woodlore from his days at Disney.

And The Best In Animation Is…. Annie Award Winners

Annie Awards Statue

Annie Awards Statue

Tonight, film critic Leonard Maltin and voice actors Pinky and the Brain, urm, Uh, I mean Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche are handing out the Annies at UCLA’s Royce Hall. For 40 years this annual event recognizes the best in animation from around the world.

Through most of the night, things look pretty well split up between the big studios, with one award going to DreamWorks, the next to Pixar, then to ParaNorman, and then to Disney. But when the big awards came down, it was all Disney, with Wreck-It Ralph pulling in Best Music, Voice Acting, Directing and Best Feature. Disney short Paperman won for best animated short.

The full list of winners:

Best Animated Video Game
Journey – Sony Computer Entertainment America

Best Student Film
Head Over Heels – Timothy Reckart

Storyboarding in a TV/Broadcast Production
Doug Lovelace Dragons: Riders Of Berk: Portrait Of Hiccup As A Buff Man – DreamWorks Animation

Storyboarding in a Feature Production
Johanne Matte, Rise Of The Guardians – DreamWorks Animation

Editing in TV/Broadcast Production
Hugo Morales, Adam Arnold, Davrik Waeden and Otto Ferraye Kung Fu Panda: Enter The DragonNickelodeon Animation Studios

Editing in a Feature Production
Nicholas C. Smith, A.C.E., Robert Grahamjones, A.C.E., David Suther Brave – Pixar Animation Studios

Character Design in a TV/Broadcast Production
Robert Valley, Disney Tron: Uprising: The Renegade, Part 1 – Disney TV Animation

Character Design in a Feature Production
Heidi Smith, ParaNorman – LAIKA/Focus Features

June Foray Award
Howard Green (VP, Communications for Walt Disney Animation Studios)

Tex Avery Award
June Foray

Winsor McCay Award
Oscar Grillo

Music in a TV/Broadcast Production
John Paesano, Dragons: Riders Of Berk: How To Pick Your Dragon – DreamWorks Animation

Music in a Feature Production
Henry Jackman, Skrillex, Adam Young, Matthew Thiessen, Jamie Houston, Yasushi Akimoto, Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Animated Effects In an Animated Production
Andy Hayes, Carl Hooper, David Lipton – Rise Of The Guardians – DreamWorks Animation

Animated Effects in a Live Action Production
Jerome Platteaux, John Sigurdson, Ryan Hopkins, Raul Essig, Mark Chataway The Avengers – Industrial Light & Magic

Ub Iwerks Award
Toon Boom Pipeline

Character Animation in a Live Action Production
Erik de Boer, Matt Shumway, Brian Wells, Vinayak Pawar, Michael Holzl, Life Of Pi – Tiger – Rhythm & Hues Studio

Character Animation in a TV/Broadcast Production
Dan Driscoll, Spongebob SquarePants: It’s a SpongeBob Christmas! – Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Character Animation in a Feature Production
Travis Knight ParaNorman – LAIKA/Focus Features

Production Design in a TV/Broadcast Production
Alberto Mielgo, Disney Tron: Uprising: The Stranger – Disney TV Animation

Production Design in a Feature Production
Steve Pilcher, Brave – Pixar Animation Studios

Winsor McCay Award
Terry Gilliam

Best Animated Special Production
Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem – Illumination Entertainment

Best Animated Short Subject
Paperman – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Writing in a Television/Broadcast Production
Trey Parker, South Park: Jewpacabra – Central Productions

Writing in a Feature Production
Phil Johnson, Jennifer Lee, Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Winsor McCay Award
Mark Henn

Voice Acting in a Television/Broadcast Production
Kristen Schaal as Mabel Pines Gravity Falls: Tourist Trapped – Disney TV Animation

Voice Acting in a Feature Production
Alan Tudyk as King Candy Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Best Animated Television Production for Pre-School Children
Bubble Guppies: A Tooth On the Looth – Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Directing in a Television/Broadcast Production
John Eng, Dragons: Riders Of Berk: Animal House – DreamWorks Animation

Directing in a Feature Production
Rich Moore, Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Disney Animation Studios

General Audience Television Production
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special – Stoopid Buddy Studios

Animated Feature
Wreck-It Ralph– Walt Disney Animation Studios

Vancouver Shows Oscar-nominated Animated Shorts

Oscar Statuette, Academy Awards

Oscar Statuette, Academy Awards

Vancouver’s Vancity Theatre is bringing back its popular program of Academy Award-nominated short films in the categories of Best Animated Short and Best Live Action Short from Friday, February 8 to Thursday, February 21.

Here are the Oscar-nominated animated shorts to be shown in an 88-minute program:

Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare (David Silverman, U.S.A., 5 min.)
Maggie Simpson spends a day at the Ayn Rand Daycare Center, where she is diagnosed at an average intelligence level. Longing to be grouped with the gifted children, Maggie finds her destiny by rescuing a lonely cocoon from Baby Gerald, who is busy smooshing butterflies.

Adam and Dog (Minkyu Lee, U.S.A., 16 min.)
The story about the dog of Eden. What happened in those first days of Creation that made Man and Dog so inseparable? The dog, as he lives through this curious world, encounters a strange creature; a human being named Adam — and with that discovers a new-found connection to the world.

Fresh Guacamole (Adam Pesapane aka PES, U.S.A., 2 min.)
Learn how to transform familiar objects into Fresh Guacamole!

Head Over Heels (Timothy Reckart, United Kingdom, 10 min.)
After many years of marriage, Walter and Madge have grown apart: he lives on the floor and she lives on the ceiling. They live separate, parallel lives, never talking, barely even looking at each other. When Walter tries to reignite their old romance, it brings their equilibrium crashing down, and the couple that can’t agree which way is up must find a way to put their marriage back together.

Paperman (John Kahrs, U.S.A., 7 min.)
Paperman tells the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced that the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him.

And for your viewing pleasure… three shortlisted contenders that did not make the final cut:

Abiogenesis (Richard Mars, New Zealand, 5 min.)
In this breathtaking science fiction spectacle, a strange mechanical device lands on a desolate world and uses the planet to undergo a startling transformation that has profound implications for an entire galaxy.

Dripped (Leo Verier, France, 9 min.)
Jack is a strange character. He steals paintings from museums to eat them. He feeds himself with the artistic process of the painter. But one day, the museums are closed, and he will have to paint by himself to survive.

The Gruffalo’s Child (Uwe Heidschötter and Johannes Weiland, United Kingdom, 27 min.)
A little Gruffalo ignores her father’s warnings and tiptoes out into the snow in search of the Big Bad Mouse.

Screening dates and times:

Friday, February 8, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 9, 8:45 p.m.
Sunday, February 10, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 12, 8:45 p.m.
Friday, February 15, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 17, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 20, 8:45 p.m.
Thursday, February 21, 6:30 p.m.

Vancity Theatre is at 1181 Seymour Street. Call the Film Info Line at (604) 683-FILM (3456) or visit www.viff.org for the latest info and listings.

Cartoon of the Day: How To Ride A Horse

How To Ride A Horse

How To Ride A Horse

From a sort of informal series, How To Ride A Horse is one of those Goofy shorts that just make you laugh. Goofy is amazing, he can carry a whole short and even a whole series, all by himself.

In this short, Goofy has a difficult time trying to ride a horse.

Originally released as part of the feature “The Reluctant Dragon.”

Cartoon for the Day: One Man Band

One Man Band

One Man Band

While it was eight years ago today that PIXAR released One Man Band, it almost another half year for anyone to see it. Well, anyone that wasn’t in France at Annecy, at least. DO you remember what film this was ultimately paired with for it’s theatrical release?

Like most PIXAR shorts, the story was short… and the characters sweet. Two street performers compete for a small child’s last coin.

Release date reflects first showing at the 29th Annecy International Animated Film Festival in Annecy, France. General release was attached to PIXAR Films Cars on June 9, 2006.

Violinists who “portrayed” the characters are Clayton Haslop (“Treble”) and Mark Robertson (“Tippy”). The score was recorded at the Paramount Scoring Stage utilized a 38-piece orchestra as well as the two soloists.

Cartoon for the Day: Boobs In The Woods

Boobs In The Woods

Boobs In The Woods

From 1950 we have this classic pairing of Daffy Duck and Porky Pig in Boobs In The Woods. This Looney Tune was directed by Robert McKimson and written by Warren Foster.

Porky sets out to the great outdoors to paint landscapes, but Daffy claims that the lake and mountains are his, and he refuses to let Porky paint them.

Songs include: “The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down” (Cliff Friend, Dave Franklin), Performed by Daffy Duck.

Le Oops: Porn Film replaces French Nursery Cartoon

French Flag

The class in a French nursery school was expecting to watch a cartoon that their teacher had downloaded from the Internet.

Instead, they saw a hardcore porn movie for several minutes. And rouge-faced authorities on Wednesday called it an “extremely regrettable accident.”

The children, between three and five years old, attended school in Authieux-sur-le-Port-Saint-Ouen, near the city Rouen in Normandy.

The teacher clicked on the wrong file and left the room right after. She only realized that she’d made a boo-boo when she returned five minutes later. The shocked toddlers reported the mistake to their parents.

French network TF1 said that the mayor of the commune called the blunder a “professional error.”

An investigation is underway, and the teacher now faces disciplinary action, education officials said.

Various reports in French media said that parents at the school had sympathy for the teacher, but confirmed the images shocked their kids.

Cartoon of the Day: Gerald McBoing Boing

Gerald McBoing Boing

Gerald McBoing Boing

From Columbia and UPA films, Gerald McBoing Boing was an Academy Award Winner in 1951. For such a highly regarded short, it is not rated high at BCDB. What do you think, is this worthy of an Oscar, or is the BCDB rating justified?

Gerald, who doesn’t speak words but goes “boing boing” instead, finds his talents unappreciated by family and friends, and so he runs away from home. However, a kindly radio station boss is quick to spot his potential…

At age 2, the little boy, instead of starting to talk, produces sound effects. The desperate father calls on Dr. Malone, who, after examining Gerald, declares that there’s nothing he can do. The parents are constantly being scared by Gerald, so they send him to school, hoping that he’ll learn words, but he’s sent home. When he tries to play with boys and girls, he’s rejected.

Depressed, Gerald runs away from home, but he’s found by a radio program producer, who hires him to do sound effects for his programs. As the announcer describes the action, Gerald produces the appropriate sound effects, using a script. He becomes a big hit, signing autographs for his fans, and his now-proud parents accompany him in a gigantic new car.

In 1995, Gerald McBoing Boing was one of 25 films added by the Library of Congress’ National Film Preservation Board to the National Film Registry.

European title: “The Boing-Boing Boy in Planet Moo.”

Cartoon of the Day: Rebel Rumble

The Peter Potamus Show

The Peter Potamus Show

Today’s CotD is Rebel Rumble, an episode from The Peter Potamus Show. Hana and Barbera took a new tack with this show, one that would pay of for years. The studio began selling animated half-hour blocks directly into syndication. The new outlet grew the studio faster than anyone thought possible. After winning in syndication, ABC saw the light and brought this show back to network television.

Peter and So-So land in America during the time of the Revolution. Peter and So-So spread the word that the redcoats are coming from their balloon. They are shot down by British soldiers. They escape pursuit donning British uniforms but then are chased back to their balloon by American troops.

This show began its run in syndication as Peter Potamus and his Magic Flying Balloon, but was picked up by ABC on January 2, 1966.