Tag Archives: Short

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.

Cartoon of the Day: Bad Luck Blackie

Bad Luck Blackie

Bad Luck Blackie

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.

Bad Luck Blackie is a black cat whose job it is to bring bad luck wher­ever needed… and it IS needed by a poor lit­tle kit­ten, con­stantly tor­tured by an evil bull­dog. “When­ever you need me, just blow the whis­tle,” Blackie says to the kitten.

When­ever the dog both­ers the kit­ten, the kit­ten blows the whis­tle and Blackie comes out of nowhere, cross­ing the dog’s path and giv­ing him bad luck… usu­ally in the form of some­thing large and heavy falling on him from the sky!

As his luck gets worse and worse, the objects get big­ger and big­ger. Falling objects include (in suc­ces­sive order) a flow­er­pot, a kitchen sink and a battleship.

Cartoon of the Day: Hurdy-Gurdy Hare

Hurdy-Gurdy Hare

Hurdy-Gurdy Hare

Robert McKim­son paired Bugs Bunny with Grue­some Gorilla in 1950 for Hurdy-Gurdy Hare. Any­time Bugs got to play against the Gorilla it was fun, and this film was no excep­tion. Seen it? Watch it today if it has been a while, or you need a good laugh or three!

Bugs buys a hurdy-gurdy and a mon­key so that he can enter the music busi­ness, but the mon­key rips him off.

Cartoon of the Day: Bewitched Bear

Bewitched Bear

Bewitched Bear

The episode Bewitched Bear is from the The Huck­le­berry Hound Show, the first suc­cess­ful ani­mated tele­vi­sion series by Bill Hanna and Joe Bar­bera. After mak­ing the tran­si­tion from the­atri­cal to tele­vi­sion, Hanna-Barbera became syn­ony­mous with TV ani­ma­tion, and were the pio­neers in the field.


Yogi and Boo Boo use a fly­ing broom from a witch to steal pic­nic baskets.

First aired the week of Jan­u­ary 18, 1960.

Yogi Bear began his long-lived car­toon career in his self-titled seg­ment on “The Huck­le­berry Hound Show.” Later, this episode was repeated in Yogi’s spin-off show “The Yogi Bear Show” and shown with “Yakky Doo­dle”, and “Snag­gle­puss.”

Oscar-nominated Animated Shorts Come to Theatres February 1

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oscar

Oscar Time!

Short­sHD The Short Movie Chan­nel, work­ing with Mag­no­lia Pic­tures, will release The Oscar Nom­i­nated Short Films 2013 in over 260 the­atres across the United States, Canada and Europe on Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 1.

This is the eighth year of the Oscar Nom­i­nated Short Film The­atri­cal Release.

The announce­ment comes on the heels of last year’s record-breaking release, which was one of the top 50 gross­ing inde­pen­dent film releases in North Amer­ica, earn­ing over $1.7 mil­lion. Since its debut in 2005, the Oscar Nom­i­nated Short Films the­atri­cal release pro­gram has grown 800%.

A key fix­ture of the awards sea­son, the the­atri­cal release fea­tur­ing ani­ma­tion, live action and doc­u­men­tary short films is the only oppor­tu­nity for audi­ences to watch the nom­i­nated shorts prior to the 85th Acad­emy Awards cer­e­mony on Feb­ru­ary 24.

This year’s release breaks new ground: a past Oscar win­ner in that cat­e­gory will host each film. Host­ing the ani­mated shorts pro­gram are Bill Joyce and Bran­don Old­en­burg, who won the Acad­emy Award for their ani­mated short film The Fan­tas­tic Fly­ing Books of Mr. Mor­ris Less­more (2011).

This year’s release includes the fol­low­ing Oscar-nominated ani­mated short films:

Adam & Dog (dir. Minkyu Lee, U.S.A.)
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 (dir. PES, U.S.A.)
Learn how to trans­form famil­iar objects into Fresh Guacamole!

Head Over Heels (dir. Tim­o­thy Reckart, United King­dom)
After many years of mar­riage, Wal­ter and Madge have grown apart: he lives on the floor and she lives on the ceil­ing. When Wal­ter dis­cov­ers a long-lost memento of their wed­ding day, he tries to reignite their old romance. But 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

Mag­gie Simp­son in “The Longest Day­care” (dir. David Sil­ver­man, U.S.A.)
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.

Paper­man (dir. John Kahrs, U.S.A.)
Paper­man fol­lows 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.

Cartoon of the Day: Somewhere In Dreamland

Somewhere In Dreamland

Some­where In Dreamland

From the Fleis­cher Color Clas­sics series, today we cel­e­brate Some­where In Dream­land. While this was not the first car­toon in the Color Clas­sics series, it does have the unique dis­tinc­tion of being the first from the series pro­duced in three-strip Tech­ni­color. The prior shorts were all done in the infe­rior two-strip process.

A poignant story of two poor chil­dren who are out col­lect­ing fire­wood when they pass by a toy store, mar­ket and finally a bak­ery. They drool over the wares in the bak­ery win­dow but walk away before the owner can come out and present them with two cup­cakes. The kids go home and eat a mea­ger sup­per before going to bed. They both dream they are in dream­land, where every­thing is free-cookies, candy, cakes, pop­corn and toys. When they wake up, it’s all gone, but the three mer­chants have stopped by to lay out a huge feast for them. Lovely story with time­less music.