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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

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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
together.

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.