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2013 Annie Award Nominees Announced

Annie Awards Statue

Annie Awards Statue

ASIFA-Hollywood has announced the nom­i­na­tions for its 41st annual Annie Awards, the awards that show the best in ani­ma­tion. The Walt Dis­ney Com­pany and GKIDS both have two nom­i­nees for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture (if you count Mizayaki’s Kaze Tach­inu, which Dis­ney dis­trib­utes in the US), with sin­gle entries from Pixar, Uni­ver­sal and Dream­Works Animation.

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Cartoon of the Day: I Yabba-Dabba Do!

I Yabba-Dabba Do!

I Yabba-Dabba Do!

Who is cel­e­brat­ing their twen­ti­eth anniver­sary today? The two stone-age kids that grew up next door to each other– Peb­bles and Bamm-Bamm! In 1993, ABC aired I Yabba-Dabba Do!, a spe­cial directed by ani­ma­tion giant William Hanna. How tough was it for Fred to give away the bride?

Peb­bles and Bamm-Bamm get mar­ried but not before endur­ing all the antics and con­fu­sion that seem to accom­pany every Flint­stones affair.

Sort of the oppo­site of all those eight­ies car­toon series in which grown-up char­ac­ters are shown in their youth. You know, the Mup­pet Babies, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo or Flint­stone Kids.…


Cartoon of the Day: A Flintstone Family Christmas

A Flintstone Family Christmas

A Flint­stone Fam­ily Christmas

Time for a lit­tle reminder that it’s Christ­mas­time, even in the stone age. Fred, Bar­ney, Wilma and Betty all hang out for A Flint­stone Fam­ily Christ­mas in this 1993 special.

The older gen­er­a­tion Flint­stones and Rub­bles get involved with Stoney, a “cave­less kid from the wrong side of the tar pits”, while await­ing the arrival of the newest mem­bers of the clan who were snowed in at O’Harestone Airport.

Combustible Heats up Japan Media Arts Festival

Hi No Yojin (Combustible)

Hi No Yojin (Combustible)

Kat­suhiro Ohiro’s short film  Hi No Yôjin (Com­bustible) has won the Grand Prize in the Ani­ma­tion Divi­sion of the 16th Japan Media Arts Fes­ti­val, orga­niz­ers announced Thursday.

Set in mid-18th cen­tury Edo (the old name for Tokyo), Com­bustible cen­ters on Owaka, a merchant’s daugh­ter, and her child­hood friend Mat­suyoshi. Though the two are attracted to each other, Matsuyoshi’s fam­ily has dis­owned him, forc­ing him to make a liv­ing as a fire­man. But just as their rela­tion­ship is start­ing to bloom, Owaka’s fam­ily begins to move for­ward with plans to find her a hus­band. Unable to for­get Mat­suyoshi, in a fit of crazed pas­sion, Owaka causes a huge fire to break out, burn­ing down the town. The two lovers hap­pen to cross paths again in the midst of this blaze.

The back­drop for this spec­ta­cle is one of the great fires that fre­quently occurred in the metrop­o­lis of Edo. Using tra­di­tional Nihonga (Japanese-style) paint­ings as a motif for the ani­mated images, the work metic­u­lously recre­ates the man­ners, imple­ments, and lifestyle of Toky­oites some 300 years ago. In addi­tion, by com­bin­ing hand-drawn ani­ma­tion with 3D com­puter graph­ics, the cre­ators have sought to develop an inno­v­a­tive form of expres­sion through mov­ing images.

Excel­lence Awards were given to the ani­mated fea­ture films Asura (George Akiyama and Kei­ichi Sato; Asura Film Part­ners), The Life of Budori Gusuko (Gis­aburo Sugii; The Movie Com­mit­tee) and Wolf Chil­dren (Mamoru Hosoda; “Wolf Chil­dren” Film Part­ners), as well as the short film The Great Rab­bit (Atsushi Wada; Sacre­bleu Productions/CaRTe bLaNChe).

New Face Awards were given to the short film Futon (Yoriko Mizushiri), the TV ani­ma­tion Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine (Sayo Yamamoto; Mon­key Punch/TMS Enter­tain­ment Co., Ltd. and the Bel­gian short Oh Willy… (Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels).

The fol­low­ing were jury selec­tions in the Ani­ma­tion Divi­sion. All are from Japan unless oth­er­wise specified:

Fea­ture films: After­school Mid­nighters (Hitoshi Takekiyo), Berserk Golden Age Arc II: The Dol­drey War (Toshiyuki Kubooka), Friends Naki on Mon­ster Island (Ryuichi Yagi and Takashi Yamazaki), FUSE –Mem­oirs of the Hunter Girl (Masayuki Miyaji), Rain­bow Fire­flies (Kono­suke Uda)

Short films: await­ing (Hakhyun Kim; South Korea), crazy for it (Yutaro Kubo), Deposit of Sen­ti­ment (Saori Suzuki), Grain Coupon (Xi Chen; China), Har­bor Tale (Yuichi Ito), I am alone, walk­ing on the straightroad (Masanori Okamoto), I’m also a bear (Tsu­neo Goda), KiyaKiya (Akino Kon­doh), Love Games (Yumi Yound; South Korea), My socks (Ikuo Kato), New Tokyo Ondo (Mis­aki Uwabo), No Rain No Rain­bow (Osamu Sakai), Nyosha (Liran Kapel and Yael Dekel; Israel), Pos­ses­sions (Shuhei Morita), Recruit Rhap­sody (Maho Yoshida), Sun­set Flower Bloom­ing (Yuanyuan Hu; China), The Saku­ramoto broom work­shop (Aya Tsug­e­hata), The Sar­dine Tin (Louise-Marie Colon; Bel­gium), Yon­alure: Moment to Moment (Ayaka Nakata and Yuki Sak­i­tani), 108 prayer beads (Han Han Li; China)

TV ani­ma­tions: Care­free Fairies (gdgd-partners), Kids On the Slope (Shinichiro Watan­abe), tsuri­tama (tsuri­tama partners)

The Japan Media Arts Fes­ti­val hon­ors works of excel­lence in a diverse range of media — from ani­ma­tion and
manga to games and media art. This year, a record num­ber of 3,503 works were sub­mit­ted for the fes­ti­val, includ­ing 1,502 works from 71 coun­tries and regions around the world. More appli­ca­tions had been sub­mit­ted for this, the 16th fes­ti­val, than in any year since its incep­tion in 1997.

The Exhi­bi­tion of Award-Winning Works will be held from Feb­ru­ary 13 to 24 at the National Art Cen­ter in Tokyo and other venues.

Cartoon of the Day: A Very Merry Cricket

A Very Merry Cricket

A Very Merry Cricket

One of Chuck Jones’ spe­cials from the 1970’s, A Very Merry Cricket fea­tured Les Tremayne as Chester C. Cricket and Harry the Cat and Mel Blanc as Tucker the Mouse. Chuck wrote and directed this sequel.

Harry tells of Chester, a famous cricket who plays the vio­lin to soothe every­one. With all the hus­tle and bus­tle about New York around Christ­mas, it’s become com­mer­cial­ized. Tucker and Harry have to find Chester in order to put the spirit of Christ­mas back into the citizens.

This TV spe­cial was a sequel to “The Cricket in Times Square.”

Cartoon of the Day: Frosty The Snowman

Frosty The Snowman

Frosty The Snowman

What would the hol­i­days be with­out great Rankin-Bass ani­mated spe­cials like Frosty The Snow­man? 43 years young today, Frosty The Snow­man is not that hor­ri­ble sequel Frosty Returns (which was cel ani­mated), but proper stop motion ani­ma­tion and nar­ra­tion by none other than Jimmy Durante.

A dis­carded silk tophat becomes the focus of a strug­gle between a washed-up stage magi­cian and a group of school­child­ren after it mag­i­cally brings a snow­man to life. Real­iz­ing that newly-living Frosty will melt in spring unless he takes refuge in a colder cli­mate, Frosty and a young girl who he befriends stow away on a freight train headed for the north pole. Lit­tle do they know that the magi­cian is fol­low­ing them, and he wants his hat back. This ani­mated short is based on the pop­u­lar Christ­mas song of the same name.

June Foray was recorded as the voice of Karen (along with the Teacher), but only her voice as the Teacher remained in the fin­ished car­toon, as she was replaced as Karen by another actress. “To this day, I am unsure of the rea­son,” Foray recalled.

The story of Frosty the Snow­man had ear­lier been ani­mated in a five-minute, black and white car­toon orig­i­nally shown on “Garfield Goose and Friends.”

One of the sequels to this car­toon, “Frosty Returns,” was not pro­duced by Rankin/Bass.

Cartoon of the Day: A Wish For Wings That Work

A Wish For Wings That Work

A Wish For Wings That Work

One of the most bizarre– and most fun!- Christ­mas spe­cials is A Wish For Wings That Work, based on the the Bloom County comic strip by Berke­ley Breathed. The spe­cial, pro­duced by Steven Spiel­berg and Amblin Enter­tain­ment, has more than it’s share of sur­prises… includ­ing an uncred­ited voice appear­ance by.… well, just watch it and see.

Opus the Pen­guin, among his other prob­lems, always feels inad­e­quate by his being “aero­dy­nam­i­cally impaired.” Together with his brain-fried cohort Bill the Cat, he tries doggedly to over­come that weak­ness, all with­out success.

Wrestling with an unful­filled wish to soar through the air like any other self-respecting bird, Opus turns for sym­pa­thy to his scroungy pals and his ani­mal “sup­port group”- a lovelorn kiwi, a fashion-minded cock­roach, and a cranky piglet who thinks that he’s a rhino.

When that doesn’t help, the plucky pen­guin decides that there’s only one per­son who can make his aero­nau­tic dream come true: Father Christmas.

But when Ol’ St. Nick finds him­self in hot water on Decem­ber 24, the fate of Christ­mas itself sud­denly depends on the kind of hero­ism that only comes in a penguin-sized package!Only on Christ­mas Eve does Opus learn what worth his nat­ural abil­i­ties are.

So, got you inter­ested? Watch it, and see what voice tal­ents you can recognize!

Newest Disney Cartoon Princess Upsetting Hispanics

Sofia The First

Sofia The First

Disney’s newest princess is set to pre­miere in three short weeks in Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess. Despite Sofia the First being Disney’s first Latino princess– and Disney’s youngest– Sofia has not endeared her­self to many activists in the His­panic population.

Pre­vi­ous Dis­ney princesses has bro­ken impor­tant ground with Native Amer­i­can (Poc­a­hon­tas), Asian (Mulan), and African-American (The Princess and the Frog) role mod­els. Sophia’s mother is Span­ish and her birth father from a king­dom inspired by Scan­di­navia. Thus not wholly His­panic, Sofia her­self was born and raised in Enchancia, a “make-believe ‘melt­ing pot’ king­dom” pat­terned after the British Isles. Sofia is voiced by Ariel Win­ter (a Cau­casian), and her mother by Sara Ramirez (a Hispanic).

Sofia The First

Sofia The First

Where the prob­lems seem to come from is the char­ac­ter design for Sofia. His­panic groups ques­tion whether a fair-skinned, blue-eyed young princess should be con­sid­ered an accu­rate rep­re­sen­ta­tion of a young girl of Span­ish heritage.

Sofia con­sid­ers her­self a nor­mal Enchancian girl like any other,” said Craig Ger­ber, co-executive pro­ducer of “Sofia the First”. “Her mixed her­itage and blended fam­ily are a reflec­tion of what many chil­dren today experience.”

The series is also crit­i­cized by those within the Latino com­mu­nity because Sofia is not get­ting the same style and depth of pro­mo­tion as at the intro­duc­tion of pre­vi­ous princesses of eth­nic­ity. “They’ve done such a good job in the past when they’ve intro­duced Native Amer­i­can, African-American and Asian princesses,” said Lisa Navar­rete, of the National Coun­cil of La Raza. “They made a big deal out of it, and there was a lot of fan­fare, but now they’re sort of scram­bling. It’s unusual because Dis­ney has been very good about Latino diversity.”

Lit­tle girls look to these char­ac­ters to see them­selves rep­re­sented,” Navar­rete con­tin­ued. “If they don’t see them­selves, it makes a dif­fer­ence. It would be nice to see Dis­ney make a full-out push for a Latina princess, whether it’s ‘Sofia the First’ or not.”

Inez Gon­za­lez, exec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of the National His­panic Media Coali­tion, said Mon­day that the orga­ni­za­tion wanted to meet with Dis­ney to dis­cuss “Sofia the First.”

The TV spe­cial “Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess” will air Novem­ber 18 on the Dis­ney Chan­nel and Dis­ney Junior, and the full series will begin air­ing early next year.

Sofia the First Gets A Special Date

Sofia The First

Sofia The First

Disney’s Sofie the First- a series about a child princess– is get­ting closer to air­ing, and a spe­cial based on the series has a firm air date. The spe­cial, titled Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess, will hit Dis­ney Chan­nel on Sun­day, Nov. 18 at 7 PM, and 9 a.m. Thurs­day, Nov. 22, on Dis­ney Junior.

Sofie the First tele­vi­sion the tele­vi­sion series will pre­miere some­time in early 2013. The movie and series will appear in var­i­ous other coun­tries from mid-2013 on both Dis­ney Chan­nels and Dis­ney Junior channels.

Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess is aimed at kids aged 2–7. Craig Ger­ber (Pixie Hol­low Games) devel­oped the movie and serves as co-executive pro­ducer and story edi­tor. Jamie Mitchell (Spe­cial Agent Oso) is exec­u­tive pro­ducer and direc­tor. Kevin Kli­esch (Tan­gled Ever After) com­posed the music while John Kavanaugh (Win­nie The Pooh: Spring­time With Roo) is onboard as songwriter/music direc­tor. The show fea­tures a voice cast headed by Ariel Win­ter (Mod­ern Fam­ily) as Sofia, Sara Ramirez (Grey’s Anatomy) as Queen Miranda, Wayne Brady (Let’s Make a Deal) as Clover and Tim Gunn (Project Run­way) as Baileywick.

Set in the sto­ry­book world of Enchancia, Sofia is a lit­tle girl with a commoner’s back­ground. That is until her mom mar­ries the King, and sud­denly, she is roy­alty. Sofia is whisked off to the cas­tle, where she learns what it means to be a real princess, dis­cov­er­ing empow­er­ing lessons about kind­ness, for­give­ness, gen­eros­ity, courage and self-respect. With the help of the three famil­iar fairies in charge of the Royal Train­ing Acad­emy– Flora, Fauna and Mer­ry­weather of Disney’s clas­sic “Sleep­ing Beauty”- Sofia learns that look­ing like a princess isn’t all that hard, but behav­ing like one must come from the heart.

Disney’s Cin­derella makes an appear­ance in the movie to offer Sofia some words of wis­dom as she learns to nav­i­gate the life of royalty.

Sophie is Disney’s first child princess. The sto­ries in this series are designed to com­mu­ni­cate pos­i­tive mes­sages and life lessons that are applic­a­ble to preschool-aged children.

Set in the sto­ry­book world of Enchancia, the movie intro­duces Sofia, an aver­age girl whose life sud­denly trans­forms when her mother mar­ries the king and she becomes a princess, Sofia the First. Disney’s Cin­derella makes an appear­ance in the movie to offer Sofia some words of wis­dom as she learns to nav­i­gate the life of royalty.

Disney’s Golden Anniversary Of Snow White (1955) — Disney Special

Disney's Golden Anniversary Of Snow White

Disney’s Golden Anniver­sary Of Snow White

#CotD: Fifty years after Walt Disney’s first fea­ture length ani­mated film hit the­aters, “Disney’s Golden Anniver­sary Of Snow White” looks at the legacy of the film.

Disney’s Golden Anniver­sary Of Snow White (1955) — Dis­ney Special

Host Dick Van Dyke takes a look back at Walt Disney’s sem­i­nal motion pic­ture Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs in this TV spe­cial mark­ing the fifti­eth anniver­sary of the films released. The spe­cial induced the first air­ing of the Dwarves infa­mous “Soup Scene” which was ani­mated but never made it into the final film.

Come see “Disney’s Golden Anniver­sary Of Snow White” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase