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Cartoon of the Day: Freeway Phobia No. 1

Freeway Phobia No. 1Goofy was always good fun, and good fod­der for sto­ries. Free­way Pho­bia No. 1, with a story writ­ten by William R. Bosché is no excep­tion. And, as in many pre­vi­ous films, Goofy plays all the parts. Watch this today for a great belly laugh!

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Cartoon Network Coming To Netflix Streaming



Net­flix announced it has signed a multi-year license agree­ment with Turner Broad­cast­ing and Warner Broth­ers, thus open­ing the door for Car­toon Net­work and Adult Swim shows to come to instant online stream­ing. Begin­ning March 30, Car­toon Net­work shows like “Adven­ture Time,” “Johnny Bravo,” “Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series,” “Reg­u­lar Show,” and “Ben 10“will have whole sea­sons avail­able for streaming.

Adult Swim titles will be appear­ing soon. “Archer,” “The Boon­docks,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” “Robot Chicken,” “Children’s Hos­pi­tal” and more are now avail­able for view­ing. Futu­rama has been on Net­flix for some time now.

Don’t expect a whole lot from “Toon­ami” block– now part of Adult Swim– on Net­flix because of licens­ing issues for the older shows.


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.…


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, Para­Nor­manLAIKA/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 Para­Nor­manLAIKA/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

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: 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: 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.”

Animated Films, TV Up For Canadian Screen Awards

Canadian Screen Awards

Cana­dian Screen Awards

Excel­lence in both film and TV was rec­og­nized Tues­day as the Acad­emy of Cana­dian Cin­ema & Tele­vi­sion announced its nom­i­nees for the inau­gural Cana­dian Screen Awards.

The new hon­ors com­bine the Genies (the Cana­dian ver­sion of the Oscars) and the Gem­inis (sim­i­lar to the Emmys).

For Best Ani­mated Short, the four nom­i­nees are Bydlo (Pro­ducer: Julie Roy; Direc­tor: Patrick Bouchard; Dis­trib­u­tor: National Film Board of Canada), Demoni (Pro­ducer and Direc­tor: Theodore Ushev; Dis­trib­u­tor: Mtd:films), Edmond Was a Don­key (Pro­duc­ers: Richard Van Den Boom, Franck Dion and Julie Roy; Direc­tor: Franck Dion; Dis­trib­u­tor: NFB) and Paula (Pro­ducer: Julie Roy; Direc­tor: Dominic Éti­enne Simard; Dis­trib­u­tor: NFB).

Almost Naked Ani­mals (Vince Com­misso, Tanya Green, Tris­tan Homer, Steven Jarosz and Noah Z. Jones; 9 Story Enter­tain­ment Inc.; YTV) is one of the four nom­i­nees for Best Ani­mated Pro­gram or Series. In addi­tion, the episode “The Green Banana” (Brad Fer­gu­son) was nom­i­nated for Best Direc­tion in an Ani­mated Pro­gram or Series. Another episode, “Horn Swog­gled” (Seán Cullen), is up for Best Per­for­mance in an Ani­mated Pro­gram or Series.

Also nom­i­nated for Best Ani­mated Pro­gram or Series is Pro­duc­ing Parker (Ira Levy, Jun Camerino, Laura Koster­ski and Peter Williamson; Break­through Enter­tain­ment; TVTrop­o­lis). For the episode “How Green is my Parker?”, Robin Budd was nom­i­nated for Best Direc­tion in an Ani­mated Pro­gram or Series, while Kim Cat­trall is up for Best Per­for­mance in an Ani­mated Pro­gram or Series.

Besides its nom­i­na­tion for Best Ani­mated Pro­gram or Series, Rated A for Awe­some (Ace Fipke, Ken Faier and, Chuck John­son; Nerd Corps Enter­tain­ment; YTV) gained a pair of nom­i­na­tions for Best Per­for­mance in an Ani­mated Pro­gram or Series in con­nec­tion with its episode “Scary Go Round.” Two sep­a­rate nom­i­na­tions went to Brian Drum­mond and Chiara Zanni.

Round­ing out the Best Ani­mated Pro­gram or Series nom­i­nees is Jack (Fran­cois Trudel, Wong Kok Cheong, Vin­cent Ler­oux and Vic Pel­letier; PVP Interactif/Productions Vic Pel­leter, Spark Animation-Wong Kok Cheong; TVO).

Other nom­i­nees for Best Direc­tion in an Ani­mated Pro­gram or Series are Mike The Knight: “The Knight Hider”/“Trollee’s Sleep­over” (Neil Affleck; Tree­house) and Side­kick: “House of Helmut/Supermodels) (Joey So; YTV)

Patrick McKenna was nom­i­nated for Best Per­for­mance in an Ani­mated Pro­gram or Series in con­nec­tion with his work in the Crash Canyon episode “Poker Night” (Tele­toon; Astral)

For Best Pre-School Pro­gram or Series, the nom­i­nees include the ani­mated Franklin and Friends (Greg Chew, Joce­lyn Hamil­ton, Pam Lehn, Doug Mur­phy, Derek Reeves and Mike Wiluan; Nel­vana Limited/Infinite Frame­works Pte. Ltd.; Tree­house), My Big Big Friend (Ira Levy, Andre Bre­it­man and Peter Williamson; Break­through Enter­tain­ment; Tree­house) and Stella & Sam (John Leitch, Michelle Melan­son; Rad­i­cal Sheep Pro­duc­tions; Dis­ney Junior Canada).

Brian Roberts has been nom­i­nated for Best Direc­tion in a Children’s or Youth Pro­gram or Series for his work on the ani­mated My Babysitter’s A Vam­pire episode “Three Geeks And A Demon” (Tele­toon; Astral)

The five nom­i­nees for Best Orig­i­nal Music Score for a Series include the car­toon Scaredy Squir­rel: “Per­fect Pickle”/“Goat Police” (Paul Intson; YTV). Terry McGur­rin is nom­i­nated for Best Writ­ing in a Children’s or Youth Pro­gram or Series for another Scaredy Squir­rel episode, “From Rodent with Love.”

Also up for Best Writ­ing in a Children’s or Youth Pro­gram or Series are Den­nis Jack­son, Melanie Jack­son for the ani­mated Wapos Bay episode “Long Good­byes” (APTN).

There are 120 cat­e­gories for the Cana­dian Screen Awards, includ­ing 22 for film and over 85 for television.

The awards will be pre­sented over three nights. Mar­tin Short hosts the final awards gala, to be tele­vised live at 8 p.m. (8:30 in New­found­land) Sun­day, March 3 on CBC.

Cartoon of the Day: Batman (Opening Titles)

Batman (Opening Titles)

Bat­man (Open­ing Titles)

Not a car­toon per se, but one of the most famous ani­mated sequences ever on TV.… the 1966 Bat­man Open­ing Titles paved the way for a whole gen­er­a­tion of super hero car­toons on tele­vi­sion. As a mid-season replace­ment series, Bat­man began on ABC on this date in 1966.

Com­ing in as a mid-season replace­ment, Bat­man was the sec­ond super hero to get a tele­vi­sion show. But this one did not take it self quite as seri­ously as the ver­sion of Super­man in the 1950’s. Star­ring Adam West as Bat­man, and Burt Ward as his side-kick Robin, the pair were on two nights a week, with a cliff hanger episode between the shows.

The show spawned a movie, pro­duced as they shot the show, and appear­ing in the­aters between the first and sec­ond sea­sons. The movie had no ani­mated open­ing title. The series ran for 120 episodes and end­ing in 1968 with a series of sin­gle episode shows.

Though type-cast by the show, both its stars would return to play the caped cru­saders again in Fil­ma­tions’ The New Adven­tures of Bat­man in 1977.

So, does any­one out there know who actu­ally did the ani­ma­tion for this open­ing title sequence?

Cartoon of the Day: Watch Out! The Willawaw!

Watch Out! The Willawaw!

Watch Out! The Willawaw!

The fifth incar­na­tion of Scooby-Doo began on this date in 1978 with Watch Out! The Willawaw! from Scooby’s All-Stars. WHen the series started, no one thought it would go to five shows, much less the thir­teen shows it has spawned to date. Five curi­ous teens and their dog and going on almost 50 years.

Grey Fox per­pe­trates the leg­end of The Willawaw with a hot air bal­loon painted like The Willawaw to frighten peo­ple away from his smug­gling oper­a­tion. He kid­naps Velma’s Uncle Dave Dink­ley, a law­man, when he gets too close to the oper­a­tion. Red Heron, with the help of his friend Snap­ping Tur­tle, fol­lows Grey Fox’s trail and releases their friend Dave, while Shaggy Scooby-Doo, Velma, Daphne and Fred cap­ture Grey Fox and prove to the fright­ened Chippe­was that the Willawaw is lit­er­ally just a bag of hot air.
It all began in 1969 as Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? The trav­el­ing com­pan­ion of four hep-cat teenagers, Scooby-Doo helped solved mys­ter­ies while simul­ta­ne­ously mur­der­ing the Eng­lish lan­guage (though the fact that he could even speak should count for some­thing). Scooby’s best friend was the skinny, goofy Shaggy, with whom he shared a love for Scooby snacks, among other del­i­ca­cies. Also along for the ride was the much hunkier Freddy, the babes­li­cios Daphne, and Velma, the brainy girl who did most of the mys­tery cracking.

The inex­plic­a­ble five­some tooled around in the Mys­tery Machine (a groovy painted van), end­ing up in some pretty creepy towns men­aced by ghosts, ghouls or mum­mies. Freddy would “take the girls,” leav­ing Scooby and Shaggy to fend for them­selves, usu­ally end­ing up in each other’s arms out of fear. After an exten­sive chase scene/musical sequence, the vil­lain would be caught, reveal his true iden­tity and curse those med­dling kids for foil­ing his plans.

This incar­na­tion lasted for two sea­sons before reruns took over. From 1972 to 1974, the show became The New Scooby-Doo Movies. This for­mat had the kids meet­ing up with such guest stars as Mamma Cass, the Glo­be­trot­ters, Sonny and Cher, and Don Knotts (all play­ing them­selves) to solve more mysteries.

For one sea­son in 1976, the gang became half of The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Show, shar­ing the bill with the “robonic” Dyno­mutt and his human super­hero part­ner, The Blue Fal­con. Scooby’s gang was joined by Scooby’s cousin Scooby-Dum, who (you guessed it) was dumb.

From ’76 to ’80, Scooby was granted ninety min­utes under the title Scooby’s All-Star Laff-A-Lympics (later renamed Scooby’s All-Stars). This show fea­tured a plethora of Hanna-Barbera characters—dating as far back as the 50’s—engaged in a vari­ety of competitions.

In addi­tion to rerun­ning Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? in 1978, ABC paired Laff-A-Lympics with a new show, Scooby and Scrappy-Doo. This show intro­duced Scoob’s short and con­fi­dent nephew, who, though younger than Scooby, had much clearer speech. In 1980 the cow­ardly elder Doo was paired with a famous mini-millionaire in The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show.

Scooby and Scrappy were still together in 1982, but now they split their time with another canine in The Scooby and Scrappy-Doo/Puppy’s New Adven­tures Hour. Join­ing these new shows were air­ings of reruns now called The Best of Scooby-Doo. In 1984 The New Scooby-Doo Mys­ter­ies (which brought back the teens as well as hold­ing on to Scrappy) were aired, as were a bunch of reruns, this time called Scary Scooby Fun­nies.

In The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (1985–86), Scooby, Scrappy, Shaggy and Daphne were joined by 9-year-old Flim Flam. The group, helped by war­lock Vin­cent Van Ghoul (Vin­cent Price), fought off wicked sor­cery. That sea­son the Great Dane could also be seen in another rerun col­lec­tion, Scooby’s Mys­tery Fun­House. In 1986 Scooby could only be seen in reruns of Laff-a-Lympics.

The air­waves were deprived of Scooby for two years. Then, in 1988, a new show called A Pup Named Scooby-Doo was pro­duced. Like many car­toons of the time, this show took famil­iar char­ac­ters back to their early years. Thus, Shaggy, Freddy, Velma and Daphne were now pre­teens. Scooby, of course, was but a pup. This ver­sion had the kids con­stantly run­ning into the char­ac­ter Red Her­ring (wink, wink), whom the gang always sus­pected of com­mit­ting crimes. This show ran in reruns until 1993, when it finally left net­work television.

And then, the Scooby dry spell. Ten years of now new Scoobs. OK, sure, we had the occa­sional direct-to-video releaese with the Mys­tery Crew, but no more reeg­u­lar tele­vi­sion. Ninally, in 2002, we got What’s New, Scooby-Doo?. This is also the first show since Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo to con­tain the gang in it’s orig­i­nal for­mat: Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo.

Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! saw the first real redesign the crew has ever seen. The best way to describe the new look is to just avoid it altogether.

Scooby-Doo! Mys­tery Incor­po­rated is the most recent ver­sion of the show. Back to the orig­i­nal mod­els (thanks GOD!). Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and their talk­ing dog Scooby-Doo are back, solv­ing mys­ter­ies in the spooky town of Crys­tal Cove, a sleepy coastal vil­lage that boasts a long his­tory of ghostly sight­ings, were­wolves and glow­ing deep sea divers.

It’s inter­est­ing to note that while the show itself under­went many changes, the char­ac­ters did not. Aside from a mod­i­fied Daphne appear­ing in The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, the gang retained their late-sixties garb well into the eight­ies and nineties. This included knee-highs, a mini-skirt and lumpy turtle­neck sweater for Velma, a rockin’ minidress and head scarf for Daphne, and groovy bell-bottoms for the guys. Scooby remained in his nat­ural canine glory.

Scooby-Doo may have left Sat­ur­day morn­ing, but his work is far from over. Scooby con­tin­ues to answer the call, appear­ing semi-regularly in direct-to-video car­toon fea­tures. As long as mys­ter­ies need solv­ing, Scooby-Doo will come through (and then he’ll have him­self a Scooby Snack… that’s a fact).