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Timm Releases New Batman Video

batman_75Cre­ator of Bat­man: The Ani­mated Series Bruce Timm has brought his vision of the Dark Knight back again with a new short cel­e­brat­ing 75 years of the crime fighter. The short, titled Bat­man: Strange Days, fea­tures “a lost tale from Batman’s past, the Dark Knight tracks a strange giant to the mys­te­ri­ous lair of Dr. Hugo Strange.” Pro­duced in a tinted black and white, the short runs under 3 min­utes but sets quite a mood of dark and dank bat-reality rem­i­nis­cent of a ’30s serial.

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Cartoon Network Coming To Netflix Streaming

Netflix

Net­flix

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: Ali Baba Bunny

Ali Baba Bunny

Ali Baba Bunny

A short so funny we could make it a car­toon of the week, Ali Baba Bunny released on this date in 1957. One of the clas­sic Chuck Jones Bugs Bunny pair­ings, this one also included the run­ning gag about “I knew I should have taken that left turn at Albuquerque…”

After a goofed up left turn at Albu­querque (on their way to Pismo Beach), Bugs and Daffy end up in Ali Baba’s treasure-filled cave. Has­san Chop!

The end is absolutely hilar­i­ous! If you haven’t seen this one in a while, it is worth a watch again today on BCDB!

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.

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.

Carton of the Day: Coal Black And De Sebben Dwarfs

Coal Black And De Sebben Dwarfs

Coal Black And De Sebben Dwarfs

Eas­ily the most con­tro­ver­sial of all Bob Clampett’s films, Coal Black And De Sebben Dwarfs was never intended to offend, but rather to enter­tain. What Clam­pett had intended as a cel­e­bra­tion of Black music and cul­ture of his time has turned into a touch­stone of racist film mak­ing at Warner Bros. Addi­tion­ally, being a War film, there are some very dis­parag­ing com­ments about the Japan­ese in the film. So what do you think– is this car­toon his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant enough to rise above it’s racial over­tones, or is this more of the man keep­ing prej­u­dice alive?

A black­face par­ody of Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with a strong swing back­beat… and no apologies!

Mammy (who resem­bles Aunt Jemima) tells her “Honey Child” the story of “So White” and the wicked Queen who “was as rich as she was mean.” “She had every­thing,” includ­ing sugar, cof­fee, auto tires, scrap metal, Chat­tanooga choo-choos, and a fam­ily coat of arms con­sist­ing of dice and switch­blades. So White is a las­civ­i­ous sex­pot forced to wash miles and miles of laun­dry as she sings “Blues in the Night.” “Magic Mir­ror on the wall, send me a prince about six feet tall,” intones the Queen. When zoot-suited, thick-lipped hip­ster Prince Chawmin’ (who has dice for teeth!) finds So White “dyna­mite,” the Queen calls in Mur­der Inc. to “black out So White.” Prince Chawmin’ and the dwarfs are all minia­ture car­i­ca­tures of Fats Waller, except for one who resem­bles Stepin Fetchit. The prince kisses and tries to revive the heroine.

Accord­ing to Beck and Fried­wald, Coal Black is a Bob Clam­pett mas­ter­piece, and cer­tainly one of the great­est Warner Bros. car­toons ever made. Sure to offend, but not to be ignored.

In 1968, United Artists (then own­ers of the A.A.P. library of pre-1948 Looney Tunes and Mer­rie Melodies car­toons) com­piled the car­toons they con­sid­ered too poten­tially offen­sive to be shown on tele­vi­sion, and with­held those car­toons from dis­tri­b­u­tion. AT that time, UA felt that these eleven car­toons should be with­held from broad­cast because the depic­tions of black peo­ple in the car­toons were deemed too offen­sive for con­tem­po­rary audiences.

This car­toon is one of those with­held from dis­tri­b­u­tion, one of the so-called “Cen­sored 11.” (The “Eleven” are: Hit­tin’ the Trail for Hal­lelu­jah Land (MM,1931), Sun­day Go to Meetin’ Time (MM, 1936), Clean Pas­tures (MM, 1937), Uncle Tom’s Bun­ga­low (MM, 1937), Jun­gle Jit­ters (1938), The Isle of Pingo Pongo (MM, 1938), All This and Rab­bit Stew (MM, 1941), Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs (MM, 1943), Tin Pan Alley Cats (MM, 1943), Angel Puss (LT, 1944), and Goldilocks and the Jivin’ Bears (MM, 1944)). More recently, when Ted Turner became owner of the library, he con­tin­ued the ban, and refused to allow any of these car­toons to be shown or released on video. To date, these shorts have not been offi­cially broad­cast on tele­vi­sion since 1968. How­ever, accord­ing to a recent e-mail, a woman in Phoenix claims that she has seen this on tele­vi­sion there recently.

Along with black stereo­types, this car­toon fea­tures sav­agely anti-Japanese jokes (the film was made a year after Pearl Harbor).

Vivian Dan­dridge (the voice of So White) and Ruby Dan­dridge (the voice of Quee­nie) were the sis­ter and mother, respec­tively, of actress-singer Dorothy Dandridge.

Jimmy Durante is caricatured.

A unique “That’s All, Folks!” card fea­tures an ani­mated shot of Mammy and a lit­tle girl rock­ing in an armchair.

Work­ing title: “So White And De Sebben Dwarfs.” It was changed at the last minute because some­one in film mar­ket­ing at Warner Bros. pointed out that in those days the the­aters some­times included the name of the car­toon short on the mar­quee, and was con­cerned that some peo­ple would think that the Dis­ney fea­ture was being shown, and be angry about the “false adver­tis­ing.” So the name was changed and became “Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs”.

Clam­pett wanted an all-black band to score the car­toon, much like how the Fleis­ch­ers had Cab Cal­loway score the Betty Boop car­toons they were fea­tured in. Pro­ducer and noted tight wad Schlesinger refused to fund the endeavor, and the black band Clam­pett had hired, Eddie Beals and His Orches­tra, only recorded the music for the final kiss sequence. The rest of the film was scored, as was stan­dard for Warner car­toons at the time, by Carl W. Stalling.

In the late sev­en­ties, Bob Clam­pett defended this car­toon. He said:

In 1942, dur­ing the height of anti-Japanese sen­ti­ment dur­ing World War II, I was approached in Hol­ly­wood by the cast of an all-black musi­cal off-broadway pro­duc­tion called Jump For Joy while they were doing some spe­cial per­for­mances in Los Ange­les. They asked me why there weren’t any Warner’s car­toons with black char­ac­ters and I didn’t have any good answer for that ques­tion. So we sat down together and came up with a par­ody of Disney’s “Snow White” and “Coal Black” was the result. They did all the voices for that car­toon, even though Mel Blanc’s con­tract with Warn­ers gave him sole voice credit for all Warn­ers car­toons by then. There was noth­ing racist or dis­re­spect­ful toward blacks intended in that film at all, nor in Tin Pan Alley Cats which is just a par­ody of jazz piano great Fats Waller, who was always ham­ming into the cam­era dur­ing his musi­cal films. Every­body, includ­ing blacks had a good time when these car­toons first came out. All the con­tro­versy about these two car­toons has devel­oped in later years merely because of chang­ing atti­tudes toward black civil rights that have hap­pened since then.

Alter­nate Title: “So White And De Sebben Dwarfs” (Work­ing Title).
 

Cartoon of the Day: Hare Do

Hare Do

Hare Do

From 1949, Hare Do is one of the great Bugs Bunny-Elmer Fudd meet­ings. Directed by Isadore Fre­leng, the short was ani­mated by Ken Champin, Vir­gil Ross, Gerry Chiniquy and Manuel Perez, this short has a sur­prise char­ac­ter in addi­tion to the two stars.

Another clas­sic episode as Elmer chases Bugs into a the­ater and ends up being the main attrac­tion and the main course for a lion.

A paint­ing in the the­ater is appar­ently of a nude lady! (How­ever, there’s not much detail.)

The last car­toon where Bugs is seen sit­ting on The Warner Bros. Shield and then he pulls it down.

Cartoon of the Day: Bosko In Dutch

Bosko In Dutch

Bosko In Dutch

An early Looney Tune, Bosko In Dutch is gen­er­ally unre­mark­able in its story telling, ani­ma­tion or direc­tion. How­ever, the short is impor­tant because this was the first car­toon that one of the great­est car­toon direc­tors ever super­vised– albeit uncredited.

Bosko and Honey get in and out of trou­ble. Just like usual, only thins time in Hol­land. You can tell because every build­ing has a windmill.

The last appear­ance of Goopy Geer (seen here in a cameo).

The first car­toon directed by Isador “Friz” Fre­leng (who was uncredited).

The song “Ach du lieber Augus­tine,” bet­ter known to school kids as “Hail to the Bus Dri­ver Man,” is on the soundtrack.

Cartoon of the Day: Herr Meets Hare

Herr Meets Hare

Herr Meets Hare

Back to World War II with Herr Meets Hare, an Isadore Fre­leng pro­pa­ganda film from 1945. And who wouldn’t want to see Adolf and Her­man face off against.… Bugs Bunny!

Her­mann Goer­ing heads to the Black For­est for rest and relax­ation; because of a wrong turn in Albu­querque, so does Bugs, who encoun­ters “Fatso” while try­ing to get to Las Vegas. Bugs taunts the Nazi, who cap­tures him and takes him to Adolf Hitler, but Bugs gets the last laugh– dis­guised as Stalin.

Great par­o­dies of Goer­ing and Hitler. Lew Lehr is also caricatured.

The first short in which Bugs takes that wrong turn at Albuquerque.

The Animation Oscar Nominees

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oscar

Oscar Time!

It’s Oscar time! Dis­ney comes in strong and stop motion is this years darling.

This morn­ing, the Acad­emy of Motion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences announced the nom­i­nees for this years Oscars. There are two main areas of com­pe­ti­tion for ani­ma­tion, the Fea­ture Length and the short awards. This year, the nom­i­nees are…

In a word, Dis­ney. The peren­nial ani­ma­tion pow­er­house leads the field with three films in con­sid­er­a­tion for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture. Per­haps even more sur­pris­ing is that Dream­Works best hope– Rise Of The Guardians- was left out alto­gether. Also inter­est­ing is that there are three stop-motion fea­tures in the list this year, in a short field of only five films.

For Best Ani­mated Fea­ture, the nom­i­nees are:

Brave- Mark Andrews, Brenda Chap­man
Franken­wee­nie- Tim Bur­ton
Para­Nor­man- Sam Fell, Chris But­ler
The Pirates! Band of Mis­fits- Peter Lord
Wreck-It Ralph- Rich Moore

The field for Best Ani­mated Short Film is a diverse field, as usual. The nom­i­nees here are:

Adam And Dog- Minkyu Lee
Fresh Gua­camole- PES
Head Over Heels- Tim­o­thy Reckart, Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
The Longest Day­care- David Sil­ver­man
Paper­man- John Kahrs

The Oscar nom­i­na­tions for the 85th Acad­emy Awards were announced this morn­ing by Seth Mac­Far­lane and Emma Stone. The announce­ments were made at the Academy’s Samuel Gold­wyn The­ater in Bev­erly Hills.

Acad­emy Awards for out­stand­ing film achieve­ments of 2012 will be pre­sented on Oscar Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 24, 2013, at the Dolby The­ater in Hol­ly­wood Cal­i­for­nia and hosted by Seth Mac­Far­lane. This year, the Oscar show also will be tele­vised live in more than 225 coun­tries worldwide.