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Cartoon of the Day: Mexican Joyride

Mexican Joyride

Mexican Joyride

Released sixty-five years ago today, Daffy Duck took a Mexican Joyride down to Tijuana for a little bit of rest and relaxation. Directed by Art Davis, we can never resist picking a Davis cartoon for CotD, even up against Arthur And The Invisibles and Jet Fuel Formula, the very first episode of Rocky and His Friends.

Daffy Duck, singing “Gaucho Serenade,” drives down to Mexico for a vacation. After a burning experience with Mexican food, Daffy takes in the bullfights.

As if at a baseball game, Daffy heckles the bull (“He’s blind as a bat! Throw the phony out!”). The bull chases the duck around the arena. Daffy tries the “Good Neighbor Policy,” offering the bull a “Cigarette? Sparkling champagne? A little gin rummy, perhaps?” Daffy pulls a hat trick, betting the bull to guess what sombrero he’s hiding under. When the bull guesses wrong, he cries over losing his money. Daffy volunteers weapons to help him commit suicide.

The bull chases the duck with a machine gun into town, where the duck packs his bags and drives home, unaware that the bull is in the back seat.

Art once said that this cartoon was inspired by a weekend getaway he and some of the others had in Mexico. Must have been a fun trip! So show the love for Art Davis, and like this cartoon, or rate it on BCDB… where you can also watch it online!

Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson Join Animated “Lego” Voice Cast

Lego: The Piece of Resistance

Lego: The Piece of Resistance

Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Nick Offerman and Alison Brie are the latest stars to sign on for the new feature film adventure Lego: The Piece of Resistance, Warner Bros. Pictures announced.

The four will join Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett and Morgan Freeman in voicing characters for the upcoming original 3D animated film, set for a February 7, 2014 release from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. The movie is currently in production.

The first-ever full-length theatrical Lego movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

Ferrell (The Campaign) stars as the voice of Emmet’s primary adversary, President Business, an erudite, anal-retentive CEO who has a hard time balancing world domination with micro-managing his own life. Neeson (Taken and Taken 2, Oscar nominee for Schindler’s List) stars as the voice of the president’s powerful henchman, known as Bad Cop, who will stop at nothing to catch Emmet.

Offerman (NBC’s Parks and Recreation) takes on the role of a craggy, swaggering pirate obsessed with revenge on President Business, and Brie (NBC’s Community) plays a sweet, lovable member of Emmet’s team with a powerful secret. Pratt (Moneyball) stars as the voice of Emmet.

Oscar winner Freeman (Million Dollar Baby) and Banks (The Hunger Games, Emmy nominee for 30 Rock), will star as two of Emmet’s fellow travelers: Vitruvius, an old mystic; and tough-as-nails Lucy, who mistakes Emmet for the savior of the world and guides him on his quest. Lucy also calls upon the mysterious Batman, a Lego minifigure voiced by Arnett (Emmy nominee, 30 Rock), with whom she shares a history.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street, Golden Globe nominee for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) are directing from their original screenplay, story by Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Lord and Miller, based on Lego construction toys. The film will incorporate some of the most popular Lego figures while introducing several new characters, inviting fans who have enjoyed the brand’s innovative toys and hugely popular video games for generations to experience their visually unique Lego world as never seen before.

The film will be produced by Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) and Roy Lee (The Departed, How to Train Your Dragon). It will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

21 Animated Features Submitted For 2012 Oscar Race

Oscar Statuette, Academy Awards

Oscar Statuette, Academy Awards

Twenty-one features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 85th Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Friday.

The 21 submitted features, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

Adventures in Zambezia
Brave
Delhi Safari
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
Frankenweenie
Kokurikozaka Kara (From Up on Poppy Hill)
Krishna Aur Kans (Hey Krishna)
Hotel Transylvania
Ice Age Continental Drift
A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
The Mystical Laws
Le Tableau (The Painting)
ParaNorman
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
 Le Chat du Rabbin (The Rabbi’s Cat)
Rise of the Guardians
Secret of the Wings
Le Noël de Walter et Tandoori (Walter And Tandoori’s Christmas)
Wreck-It Ralph
Zarafa

Several of the films listed have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying runs. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process. At least eight eligible animated features must be theatrically released in Los Angeles County within the calendar year for this category to be activated.

Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category may also qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live Thursday, January 10 at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented Sunday, February 24 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live on ABC. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in over 225 countries worldwide.

Looney Tunes Movie Back In Action

Looney Tunes Movie Back In Action

Looney Tunes Movie Back In Action

Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Yosemite Sam look to be back in action, or at least headed back to the big screen. Warner Bros. has announced that they plan to reboot the classic cartoon short characters into an as-yet untitled new hybrid live-action/CG film.

Former Saturday Night Live cast member Jenny Slate is already on board as writer for the new flick. Jeffrey Clifford, Harry Potter producer David Heyman and Dark Shadows writers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith are slated to produce the film.

No casting has yet been announced.

The classic Warner Bros. Looney Tunes (and Merrie Melodies) characters appeared in shorts from the studio from 1930 through 1968. During their initial theatrical run, the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series became the most popular of all theatrical series, exceeding even Disney in audience draw. Various revivals of the shorts have occurred since, including some well regarded CGI shorts over the last few years.

The characters have also made their way into two previous live-action/CG films, Space Jamwhich featured Michael Jordan, and the Brendan Fraser/Jenna Elfman film Looney Tunes: Back In Action.

Space Jam grossed $90 million domestically and $230 million worldwide, while the second film only made only $20 million domestically and $68 million worldwide.

Film festival in Glendale has a Jones for Chuck

Chuck Jones

Chuck Jones

On Friday, September 21 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California, the Chuck Jones Centennial Celebration Film Festival will be an evening devoted to honoring the artist who brought to life such famous cartoon characters as Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Pepé le Pew, Marvin Martian and Marc Anthony.

Hosted by the family of Chuck Jones, the evening — which gets underway at 8 p.m. — will include reminiscences from noted artists whose careers and lives have been impacted by Chuck Jones and the work he created. The Alex Theatre is located at 216 Brand Boulevard. The phone number is (818) 243-ALEX (2539).

Tickets range in price from $10 to $50, benefiting the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. They’re available at the Alex Theatre box office or online at www.AlexTheatre.org.

Of course, there will be cartoons, many of them from Jones’ personal 35mm collection.

Jones, whose credits include four Academy Award-winning short films, directed over 300 films in his lifetime, with such memorable titles as Rabbit Seasoning, Robin Hood Daffy and Feed the Kitty. In 1992, his What’s Opera, Doc? was the first short animated film to be inducted into the Smithsonian’s National Film Registry. Subsequently, two others have been added: One Froggy Evening and Duck Amuck.

An honorary lifetime member of the Directors Guild of America, Jones is considered to be one of the pioneers of the animated film, feted and honored at dozens of International Film Festivals from Annecy to Zagreb. In 1985, he was the subject of a film retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

In 1999, Jones founded the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a non-profit public charity whose vision is to inspire the innate creative genius within each person that leads to a more joyous, passionate, and harmonious life and world.

Among the presenters on September 21:

* Carl Bell, animator and clean-up artist, will be one of the presenters. A Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Bell worked with Jones in the late 1960s and early 1970s at MGM. His career includes work with Clampett Productions early in his career and most recently with Disney Studios.

* Eric Goldberg: Goldberg joined Disney Studios in 1990 as the supervising animator responsible for the movements, personality and soul of the Genie in Aladdin. Goldberg’s strong background in animation next earned him his directorial debut on Pocahontas, which he followed up as the supervising animator on Phil, the salty satyr and trainer of heroes in Hercules. Goldberg also directed the “Carnival of the Animals” and “Rhapsody in Blue” segments of Fantasia 2000, the continuation of Walt Disney’s 1940 masterpiece.

Goldberg not only served as the director of animation for Warner Bros.’ 2003 live-action and animation hybrid feature Looney Tunes: Back in Action, but he also provided the voices of the cartoon characters Marvin Martian, Tweety and Speedy Gonzalez. Working with Bob Kurtz of Kurtz + Friends, he animated the title sequence of MGM’s 2006 remake of The Pink Panther. His relationship with Chuck Jones began in the early 1990s and continued until Jones’ passing in 2002.

*Jerry Beck is an animation historian, author, blogger, animation producer and industry consultant to Warner Bros. Studios, and has been an executive with Nickelodeon and Disney.

Reserved seating is available in Orchestra 1, 2, 3 and 4. General admission seating is in the balcony. Photo or video recording by patrons is not allowed.

Bosko The TalkInk Kid (1929) – Theatrical Short

Bosko The TalkInk Kid

Bosko The TalkInk Kid

#CotD: The short that introduced Bosko and kicked off the WB cartoon dynasty, “Bosko The TalkInk Kid” was never officially released.

Bosko The TalkInk Kid (1929) – Theatrical Short

This inventive mixture of live-action and animation served to introduce the character of Bosko, a lovable and ever-jovial character. Animator Rudolf Ising sits at his drawing board and before our eyes creates Bosko, who comes to life and shows us “what he can do” in a series of snappy musical and comedy routines.

You can watch “Bosko The TalkInk Kid” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

The Isle Of Pingo Pongo (1938) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

The Isle Of Pingo Pongo

The Isle Of Pingo Pongo

#CotD: One of WB’s infamous Cenored Eleven, “The Isle Of Pingo Pongo” was the first of many Tex Avery Warner Bros. spot-gag-filled parodies of travelogues.

The Isle Of Pingo Pongo (1938) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

A travelogue which gets in all the usual sight gags (“Sandwich Islands,” “Canary Islands”), it turns downright mean-spirited when dealing with the natives. Ubangi-style lips are served as dinner plates, lips serve as trumpets. Fierce drummers do a riff on “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain When She Comes,” and a Fats Waller type contributes to a scat-style rendition of “Sweet Georgia Brown.”

You can watch “The Isle Of Pingo Pongo” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Hair-Raising Hare (1946) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

Hair-Raising Hare

Hair-Raising Hare

#CotD: The orange, sneaker-wearing monster first appeared in “Hair-Raising Hare” but he was not yet called Gossamer.

Hair-Raising Hare (1946) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

A mad scientist needs specimens for his experiments. Lured to the scientist’s lair in a castle by a sexy mechanical rabbit, Bugs is hunted down through the dungeon by the big orange monster (so scary that it frightens its own mirror image away) who wants the bunny for dinner.

You can watch “Hair-Raising Hare” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Rabbit Fire (1951) – Looney Tunes Cartoon Series

Rabbit Fire

Rabbit Fire

#CotD: The first of three cartoons in which Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck debate whether it is rabbit season or duck season was “Rabbit Fire” by Chuck Jones.

Rabbit Fire (1951) – Looney Tunes Cartoon Series

Daffy leaves rabbit tracks to Bugs’ hole for Elmer to follow, and the debate over who is in season begins.

Come see “Rabbit Fire” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Hyde And Go Tweet (1960) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

Hyde And Go Tweet

Hyde And Go Tweet

#CotD: A looney take on the classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale, “Hyde And Go Tweet” features Tweety and Sylvester in the title roles.

Hyde And Go Tweet (1960) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

Sylvester is sleeping on the ledge outside the office of Dr. Jekyll (whom we see in his office drinking the potion which turns him into a monster). Sylvester wakes up and chases the birds off the ledge. Tweety flies by, and Sylvester chases him into Jekyll’s lab. Tweety hides in the Hyde formula, and he becomes a giant Tweety monster terrorizing Sylvester. When Tweety returns to normal, Sylvester resumes the chase, always being caught with Tweety in a tight situation when the little bird reverts to “Mr. Hyde” size.

Come see “Hyde And Go Tweet ” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase