On sale tomorrow is Popeye Vol. 3. This 2-disc set features the classic wartime cartoons (banned from TV for several decades) with Popeye versus the German and Japanese armies. Restored cartoons, bonus documentaries and special features – the perfect video to watch after the election results come in! Here’s a tip: Best Buy is offering a bonus “vintage mini-comic book” if you buy it at the store.
This is the second of two contests today. The prize for this contest are two tickets to Ari Folman’s animated feature Waltz With Bashir. Prizes will only be awarded to contestants who can actually use the passes. Please only enter if you can attend the AFI Fest at the ArcLight Cinemas at Hollywood & Vine (the screening will be held on Friday night, Nov. 7th at 7pm).
Contest Question:Sony Pictures Classics is releasing Waltz With Bashir on December 25th. Last year Sony Classics release Persepolis (which was nominated for an Academy Award). In 2003 Sony Classics released what film (also nominated for an Academy Award)?
UPDATE: CONTEST CLOSED! Answer and Winners in the comments link below.
This is the first of two contests today. The prizes for today’s contests are tickets to animated features at the AFI Fest in Hollywood. Prizes will only be awarded to contestants who can actually use the passes. Please only enter if you can attend the screening of Bill Plympton’s new feature Idiots and Angels at the ArcLight Cinemas at Hollywood & Vine (winners can choose between Wednesday Nov. 5th at 9:40pm or Thursday November 6th at 1pm).
Contest Question:What was the name of Bill Plympton’s first animated feature?
UPDATE: This Contest is now closed! Winners posted in Comments below. Contest #2 will be posted here at 10:30am PST.
Here’s a neat find. Chuck Howell, curator at The Library of American Broadcasting at the University of Maryland, came across this two-page article from the Oct. 1950 issue of a trade publication called Advertising Agency and Advertising And Selling (I assume two trade organs had merged to come up with that mouthful). “Clipping Board” was a regular feature that focused on art and graphic design trends, covering everything from billboards to direct mail to (as in this case) the still-new
medium of television (click on thumbnails below for enlargements). These pages detail the creation of a TV commercial, for Sealtest ice cream, produced at Tempo Productions and directed by Bill Tytla (the article mis-spells his name “Wm. Tytle”).
I swore on a stack of 16mm Kodachrome that I wouldn’t mention every piece of Oswald The Lucky Rabbit merchandising I came across – but I couldn’t resist pointing to this one.
I find it fascinating to watch the Disney corporation of today attempt to market an 80 year old cartoon character that most people (Cartoon Brew readers excepted) have never heard of. I love that they are doing it, of course, but some of the items produced are head scratchers. This Jumbo Oswald pin (above) looks like none of the merchandising models they’ve been using, nor the version of the character in any existent animated cartoons. This image was taken from the cover of the Oswald Stencil Set from 1928 and it was used in Universal trade ads. Apparently it’s the earliest model of the character, from possibly Poor Papa (which is a lost film) – an odd choice, but it certainly makes for an interesting fashion accessory.
The Presidential sweepstakes isn’t the only big contest being held next week. Cartoon Brew will hold several contests next week with prizes to help ease the pain (or add to the joy) of the U.S. election results.
On Monday we will offer several pairs of free tickets to AFI Fest events in Los Angeles, including passes to Bill Plympton’s latest feature, Idiots and Angels and the acclaimed Israeli animated film, Waltz With Bashir.
For those unable to attend the L.A. screenings, our Tuesday contest will offer my new art book, The Art of Madagascar as prizes and on Thursday (no contest on Wednesday) we will give away several sets of the new Hanna-Barbera Mini-Books (pictured below) from Insight Editions.
The contests will be posted at 9am (Pacific Time) 12 noon (eastern Time) on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Check in on us at that time.
The controversy over California’s Proposition 8 is nothing compared to one Japanese fanboy’s campaign to marry cartoon characters. To be specific, this is aimed more toward winning a manga girl, not an anime babe. A coo-coo otaku named Taichi Takashita has launched an online petition which he plans to present to his government to establish a law on marriages with cartoon characters. Within a week he has gathered more than 1,000 signatures through the Internet.
As a Comic Con veteran of over 30 years, none of this surprises me. If anything, I’m surprised how many news sources have posted this story.
Some of the most influential and popular TV commercials of the 1950s were the Bert and Harry Piels Beer spots created by UPA (and later on animated by Terrytoons). Much of their popularity was due to the great dialogue tracks provided by Bob Elliot and Ray Goulding (aka Bob and Ray) and the appealing animation directed by Gene Deitch. If you’ve been wondering where you could see these, Asifa-Hollywood has just posted a whole slew of the early ones on their Animation Archive blog. Go there now!
Worthy of noting in this week before the U.S. elections, Gemstone’s Uncle Scrooge #381 (on sale this week, cover pictured below left) features a story (Breakfast of Champions by Bruno Concina and Lara Molinari) about Scrooge trying to promote his name brand marmalade by getting celebrity endorsements on the cheap. Along with thinly disguised actors and sports stars, the celebs include spoofs of our presidential candidates as well (including Governor Palin).
While I’m at it, I might as well plug Gemstone’s entire line of Disney comic books. The current editors, writers and artists really know the classic characters, and their love of Disney lore comes through on every page. In addition to the terrific new material, they aren’t stingy on reprinting classic work by Carl Barks, Floyd Gottfredson and Paul Murry. Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #696 (pictured below right) doubles as a special issue for Mickey Mouse’s 80th anniversary. Along with rare Gottfredson and Romano Scarpa Mickey comics material, they’ve got a new birthday story by Byron Erickson and Cesar Ferioli. Not to mention what I think is the first-ever modern publication of a 1929 Iwerks ad drawing from PLANE CRAZY’s sound re-release (see portion in center thumbnail below)!
Toy designer Mike Mozart of JeepersMedia has posted a series of You Tube videos examining the current crop of of cartoon related toys and products. He’s a bit obnoxious, but his observations are sometimes quite funny. Take this one about Talkin’ Bobbin’ Mickey:
Attention New Yorkers! This Saturday, November 1st, master film collector Serge Bromberg returns to the Big Apple, and will present rare prints of animated shorts that he has discovered and restored, accompanying them with anecdotes and piano music, in a program created especially for the French Institute Alliance Francaise. Bromberg, the Annecy Animation Festival creative director and archivist behind Lobster Films, is one of the great champions of classic animation, silent films and world cinema. I highly recommend attending this screening to meet and greet Serge in person.
Some program highlights will include:
â€¢ Fantasmagorie, Emile Cohl, which first screened in France 100 years ago.
â€¢ Cartoon Factory (Koko the Clown) by Dave and Max Fleischer, 1924.
â€¢ The Sinking of the Lusitania, Winsor McCay, 1918.
â€¢ Egged On, Charley Bowers and H.L. Muller, 1926.
â€¢ Tulips Shall Grow, A George Pal Puppetoon, 1942.
â€¢ and more!
In case you were wondering “Whatever happened to Klasky-Csupo?” — Here’s your answer:
This trailer says Immigrants (L.A. Dolce Vita) opens next week, but I think that’s the Hungarian release date. The film still has no U.S. distributor that I’m aware of, but it will screen at the American Film Market in Santa Monica on November 5th and 6th.
As many of you know, every month (on the fourth Tuesday evening) I co-produce a comedy/cartoon show, Cartoon Dump, at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood. If you are in the area, this month will be a great one to drop in on. It’s our annual Halloween show and our “treat” is special comedy guest is Patton Oswalt (see Update below). The “trick” is a bunch of really horrible cartoons like Mighty Mr. Titan, Super President and an appearence by a certain friendly ghost.
UPDATE: Due to a changed shooting schedule, Patton Oswalt will not be in tonight’s Cartoon Dump show. Patton sends his regrets and promises to return in a future Cartoon Dump show. Filling in for Patton tonight will be a comedian so awesome that he can only be described right now as “Special Surprise Guest!
The 2008 AFI Fest starts on Friday (Oct. 31st) and runs through November 9th at several venues (but mainly at the Arclight Hollywood) in Los Angeles. There are several animation events of interest – all of them highly recommended.
Bill Plympton will be here in person November 5th and 6th showing his latest feature Idiots and Angels; there will a retrospective showing of Yellow Submarine at the Cinerama Dome (on November 5th), and premiere screenings of Waltz With Bashir (on Nov. 1st and 7th).
I’m also intrigued by the documentary Imaginadores which explores the history of Argentinean comic books with new animation of some of the country’s classic comic characters. Check the trailer here. It’s being screened on November 5th and 6th.
Should you wish to see this flick, it’s playing at the NAZ 8 Cinemas in Artesia, with English subtitles. The theatre is located at 6440 E. South Street, in Lakewood, CA. It’s playing all week at 5:00 6:00 7:00 8:00 9:00 10:00 and 11:00pm.
Move over Wallâ€¢E – Roadside Romeo is now qualifed for for an Oscar nomination!
It’s hard to avoid political humor during campaign season – especially in these last days of the presidential race. Animator and caricaturist Andrew Arnold has been doing some very funny – and very unique – stuff on his HeadAState.com website. In the interest of fairness, here’s his latest animated political cartoon that highlights Senator McCain:
Target Women is a recurring segment on infoMania, a weekly television show on Al Gore’s Current TV cable channel. In each episode, Sarah Haskins takes a look at the ridiculous ways the media reaches out to women.
Since May, Jason Anders has been interviewing some the best artists working in animation on his Fulle Circle Productions blog. Bookmark this one. He’s just posted a chat with Bob Camp, and Bob was nice enough to recall the crazy days (circa 1989-90) when he shared an office space with me, John K. and Carl Macek. Imagine that! (Strange, but true – Lynne Naylor and Jim Smith were also crammed in there with us). Check out the interview here. And check out Camp’s own blog, loaded with his amazing artwork.
The Girls have announced that Michelle Valigura’s solo show, Creation Mutation will open at M Modern Gallery in Palm Springs this Saturday, October 25th. In addition to her one of a kind sculptures Michelle will offer for sale a limited edition metal figure. You can see the proto now on Vinyl Pulse.