That’s Dave Fleischer in the center, at the Paramount gates in Hollywood, with his two big stars of 1939, Gulliver and Popeye.
I found this image in my collection and contributed it to my new daily Facebook visit, the Popeye Look-alike Fan Page. It’s an incredible (and hilarious) archive of oddball live action photographs of the Popeye character.
Facebook has become an invaluable resource of pop culture ephemera and animation history, as collectors and fans are scanning their collections and sharing it with the world. I’ve joined in myself whenever I find something of interest to share. For example, I just found this (below) in my research files, the first model sheet for Little Audrey, drawn in 1946 by Bill Tytla! Check it out at larger size on the Harvey Comics facebook page.
While I’m at it, I should once again plug the Cartoon Brew Facebook page, where our readers run the show with additional commentary, films and event announcements.
Here’s a day I’ve been waiting for — for at least three years. Set the TiVo or tune-in tonight at 8pm as Cartoon Network presents the premiere of Pen Ward’s cult-cartoon series, Adventure Time.
To get you up to speed, check out some epic tribute art by The Autumn Society, watch the original pilot or sing along to the theme song. It’s the first original thing to hit the TV cartoon world in several years, and I want it to be a hit. Best wishes and good luck to Pen and his incredible crew.
This isn’t so much animated as it is a clever use of the iPhone and all sorts of mixed media. And the song’s catchy too. It’s from an Israeli band named IZABO, directed by Shushu Spanier. The storyboard is posted here and they’ve a neat behind the scenes video here. Enjoy!
It struck me, watching this god-awful trailer, that this Marmaduke movie is a modern day equivalent to the old Speaking of Animals shorts (created by Tex Avery). Only those were much more entertaining. For comparison, here’s the only clip I could find online:
No joke – and good news! Variety is reporting that Henry Selick has signed an exclusive long term deal to produce and direct movies for “Disney/Pixar”. Interesting to note the article refers to the studio as “Disney/Pixar” as opposed to either Disney or Pixar.
Excerpts from the Variety article:
The helmer, who’s been spotted in recent months at Pixar’s Emeryville, Calif. campus, will set up shop in the Bay Area, where he plans to write and direct features based on both original ideas and literary properties. Selick hopes to benefit from the Pixar brain trust and technology, but will continue to produce toons using his trademark stop-motion style.
“I’ll quote Dick Cook right after ‘James and the Giant Peach’ was finished. He said, ‘We don’t believe this is a viable medium anymore, and we’re not going to do it,’?” Selick told Daily Variety. “A few years later they shut down 2D. It’s great that both of those things are back.”
I think this is a win-win-win for Disney, Selick and stop motion animation. Congratulations, Henry. We’re rooting for you.
I don’t know how I missed this before, but I just found this 2003 animation (by John Kuromoto) of a Kim Deitch cartoon based on a Waldo strip Deitch originally wrote for a comic in 1992. It’s also appropriately being used as a promo for Deitch’s graphic novel The Boulevard of Broken Dreams. Click here to enjoy The Ship That Never Came In.
I wasn’t going to post about this. I was sent these images of CGI Yogi and Boo Boo a few days ago and decided they were so horrible that they couldn’t possibly be the finals. Now they seem to be all over the internet (you can see larger versions on The Movie Insider.com) and many readers have sent them in to me, wanting my opinion.
My opinion? As much as I hate the idea of this CGI Yogi Bear movie, I can’t believe these are the actual images of the characters that will be animated in the film. These designs are simply awful. What about you? What do you think?
Craig Yoe just posted a batch of rare print cartoons by animator Dick Huemer (Fleischer, Mintz, Disney) on his I.T.C.H. (International Team of Cartoon Historians) blog. Yoe posts much rare material there daily, and he is now devoting his Monday posts to obscure material relating to animators and animation. Bookmark it.
Bob Kurtz began his career designing the original Alvin and the Chipmunks for Format Films, wrote Pink Panther cartoons for DePatie-Freleng and created Cool Cat for Warner Bros. Perhaps his greatest achievement at this time was his hilarious animation on the Roger Ramjet cartoons. Since the 70s, Kurtz has run his own studio producing award winning commercials, shorts and movie titles.
Bob has recently expanded his website to include a blog, and has added numerous videos of his recent animated works (pssst, check his George Carlin page, and his short, It’s No Bullshit). Check it out and enjoy: Kurtz+Friends blog.
Here’s an exclusive first-look at one of the 14 new characters being introduced in Pixar’s upcoming Toy Story 3. This is Chatter Telephone (voiced by Teddy Newton), a Fisher-Price toy I actually had when I was a kid.
To learn about the other new characters in the film, our friends at Upcoming Pixar have the details. Toy Story 3 opens June 18th and I can’t wait.
Well, I don’t know if it was a secret, but here’s a rare publicity photo of Dave Fleischer with a “story mood chart” indicating story beats for Mr. Bug Goes To Town (1941). Click the photo above to see a close up of the chart. I don’t know if they really used anything like this in production, but however they did it, they created a masterpiece – and that’s all that matters.