Our final contest. The first two people with the correct answer (or what I think is the correct answer) to this question arriving in my email-box wins the dvd prize – 2003 Academy Award Winner HARVIE KRUMPET – courtesy of our friends at StudioWorks Entertainment. Today’s question is:
In 1983, a clay animated short by Jimmy Picker won the Oscar. What was the name of his Oscar winning film?
The Contest is now OVER. Our winners: James Boys and Jared Chapman. The final answer: Sundae In New York
Once again this Thursday night – and every first Thursday of the each month – Jerry Beck will be the opening act for Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys at the Steve Allen Theatre in Hollywood.Janet and her boys play authentic 20s jazz music live, and I start the proceedings by providing about 45 minutes of vintage musical shorts and cartoons in glorious 16mm monophonic movie projection. It’s a lot of fun – and if you are in the area, I highly recommend you check out the program. This month I’m showing Fleischer, Terrytoons and Harman-Ising goodies along with some zany live action rareties. Janet and her band are amazing! Here’s a clip of her singing Yiddish Hula Boy in the style of a Max Fleischer Screen Song! Join us!THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2nd, 2004, 8:00 pm
The STEVE ALLEN THEATRE
4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
(West of Vermont, across from Barnsdale Park)
$15 323-666-4268 for reservations
More info at www.janetklien.com
Good day. Here is day two of our contest (which ends tomorrow). The first two people with the correct answer (or what I think is the correct answer) to this question arriving in my email-box wins the dvd prize – 2003 Academy Award Winner HARVIE KRUMPET – courtesy of our friends at StudioWorks Entertainment. Today’s question is:
In 1990, two clay animated shorts by Aardman’s Nick Park were nominated for the Oscar. What was the name of the film that won?
The Contest is now OVER. Today’s winners were Michael Nusair and Todd Jacobsen. The answer was : Creature Comforts
Cartoon Brew reader Marc Crisafulli responded to my recent post about cartoon murals with an additional mural (see above) that he saw offered for auction at eBay. This one included cartoon work by Milt Gross, Percy Crosby, George McManus, and others, along with some pin-up art. Sadly for us, it was created for a popular speakeasy, so it’s a few decades too late to see it in its original location.
On the other hand, New York’s the Palm Restaurant, which I need to get to someday, is alive and thriving–and its walls feature work by everyone from Billy De Beck to Carmine Infantino. (The Palm’s other branches have walls festooned with cartoons, too, although at the Boston location, at least, some beloved characters are seriously off-model.) Here’s the Palm’s page on its wall art, with a short article by R.C. Harvey.
Hat (1943)The family of cartoonist Sam Cobean have just set up a new website, Sam Cobean’s World, featuring many of his cartoons, biographical information, photos, articles and obituaries. Included in the site are over 200 photos of Cobean’s original drawings from the collection owned by his estate. They have been organized into a browseable photo gallery. Family member Dan Loomis says:
“We hope to make Sam Cobean as well known by current generations as he was in the 1940s-50s. His untimely death in July, 1951, was a sad loss to the world of humorous cartooning.”
Cobean became a successful magazine panel cartoonist after World War II. Prior to the war Cobean had been an inbetweener and storyman at Disney, then joined Screen Gems in the early forties writing some of the best cartoons that studio ever produced – including the lengendary WILLOUGHBY’S MAGIC HAT, WAY DOWN YONDER IN THE CORN plus several other classic Fox & Crow shorts.
Funniest thing I’ve seen in weeks!Camp Chaos imagines Popeye going anime – a hallucinatory cross between Dragonball Z, Star Blazers and the one-eyed, spinach packin’ sailor man. Hilarious!Check it out HERE before someone gets wise.(Thanks to reader Christopher Merrit for the link)
The NY TIMES posted this sad news today:
John Parr Miller, an early animator for Walt Disney whose later art adorned best-selling children’s books, including those in the popular Little Golden Books series, died on Oct. 29 on Long Island. He was 91 and lived in Manhasset, N.Y.
Best known as J.P. Miller, the illustrator of several incredible Little Golden Books, Miller’s art is still influential to a new generation of animators artists. His “Little Red Hen” is still in print and considered a classic. “Lucky Mrs. Ticklefeather,” “Little Pee Wee” “The Little Golden Funny Book”, “The Marvelous Merry-Go-Round”, “Tommy’s Wonderful Rides”, “The Circus ABC” and many others, define the Little Golden Book style. These books, all done in the late 1940s and early 50s, are prime examples of the stylized modern commercial art of the era – and a huge influence on many of today’s best animators (including Spumco), leading cartoonists and commercial designers.According to the Times obit:
John Parr Miller found himself in Hollywood during the Depression, with a widowed mother, need of a job and a portfolio from Grand Central Art School, which he had attended for a little more than two years. He found work in the story department at Disney Studio in 1934… In 1937 he was one of only three artists asked to start the studio’s character model department. According to studio archives, he helped create characters for Disney “Pinocchio,” “Fantasia” and “Dumbo.” He left Disney for military service in World War II, when he made training films for the Navy. After the war, Golden Books recruited him and several other Disney veterans to enliven children’s books for a mass market, to go beyond the bland Dick and Jane primers of yore. Mr. Miller continued his work as a freelance artist until about 10 years ago.
Our new contest (for today through Wednesday). The first two people with correct answer (or what I think is the correct answer) to this question arriving in my email-box wins the dvd prize – 2003 Academy Award Winner HARVIE KRUMPET – courtesy of our friends at High Fidelity Media. Today’s question is:
In 1974, a clay animated short won the Oscar. What was the name of that film?
The Contest is now OVER. The winners were Robert J. Reynolds and Alan Hershey. The answer is: CLOSED MONDAYS by Will Vinton and Bob Gardiner.
As for why I’m not posting so much this holiday weekend – I’m immersed in severe work overload and deadline panic on two (count ‘em 2) book projects: THE PINK PANTHER: THE ULTIMATE VISUAL GUIDE (DK Publishing) and ANIMATED FEATURES FILMS: A COMPLETE GUIDE (Chicago Review Press/Acappella Books). Memo to myself: Never commit to two books at the same time.I will tell you more about these projects when we get closer to publication… right now, let’s just say they look good and they’re still on schedule…
Saw THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE last night. It’s a kid’s flick, but a really funny, really good kids flick. I liked it a lot.I’m still warming in the afterglow of the greatness that is THE INCREDIBLES – Pixar’s film is a classic, aimed at all audiences and works on all levels. SPONGEBOB is the best in the recent crop of TV-spinoff movies – a group which includes the RUGRATS movies (they are better than they have any right to be), THE POWERPUFF GIRLS MOVIE (with its strong designs), and TEACHER’S PET (excellent humor, design and direction) – It’s perhaps the best Nickelodeon Movie thus far (full disclosure, I used to work for Nick Movies developing animated features), it encompasses the subversive nature of the channel, the network’s kids empowerment message and great animation design that is classic, yet takes full advantage of the medium’s surreal language.It’s not perfect – but it’s good moments are really good – the highlight for me being the song Spongebob and Patrick sing about being “men” while marching through a monster filled trench – featuring the coolest alien creature designs I’ve seen since Kimball’s MARS & BEYOND.While the animation itself is adequate, the star of the show are the strong layouts, poses, hilarious facial expressions, great comic timing and even funny sound effects (I noticed a cool sound cue from an old Speed Racer episode at one point, but I think I was the only person in the theatre who “got it”).As an animation historian, I thought it was great that this Paramount release has so much combination live action and animation (like Koko The Clown, which Paramount once distributed long ago) and in the Goofy Goober ice cream sequence there is an homage to two early Paramount cartoon stars – Krazy Kat and Popeye – on the wall behind the characters (look close – there’s a panel from the first comic strip appearence of Popeye, and a classic Ignatz & Krazy brick tossing drawing).It’s not the greatest animated film of the year – but a refreshing, worthy, funny holiday movie that is certainly encouraging during this time of 2-D suppression.
We will resume our daily contest for a few days next week – with prizes of the HARVIE KRUMPET dvd courtesy of High Fidelity Media. Join us here 9am on Monday for your chance to win this Oscar winning claymation short.
So I’m trying to get for Iowa City for Thanksgiving–but at the moment, I’m stuck at the San Francisco airport, where my flight has been delayed by three hours. What better way to kill time than to celebrate the happy news of the rescue of Dick Huemer’s murals with a look at other murals by cartoonists?
Back on October 29th, 2002 (scroll down), Jerry blogged at CARTOON RESEARCH on the old Museum of Cartoon Art’s bathroom murals, which included work by Bob Clampett, Chuck Jones, Wendy Pini, and many others. I’m not sure if these were saved when the Museum left Port Chester, New York for Boca Raton. (Anybody know?) But at least we have photos. (Matthew Hasson, if you’re reading this–maybe it’s time to repost yours on the Web?)
Like Dick Huemer, Charles Schulz decorated a wall at his home with children’s illustrations. Fortunately, Sparky’s work was not only saved, but is on public view at the Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California.
When I was a kid, I didn’t consider any trip to New York complete without a visit to a saloon called Costello’s. No, I wasn’t a budding barfly–Costello’s had amazing murals by James Thurber, and a less-amazing but still interesting wall with art by the likes of Milt Caniff and Mort Walker. Here’s an article from early 2004 with the alarming news that the Thurber murals are missing and the cartoonist’s wall is threatened. (By now, it may be history.)
Lastly, LA’s Chinatown welcomes visitors with a big outdoor mural of a dragon by Disney inspirational artist Ty Wong. (Click here and scroll down to see it–I learned it was by Ty when his BAMBI colleague, Maurice Noble, pointed it out to me.) Ty Wong has done a remarkable number of interesting things in his long career–here’s the online companion to a recent museum exhibit of his work.
Anyone know of other cartoon murals, past or present? Hmmmm–there’s Mary Blair’s Disney theme park work…
Our final contest (for now). The first two people with correct answer (or what I think is the correct answer) to this simple question arriving in my email-box wins a prize. Both winners today get a copy LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION Volume 2. Today’s question is:
What was the last theatrical Warner Bros. cartoon short to feature voice work by Billy Bletcher?(Hint: The one I’m thinking of is on LTGC V.2)
The Contest is now OVER. Craig Davison and David Dobrydney (sp?) were the winners. The answer was: A Bear For Punishment (1951) as Papa Bear.
Well not quite.The Fox and Crow, Flippity & Flop, Sugar & Spike, and Nutsy Squirrel are a few of the characters who get a page devoted to them in a new book, The Golden Age of DC Comics: 365 Days by Les Daniels, Chip Kidd and Geoff Spear (Abrams, hardcover, $29.95).The book is an elaborate page-a-day calendar. Each spread represents a particular day, with a little informational paragraph by Daniels about a DC comics character on one side, and a huge Kidd/Spear color dots enlarged comics panel image on the other. The Fox & Crow appear on April 13th and June 21st.Of course there are numerous of pictures of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman from dozens of golden age comics – but how often do we see images of Dodo and the Frog (a favorite of mine – drawn by animator Otto Feuer) in a coffee table book?