Once again I ask a simple question. The first two people with correct answers (or what I think is the correct answer) to hit my email-box win a prize. Today I have two prizes. The first place winner gets to choose his or her prize from the two.Today’s prizes are: WACKY RACES: THE COMPLETE SERIES and LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION Vol.2. Today’s question is:
Which Warner Bros. cartoon director made the first cartoon to star Henery Hawk?
The Contest is now OVER. The winners are Barb Herholzer and Tyler Sticka. The answer is: Chuck Jones – in the 1942 cartoon THE SQUAWKIN’ HAWK.
Complain about the Annie awards all you want – Asifa-Hollywood is a great organization that does much good to promote and preserve the cause of animation.Case in point, last week I posted an urgent plea from Richard Huemer (son of animator Dick Huemer) about a hand painted mural in the former Huemer home that was about to be demolished. On Saturday Asifa Hollywood members, led by organization president Antran Manoogian, helped preserve those walls from the Huemer home. Antran was able to negotiate with the demolition company to save two bedroom walls which featured original artwork by Huemer of classic Disney characters. The artwork is now being kept at a temporary storage location. See more photos here. Thanks to Antran and all the volunteers that helped make this happen.
Whatever happened to LIL’ PIMP?You know, the internet cartoon turned $13 million dollar feature length R-rated Flash animated feature for Revolution Studios and Columbia Pictures. I’ve often wondered if it will ever see the light of day? Come January 11th, 2005 my curiosity will be satiated. Lion’s Gate Home Entertainment will release LIL’ PIMP on dvd, at last, for all to enjoy.Bernie Mac, William Shatner and Lil’ Kim provide voices for this production which has been sitting on the shelf for months. I had a few good friends who were gainfully employed by this production for over a year – It has a disasterous production history, stories of preview screenings where audiences and executives walked out en masse, and the film was put into production several times without a script in place. Sounds like a trainwreck. Personally, I look forward to seeing it. Should be fun.
By now you know the drill: Each day I will ask one simple question. The first two people with correct answers (or what I think is the correct answer) to hit my email-box win. Today I have two prizes. The first place winner gets to choose his or her prize from the two.Today’s prizes are: THE TOM & JERRY SPOTLIGHT COLLECTION and the 99Â¢ Store Van Bueren TOM & JERRY collection. Today’s question (again courtesy of “Uncle Wayne”) is:
What do Speedy Alka-Seltzer and Ralph Phillips have in common?
The Contest is now OVER. Winners today were Jon Reeves and Bill Field. The Answer is: voice actor Dick Beals.
Michael Barrier has updated his website and shares his thoughts on THE INCREDIBLES.Meanwhile Leonard Maltin also weighs in on Brad Bird and Frank Thomas and reviews the latest Pixar masterpiece here.
Going on sale January 18th 2005 is Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars:
“Tom and Jerry mistakenly stow away on the first manned mission to Mars and discover we are NOT alone…Martians do exist! The furry duo must join forces with a young Martian girl to battle asteroid fields, the Martian invasion of Earth, and a gigantic alien robot bent on destroying anything and anyone in its path.”
Tom Minton produced it. Bill Kopp wrote and directed it. I hope Warner Bros. sends me a free copy.
One of the numerous interesting things about Brad Bird’s THE INCREDIBLES is that it’s a serious enough movie that it’s sparked thoughtful discussion of the things it has to say about child-rearing in America, competition, and how to treat kids who are naturally gifted. Here’s “When Every Child is Good Enough,” a story from today’s NEW YORK TIMES (registration probably required) that digs into these ideas.
Funny–I don’t remember SHREK 2 or SHARK TALE spurring thoughtful discussion of, well, anything at all…
Here’s how it works – Each day I have two prizes. I will ask one simple question. The first two people with correct answers (or what I think is the correct answer) to hit my email-box win.Today’s prize is: THE TOM & JERRY SPOTLIGHT COLLECTION. Today, both winners will get this dvd. Today’s question was provided by my Uncle Wayne:
Mel Blanc did voices for all the Hollywood cartoon studios, except one – or did he? How many Disney films did Mel Blanc work on?
The Contest is now OVER. The winners were Greg Laughland and Eric Wilson. The answer: One – In Pinocchio he recorded for Gideon the cat, but his part was cut down to a hiccup before its release.Brew reader “Herekittykitty” sent in an answer, which is technically correct, but not what I was thinking: Who Framed Roger Rabbit. I’m going to send this reader a special “no-prize” for her answer – a LOONEY TUNES Ultimate Sticker Book.
For months now, Scrappyland, my site for Scrappy appreciation, has been in preview mode. Folks sometimes ask me if I’ve forgotten or abandoned it.
Nope–I’ve been busy working on it, and it will eventually launch in all its full-blown glory. Soon, I hope. It’s my magnum opus, so it would be a shame if it stayed on my hard drive forever.
To prove I’m still toiling away, here’s a download (in PDF form) for Cartoon Brew readers: An eight-page 1936 publicity booklet for the Scrappy Puppet Theater, a Farina premium that Columbia promoted like it was the Second Coming. It includes promotion ideas such as organzing Scrappy window-decorating contests for local grocers, Scrappy poetry (“I’m a boy named Scrappy/Farina keeps me happy”), and a letter from our hero himself.
Enjoy. Or be mystified. Or maybe both–that’s par for the course when it comes to Scrappy-related matters. (Yes, that’s Scrappy waltzing with an anthropomorphic box of Farina on the cover…) And stay tuned for news on Scrappyland’s grand opening.
One of my little hobbies beyond (but related to) animated cartoons is collecting buttons of cartoon characters. Specifically, I like promotional buttons relating to animated features, TV shows and classic cartoon shorts. One of these days when I have some free time I’ll post a gallery of some of my favorites.In the meantime Mark Lansdown has posted a nifty website of his collection of vintage comic strip and cartoon character buttons which is quite nice. In the mix are several great animated items, including pinbacks of Felix, Popeye, Mickey Mouse and Betty Boop. A great collection.
Here’s how it works – Each day I have two prizes. I will ask one simple question. The first two people with correct answers (or what I think is the correct answer) to hit my email-box win. The first place winner gets to choose his or her prize from the two.Today’s prizes are: THE LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION V.2 and THE TOM & JERRY SPOTLIGHT COLLECTION. Today’s question is:
Tom is called “Jasper” in his first cartoon (PUSS GETS THE BOOT), what is Sylvester named in his first appearence with Tweety (in TWEETIE PIE)?
The Contest is now OVER. Thad Komorowski (1st place) and Rob Buttery have won! Man, you guys were fast! The correct answer was: Thomas
Oh boy! I’ve got some give-away material… so it’s time again to hold a few contests!Starting tomorrow (Saturday) for the next several days, I’ll be posting a trivia question here at (roughly) 9am Pacific Time. The first two winning answers I recieve each day will win a prize. The prizes will include THE TOM & JERRY SPOTLIGHT COLLECTION, LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION Volume 2, WACKY RACES dvd set, HARVIE CRUMPET dvd (2003 Oscar Winner) and my new book, ANIMATION ART.So check in with the Brew each morning, and test your cartoon knowledge – and hopefully win a prize!
Richard P. Huemer, son of Scrappy animator Dick Huemer, has an urgent request:
A bit of Disney history is about to crumble under the wrecking-ball. Back in 1935, my father Dick Huemer built a house in North Hollywood and decorated the nursery walls with Disney characters. You may know Dick as the co-story director of Fantasia and the co-author of Dumbo, as well as the author of TV shows and Academy Award-winning shorts, but throughout most of the 1930s he worked at Disney’s as an animator.After my mother died in 1999, my brother and I sold the old house. It has recently been re-sold, and is to be demolished to make way for new construction.I thought that Disney’s might be interested in acquiring and preserving these murals. One wall shows Mickey with a fishing pole on a background of stars; he has caught a long-billed Donald Duck with his hook. The other wall (photo enclosed) shows 2 of the Three Orphan Kittens sliding down the face of the quarter moon. (I regret the color shift due to my computer printer.) The mural was painted by Dick and his assistant, and appears to be on some sort of thin fabric glued to the wall.The house is at 12012 Hesby Street, North Hollywood, CA 91607. I do not know who owns it now. I received this sad information from Helen Catledge, who can be contacted at 818-763-7890.I found out the name of the owner of the demolition company; he is David Harai, and his phone number is 818-612-6629. He has been very nice to the various people who’ve called, in that he doesn’t want any money for the murals, but he says that if they aren’t taken off the walls tomorrow (Nov.19), he will finish tearing down the house, which he commenced doing this morning. One of the neighbors made contact with an art restorer who is supposed go out to the Hesby Street house tomorrow and cut the canvas from the walls, but I have not spoken to the restorer yet and am awaiting his return call.
Can anybody help Mr. Huemer to save this rare piece of art?
There are two great events happening this Saturday in Los Angeles. Both are opposite each other at 3pm and I’m somewhat involved with each one.The first is the one I will be hosting for Asifa-Hollywood at the AFI. “A Quiet Afternoon With Mr. Lawrence” will showcase the work of local animator Doug Lawrence (aka Mr. Lawrence).Lawrence is a director, writer, creator, layout artist, puppeteer, live action independent filmmaker, comedian and actor. I first met Doug when he was a layout artist on the original Ren & Stimpy in 1991. He has since gone on to be one of the principal creatives on ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE (and voiced the nerdy Filbert character). He’s since directed THE TWISTED TALES OF FELIX THE CAT and wrote for numerous other cartoon shows – spending the last several years on SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS as a director and writer (and the voice of evil Plankton).Lawrence has also created live action series, made award winning independent live action comedy shorts and performed in comedy clubs around Los Angeles. On Saturday at the AFI, we will screen Doug’s hilarious Film Roman pilot HAIR BALLS, and several other rareties from his animation career, as well as his latest live action short, VOICEOVER. Doug will also discuss his career in Hollywood and tell you how it really works.Meanwhile, over at GOLDEN APPLE, an IRON GIANT reunion and DVD signing event will be taking place. I assisted Bill Leibowitz in contacting artists to attend this event – and tried my best to get Bill to change the date & time – but he was insistent on doing it this Saturday and putting my name on the flyer, despite my telling him I had other plans that day. Unfortunetly Bill passed away a few weeks ago – and the show must go on. We expect a huge crowd of animators and fans. I will be showing up around 5:30pm or so.I report… you decide. But I hope you’ll join us at 3pm Saturday at one of these events.
I just read this piece in Hollywood Reporter. It is typical of Hollywood’s constant astonishment with Pixar and the success of THE INCREDIBLES.Let’s be clear about this: any Hollywood executive, trade reporter or Wall Street speculator who is still surprised by Pixar’s success, or THE INCREDIBLES box office performance, should not even be in this business. Those people are “idiots”.Pixar is IT. The perfect Hollywood studio, able to create commercially satisfying projects without sacrificing the art. And how do they do it? By supporting talent, taking chances, using common sense and respecting history.I no longer ask, “How long will Pixar’s winning streak last?”. The Pixar team is solid – and as long as they stick together (and they will) they will continue to push the envelope and make great films.The Pixar group is not unlike the teams behind the classic Warner Bros. cartoons (1940-1955) or Stan Lee’s silver age Marvel Comics, or even the Beatles. The right folks in the right place at the right time. People often ask, ‘why can’t anyone recreate the classic Warner Bros. cartoons?’. Those cartoons were Chuck Jones, Mel Blanc, Carl Stalling, Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng, Treg Brown, etc. There was a magic in those people’s combined efforts that is stronger than any of their independent or subsequent work. The same holds true with the 60′s Lee-Kirby-Ditko-Steranko-Colan-Bullpen Marvel comics and the John, Paul, George and Ringo music of that same era. You can imitate it, but you can’t duplicate it by following a simple formula.I don’t know what Pixar’s plans are after their Disney deal is finished. Disney is still the best studio for supporting, distributing, and publicizing animated films. Rumors are flying that they will end up with a sweet deal (ala George Lucas) at Fox or Sony or Warner Bros. I’m sure Pixar will do the right thing – but what I’d like them to do is to hire away the top distribution and marketing people at Disney and form their own distribution company (as Disney did in the 1950s).I’d like to see Pixar expand their filmmaking into other areas, including 2D traditional animation and even live action films. They have the potential to be a major studio… Wait-a-minute! What am I saying? They ARE a major studio.We’re in the golden age of Pixar. The animated film may be going through a transition period – with computers and all – but from this pundit’s perch the medium’s future is looking pretty… incredible.