This was one of a series of mass produced Bugs Bunny Christmas cards commercially released in the 1940s – this particular one sent by WB cartoon producer Edward Selzer himself. Click to see the interior image (below) at a larger size:
This stop motion Krampus short, created by producer Michael Steed, visual effects producer Adam Lupsha and writer Anthony Bourdain for Bourdain’s Travel Channel series, No Reservations, was pulled from broadcast this week due to the recent Penn State scandal. Luckily Zero Point Zero Productions put it on You Tube for all to enjoy:
Feedback from our posting vintage Walter Lantz Christmas cards has prompted a search for more classic cartoon holiday cards. To the rescue comes our pal Tim Walker, who has unearthed a selection golden-age goodies – enough for us to post one or two each day from now to December 25th. Today we have two (click thumbnails below to enjoy at full size): the first, below left from Bob McKimson and family; the next (center) a postcard from animator John Carey sent to Carl Stalling (flipside, below right) in 1945.
Today I will sit down with Stu Shostack for another hard hitting interview, covering a wide range of animation subjects, on the internet radio program Stu’s Show. It’s being broadcast live at 7pm Eastern/4pm Pacific at StusShow.com. We will be discussing the latest events in cartoons – past, present and future. Looney Tunes on blu-ray, Tom & Jerry issues, UPA on DVD, I’ll give my opinion of the forthcoming Tintin movie and much much more… We’ll take questions via phone and email from listeners; we might also talk about Terrytoons. Join us and listen in here.
Nice to know the Preston Blair book has made it to Iran. Here’s a perfect area rug for a cartoon nerd (like me) who happens to have $2800 to spare (NOT me). Now on eBay, a 5×8 “Mickey Mouse” Persian Rug. Check the detail in the thumbnails below (click to enlarge pics), you’ll spot off-model images of The Pink Panther, Mickey Mouse, Tom, something like Bugs Bunny, a Ninja Turtle, and the White Rabbit. This’ll go great in the room with my Donald Duck black velvet painting!
A few years ago, The Jim Henson Company Archives discovered material relating to an unfinished 1965 animated short by Jim Henson: Alexander The Grape. They combined the found footage with the storyboard and an existing soundtrack, and completed a reconstruction – which is now online. The complete story behind this find is here, on Jim Henson’s Red Book.
Brad Bird isn’t the only Oscar winning animator releasing a live action film this month. Clay animator Nick Park (Wallace and Gromit) has directed this music video (below) for UK group Native and The Name. It does feature some pixilation and other techniques. Park explains the process in this behind-the-scenes video.
A second trailer for Laika’s ParaNorman has been leaked to our pals at Bloody-Disgusting.com. Combined with the first teaser it gives us a sharper idea of what’s in store. Focus Features (the art house division of Universal pictures) will release the 3D stop-mo film on August 17th, 2012.
As part of their Library of American Comics series, IDW Publishing just released Chuck Jones: The Dream That Never Was, a spectacular must-have book reprinting all (and more) of Jones’ ill-fated 1977-78 newspaper comic strip, Crawford. It’s an absolutely beautiful volume that recounts the story behind this character, which apparently Jones felt very close to. Editors Dean Mullaney and Kurtis Findlay reprint every strip, published and unpublished, of the daily and Sunday feature – mostly scanned from original art loaned by the Jones estate. Additionally, there is a complete storyboard to an unproduced 1969 Crawford TV pilot, and lots of rare photographs and Jones art that accompany Findlay’s introduction – which discusses in fine detail Jones’ post Warner Bros. experiences with Tower 12, MGM and ABC – new information overlooked in previous histories, including those by Jones himself! Crawford wasn’t one of Jones’ great creations, but it was a concept he never gave up on because the character was essentially a younger version of himself. This volume is essential for those who admire Jones as an artist and it will add to your understanding of his creative process. Highly recommended. Get it.
That “Mad, Mad” Rankin-Bass historian/enthusiast Rick Goldschmidt has done it again! After already throughly examining the “Enchanted Worlds” of Rankin Bass via books, websites, dvds and CD compilations, Rick has just self-published another volume that is the last word on my second-favorite R-B production (Rudolph will always be first): Mad Monster Party. It’s not so much a history as it is a celebration of all things Animagic, containing the entire MMP script (co-written by Harvey Kurtzman), chapters devoted to artists Jack Davis and Don Duga, voices Alan Swift, Gale Garnett, and Boris Karloff, musician Maury Laws, a b/w reprinting of the entire Dell comic book (above), the pressbook, lobby cards, posters and stills. It’s everything EXCEPT the movie itself (which Goldschmidt had a hand in restoring). You’ve seen the movie – now read the book. It’s also a great gift for the stop-mo maniac on your Christmas “chopping” list.
Donato Sansone (aka Milkyeyes) is back. His previous film was the experimental Videogioco. His new film, Topo Glassato al Cioccolato, is (literally) a mind-blowing stream-of-consciousness pencil sketch animation. Not Safe For Work.
This fun little Christmas short by students (Jess Hilliam, Carlyle Wilson, Lillian Lai, Mike Jones, Courtney Pearson and Josh Pan) from North Vancouver’s Capilano University’s was the final for their first semester 3D program.