It’s rare when a series revival is an improvement over the original… but that seems to be the case with Thundercats. In case you couldn’t make it to Wondercon this past weekend, here’s the “sizzle reel” they ran there:
Iuri AraÃºjo, an illustrator/animator in Brazil, has put his student short on the web and its worth a look. Do Outro Lado (“On The Other Side”) was AraÃºjo’s graduation film from Graphic Design High School in 2009. Here is his production blog for the film.
…The Felix Girls!
(Thanks, Devlin Thompson via Grottu)
Researching animation history never ends for those of us who are endlessly fascinated by the films of the golden age and the people behind them. The internet era has allowed us to find lost cartoons, rare shorts and films we never knew existed. Case in point: this 1945 Navy training film produced at Warner Bros. Cartoons featuring cartoonist Robert Osborn’s character Grampaw Pettibone. I’d never come across anything about this one (embed below) in all my years of research. Carl Stalling’s music, Treg Brown’s effects and Frank Graham’s narration are unmistakable. Not sure who’s doing Grampaw’s voice. A more complete, time-code free version has been posted at CriticalPast.com.
I checked in with a few friends and all had interesting observations and factoids concerning this film. Amid Amidi told me that “Grampaw Pettibone debuted in January, 1943 in an issue of the “BUAER News Letter” (later “Naval Avaiation News”). The character was created by Commander Spencer “Seth” Hubert Warner and designed by cartoonist Robert Osborn, who also created “Dilbert” for the Navy. (We’ve posted about him before on the Brew.) Osborn continued drawing the character for the Navy until he passed away in 1994.”
About this film, Mark Kausler weighs in:
“Grampaw Pettibone was used in several other Flight Safety UPA films, I didn’t know that Warner Animation did any with him. Bobe Cannon did Grampaw in the other cartoons I’ve seen, but the animation here seems to be in the Rod Scribner school, without his gift for cartooning. The acting reminds me of the Snafu animation in “Fighting Tools”, where he shifts his head rhythmically on the lines “I ain’t no boob and I won’t be trapped…” It looks like Paul Julian did some of the backgrounds, especially that one with the arrow looking like TP all over the buildings.”
Mike Kazaleh hypothesizes:
“Cool film. I’ve never seen this before. The animation of Grampaw is all Ken Harris. The layouts look like Dave Hilberman’s work. Paintings are probably by Paul Julian. I’m not 100% sure who directed this. Possibly Frank Tashlin. If so, it may have been made slightly earlier than the 1945 date at the beginning, as Tashlin left the studio in 1944.”
Cartoon music historian Daniel Goldmark found this among Carl Stalling’s papers:
“Not only is that a Carl Stalling score, but the original handwritten score still exists; the title for the short on the top of the score is “Flight Safety.” The rest of the written score is pretty standard, except for the handwritten note at the end from Stalling to Franklyn : “Milt: This is a serious cartoon which, no doubt, you have discovered before now– Carl” Clearly Stalling (and Franklyn) had to tone down the comic music elements when doing training films (as opposed to the Snafus, Hooks, etc.).”
Amid suggested a comparision:
“Here’s the UPA short Join-Up Collisions. Look at the difference between how UPA (Bobe Cannon) interpreted the character (embed below) and the Warner Bros. version (above). It’s fascinating to see these two studios animating the same character, and how different their approaches were.”
Additional information on these films is gratefully accepted in our comments section below.
(Thanks, Jon Cooke)
Yes, there are some real penguins in this teaser for Mr. Popper’s Penguins, but the majority of shots in the final film will be hybrid CGI from LA-based Rhythm and Hues.
Ahhh… watching TV back in the sixties. Here’s a Mystery Photo off the retro-photo blog BreadCameSliced. What cartoon is he watching? See the comments below for the answer.
Disney released this 60 second excerpt from the forthcoming Winnie The Pooh feature, set for release on July 15th:
(Thanks, Edward Himel)
We are getting a clearer picture of what to expect from Cartoon Network’s new Looney Tunes Show which is now set to premiere May 3rd at 8pm. The channel has set up a new website loaded with images, downloads and many clips. For example, this musical Yosemite Sam video…
And this update of Marvin Martian…
Daffy, Bugs and Sam ghost-bust a house…
And here is an example of the CG Road Runner and Coyote (TV style):
This’ll be one of the nerdiest things I’ve posted on the Brew, but if you are as big a fan of Invader ZIM as I, you’ll understand. Rikki Simons (voice of “Gir” on ZIM) got together last weekend at InvaderCon in Georgia with Richard Horvitz (ZIM), Andy Berman (Dib), Melissa Fahn (Gaz), and writer Eric Trueheart to do a live script reading of a couple of unproduced episodes. Rikki posted Mopiness of Doom here and I’ve embed Day of da Spookies below. It’s worth viewing just to watch Richard Horvitz scream…
Entertainment Weekly has posted these intriguing images from Pixar’s 2012 release, Brave. The EW post also mentions that the film’s director credit will be shared by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, despite the fact that Chapman (who conceived the film) was dismissed from the project last October.
(Thanks, Adam Blair)
Our monthly live comedy/cartoon revue, Cartoon Dump, goes on as usual tonight at 8pm. Honoring the “Worst Cartoons Ever Made” with Frank Conniff (MST3K), Erica Doering, Emo Philips as our resident Cartoon Musicology Professor (all three pictured above from last months show) along with me (Jerry Beck), J. Elvis Weinstein, Mighty Mr. Titan and special stand-up comedy guest Michael Rayner at the Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd. â€¢ Free Parking! â€¢ Advanced Tickets here â€¢ Phone: (323) 666-9797 â€¢ Map & Directions. Tell us you’re coming on Facebook!