Calling all Disney completists! The George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, one of the first and finest film archives in the USA, has begun posting several of their rare shorts online. Among the first, Walt Disney’s live-action dental hygiene film, Clara Cleans Her Teeth (1926). This is the best and most complete version of the film I’ve seen. There is a wee bit of animation at the 8:43 mark, but this is otherwise a obscure piece of live action Disneyana. Clara is played by Walt’s niece Marjorie Sewell. You can watch it if you CLICK HERE–and don’t forget to brush!
Brad Bird was honored with a Winsor McCay Award for Lifetime Achievement at ASIFA-Hollywood’s Annie Awards on Saturday night. Brad, unable to attend the ceremonies as he was on location in Vancouver filming the live-action Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, sent a video-taped message to the animation community.
The embed below includes the video tribute to Bird’s career, as screened at the Annies – created by award-winning editor Les Perkins – followed by Brad’s pre-recorded acceptance speech.
Prepare to geek-out. Mike Van Eaton is co-producing a major animation art auction in Los Angeles on Saturday May 14th. The auction is a joint venture between Van Eaton Galleries and Profiles In History and will contain rare animation related items, including production art, Disneyana, Movie Posters, Hostorical Documents, etc. Mike says:
“I honestly dont think there has been a major LIVE animation art auction in at least 15 years. It will be held here in Los Angeles, with live bidding as well as bidding on the internet, etc. Let your readers know that we are still accepting consignments, at least till the end of the week, and then we will start to build the catalog.”
So, if you have anything incredible you want to auction off, send a note and a jpeg to VEGALLERY-at-aol.com. In the meantime, Mike is sending me sneak-peeks of art and other things already accepted for the auction – and has allowed me to share them on the Brew. First up, a few of the incredible vintage posters from Disney (above) and Ub Iwerks, Mutt & Jeff, Scrappy and Dinky Doodle. View the gallery after the jump. Continue reading →
Dreamworks’s How To Train Your Dragon swept the top honors at the 38th Annual Annie Awards ceremony tonight at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The studio won 15 of 24 award categories. Filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro announced Dragon as the Best Animated Feature. Best Animated Short Subject was presented to Pixar’s Day & Night – Tom Hatten, an influence on Teddy Newton’s animation career accepted the award on Newton’s behalf. (Pixar’s film won despite Disney and Pixar withdrawing their traditional support of the Annies this year, and did not enter any of its films or animators in the competition).
Something for your Saturday night viewing pleasure: Leah Shore’s new film, BOOBatary. Says Ms. Shore:
“I just wanted to show you my short BOOBatary that I made in about a month. It’s crazy, I know. But I made it for funsies and made it damn fast. I’m specifically proud of the boob movements and the audio. My composer and I made the audio in a day. Crazy shit. It kind of reminds me of twisted Pee Wee.”
Her earlier film, Meatwaffle, was also featured on Cartoon Brew.
A monthly roundup of comic strips that made reference to animated cartoon characters. Click thumbnails below to read an enlarged version.
Please note: This posting of The Sunday Funnies will be the last for the time being on Cartoon Brew. I will now post comic strip/animation gags occasionally on Cartoon Brew’s FaceBook page. Perhaps an especially good one may end up back on Cartoon Brew’s main page on a single basis (this is what I did before I made it a regular feature). But the regular weekly and monthly compilations end here.
For those of you who enjoyed this feature – and understood what I was trying to do – I thank you for your support!
(Thanks to Jim Lahue, Ed Austin, Uncle Wayne, Kurtis Findlay, Charles Brubaker, John Hall and Billie Towser)
Apparently it is — and it was created by David Feiss (Cow & Chicken, I Am Weasel). Flava Flav as a blue Viking named “Father Time”? Five evil executives who become cute l’il furry animals? Insane premise or a genius attempt at postmodern comedy? You decide.
Michael Sporn led me to a new blog by Frank Forte solely devoted to Hanna-Barbera’s oddest and rarest production: Rock Odyssey (1987). Produced in the wake of Ralph Bakshi’s more adult animated features, when animation studios were attempting something a little darker, a little more edgier (think Watership Down, Rock & Rule even The Black Cauldron). The film was directed by Fritz the Cat animator Robert Taylor (though credited to Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera) and conceived to be a “rock fantasia” of sorts. It was apparently cobbled together from disparate elements, bridged with a cosmic jukebox voiced by Scatman Crothers. The final result is a mess, but it has some incredible animation, layouts and design work. Perhaps some of our readers can enlighten us further about this production.
Below is the first ten minutes of Rock Odyssey, from a version of the film prepared for broadcast as a special on ABC (It ultimately never aired in the U.S.):
Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon was honored with three awards, winning in every category it was nominated in. Pixar’s Day & Night won for Animated Short. Ray Harryhausen received a lifetime achievement award. The event was hosted by Patton Oswalt. Winners included:
Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
How to Train Your Dragon
Simon Otto, Craig Ring, Bonnie Arnold
Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Short
Day & Night
Teddy Newton, Kevin Reher, Michael Fu, Tom Gately
Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 – Dobby
Mathieu Vig, Ben Lambert, Laurie Brugger, Marine Poirson
Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
How to Train Your Dragon — Toothless
Gabe Hordos, Cassidy Curtis, Mariette Marinus, Brent Watkins
Outstanding Effects Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
How to Train Your Dragon
Andy Hayes, Laurent Kermel, Jason Mayer, Brett Miller
A complete list of winners is posted at Deadline Hollywood. The 9th Annual VES Awards will be telecast on REELZCHANNEL Saturday, February 19th at 10pm.
What do you get when some of the top artists in the animation community contribute original works to an important exhibit and charity auction? You get a plug on Cartoon Brew.
The Picture Book Project Foundation (PBP) presents Art Blocks for Ghana — an exhibit and charity art auction to benefit orphaned children in Ghana, West Africa. Original works created by top artists within the animation and illustration community will be auctioned online beginning March 12th, 2011. PBP will also host fundraising events in New York and Los Angeles where guests can preview the collection before it goes up for auction and meet some of the artists involved.
Contributing artists are employed by studios such as DreamWorks Animation, Pixar Animation Studios, Blue Sky Studios, Marathon Media, ILM, Disney, Sony, Digital Domain, AOL Artists, as well as award-winning illustrators. PBP provided the artists with wood panels to serve as the canvas for their creations. Each panel represents the “building blocks” every child needs to build a bright future — food, shelter, education and opportunity. All artwork was created around the common theme, “Home.” Participating artists include Ronnie del Carmen (above), Kathy Altieri, Brenda Chapman, Dice Tsutsumi and others – check their work on the Art Blocks blog.
Preview events will take place:
Display: February 8th — 14th 2011 at Culture Fix Gallery 9 Clinton Street, New York NY 10002
Special Event: February 26th 2011 at The New Art Center 580 8th Ave. 5th floor, New York NY 10018; purchase tickets HERE.
Display: March 9th — March 14th 2011 at Gallery Nucleus 210 East Main Street, Alhambra CA 91801
Special Event: March 12th 2011 at Gallery Nucleus; purchase tickets HERE
Hollywood has been taking classic animated cartoons and converting them to live action features for years. Now, The New York Times is reporting that Conrad Vernon (Monsters Vs. Aliens) will direct an animated version of Sid and Marty Kroft’s 1973 live-action Saturday morning show Lidsville, for Dreamworks.
I love the Kroft shows and Lidsville was one of the stranger ones (if that can be imagined). According to the Times piece, Vernon says:
“When I talk to a lot of adults about this, they look back and go ‘Oh, that show was great but it was so weird.’ And that’s what made me want to watch every single day.”
As anyone who still knows the “Lidsville” theme song by heart can tell you, the original series centered on a boy named Mark (played by Butch Patrick of “The Munsters”) who discovers a world of anthropomorphized hats, headpieces and chapeaus. There he befriends characters like Rah-Rah the football helmet and Nursie the nurse’s cap, and is pursued by a green-skinned magician named Horatio J. HooDoo (played with scenery-chewing zest by Charles Nelson Reilly).
Dig the loopy, fun animation in this 1983 commercial for Milk. As far I know this never aired in the states — and it may have the distinction of being the last Popeye animation ever voiced by Jack Mercer and Mae Questel:
While we’re at it, check this recent commercial for “Popeye-flavored Milk” (“Popeye-flavored”?) from Syria. Popeye goes all “Matrix” on Bluto in this one:
Tom Kenny, the voice of you-know-who SquarePants, is set to host this year’s 38th Annual Annie Awards, next Saturday, February 5, 2011, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The evening begins with a pre-reception at 5pm followed by the Annie Awards ceremony at 7pm and post-award party immediately following the ceremony. All events will be held at Royce Hall.
This year’s Winsor McCay Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are Brad Bird, Eric Goldberg and Matt Groening. Among the presenters this year are animation legend June Foray, actors James Hong, Kevin Michael Richardson, Corey Burton, Jim Cummings and John DiMaggio. The complete list of nominees and award winners is posted at Annie Awards.com. A limited number of VIP Tickets (which admits guests to the champagne reception before the ceremony, the Annie Awards ceremony and post-award party) are still available for sale. To purchase VIP tickets check the Annie website.
General Admission tickets are available for $25 (this admits you only to the Annie Awards ceremony). General Admission tickets may only be purchased through the UCLA Central Ticket Office (CTO) at 310.825.2101 or UCLA Live or Ticketmaster.com.