TCM also ran this trailer last night which I don’t think I’ve ever seen before. (If I have I’m getting old and have completely blocked it.) It’s a clever coming-attractions piece for the Blake Edwards Pink Panther sequel, A Shot In the Dark (1964). It’s notable for containing a fair amount of animation featuring a narrator, “Dum-Dum” a talking bullet, voiced by Mel Blanc. It was no doubt animated by DePatie Freleng.
I’m presently immersed in TCM’s marathon of early Hal Roach talkie shorts. Last night, during in an episode of Roach’s Screen Director Playhouse from 1955 (George Marshall’s The Silent Partner with Buster Keaton), Bob Hope makes a cameo as host of the Oscar ceremonies and tosses off this first line – which many would consider still valid today:
Not to overdo our coverage of Disney’s forthcoming Winnie The Pooh, but this new international teaser poster is a delight – and a big improvement over the last one.
(Thanks Ed Himmel via Scannain.com)
Hezarfen is a Turkish historical character. The story takes place in 1632 in Turkey where he attempts the first human flight. The legend goes as far as to say that he flew through the Bosphorus, to almost 3 miles away from the tower from which he started.
The movie is much more about how he jumps from this tower. We have created the script together to get another vision of the story. We wanted to make some fresh and bright pictures and let the audience discover the beauty of this legend in our own way.
From the writers of the recent Yogi Bear movie (Jeffrey Ventimilia and Joshua Sternin), the director of Stuart Little and The Lion King (Rob Minkoff) and the studio that brings you more Shrek than you know what to do with… comes a new movie, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, based on the cartoon from Jay Ward’s Rocky & Bullwinkle Show. Entertainment Weekly has announced that Robert Downey Jr. (the current voice of Mr. Peanut) will voice Mr. Peabody.
Let’s hope its even half as good as this:
Gallery 839, an animation art gallery in Burbank, will be celebrating its first year anniversary in February with a show featuring a dozen artists in various media. The opening reception will be Feb. 4th from 6p.m. to 10p.m. at the Gallery, 1105 N. Hollywood Way in Burbank. The gallery will also be open from 11a.m. to 2p.m. each Friday for the rest of February, and by appointment. The exhibitors are all members of The Animation Guild, which opened this fine gallery space to support and encourage the artists’ talents in and beyond their contributions to the animation industry. The artists are Lee Crowe, Frank Forte, Bob Foster, Brigitte Franzka-Fritz, Yelena Geodakyan, Peter Gullerud, Alex Kube,Ashley Long, Christine Mallouf, Joey Mason, Gago Oganesyan, Toni Vian. For more information visit the Gallery website.
Congrats to all my friends at Pixar for winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature. For those of you who missed the Globes telecast, the highlight of the entire event (Lee Unkrich’s speech) is embedded below:
Veteran anime director Yoshiyuki Tomino (Brave Raideen, Mobile Suit Gundam) gave a realistic, yet somewhat harsh response to a student’s question posted on Global Voices Online. Matt Alt’s Alt Japan blog has translated the original column, and its quite a sobering read:
Dear Director Tomino,
I am a second year high school student. The time when I have to decide on which university I want to go to, and what kind of career I want, is rapidly approaching. I know this sounds vague, but I am filled with the desire to make a living by drawing. I can’t talk to my parents about this. The last time I told them “I want to draw for a living,” they basically told me “there’s no career in that. You should go to university and become an OL (office lady) like other people.” After hearing this kind of thing I lost interest in discussing it with my parents, but it’s a fact I need to start making decisions about my future. Even if I am hazy about what it’s going to be. That’s why I’m writing you, Director Tomino. How can I decide my future path? I’m willing to take anything you dish out, so I’d really appreciate it if you could share your thoughts.
Miyuri, Aichi Prefecture
Now that is a tough question. All I can tell you is the same thing your parents did: you should go to university and become an OL.
If you’re a second-year high school student saying you want to be an illustrator, you’re old enough to be asked about your qualifications. Seeing drawing as a job you can just somehow land is an amateur’s way of looking at things. You need a great deal of actual experience to work in this industry.
Fans of Warner Bros. Animaniacs series are quite vocal in their devotion to the old episodes and their desire to see the series return. The Animaniacs Revival Project is a group on Facebook devoted to trying to convince Warner Bros. and Spielberg to produce more episodes.
To that end, here’s the opening to Animaniacs re-animated in South Park’s cut-out animation style, created using Flash 8, by UK animaniac “Dr. Toonhattan”. You gotta admit the opening song is catchy…
I cannot put my finger on why this student film appeals to me – but it does. Megan Tupper made Keys in her final year at the University of Wales, Newport:
The folks at Parallax Studioworks put together this five minute video wrap-up of the recent Los Angeles Animation Festival. The event actually was as much fun as this video makes it out to be. FYI, they have me labeled as a “Festival Programmer” – Festival Consultant would’ve been more appropriate. I was there, made a few suggestions, I hung around watching films, and did the Q&A with Teddy Newton. John Andrews, Miles Flanagan, Alex McDonald and Hadrian Belove deserve all the credit or blame…
Add another title to the list of animated features opening in the US in 2011. According to The Ghibli Blog, Arrietty the Borrower (directed by Miyazaki’s key animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi) will open in American movie theaters via Disney later this year. Frank Marshall is once again producing the US translation (as he had with Ponyo in 2008). The borrower sprite Arriety is being voiced by Bridgit Mendler (Disney’s Good Luck Charlie), her parents are being dubbed by Will Arnett and Amy Poehler. David Henrie (Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place) and Carol Burnett will be voicing the human characters, Sho and his Aunt respectively. Based on Mary Norton’s 1952 book, The Borrowers, the Studio Ghibli production was released in Japan last July. It will most likely open in the U.S. during late summer.
Here’s another historical curiosity courtesy of animator Mike Kazaleh.
Songwriter Mel Leven (“Cruella de Vil” for 101 Dalmatians) wrote many songs which were turned into mini-musicals for UPA’s Boing Boing Show (1956). Two of his most famous were Three Horned Flink (Fred Crippen animated and directed, above, from a design by Jimmy Murakami) and Fight On For Old (dirty print transfer embed below, directed by Ernest Pintoff, designed and animated by Fred Crippen).
The Boing Boing Show came and went in the late 50s, but Leven apparently felt his songs were worth another shot. In 1959, with UPA’s approval, Verve Records released a single featuring “Fight on for Old” backed-with “Three Horned Flink”. Says Kazaleh:
“These were recorded in 1959 after the “Boing Boing Show” was finished. Notice these are different arrangements from the versions used on the show. While researching UPA and Bobe Cannon, I had several visits with Mel Leven. On one of the visits he loaned me his copy of the 45rpm. I took it home and taped it, now I’ve digitized it for your pleasure.”
Once again, neither song attained mass popularity. In fact, both the films and the record are some of the most obscure productions UPA ever made. They shouldn’t be – Leven’s tunes (and his voice on Flink) are quite charming. You can see the original UPA versions above and can hear both sides of the 1959 single after the jump: