Poor Garfield. In his heyday, he was amongst the most beloved characters on the funny pages, his plush likenesses fastened to car windows and his sarcastic barbs adorning office walls around the globe. Then, somewhere along the line, he underwent a pop-cultural re-evaluation. Jim Davis’ strip is now something of a pariah: just look at how “The Simpsons” paired it with “Love Is” as the kind of strip that Milhouse reads. What a comedown for a character once hip enough to be quoted in “Two Tribes” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. But yet, the orange cat has been saved from cultural oblivion by a peculiar trend: the remixed “Garfield” strip.
At a flea market in Paris, I discovered this irresistibly awful set of dead-stock pins featuring Walter Lantz characters.
To commemorate the National Film Board of Canada’s 75th anniversary, Canada Post released a set of five stamps this month that celebrate the government-run studio’s films.
This a fan-made experiment in which the 1956 Tom & Jerry short “Down Beat Bear” is remade in CGI with anime girls in the roles of Tom, Jerry, and the dancing bear. The characters don’t appear to be random and likely represent some part of fandom of which I’m not aware. Even lacking that context, I still think it’s a fascinating piece of work, not so much for its animation or technical merit as for its resurrection of (and reverence for) classic theatrical animation in a completely unexpected setting.
Dating website eHarmony wants its users to know that animators deserve to be loved, too. They’ve compiled a list of 15 reasons to date an animator.
If the measure of a civilization is what it prints on its paper towels, then Turkey currently has the most advanced civilization on this planet. Behold, the Betty Boop paper towel.
Media conglomerates export American culture throughout the world, but other countries often don’t consume that culture in its intended manner. Here’s a great example: a performance that took place yesterday at Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
This tattoo sleeve of classic cartoon characters is so impressive that I’m even willing to overlook that the artist used Chuck Jones’ redesign of Tom & Jerry.
Seattle-based creative director Bruce Yan opened his first one-man show, “Brand New,” last Saturday at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. The pieces offer some clever twists on iconic logos using animated characters.