MORE SOCAL DATES

suessexhibit.jpgJot these dates down in your calendar book.The Art of Dr. Suess – a touring exhibit is now showing in Orange County, at the Sarah Bain Gallery in Brea, through March 13.Ralph Bakshi, in person hosting a film retrospective at the American Cinematheque April 29th through May 1st. More details to come.Animation Movie Posters – an exhibit of over 150 classic Hollywood cartoon one sheet posters on display at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences starting May 13th. More details to come.

GENNDY A GO-GO

Cartoon Network, Lucasfilm, and ASIFA-Hollywood are teaming up March 18 – 19, 2005 to present ANIMATION A-GO-GO! TWO NIGHTS WITH GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. This two-night mini-tribute will feature everything from student films to sneak peeks at future projects, as well as a hearty helping of classic cartoons by some of Genndy’s animation heroes. Animation writer Jon M. Gibson will discuss these works with Genndy in an extended discussion each night.clonewars.jpgFriday, March 18 – 7:30 PM
Genndy Tartakovsky Tribute – Program #1
Encompassing many of his early, short works – including rarely seen, unreleased ditties from his days at Cal Arts, like “Changes,” the basis for “Dexter’s Laboratory” – this first night chronicles Tartakovsky’s evolution as a filmmaker. Then, samplings of the first season of “Star Wars: Clone Wars” – as well as the ground-breaking two-part “Samurai Jack” episode, “Birth of Evil” – will be washed down by a few of Tartakovsky’s favorite classic cartoons from legends like Tex Avery (shown in 35mm glory). A few surprises are promised – some never-before-aired.Saturday, March 19 – 5:00 PM
Genndy Tartakovsky Tribute – Program #2
The World Premiere of the entire second season of “Star Wars: Clone Wars,” which Tartakovsky will have completed mere days before its debut. Also interstitials he created for Cartoon Network based on vintage Hanna Barbara characters, as well as more inspirational offerings from the masters of animation. Genndy Tartakovsky will appear for an extended discussion after the program, moderated by animation writer Jon M. Gibson.Saturday, March 19 – 8:00PM
Genndy Tartakovsky Tribute – Program #3
CONAN THE BARBARIAN, 1982, Universal, 129 min. John Milius’ epic was a huge inspiration on Genndy’s career, especially in the more recent “Samurai Jack” years. He cites the first 20 minutes of the Schwarzenegger-starrer as “flawless filmmaking”. The feature will be followed by hand-picked “Samurai Jack” episodes that Tartakovsky feels were influenced most heavily by sword & socerey epic.

BRUNETTI’S JPEG COLLECTION

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mickeypatch2.jpgAlternative cartoonist Ivan Brunetti has posted his collection of oddball cartoon memorabilia which includes a few nice pieces of vintage bootleg foreign merchandise – with bizzarre off-model drawings and unusual character match ups, combining characters from competing studios in ways that would never happen on officially licensed merchandise.felixmickey.jpgBrunetti’s website, in addition to being a fine portfolio of his work, offers an incredible selection of female movie star portraits, vintage photography, cats and Drew Barrymore (don’t ask). It’s well worth a browse. Start here.


TIM BURTON’S GARAGE SALE

Friday, March 11, Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13, 2005
207 North Aspan Avenue Azusa, CA 91702
9:00am – 4:00pm
(Absolutely No Early Previews or Early Sales)Previously owned items by director Tim Burton and his actress wife former girlfriend Lisa Marie. Designer furniture (Herman Miller, Noguchi, Knoll, Ashland & Hill), clothing (Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, YSL), lamps, ceramic kiln, fine crystal, make-up, electronics, Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver, movie memorabilia, props from movie sets and tons more. This sale will be held in a warehouse in Azusa, CA, a 45 minute drive from Studio City.(thanks to Anne D. Bernstein for the tip)

JANET KLEIN TIME

janetkleinmerry.jpgYessir, it’s that time again – the monthly plug for my cartoon/short musical 16mm film show, as opening act for the fabulous Janet Klein And Her Parlor Boys. It’s a fine night of time travel – back to the late 1920s/early 1930s with obscure and forgotten old time jazz, rag-time, blues and novelty songs. The fun starts at 8pm Thursday night March 3rd at the Steve Allen Theatre in the Los Feliz area, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., (West of Vermont, across from Barnsdall Park). We do this the first Thursday of every month. Please check Janet’s website (under “Showtime”) for more details.

Deja in Der Spiegel

Der SpiegelThere’s an interview with Andreas Deja in this week’s edition of the German magazine DER SPIEGEL. The 4-page piece is included in the magazine’s cultural supplement and is mostly BAMBI-related, owing to the BAMBI direct-to-video sequel that Deja has been involved in for the past year. Deja speaks of his respect for the original film (“The classic Bambi is so well done, it gives me goosepimples.”) and discusses the subtle changes that they had to make to Bambi’s character in the new direct-to-video version. “We had to change him, in order to keep him the same,” says Deja. The changes, intended to make Bambi more accessible for today’s kids, included creating new expressions for the character and having him speak more than the classic Bambi. Deja also mentions that there’s a hint in WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? that Judge Doom killed Bambi’s mother. (Thanks, Harald)

THE WINKLER OSWALDS

oswaldwebsite.jpgIn early 1928, when Walt Disney lost Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and most of his staff to producer Charles Mintz, he retaliated, with the help of his one lone, loyal employee Ub Iwerks, by creating Mickey Mouse.But what a difference 12 months can make. Roughly a year later, in mid-1929, Universal had moved Oswald into the hands of producer Walter Lantz, Charles Mintz was booted out (though he continued on in Hollywood, producing sound Krazy Kat cartoons for Columbia), and Disney got the last laugh – his new mouse had become a national sensation.The mysterious 26 Oswald cartoons released between August 1928 and August 1929 have gone largely undocumented (for example, they are not listed in OF MICE & MAGIC, nor WALT IN WONDERLAND) – They weren’t Disney, nor Lantz productions. They are essentially lost Winkler productions. Lost, that is, until now.I’m very proud to announce the latest Cartoon Research special project: Of Rocks and Socks: The Winkler Oswalds (1928-1929) by David Gerstein and Pietro Shakarian. This new database contains reviews, credits, frame grabs, original title art, posters and good solid cartoon research.The Winkler Oswalds are some of the hardest cartoons to see and, though these pages are still a work-in-progress, here is a chance to examine a missing piece of cartoon history. As Gerstein says, “A lot of people still erroneously seem to believe nothing came between the Disney Oswalds and the Lantz series. Ah, well… time to set ‘em straight.”