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Animation Anecdotes #228
ANIMATION ANECDOTES
September 4, 2015 posted by Jim Korkis

Animation Anecdotes #228

The first animated series broadcast in prime time was probably UPA’s “Gerald McBoing-Boing Show” on CBS in 1956. CBS was so excited about the show that they took out a seven year option on the series – but it only lasted three months. So what happened?

Reviews, Plugs and Appearances
Reviews
September 2, 2015 posted by Jerry Beck

Reviews, Plugs and Appearances

Time for another round-up of reviews for books and videos (strangely, most of them Disney-related this time around). But before we get into that I want to plug a couple of personal appearances I’ll be making this month – some local to Southern California, and a couple back east.

Famous Studios 1955-56
FAMOUS STUDIOS ARCHIVE
August 31, 2015 posted by Jerry Beck

Famous Studios 1955-56

The 1955-56 season. This would be the final one for Famous Studios as we know it. The pre-1950 films were sold to UM&M; The Popeye cartoons were transferred to AAP. Change was in the wind.

The Art Of John Foster
EARLY N.Y. ANIMATORS
August 29, 2015 posted by Charlie Judkins

The Art Of John Foster

I have always been an admirer of the work of John Foster (1887-1959), the pioneer animator who directed at Van Beuren and later at Terrytoons. His family saved some of his personal drawings and they have allowed us to share them in this special post.

Animation Anecdotes #227
ANIMATION ANECDOTES
August 28, 2015 posted by Jim Korkis

Animation Anecdotes #227

Most people believe that Warners’ overbearing Foghorn Leghorn character was inspired by Kenny Delmar’s Southern politician Senator Claghorn on the Fred Allen radio show. This is not the case! Read on…

Walter Lantz’ “Jungle Jive” (1944)
BAXTER'S BREAKDOWNS
August 26, 2015 posted by Devon Baxter

Walter Lantz’ “Jungle Jive” (1944)

Time for some boogie-woogie jungle rhythm! Shamus Culhane directs his crew – including Emery Hawkins, Les Kline, Paul Smith, Pat Matthews and Don Williams – in a jive-jumping’ Walter Lantz “Swing Symphony”.