The Krusty the Clown Live Action Show. Matt Groening in PREVIEWS (December 1992) shared, “I’m working with Brad Bird on a spin-off of The Simpsons called The Krusty the Clown Show. We’re looking at it as a live-action show. I think it will be the first live-action spin-off of a cartoon. We’re just trying to figure out how to pull it off now. We’ve gone to a bunch of special effects places to see how we can make a real life universe correspond to a Simpsons universe. We’ve decided against prsthetics.
“We will not have people with giant overbites and huge eyeballs. We may have animated episodes of Itchy and Scratchy but I don’t know how much cat and mouse mayhem people can tolerate. It’s a lot of fun in small doses but doing long cartoons of mice decapitating cats….well, a little goes a long way, let me put it that way.”
The Death of the Graysons. Batman – The Animated Series story editor Paul Dini told interviewer Bob Miller for the Comics Buyer’s Guide #990 (November 6, 1992) about a two part episode entitled “Robin’s Reckoning” that aired in February 1993 and earned an Emmy nomination.
“Fox’s Standards and Practices have been the most liberal – all things considered – that I’ve ever seen. They’re certainly a lot more open than it might have been for standard network programming.
“A good example is in ‘Robin’s Reckoning’ where we deal with the subject of how Dick Grayson’s parents were murdered. Any fan of the comics knows they were trapeze artists who were killed for extortion. Fox Broadcast Standards would not let us show the parents’ actual death but they did let us stay true to the story. And what we came up with was creative enough and moving enough that you don’t need to see that accident.
“You see what happens partially through shadow and the reaction from the crowd. You don’t have to see Bambi’s mother get shot to know that she’s dead. Although you don’t exactly see the Graysons die, it affects you in almost the same way. It gives you that little feeling in the pit of your stomach.
“In an indirect way, that’s how Broadcast Standards has been positive. It’s caused the writers and artists to stretch themselves to come up with very creative cinematic ways to showing death or actions censors might otherwise find objectionable – and it still gets across a tremendous impact. As long as we can preserve the impact and be true to that emotion, then how you really show that is kind of secondary, because we can always find a way around that.”
Robin’s Genie. Robin Williams in a 1992 interview with Roger Ebert about his work as the Genie in Aladdin (1992) just before the release of the film on videotape said, “Soon they’lll be able to take any actor, feed him into a computer, study the moves and the voice and produce an animated version of the actor in a brand-new movie. You won’t be able to tell the difference. Eventually, they’ll be able to do the whole movie on computer but it will look like live action.
“It’s a little frightening, isn’t it? The technology would make us all redundant. I’ve heard people say I might be nominated for an Oscar for the Genie. Well, that’s interesting, but it’s just a voice so then you would have to bring up the ten guys who animated it because it’s a combination of the two.
“The Genie is me. He can accept the award. ‘Oh behalf of Robin…’ Some people have actually said the Genie is my best work. Thanks very much, but….I don’t know if that’s a compliment.”
According to the New York Post November 14, 2015, Robin Williams’ will prevents Disney from using his name, taped performances or voice recordings for twenty-five years after his death. Disney has acknowledged that it has enough left over material from Williams’ 1991 recordings that never made it into the final movie to make an entire additional movie.
Disney Sensitivity Training. From US Magazine October 1993: “Commenting on the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee’s plea to Disney to change some lyrics in the animated feature Aladdin (1992) and that the ADC won’t quit until ‘barbaric’ is removed from the Aladdin song lyric, ‘It will never be changed,’ snapped a Disney executive who evidently missed her sensitivity session (and who spoke on the condition of anonymity). She denied that pressure groups played a part in the studio’s decision to eventually change the lyric, and impatience colors her tone as she dismisses the Arab-Americans’ concerns. ‘Yeah, well,’ she says, ‘the movie made 200 million dollars. That’s what we do here. We make money’.”
Bozo Knows. “Cartoons alone don’t deliver the kind of educational and informational programming that the law’s authors intended,” stated Larry “Bozo the Clown” Harmon on the Children’s Television Act in L.A. Daily News December 14,1992.
Mutt and Jeff Review. From Motion Picture News April 15, 1916 and a review by Peter Milne:
“Jeff’s Toothache and The Submarine the first two animated cartoons drawn by Bud Fisher are excellent animated cartoon comedies containing funny drawings and funny plots and real plots.
“Mr. Fisher’s series of cartoons, portraying the adventures of Mutt and Jeff, have been running in newspapers for lo! these many years…Usually, the people were obligated to wait until the next day before witnessing the further antics of Mutt and Jeff after they had digested the morning or evening paper in which they were running.
“Now they can go to the theatre that afternoon or evening and see these creations in animation. The double diet won’t hurt them for a long, long time. Mr. Fisher has mastered whatever difficulties confronted him when he decided to draw for the camera, in exhaustive style. His cartoons are rapid in action, smooth in execution, void of eye straining jumpiness, and what is superfluous to add, they picture the same Mutt and Jeff that cavort in the papers.”
The Mutt and Jeff Film Company was to release a new cartoon of five hundred feet weekly. The first cartoon, Jeff’s Toothache, was shown April 1, 1916 at The Strand Theatre in New York and was “a distinct success. It was also shown to members of the staff of the New York World at their annual dinner March 25 and won the approval of the newspapermen” according to the Motion Picture News.