Category Archives: Animation History

Disney’s O-Zell Soda
Animation History
May 7, 2014 posted by Jerry Beck

Disney’s O-Zell Soda

Over the past weekend I had the pleasure to meet Dina Benadon and Brent Young, owners of the 1893 house that Walt and Roy Disney were born in. They bought…

“Johnny The Giant Killer” (1950)
Animation History
March 31, 2014 posted by Jerry Beck

“Johnny The Giant Killer” (1950)

Steve Stanchfield’s recent post about obscure animated features had me thinking about one of my favorite guilty pleasures – Johnny The Giant Killer. However, there is little to like about…

The Launch of “Toon Disney”
Animation History
March 17, 2014 posted by Jerry Beck

The Launch of “Toon Disney”

To a lot of us back in the 1990s, the very idea of a 24-hour television channel devoted to cartoons seemed like a fantasy – and when Ted Turner launched…

The Bosko Comic Strip – Part 4
Animation History
February 24, 2014 posted by Jerry Beck

The Bosko Comic Strip – Part 4

Alas, poor Bosko! I knew him well. The stretch-and-squash star of Warner Bros. Looney Tunes for three years, his rubber-hose antics became a victim of the “realism movement” in Hollywood…

“The Mighty Hunters” (1940)
Animation History
February 10, 2014 posted by Jerry Beck

“The Mighty Hunters” (1940)

Leon Schlesinger’s Merrie Melodies cartoon The Mighty Hunters (1940) is one of a brief experiment by the producer to adapt other artists work to animation (Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hatches The…

“Wild And Woody” (1948)
Animation History
February 5, 2014 posted by Jerry Beck

“Wild And Woody” (1948)

Long before Pixar and and Toy Story, another “Sheriff Woody” roamed the wild west. And when he did, he was accompanied by master animators Freddy Moore, Ed Love and Pat…

The Bosko Comic Strip – Part 3
Animation History
February 3, 2014 posted by Jerry Beck

The Bosko Comic Strip – Part 3

Once again we are posting, courtesy of the collection of Martin Almeyra, a small continuity from the rare 1934 syndicated Bosko comic strip produced by Hugh Harman and Rudolph Ising…

The Bosko Comic Strip – Part 2
Animation History
January 27, 2014 posted by Jerry Beck

The Bosko Comic Strip – Part 2

Here’s quite a historic document – a letter from Leon Schlesinger to “Messrs. Hugh Harman and Rudolph Ising” which was included with their final monies owed, as the producers split…