Category Archives: Animation History

Famous Studios Popeye (1943)
Animation History
May 18, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Famous Studios Popeye (1943)

Paramount’s Famous Studios in 1943 was a studio in transition. Paramount ousted the Fleischer brothers and began moving the operation back to New York. Popeye was the prize. The series…

Frank Tashlin’s “The Bear That Wasn’t”
Animation History
May 13, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Frank Tashlin’s “The Bear That Wasn’t”

Long before mistaken-identity cartoons like Chuck Jones’ Forward March Hare (1952) and Jules Feffeir/Gene Deitch’s Munro (1960), was Frank Tashlin’s 1946 book The Bear That Wasn’t. Tashlin has inferred that…

NOT Hanna Barbera
Animation History
May 1, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

NOT Hanna Barbera

Today, lest you ever thought the poor deprived children of the 1960s were force-fed only a steady diet of Hanna Barbera TV cartoons, here’s just a few of the non-Bill…

Nobody Ever Talks About “Bongo”
Animation History
April 29, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Nobody Ever Talks About “Bongo”

Bongo anyone? Nope. Didn’t think so. Does anyone have anything nice to say about Walt Disney’s Bongo? What a sad strange fate. Bongo was a major section of the Walt…

How Old Is Bugs Bunny?
Animation History
April 27, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

How Old Is Bugs Bunny?

This weekend, Leonard Maltin and I will be presenting a tribute screening, at the TCM Fest in Hollywood, to the 75th anniversary of Bugs Bunny. But if you ask Warner…

“The Cow’s Husband” (1931)
Animation History
April 25, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

“The Cow’s Husband” (1931)

Today, let’s watch a new Bimbo cartoon. Or at least one that’s new to me. The Cow’s Husband (1931) is primo early-talkie Fleischer which like all the non-Betty Boop Fleischer…

Cartoon Playing Cards
Animation History
April 22, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Cartoon Playing Cards

It’s hard to believe classic cartoon characters were ever more popular – at least among the younger viewers – than during the late 1950s, early 1960s. And during that time…