Category Archives: Animation History

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…

Krazy Kat Storytime
Animation History
April 22, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Krazy Kat Storytime

If you thought the Charles Mintz version of Krazy Kat was a unique visual reinterpretation, wait’ll you see this. From the collection of animator Mike Kazaleh comes this oddball Krazy…

Sonia Comes To Hollywood
Animation History
April 20, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Sonia Comes To Hollywood

Courtesy of Mark Kausler (by way of his brother, Kurt) comes this article about Sonia the Duck from Walt Disney’s Peter and the Wolf that I’d never seen before. It’s…

Theatrical Cartoons 1953-54
Animation History
April 13, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Theatrical Cartoons 1953-54

Continuing our survey of theatrical cartoons, this time we take a look at the pivotal 1953-54 season. 3-D, CinemaScope, the year before Disney severely cuts back on shorts production –…

Cartoon Music Cue Sheets
Animation History
April 8, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Cartoon Music Cue Sheets

Cue Sheets are legally obligated paperwork that started at the dawn of sound motion pictures – and are still required for all motion pictures and television shows still today. This…