Category Archives: Animation History

Walter Lantz Thru United Artists
Animation History
March 27, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Walter Lantz Thru United Artists

When Walter Lantz met with Universal in 1947, to renegotiate his contract, the studio played hard ball. It wanted to completely own all of the Lantz cartoons in perpetuity. But…

A Terrytoons Poster Gallery
Animation History
March 23, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

A Terrytoons Poster Gallery

To paraphrase former President Ronald Reagan, the six most terrifying words in the English language are: “This Theatre Regularly Shows Terrytoons Cartoons!” – or language to that effect. Let’s be…

The Adventures of Lariat Sam (1962)
Animation History
March 20, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

The Adventures of Lariat Sam (1962)

From the files of forgotten cartoon characters, The Adventures of Lariat Sam – the official follow up to Gene Deitch’s pioneering TV cartoon Tom Terrific (1957). Like TT, Lariat Sam…

Theatrical Cartoons in 1965
Animation History
March 19, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Theatrical Cartoons in 1965

The Hollywood short was practically dead by 1964. But you wouldn’t know it by reading the Hollywood trades. When BoxOffice Magazine printed its annual Short Subject issue in late 1964,…

View Masters!
Animation History
March 12, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

View Masters!

I love the old Viewmaster slides. Not to get nostalgic, but who didn’t grow up with these and cherish them in those innocent days before home video, the internet and…

The Lion’s Roar for MGM Cartoons
Animation History
March 12, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

The Lion’s Roar for MGM Cartoons

From October 1937 until August 1941 MGM published a magazine (MGM Short Story, at left) – exclusively distributed to its exhibitors – devoted to its live action and animated short…

Vocal Geniuses
Animation History
March 10, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Vocal Geniuses

My friend Bob Bergen is Warner Bros. go-to guy when they need to record Porky Pig – that’s him these days on The Looney Tunes Show, and previously on Duck…