Category Archives: Animation History

Fleischer’s “Stone Age” Cartoons
Animation History
April 1, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Fleischer’s “Stone Age” Cartoons

With Dreamworks’ The Croods topping the box office, I thought it would be appropriate to take a look back at the original “modern stone-age” cartoons. No, not The Flintstones. Twenty…

The Bob Clampett Coloring Book
Animation History
March 28, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

The Bob Clampett Coloring Book

Get out your crayons! Today, courtesy of Aaron Higgins, who through his Retro Reprints archive of classic coloring books, is allowing me to share selected pages from this jaw-dropping 1963…

Theatrical Cartoons 1961-62
Animation History
March 28, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Theatrical Cartoons 1961-62

My recent reprinting of Boxoffice Magazine’s annual short subject issue for 1964-65 proved so popular, I think I’ll feature these on a semi-regular basis. This week I’ve decided to take…

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,…