Category Archives: Animation History

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…

The Last Days of “Looney Tunes”
Animation History
March 9, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

The Last Days of “Looney Tunes”

It was an odd, confusing time for Hollywood studio theatrical cartoon shorts in the 1960s. The world had completely changed and though the traditional animated short (popular with movie goers…