Category Archives: FUNNY ANIMALS AND MORE

The Ursa Major Awards
FUNNY ANIMALS AND MORE
July 21, 2013 posted by Fred Patten

The Ursa Major Awards

Probably most of you know that I am one of the founders and the longstanding Secretary of the Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Association (ALAA), which administers the annual Ursa Major…

Outrageous Anime – Part 2
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July 14, 2013 posted by Fred Patten

Outrageous Anime – Part 2

My previous column on “Outrageous Anime” was popular enough that here is a followup on more jaw-dropping anime – deliberate or not. Excel Saga. Heppoko Jikken Anime Excel Saga (Quack…

Two More Notorious Animation Myths
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July 7, 2013 posted by Fred Patten

Two More Notorious Animation Myths

I asked in an earlier column, “How much of what everyone ‘knows’ about animation history is wrong?” This week’s column will look two more widespread animation myths. Here’s the first:…

Sanrio and Me
FUNNY ANIMALS AND MORE
June 30, 2013 posted by Fred Patten

Sanrio and Me

Sanrio Co., Ltd. was founded in Japan in August 1960 as the Yamanashi Silk Company, by Shintaro Tsuji, to design, manufacture, and sell “cute” wearing apparel. In April 1973 the…

Those Fighting Virgins
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June 23, 2013 posted by Fred Patten

Those Fighting Virgins

One aspect of Japanese animation that the gaijin fan learns early on is that much of it exhibits Shinto influences, deliberately or subtly. For many early fans, it was the…

Lost In Translation
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May 26, 2013 posted by Fred Patten

Lost In Translation

When the Japanese animated TV series Samurai Champloo (26 episodes, May 20, 2004 to March 19, 2005) first appeared, most anime fans, both in America and in Japan, said, “That’s…

Animals That Should Be Animated
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May 19, 2013 posted by Fred Patten

Animals That Should Be Animated

I said in my first column that the earliest animated cartoon that I can remember seeing was Disney’s Pinocchio, on its first rerelease in October 1945, just before my fifth…