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Playhouse Revisited
CLASSIC ANIMATED ADVERTISING
April 12, 2014 posted by

Playhouse Revisited

Once again we delve into the Playhouse Pictures files to bring you a selection of stupendous spots and stills, along with a very special surprise. The spots are from 1957…

Animation Anecdotes #155
ANIMATION ANECDOTES
April 11, 2014 posted by

Animation Anecdotes #155

The Spirit of Christmas. In 1994, Brian Graden was the head of Fox Broadcasting’s Foxlab television development program with such shows as “Cops”. He wanted a memorable Christmas card and…

The Cult of “Noveltoons”
THUNDERBEAN THURSDAY
April 10, 2014 posted by

The Cult of “Noveltoons”

There seems to be a special place in animation fan circles for Paramount’s Noveltoons cartoons, produced by Famous Studios. One of the things that always amazed me was how much…

For Sale: “Poor Papa” (1928)
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April 9, 2014 posted by

For Sale: “Poor Papa” (1928)

Bonhams is having another Entertainment Memorabilia auction on May 4th and 5th, once again featuring “artifacts from animation history”. Among the items for sale is a 16mm print of Poor…

Tom & Jerry on Record
ANIMATION SPIN
April 8, 2014 posted by

Tom & Jerry on Record

Tom and Jerry on Records? Tom and Jerry sure made a lot of records for cartoon characters that don’t (usually) speak! Nevertheless, MGM Records found a way and their records…

The Last Days Of Mushi Pro
FUNNY ANIMALS AND MORE
April 6, 2014 posted by

The Last Days Of Mushi Pro

By the end of 1970 Osamu Tezuka was gone, leaving the wreckage of Mushi Productions behind him. It was no secret that Tezuka’s feature Cleopatra had doomed the studio; but…

Animation Anecdotes #160
ANIMATION ANECDOTES
April 4, 2014 posted by

Animation Anecdotes #160

Bluth’s Beauty and the Beast. According to well-respected animation historian (and Bluth historian who once worked for the animator-director) John Cawley: “Early in 1984, Don (Bluth) began in earnest turning…