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

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 Greg Ehrbar

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 Fred Patten

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 Jim Korkis

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…

Celebrating Howard Beckerman
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April 2, 2014 posted by Meryl Rosner

Celebrating Howard Beckerman

Howard Beckerman is an animator, a historian and a professor. For over 40 years, he has been contributing expertise and joy to the art of animation at The School of…

The Actual TV Voices? “April Fool!”
ANIMATION SPIN
April 1, 2014 posted by Greg Ehrbar

The Actual TV Voices? “April Fool!”

It was the cruelest of “April Fool” tricks for cartoon-loving baby boomers: when you got a phonograph record featuring favorite characters, only to hear impostors doing the voices or singing…

“Johnny The Giant Killer” (1950)
Animation History
March 31, 2014 posted by Jerry Beck

“Johnny The Giant Killer” (1950)

Steve Stanchfield’s recent post about obscure animated features had me thinking about one of my favorite guilty pleasures – Johnny The Giant Killer. However, there is little to like about…