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A Rankin-Bass Valentine
ANIMATION SPIN
February 11, 2014 posted by Greg Ehrbar

A Rankin-Bass Valentine

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, this week’s Animation Spin celebrates our love of the Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass with two of their most outstanding soundtrack albums. THE DAYDREAMER The Original Sound…

“The Mighty Hunters” (1940)
Animation History
February 10, 2014 posted by Jerry Beck

“The Mighty Hunters” (1940)

Leon Schlesinger’s Merrie Melodies cartoon The Mighty Hunters (1940) is one of a brief experiment by the producer to adapt other artists work to animation (Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hatches The…

Flintstones Oddball Advertising
CLASSIC ANIMATED ADVERTISING
February 8, 2014 posted by Mike Kazaleh

Flintstones Oddball Advertising

The Flintstones cartoon show premiered in 1960, and the characters have been popular ever since. With great popularity comes great demand to be a product spokesman. The Flintstones have appeared…

Animation Anecdotes #148
ANIMATION ANECDOTES
February 7, 2014 posted by Jim Korkis

Animation Anecdotes #148

Origin of Christopher Crumpet. Thornton Hee (“T. Hee”) was responsible for “Christopher Crumpet” (1953) a UPA short about a little boy who turns into a chicken whenever he doesn’t get…

“Wild And Woody” (1948)
Animation History
February 5, 2014 posted by Jerry Beck

“Wild And Woody” (1948)

Long before Pixar and and Toy Story, another “Sheriff Woody” roamed the wild west. And when he did, he was accompanied by master animators Freddy Moore, Ed Love and Pat…

Disney Songs The Satchmo Way
ANIMATION SPIN
February 4, 2014 posted by Greg Ehrbar

Disney Songs The Satchmo Way

Animation Spin salutes Black History Month with a classic Disney album by Louis Armstrong and a TV cartoon soundtrack album inspired by a groundbreaking comic strip. DISNEY SONGS THE SATCHMO…

The Bosko Comic Strip – Part 3
Animation History
February 3, 2014 posted by Jerry Beck

The Bosko Comic Strip – Part 3

Once again we are posting, courtesy of the collection of Martin Almeyra, a small continuity from the rare 1934 syndicated Bosko comic strip produced by Hugh Harman and Rudolph Ising…

Early Anime Features: To 1958
FUNNY ANIMALS AND MORE
February 2, 2014 posted by Fred Patten

Early Anime Features: To 1958

Animation in Japan before World War II was very popular, but not to the point of helping any Japanese animation industry. Instead, Japanese theatrical distributors during the 1920s and 1930s…