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Mickey Mouse in Two New Books
Animation History
May 27, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Mickey Mouse in Two New Books

Some of the best Disney scholarship being done today is hidden in the margins of a series of Mickey Mouse comic strip reprint books being published by Fantagraphics Books. David…

Lost In Translation
FUNNY ANIMALS AND MORE
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…

Harman and Ising at MGM
Animation History
May 25, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Harman and Ising at MGM

Super collector Martin Almeyra has shared with me (and by extension, you) his collection of Harman-Ising material. So much material that I will have to dole it out in several…

ANIMATION ANECDOTES #111
ANIMATION ANECDOTES
May 24, 2013 posted by Jim Korkis

ANIMATION ANECDOTES #111

Everybody’s A Critic. In a 1994 biography of actress Marlene Dietrich written by her daughter, Maria Riva, Maria recalls her mother’s reaction to being at the premiere for Disney Snow…

Chip, The Wooden Man
Animation History
May 22, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Chip, The Wooden Man

Chip the Wooden Man would fit perfectly in the Marvelous Land of Oz. However, he wasn’t an L. Frank Baum character, but was the creation of Kinex Studios of Hollywood,…

Q-Taro The Ghost (1965)
LOST PLANET ANIME
May 21, 2013 posted by Charles Brubaker

Q-Taro The Ghost (1965)

Cartooning team Fujiko Fujio, a joint pseudonym of Hiroshi Fujimoto (1933-1996) and Motoo Abiko (b. 1934), are famous for their children’s comics, having created numerous series throughout their career. Their…

MGM Title Card Art
Animation History
May 20, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

MGM Title Card Art

Today, a little gallery of art – courtesy of Mike Van Eaton, animation art dealer extraordinaire – of MGM Cartoon title cards, circa 1939-40. Mike calls me over to the…

Animals That Should Be Animated
FUNNY ANIMALS AND MORE
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…

Famous Studios Popeye (1943)
Animation History
May 18, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Famous Studios Popeye (1943)

Paramount’s Famous Studios in 1943 was a studio in transition. Paramount ousted the Fleischer brothers and began moving the operation back to New York. Popeye was the prize. The series…