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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…

Animation Anecdotes #110
ANIMATION ANECDOTES
May 17, 2013 posted by Jim Korkis

Animation Anecdotes #110

The Disappearing Jabberwocky. When the Disney Studio was making the animated feature Alice in Wonderland (1951), there was a planned segment about the dreaded Jabberwocky. Voice legend Stan Freberg was…

Technicolor Cartoons
Events
May 16, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Technicolor Cartoons

Saturday afternoon at 4:30pm I’ll be introducing a program of Technicolor 35mm cartoons, projected on the big screen at The Cinefamily (aka Silent Movie Theatre) in Hollywood. If you happen…

“Cheese Burglar” (1946)
THUNDERBEAN THURSDAY
May 16, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

“Cheese Burglar” (1946)

There can be no better example of what Steve Stanchfield is trying to accomplish with his series of Thunderbean Archive DVDs than this cartoon Cheese Burglar (1946). This public domain…

Frank Tashlin’s “The Bear That Wasn’t”
Animation History
May 13, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Frank Tashlin’s “The Bear That Wasn’t”

Long before mistaken-identity cartoons like Chuck Jones’ Forward March Hare (1952) and Jules Feffeir/Gene Deitch’s Munro (1960), was Frank Tashlin’s 1946 book The Bear That Wasn’t. Tashlin has inferred that…