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How Old Is Bugs Bunny?
Animation History
April 27, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

How Old Is Bugs Bunny?

This weekend, Leonard Maltin and I will be presenting a tribute screening, at the TCM Fest in Hollywood, to the 75th anniversary of Bugs Bunny. But if you ask Warner…

Animation Anecdotes #107
ANIMATION ANECDOTES
April 26, 2013 posted by Jim Korkis

Animation Anecdotes #107

The Superchicken That Never Was. There were actually two pilots made for the Jay Ward cult classic, “Superchicken”, but neither were ever shown to the general public. In the first…

“The Cow’s Husband” (1931)
Animation History
April 25, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

“The Cow’s Husband” (1931)

Today, let’s watch a new Bimbo cartoon. Or at least one that’s new to me. The Cow’s Husband (1931) is primo early-talkie Fleischer which like all the non-Betty Boop Fleischer…

Calimero
LOST PLANET ANIME
April 23, 2013 posted by Charles Brubaker

Calimero

It’s not often that a studio buys a license to do a show based on a foreign cartoon, but it happens. One of the more famous instances is The Smurfs,…

Cartoon Playing Cards
Animation History
April 22, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Cartoon Playing Cards

It’s hard to believe classic cartoon characters were ever more popular – at least among the younger viewers – than during the late 1950s, early 1960s. And during that time…

Krazy Kat Storytime
Animation History
April 22, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Krazy Kat Storytime

If you thought the Charles Mintz version of Krazy Kat was a unique visual reinterpretation, wait’ll you see this. From the collection of animator Mike Kazaleh comes this oddball Krazy…

Sonia Comes To Hollywood
Animation History
April 20, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Sonia Comes To Hollywood

Courtesy of Mark Kausler (by way of his brother, Kurt) comes this article about Sonia the Duck from Walt Disney’s Peter and the Wolf that I’d never seen before. It’s…

Animation Anecdotes #106
ANIMATION ANECDOTES
April 19, 2013 posted by Jim Korkis

Animation Anecdotes #106

Merchandising Mishap. Charles Schulz was involved with most of the Peanuts merchandising connected to the animated specials, but not all of it was successful. Schulz once said, “Our most disastrous…