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Theatrical Cartoons 1961-62
Animation History
March 28, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Theatrical Cartoons 1961-62

My recent reprinting of Boxoffice Magazine’s annual short subject issue for 1964-65 proved so popular, I think I’ll feature these on a semi-regular basis. This week I’ve decided to take…

Walter Lantz Thru United Artists
Animation History
March 27, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Walter Lantz Thru United Artists

When Walter Lantz met with Universal in 1947, to renegotiate his contract, the studio played hard ball. It wanted to completely own all of the Lantz cartoons in perpetuity. But…

Fleischer’s Animated News #2
FLEISCHER'S ANIMATED NEWS
March 25, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Fleischer’s Animated News #2

Here’s the second edition of the Fleischer Studio in-house newsletter, from January 1935. In his editorial, Max suggests that the newsletter is part of the company’s health plan, and explains…

How Home Video Created Anime Fandom
FUNNY ANIMALS AND MORE
March 24, 2013 posted by Fred Patten

How Home Video Created Anime Fandom

Editor’s Note: I’ve just spent the weekend in Denver Colorado at the Summit on Anime In North America where a group of selected professionals held several lectures and discussions centering…

A Terrytoons Poster Gallery
Animation History
March 23, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

A Terrytoons Poster Gallery

To paraphrase former President Ronald Reagan, the six most terrifying words in the English language are: “This Theatre Regularly Shows Terrytoons Cartoons!” – or language to that effect. Let’s be…

Animation Anecdotes #102
ANIMATION ANECDOTES
March 22, 2013 posted by Jim Korkis

Animation Anecdotes #102

That’s the Woodpecker Song. The Woody Woodpecker Song was recorded by Kay Kyser in 1947 and it was an immediate hit. Recorded at 11:50 pm on December 31st to avoid…

Schlesinger’s Exposure Sheet 1.2
THE EXPOSURE SHEET
March 21, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Schlesinger’s Exposure Sheet 1.2

Here we go with another issue of The Exposure Sheet, the in-house bi-weekly newsletter for employees of the Leon Schlesinger studio (circa January 1939). Like the cartoons themselves, the newsletter…