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Fleischer’s “Stone Age” Cartoons
Animation History
April 1, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Fleischer’s “Stone Age” Cartoons

With Dreamworks’ The Croods topping the box office, I thought it would be appropriate to take a look back at the original “modern stone-age” cartoons. No, not The Flintstones. Twenty…

Rats In Animation
FUNNY ANIMALS AND MORE
March 31, 2013 posted by Fred Patten

Rats In Animation

Are rats “nicer” than mice? In animation, it depends entirely upon the plot. Both mice and rats have to be anthropomorphized so much that any real difference does not matter….

Animation Anecdotes #103
ANIMATION ANECDOTES
March 29, 2013 posted by Jim Korkis

Animation Anecdotes #103

Jay Ward’s Wonderful World of Color. At the beginning of NBC’s prime time “The Bullwinkle Show”, the show’s early episodes began with a Bullwinkle hand puppet (voiced by Bill Scott)…

The Bob Clampett Coloring Book
Animation History
March 28, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

The Bob Clampett Coloring Book

Get out your crayons! Today, courtesy of Aaron Higgins, who through his Retro Reprints archive of classic coloring books, is allowing me to share selected pages from this jaw-dropping 1963…

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…