Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Music Moment - "Dance of the Comedians"

Classical music and classic animation seems like an odd pairing, but they do complement each other so well.
If you are a fan of the classic Warner Bros cartoons, you are probably aware of certain classical music tunes that have been thrown into the shorts' soundtracks that comment on the action happening on screen or simply plays on the gag. Surely you are familiar with Franz Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" or Rossini's "William Tell Overture" or Johann Strauss II's "The Blue Danube"?
There was one classical tune that was used quite consistently with Chuck Jones' Road Runner series that I always thought was a cue created by composer Carl Stalling for chase cues. Such as in "Gee Whiz-z-z-z-z-z-z" (1956)...
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Once the Silver Age of Animation began during the 90's and Warner Bros began producing TV series, the tune started to turn up in their soundtracks like Animaniac's "Draculee, Draculaa" (1993)…
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It wasn't up until recently I discovered the "chase cue" was actually an excerpt from a Czech comic opera entitled "The Bartered Bride" by composer Bedrich Smetana. Please enjoy "Dance of the Comedians"(composed during the period 1863-66)…
The tune really does make for great chase music and it is used almost in it's entirety here in Taz-Mania's "Bottle Cap Blues"(1992)…
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.. as well as Chuck Jones' final Road Runner cartoon "Chariots of Fur" (1994).
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Monday, February 02, 2015

May Musical Masterpieces

More Looney Tunes animated shorts will be released on home video this upcoming May with a new collection of classic musical shorts…
http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Bugs-Bunny-Looney-Tunes-Comedy-Hour-Musical-Masterpieces/20694
True, most of these are already available on past releases, but hopefully good sales will lead to Warners releasing the rest of the classic library to DVD and Blu-Ray in the future...

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hare O Space Jordan Rough Cut

Here's a rare look at the rough animatic of the second 'Hare Jordan' commercial from 1992. (These ads of course led up to 1996's Space Jam film..)
and here is the final version for comparison…

Monday, May 27, 2013

Warner Home Video Finally Lets Taz Loose

The 1991 animated series that gave The Tazmanian Devil a family is finally being released to DVD. I used to watch the series when it appeared on FOX Kids many, many years ago. It was a hilarious show that knew it was set in an animated world and took advantage of that fact.
You can read up on the show here in an earlier post: A DVD Suggestion MAY22,2006

As of May 14th, 2013 - Season 1, Part 1: Taz on the Loose was released by WHV
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Expect Season 1, Part 2: Who Let the Taz Out?! to be released on August 6th 2013 
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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Groovy! Earthworm Jim series heading to DVD

The animated series spun off from one of the most popular video games of the 90's is finally planning to hit DVD from Visual Entertainment Inc.
Earthworm Jim DVD news: DVD Plans for Earthworm Jim - The Complete Series | TVShowsOnDVD.com
I remember this being quite a strange, zany show featuring the great voice work of such talents as Dan Castellaneta (Homer Simpson, Megavolt, Genie, etc...) and Jim Cummings (Darkwing Duck, Tigger, Pete, etc...). Can't wait to own this collection!
Watch the Intro by following the link! Earthworm Jim Cartoon Intro - YouTube

Monday, January 30, 2012

David Alvarez Still Working on Tunes

I was happy to find out today that one of my favourite, influential Looney Tunes comic book illustrators is still working with the characters from Termite Terrace.
David Alvarez has been storyboarding for The Looney Tunes Show for season 2 and has claimed that the series will soon be taking a "more classic" direction soon. Here's hoping!

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Richard Williams Animated Ads

Here's a couple of great commercials directed by Richard Williams who would go on to be the animation director behind "Who Framed Roger Rabbit". Love these Tex Avery homages...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat Ahead of Schedule

There has been a change in schedule of the upcoming CG theatrical 3D Looney Tunes shorts.This weekend when Warner Bros Pictures releases "Happy Feet 2", expect to see Tweety Bird & Sylvester the cat opening, instead of Daffy Duck & Elmer Fudd.
http://insidemovies.ew.com/2011/11/14/tweety-bird-sylvester-looney-tunes-clip-exclusive/#more-53075
"I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat" is another song recorded by Mel Blanc that was released in the late forties. You can see a clip of the newly animated short by following the link above...

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sam Register @ Keynote

Sam Register, Executive VP Creative Affairs at Warner Bros Animation, spoke at Keynote MIPJunior 2011 giving the audience a look at what Warner Bros has coming up on their animated plate.

He speaks of the upcoming theatrical shorts starting with "Daffy Duck's Rhapsody" that will be shown before "Happy Feet 2" this holiday season. There is even a look at the last half of the short.I'm very impressed with the animation that is so fluid and wacky considering it is in CG and also they gave Elmer Fudd a rifle again. Can't wait to see the full short. Maybe in the theater, we'll have to wait and see...See the 27 minute mark of the video where Sam speaks of the upcoming shorts followed by the animated clip.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Looney Tunes Super Stars: Roadrunner & Wile E. Coyote

Warner Home Video released a new Looney Tunes DVD collection headlining some new to DVD shorts featuring the Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote. The viewer has a selection of either Full Screen or Widescreen presentations.Here's a sneek peek at the latest release with shorts ranging from 2010 to the 1960's...
"Coyote Falls" (2010)"Fur of Flying" (2010)"Rabid Rider" (2010)"Whizzard of Ow" (2003)"Chariots of Fur" (1994) *widescreen*Full Screen"Little Go Beep" (2000)"Sugar and Spies" (1966)"Clippety Clobbered" (1966)"The Solid Tin Coyote" (1966)"Out and Out Rout" (1966)"Shot and Bothered" (1966)"Chaser on the Rocks" (1965)"Highway Runnery" (1965)"Boulder Wham!" (1965)"Hairied & Hurried" (1965)

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Animation Homage in Upcoming Futurama

The final episode of the new season of Futurama will be paying homage to three distinct animation styles.
http://www.animationmagazine.net/tv/futurama-pays-home-to-different-animation-styles/
"Reincarnation" will revamp the Planet Express crew with three new looks in the vein of a Fleischer-style, a low res video game style and finally an Anime style. Catch it this Thursday Sept. 8...

Monday, September 05, 2011

Zee Best of Zee Best

Warner Home Video will be releasing a new Looney Tunes Super Stars collection this December starring Termite Terrace's self-proclaimed casanova, Pepe Le Pew.
http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Bugs-Bunny-Looney-Tunes-Comedy-Hour-Looney-Tunes-Super-Stars/15875
The new collection will contain the skunk's complete run of Chuck Jones directed shorts (1945-1957) as well as Arthur Davis' "Odor of the Day" (1948), Friz Freleng's "Dog Pounded" (1954) and Abe Levitow's "Really Scent" (1959).

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Essential Daffy Duck

Looks like Warner Home Video is following up on last year's release of 'The Essential Bugs Bunny' with a new 2-DVD set featuring that screwy fowl, "The Essential Daffy Duck".
http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Bugs-Bunny-Looney-Tunes-Comedy-Hour-The-Essential-Daffy-Duck/15649
This new release will have a total of 21 cartoons, both classic and modern. You can find the cartoon listing by clicking the link to TVshowsonDVD.com...

Darkwing Duck/ Ducktales Crossover Coming

The good people at BOOM! Studio are preparing a new crossover between two of their Disney titles.
http://www.comicvine.com/myvine/the_poet/news-darkwing-duck-duck-tales-crossover/87-70741/
There has always been a close connection between the two Disney Afternoon animated series, both on the screen and printed page, but this is the first story arc to feature both Disney Duck properties.
You can get a sneak peek of the artwork over on James Silvani's blog who is the primary artist working on the series currently.
http://silvaniart.blogspot.com/2011/06/finally.html

The Muppets are Coming

An all new international poster has been released for the upcoming Muppets movie coming this holiday season...
http://www.diszine.com/content/international-poster-for-the-muppets-released