Friday, June 23, 2006

The Return of Zoidberg!

Hey Bloggers! Just found out about this great news!

June 22, 2006
Comedy Central Revives 'Futurama'
Latest Fox Project to Reappear on Cable
By James Hibberd
Three years after Fox canceled the show, Matt Groening's "Futurama" will resume production for a 13-episode run on Comedy Central. The new episodes will be added to the network's library of 72 "Futurama" episodes previously licensed from 20th Century Fox Television. Voice talent Billy West, Katey Sagal and John DiMaggio will return for the new episodes, which will debut in 2008.

"There is a deep and passionate fan base for this intelligent and very funny show that matches perfectly with our audience and it is great that we can offer them not just the existing library, but something they've never seen as well," said David Bernath, senior VP, programming, Comedy Central.

"Futurama" marks the third Fox project revived by basic cable in recent years. New episodes of "Greg the Bunny" are being ordered by IFC, and Fox resurrected "Family Guy" after the series found success on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The Macarena: Animaniacs Style

While preparing for the DVD release of Warner Bros Animaniacs next month, thought I would post this clip I found on youtube. Catchy little tune ....

Poor Slappy Squirrel, she never knows what the joke is....

The Birth of a Logo

Hiya' Bloggers! I haven't posted much lately, I've been kind of busy with other things.
I'll let you in on what I was fiddling around with tonight. My girlfriend Judy loves to scrapbook and asked me to design her a logo.
Of course that was a while ago, so now I figured I'd better get started. Love you Hon!
The first step was to do a little thought processing. The name for her product is "Judy Maid: Just For You". The word "made" being spelled "m" "a" "i" "d" bugs her mom so she figured on keeping the spelling that way.
The thought of an actual house maid came to mind, but that seems out of place, that would say more "cleaning" then "scrapbooking".
To keep the logo more personal, Judy loves our cat, KitKat. So I figured it would be cute to include him somewhere in the design. I found the perfect picture:
Ain't he cute?
Next was to fiddle around with a design. From what I've learned in school was that a logo works best in a square or circlular shape. Using photoshop, I started by cropping the picture so that only Kit's head remained. I then applied various filters to the image and came up with this:

Next, I imported this picture into Freehand, an illustration program which is slowly disappearing, and tinkered with typography and color. Originally, Judy wanted KitKat in a star, but that didn't look right, so I included some smaller stars in the design. My original idea was to keep the logo black and white but Judy wanted a spot of color. As I moved a piece of the image, a blue outline appeared, and Judy liked the blue color. The type chosen gives the logo a "fun" feel which Judy likes. The first housemaid image stuck with me so I included a little maid cap for Kit to wear. So here is the final image:

Now Judy has something to include at the end of her scrapbooks. Hope you people like it as much as Judy does!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Looney Tunes: 2004

These were the only Looney Tunes produced by Larry Doyle in 2004 in hopes of reviving their popularity.
Sadly, with the Back in Action movie not responding well to audiences, these cartoons were not seen in theatres.
These shorts are not the greatest, but it's nice to see some new Looney Tunes shorts anyway.
There are some funny gags & jokes in these but they just don't save these cartoons from failing.....(a big thanks to ThadK for posting these on YouTube!)
(Sorry people, these were taken off YouTube, but you didn't miss anything..)

Old Drawings, New Drawings

Hello Bloggers! I've been recently doodling some stuff which I've colored with Photoshop, and have been thumbing through some old files. Hope you enjoy these!

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Just Watched Pixar's Cars

Another gem from Pixar! I highly recommend this film! Personally, it was weird watching this picture. The automobile characters are animated so "real", after walking out of the theatre, you would think you could strike up a conversation with one of the cars outside..... but that's just me.
I will say it wasn't the best thing Pixar has done, let's not forget the Incredibles. I think that's going to be a hard one to beat for themselves.
The film wasn't filled with slapstick action throughout, it does have exciting scenes where they are expected, but the story in itself is classic Pixar fair.
That's the difference between Pixar and the other studios, underlying stories. Alot of the other animated movies that keep coming out these days have your basic storyline, start to finish, with pop culture refrences thrown in here and there.
So go out and see it! But if you have your doubts, wait until it's out on DVD, either way, it won't disappoint! Oh yeah, stay and watch the credits to the end!

Saturday, June 10, 2006

The Creator of Speedy, Foghorn & Taz

Here's yet another looney article! Robert McKimson was, as the article states, "a seldom-celebrated third man of Warner's Looney Tunes." Anyone who loves to wear their Taz t-shirt or sing "doo dah, doo dah" can thank this great man for that! This article was originally printed in a 1991 Comics Scene magazine.

Space Jam: Behind the Scenes

Well, today seems to be Looney Tunes day here in Blogger world. This next post talks about the animation process that went into producing the movie Space Jam. The article was originally printed in a special collector edition of Sports Illustrated for Kids, (but you could probably tell that by the cover scan). The illustration on the cover was done by Tony Cervone & Jeff Siergey.

A Looney Future: As Seen in 1992

This was an article posted in Comics Scene Yearbook from 1992. The good people at Warner Bros animation had some high hopes for their beloved looney Tune characters back in the day of Tiny Toons, Taz-Mania, & Batman. Enjoy the read!

An Animator Legend






Hey Bloggers! I've decided to post an interview article from a 1992 Comics Scene special publication called Yearbook. The article was originally published sometime in the late '80s before the release of Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Chuck Jones was one of the best directors during the golden years at Warner Bros. Hope you enjoy this classic article....

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Supafied Updated!


The Super Mario Bros fan film website has been updated! Click the link on the right to learn more about the movie!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Popeye!!


Press Release Source: Warner Home Video
Warner Home Video Opens a Can of Spinach as It Prepares to Distribute Popeye
Tuesday June 6, 3:46 pm ET I Yam What I Yam! The Most Popular ''Sailor Man'' Comes to DVD in 2007
BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 6, 2006--Warner Home Video (WHV), Hearst Entertainment and King Features Syndicate have reached an agreement for the exclusive worldwide home entertainment distribution of both the classic Popeye theatrical animated shorts and the Popeye made-for-TV animated shorts. The announcement was jointly made by Jeff Brown, WHV Senior Vice President and General Manager TV and Franchise, and T.R. ("Rocky") Shepard III, President of King Features Syndicate.

WHV will be the exclusive worldwide home entertainment distributor for all classic Popeye theatrical and television properties. The new agreement has cleared Warner's home video distribution rights for the original 231 Popeye animated shorts released theatrically by Paramount Pictures between 1933 and 1957. In addition, WHV has licensed the exclusive rights to 220 Popeye made-for-TV animated shorts produced from 1960 to 1962, 65 episodes of The Continuing Adventures of Popeye, produced from 1978 to 1981 (consisting of 161 animated shorts) and 26 Popeye & Son shorts produced in 1987. Warner's first Popeye DVD release is expected to street in 2007.

The theatrical library consists of 120 black & white shorts (106 of these were produced by Fleischer Studios, the remaining 14 were produced by Famous Studios) and 111 Technicolor cartoons (three produced by Fleischer Studios and 108 produced by Famous Studios). Warner Home Video plans to commence preservation and restoration activities immediately.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

A Favorite Samurai Jack Episode

One of my favorite Samurai Jack episodes is "Episode XXVIII". It is included on the just-released season three set. The dvd description reads as: "When a man's daughter is kidnapped by Aku's children, Jack must infiltrate a rave to stop the musical brainwashing."
The art design of this series is spectacular! I especially love the work on this episode. The main part of the story happens at a rave, so there is a nice rythmic bass beat throughout the story. I've posted screenshots of the episode to illustrate the great artwork that goes into these episodes! Very nice!