Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Early Cartoon Network Ad

Here's a 1995 magazine ad for Cartoon Network.
(Guess they never kept their word about "forever"....)

Spumco's NBC Peacock

I came across a couple of articles in early 90's issues of Wild Cartoon Kingdom addressing Spumco's 10 second station identifications made for NBC.



WHV Announces Vol 3 For A & P&TB

If you didn't understand the title for this post,
Warner Home Video has announced Animaniacs: Volume 3 and Pinky & The Brain: Volume 3!
Check out the cover art and the episode listings by following the links!
http://tvshowsondvd.com/animaniacs3
http://tvshowsondvd.com/pinkyandthebrain3
The Animaniacs and the 2 lab mice will be returning to DVD this upcoming June!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Jim Davis' Animated Comic Strip

Seems to be a Jim Davis evening,
I came across a book I had tucked away, "U.S. Acres Runs Amuck: The Fourth Book", published in 1989.
U.S. Acres was another Jim Davis favorite of mine. It seemed that the gags used in the strip were a lot more "animated-inspired" than Garfield was.
U.S. Acres was part of the saturday morning "Garfied & Friends" show, and a lot of the strips were animated into little segments known as "U.S. Acres Quickies".
Not to sure if the strip was preperation of the upcoming animated series, but I always loved the wacky antics of these barnyard characters.

Wacky Garfield Gags

This is a personal favorite Garfield book that was published in 1986, "The -Unabridged -Uncensored -Unbelievable Garfield".
This was a unique collection of gags by Jim Davis and like the cover suggests, "gags you've never seen before...", not too sure if they've been used again?
I'm guessing these were doodles or deleted gags not used in the actual strip at the time. A clever idea for fresh material.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Simpsons Series 1 Online Feature

At Spawn.com, McFarlane Toys unleashes The Simpsons Online Feature for the first series of their line of Simpsons figures!
http://spawn.com/features/simpsons1/
The new feature will highlight:
  • All-new figure photos
  • QuickTime VRs
  • Packaging photos
  • Full figure specifications
  • Desktop wallpaper
  • Printable backdrops
Check it out now!

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Muddy Mudskipper

Wonder if John K and the old Spumco crew ever had the same idea of creating an actual Muddy Mudskipper cartoon?
Marvel Comics beat them to the punch by creating this one-shot story featuring Stimpy's favorite "puppet" in The Ren & Stimpy Show #4 from 1993.
(Muddy's adversary is Cicero Seagull from the cartoon, "Untamed World".)
I noticed that the story isn't credited. If it's the same people who worked on the main story, Written by Dan Slott, Illustrated by Mike Kazaleh, Lettered by Brad K. Joyce and Colored by Ed Lazellari.

Disney Television Animation Est: 1985

Way back in 1985, Disney wanted to strengthen its presence in live action and television programming. Walt Disney Television Animation was formed and its first two series starred original characters.
The Wuzzles and the Adventures of the Gummi Bears premiered on Saturday mornings.
I recently finished watching Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears: Vol 1 on DVD.

I must say for a 22-year-old show, it holds up really well. The animation is very well done compared to other animated shows from that time. The stories are full of adventure like the title of the series suggests, and they actually fit well with today's standard of storytelling. The Gummi Bears live in a mythical kingdom filled with kingdoms, beasts and creatures. Watching it all over again reminded me a little of Lord of the Rings and/or Harry Potter.
The main Gummi Bear characters are Grammi, Zummi, Cubbi, Tummi, Gruffi and Sunni. In the same vein as the 7 dwarves, each name suggests the characteristic of each individual. They live in a secret location called Gummi Glen where they live and cook their defensive potion, Gummi Berry Juice. Their main way of transportation is the quick tunnels which use cars that travel along long railways that run underneath the woods built by the ancient Gummies.
The series starts off as young Cavin, a page from the local Dunwyn Castle, meets the Gummi Bears for the first time. Cavin was given an heirloom from his grandfather which turns out to be an ancient Gummi medallion. The medallion is the key to open Zummi's Great Book which is full of the magic and history of the Great Gummi heritage.Once the book has been opened, the Gummies are shown the treasures of the past which included information of ancient Gummi machines, Gummi lands, Gummi spells that leads to many fun filled storylines.
The great dictator which plans to destroy and take over Dunwyn, is Duke Igthorn and his army of Ogres. The Gummi Bears help the humans secretly by foiling Igthorn's plans whenever they can. There are many other dangers that the Gummies encounter such as gargoyles, goblins, sprites, dragons, wizards and mean-spirited humans.
I found an article printed in a 1988 issue of Cartoon Quarterly that looks behind the scenes of Walt Disney Television Animation.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Bedrock Chronicles

I wonder what Flintstones show is going to be next on Warner Home Video's DVD list?
To give you an idea of how many Flintstones spin-off shows there were, I found this article in a 1988 issue of Cartoon Quarterly with words and art by the great illustrator, Scott Shaw!

Justice League on the Big Screen?

Warner Bros Pictures has announced their future plans to bring the DC Comic Franchise to theatres.
http://www.variety.com/article
Originally, Warner Bros had to scrap their plans for a Batman/Superman film because of the recent Batman Begins and Superman Returns. Now that those films have been released, the JLA may find it's way onto the big screen.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Tex Avery Time

Here's a classic Droopy cartoon from 1951 directed by Tex Avery!

Up Late With Stewie & Brian

Stewie Griffin and Brian will be hosting a ten minute Flash animated talk show on MySpace.com that will be launched on Feb.25th at 8:00pm. (Opposite the Oscars)
http://www.variety.com/article
The main premise of the event is a promotion for the brand new FOX show "The Winner".
http://www.fox.com/programming/new/winner.htm
The live action show comes from a former "Family Guy" writer Ricky Blitt, as well as "Family Guy" creator Seth McFarlane.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Tony Craig & Roberts Gannaway

You may not know these two men, but if you've grown up watching Disney television animated shows, you've probably seen their work.
Personally Tad Stones is the best thing to happen to The Disney Afternoon by having a hand in creating such TV shows such as Chip 'N Dale Rescue Rangers, Tale Spin, Darkwing Duck, Aladdin: the Series, just to name a few.
But when The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa hit the small screen in their "Tex Avery-ish" animated adventures, it was thanks to Craig & Gannaway. These two guys had a flair for cartoony shows that featured alot of stretch 'n squash and plenty of gags.
My personal favorite of their's would have to be House of Mouse. Made up with cartoons from another Craig & Gannaway show, Mickey MouseWorks, this show had it all.
I've taken the time to gather up some links to articles which talk about the creators and their past series for your viewing pleasure:
Disney's Little Big Screen: Turning Animated Features into TV Series
Animation and Music: You Can't Have One Without The Other
Reworking an Icon: Mickey MouseWorks
Disney Shorts - 2001 Index

Looney Tunes in Italian

Here's a cool image that jumped out at me!
http://www.liberonweb.com
"Looney Tunes - That's All Folks!" is a 2006 publication printed overseas made up of a collection of Looney Tunes stories.
The rough English translation of the description reads as "144 crazy adventures and 2 "films to comic strips" of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Titti and Silvestro, Taddeo, Porky Pig, Yosemite Sam, Taz, the devil of the Tasmania, Willy the Coyote, Beep Beep... and many others".
Wish it was available in North America!

Tasmanian Devils in Trouble

The Australian critters, which has been the inspiration for the whirling Looney Tune character Taz, have been contaminated with a lethal contagious facial cancer that could make the Devils extinct within 10 years time. Wildlife experts are now trying to solve the problem.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/02/20/wdevil20.xml