Thursday, May 31, 2007

Wilma Flintstone's Dirty Little Secrets?

Featured today in many Canadian newspapers was an article reporting on Wilma Flintstone's secret past. Namely why her maiden name changed from "Pebble" to "Slaghoople" before she married Fred.
Earl Kress was able to give his two-cents with a simplified answer to this "theory".
Canadian news reporters tend to create news based on animated characters once in a while.
One that comes to mind is an article claiming that Homer Simpson is actually a Canadian from my hometown of Winnipeg. Taken out of context of Matt Groening mentioning his father, who Homer is based, hails from North Dakota.
Being a big fan of animation, it always embarrases me to read these so-called "top stories".

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Roger Rabbit in "Football Follies"

In the early 90's, W.D. Publications had their own comic line, Disney Comics, which included new adventures of Roger Rabbit.
The series only lasted 18 issues and it wasn't until issue 15 when new Maroon Cartoons were produced in comic strip form.
Here is the first story, "Football Follies", written by Doug Murray and art by Bill White & Val Dalchele.







Get Along Gang DVD Cancelled

Due to rights issues. Of course.
Read the story about the news here:

Friday, May 25, 2007

Jetsons: The Movie

I wonder if Warner Bros will release this 1990 feature onto DVD anytime soon?

I know it wasn't the best film, but for nostalgia sake it would be a good to see it on my DVD shelf. Keeping with the Jetsons theme, I actually found this Family Guy spoof rather amusing. That opening scene did always bug me....

Standard Simpsons Season 10 Box Art

Yesterday, the "head-box art" was released. Today, TVshowsonDVD has released the standard box artwork.

He-Man on the Big Screen? Again?

Warner Bros Pictures and Matrix producer Joel Silver have confirmed rumors that they are considering another live-action film based on the '80s Filmmation animated series.
The filmmakers are inspired by the recent blockbuster "300", employing green-screen filming and CG visual effects where warrior He-Man saves the people of Eternia from the evil Skeletor.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Another Look at the Upcoming Goof

Animated News has offered a link to a Dutch interview with one of the artists that has worked on the upcoming "Goofy: How to Hook up your Home Theatre" theatrical short.
The interview offers some pencil tests and animatics of the final film.

The Simpsons: Season 10

Watch for the complete 23 episodes of The Simpsons Tenth Season on DVD this August available in collectable Bart head-packaging!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal

The official website for the upcoming game has been launched!
Check it out here:

Supernatural Season 2

Here's one of my favorite non-animated shows on TV!
Supernatural: Season 2 hits DVD shelves on September 11th from Warner Home Video!
"They're back - the ghouls and vampires, the ghosts and spirits - and even more terrifying entities. And wherever these evil beings are, you'll find brothers Sam and Dean Winchester, hunters on the trail of the demon who murdered their mother... and of any other unholy agent of the Supernatural."

The Original Preston Blair Animation Book

First put together in 1947 by animator Preston Blair, he used examples of characters he had animated at MGM and Disney to demonstrate various animation principles.
Rights to certain characters were revoked by the time the book had already been in stores. The publication was halted for a time while Blair replaced many characters with generic designs of his own.
Check out the whole original book with thanks to ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive here:
http://www.animationarchive.org/2006/05/media-preston-blairs-animation-first.html




Tuesday, May 22, 2007

New Simpsons Movie TV Spot

This premired during the recent 400th episode.

Newest Transformers Trailer

You can see more scenes from the film in this new trailer for the upcoming Transformers Movie.
(listen for the classic transforming sound fx...)
I really don't care for the over-detailed robot designs, but it could end up being a cool picture...


Monday, May 21, 2007

Posterama!!

Check out the latest posters for upcoming animated events!
Pixar/Disney's Ratatouille! (in Brazillian)
Dreamworks' Bee Movie!

Lucusfilm's Clone Wars TV series!


Josie Hits DVD

The classic 70's show, Josie and the Pussycats, from Hanna-Barbera hits DVD this September!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Coming This August!

More Tiny Toons by Spumco!

Check it out! Another abandoned Tiny Toon's cartoon idea starring Hamton J. Pig & Gogo Dodo created by Spumco artists!
http://jimsmithcartoons.blogspot.com/2007/05/tiny-toons_16.html
You can clearly see that this story developed into the Ren & Stimpy cartoon, "Haunted House".

Disco! Sesame Street Style!

Who says disco is dead? I found these clips on Youtube and felt a bit of nostalgia watching them again. Love those dancing monsters!
Not sure if it does today, but Sesame Street really appealed to the grown ups back in the day...



Wednesday, May 16, 2007

More Tom & Jerry This September

Look for Tom & Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume 3 from Warner Home Video on Sept.11th!
This final DVD collection offers the 35 remaining Hanna-Barbera directed shorts including 15 Cinemascope cartoons in their original aspect ratios!
No word yet on the Gene Deitch and Chuck Jones directed shorts yet...

Tex Avery's Droopy: The Complete Theatrical Collection

I was lucky enough to pick up a copy of this brand new DVD collection featuring some of the best Tex Avery cartoons from MGM.
These classic cartoons bring back a lot of memories. Droopy was an all time favorite of mine and still is. After Tex Avery left Warner Bros, Droopy was one of his first MGM major characters following the Wolf.
You will find all of Droopy's 24 cartoon pictures with the last 7 in their original CinemaScope aspect ratios (16x9 letterbox)! The last 6 Droopy cartoons are taken over by animation director Michael Lah who carries on Tex's great tradition of hilarious slapstick.
The only major problem with the set are that 4 cartoons feature terrible DVNR problems that tend to disrupt the ordinarily crisp animation.
If your a fan of classic animation from the Golden Age, pick it up. If your a fan of cartoons, pick it up. If your looking for any DVD collection, pick it up. If Warner Bros Home Video sees great sales of this collection, it is possible they will release a complete Tex Avery collection, so pick it up!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

My Thoughts About Spiderman 3

I just realized, I never gave a review after seeing Spidey 3 last Friday.
Well I'm going to jump right in and say that I feel that this film was the poorest of the franchise.
My main beef with the film was "what was the reason for 6 different plot-lines happening throughout 1 movie?"
(Stop reading here if you haven't seen the movie yet...)

I felt that they "cheated" with the opening credits by inserting footage from the first two instead of using the traditional illustrations and paintings I personally enjoyed.
The weak introduction of the alien symbiote really annoyed me. (Very convienant for that tiny meteor to land there wasn't it?)
Sandman was treated poorly during the movie. I really enjoyed the animation during the introduction of the character, but the rest of his screen-time really wasn't experimented enough. (I didn't know Sandman could fly.)
Harry Osborn's Goblin 2.0 character seemed wasted as well. He had all the moves at the beginning of the film, but convientantly lost his memory so the movie could concentrate on the other 5 story arcs. His skills do come in handy during the big battle scene though...
Venom was wasted in this film I thought. Only one big battle with the evil character and his film career was finished. (Hopefully there is someway to bring back this awesome character, Carnage maybe?)
There was a lot of slow spots in the film as well. I know that this is necassary to get the characters emotions across but we already know about them, less talk more action.
Along with the bad is some good though.
I liked seeing Gwen Stacy on the screen finally. Her character seemed to be plopped in for convience though.
I enjoyed watching Peter fall victim to the alien symbiote. Spidey became more of a bad-ass which was great and Peter Parker's bad attitude was a refreshing change of pace.
I highly enjoyed Venom alot. He was handled well. I even accepted Topher Grace as Eddie Brock, a nice twist from the original "big muscled" character. The design and character animation was really cool to watch.
All in all, the movie is watchable and fun, but it's not the best thing to come out of the Spidey trilogy. There was a scare that this was going to be the last movie, but why cram so much into it? It seemed that the Venom storyline was well thought-out while the Sandman storyline was there for filler.
If you are a die-hard Spiderman fan like I am, you will be disapointed and left wanting more from it, no question. But if you are looking for a (I hate to say it...) fun, popcorn film, check it out.

Get Your Game On: Simpsons Style

Microsoft has unveiled a limited edition Simpsons-themed Xbox 360 to tie in with this summer's blockbuster, The Simpsons Movie.
Hopefully you die-hard fans can get your hands on one, because there are only 100 being produced to be given away at special events and promotions!
(Big Thanks to Dr.Gonzo for the info)

Monday, May 14, 2007

The Art of Reboot

The behind-the-scenes publication from Arcana Studio is now available for online ordering!
"The artbook will be a beautiful 104-page, hardcover book with art of your favourite characters such as Bob, Dot, Enzo, Matrix, Frisket, Megabyte, Hexadecimal and the rest of the cast!"

Tiny Toons by Spumco

Check out Jim Smith's blog for some rare Tiny Toons art created at the Spumco studio back in the day. The conceptual artwork was created for an unproduced story.
A Spumco produced Tiny Toons episode would have been awesome.

Grindhouse Movie Posters Parodies

SomethingAwful.com has a feature called Photoshop Phriday where people can submit pieces of art created in the Adobe program.
There is a special section for "Grindhouse Movies" where classic films get thier posters set in the Grindhouse style.
http://www.somethingawful.com/d/photoshop-phriday/grindhouse-movies.php?page=9
One of my favorites is posted up top.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day/ Anniversary!

Today is a special day. Not only is it Mother's Day, love ya Mom!, but May 13th is the 1 year anniversary of this blog! After only 131 posts, we've made it!
"Adventures of J.E. Daniels" would like to thank all the readers that take the time to check us out on a regular basis. For this special occasion, I have created a very special comic story for your enjoyment.



Thursday, May 10, 2007

Off the Wall by Alex Hirsch

There should be a demand for shows like this to be produced for television. I'd watch 'em.
"Off the Wall episode 1: Lady Trouble" is a great combination of live action and animation that tells a great little story.
Created by Alex Hirsch, I assume that this a student film while he attends CalArts. Keep up the great work Alex!
(a big thanks to Dr.Gonzo for the link!)

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Rare SNAFU Animation Art Found

Read the story here:
Paul Manchester’s great uncle, Harold “Al” Curry, served as a storyboard artist under Theodore Geisel (Dr. Suess) during the war.
Mr. Geisel worked with the classic Warner Bros cartoon directors to create a series of cartoons for the U.S. army starring a character named Snafu.

Among the rare artwork are collections of conceptual art, storyboards and painted animation cels!
Paul has even created an animatic film with one storyboard ("Weapon of War" 1944) and posted it for all to watch. Here is his explanation for doing so:
"My great uncle Harold "Al" Curry served as a storyboard artist under Capt. Theodor Geisel(Dr. Seuss) during WW2 and left me a lot of Private Snafu production art and this bound storyboard. I assembled it in IMovie and recorded the Seussian script in Garageband (not a professional voice artist- but you'll get the idea) I just thought it would be interesting for folks to see this short's storyboard. The film still exists in the National Archive, though prob no one has seen it in 60 years. With all the racial prejudice still in the world... in the US... it still is a pretty relevant message. WilWhimsey.com"

Robert Clampett's Birthday Today

Happy Birthday to Warner's looniest directors of the Golden Age!
According to:
http://dmgermain.blogspot.com/2007/05/its-bob-clampetts-birthday.html
"Mr. Clampett would have been 94 today if he had survived his heart attack 23 years ago..."

Tiny Toons in 2008?

According to a chat with Warner Home Video, there is a consideration for a 2008 release of the 1990's series to DVD. Yah!
http://news.toonzone.net/article.php?ID=16827
Thanks to the recent survey they conducted I'm sure...
"We're tiny, we're tooney, we're all a little looney..."

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Friday, May 04, 2007

Animated Spawn 10th Anniversary DVD

Happy 10th to the gritty, adult-oriented animated series!
Read more about the release here:

The Original Muppets Hit DVD Again!

Just announced today! The Muppet Show: Season 2 hits DVD this August!
See the cover art and special features here:

Let's Get Dangerous... Again!

Darkwing Duck Volume 2 on DVD this August!
Get the cover art and episode list here:
I was wondering if Disney was going to release this soon...

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Superman Doomsday Official Site

The DVD official site is now online! Check it out!
http://www.warnervideo.com/supermandoomsdaydvd/

Lady, Play Your Mandolin!

It's almost the weekend and you know what that means, it's party time!
Let this 1931 Merrie Melodies cartoon starring Foxy get you into the mood...

Strip of the Week

Thought since Spiderman 3 opens tomorrow, I would do a Spiderman related post.
Presenting "Spider-Ham in The Green Gobbler Returns". I came across this story in a 1992 issue of What The--?!