Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Here's a compilation of various animated characters with a "spooky" theme.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Today's the Day: October 30th

The 5th volume of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection is available now @ your local retailer!
Get your copy now!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Pixar Short Films Collection

A new DVD collection of 13 Pixar Animation's past shorts is presented in a first volume DVD to be released on November the 6th!
The shorts appear on the DVD in order of their release year. (1984 - 2007)
Ultimate Disney has an early review posted here:
http://ultimatedisney.com/pixarshorts-vol1-667.html

Popeye 2nd Volume in June?

According to very early news from TVshowsonDVD.com, that just may be the case!
http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Popeye-Volume-2-Rumors/8340

Disney Goes Wacky

I always like to say that Darkwing Duck was Disney's first step into "Warner Bros-esque" wackiness.
See for yourself with a couple of cartoony gags...

Pool Party
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Nega Fall
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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Duck Amuck: Clerks Style

Here's an homage to Chuck Jones' classic Daffy cartoon by Clerks: The Animated Series.

They Want to Laugh

The Warner Brothers and their sister Dot give their opinion about the way cartoons and features should be produced.
I couldn't agree more....

Smurfs: The Official Word

TVshowsonDVD.com has recieved the official announcement for the upcoming Smurfs DVD from Warner Home Video!
http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Smurfs-Season-1-Volume-1-Official_Announcement/8337
Expect to see the first volume of season 1 in February 2008!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Stimpy the Animator

Love this clip from "Stimpy's Cartoon Show".
I'm sure everyone has this sense of excitement when starting into the animation field.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Garfield Gets Real in November

Fox Home Entertainment is releasing a brand new all-CG animated film this November, "Garfield Gets Real".
See the cover art and read more about this release here:
http://www.dvdactive.com/news/releases/garfield-gets-real.html
(At least he looks a lot more like himself then those live action flicks....)

Hanna Barbera Classics 2008 DVDs?

TVshowsonDVD.com has received rumored words about possible DVD sets being released by Warner Home Video in 2008.
Various Hanna Barbera series such as "Frankenstein Jr. & The Impossibles"!
http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Frankenstein-Jr-Impossibles-Rumors/8325
"The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show"!
http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Pebbles-Bamm-Bamm-Rumors/8326
And finally, "The Richie Rich/ Scooby-Doo Hour"!
http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Richie-Rich-Scooby-Doo-Hour-Rumors/8327
Interesting choices on Warner Bros' part.
I suppose they're targeting people who like Flintstone spin-offs, superheroes and Scooby Doo.
(Is Tiny Toon Adventures still on the radar Warners?)

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Treehouse of Horror XVIII

Here's the lowdown on 2007's Treehouse of Terror,

Mr. and Mrs. Simpson
- Homer and Marge in a Mr. and Mrs. Smith parody.
E.T. Go Home - Bart and Lisa try to help Kodos return to his home planet, or at least that's what Kodos wants them to think.
Heck House - when Bart and his friends go too far in playing pranks on Halloween, Flanders turns the church into a Hell House that's a real killer.

The new Halloween episode will air November 4th! (always after Oct.31st, isn't it?)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Just in Time for Christmas

The Simpson's Movie will be hitting DVD shelves on December 18th!
For a look at the cover art and extra features, follow the link!
http://www.dvdactive.com/news/releases/the-simpsons-movie.html

Hear a Who in March

Here's the latest one-sheet for Blue Sky Animation's attempt at a classic Dr. Seuss story, "Horton Hears a Who!"
See it in theatres in March '08!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Doh! Teacher Fired Over Simpsons Movie

Not very smart for a teacher.
In New Haven, Conn. school officials have fired a substitute teacher for showing a bootleg of The Simpsons Movie to grade school kids.
Read the story here:
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/connecticut/ny-bc-ct--teacherfired1019oct19,0,6436484.story

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Just 2 More Weeks

Get your wallets and DVD players ready!
Just a reminder that on October 30th, Warner Bros Home Video is releasing "The Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 5"!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Foghorn Leghorn in Pullet Surprise

Here's a gem from 1996, Chuck Jones Production's Foghorn Leghorn cartoon, "Pullet Surprise".
This cartoon is cleverly directed by Darrel Van Citters who previously directed 1990's "Box office Bunny".
Pullet Surprise had a theatrical run along side Turner Feature Animation's "Cats Don't Dance" and I was lucky enough to catch it on the big screen.
It's great to see Pete Puma animated once again in a Looney Tunes cartoon. My only beef about this is Foghorn's voice. It is a bit off, but the cartoon as a whole makes up for that. Check it out!

Joe Alaskey of the 80's

I was unaware of Joe Alaskey's stand-up comedy career of the 1980's. He was known for his various impersonations of famous people such as Jackie Gleason, Don Knotts, William Shatner and many more.
Today, Alaskey provides many voices for various animated shows. He has provided service for Warner Bros taking on the roles of many classic Looney Tunes such as Bugs Bunny, Marvin the Martian, Sylvester, Tweety and Daffy Duck.
I think it was a wise choice on Warner Bros part to cast him with roles originated by Mel Blanc. In the following clips, you can hear a little bit of Mel Blanc's tone in his impersonations.

Friday, October 12, 2007

The No Pill

A school assignment created with Photoshop and After Effects!
Animated by fellow student, Ryan Bollenbach
http://bollenbachdesign.blogspot.com/
Drawings by yours truly.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Mickey Mouse's 60th Birthday Special

Here's a rare find on YouTube, the 1988 special "Mickey's 60th Birthday" in 8 parts!
After Mickey uses magic to repair Roger Rabbit's mess during the celebration, a sorcerer casts a spell on Mickey which makes everyone forget who he is.
The world is a kimble without their favorite mouse apparently...
The special features limited animation/ live action where Mickey guest appears on such 80's shows as "Family Ties" and "Cheers".
Why oh why was the 80's such an awkward time when it came to entertainment? Cheese and corn are at an all-time high during this special.
Personally, I found the Roger Rabbit cameos the best part of this special along with Mickey being harrassed by Norm in Cheers.
part 1
part 2
part 3
part 4
part 5
part 6
part 7
part 8

Teaser Image for Astro Boy

Toon Zone has required the first news about the upcoming, CG Astro Boy film from Imagi Animation Studios!
Click the link for an exclusive interview with animator Jakob Jensen who has worked on the film!
http://news.toonzone.net/article.php?ID=19257

Sunday, October 07, 2007

A Shameless Plug

Hello folks!
Just wanted to take advantage of my blog to call attention to my DeviantArt spot!
http://jpox.deviantart.com/
I don't just talk about cartoons, I also draw 'em!
In my gallery, you can find illustrations, photography and Flash Animation!
Here's a sample of my work to peak your interest....

Thursday, October 04, 2007

A Little Powerhouse

Here's a nice animation created by a student featuring the ever-popular tune by Raymond Scott used in many classic Warner Bros cartoons.....
(hear it once, and you can't get it out of your head...)

Monday, October 01, 2007

The Simpsons and the Movie References

"The Adventures of Accordion Guy in the 21st Century" has a great article about various Simpsons scenes from past seasons and their classic film influences.
I wasn't aware of many of the comparisons listed here:
http://www.joeydevilla.com/2007/09/22/simpsons-scenes-and-their-reference-movies/
Great read, well worth a look!