Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Bob Bergen & Billy West Talk Looney Tunes

Here's a little behind-the-scenes look at "A Looney Tunes Sing-A-Long Christmas" with clips from "Bah Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas" mixed in.
Modern voice actors Bob Bergen and Billy West talk about their involvement in keeping the Looney Tunes cast speaking and how they decided to make funny voices for a living.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Official Fleischer Superman Hits DVD

Warner Home Video has officially announced a 2 disc set featuring all 17 of the original Max Fleischer Superman theatrical shorts to be released in April 2009!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Have Yourself a Merry Christmas

Here's a featured line of songs from "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas" to help you get into the spirit of the holidays!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Happy Holidays!

Christmas Day is almost here! Let's celebrate a little by viewing some beautifully painted backgrounds from 1952's "Pluto's Christmas Tree".

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wild Green Yonder Box Art

TVshowsonDVD.com has gotten hold of the box art for the upcoming 4th Futurama film, "Into the Wild Green Yonder" which will be released February 24th.Futurama-Into-the-Wild-Green-Yonder
Will this be the final time we see the Planet Express crew? I suppose public demand and sales of all 4 films will ultimately decide their fate.
Let's watch a preview!

Pink Panther Classic Cartoon Collection Press Release

TVshowsonDVD.com has received the press release for the 9-Disc set of the original cartoon series that will be available January 27th.
In addition to the collection, 6 out of 9 discs will be available individually but I think unfortunately they're the last 3 which haven't been available already. (The Inspector Vol 2, Roland and Ratfink and "Cartoons")

Cheech and Chong Get Animated Make Over

Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong will be entering the land of animation with Cheech and Chong's Smokin' Animated Movie.
The film will take their library of recorded comedy based on pot humor during the '70s and '80s and will be animated so that audiences can watch the 2 characters interact and react during the classic skits.

Monday, December 08, 2008

PVP The Series Hits DVD

The online animated series based on Scott Kurtz's PVP webcomic has been pressed to DVD form and will be ready to ship in January.
The DVD will contain all 12 webisodes plus audio commentaries and plenty of behind-the-scenes stuff!

Christmas Comes to Pac-Land

Here's a trip down memory lane if your were a kid of the 80's.
Hanna-Barbera created a cartoon series based on the popular video game Pac-Man and also made a prime-time television special for Christmas of 1982."Christmas Comes to Pac-Land" is a story about Santa Claus crash-landing his sleigh in Pac-Land which introduces Pac-Man and his family to the celebrated holiday. Here's the special in 3 parts:

Saturday, December 06, 2008

The Muppets on YouTube

I just accidentally found out that several classic Muppet characters have started they're own YouTube accounts! If Jim Henson was still among us, I'm sure he would have jumped at the chance of taking advantage of this new media as well.You can see what type of antics Rizzo the Rat, Fozzie Bear, Swedish Chef, Sam the Eagle, Beaker, Statler & Waldorf and Gonzo the Great have been up to lately with their own "personal" shot videos!
The Muppets on YouTube PlaylistAccording to this article posted on ToughPigs, the videos premiered near the 4th of July with Sam the Eagle's "Stars & Stripes FOREVER!"

I wonder how many more videos will be turning up from different Muppets in the future?

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

More Harvey Comics

Here are some more great examples of the classic Harvey Comics characters with great art from the various artists that also worked on the animated Harveytoons.
These strips are from several titles such as "Harvey Hits" and "Casper The Friendly Ghost"...

Favorite Woodys

Universal is getting ready to release another Woody Woodpecker DVD collection, but not "Woody Woodpecker & Friends Classic Cartoon Collection Vol 3" (yet?).It will be a single disc release called Woody Woodpecker Favorites and will be a collection of 20 or so classic cartoons plus 2 complete episodes of the classic television show.
If the price of the larger collector DVD collections doesn't sit well with you, this March 2009 release will be your chance to own some great classic cartoons from the Walter Lantz studios.

Book of Pixar Shorts

The Art of Pixar Short Films by animation devotee Amid Amidi goes behind the scenes of Pixar's many short films with plenty of interviews and production artwork.http://www.chroniclebooks.com/Pixar-Short-Films
With a forward by John Lasseter and 300 color illustrations, this book should be included in any animation fan's library.
The book should be available in stores on January 7th (February 19th in Canada).

Sunday, November 30, 2008

A Look Back: Danger Mouse Comic Stories

When Marvel Comics' began producing a Count_Duckula title back in 1988, it wasn't long until a fellow British animated star joined the series with their own back-up stories.
Danger Mouse had his first story premier in Count Duckula #3.
DM's stories frequently broke the forth-wall by having the characters aware they are in a comic book. The characters would talk to the audience and interact with the artists and comic strip props. The first story is no different.

Friday, November 28, 2008

H-B Mini Books

Cartoon historian, Jerry Beck, has teamed up with Insight Editions to bring Hanna-Barbera fans a line of mini books that touch upon 3 H-B classic series.
Tom & Jerry, The Flintstones and Scooby-Doo are presented in 4", 48 page, hardcover books that cover the history of each Hanna Barbera shows.Hopefully Mr. Beck will be writing more minis on other H-B properties. These are quite affordable and informative.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

New Ice Age 3 Trailer

Apple.com has the new trailer for next summer's Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs!
It would seem that Scrat, the trilogy's comedy relief, has a new challenge to face...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Astro Boy Teaser Premieres

The first teaser trailer for the big-screen adaptation of the classic anime series has hit the web!
Judging by the first sneak peek of this CG film, it doesn't look terrible. Imagi Animation Studios is the same crew that handled the CG TMNT film so they know how to handle an animated action film.
The film is set to be released to theaters in October of 2009.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

More Oscar Martin Tom & Jerry

Back in June, I made a post about Harvey Comic's Tom & Jerry comic that featured great artwork from Spain cartoonist Oscar Martin.
Oscar was pleased that I mentioned his artwork in my last post, so why not include another great Tom & Jerry story? This story was originally published in North America back in a 1992 issue of Harvey Classics' Tom & Jerry and Friends.As you animation fans may have noticed, this story is a tribute to Tex Avery's Wolf & Red cartoons. There is even a little "Thanks Tex" in the last panel.
Oscar Martin has been illustrating Tom & Jerry stories since the 1980's among other famous cartoon characters. He has even launched a new website to showcase his career and work.
Check out the link for more great Oscar Martin artwork!