Friday, May 30, 2008

Happy 100th Mel!

May 30th 2008 marks the 100th birthday of animation's greatest voice actor, Mel Blanc!
He gave voice to basically the entire cast of the classic Looney Tunes cartoons!
Happy Birthday Mr.Blanc!This 1971 commercial finally gave fans a chance to put a face to the many, many voices Mel was responsible for...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Duckman is Coming! has received word that the DVD has been confirmed!
CBS DVD has announced that Duckman: Seasons 1 & 2 will be hitting shelves on September 16th 2008!
No special features have been listed yet, but Everett Peck, the character's creator, has stated there should be some "value added material" for the release!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

1986 - 1995

Back in 1996, Animation Magazine was celebrating it's 10 year run. They released a celebration issue complete with a time-line that pinpoints animation highlights.
Now let's take a look back at what was dubbed by some, the "Silver Age of animation"!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Book Look

I came across another neat little book in a dollar store a little while ago. (Dollar stores sometimes have great printed material for cheap!)Go the Distance is a 1997 publication that features a collection of production art from Walt Disney Animation telling the story of Hercules while you read the lyrics of the song.
For some reason though, no Hades artwork was included...

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries DVDs

The 1995 Warner Bros Animation series, "The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries" will be heading to DVD this fall!
Season 1 will be released as a 2-disc set in Sept 2008 with season 2 already in the works!
I wonder if this Warner Home Video's plan to keep the Looney Tunes characters mainstream? Will Taz-Mania and Duck Dodgers season sets be in the works as well?

Monday, May 12, 2008

Newest Animation/Live Action Venture

This brand new live action/animation Independent short film seems very intriguing!
I hope we get to see "Animated American" up here in Canada as soon as possible!
For more information, check this link from Cartoon Brew:

Friday, May 09, 2008

A Taz Tale With No Name

Here is yet another story from "Golden Comics Digest" featuring "The Tasmanian Devil and his tasty friends: Beep Beep and Wile E. Coyote"!

Toons Around Town

I've always seen cartoon characters around Winnipeg used in various forms of advertising over the years.
Here are some snapshots which I was able to gather over some time now.
Bugs Bunny is used to plug this companies' signs and banners:Panchito Pistoles from The Three Caballeros has been handing out glad tidings for years on the window of this local music shop...Seems that Popeye the Sailor is being used to promote big "muskles":And now here is another infamous Preston Blair swipe, the Canadian chain "Giant Tiger" has a logo that looks very similar to a design used in Mr. Blair's animation book:I always assumed that this bird was also a Preston Blair swipe, but it is nowhere in the book. I know I've seen this design somewhere...does anyone have a better idea?

Horton Ninja Anime

I hate to spoil the surprise for anyone who hasn't seen Blue Sky's Horton Hears a Who yet, but this scene had me in tears when I first saw it.
This traditionally animated scene came out of nowhere soon after Horton goes out on his quest of protecting the speck and it's so fast and hilarious....enjoy!
Wish they were making more animated features like this!

Monday, May 05, 2008

Wowsers! More Gadget in '09!

According to the current issue of Animation Magazine, DIC Entertainment is going to be reviving their bionic crime fighter for a brand new show to premier in early 2009.Inspector Gadget has had many spin-offs and reincarnations since the original show began in the early 1980's. (Gadget Boy, 2 live action films, Gadget & the Gadgetinis, a CGI feature...)The new show will have many of the original characters intact such as Penny, Brain, Chief Quimby and Dr. Claw. Complete with klutz comedy but with more of a darker edge.
The series will have a design style that will lean more towards anime and the direction will be more cinematic with unique camera angles and dramatic musical cues.If all goes smoothly, Inspector Gadget will be hitting airwaves with 52 half-hours next spring!

Classic Caballeros Collection

Disney Home Entertainment just released a double-feature on DVD last week which has both "Saludos Amigos" & "The Three Caballeros"!
The two films were inspired by a trip which Walt Disney himself and his crew of artists took to South America and Mexico.And keeping with the theme, here is a story which features one of the characters introduced in Saludos Amigos, Pedro the plane, teaming up with that flying elephant Dumbo...

Thursday, May 01, 2008

DMT Open House Today

Thought I would give my peers a plug by informing you, dear readers, that May 1st is Red River College's Digital Multimedia Technology course's Open House night!
It is our chance, the graduating students, to give the public and industry an inside look at what we can accomplish with the skills we've learned over the past 2 years.
So if you're going to be in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada tonight or tomorrow, come check us out!