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 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!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

This Old Mouse

November 18th, 2008 marks the 80th Birthday of Walt Disney's greatest creation.
With the release of a sound cartoon titled "Steamboat Willie" at the Colony Theater in New York way back in 1928, a whistling Mickey Mouse was introduced to theater going audiences.Technically a cartoon called "Plane Crazy" introduced the mouse months earlier, but due to it's soundtrack, "Steamboat Willie" is considered the first true Mickey Mouse cartoon.
Mickey wasn't Walt's first cartoon creation.
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit starred in many different animated cartoons before Walt lost the rights to the rabbit in 1927.Walt learned a very valuable lesson and went back to the drawing board. "Mortimer the Mouse" had developed on paper, but at the suggestion of Walt's wife, Mickey Mouse became the character's final moniker.
And the rest, as they say, is animated history. I'm sure Mickey and the Gang will still be entertaining audiences in one form or another for many more years.

More Spider-Ham Backup Stories

Straight from the back pages of Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham #3 (1985) comes a short story featuring a poke at a recent big screen superhero.Steve Skeates and Jose R. Albelo present Iron-Mouse!

Monday, November 17, 2008

A Look Back: Whitman's Yosemite Sam

Here's another example of Whitman Comic's "Yosemite Sam and Bugs Bunny" title.
Created in 1973, so it's not the most politically correct story but if features a lot of great artwork. Would anyone out there in Internet-land know the name of the artist behind these stories?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Spiffy New WB Animation Logo

Warner Bros Animation has revamped their logo and you can see it released with the premier of the new Batman: Brave and the Bold animated series on Cartoon Network.
View the new animated logo in action on Cartoon Brew:
Love that retro Bugs Bunny design!

John K Jetsons Layouts

Recently, John K has blogged about his memories working on the 1985 revamp of Hanna-Barbera's The Jetsons.
John K comments: "All I wanted to do on the Jetsons was design character models, but Bill and Joe sent me to Taipei to train a crew of Chinese (Taiwanese) assistant animators to do layouts. Doing layouts on a show that has appealing designs is where the fun is anyway."
Check out a scene from a finished episode that was based on layouts by John K. You can tell that the animation is a product of great cartoony poses in his style.

A Look Back: Slimer!

As The Real Ghostbusters animated series gained popularity on Saturday Mornings during the 80's, the series' comic relief was given his own series of 15 minute cartoon adventures expanding the show to a one-hour block.Slimer became the headliner during the '88-'89 season when the show became "Slimer! and The Real Ghostbusters". The kid-friendly cartoons were geared more towards slapstick and gave the ghost new friends and new enemies.
Spook Central: The Ghostbusters Companion has a short synopsis and listing of all 33 cartoons here:
The following screenshots are from a 1989 episode of The Real Ghostbusters that is included as a special feature on the Ghostbusters 2 DVD. As you can see, a number of people who were working on the Slimer cartoons went onto other animated shows that were popular during the 1990s.These cartoons will finally be available on DVD when Time Life releases "The Real Ghostbusters Complete Collection" later this month!Now Comics (1985 - 1990) published a comic based on The Real Ghostbusters and soon turned out a title simply called Slimer! based on the new cartoons.
And now finally the reason I am even making this blog post, here is a gag-filled story from Slimer! #2 (1989) with great art work using a more realistic style than the actual cartoons themselves.