Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Forgotten Warner Bros Star?

I came across an interesting book at the local Dollar Store, included with the Looney Tunes Big Face Books run in 2000, there was a new story called "Peter Cottontail: In Hot Water".
Could this story have been a proposed pilot for an upcoming Warner Bros star? The designs are clearly inspired by the classic Looney Tunes look, (I like Fausto's Daffy cane head).
The copyright mentions, "Peter Cottontail, characters, names and all related indicia are trademarks of Warner Bros 2000".
I wonder if there were any other Peter Cottontail stories produced?

Monday, April 28, 2008

Foggy Devil

Straight from the pages of Golden Comics Digest No. 10, May 1970 comes another weird Looney Tunes crossover.
Foghorn J. Leghorn and the Tasmanian Devil star in "The Frightful Appetite".

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Cartoon Network Shorties

In the earlier days of Cartoon Network, when they actually played classic cartoons, there were mini cartoons, called Shorties, that would play during commercial breaks.
These Shorties would put the classic Hanna-Barbera characters into modern situations using various animation techniques.





And an Adult Swim promo that just cracks me up...

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Jetson Animation

Hanna Barbera's The Jetsons have been used in various ad campaigns over the years and here are a few I've found recently. Including the recently released TUMS ad!
(I guess it's safe to say I'm a Jetsons' fan due to the many Jetson-related posts I've had recently, oh well....)




Earthworm Jim Revival?

It has been announced that Interplay is partnering with franchise creator Doug TenNapel to bring life back to the classic Earthworm Jim with a new game, animated series and feature film.
http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=18353
http://blog.wired.com/games/2008/04/new-earthworm-j.html

The original animated series ran for 2 seasons during the 90's as part of the KidsWB line-up.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy Earth Day!

Here's the classic 1971 Earth Day poster featuring Pogo and Porkypine written and illustrated by Walt Kelly!

Monday, April 21, 2008

NYC Goes Looney

The Centennial Tribute show, "Tex Avery, Michael Maltese: Putting Looney in the Toons" will be appearing at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science during it's usual "Monday Nights with Oscar" series on May 5th.
http://www.animationmagazine.net/article/8219John Canemaker will be hosting the special event that showcases both the animator/director and writer who were both born in 1908.

Jetson Heartburn

Launching today is a new TUMS Quikpak campaign from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare.
The new "instant-dissolve antacid powder" is hoping to re-energize the classic TUMS brand by giving it a fresh look by featuring the family of the future: The Jetsons!
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/080421/nym023a.html?.v=3
Look for the new 30 second spot on a national network or cable channel today!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Jiminy Cricket! An Odd Disney Team Up!

I recently posted a story starring Warner Bros stars Bugs Bunny and Cool Cat from an old issue of Gold Key Comics. Well I also found another Golden Magazine Special from 1969, "Walt Disney Comics Digest #7"!
It also features weird team-ups such as this first story starring Jiminy Cricket & Mad Madam Mim with a cameo of everyone's favorite villian, Pete!

Woody Vol 2 Released

Universal Studios had a great product last year with 'The Woody Woodpecker and Friends: Classic Cartoon Collection: Volume 1", http://jedaniels-adventures.blogspot.com/2007/07/woody-woodpecker-and-friends-classic.html
so as of April 15th, they released "The Woody Woodpecker and Friends: Volume 2"!This recent set features Woody Woodpecker cartoons that ran in theaters from 1952 - 1958. Other cartoons starring Walter Lantz's Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Andy Panda, Chilly Willy, Cartune Classics and Swing Symphonies range from the years 1932 - 1965.
These cartoons also introduced Woody's nephew and niece, "Knothead & Splinter" plus Woody's love interest, "Winnie Woodpecker"!The DVD set also boasts great special features such as "Behind the Scenes with Walter Lantz" where the boss himself takes the audience through every aspect of traditional animated cartoon making, no computers at all folks! There are 2 rare TV pilots featuring "Space Mouse" and "Sam 'n Simian"!The early Oswald cartoons are surprisingly risque full of adult humor which had me laughing. There are great musical cartoons with the animation timed perfectly as which one would expect from the Cartune Classics/Swing Symphonies collection.As the years went by, production values were trimmed down and you can tell with the limited animation and toned-down character designs but the humor and gags remained.With 75 uncut classic cartoons in another DVD collection, how can you go wrong? Will 2009 bring a 3rd collection? I guess only time, and sales, will tell....And now for your viewing pleasure, yet another Teletoon Retro promo featuring a certain crazy woodpecker!