Monday, June 30, 2008

The Roadrunner: Official Spokesman

According to what Misce-looney-ous has posted and other sources have listed, the Looney Tunes' Roadrunner must have a record for most commercial appearances.
Here are 2 more commercials of the Roadrunner advertising Sedex, a delivery company in Brazil.

Spectacular DVD in September

The Spectacular Spider-Man is coming!The new series will have it's first DVD release on September 9th which will contain 3 episodes pieced together into a feature length story arc.
http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Spectacular-Spider-Man-Attack-of-Lizard/9960
No word on a season 1 set yet...

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Abominable Snow Buzzard

I was going through my comic collection and came across this little gem.
In DC Comics' Looney Tunes # 85, Beaky Buzzard has a solo story that features Hugo the Abominable Snowman.
The story opens up like the classic Beaky cartoons by Bob Clampett and features writing by Earl Kress and art by Dave Alvarez. David's drawings of Beaky really look like the classic 40's designs. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Looney Tunes Promote Good Health

Just when you thought cartoon characters were going to disappear from food packaging, Warner Bros Consumer Products makes a deal with Safeway that will have the Looney Tunes gang promoting good eating.http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20080604005430&newsLang=en
"Eating Right Kids is the first broad product line to feature entertainment characters and be dedicated solely to a healthier eating philosophy. Parents will now have an ally helping them show their kids that better-for-you foods can taste good and be fun at the same time."
Heck, I think I'll even pick up some of these products when they start moving onto Safeway shelves later this year, but not because of the neat Looney Tunes designs, because of the healthy food. Yeah, that's it...

A Pup Named Scooby-Doo DVD Look

The first season of this 80's show finally hit DVD earlier this year.
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo: The Complete 1st Season is my favorite Scooby-Doo incarnation because for an 80's series, it was really wacky and animated.The late 80's saw a lot of improvement for animation which was probably influenced by Ralph Bakshi's Mighty Mouse and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.Pup's producer Tom Ruegger really wanted to create a funny show full of slapstick humor. Ruegger went on to work on other animated hits such as Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs.The DVD set features the first 13 episodes as well as a collection of feaurettes where Tom Ruegger walks the audience through the many aspects that went into creating the spin-off Scooby-Doo series. There is also an animatic of a slightly alternate show opening!The first 13 episodes included are:
"A Bicycle Built for Boo!"-"The Sludge Monster from the Earth's Core"-"The Schnook Who Took My Comic Book"-"Wanted Chedder Alive"-"For Letter or Worse"-"The Babysitter from Beyond"-"Now Museum, Now You Don't"-"Snow Place Like Home"-"Scooby Dude"-"Ghost Who's Coming to Dinner"-"The Story Stick"-"Robopup"-"Lights...Camera...Monster".
I enjoyed reliving this wacky series, hopefully Warner Home Video will be releasing the remaining seasons on DVD...

Saturday, June 21, 2008

More Mystery Info

TVshowsonDVD.com has received more information about the Sept 09th release of The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries: Season 1 from Warner Home Video!
http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Sylvester-Tweety-Mysteries-Season-1/9888
Complete with a look at the final cover artwork as well as episode listings!

iTunes Goes Goofy Again

The brand new theatrical cartoon "How to Hook up Your Home Theater" featuring Disney's Goofy is available for purchase again after a short hiatus.
http://www.2719hyperion.com/2008/06/get-goofy-on-itunes.html
Unfortunately, the short is not available in the Canadian iTunes store. I hope it gets a DVD release in the future...

Birds of a Feather

Here is a story that was reprinted in a 1969 issue of Gold Key's "Beep Beep the Road Runner".
Beaky Buzzard has a guest appearance in the story and it looks like the artist uses the character designs of the first Roadrunner cartoon, "Fast and Furry-ous".

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Simpsons Indent

Here's a neat little Simpsons indent that played on a UK TV network to promote The Simpsons Movie last year. Check out the cool 3D background near the end...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Wild Chase 2?

In the upcoming August issue of Looney Tunes from DC Comics, it seems the writers are rehashing the 1965 cartoon "The Wild Chase".http://dccomics.com/comics/?cm=9996
According to the description: "It's the race of the year as Speedy Gonzales and The Road Runner finally face off!"
Well, if they are copying the story I hope Dave Alvarez is on board doing the artwork. It should be interesting to see his take on the action.
Now, just so I can use any excuse to post the actual cartoon here, here is 1965's The Wild Chase!

Oscar Martin's Tom & Jerry

During the early 90's Harvey Comics decided to get the rights to some classic cartoon characters to get more mainstream with comic collectors.
Harvey started to print their own Tom & Jerry title with stories that were originally created overseas. Artist and writer Oscar Martin really captures the classic design and slapstick humor of these characters. Fortunately enough he was working with Tom & Jerry since the early 80's!If you wish to learn more and see more of Oscar Martin's artwork and stories, follow the link to his online portfolio!
http://www.oscarmartin.net/oscar_eng/begin.htm

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Goofy Available on iTunes: Sort of...

According to a recent thread on the Golden Age Cartoons Forums,
http://forums.goldenagecartoons.com/showthread.php?t=11397
the new theatrical short "How to Hook up Your Home Theater" featuring Goofy is available for purchase on iTunes!Unfortunately, for the time being, the short is not available in either the Canadian or US stores. Hopefully someone in charge will correct this problem soon.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Gold Key Bugs

Here's an interesting story I came across in a 1956 Gold Key Giant Comic collection called "Bugs Bunny: Winter Fun".
This particular story features Bugs, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Playboy Penguin & Yosemite Sam.
I believe this is Playboy's only Gold Key comic appearance? Chuck Jones fans will notice that some of the story seems to be adapted from the 1950 cartoon, "8 Ball Bunny"...