Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Marvin the Martian Planned for X-Mas '11

According to a recent Animation Magazine article, Warner Bros Pictures is gearing up to give the classic Looney Tunes character his own feature film.
With a director, writers and a possible voice actor lined up, fans can "look forward to" Marvin's big screen debut in 2011.

U.S. Acres Christmas #5

YOU Can be Mighty Mouse

In celebration of the upcoming Jan.5th release of "Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures", CBS has released a website that helps you create a photo of yourself as the show's headliner.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Very Merry Cricket: Background Art

Keeping up with the Christmas theme, may I share with you some screen grabs of Chuck Jones' 1973 television special "A Very Merry Cricket", which was itself a sequel to "The Cricket in Time Square".People of New York seem to have forgotten the Christmas spirit so Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse head off to the country to find help from their old friend, Chester C. Cricket, who once before calmed the citizens with soothing music.You can find this classic special among other Chuck Jones Productions animated shows on The Chuck Jones Collection DVD from Lionsgate.

U.S. Acres Christmas #2

Saturday, December 19, 2009

U.S. Acres Christmas #1

Starting today I thought I would present a series of strips with a Christmas theme featuring the U.S. Acres gang from 1988, created by Jim Davis and Brett Koth.

Roger Rabbit 2 Being Written?

This rumor seems to have been going on for years. According to recent interviews with the filmmaker, Robert Zemeckis has announced that a sequel(?) to Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) is being planned and he will make use of motion capture technology plus 3D like the last films he has directed.
I dunno, it could be a good thing and I would like to see Roger again, but in CG and 3D?

George & Junior's Christmas Spectacular

Here's a CN What a Cartoon Show short from 1995 starring Tex Avery's bear duo: George & Junior as they help Santa out by delivering a present that's been left behind.

There was a short series of George & Junior shorts produced for Hanna-Barbera by Patrick A. Ventura who used a really wild, cartoony style. The animation is very limited, but the gags and drawings make good use of it.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

All Trapped Up (1995)

Thought I would share with you a short holiday-themed comic story from DC Comics' Looney Tunes featuring Sylvester and Sylvester Jr...

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Yogi Bear Film Underway

Looks like Warner Bros is going through with it.
That smarter-than-average bear that premiered on Hanna-Barbera's "The Huckleberry Hound Show" way back in 1958 before spinning-off into his own series will be hitting the silver screen in a brand new film that will blend live-action with CG animation.
The film is currently filming in New Zealand and will feature the voices of Dan Aykroyd as Yogi Bear and Justin Timberlake as Boo Boo. I have no immediate intention on seeing this at all. I'll wait to see a trailer first, but the whole idea seems "off" to me.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

I just watched this film from Disney Animation for the first time in about 15 years and I got to admit, it holds up well. Since I'm getting set to see "The Princess & The Frog" this weekend, I picked up a copy of "The Rescuers Down Under" while Christmas shopping.
The movie is filled with great traditional animation while still experimenting with early computer animation. A great cast consisting of Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, George C. Scott, Tristan Rogers and John Candy.
I remembered having an article about this feature so I thought I would share it with you. From the pages of a 1990 Comics Scene magazine straight to your computer screen. Stay tuned afterward for a brief behind-the-scenes look courtesy of YouTube...

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Johnny Bravo Struts onto DVD

Voted a fan-favorite by Cartoon Network viewers way back in 1995 during the run of a series of one-shot cartoon shorts collected as World Premiere Toons/ What A Cartoon!, Van Partible's Johnny Bravo will finally be available on DVD in 2010!
This 2-disc: first season set is the first available through Warner Home Video's "Cartoon Network Hall of Fame" line up.
The most popular cartoons of these early CN compilations, were chosen for their own series. Could we finally see Genndy Tartakovsky's "Dexter's Laboratory" and David Feiss' "Cow and Chicken" on later DVD sets? Hopefully!
In the meantime, here's the opening theme to Johnny Bravo, that self-proclaimed "heart-breaker" and "one-man army".