Monday, March 29, 2010

A Look at "Almost There"

I've been enjoying a copy of Disney's "The Princess & The Frog" and I must admit one of my favorite scenes is the fantasy sequence "Almost There".The art design of the scene is quite inspired by the popular styles of the early 1900s.According to Sue Nichols, visual development artist, "Art styles such as art deco in the style of Erté, art nouveau with poster designers like Alphonse Mucha and ethnic American art from such Harlem renaissance artists as Aaron Douglas helped me create a look that's new and different yet still feels like it would have existed during the time period."Enjoy a brief clip of the visually appealing scene here:

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Roger Rabbit Rarities

You can come across the unexpected so often on YouTube these days.
Here's a couple of clips featuring behind-the-scene looks at Roger Rabbit during the characters' heyday. The first clip features very early pencil & animation tests of early character designs of both Jessica and Roger. It would seem that Paul Reubens (a.k.a. Pee Wee Herman) was an early cast choice to voice the funny bunny.

The second clip talks about the making of Tummy Trouble, the first single Roger Rabbit/Baby Herman short created in 1989. If you watch carefully, there seems to be a scene featuring an out-of-place scene of Roger singing "Happy Birthday". Could this be an early animatic of the scrapped short, "Hare in my Soup"?

There seems to be so much forgotten material left out of the Vista Series DVD special edition from 2003. Hopefully we can see more of this rare material eventually on another home video release in the future. (Maybe when the rumored sequel hits home?)

Son of the Return of the Revenge of the 3D Man

Keeping up with the recent 3D fad, I've decided to share a Darkwing Duck story that was originally printed in a special 3D issue of Disney Adventures magazine from 1992.
Darkwing battles 3-D Man, a villain who is out for revenge. (sorry, you gotta find your own red/blue glasses)

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Disney's Newest Hand Drawn Feature Hits Home Soon

Disney Animation's return to traditional 2D animation will be released on DVD & Blu-ray on March 16th!
The Princess & The Frog from the classic Disney animation directors, John Musker and Ron Clements will be available to own next week and I am looking forward to it. The film itself wasn't the best thing Disney has done, but it is a well-put together film with great animation, songs and story.
Toonzone.net has a sneek peek of the special features that should be available on the upcoming release as well as some great "fun facts" that went into the film's production.
http://www.toonzone.net/news/articles/32909/disney-releases-bonus-video-clips-from-princess-and-the-frog-dvdblu-ray

Monday, March 08, 2010

Pink Panther & Pals Premiere

There was a post on this blog speaking of a new Pink Panther animated series back in 2008 and now Cartoon Network has premiered the first episode as of March the 7th.
http://pinkpanther.mgm.com/
Thanks to YouTube, you can watch the first episode here. Better make it quick before it gets yanked. I really like the fact that the show's creators rethought their original "baby-versions" of the Pink Panther gang, but instead, redesigned the characters with a "modern" take. I do not care much for Pink's design but The Ant and The Aardvark make up for it. I don't know why, but their first cartoon really reminded me of watching Disney's Shnookums & Meat for the first time. Can't wait to see more of these shorts, they might just get better over time.



I hope Cartoon Network continues this classic cartoon resurgence with "Looney Tunes: Laff Riot" soon. They may be on their way to bringing funny cartoons to television again...