Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Essential Daffy Duck

Looks like Warner Home Video is following up on last year's release of 'The Essential Bugs Bunny' with a new 2-DVD set featuring that screwy fowl, "The Essential Daffy Duck".
http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Bugs-Bunny-Looney-Tunes-Comedy-Hour-The-Essential-Daffy-Duck/15649
This new release will have a total of 21 cartoons, both classic and modern. You can find the cartoon listing by clicking the link to TVshowsonDVD.com...

Darkwing Duck/ Ducktales Crossover Coming

The good people at BOOM! Studio are preparing a new crossover between two of their Disney titles.
http://www.comicvine.com/myvine/the_poet/news-darkwing-duck-duck-tales-crossover/87-70741/
There has always been a close connection between the two Disney Afternoon animated series, both on the screen and printed page, but this is the first story arc to feature both Disney Duck properties.
You can get a sneak peek of the artwork over on James Silvani's blog who is the primary artist working on the series currently.
http://silvaniart.blogspot.com/2011/06/finally.html

The Muppets are Coming

An all new international poster has been released for the upcoming Muppets movie coming this holiday season...
http://www.diszine.com/content/international-poster-for-the-muppets-released

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Pat Ventura Blog

Animator Pat Ventura started his own blog recently and he's been posting some great artwork he created during several productions he worked on for Hanna-Barbera and Cartoon Network...
http://patcartoons.blogspot.com/

Looney Tunes #200

As of July 6th, DC Comics has released the 200th issue of their long-running Looney Tunes title. Hopefully there is more than 1 new story released this issue...
http://dccomics.com/dcu/comics/?cm=19061

Don Gato y su Pandilla Trailer

Here is the first trailer for the Mexican release of Top Cat: The Movie from Illusion Studios...

Friday, July 08, 2011

Seth MacFarlane Rebooting Bedrock

Recently FOX announced that Seth MacFarlane, creator of "Family Guy" among others, has been given the go-ahead to reboot "The Flintstones" with a modern animated series.
http://tv.ign.com/articles/116/1168551p1.html
Hopefully the new show will capture the appeal of the original series from Hanna-Barbera and will not just be the same humor used on MacFarlane's other series.
The Flintstones had a resurrection once before on Cartoon Network back in 2001 with a brand new special that used new designs based on the old designs of the original series that ran from 1960 - 1966.

The Looney Tunes Show Comes Home

Warner Home Video is releasing the newest Looney Tunes franchise to DVD sooner than expected!
http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Looney-Tunes-Season-1-Volume-1/15616
The first 4 episodes of the new animated series, "The Looney Tunes Show" will be released on DVD this September...

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Hare in my Soup Artwork

After the success of the first theatrical short starring Roger Rabbit, "Tummy Trouble"(1989), new stories and ideas were designed to create further adventures for the rabbit.One such idea had Roger working as a waiter in a restaurant where calamity was sure to ensue, but the creative differences between Amblin and Disney, who both owned rights to the character, had a disagreement over the story and it was eventually scrapped.
Some animation cel set-ups created during the creative process of the non-produced short "Hare in my Soup" have turned up on the great Roger Rabbit- related blog "Toontown Antics" and I must say the character design of the head waiter is very impressive.
http://toontownantics.blogspot.com/2011/06/hare-in-my-soup.html
Click the link to view more of the artwork. It's a shame that the short was never produced for it seemed to flush out another character-driven story for the bunny rather than being a super-sitter to Baby Herman...

Smears, Multiples & Other Animation Gimmicks

A cool, new animation-related Tumblr that deals with a subject that usually passes by the viewers eye in a single frame: The animated smear.
http://animationsmears.tumblr.com/In live action - a motion blur is natural, in animation - you have to make your own.

New CG Looney Tunes Coming to Theaters

It seems that Warner Bros Animation had some success with the 3 CG Roadrunner cartoons released theatrically in 2010 because they are planning on releasing 3 more, 2 featuring the voice recordings of the late, great voice artist Mel Blanc!
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2011/06/classic-looney-tunes-characters-returning-to-theaters-with-their-original-voice.html
Expect to see the first cartoon "Daffy Duck's Rhapsody" released with "Happy Feet 2" this holiday season...