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Entries from December 29th, 2008

More from Life: Hanna-Barbera, 1960

December 29th, 2008 · No Comments · Animation studios, Animators, Filmmakers, Television animation

The caption in the Life/Google archive for the photo above (by Allan Grant) reads: "Carlo Vinci, artist drawing cartoon at Hanna-barbara [sic] productions." Taken in 1960, the year Hanna Barbera became the force in television animation with The Flintstones, when it debuted on the ABC network on prime time.  The image below has the caption: […]

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Ari Folman on Funding Animated Documentaries

December 24th, 2008 · No Comments · Documentary films, Feature films

Although animated documentaries are one of the most exciting areas of filmmaking today, in an interview for Comingsoon.net, Waltz with Bashir director Ari Forman in discussing the problems getting funding, notes, The problem was clearing the film as an animated documentary. This was the main problem, because people sit in documentary funds, they get 10 […]

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Max Fleischer at The Brooklyn Daily Eagle

December 23rd, 2008 · No Comments · Filmmakers, Producers

Steve Hulett, on The Animation Guild blog, noted this story by Joel Feingold from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle on Max Fleischer’s days as a cartoonist at the paper from 1901 to 1905. It also reprints several examples of his work, including the one on the left, from August 1902,  noting “Chawles’ resemblance to Betty Boop.” […]

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More From Life: Widescreen, Big Screen

December 23rd, 2008 · No Comments · Film exhibition, Film technology

The premiere of the first Cinerama film, This is Cinerama, at the Broadway Theater on September 30, 1952, marked a turning point in film history. The three-projector process developed by Fred Waller spelled the end of the old Academy aperture format that had dominated filmmaking from its very inception, and was the first effective response […]

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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa & Bolt

December 22nd, 2008 · 1 Comment · Animation technology, Computer animation, Feature films, Stereoscopic films

I am a little late in reporting my thoughts on Madagascar: Escape to Africa, the new DreamWorks Animation movie directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath, and Bolt, the new stereo 3D film directed by Byron Howard and Chris Williams. Madagascar 2, which continues the screwball capers of the original, seems much the better of […]

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Do You Know This Krazy Kat?

December 14th, 2008 · No Comments · Animation studios, Filmmakers, History and criticism, Short films

The Nitrate Film Interest Group of the Association of Moving Image Archivists‘ has a Flicker site where archivists post frame scans (and clips) of unidentified films. The above "frame scan is from the end of the film when the audience realizes that Krazy has been eating his furniture in his sleep." David Bordwell recently noted […]

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Astro Boy and Anime Come to the Americas Is Now Available

December 10th, 2008 · No Comments · Books, Japan, Television animation

Though the official publication date is March 2009, Astro Boy and Anime Come to the Americas: An Insider’s View of the Birth of a Pop Culture Phenomenon, Fred Ladd’s personal history of anime and his involvement in it, is now available and is priced at $35.00. (I am the second author, though save for writing […]

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More From Life: Gerald McBoing Boing

December 8th, 2008 · No Comments · Animation studios, Cel animation, Short films

Whenever I lecture about UPA, I almost always mention the Life magazine story about Gerald McBoing Boing as an indicator of how popular the film was. Thus, it was no surprise to find a whole slew of images from the film in the Google/Life magazine archives. What is interesting is that they were apparently photographed […]

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More From Life: The Battle of Warner Bros.

December 7th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Politics, Unions

The posting by Google of digitized images from the vaults of Life magazine has led to a number of bloggers (including myself) to mine it for all sorts of wonderful images. I thought I would add to the feeding frenzy with a series of postings, starting with some pictures from the fabled Battle of Warner […]

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"An audience with Miyazaki, Japan’s animation king"

December 4th, 2008 · No Comments · Anime, Filmmakers

The Japan Times just published this story by Mark Schilling about an appearance by Hayao Miyazaki’s at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Tokyo on November 20th. He notes that, "After the event, his most widely quoted remark was a dig at Prime Minister Taro Aso, who has often publicly proclaimed his love of manga. "It’s […]

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ASIFA-Atlanta’s First Annual Gallery Show of Art Inspired by the Golden Age of Comics & Cartoons

December 2nd, 2008 · No Comments · Animators, Events

John Kricfalusi, among others, said that the most important qualification for an animator is the ability to draw. If so, you can see how well qualified Atlanta animators are starting this Saturday, when ASIFA-Atlanta will debut its first annual art show of work by its members; the exhibition, featuring work inspired by the Golden Age […]

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"Cartoons Without Computers? Silly Animators!"

December 1st, 2008 · No Comments · Filmmakers, Independent animators

This is the title of an interesting story in yesterday’s New York Times about independent, adult-oriented animation, which notes that, Serious animation is not unknown in the United States, although the market situation might be comparable to that of California wine, pre-1976. “Waltz With Bashir,” the coming Sony Pictures Classics animated release about the Israeli […]

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