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1. 15 Rare Color Photos Of Walt Disney And Artists You Probably Haven’t Seen Before

The Disney studio in 1956—in glorious color!

The post 15 Rare Color Photos Of Walt Disney And Artists You Probably Haven’t Seen Before appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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2. Must-See Los Angeles Art Show: ‘Woody Woodpecker & The Avant-Garde’

Miró, Matisse, Picasso, and...Woody Woodpecker?

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3. MoMA To Present ‘From Doodles To Pixels,’ An 8-Part Retrospective on Spanish Animation

A must-see screening series of Spanish animation, past and present, is coming to New York City.

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4. Rediscovered Photos Of The Greatest Animation Cocktail of the 20th Century

What happened in Montreal in 1967 has never happened before or since.

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5. Making A Nuclear Apocalypse: How The Iconic Sequence In ‘Terminator 2’ Was Created

Early digital effects were mixed in with breakfast cereal and matzo crackers to create one of the iconic sequences in contemporary cinema.

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6. An Oral History of ILM’s ‘Dragonheart’ On Its 20th Anniversary

"Dragonheart," released twenty years ago this week, was a live-action film that had one of the first digital characters you could believe in. We talk to the ILM artists who created it.

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7. Watch: 25th Anniversary ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Panel That Took Place in LA

Watch these personal stories about the making of the Disney classic "Beauty and the Beast."

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8. ‘Belladonna of Sadness,’ 1970s Anime Erotica Masterpiece, Gets A U.S. Theatrical Release, Blu-Ray, and Art Book

Forty-three years after its release, one of the weirdest Japanese animated features is receiving its due recognition in the United States.

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9. Every Popeye Fan Needs This Free Popeye Poster

Over 100 classic Popeye cartoons on one poster.

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10. Ant and the Aardvark, The Inspector, and Crazylegs Crane Coming To Blu-Ray

Rare classic cartoons are coming to Blu-ray at an affordable price.

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11. What's Up Cookie?


Steven James Petruccio

This is a digital painting I recently finished for "The Little Cookie" coming out later this year.



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12. DC’s ‘Hanna-Barbera Beyond’ Will Remix and Reimagine Classic Characters

Hanna-Barbera characters like you've never seen them before.

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13. Daffy Duck Crazy Laugh Supercut

This supercut of Daffy Duck looniness is a masterclass in how to combine animation and audio to build a great cartoon personality.

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14. John Canemaker Unlocks The Secrets of ‘Fantasia”s Sweatbox Notes

What do long-lost sweatbox notes reveal about the creation of one of Disney's finest films?

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15. Pixel desert

Desert scene in a minimalistic pixel art style, for a Talk Retro site redesign.

Available as a high quality art print.

More images: MetinSeven.com.

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16. ‘John Lennon Sketchbook’ Makes Official Online Debut

A poignant peek into the mind of a Beatle whose talents extended past creating immortal music.

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17. Birthday for A Little Princess

Some years ago I was asked to step in to illustrate " A Little Princess"  for Penguin Books because the original artist commissioned became ill.  I had just finished " SHARKSI" for them so this was a pleasant departure.



" And what a party it was."
from  A Little Princess

Steven James Petruccio

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18. Happy 75th Birthday, Bugs Bunny! Here’s 7.5 Times You Changed Cartoons Forever

Now 75, Bugs Bunny remains a towering influence. We look at some of his greatest hits.

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19. An Animation Fan Offers A Dramatic Reading of Bugs Bunny’s Life

Bugs Bunny's life explained by a true animation fan.

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20. Never-Before-Seen Footage of John Culhane, John Lasseter, Woolie Reitherman and Friends

The footage is from a 1981 Disney tour to dozens of colleges.

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21. See the New 50th Anniversary ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ Stamps

A dedication ceremony, open to the public, will take place on October 1st.

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22. Have Fear, Five Animated Horror Classics Are Here

Discover five of Cartoon Brew's favorite creepy classics, based upon the literary works of Edgar Allen Poe, Franz Kafka, and more.

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23. Happy Thanksgiving!

Blame it on the yams!

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24. An Appreciation of Chuck Jones’ ‘One Froggy Evening’ On Its 60th Birthday

Sixty years ago on this day — December 31, 1955 — a short masterpiece was released into movie theaters: Chuck Jones’ One Froggy Evening. No one said anything at the time because hardly anyone ever said anything about animation at the time.

Eventually the short gained its due recognition. “The Citizen Kane of animated shorts,” Steven Spielberg once called it, and even if Spielberg had said nothing, this wordless wonder would still qualify as one of the finest of Jones’ couple of hundred Warner Bros. shorts.

Before we proceed any further though, let’s watch the film:

Let me admit: as many times as I’ve watched this film, I still cannot understand how it was made. Technically, I get it, but there’s something else going on that is impenetrable. Every member of Jones’ team is operating at the peak of their craft, a level achieved through decades of toil and refinement, yet their collaboration appears so seamless and absolute that it does not seem possible for the cartoon to have been created by mere mortals. As the skies above us and the ground below us, this cartoon is a perfectly formed natural wonder that cannot be improved upon.

The credit is due to just a couple handfuls of key individuals: Michael Maltese’s story structure reveals just enough but not all of the mystery; Abe Levitow, Richard Thompson, Ken Harris, and Ben Washam bring the characters to life through perfectly timed and funny animation (it’s funny because it’s perfectly timed); the layouts of Bob Gribbroek and background paintings of Phil DeGuard drop us into the middle of a believable mid-20th century American metropolis. And let’s not forget the musical stylings of Milt Franklyn, the sound effects of Treg Brown, and certainly not the voice of Michigan J. Frog himself, Bill Roberts.

And consider this: Jones’s crew made a new short every three weeks or so. These guys didn’t labor over this film for years, and they certainly didn’t have time to reflect or be precious about it. They simply churned it out, as they did countless others, over and over again. Lather, rinse, repeat, and eventually retire.

But it is director Jones himself who reminds us why he is considered one of animation’s greats. The presence of Jones, who created more layout drawings per film than almost any other Golden Age theatrical short director, can be felt in every expression and pose of One Froggy Evening. Jones doesn’t rely on pre-existing stock poses or expressions. He is a cartoonist who is a master of his universe, and he effortlessly creates custom poses and expressions for each and every scene, in his inimitable style that can only be described as Jonesian.

Jones’ advantage is that he has something that most comedy animation directors, then or now, don’t have, which is an obsession for detail. When he couldn’t find the proper ragtime tune for his singing frog, he wrote his own from scratch with the help of Maltese, resulting in “The Michigan Rag.” The song sounds so authentic that to this day people wonder which songs in the film were pre-existing and which were created specifically for the film (this site explains it all).

His gift for observation extended to his amphibian star. As a frog owner myself, I’m routinely annoyed when animators don’t take the time to get frogs right. When a frog swallows his food, his eyes sink deep into his head. Few animators seem to notice this. But there is no such laziness in Jones’s work. “I remembered from when I was a kid,” Chuck Jones once explained. “Any boy that’s ever picked up a frog knows how the body sits and the limbs hang down. So we had to be certain, in those first few seconds on the screen, that when [Michigan] appeared he looked like a frog. Even that his eyes blinked upward.”

Perhaps audiences didn’t notice every single directorial choice that Jones made during the course of the production. Eyes blinking upward certainly won’t make or break any cartoon. But those hundreds of directorial choices in an animated film eventually add up. And audiences always notice one thing: does the director care? Jones cared. He obsessed. And in this rare instance, he made all the right choices, resulting in a perfect cartoon gem.

Frankly, I’m content with the fact that I’ll never understand how he and his crew made it.

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25. Princess Theme

Here are a couple of princess images I created.  One was for a Halloween book and features my daughter with her friends and cousin. The other is a spread from A Little Princess which I stepped in to illustrate for another illustrator when she could not meet the deadline...I'm glad I took the job!



Halloween Counting Fun



A Little Princess

Watercolor Illustrations by
Steven James Petruccio


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