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Discover five of Cartoon Brew's favorite creepy classics, based upon the literary works of Edgar Allen Poe, Franz Kafka, and more.Add a Comment
A dedication ceremony, open to the public, will take place on October 1st.Add a Comment
The footage is from a 1981 Disney tour to dozens of colleges.Add a Comment
Bugs Bunny's life explained by a true animation fan.Add a Comment
Now 75, Bugs Bunny remains a towering influence. We look at some of his greatest hits.Add a Comment
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.
A poignant peek into the mind of a Beatle whose talents extended past creating immortal music.Add a Comment
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.Add a Comment
What do long-lost sweatbox notes reveal about the creation of one of Disney's finest films?Add a Comment
This supercut of Daffy Duck looniness is a masterclass in how to combine animation and audio to build a great cartoon personality.Add a Comment
I am a big fan of subversive books, say the ”recommended inappropriate books for kids” featured in Lane Smith’s Curious Pages. That said, I also have observed that kids respond better to some of these more than others, an issue I explored years ago in a Horn Book article “Pets and Other Fishy Books.” And so, when I ran into Jon Scieszka a few months ago and he excitedly told me about the forthcoming Battle Bunny, I was intrigued but also wary — was this a book kids would get or would it be something more amusing for adults? So when an advanced copy of the book showed up in the mail recently I took it to school to see what my students thought.
First of all, let me try to explain just what it is (and how tricky it was to read aloud). If you look at the cover above you can perhaps see that it appears to be a sweet book of the Golden Book sort, originally titled Birthday Bunny, that has been erased, scribbled on, and reworked by…someone. I began by showing the cover to the kids and we discussed what that original book was; some of them knew Golden Books, but all of them appreciated that it was meant to be one of those sweet little journey books they’d all read when very small. Next we explored the scribbles — evidently someone named Alex had received the book from his grandmother for his birthday (there is an inscription on the inside front cover), wasn’t too happy, and decided to make it into a completely new story. And so he thoroughly erased the original title and put his own in instead. As for the interior, he crossed-out text, added new words and art, and turns the story into something completely different.
The first day I tried reading the book aloud on my own— alternating between the original text and Alex’s. The next day I invited one child to join me, reading Alex’s story and then had the kids take over completely — one reading Birthday Bunny and the other reading Battle Bunny. They had a great time! It may well be that the best way to take in the book is solo or with one other child, but I still think it was a blast to read this way. The group reacted, pointed out small things to one another, and just had a lot of fun. Jon tells me they are planning on providing a copy of The Birthday Bunny online for kids to print out and rework just as Alex did. Great idea!
So for those like me who go for this sort of thing (and not everyone does, I know), The Battle Bunny is an excellent addition to the world of subversive books for children.
On Thursday, May 30, the Filmpodium Zurich in Switzerland will present a screening of nine Warner Bros. shorts directed by the legendary Bob Clampett. The show is being presented in honor of his centennial, which was earlier this month. Clampett’s work isn’t well known in Switzerland and the film lineup is a solid primer to his work:
Better yet, each film will be introduced by Swiss animator and historian Oswald Iten, who will discuss different facets of Clampett’s visual style. Iten runs one of my favorite animation blogs Colorful Animation Expressions, where he has recently been writing some fantastically informative posts about Clampett’s art. Ticket and screening details are available on the Filmpodium Zurich website.
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The clip above is an animation-related outtake from the new Mel Brooks documentary Make a Noise which debuted earlier this week on PBS. In the clip, Brooks talks about the genesis of Ernie Pintoff’s Oscar-winning short The Critic:
This wasn’t the first time Pintoff had collaborated with a Jewish comedian. An earlier film he’d made, The Violinist (1959), featured the voice of Carl Reiner:
Neither of the shorts, however, can live up to Pintoff’s greatest collaboration with a Jewish actor—Flebus—the 1957 Terrytoons short that featured the vocal stylings of the inimitable Allen Swift.
(Thanks, Rogelio Enrique Toledo, via Cartoon Brew’s Facebook page)
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There’s been a lot of buzz online this past week about a newly discovered Mickey Mouse short, but it’s not anyhting made by the Disney studio. It’s the resurfacing of the rare 1968 short Mickey Mouse in Vietnam produced by painter W. Lee Savage and graphic designer Milton Glaser.
The one-minute short isn’t technically accomplished, but manages to make a powerful and subversive statement through the manipulation of the famed graphic icon. Within seconds of arriving in Vietnam, Mickey Mouse—that all-American symbol of goodness and positivity—is destroyed, and along with it, the myth of American moral superiority.
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DreamWorks Animation has bought the rights to the 95-year-old feline cartoon icon Felix the Cat. The studio acquired the character by paying an undisclosed sum to Don Oriolo, whose father Joe helped revive Felix in the 1950s and later assumed ownership of the character.Add a Comment
A little Cartoon Modern inspiration for a Monday morning: these Donald Duck and Alice in Wonderland production cel/master backgrounds from mid-1950s Disney TV commercials are currently up for auction at Heritage Auctions. They’re affordable at the moment, but likely won’t be by the time the auction is over. The character designer on these spots was Tom Oreb (better known for his work on Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, and Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom), and the background layout artist was Vic Haboush. (Disclosure: Heritage Auctions is an advertiser on Cartoon Brew.) Here are a few other characters and spots that Tom Oreb designed for Disney’s short-lived TV commercial unit:Add a Comment
In November 1960, "LIFE" magazine published an article about the breakout success of Hanna-Barbera's seminal primetime animated series "The Flintstones." The piece featured three photos of the studio, but what they didn't publish is even more amazing. Photographer Allan Grant took 850 photographs for the piece. AmazinglyAdd a Comment
"Who Framed Roger Rabbit" was one of the most seminal animated projects of the last thirty years, but few people are aware of the long gestation of the project.Add a Comment
If you're looking for something cartoon-related to watch tonight, Turner Classic Movies is running an entire evening's worth of animation.Add a Comment
The Blog Tour has begun!
Just this week our delight was compounded when Valarie announced that the physical version of the book had arrived, just in time for the upcoming launch and blog tour.
This book was a labor of love between two creative people (Valarie and Marilyn) who not only wanted to bring a classic children’s tale to life, but encourage families to step away from the computer and into the garden, craft room and kitchen.
Title: A Year in the Life of the Secret Garden | Author: Valarie Budayr | Illustrator: Marilyn Scott-Waters | Publication Date: November, 2014 | Publisher: Audrey Press | Pages: 144 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 99
Book Description: Award-winning authors Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters have co-created A Year in the Secret Garden to introduce the beloved children’s classic, The Secret Garden to a new generation of families. This guide uses over two hundred full color illustrations and photos to bring the magical story to life, with fascinating historical information, monthly gardening activities, easy-to-make recipes, and step-by-step crafts, designed to enchant readers of all ages. Each month your family will unlock the mysteries of a Secret Garden character, as well as have fun together creating the original crafts and activities based on the book.Over 140 pages, with 200 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together. A Year In the Secret Garden is our opportunity to introduce new generations of families to the magic of this classic tale in a modern and innovative way that creates special learning and play times outside in nature. This book encourages families to step away from technology and into the kitchen, garden, reading nook and craft room.
“A Year in the Secret Garden provides the perfect companion to the original story. The book is divided into major sections by months of the year. For each month, a character from the book (e.g., Mary Lennox, Dickon, Colin) is introduced and their role in the story is described. Each month also features a number of activities including planting activities, crafts, recipes, children’s games, as well as snippets of information about some of the themes covered in the story (e.g., death in Victorian England, language spoken in Yorkshire), and so much more!’-Renee @Mother/Daughter Book Reviews
In honor of this exciting new release, there will be a special blog tour that will run from November 1 to 30, 2014. We encourage our readers to stop by and experience the magic of A Year in The Secret Garden through book reviews, author interviews, guest posts and excerpts from this activity-packed book. The blog tour will include a shared giveaway for a $100 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash prize, open worldwide.
To get a snapshot of A Year in the Secret Garden book month-by-month AND a sneak peek at the blog tour schedule, go HERE.
For a chance to enter to win our Amazon $100 Gift Card, Go HERE
Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch)
Coffee Books & Art (Guest Post)
WS Momma Readers Nook (Book Review)
Cherry Mischievous (Excerpt)
Hope to Read (Excerpt)
Eloquent Articulation (Book Review)
Enter Here Canada (Excerpt)
Books, Babies and Bows (Book Review)
Monique’s Musings (Book Review)
SOS-Supply (Book Review)
Randomly Reading (Book Review)
Adalinc to Life (Book Review)
100 Pages a Day (Book Review)
Edventures With Kids (Book Review)
Icefairy’s Treasure Chest (Book Review)
Girl of 1000 Wonders (Book Review)
Seraphina Reads (Guest Post)
Juggling Act Mama (Book Review)
Pragmatic Mom (Author/Illustrator Interview)
Purple Monster Coupons (Book Review)
Stacking Books (Book Review)
Oh My Bookness (Book Review)
Crystal’s Tiny Treasures (Book Review)
The Blended Blog (Book Review)
All Done Monkey (Book Review)
Geo Librarian (Book Review)
Grandbooking (Author/Illustrator Interview)
My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews (Book Review)
Christy’s Cozy Corners (Book Review)
My Life, Loves and Passions (Book Review)
Bookaholic Chick (Excerpt)
Hide-N-(Sensory)-Seeking (Book Review)
Ninja Librarian (Guest Post)
Jane Ritz (Book Review)
Rockin’ Book Reviews (Book Review)
I’d Rather Be Reading At The Beach (Book Review)
Deal Sharing Aunt (Book Review)
Mommynificent (Book Review)
This Kid Reviews Books (Book Review)
Java John Z’s (Author/Illustrator Interview)
Visit our A Year in The Secret Garden page to learn more about this one-of-a-kind unique keepsake book for children and families.
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55 years ago today: "Rocky & His Friends" premiered.Add a Comment
Today we're thankful for many reasons, including classic animated shorts.Add a Comment
The story of Louis Zamperini, hero of Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken," seems far removed from anything animation-related, but he did have a significant, and previously untold, connection to the animation world.Add a Comment
Happy centennial birthday to Bill Peet (1915-2002) who was born in Grandview, Indiana exactly one hundred years ago today.Add a Comment