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Hip, Hip, Foray!

I write these words on September 18, 2012, which happens to be the birthday of the First Lady of Animation, June Foray. What better time to once more celebrate the life and career of ... Continue Reading →
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Jeffrey and the Academy

One of the best things about having 25 years’ worth of interview transcripts in one’s garage is that it allows you to look back and see peoples’ assessments of and predictions ... Continue Reading →
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John and Ron Mention ‘The Unmentionable’

This past weekend I had the pleasure of reconnecting with Disney Animation’s legendary “John and Ron”—John Musker and Ron Clements—at a Sherlock Holmes symposium sponsored ... Continue Reading →
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Tartakovsky and the Road to Transylvania

Animation Renaissance man Tom Sito has a stock line he uses whenever he gives talks: he wonders what happened to the years in between, “Hey, kid, sharpen these pencils for me,” ... Continue Reading →
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Working with Phyllis Diller (Sort of!)

As I write this, the media is abuzz with news of the passing of two Hollywood figures that were in their own ways legends: Phyllis Diller and director Tony Scott. Phyllis died of natural ... Continue Reading →
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Remembering the Olympiad of Animation

With the 2012 London Olympics still ringing in our eyes and ears (and with another four-year’s worth of post-event commentary to look forward to), I was reminded about the last time ... Continue Reading →
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The Animal Appeal of Frank Welker

The unique voice artist Frank Welker has been called the most successful Hollywood actor that the public at large has never heard of. There is no question that he is one of the busiest ... Continue Reading →
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Under the Table with J.B. and Friz

Most cartoon historians are aware that the fluid that fueled the medium during its Golden Age was not ink or paint, but alcohol. Among my favorite booze-related tales from the toon ... Continue Reading →
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The Most Shocking Cartoon Ever Made!

If the Annie Awards ever decided to create a category for Outstanding Achievement in Horrifyingly Bad Taste in Animation, 1989’s Quiet Please would be the hands-on winner. Nearly ... Continue Reading →
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Tom Kenny ‘Chucks’ It in School

To say that voice actor supreme Tom Kenny is perhaps best known as SpongeBob SquarePants is like saying Daniel Radcliffe is perhaps best known as Harry Potter. But like Radcliffe, Tom ... Continue Reading →