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Credit Where Credit is Due?

One of the tasks of a cartoon historian is to research and identify as accurately as possible which artists and artisans worked on what projects. That, however, can be surprisingly ... Continue Reading →
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Alexander Film: A Forgotten Toon Powerhouse

Some years back I was talking with a veteran animation director about animation’s Golden Age. “Golden age?” he replied, with an expression of disdain, “I don’t remember getting ... Continue Reading →
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Pixar’s Buried Treasures

Among my favorite things to discover and write about are “Easter eggs:” the little hidden references and in-jokes that crop up in practically everything that has ever been animated. Back ... Continue Reading →
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Rick Hoberg’s Seriously ‘Amazing Friends’

What’s the classic line…“Everything old is new again?” Nowhere is that more evident than in the world of television. This week I’m thinking of what has happened to the ... Continue Reading →
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George Miller: The Eyes Have It

Hey, do you know that a feature-length version of Tim Burton’s 1984 animated short Frankenweenie is coming out? Of course you do. It’s hard not to, given the ad campaign. This week’s ... Continue Reading →
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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 →