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The Long, Strange Odyssey of ‘Foodfight!’

The news that the Godot of animation, Foodfight! was FINALLY going to be released (albeit only on DVD and only in Europe), puts an end to the bizarre saga of the most ill-fated epic ... Continue Reading →
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Kathryn Beaumont: Training with Walt

Her name may be most familiar to Disney enthusiasts, and her face might be best recognized when interpreted by artists on cels, but her voice is unmistakable. It’s a lovely, mature, ... Continue Reading →
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Remembering Gene Kelly in Toon Town

Legendary dancer, actor, choreographer and director Gene Kelly is being feted this week by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which is staging a centennial tribute to ... Continue Reading →
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‘Fantasia’ in the Key of Ray

Anyone who knows Ray Bradbury knows that he has a lifelong love of animation. The legendary author of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles has contributed to numerous animation-related ... Continue Reading →
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Gene Deitch Sees Red!

Even some fans of UPA, who have rushed out to buy the new, long-awaited DVD collection of their classic theatrical cartoons, might not know that Walt Disney had a particular name for ... Continue Reading →
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Disney’s Naughty Bits, Real and Imagined

Just when you start to think the old rumors about hidden dirty jokes in Disney animated features have died down, they get passed on to a new generation. This was proven to me recently ... Continue Reading →
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When The Three Stooges Got Animated

While the late Edward Bernds (1905-2000) was not a toiler in the toon trenches himself, he was on the periphery of the television cartoon industry in the 1960s. Chiefly known as a writer ... Continue Reading →
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The Case for Robert McKimson

Unlike many toonheads, I’ve long been fascinated with the cartoons of Robert McKimson. McKimson was part of the Warner Bros. animation troika in the post-war years, along with Friz ... Continue Reading →
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An Offer Out of the Blu

Anybody working in any kind of creative pursuit knows that being in the right place at the right time, and making the right decision, is often crucial to furthering a career. In the ... Continue Reading →
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The Most Deliberately Forgotten Man in Animation

There are very few tragedies in the toon trade (not counting the release of Eight Crazy Nights), but the case of Leroy Poots certainly counts as one of them. Poots (1910-1982) was an ... Continue Reading →