Arthur Rankin Jr.

Remembering Arthur Rankin Jr.

I’ve rarely spoken to any one with as much enthusiasm for his work as Arthur Rankin Jr., half of the prolific production team of Rankin/Bass, who has just passed away at the age ... Continue Reading →
Joe Barbera

Joe Barbera’s Snow Job

As regular readers of this blog know, whenever I’m at a loss for a story idea, I turn back to the book of Joe … Barbera, that is. I knew Joe for the last several years of ... Continue Reading →
Andy Heyward

Anybody Here Seen Our Old ‘Friend, Martin?’

I am writing this blog on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and I know what a lot of you are thinking: this is very likely the only national holiday for which there is no animated film. Sorry, ... Continue Reading →
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‘Nut Job’ Ready to Crack the Box Office This Weekend

Toronto’s ... Continue Reading →
Sam Neill

A Century of Dinos

What is it about dinosaurs and animation? One could argue that animation is the perfect method of bringing them to life onscreen, which is why the love affair between animators and ... Continue Reading →
Tommy Kirk

There’s No Business Like Show Business

This past weekend Disney’s Frozen achieved a rare distinction for any film in that it returned to number one box office status after having previously dropped out of the top spot. ... Continue Reading →
Craig McCracken

If That Don’t Beat All

Like every other fan of CN’s The Powerpuff Girls, I was delighted to hear that a new special titled Powerpuff Girls: Dance Pantsed, featuring the kindergarten super heroines with ... Continue Reading →
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Betty Boop Takes a Lickin’

Remember when animation professionals used to take pains to argue that animation was not simply a children’s entertainment medium? Neither do the studios. But during the feature ... Continue Reading →
Phil Harnage

Shows While You Wait

Of everyone who has labored within the toon trenches over the decades, it is difficult to find anyone who has worked harder than Phil Harnage. Having started as a script writer at Filmation ... Continue Reading →
Tom Sito

That Other (Sort of) Thanksgiving Movie

One more Thanksgiving Day has come and gone, but this year there actually was a Thanksgiving-themed animated film out there. But nearly 20 years ago, there was another picture that ... Continue Reading →