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Remembering Ray

In 2002 I received a call from my editor at the Los Angeles Times, asking if I would be interested in interviewing Ray Harryhausen. After ascertaining who I had to kill to get such ... Continue Reading →
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Who Can Turn the World on with His Voice

Whereas once animation was the province of a small, but talented group of actors who specialized in voice work––Mel Blanc, June Foray, Daws Butler and Don Messick among others––today ... Continue Reading →
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The Life Cycle of DNA

Don’t worry, there isn’t going to be a science quiz at the end of this week’s blog. The “DNA” in question is the great, and unfortunately late, Texas-based animation studio ... Continue Reading →
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The End of an Era …Yet Again

Last month’s announcement that the Walt Disney Company would no longer pursue traditional feature animation brought some mixed responses among toon heads. For many it was the final ... Continue Reading →
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Remembering Annette

I’m going to take a little detour this week out of the Toon Trenches to remember a person who was enormously important to the Walt Disney Studios in the 1950s, and whose passing was ... Continue Reading →
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So Stan Lee Walks out of a Bar…

If there was one take-away from last week’s WonderCon in Anaheim, it was this: the barriers between comic books, animation and live action have probably never been thinner from a ... Continue Reading →
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A Face Made for Voice-Over

Few men in the history of animation had as hard a time forging a career as actor Regis Frick. It was not that Frick wasn’t a good actor; in fact, his recitations of Shakespeare were ... Continue Reading →
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Jerry Eisenberg’s Flying Hippo

Like all professional toonheads, I’m sometimes asked to identify my favorite cartoon character. More specifically, those who know I tend to specialize in the history of Hanna-Barbera ... Continue Reading →
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So Jack and the Giant Haven’t Slayed ‘Em

Okay, I’m not here this week to heap any untoward abuse onto Warner Bros.’ CG/vfx extravaganza, Jack the Giant Slayer, whose beanstalk has so far failed to reach the heavens, financially. ... Continue Reading →
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An Aardvark’s Road to Animated Success

To paraphrase Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, there remains one fixed point in an ever-changing world of television animation: the desire to sell a show. Those (you know who you are) who are ... Continue Reading →