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A Legendary ‘Calamity’

I am writing this week’s blog on the day that President Barack Obama is being sworn in for his second term. What has that to do with the Toon Trenches? Outwardly, nothing, except ... Continue Reading →
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The Grinch Wins Over Audiences Again

ABC had a big night with its annual airing of the animated special How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Tuesday (Nov. 27). The evergreen special surpassed original episodes of several ... Continue Reading →
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Someone Up There Likes Us

Unlike the biz as a whole, animation has long been a field in which people don’t specialize. Finding an artist whose skill set includes animation, design, storyboarding, directing, ... Continue Reading →
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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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Genndy Does the Monster Mash

Acclaimed animation world veteran Genndy Tartakovsky brings some old cartoon-y magic to Sony’s summer frightfest Hotel Transylvania. Last summer, when Sony Animation announced that ... Continue Reading →
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CalArts Celebrates Chuck Jones’ 100th Birthday

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) celebrates the 100th birthday of animation legend Chuck Jones with a special program at the REDCAT theater in Los Angeles. At the event, John ... Continue Reading →
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‘Black Dynamite’ Gets Animated on Adult Swim

We’re only talking about Adult Swim’s newest animated star and his funkadelic show, Black Dynamite! Can ya dig it? Cartoon Network’s irreverent late night block, Adult Swim, is ... Continue Reading →
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Looney Tunes Leads DVD Packs

Some fun goodies for kids and kids-at-heart today! The big flippin’ deal this week is Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume One (Warner: $26.98). But even though you get two glorious ... 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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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 →