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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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Warner Shutters Straight-to-Vid Division

Warner Bros. has closed Warner Premiere, its straight-to-video division. The Hollywood Reporter says the studio cited the declining DVD market and its current transition to digital ... Continue Reading →
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Under the Table with J.B. and Friz

Most cartoon historians are aware that the fluid that fueled the medium during its Golden Age was not ink or paint, but alcohol. Among my favorite booze-related tales from the toon ... Continue Reading →
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The Most Shocking Cartoon Ever Made!

If the Annie Awards ever decided to create a category for Outstanding Achievement in Horrifyingly Bad Taste in Animation, 1989’s Quiet Please would be the hands-on winner. Nearly ... Continue Reading →
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Animation Block Party Spotlight: Doug Crane

Animation Block Party (www.animationblock.com) is the premier animation festival of the East Coast. In this interview series, the founder of ABP, Casey Safron will be introducing Animation ... 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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Winnie the Pooh, Tom & Jerry New on DVD

A tasty selection of home entertainment treats are available for sampling today, including Disney’s new animated Winnie the Pooh adventure and Volume One of the Tom and Jerry Golden ... Continue Reading →
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Celebrating Chuck Jones’ 99th Birthday

Few animators have been as influential as Chuck Jones, who would have turned 99 years old today. Jones directed many of the best Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts for Warner Bros., ... Continue Reading →
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New DVD Rush: Tom and Jerry and The Angry Beavers

The Angry Beavers: Season 1 and 2. Shout! Factory continues its mission to release popular Nick Toons from the past on DVD this week by releasing the first two seasons of Mitch Schauer’s ... Continue Reading →
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The Case of the Copycat Concerto

It’s only August, but Oscar chatter is already starting to be heard.  This has reminded me of one particular Oscar-winning cartoon, around which revolves one of the few genuine mysteries ... Continue Reading →