‘What’s Opera, Doc?’ Cels Headline Animation Auction

Two animation cels from the iconic 1957 Warner Bros. short “What’s Opera, Doc?” will be among the rare animation items to be auctioned next month at Heritage Auctions’ ... Continue Reading →
Bill Plympton

An Animated Conversation with Bill Plympton

In 1960, when Bill Plympton was 14, he mailed some cartoons he’d drawn to Disney in the hope of being hired. Not surprisingly, Disney declined. The good news: he had talent. The ... Continue Reading →
John Canemaker

A Tale of Two Johns

Last week would have been John Lennon’s 73rd birthday, a fact that was widely recognized around the world. While a lot of people realize that in addition to being a legendary ... Continue Reading →

Saturday Morning Fab Four Flashback

One of the hard truths about animated cartoons is that many of them simply do not stand the test of time very well. For every Bugs Bunny there are multiple Flip the Frogs, characters ... Continue Reading →

First Reviews of Folman’s ‘The Congress’ Are In!

Oscar-nominated director Ari Folman’s new pic The Congress opens the 45th Director’s Fortnight sidebar during the Cannes Film Festival on May 16. The sci-fi movie mixes live-action ... Continue Reading →

HBO Developing Animated Feature with Paul McCartney

Throughout his amazing career, superstar Paul McCartney has had several brushes with the animation world, including the acclaimed feature Yellow Submarine (1969), and the shorts Rupert ... Continue Reading →

Memorial Service Planned for John Coates

A memorial service celebrating the life of the late animation producer John Coates will be held at St. George’s Church (on the corner of St George St. and Maddox St., London W1) ... Continue Reading →

John Coates and the American Invasion

Twenty-twelve is shaping up to be such a year of plenty for high-profile animated features—originals, adaptations and franchise sequels—that it is starting to remind one of the ... Continue Reading →

Restored ‘Yellow Submarine’ Hits Theaters in May

Fans of The Beatles’ groundbreaking animated feature Yellow Submarine will have the chance to see a new restored version of the film in theaters this month. Directed by George ... Continue Reading →

Veteran Animator Jim Hiltz Dies at 85

The Animation Guild Blog reports that veteran animator, director and teacher Jim Hiltz has passed away at the age of 85. Best known for directing Jay Ward’s Rocky and His Friends, ... Continue Reading →