Monthly Archives: October 2009

New Van Beuren DVDs

Animation historian and cartoon archeologist Steve Stanchfield is back with another double header of rare 1930s cartoons from the long-forgotten Fleischer-rival, Van Beuren Studios. His latest Thunderbean DVDs are The Complete Animated Adventures of Van Beuren’s Tom and Jerry and Aesop’s Fables Vol. 2 – and again, I recommend these highly to anyone – especially […]

Pixar Thriller

This is what they did for Halloween at Pixar yesterday. (PS: “Michael” is none other than Alex Woo.)

Marvel Zombies

A little creative treat for Halloween: Ivan Guerrero has been taking crappy Marvel TV cartoons from the Sixties and re-editing them into Marvel Zombies, based on the limited-run comic series from a few years back. He told me that Arthur Suydam’s covers for that series inspired his approach to the animated tribute. See also his […]

Christie’s auctioning Rare Disney material

My friend Philippe Videcoq is selling 25 Disney items in an upcoming Christie’s movie memorabilia auction. Among many drawings and layouts, he’s selling three extremely rare items : a three page synopsis from Alice the Beach Nut (the penultimate in the series), typed in 1927; a United Artists Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphonies Press book; […]

Happy Halloween!

On Halloween night at the stroke of midnight, you’ll want to revisit these spine chillers from our not-so-distant past… Hittin’ The Trail For Hallelujah Land (1932) Weird Creepy Awful Spooky Ghastly Comics (1953) Swing, You Sinners (1930) Edmund Dulac’s Edgar Allen Poe Sci Fi and Horror Mexican Lobby Cards ThanksStephen WorthDirectorASIFA-HollywoodAnimation Archive

Jonathan Demme To Make An Animated Feature

The book cover illustration above by Rachell Sumpter is responsible for one of the more intriguing animated feature announcements I’ve heard in a while. Director/producer Jonathan Demme has optioned the rights to the Dave Eggers novel Zeitoun, and inspired by its cover, he’s decided to make it as an animated film. Demme told The New […]

Dr. Sketchy’s is coming!

Dr. Sketchy’s is an alternative life drawing salon and traveling artists social club – and it’s coming to California. It started as a one-time Brooklyn art event and is now a nationwide movement. Founded in 2005 by artist Molly Crabapple, Dr. Sketchy’s Roadshow inaugural tour will take place throughout California between November 2nd and 14th, […]

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Canemaker talks McCay at Ohio State

More John Canemaker news! John will present his do-not-miss lecture/screening on the art and life of animation pioneer Winsor McCay (1867–1934) at the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, next Tuesday November 3rd. As part of the lecture, Canemaker presents Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) the way it was meant to […]

Yowp, the Early Hanna-Barbera Cartoons Blog

Yowp: Stuff about Early Hanna-Barbera Cartoons is a blog that’ll tell you more about Hanna-Barbera cartoons than you probably cared to know. The blog creator, who is anonymous, knows his stuff, and gives us insidery opinions of this sort: “Here’s where you wish someone like Foster or Maltese was guiding the dialogue because Shows’ lines […]