Monthly Archives: December 2009

“Upular” by Pogo

Video remix artist Nick Bertke (aka Pogo) created this piece of music using chords, bass notes and vocal samples from Pete Docter’s Up. The result is an inventive and very listenable piece of music. Bertke also did a similar remix project using Disney’s Alice in Wonderland last year. (Thanks, Kelly)

New Despicable Me trailer and poster

With the movie not coming out until next summer, a third teaser trailer for the Steve Carell animated comedy Despicable Me has been released. The preview features characters not seen in previous ads for the film: jelly bean shaped minions who are in the service of Gru, Carell’s supervillain protagonist. The minions are also the focus of a new […]

Filmography: John Sutherland’s Rhapsody of Steel

This post is just the tip of the iceberg… see the bonus reason on our The Top Ten Reasons To Support The A-HAA for links to more great posts featuring animation art. Today we scanned a read-along storybook adaptation of John Sutherland’s industrial film, Rhapsody of Steel (1959). Sutherland’s studio was very influential in the […]

Happy Birthday, Howard Beckerman

Howard Beckerman is the king of New York animation; a teacher, a mentor and a living legend. It was his birthday yesterday, on Christmas, and to celebrate the occasion we present The Trip (1967) which Beckerman wrote, animated and co-designed — another hidden gem produced during the Shamus Culhane era at Paramount. Happy Birthday, Howard!

The Best Animation Books of 2009

Here are my picks for the best animation books of 2009. The Colors of Mary Blair —A catalog for an exhibition that happened earlier this year at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo. I don’t have a copy myself and don’t even know how you can obtain one, but this book does it right […]

A Miser Brothers’ Christmas

Warner Bros. Animation (December 13, 2008), Warner Home Video (October 6, 2009), single disc, 44 mins plus supplements, 1.78:1 aspect ratio, Dolby Digital 5.1, Not Rated, Retail: $19.98 Storyboard: Two classic Rankin/Bass characters, Heat and Snow Miser, are back for their own holiday special. This time, the boys are accused of causing an accident involving […]

Started By A Mouse

Michael Gaddie’s 16-minute student film, Started By a Mouse, is an attempt to dramatize Walt Disney’s rise to fame. It plays a little loose with the facts, but I give it points for sincerity.

Zingelman’s Cartoon Murals

If you ever happen to find yourself in Hinsdale, Illinois, as I have myself, be sure to check out Zingelman’s (13 W. 1st St.). The deli is filled with charmingly incompetent murals of cartoon characters, including odd pairings like Superman and SpongeBob. Here are a few more images from the establishment:

The Voice of Mickey Mouse

Here’s a Christmas treat from BBC Radio Scotland. The radio network is presenting a 25-minute tribute to Jimmy MacDonald – The Voice of Mickey Mouse from 1947 to 1977. Once it is broadcast on Christmas Day (9:00 a.m. EST / 6:00 PST), everyone can stream it any time of day for seven days afterward. Here’s […]

The Chipmunks make a box office killing

Whether you love them or hate them, the Chipmunks proved yesterday that they still have plenty of box office power left in them, with their new movie Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel opening to an extremely impressive $19 million yesterday, according to studio estimates. Estimates regarding how Disney’s The Princess and the Frog was affected by […]