Monthly Archives: January 2010

Gnomeo and Juliet still happening?

Despite the news this week that Disney is shutting down Miramax Films, the studio’s animated Gnomeo & Juliet is apparently still in the works. With reported production problems surrounding it for years, the film is supposed to be a comic take on William Shakesphere’s Romeo and Juliet, but with talking garden gnomes instead of human […]

Up with the Grammys!

Michael Giacchino, the composer of the score of Disney/Pixar’s Up, won two of the three Grammy Awards he was up for at tonight’s (1/31/2010) ceremony, per an article from (via Giacchino’s soundtrack score for up won Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media, against Giacchino’s own score for […]

Princess and the Frog crosses $100 million mark

It took a little while for it to do so, but The Princess and the Frog has finally crossed the $100 million mark, Box Offfice Mojo is reporting. This makes it the first traditionally animated Disney movie to do so since 2002’s Lilo and Stitch. Frog was budgeted at a reported $105 million, so the […]

The Sunday Funnies (1/31/10)

Top: Moderately Confused by Jeff Stahler 1/30/10. Middle: Quigmans by Buddy Hickerson 1/26/10. Botton: Basic Instructions by Scott Meyer 1/20/10. (Thanks, Jim Lahue and Jed Martinez)

Mr. Magoo Boxer Shorts

Just when I thought they couldn’t sink lower than Kung Fu Magoo, Classic Media surprises me with this oddball piece of merch: Mr. Magoo Boxer Shorts. Imagine taking off your jeans and impressing your lady with a large Magoo under your pants. Not me. If I want the cartoon face of a grizzled old man […]

Modern Mickey by Paul Rudnick

This humor piece by Paul Rudnick appears in the latest issue of The New Yorker (February 1, 2010): “Now, however, concerned that Mickey has become more of a corporate symbol than a beloved character for recent generations of young people, Disney is taking the risky step of re-imagining him for the future. The first glimpse […]

Interview: Chester Gould in 1961

The other day, my pal Sherm Cohen pointed me to a page on the Comic’s Journal site where they have assembled various audio interviews with prominent cartoonists. This interview with Chester Gould, the creator of Dick Tracy is great! He talks about “the three Cs: Caniff, Capp and Kelly” and his early education taking the […]

Phillip, the Safety Egg

Mike Owens made this at Puny in Minneapolis. “It’s our first in house short developed from a character that has lived in my subconscious for many years,” says Owens on his blog. Good stuff, says I. Phillip, the Safety Egg Creator & Director – Mike Owens Developed by – Shad Petosky & Will Shepard Written […]

Six Points Fellowship

Six Points Fellowship is looking for applicants for its 2010 cycle. The fellowship is designed for emerging artists in the New York area (ages 22–38) who are creating projects that engage with Jewish ideas, and is open to all artists (not only Jewish) working in the city. It will be awarded to nine artists who […]

Illustration: Milo Winter’s Aesop for Children

This post is just the tip of the iceberg… see reason number 3 on our The Top Ten Reasons To Support The A-HAA for links to more great posts about children’s book illustrators. Today, I am going to introduce you to another great golden age illustrator, Milo Winter. Born in 1888 in Princeton, Illinois, Winter […]