Monthly Archives: September 2012

Jerry’s October Event Schedule

If you don’t see me somewhere me in October, you aren’t looking hard enough. I have an insane schedule of screenings, shows and public appearances (mainly in Southern California) coming up this month – here’s a pocket checklist of the ones I can think of off the top of my head: October 4th Janet Klein […]

Heidi’s Song

Hanna-Barbera Productions (November 19 1982), Warner Archive Collection (2012), single disc, 94 mins, 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, Dolby Stereo, Rated G, Retail: $17.95 from the Warner Archive Storyboard: Little orphaned Heidi lives a happy life with her Grandfather in the mountains, but is sent to live in the city, where a wicked Governess provides more than […]

Sony’s “Hotel Transylvania” Debuts With $43 Million

The Genndy Tartakovsky-helmed Hotel Transylvania overcame overwhelmingly negative reviews to lead the U.S. box office with an opening weekend total of $43 million (estimated). It is the best opening weekend ever for a Sony Pictures Animation feature, topping the $30.3 million opening of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs in 2009.

Cartoon Network’s 20th Anniversary Video

This mind-blowing video greeting card – animated by London-based I Love Dust – commemorating the 20th anniversary of Cartoon Network features what seem to be every character the Network owns the rights to. Let us know if you spot any missing. CN made its debut at 12 noon on October 1st, 1992; This video will […]

June Foray and Johnny Carson

Everyone has to start somewhere. Johnny Carson started in 1951 with a painfully unfunny sketch comedy show called Carson’s Cellar. That, in itself, is hardly Brew-worthy, but this episode posted on Archive.org will delight cartoon fans. The woman who appears at the 4:30 mark is none other than the legendary June Foray, who just celebrated […]

“A Hitch in Time” By Chuck Jones

A Hitch in Time is a new one for me: a 1955 propaganda short directed by Chuck Jones that encouraged U. S. Air Force personnel to re-enlist. The cartoon appeared last year on the first volume of the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection. What impresses most about this short are the production values. Layout artist Ernie […]

Tonight in Brooklyn: Final Night of Priit Parn Screenings

It’s the last night of Priit Parn screenings at the Spectacle Theater in Williamsburg (124 S. 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY). Parn is visiting from Estonia and will appear in person at the screenings at 7:30 and 10pm. Seating is limited at the theater (which is actually more a room than a theater), and most screenings […]

“009 Re: Cyborg” trailer

If I were still running Streamline Pictures, I’d be fighting to pick up a film like this. It looks friggin‘ cool! This new anime feature updates Shotaro Ishinomori’s 1960s manga, Cyborg 009, a classic character who has appeared in animated series and features in the 1960s and 70s, the 90s and 2000s. Kenji Kamiyama directs […]

“Hotel Transylvania” talkback

The New York Times has flicked off this film with a 180-word blurb by third-string reviewer Neil Genzlinger. He essentially says, “The story flags, but the animation… is never less than vivid.” Betsy Sharkey of The Los Angeles Times calls Hotel Transylvania “…a droll bit of cartoon fluff”. Sharkey gives the film a mixed-to-the-positive review, […]

JibJab Pushes Into Children’s Entertainment With StoryBots

Brothers Evan and Gregg Spiridellis, founders of JibJab, were visiting New York yesterday to officially launch their new multi-platform children’s project StoryBots. I met them in the afternoon at Rue 57 near Central Park to learn more about their plans for this new venture. JibJab has evolved constantly since it was founded in a Brooklyn […]