Bill Hanna on his birthday, circa 1994. With Andy Bialk on the left and Miles Thompson on the other side.
Good golly, where does the time go? Another week and another sweep through the blogosphere vacuming up cartoon-related jams and jellies.
Bonnie Jean Hanna remembers her dear old dad William H.:
“When he started the studio, he actually made all of the artists’ tables in our garage and my mother would send me out there and say, ‘Watch your father. If he cuts a finger off, run out and tell me.’”
Toon Zone takes a look at the latest DVD compilation of the well-loved Animaniacs.
Animaniacs was like an animated version of Saturday Night Live: There were recurring sketches every week, and while some were funny, others weren't. In A!'s case, the best skits usually came from the Warners themselves, Pinky and the Brain, Slappy Squirrel, and occasionally the Goodfeathers. The stinkers were almost always Mindy and Buttons, Rita and Runt, and Chicken Boo.
Pixar animation supe Dylan Brown talks about the creative process for Ratatouille:
[O]n this film, it was a four-year process, and often things which looks great on the conceptual designs or the storyboard don’t work the same way on the screen. The muzzles on the rats looked fine on paper, but when animated, you couldn’t see both their eyes at the same time and therefore couldn’t see their expressions properly. They have to seem like living, breathing creatures for us to make the right connection with the audience.’
The Hollywood Reporter points out that Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas is becoming a holiday perennial:
The Walt Disney Co's October rerelease of "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" in 3-D digital cinema proved a success, playing in 168 theaters ... It even ran in some venues until New Year's Day.
On Oct. 19, Disney again is rereleasing the film, but this year the studio is planning a 4-week run in about 600 theaters ...
3-D now ... 3-D forever.