Richard Corliss of TIME delivers his "bests" in the category of animated features -- 13. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937 -- The classic Disney style is sometimes dismissed as cutesy-poo. That wasn't the reaction when Walt Disney released this, his first feature, following a decade of cartoon shorts that pioneered the imaginative use and sound and color. (And Richard has another 24 top picks.) ...
Sony ramps up a fabulous marketing ploy: ... World Smurfs Day! ... People in Smurf costumes massed in 11 cities around the globe in a bid to break the world record for the 'largest gathering of people dressed as Smurfs ... (There's nothing more meaningful than that.)
Freshly-discovered Chaplin: Charlie Chaplin in Zepped, is the only known surviving copy and is thought to feature some of the earliest-known animation.
Anime Expo One Week Away: The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation returns to Los Angeles for the fourth consecutive year to host Anime Expo 2011 ... More than 100,000 people are expected to gather for the event.
Warner Bros. Animation (and Television) announces its panels and programs at San Diego's Comic-Con, among them -- "Green Lantern: The Animated Series": Executive producer Bruce W. Timm will join producer Giancarlo Volpe and producer/story editor James Krieg for a panel moderated by executive producer/Warner Bros. Animation's Sam Register.
The ongoing battle for little gold statues: "In the Emmy animated program category, it's kids' shows versus adult fare. ... It used to be two races divided by running time. The TV academy says it's about 'craft,' but what about content and intended audience? ... Last year, a little one-off show for ABC called Prep & Landing came out of nowhere and ... ended up winning the animated program category." ...
Computer Generated Imaging run amok: Fans of a huge Japanese female pop group were shocked to learn that the newest member they were fawning over is in fact a computer-generated composite of the other group members. ... Whoops.
Enjoy the long, summer days.