Sunday, November 23, 2008

Linkorama of a Sunday

Three score and twenty. Who would have believed it? (Copyright the Disney Co ... we believe.)

All the animated fooh fah worth reading ... and some that's not.

Using Bolt as its lede, the New York Times has a cautionary piece on the commercial and holding power of stereoscopic movie going:

Bill Thomas, producer of the 3-D Fernando Lamas vehicle “Sangaree,” in a Time magazine cover story on 3-D, June 8, 1953:

“Whaddya mean they won’t wear glasses? They’ll wear toilet seats around their necks if you give them what they want to see!”

The feature-length Woman of Wonder to visit a teevee screen near you:

In late February, Wonder Woman will get her own feature-length animated film -- her biggest solo spotlight since the cancellation of the Lynda Carter television series in 1979 -- and today we're bringing you the very first glimpse of it ...

Keri Russell, the Golden Globe-winning star of "Felicity" and Edward Norton's co-star in the upcoming film "Leaves of Grass," gives voice to the Amazon princess in the straight-to-DVD release that will tell the origin tale of the most iconic female character in comic book history.

If there is one reason to have high high hopes for this Hellenic revival of a character that celebrates her 67th anniversary next month, it's the presence of producer Bruce Timm ...

Another tale of the first animated feature ... which is now long gone. (The way these things work, a reel or three will show up in somebody's basement someday, preserved intact because of arctic cold.)

Young Quirino only wanted to draw and was especially fascinated with representing movement, and later made a living drawing political satire cartoons for various newspapers and magazines. Newsreel producer and entrepreneur, Frederico Valle, first commissioned Cristiani to make artwork for the end of his newsreels, and wanted Cristiani to see if he could make them move.

This lead to them making El Apostol: a 70-minute animated feature satirizing Argentina's President Yrigoyen, which premiered in 1917 and was a runaway success, playing to packed cinemas for six months.

One would think, with all that "runaway success,\" back in the day, that a print would have been squirreled away somewhere.

And we'll note here that the rodent who launched a multi-national conglomerate turned eighty last Tuesday.

This is not, strictly speaking, just about animation, but it's highly amusing in spite of that:

Twelve Comic Book Shows That Were Never Made

... We list some of the of the terrible and sublime shows that never made it into production.

The Adventures of Superpup (1958): The Superman TV series was such a hit that television producer Whitney Ellsworth tried to recreate the show with canine characters. The live action pilot featured little person actors in dog costumes ...

ASIFA Hollywood's archival wizards put up more of animation veteran Bob Given's interview.

You'll be pleased to learn that The Drinky Crow Show will soon debut on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim:

... [T]he first animated adaptation of Tony Millionaire's sumptuously debauched comic strip Maakies [was] a half-dozen or so shorts shown between skits on Saturday Night Live in the late '90s ...

In the latest stab at adaptation, which turns Maakies into The Drinky Crow Show (debuts November 23 at 12:15 am on the Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim"), Drinky is voiced by Dino Stamatopoulos (Mr. Show, Moral Orel). His constant companion, Uncle Gabby, a simian-looking fellow with a shamrock in his top hat and a shared lust for liquor, is voiced by David Herman (MADtv, Office Space) ...

Have a short but glorious workweek.


Anonymous said...

Drinky is made by Mirari Films in Studio City, with animation done in Romania. And like all but one Adult Swim cartoon, it's non-union.

Steve Hulett said...

So then maybe I should hand out rep cards in front of the building? That be a thing to do?

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