Friday, January 30, 2009

Jules Feiffer in animation

Okay, I lied. Here's ANOTHER YouTube video.

It's another Terrytoons from the Deitch run, and one of the last ones produced, called Foofle's Train Ride (1959).

This one's notable because it has Jules Feiffer as an art designer on this short. He was in Village Voice by the time this was released, so I guess he left Terrytoons shortly after the production of this short.

It was directed by Dave Tendlar, who's previous experience was in Popeye cartoons at Paramount.

Keep in mind that this is a pan-and-scan version. The original was made in widescreen CinemaScope.



EDIT: I reuploaded the video with a better quality version.

My Flapjack thing

Doing a fanart has NEVER been thing, even as a child. I like to parody cartoons and comics that I like (similar to how Pearls Before Swine does it all the time) but a fanart? Never.

But I made an exception with this one. Thurop Van Orman is soliciting fanarts for an Valentines Day episode of The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack (which will air on Feb. 12).

I decided what the hell and decided to submit one. This is the result.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

One more YouTube can't hurt

An early Ralph Bakshi take on hippies.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Flebus

I really, really want to see this cartoon in the original widescreen glory.



Oh well. Until then, this pan-and-scan version has to do.

Facebook

I've finally joined Facebook recently, and already I'm addicted to it.

If anyone here has Facebook, look me up.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Shove Thy Neighbor

It's no secret (well, maybe it is) that I'm a fan of Terrytoons shorts made under Gene Deitch's short-stint as a creative supervisor. I mean, think of an average "Mighty Mouse" story and compare it to this:



These cartoons were made in CinemaScope, but the YouTube video above is pan-and-scan.

Unfortunately these cartoons are not officially available on DVD. So far the only way to see them is to purchase it from Jerry Beck, which are in pan-and-scan and with TV credits instead of the original theatrical opening.

To anyone from Viacom reading this...RELEASE THESE CARTOONS, DAMMIT! And in the original widescreen format with the original credits, too!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Secret Side of Hank Ketcham

Little known fact: Before starting Dennis the Menace Hank Ketcham worked in animation. One of his contributions to the field was a character named Hook for a series of propaganda films produced for the Navy.

Only four are known to exist. One was made at Walter Lantz studio, with the remaining three from the Warner Bros' animation studio.

Here's one of the shorts, "Tokyo Woes", directed by Bob Clampett.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Proof that I'm a big-time nerd (or "All that effort for nothing")

I was going through YouTube few weeks back and I discovered that somebody has uploaded most of the "Blue Racer" cartoons there.



For those not in the animation geek circle, "The Blue Racer" was a 1972-74 animated series that was produced by DePatie-Freleng for theatrical release via United Artists. By 1960s studios stopped making short cartoons for theaters but Freleng continued to push more through until the end of the seventies. The Blue Racer was one of the last to be made for theaters.

As for what it was about, it's sort of a reverse Road Runner, in that it's the predator that was fast. In this case, it was a snake named Blue Racer, who was always after a racially-insensitive Japanese Beetle.

The cartoons, looking back, aren't great. The characters never shut up and most of the gags are reused from the old Warner Bros. cartoons.

The reason why I'm writing about this is because of the extreme lengths I went into finding copies of these cartoons. Few years back there was very little available on the internet regarding this series (there wern't even any information on who directed these shorts!). It rarely aired on television, if at all, as the snake seemingly disappeared after its theatrical run ended.

Since I like tracking down rare cartoons, I decided to try and find these cartoons. I searched and searched and finally found a German copy of one of the shorts. Soon after I found a faded 16mm print, which I spent $$$ on (and I spent more $$$ converting it to DVD). Then I found a 35mm theatrical print, which costed MORE $$$.

Finally, Jerry Beck discovered the DePatie-Freleng website I was running at the time and he got me to assist on his Pink Panther book. In exchange I got time-coded copies of several BR shorts. Around the same time a cartoon fan from England had some BR shorts taped from BBC.

All in all I probably spent tons of money just tracking down some BR shorts. But I had a growing collection and I was beginning to know more and more on who worked on these cartoons.

Then, and out of nowhere, Boomerang, Cartoon Network's sister channel, suddenly started airing Blue Racer cartoons on their Pink Panther block. Just months after I got the BBC copies. It was all of a sudden and I did NOT expect this.

It took me a while for me to realize that I could've saved money if I had just waited a couple years. I never got Boomerang but somebody thankfully recorded all 17 of them for me.

All that effort, and it was mostly for nothing.

Maybe I'll do the same thing with "Calvin and the Colonel".

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Arnold


I figure that I'd upload all the "Arnold" strips I have on the interwebs thingee. There are 123 of them at this link.

You know, in case you want to waste time today.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Editorial cartoons

I recently entered syndication with MCT Campus with my editorial cartoons. Now college papers have the option of running my cartoons.

If you happen to see my cartoons in your paper, please let me know, OK?

Friday, January 2, 2009

This Modern World: The Animated Series

This is cool. Tom Tomorrow recently uploaded a bunch of episodes from the animated This Modern World series that was on the web years ago.

I actually remember them (in fact, that's how I discovered the comic). While they're dated, it's still worth looking, especially since we'll be having a new president in few weeks.