Saturday, November 28, 2009

1926 GASOLINE ALLEY book for sale



Anyone wants a copy of a 1926 Gasoline Alley book? Would be a great Christmas gift to someone.

Bid here. (Price reduced to $15)

Friday, November 27, 2009

More Paramount cartoons

Here are two more Paramount cartoons from the 1960s.

First up it's "The Trip" (1967). Shamus Culhane is listed as a director but it's really Howard Beckerman's film, considering that he not only wrote it, but animated the entire thing himself.



Here's another "Nudnik" cartoon, "Nudnik's Nudnickel" (1967). This one has story by Eli Bauer and Al Kouzel, whom Gene Deitch has collaborated with before on other projects. Bauer and Kouzel previously worked together on Terrytoons' "James Hound", doing story on all the shorts.



That's Deitch doing the voice of the bus driver.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

1960s Paramount cartoons

I just got a DVD full of Paramount cartoons from the 1960s via Jerry Beck. He's right, this was probably the most interesting era as far as Paramount cartoons go.

Here are some I uploaded. One of the series Paramount attempted was Honey Halfwitch, apparently "half wizard, half girl", according to the theme song (good luck trying to get that out of your head.).


Halfway through the series the character's design was changed. I'm not sure which one I like better. What do you think?



However, the biggest highlights of the DVD wern't actually made by Paramount; they only distributed it. These highlights are the Nudnik cartoons directed by Gene Deitch. For a late 1960s American animation, Nudnik was a rarity in that it was very heavy on slapstick. Technically the series wern't made in America at all; they were done in Czechoslovakia, which were contracted to Paramount via Bill Snyder's Rembrandt Films. Here's one of the shorts:

Monday, November 23, 2009

eBay

Reminder that I'm selling old cartoon stuff on eBay. Auction ends this Thursday.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Skeezix at the Circus


I'm selling this on eBay if you want.

Tijuana Toads online


I SO did not expect this. But Hulu.com recently added the entire "Tijuana Toads" series on their site.

Unfortunately, two of them are the dubbed "Texas Toads" versions, but otherwise it's the original theatrical series.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Sketches


I might do something with these guys someday.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Old stuff on eBay


Ever wanted a handbook from World War II? In the off-chance that you do, I'm selling one, along with two other old stuff, on eBay.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Birthday


So today is the 20th anniversary of my birth. I have nothing to say except that I always loved how it's so close to Christmas. Wee.

I wonder how I'll do in the next 20 years.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Gene Deitch on animation

Gene Deitch recently did a spot-on speech on animation. It's worth your 7 minutes.



More info from Cartoon Brew.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Ed, Edd n Eddy Big Picture Show


Cartoon Network finally aired the TV "Ed, Edd n Eddy" movie last night, after it aired in several other countries months before that.

I was never a big fan of the show, but I must say the film overwhelmed me. There were some hilarious character arcs throughout and the animation was outstanding for something made under the television production system.

The movie served as a finale to the series and I'd say it went out with a blast. The movie marked the only time a character other than the main kids appeared (Eddy's brother). Good job, Danny.

Arnold Sundays


It may be Monday, but it's not too late to go to this blog and see some old "Arnold" Sunday strips

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Kaibutsu Kun revisited


Internet can be awesome sometimes. A week after I wrote about it, somebody uploaded an episode from a 1968 black and white "Kaibutsu Kun" on YouTube.

This appears to be edited. It would've been 11 minutes long in an original broadcast (this is 9 minutes long), and there seems to be some abrupt scene changes. I'm not complaining. This is probably all that will be put up anywhere.