Monday, November 29, 2010

Recommended comic: Bug

Here's a comic that I just discovered: "Bug" by Adam Huber. It's a gag comic with cockroaches depicting our human nature. Seems fitting, really. I've read every comic posted to date (it started about a year ago), and I've laughed at every one of them, which doesn't happen much even with the greatest of the comic strips.

Read it here.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sorry Charlie

Anyone ever wondered why Charlie Tuna wanted to be caught, chopped up, and processed?

Phil Monroe directed these commercials.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

United Artists

Transamerica Corporation, an insurance company, purchased United Artists in 1967. Any UA releases afterward had a version of this title.

Just about anything UA released had this title, including the DePatie-Freleng cartoons. Any DFE cartoons released to theatres after 1967 (or '68) had this title appear before the credits. They were still present when they were syndicated to television until 1981 when Transamerica sold United Artists to MGM. The logo was replaced with a "spinning UA" logo and that got spliced into the 16mm negatives for the cartoons that was still available for syndication.

It's relatively hard to find a 16mm print of a DFE cartoon with this logo intact (it's either the spinning UA logo or the logo is spliced out altogether), although I did find a few over the years.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Guard Dog Global Jam

A while back I participated in Bill Plympton's Guard Dog Global Jam, where dozens of different artists took their hand at animating a scene in Bill's film Guard Dog.

Recently Bill put up a rough-cut of the animation jam. My scene's at 58 seconds in.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Aches and Snakes (1973) and Lucky Lydia (1999)

I talked about DePatie-Freleng and outsourcing a while back, so you can just go there for more info, but to recap DFE subcontracted several theatrical Blue Racers and Hoot Kloots to overseas studios, mostly in Spain. I already linked to Little Boa Peep, so here's the other BR short done overseas.

Aches and Snakes was animated in Australia at the Filmgraphics Studio. David Denneen (misspelled in the credits as "Deneen"), the animator who founded the studio, directed it. Sometime back I contacted Mr. Denneen and asked questions about the short. Admittingly he remembered very little about it, but according to him he was contacted by David DePatie with the deal of doing some animation at his Australian studio.

The BR short was basically a test, and if successful they would subcontract several Pink Panther shorts to him. Unfortunately for him the heads in charge did not like the results and cut off all ties after this one cartoon.

The animation here is not as ugly as in Bob Balser's entry but it's just as crude. And I'm personally very perplexed by the backgrounds here, done by Richard Zaloudek (credited as "Roman Hans"). Zaloudek did many backgrounds on Hanna-Barbera cartoons outsourced to the southern hemisphere and it does not look as odd as what's seen in this cartoon.

The embed below is a Croatian dub. You can see the English version here.

As far as I know that was the last time Filmgraphics did any work for American studios...until 26 years later, when they got involved in Bob Camp and Art Filloy's pilot, Lucky Lydia. Camp and Filloy are both Ren & Stimpy alums (Filloy directed his episodes in Australia at Mr. Big Cartoons) and they teamed up to do this pilot. They both directed, with the animation being done at Filmgraphics, where Filloy was working at the time. It's not a great cartoon, but the animation is very well done, especially for a made-for-TV cartoon (by comparison, the BR cartoon above was theatrical).

Cartoon Network passed it on but they did air it (along with other failed pilots) as part of the Cartoon Cartoon Show. You can watch it below.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

"Calvin and the Colonel" color clips

MCA-Universal syndicated "Calvin and the Colonel" worldwide all the way up to mid-1980s. Despite being available for so long, however, not many stations ran it.

Most bootleg copies in circulation came from black and white network prints so even today it's hard to find color footage. However somebody recently started selling color copies, which you can buy from this site. I bought one of the discs, which is where the following clips came from.

Here are the opening and closing. In ABC these were only used in the first six episodes but MCA decided to slap them into all 26 of them for syndication. The names in the credits are more or less the same in every episode (in the 2nd closing fewer artists were credited) but this practice made it seem that Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher did all the scripts. While they wrote most of the episodes there were a handful written by others, including Bob Ross and T. Hee.

Here's an actual episode clip, from The Colonel's Old Flame (first broadcast February 17, 1962). It was adapted from an Amos & Andy radio script Kingfish's Old Flame, Boo Boo Winters.

And finally, an assortment of screenshots.