Posts filed under "Saturday Morning Cartoons"

Bill Plympton’s The Tune (1992)

Posted by Bennett O'Brian November 9, 2013 0 Comment 2818 views

For those interested in the not-for-kids shelf of the animation section, Bill Plympton is a name you need to know. Plympton is a celebrated print cartoonist whose work has been featured in publications like The New York Times, The Village Voice, National Lampoon, Rolling Stone and Penthouse. When he began to experiment with animation in […]

Tim Burton’s First Nightmare

Posted by Bennett O'Brian November 2, 2013 0 Comment 3652 views

When the self-titled exhibit “Tim Burton” closed its doors in April 2010, and all the receipts had been tallied, it turned out to be the third most highly attended exhibit in the history of New York’s Muesum of Modern Art. One of the paintings included in the MoMA exhibit is an untitled ink and watercolour […]

The Plague Dogs (1982)

Posted by Bennett O'Brian October 26, 2013 0 Comment 4112 views

If you, like me, grew up in the 1980s then there is a pretty good chance you remember watching an animated feature called Watership Down (1978). A passing glance at the film’s poster might lead you to believe that Watership Down yet another animated movie about adorable talking animals – but you would be wrong. […]

The Mad Mad Mad Comedians (1970)

Posted by Bennett O'Brian October 5, 2013 1 Comment 2463 views

In the world of animation, Rakin/Bass Productions never got to be a household name. However, over the course of their professional partnership, Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr. created some of the most enduring and nostalgia-inspiring holiday specials like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) and Frosty the Snowman (1969). While setting a new standard in […]

Grand Theft Auto V: The Loneliest Robot in Great Britain

Posted by Bennett O'Brian September 28, 2013 0 Comment 12144 views

Among the various perplexing side-missions and mini-games to be found in this month’s blockbuster videogame Grand Theft Auto V there is an extremely cheeky ten-minute animated short called The Loneliest Robot in Great Britain – and, like everything in the hyperreality of GTA, it is a twisted mishmash of cinematic references. To give a better […]

Max Fleischer Presents Popeye The Sailor

Posted by Bennett O'Brian September 21, 2013 0 Comment 3618 views

Here’s one: Can you connect Popeye the Sailor with Citizen Kane using only one degree of separation? It’s easier than it sounds. Popeye was first created by cartoonist E.C. Segar as a comic strip character to appear in the funny pages of the New York Journal. Segar’s “Thimble Theatre” strip and the New York Journal […]

Flowers and Trees (1932)

Posted by Bennett O'Brian September 14, 2013 0 Comment 6795 views

Released in the summer of 1932, an animated short called Flowers and Trees became the first film to be theatrically exhibited in the latest technique of three-strip Technicolor – and it represents Walt Disney’s first calculated steps towards becoming a master of cinema’s newest trend. With the release of Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willie (1928), […]

Four Seasons of Silly Symphonies

Posted by Bennett O'Brian September 7, 2013 0 Comment 3978 views

There is a season, turn turn turn – Or so the song goes. The changing seasons have always been a source of inspiration for artists, from Antonio Vivaldi to Walter Disney. In 1929 the Disney Studio began a series of cartoons called Silly Symphonies which, as the name suggests, were designed to emphasize music and […]

The Complete Merrie Melodies of Foxy and Roxy

Posted by Bennett O'Brian August 31, 2013 0 Comment 4375 views

Following the international success of Mickey Mouse in the late 1920s, many major Hollywood studios were eager to carve out a lucrative piece of toontown for themselves and the years that followed saw all manner of knockoffs, copycats and mimic-mice. When Warner Bros. weighed into the cartoon business, producer Leon Schlesinger stuck closely to the […]

Looney Tunes’ First Movement: Bosko and Honey

Posted by Bennett O'Brian August 17, 2013 1 Comment 4685 views

In the years before they launched Looney Tunes at the Warner Brothers Studio, Rudoph Ising and Hugh Harman had been working with Ub Iwerks and the first lineup of animators at Walt Disney’s studio. When the Disney team hit success with a proto-Mickey character called Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Universal Studios successfully wrenched the rights away […]

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