Posts filed under "Saturday Morning Cartoons"

The Silly Symphonies of Ub Iwerks

Posted by Bennett O'Brian August 10, 2013 0 Comment 4258 views

He may not have his name on a theme park in Japan or on a Frank Gehry designed concert hall in Los Angeles, but without the creative ideas of animator Ub Iwerks there would be no Magic Kingdom and no Mickey Mouse. Because Walt’s name appears under the company logo, there is a misconception that Disney alone created entertainment’s […]

The Degenerate Opus of Walter Ruttmann

Posted by Bennett O'Brian August 3, 2013 1 Comment 11193 views

While endeavoring to redefine who was and wasn’t considered a human being, the cultural policies of Adolph Hitler’s government also sought to redefine what was and wasn’t considered art. Starting in the mid-1930s the German government banned and publicly destroyed artwork viewed to be modernist or expressionist in nature, including works by Picasso, Dalí and […]

John Randolph Bray: Animation’s First Mogul

Posted by Bennett O'Brian July 27, 2013 0 Comment 5931 views

Before Porky, Mickey and Betty Boop, even before Felix the Cat and Koko the Clown, there were the animated antics of something called Colonel Heeza Liar (as in He’s-a Liar. Get it?) All but forgotten a century later, Heeza Liar has the distinction of being the first recurring cartoon character to be featured in a […]

The Necromation of Ladislaw Starewicz

Posted by Bennett O'Brian July 20, 2013 0 Comment 4895 views

The etymology of the word ‘animation’ comes from the Latin animātiō, which means the act of giving life to something. I have always felt that the true Latin meaning has a slight Frankenstein vibe to it because before bringing life to something, the something in question must first be without life. It must be something static, […]

The Incoherent Animation of Émile Cohl

Posted by Bennett O'Brian July 13, 2013 1 Comment 10113 views

French filmmaker Georges Méliès is often heralded as the father of cinematic spectacle as well as a pioneer in both photography and special effects for the invention of the stop trick technique. This technique was utilized by the American J. Stuart Blackton towards the creation of the earliest stop-motion animation, seen in work like The […]

The Critic

Posted by Sam Cooper July 6, 2013 0 Comment 5986 views

If you’re like me and enjoy your television shows littered with movie references, particularly funny ones, then you’re probably seen The Critic. Lasting only two seasons and a handful of webisodes, the show had a tightly woven style of humor, albiet one laced with movie parodies. If you’ve never experienced this show before, fear not. […]

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Posted by Sam Cooper June 29, 2013 1 Comment 6737 views

“September 21st, 1945. That was the night I died.” So begins the opening of Grave of the Fireflies, a Japanese animated film concerning a teenage boy, Seita, and his young sister, Setsuko, adjusting to the wartime atrocities that drive them away from there home. Their father is a captain in the Imperial Japanese Navy, so it’s […]

Need a Cartoon Fix?

Posted by Sam Cooper June 22, 2013 0 Comment 6056 views

So for this week’s column I’m gonna do something a little different. Instead of yammering on about what animated feature film to watch I’m going to supply you with links to some of my favorite Youtube channels, all showcasing cartoons. These channels contain the original full-length episodes, so enjoy!   Public Domain Cartoons Featuring cartoons […]

A Town Called Panic (2009)

Posted by Sam Cooper June 15, 2013 0 Comment 5522 views

I’ll say this right off the bat: this movie is absolutely bizarre. Not bizarre in a darkly surreal, lady-in-the-radiator kind of way. This is something different, something born of a different breed. Imagine a stripped down Pixar movie, with less flash, less pizazz, and a lot more cows. And no CG. That’s a A Town Called Panic. […]

Wizards (1977)

Posted by Sam Cooper June 8, 2013 0 Comment 7332 views

For many animation fans, the name Ralph Bakshi can create mixed feelings. A pioneer in adult-oriented animation, Bakshi is most notable for bringing Robert Crumbs’ promiscuous feline Fritz to the big screen in 1972 with Fritz the Cat. A film aimed at adults that dealt with sex, drugs, and the politics of the era. Known […]

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