Posts filed under "Saturday Morning Cartoons"

Aleksandr Ptushko, Claymation, and The New Gulliver

Posted by Brandy Dean March 16, 2013 0 Comment 6561 views

In the mad dash to find something to talk about for this edition of Saturday Morning Cartoons, I stumbled across The New Gulliver, directed by Aleksandr Ptushko, in 1935 It’s a mix of live action and claymation. Claymation! The story is a Communist re-telling of Gulliver’s Travels.  A boy dreams of himself as a version of Gulliver […]

Betty Boop

Posted by Brandy Dean March 9, 2013 0 Comment 9247 views

She was sassy, saucy, sexy and know as “Queen of the Animated Screen” – Betty Boop! Created by Max Fleischer, Betty first appeared in the Talkartoon and Betty Boop film series. She went on to be featured in coming strips and merch – oh god the merch. Somewhere in the mid-1930’s, Betty got a toned-down makeover to make her a bit […]

Winsor McCay, Animation Inspiration

Posted by Brandy Dean March 2, 2013 1 Comment 8935 views

Winsor Zenic McCay – how’s that for a name guys and gals? – was an early American cartoonist and animator,. While he was mostly known as Windsor McCay, and celebrated for the  comic strip Little Nemo and the animated cartoon Gertie the Dinosaur (1914), he also used the pen name Silas for his work on  Dream of the Rarebit Fiend. McCay was prolific […]

J. Stuart Blackton, Early Animation Pioneer

Posted by Brandy Dean February 23, 2013 0 Comment 8498 views

James Stuart Blackton, a Brit, is often credited as the father of American animation. (Go figure. My people will claim anyone who does something good.) In 1900, Blackton produced The Enchanted Drawing, making it the  silent film that included animated sequences recorded on standard picture film. Score Blackton! How did it start for Blackton? In 1896, while working a reporter […]

Lotte Reiniger’s Cinderella

Posted by Brandy Dean February 16, 2013 1 Comment 7605 views

For this installment of Saturday morning cartoons, I’m reviving this 2012 post on Lotte Reiniger, a pioneer of early animation. I also mock those not lucky enough to attend the 2012 Toronto Silent Film Festival. Cause that’s how I roll.  If you’re a lucky gal like me, in mere hours you’ll be in Innis Town […]

Packaged Goods: Artful Animation at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Posted by Bennett O'Brian February 9, 2013 0 Comment 3530 views

The Packaged Goods series at TIFF Bell Lightbox is a showcase of shorts from the commercial sector which, according to the festival, “explores some of the most evocative, entertaining and enlightening animated ads, music videos and short films”. Packaged Goods is a somewhat unconventional series because it gives disposable media the art-house treatment as it […]

Pauvre Pierrot (1892)

Posted by Brandy Dean February 2, 2013 0 Comment 8608 views

You learn something new everyday, or at least I do. When I sat down to do some research on the early history of film animation, I made the perplexing discovery that the first instance of public film projection was not held by the Lumiere brothers in Paris on December 28, 1895 as is so commonly […]

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