Posts filed under "Saturday Morning Cartoons"

Floyd Gottfredson’s Newsprint Mickey

Posted by Bennett O'Brian March 29, 2014 0 Comment 370 views

Few of us know the gun-toting Mickey Mouse who almost lost girlfriend Minnie to a city slicker rat and made several unsuccessful attempts at suicide before winning her back.

Franz Kafka (1992)

Posted by Bennett O'Brian March 22, 2014 1 Comment 439 views

The colour black dominates every aspect of Piotr Dumala’s animated short Franz Kafka; A dense all-encompassing shade of black upon which white lines only appear as shallow scratches on the surface. From beginning to end, this inescapable darkness appears to be as much of a character in the film as the author from which it […]

Mr. Hublot (2013)

Posted by Bennett O'Brian March 15, 2014 0 Comment 542 views

Mr. Hublot is an 11-minute animated film about a clockwork man who lives a solitary existence in a clockwork city.

Three Orphan Kittens (1935)

Posted by Bennett O'Brian March 1, 2014 0 Comment 611 views

In terms of Oscar nominations, it’s extremely rare for a performer or filmmaker to be nominated twice in the same category within the same year. In 1939, Michael Curtiz was nominated twice for directing Angels with Dirty Faces and Four Daughters but lost the trophy to Frank Capra. During the first decade of the animated […]

The Tortoise and the Hare (1934)

Posted by Bennett O'Brian February 15, 2014 0 Comment 788 views

Walt Disney’s Silly Symphony The Tortoise and the Hare took home the Oscar in 1934 – and it also inadvertently helped their biggest competition create Bugs Bunny.

Three Little Pigs (1933)

Posted by Bennett O'Brian February 8, 2014 0 Comment 1416 views

The 1933 Oscar winning Disney ‘toon Three Little Pigs has a surprising flexible – and political – history.

Jirí Trnka’s The Hand (1965)

Posted by Bennett O'Brian February 1, 2014 0 Comment 971 views

The subtext to Jiří Trnka’s The Hand was considered to be so subversive that it was banned in his native Czechoslovakia for 20 years.

Tales of the Black Freighter (2009)

Posted by Bennett O'Brian January 25, 2014 0 Comment 1100 views

Warner Animation’s pulpy Tales of the Black Freighter is a lot like Cast Away – if Tom Hanks’ raft was being kept afloat by corpses and Wilson was actually a severed head.

The Amazing Screw-On Head (2006)

Posted by Bennett O'Brian January 18, 2014 0 Comment 987 views

The Amazing Screw-On Head depicts the events leading up President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Homestead Act – just with more geriatric werewolves, flamethrowers and detachable robotic heads.

An Optical Poem (1938)

Posted by Bennett O'Brian January 11, 2014 0 Comment 977 views

An Optical Poem – Relax, turn off your mind and float down a stream: a rhapsody by Franz Liszt as interpreted by abstract animator Oskar Fischinger.

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