3 items from 2013
Why Watch? For starters, Bob Clampett was kind of a big deal and today is the 100th anniversary of his birthday. He directed cartoons for Warner Bros. from 1937 to 1947, a decade of boundlessly entertaining work. He was also a somewhat controversial character, mostly due to his insistence that he had created Bugs Bunny all on his own. That turns out to be entirely unfounded, of course, but at least Porky Pig was definitely his. The two of them face off in the first half of A Corny Concerto, the first time in WB history that two major characters shared a cartoon. The whole thing is a parody of Walt Disney’s work, Fantasia in particular. Elmer Fudd takes on the role of musicologist and conductor, rising from behind the orchestra to introduce “Tales from the Vienna Woods” in the style of Fantasia‘s Deems Taylor. He later returns for the second segment, “The Blue Danube »
- Daniel Walber
Cavemen (and women) have long been a staple of comedy films and cartoons. From almost the start of cinema, funny men donned the fur skins and fright wigs. Buster Keaton started in the silent era soon followed by the Three Stooges up to more recent flicks like the 1980′s classic Caveman. But they were also taken fairly seriously in One Million BC and Quest For Fire (and of course the opening scenes of 2001: A Space Odyssey). Two long running newspaper comic strips,”Alley Oop” and “B.C.”, starred early humans while the comic books had Howie Post’s “Anthro” and Joe Kubert’s ”Tor”. It was only logical that animators would pick up the club with theatrical shorts like Daffy Duck And Dinosaur from Chuck Jones and Tex Avery’s The First Texas Badman. Artist Bob Clampett whipped up some early sketches for a proposed prehistoric family short, but »
- Jim Batts
Pop quiz: Who’s that guy over to your left with the bowler hat and the two guns blazin’ away?
To nobody’s surprise, Cartoon Network (an arm of Time Warner) cancelled Young Justice and Green Lantern and will be replacing them next summer with an original cast return of Teen Titans and the long-lurking Beware The Batman. So here’s a clue: yes, that piece of art is from Beware The Batman.
Ok, I’m a relic but I’m a relic who has a hell of a lot more than a passing familiarity with The Batman mythos, and a crucial part of that mythos, one of the only truly enduring parts of The Batman mythos, is his antipathy towards guns.
So it’s kind of surprising to see Batman’s butler Alfred being recast as – literally – an ex-secret agent who likes to run around doing the one thing »
- Mike Gold
3 items from 2013
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