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14 items from 2011


The Jetsons: Win the Last TV Episodes on DVD

26 December 2011 8:11 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Though The Jetsons has become one of the most beloved animated TV series in history, the show lasted just one season. It aired on Sunday nights on ABC and was the first color series to be broadcast on the youngest network (at the time anyway). Few ABC stations were broadcasting in color back then so most people who did watch the show saw it in black and white.

The 24 episodes became very popular on Saturday mornings and ran on all three networks at various times over a span of 20 years. In the early 1980s, Hanna-Barbera began producing new episodes specifically for syndication.

By September 1985, the original 24 episodes were combined with 41 new episodes. George O'Hanlan, Penny Singleton, Daws Butler, Janet Waldo, Don Messick, Jean Vander Pyl and Mel Blanc all returned to reprise their original roles -- though they »

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Dave Coulier Talks About His New 'Full House'-Inspired Project

21 November 2011 1:03 PM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Dave Coulier, the actor and comedian who played Joey Gladstone on the now-classic sitcom "Full House," would like everyone to know that he is not Canadian. His mother is Canadian, but he was born and raised in Detroit, Mich., and got his start in stand-up there at a young age.

He's not sure why that untruth has seeped into the public consciousness, but it seems to fit with a few other rumors about the Detroit-born Coulier: that he inspired ex-girlfriend Alanis Morrissette's quintessential angry-rock-song, "You Oughta Know," that he wanted to play professional hockey, that he's dead. (The Huffington Post can confirm that he's very much alive.)

Though Coulier's still best known for his "Full House" connection, he's also worked consistently as a voice actor over the years on "The Jetsons," "Scooby and Scrappy Doo," and "Muppet Babies," among others, and he's continued to tour all over the country as a stand-up comedian. »

- Lucas Kavner

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I Love Lucy: Voiceover Legend Janet Waldo Recalls Lucy and Desi

22 August 2011 2:40 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

You may not know her name but you certainly know her voice. Janet Waldo has been acting professionally for more than 70 years. Discovered by Bing Crosby, she worked on many radio shows and starred for eight years as teenager Corliss Archer on Meet Corliss Archer. She went on to become a staple of many classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons as the voice of Judy Jetson (The Jetsons), Nancy (Shazzan), Granny Sweet (The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show), Josie McCoy (Josie and the Pussycats, Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space), Penelope Pitstop (Wacky Races, The Perils of Penelope Pitstop), and Morticia Addams (The Addams Family).

At age 87, Waldo is just as energetic as ever and her voices sounds virtually the same. I spoke to her about The Jetsons and the release of the 1988 TV movie called Rockin with Judy Jetson. But first, I had to ask Waldo about »

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Janet Waldo the Ageless Teen Reviews her Career

22 August 2011 1:42 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

For some, age defines you. You are either young or old. For others, age is a number and you remain your youthful, exuberant self.  Then there are the ageless wonders, among them actress Janet Waldo. Generations of people have grown up with Janet’s work even though her name may not be a familiar one. The 87 year old actress sounds as vibrant as she did when she first wowed audiences on radio with Meet Corliss Archer.

Today, she is best known as Judy Jetson or Penelope Pitstop, but she has portrayed countless characters of all ages in a rich career that includes stage, screen, television and tons of animation. After high school in Seattle, Waldo, a distant relative of Ralph Waldo Emerson, was performing in local theater when she won an award presented to her by fellow alum Bing Crosby, who was accompanied by a latent scout. She left for »

- Robert Greenberger

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Exclusive: Janet Waldo Talks Rockin' with Judy Jetson

19 August 2011 2:59 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Voice actress Janet Waldo discusses Rockin' With Judy Jetson from Warner Archive

Actress Janet Waldo got her start with minor film roles and radio acting in the 1940s, but her real calling came with a role in the seminal animated TV series The Jetsons as Judy Jetson. The long-running series also spun off into several animated TV movies, one of which is Rockin' with Judy Jetson, which was just released on DVD for the first time on August 16 through Warner Archive. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Janet Waldo over the phone about this new DVD release. Here's what she had to say.

I was going through your filmography and I read you did some radio and a few live-action movies as well. I was curious how you originally came across voice acting?

Janet Waldo: Well, I was brought to California to do film. I did do a number of films, »

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DVD Review: Rockin' With Judy Jetson

11 August 2011 6:02 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

I’m a huge fan of the Jetsons and in this DVD Judy Jetson takes the spotlight away from The Jetsons with Rockin’ With Judy Jetson. An animated feature length movie giving George and Jane’s oldest kid her own rocking musical space adventure.

This fun animated feature from the Hanna- Barbera Classic Collection shows Judy getting a huge crush on space idol Sky Rocker who's sporting an awesome mullet. She chases him around throughout the entire movie getting sidetracked with her friends from time to time all while breaking out in cheesy early 70’s song which is really fun to watch in this day and time.

As we continue to follow Judy on her adventure we do get to see some familiar faces as George, Jane, Elroy, Rosie, Astro and even a few others show up and as always George is getting himself into trouble, more so than Judy. »

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Hollywood’s highest-grossing star is… Frank Welker!

8 August 2011 9:38 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Earlier this week Forbes Magazine published their list of the highest-earning Hollywood stars of 2010, with Leonardo DiCaprio taking the crown with an estimated $77m for his work on Christopher Nolan’s Inception and Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island. However, while the likes of Johnny Depp, Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Cruise all feature prominently, none of them can come close to legendary voice actor Frank Welker in terms of sheer box office success…

Frank who? I hear you ask. Well, for anyone growing up in the 80s and 90s, it’s a name you’re sure to be familiar with, his CV reading like a who’s who of classic children’s animation. Among Welker’s many credits are the likes of Alvin & the Chipmunks, Animaniacs, Batman: The Animated Series, Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Challenge of the GoBots, Dexter’s Laboratory, DuckTales, Dungeons & Dragons, Gargoyles, »

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Win The Jetsons Meet The Flintstones on DVD

24 June 2011 4:28 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

It was an event that cartoon fans had been fantasizing for years. In 1987, many years after the cancellation of both The Flintstones and The Jetsons, this TV movie was released as part of the Hanna-Barbera Superstars 10 -- a group of 10 animated movies that were created for syndication. Though the two animated series were often compared to one another, it was the first meeting of the space-age and stone-age families. Many of the original voice actors returned to perform their trademark characters.

In the movie, Fred Flintstone (Henry Corden) and Barney Rubble (Mel Blanc) are fired from their jobs at the quarry and are afraid to tell their wives. In the future, George Jetson (George O'Hanlon) is having work issues of his own with Mr. Spacely (Mel Blanc). To escape his problems, George takes his family on a little vacation, courtesy of son Elroy (Daws Butler) »

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[TV] The Space Kidettes & Young Samson: The Complete Series

1 April 2011 5:00 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Have you ever known a set of twins that were nothing alike? Then you’ll have some idea of what to expect from this puzzling cartoon duo. The format divides its time evenly between The Space Kidettes, starkly reminiscent of The Jetsons in style and tone, and Young Samson & Goliath, which is comparable to Thundarr the Barbarian. Depending on your level of intimacy with Hanna-Barbera canon, you will or won’t be familiar with the three different animation styles they employed across their wildly diverse series of cartoons.

The premises for both halves are amazingly simple, but if you love this type of Hb cartoon, that won’t surprise you in the slightest. Each new 12-minute adventure sees The Space Kidettes stumble across some new invention or creature and they make the best of their situation, while Young Samson & Goliath either defeats a beast or rescues a maiden. It’s simple, »

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[TV] Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch: The Complete Series

16 February 2011 1:33 PM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Suffice to say, not every studio is going to get it right every single time. Hanna Barbera has some of the most classic cartoon characters in its stable like Yogi Bear, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, and so many others; but they’ve got a few misfires under their belt, and they’re easy to forget. Though, it was easier to forget them when they were locked away in Warner Brothers’ vault, not having seen the light of day since the transition from VHS to DVD and digital mediums. Sometimes you can revel in the retro cartoons just because they’re truly bizarre and goofy (like its recently rereleased Thundarr the Barbarian), but in the case of Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch, there’s nothing much to be said for the dusty television fossil except that it should have been left buried.

Filled with puns (including the very premise “car-toons »

- Lex Walker

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[TV] Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch: The Complete Series

16 February 2011 1:33 PM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Suffice to say, not every studio is going to get it right every single time. Hanna Barbera has some of the most classic cartoon characters in its stable like Yogi Bear, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, and so many others; but they’ve got a few misfires under their belt, and they’re easy to forget. Though, it was easier to forget them when they were locked away in Warner Brothers’ vault, not having seen the light of day since the transition from VHS to DVD and digital mediums. Sometimes you can revel in the retro cartoons just because they’re truly bizarre and goofy (like its recently rereleased Thundarr the Barbarian), but in the case of Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch, there’s nothing much to be said for the dusty television fossil except that it should have been left buried.

Filled with puns (including the very premise “car-toons »

- Lex Walker

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Kenneth Mars, Führer-Loving Playwright in The Producers, Dies

15 February 2011 6:00 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It wouldn't have been Springtime for Hitler without Kenneth Mars. The veteran film and TV character actor, who played a Führer-feting playwright in The Producers, died Saturday at his home in Granada Hills, Calif. He was 75 and had suffered from pancreatic cancer. Mars, a native of Chicago, started acting in the early 1960s, lending his voice to The Jetsons before going on to bit roles in Gunsmoke and Car 54, Where Are You? But in 1968, Mel Brooks cast Mars in The Producers as batty auteur Franz Liebkind, who ultimately can't handle the smashing success of the musical Springtime for Hitler, in which leading man Lorenzo St. DuBois (Dick Shawn) plays Adolf Hitler as fabulously gay. It's a »

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Kenneth Mars, Comic Actor, Dead At Age 75; "The Producers" And "Young Frankenstein" Among His Credits

15 February 2011 3:52 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

 

 

Mars with Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel in Mel Brooks' The Producers.

Comic actor Kenneth Mars has died from pancreatic cancer at age 75. Mars was a master of good timing in sitcoms and comedy feature films. He did extensive voice-over work in animated series beginning with The Jetsons in 1962 and extending to recent years with the Land Before Time children's films. He made an unforgettable feature film debut in Mel Brooks' classic 1968 movie The Producers, playing zany neo-Nazi Franz Liebkin, whose play Springtime for Hitler provides the perfect vehicle for two shady Broadway producers to ensure making a fortune off the the show's inevitable failure. Much to their chagrin, the plan goes awry when the audience mistakes the musical for a satire of Adolf Hitler instead of the love letter to him that Liebkin had envisioned. The show's instant success leads to ruin for the schemers. Brooks was »

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Character Actor Kenneth Mars Dead At 75

14 February 2011 6:38 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

One of the greatest character actors, Kenneth Mars, has sadly passed away according to the Associated Press.

Kenneth Mars, a Mel Brooks collaborator who played a Hitler-worshipping playwright in “The Producers” and an earnest police inspector with a malfunctioning artificial arm in “Young Frankenstein,” has died. He was 75. In a statement Monday, Mars family said the actor died Saturday of pancreatic cancer at his home in Grenada Hills.

In Brooks’ 1968 romp “The Producers,” Mars co-starred as Franz Liebkind, a Nazi enthusiast whose play, “Springtime for Hitler,” is the basis for a scheme by two conniving showmen (Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder) to bilk investors by putting on a surefire Broadway flop.

Brooks cast Mars again in 1974′s “Young Frankenstein” as the constable poking around the castle grounds on the trail of mad scientist Wilder’s monster.

In both films, the Chicago-born Mars demonstrated his talent for vocal farce, lending over-the-top German accents to the characters. »

- Movie Geeks

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