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In the ’50s and ’60s, the Ussr frequently used dogs for orbital space flights in order to determine whether human spaceflight was possible. If you ever wanted to see a cute animated version of their exploits, look no further than “Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon,” the sequel to the global hit “Space Dogs 3D.” The film follows Pushok (Samuel Witwer), a teenage astronaut determined to find his missing astronaut father. Pushok stows away on a Us rocket ship to the moon, but soon finds he is not alone, as he’s reunited with his mom and encounters a macho monkey and a baby alien. Together, the furry heroes learn the true meaning of teamwork as they join the search for Pushok’s dad. Starring Alicia Silverstone and Ashlee Simpson as Belka and Strelka, the first dogs in space, “Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon” is a fun, »
- Vikram Murthi
Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
It’s a very De Palma weekend, with Dressed to Kill showing this Friday, Scarface and Blow Out on Saturday, and The Fury this Sunday.
Looney Tunes: Back In Action screens on Saturday.
Underground New York filmmaker Beth B. is celebrated in a weekend-long retrospective.
A new 16mm print of Kapauku plays on Sunday.
- Nick Newman
Hey, we're having a Nuclear family crisis, so load up your shotgun, grab the grenades and head for the hills, stealing what you need as you go. Ray Milland's tense tale of doomsday survival shook up a lot of folks with its endorsement of ruthless violence. Fortunately the worst never happened, allowing us to ask, "Where were you in '62?" Panic in Year Zero! Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1962 / B&W / 2:35 widescreen / 92 min. / Street Date April 19, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Ray Milland, Jean Hagen, Frankie Avalon, Mary Mitchel, Joan Freeman, Richard Bakalyan, Cinematography Gilbert Warrenton Production Designer Daniel Haller Film Editor William Austin Original Music Les Baxter Written by John Morton, Jay Simms Produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff, Arnold Houghland, James H. Nicholson, Lou Rusoff Directed by Ray Milland
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
There's nothing like good old atom-scare hysteria, which Hollywood dished out as early as 1952's Invasion, »
- Glenn Erickson
Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Joe Alaskey (1952-2016) - Voice Actor. He took over voicing Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck when Mel Blanc died and can be heard as those characters and more in the movie Looney Tunes: Back in Action, as well as many TV and video game works. He also voiced Yosemite Sam and Foghorn Leghorn in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (hear him below), President Nixon in Forrest Gump and Grandpa Lou Pickles in the Rugrats movies. His other film credits include Spaced Invaders...
- Christopher Campbell
Joe Alaskey, who voiced Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweetyand Sylvester the Cat, among other legendary cartoon characters, died on Wednesday of cancer, according to multiple reports. He was 63.
Alaskey’s spokesperson, K.P. Lynne, shared the news on the actor’s Facebook page, writing, “Never doubt that Joe loved each and every one of you. Your comments and posts always made his day and brought joy to his heart and life.”
Alaskey replaced Mel Blanc as the voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck after his death in 1989, assuming the Warner Bros. characters during the 2000s, including in the film “Looney Tunes: Back in Action.” He has also given voice to other Looney Tunes animated heroes, including Tweety and Sylvester. He served as the primary voice for Plucky Duck on “Tiny Toon Adventures” and Yosemite Sam on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”
Alaskey won a Daytime Emmy Award for voicing »
- Maane Khatchatourian
"Looney Tunes" fans, today we raise a carrot for Joe Alaskey, modern voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Sylvester the Cat, and other cartoon favorites. According to Entertainment Weekly, Alaskey died of cancer at age 63. Sufferin' succotash indeed.
When Mel Blanc passed away, Alaskey was one of the voice actors to take on his iconic characters. In the 2003 movie "Looney Tunes: Back in Action," Alaskey voiced Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Beaky Buzzard, and Mama Bear. In the 2000 animated movie "Tweety's High-Flying Adventure," Alaskey voiced Tweety, Sylvester, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Pepé Le Pew, Marvin the Martian, Henery Hawk, and Colonel Rimfire. Phew!
In addition to Warner Bros. characters, Alaskey also voiced Grandpa Lou Pickles in the "Rugrats" movies and video games, and on the TV series from 1997-2004. You may also recall his voice as Droopy in the "Tom and Jerry" movies, Stinkie in "Caspter," Yosemite Sam in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit, »
- Gina Carbone
Sad news for animation fans. Joe Alaskey, the modern voice for Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, has passed away at the age of 63. His family confirmed the news earlier this week. The actor and voiceover artist succumbed to cancer.
Joe Alaskey was a successor to iconic Looney Tunes voice artist Mel Blanc, who passed away in 1989. Alaskey inherited the roles of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and countless other Warner Bros. animated characters, going to work to recreate their personalities starting in the 2000s. His most notable turn as these iconic and beloved characters came in the 2003 movie Looney Tunes: Back In Action.
Over the past few years, Joe Alaskey also gave new voice to such beloved icons of animation as Sylvester and Tweety. He served as the primary voice of Plucky Duck on Tiny Toon Adventures. In 1988, he voiced the role of Yosemite Sam in the blockbuster hit film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? »
Joe Alaskey, the voice actor behind iconic Looney Toons cartoon characters like Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny, has died after a battle with cancer, his spokesperson confirmed to Entertainment Weekly. He was 63. Alaskey, who succeeded Mel Blanc in voicing characters like Marvin the Martian in 2001, most notably took on Bugs Bunny and gang for 2003's Looney Tunes: Back in Action feature film. Prior to that, the actor brought Rugrats' Grandpa Lou Pickles to life from 1997–2004, and Sylvester the Cat in The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries from 1995–99. In addition, Alaskey could be heard as Plucky Duck on Tiny Toon Adventures and »
- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble
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