February 7, 2014 |
Nickelodeon's new cartoon was hatched not through traditional television channels but in a Studio City efficiency apartment nicknamed the "Doodle Chamber. " The 41/2 -minute cartoon about two feisty, accident-prone ducks was intended to be a one-off, a little film crafted to entertain fellow animators at a short-film festival held at a New York bar. But in the hurly-burly world of children's television, network executives are desperate to find that next big hit. When animator Gary Di Raffaele, who goes by the name Gary Doodles, got an inquiry from a Nickelodeon executive about his duck cartoon, which he had posted on YouTube: "I thought it was spam," Di Raffaele said.
February 14, 2014 |
"Bravest Warriors" (Cartoon Hangover/YouTube). Given the enormity of my affection for the works of Pendleton Ward ("Adventure Time"), who created these characters, and Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi ("The Adventures of Pete & Pete") -- who, with writer-director Breehn Burns ("Dr. Tran"), helped develop Ward's 2009 "Random! Cartoons" short about a multicultural quartet of 31st century teenage space heroes into this Web series -- it surprises me that I have taken so long to get around to watching it. Possibly, as with all things I hope to take seriously, I was waiting for a moment of ease and concentration.
April 25, 2013 |
"Incredible Crew" ( Cartoon Network , Thursdays). This single-camera teenage sketch comedy, created by Nick Cannon, premiered the last of its 13 episodes in mid-April, but they continue in rotation, are highly re-watchable and deserve your attention, whether or not you fit the target demographic. This is one of the most imaginative shows the year has produced -- absurdist, energetic, silly and smart, with high production values and a cast of talented performers locked in with one another from the get-go.
April 4, 2010
An intrepid youngster and his canine companion explore a madcap, mystical landscape in the new series "Adventure Time With Finn & Jake." It looks like something you'd see on Adult Swim, but, you know, for kids. (Cartoon Network, 8 p.m. Mon.)
March 1, 1990 |
Glasnost is having a profound effect on art in the Soviet Union. As reported in Wednesday's Times, expatriate artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich and Rudolf Nureyev are returning for emotion-filled performances in their homeland. A lesser-known story is that of artists who fell into disfavor shortly after the revolution and who are now having their work unearthed and brought to new prominence.
October 20, 1991 |
THE AIR WAS SO CLEAR AT 6,000 FEET, THAT LOOKING ACROSS a chasm at the far cliff side, we could make out individual grains of earth, layers of century-old volcanic ash and sharp-edged pink-and-white petals of tiny flowers clinging flat to gray rocks. Mounds of snow lay in the blue shadows of low bushes. Above us on the snow-bright peak, skiers clattered and yelled, streaking down the white trail between jumbles of volcanic rock. There were no trees. We were above them.