October 7, 2013 |
"Peg + Cat," pronounced "Peg Plus Cat," a new, math-themed cartoon, will be added Monday to PBS Kids, the preschool lineup that already includes "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That" and "Curious George. " (Added - get it?) It is the perky product of a collaboration between Billy Aronson ("Postcards From Buster") and Jennifer Oxley (the super-superb "Wonder Pets") and comes from the Fred Rogers Co., which is not quite the same thing as saying that Mr. Rogers made it. But it's as close as you're going to get anymore.
September 16, 2013 |
Linda Jones considered herself "incredibly lucky" to have had a father like Chuck Jones, the Oscar-winning animation director of Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies fame. "He was probably the best father anybody could have," said Linda Jones, an only child. "His father had a difficult time being a father, and he vowed he would never impose that kind of difficulty and challenge on a child. " Her dad, she said, "was pretty much a 9 to 5 guy. He didn't bring his work home with him. " PHOTOS: Behind-the-scenes Classic Hollywood That is until after he would finish one of the riotously funny 300 films he directed in his 60-plus year career starring such animated superstars as Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Pepe Le Pew, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner.
September 12, 2013 |
The fallout over Tokyo hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics has begun. So to speak. A satirical French newspaper called Le Canard enchaine has published cartoons that reference both the Games and radioactive leaks at the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear plant. One cartoon shows a pair of sumo wrestlers with extra arms and legs. They are wrestling in front of the plant while a commentator says: "Thanks to Fukushima, sumo wrestling is now an Olympic sport. " Another cartoon shows two people in protective gear inspecting an Olympic pool with their Geiger counter.
August 29, 2013 |
June Foray, the woman whose voice can be heard coming from Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Cindy Lou Who and many grannies and witches in countless cartoons over the years will be honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences next month with a Governors Award. Foray, who began voice acting at age 12 on radio dramas and graduated to the big screen in 1943 with an Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short, will receive the award at the academy's Creative Arts Emmys ceremony Sept. 15 at the Nokia Theatre in downtown L.A. During the course of the actress' 80-year career, she's voiced iconic characters, such as Rocky and his arch enemy Natasha Fatale, as well as the scheming Magica De Spell in the "Ducktales" series, the kindly Granny, owner of both Sylvester and Tweety Bird in the "Looney Tunes" shorts, and the cackling Witch Hazel, who always had it in for Bugs Bunny.
August 15, 2013 |
We learn in the opening moments of "Herblock: The Black & the White" that when famed Washington Post editorial cartoonist Herbert Block (best known by the signature in the film's title) was young, he drew a chalk caricature of Kaiser Wilhelm on the sidewalk, taking pleasure in the notion that his neighbors would be walking over it. Block never lost the glee that came from creating images that would stir the pot and champion causes close to his heart. Michael Stevens' (son of filmmaker George Stevens Jr.)
August 4, 2013 |
It was a taxi driver who inspired Willard Mullin's most indelible creation. Mullin was leaving Ebbets Field one night during the 1938 season, after watching the Brooklyn Dodgers drop another one, when he jumped into a cab. "How did our bums do today?" the driver asked. Mullin's Brooklyn Bum became the pencil-and-ink symbol of the perennial underdog franchise: He sported three-day stubble, a crumpled fedora, patchwork pants and an ever-present stogie. When the Dodgers finally defeated their archrivals, the pinstriped New York Yankees, in the 1955 World Series, Mullin depicted an exultant Bum being taken away in a straitjacket yelping, "We dood it!