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A Farewell to Harms

It’s easy enough to call the passing of Joseph Barbera the end of an era. You might even say it marks the end of two eras, for the careers of Barbera and his late partner William Hanna straddled both the golden age of American studio animation and the altogether more dire era of TV animation. […]

"A Charlie Brown Christmas:" The Finest Christmas Cartoon of All Time

According to producer Lee Mendelson, the two top executives at CBS reacted negatively when they watched A Charlie Brown Christmas for the first time in 1965. “It seems a little flat…a little slow,” said one of them. The other said they would still air it since it was finished and paid for, but wouldn’t order […]

Why Is Pixar So Successful? Behold - The Ultimate Secret!

I liken Pixar Animation Studios to the Roadrunner. No matter how many traps the coyotes of the desert try to lay down for the purpose of capturing and devouring the essence of this miraculous being, it speeds on through, turning almost any effort to siphon the powers on show into a painful instance of backlash. […]

DTemplar's 25 Toons That Should Be On DVD, And Soon (The top 10)

Everybody wants to know, what the top ten would be. Without further ado, here its is: 10. Muppet Babies: Ever since their debut in The Muppets Take Manhattan in 1984, the Muppet Babies were a hit. Fans would love to see the infant versions of Kermit, Miss Piggy, and Fozzie Bear on DVD box sets. […]

Of Serpents and Shounen Bat, Delusions and Paranoia

A man and woman lived blissfully, blamelessly in paradise. Then, one day, they learned shame. The man blamed the woman. The woman blamed the serpent. They and their descendents were cursed with the overwhelming power of death. This is the story of the limitations of humanity, of the innocence of childhood giving way to the […]

Farewell to the Justice League

One day, when animation is taken seriously in this country, Bruce W. Timm’s grand new action series Justice League will be recognized as a culminating development in the career of one of animation’s most impressive contemporary talents. Earlier offerings had shown Timm patiently exploring how the medium could be used to tell stories of greater […]

Comedy Central, You ********!

I never thought I’d say this, but here goes: I miss the censorship battles of the 1970s. That’s Muhammad holding the salmon helmet. On the left. See him? We don’t either. Back in the days when CBS was cutting explosions from The Bugs Bunny/Roadrunner Show, animators only had to worry that a bit of necessary […]

DTemplar's 25 Toons That Should Be On DVD, And Soon Part I

At long last, She-Ra, Animaniacs, Pinky & the Brain and Voltron are coming out to DVD in a few months. But there are still some toons that have been gathering dust in the vaults and deserve to be released. The question is: Which ones? Here’s my personal opinion. 25. The Brady Kids: Three years after […]

Toys for Sale: The Inevitability of the Pixar-Disney Merger

Economic logic, it seems, rarely rules in Hollywood. Too often, egos get in the way. But the announcement that the Walt Disney Company will be buying Pixar Animation Studios shows that even Hollywood will sometimes bow to the obvious. The Disney-Pixar merger is certainly the most momentous entertainment combination since Time bought Warner, and history […]

The Ultimate DVD Extra: 20 Years of Pixar at the MoMA

In 1984, a young animator named John Lasseter left Disney to work for George Lucas’ special effects group. 21 years, six feature films, 10 short films, and fifteen Academy Awards later, Pixar Animation Studios has firmly established itself as one of the finest American animation studios in the history of the medium. To commemorate their […]

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