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"A Miser Brothers Christmas" Is Retro-Fitted Family Fun

You know, I really don’t remember anything about the Rankin-Bass special The Year Without a Santa Claus. I presume from the title it was another one of those Christmas stories that eventually had someone looking pensively out a window into a dark night before turning to a short person (a child or elf), to shake […]

Voice Actor for a Weekend: Top 5 More Lessons from Bob Bergen's Advanced Class

Last year, I took a beginner voice acting class with Bob Bergen when he brought it to New York City, and had so much fun doing it that I wanted to take his advanced class this year. Luckily, taking Bob’s class last year fooled him into thinking that I was qualified for the advanced class. […]

"The Princess and the Frog" News Roundup: Interviews, Ultimate Disney Review/Photos

Several interviews with the cast and crew of The Princess and the Frog are surfacing in advance of its wide premiere date of December 11, 2009: Canada’s Movies Online has spoken with directors Ron Clements and Jon Musker, composer Randy Newman, and executive producer John Lasseter about several specific scenes in the movie. Musker and […]

"Fantastic Mr. Fox": Foxy by Proxy

Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of the most inanimate animated movies ever made. The disconnect between its images and its soundtrack is so complete as to be disorienting. And heaven only knows whether anyone under the age of sixteen will be able to make sense of it. But it is also a terrific […]

"Planet 51" Is Just Earthbound

According to the credits, it took four people to come up with the “original idea” for Planet 51. One wonders how many assistants it takes to remind these four creative types how to breathe. Okay, that’s a cheap, smug, and unfunny wisecrack. But why should I trouble to come up with anything new and good […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Nicktoons

 Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.  Here we are, at the close of the second decade of Nicktoons. The first began in 1991 with Doug, Rugrats, and The Ren and Stimpy Show, three shows that are not only well-remembered, but whose memory lasted long after their initial run through spin-offs, movies, and changes of […]

'Rocky & Bullwinkle' Celebrate 50 Years

ABC introduced television audiences to the now-famous cartoon moose and squirrel when “Rocky and His Friends” premiered on November 19th, 1959. The show’s fast-paced gags, clever dialog, fun characters, a talented cast, and simplistic animation made the show into a timeless classic that will continue to entertain audiences well into the next 50 years, and […]

Nickelodeon Announces Thanksgiving 2009 Weekend Programming

New episodes of hit shows mark Nickelodeon’s Thanksgiving weekend programming, starting November 26, 2009. The network will launch on Thanksgiving Day with a movie marathon from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM, including the SpongeBob SquarePants feature film. SpongeBob and The Penguins of Madagascar will be getting marathons on Friday, November 27, and a new episode […]

"G.I. Joe: Resolute": They Ain't Making Corn Flakes

If there’s a kid’s cartoon of the 1980’s that’s suitable for a darker, grittier, more violent remake, it’s G.I. Joe, partially because of its military angle and partially because of its substantial adult fanbase that enjoyed the cartoon and/or the comic book as kids. It is for that fanbase that Hasbro commissioned G.I. Joe: Resolute, […]

Toons of the 2000s: The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation - Part 2

You are reading Part 2 of The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation.  Part 1 | 2 | 3 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Stop-Motion   Let’s take a quick respite from the studio breakdown to talk about stop-motion animation. This retrospective blog post is about 3D CG and 2D animation, so […]

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