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A Revolutionary Article (Part 3)

A series based on Revolutionary times? This novel concept, shortly predating the inception of The Flintstones, found its origins not in television, but in theatrical cartoons, eventually morphing into a syndicated television series, yet retaining its roots in continued theatrical releases extending beyond its television run. The most “revolutionary”...

Spin Special: Celebrating Voice Actor Marvin Miller

This week we offer a long-overdue appreciation of the versatile animation and live-action actor/narrator who would be 107 this Saturday, with a career spanning over half a century. According to the groundbreaking book, Radio’s Golden Age: The Programs and the Personalities by Frank Buxton and Bill Owen, no other performer has more classic radio credits...

Donald Duck in “The Plastics Inventor” (1944)

Donald Duck in Close-Up #7 From the time of his first starring role in 1937 through the end of Walt Disney’s life in 1966, Donald Duck starred in more than 120 theatrical shorts—and that’s not counting the dozens of other shorts in which he played supporting roles; nor the special, educational and public-service shorts, or the five feature-length films,...

The Black Cauldron’s Witches of Morva

Suspended Animation #275 Disney animation is filled with witches from the 1932 Silly Symphony Babes in the Woods to the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Mad Madam Mim in The Sword and the Stone and even Magica de Spell in DuckTales. Disney’s live action films like Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown and Bedknobs and Broomsticks also feature...

What Film From a Series Do You Most Want to See A Good Copy Of?

It’s hot as heck here this week, and because of that, I’m likely still improperly dressed for the occasion, but at least at home I can get away with that! Rosalie Waldman told me a story a while back about Jim Tyer showing up at Famous in the usual three-piece, then, upon sitting, taking off everything until he was down to boxers and an undershirt to...

A Revolutionary Article (Part 2)

Bugs Bunny has often fought fiercely for his home. When protecting his domicile expands to the level of the fate of the nation, the wily wabbit fights even fiercer. Bunker Hill Bunny (Warner, Bugs Bunny, 9/23/50 – I (Friz) Freleng, dir.) is a classic for the holiday. Though posing Bugs as a minuteman in the opening titles, the title of the cartoon...

Looney Tunes 1940-41 – The Last Full Year of Peace

During the 1940-41 season, the world seemed to want comedy and escapism. In a world that was getting more and more tense, this was understandable. Even though the USA was not yet a participant in the war going on in Europe, we had revived conscription, which became the subject of several cartoons from various studios. Calling Dr. Porky (9/21/40)...

Growing Up in Wackyland and Beanyland: A Conversation with Ruth Clampett

Bob Clampett directed some of the wackiest and funniest cartoons ever made at Warner Bros. He also created the series Time for Beany, which would later evolve into the cartoon series Beany and Cecil. I spoke to Ruth Clampett about her father and what it was like growing up with one of the greatest directors in animation history. By day, Ruth currently...

The 1941 Disney Strike

Suspended Animation #274 I am a fan of Tom Sito’s work (both as an animator and as an author) and in 2006, he wrote a good book over four hundred pages long entitled Drawing the Line: The Untold Story of the Animation Unions from Bosko to Bart Simpson. Sito himself was once president of an animation union which gave him a unique perspective to explore...

Animated Segments from “Football Forecasts” (1958)

Here’s a little nitty gritty on Thunderbean stuff in the woiks: As summer is in full swing the projects are getting more organized as well as getting all details sorted by either myself or the team on each. Our own Devon Baxter has been doing a wonderful job tracking down a lot of rare art from the first half of the Rainbow Parade series. Animation...

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