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November 18, 1928 – Mickey’s Birthday? Eventually.

  When did Mickey celebrate his third birthday? October 24, 1931. When did Mickey celebrate his fifth birthday? October 1, 1933. When was Mickey’s lucky seventh birthday…September 28th, 1935. When was Mickey’s 40th birthday in 1968? September 27th, 1968.     As an installment of Jim’s Animation Anecdotes, animation and comics historian Jim Korkis, at […]

Posted on: Nov 18, 2018,  Section: Animation, Comments: 2 Comments

Mickey Mouse at 90 is Still Animated

  90 years ago Mickey Mouse became very popular due to his freewheeling attitude in the early cartoons. After a couple decades Mickey Mouse was tamed as he became the 1950s company image, and his popularity declined. Five years ago his early character was revived with a new series of shorts. You may have heard […]

Posted on: Nov 17, 2018,  Section: Animation, Comments: 0 Comments

20 Things You Didn’t Know About Dr. Seuss

  You’ve probably been pronouncing “Seuss” wrong. Sorry, but Seuss is not pronounced “Soose.” Instead, Dr. Seuss and his family, who emigrated to the US from Bavaria, pronounce the name “Zoice.”     Seuss collected hats, won a Pulitzer Prize, coined the word ‘nerd’, and more. Marilyn La Jeunesse and Insider present the above and […]

Posted on: Nov 15, 2018,  Section: Animation, Cartooning, Children's Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Short Takes

First, this note to editorial cartoonists: If Elizabeth Warren had — without claiming any advantage for it — said that her family spoke of African-American heritage, was mocked and called “Aunt Jemima” for it, but then took a DNA test that bore out her claim, would you depict her as a triumphant minstrel-show mammy? Don’t […]

Posted on: Oct 17, 2018,  Section: Animation, Cartoons, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Josh Olsen Wins Short Shorts Animation Contest

Joshua Olsen has been named the winner of GoComics 2018 Short Shorts Animation Contest. Animators who entered their own 60-second-or-less video were eligible to win a $25,000 grand prize from GoComics. So Josh got a bit more than just a nice plaque. The GoComics blog carries the short notice with a link to ten finalists […]

Posted on: Oct 11, 2018,  Section: Animation, Comments: 1 Comment

Voting Has Opened on GoComics’ ‘Short Short’ Contest

GoComics has announced and posted the pubic voting site to their animation contest for ten semi-finalists. The public vote will narrow it down from ten to three finalists. The three finalists will be voted on by industry-related judges and the winner will get $25,000. https://usscpromotions.com/gocomics/shortshorts/semifinalists GoComics and the Daily Cartoonist are owned by Andrews McMeel. […]

Posted on: Aug 21, 2018,  Section: Animation, Comments: 1 Comment

GoComics ‘Short Shorts’ Animation Contest Starts Today (May 29) – updated

Bumped up as a reminder to all you animators out there. Only 6 days to get your short video animation in! You could win $25,000! No Purch Nec. See Rules for details. Enter now! original May 29, 2018 post: GoComics has sent out an email today announcing the start of their short animation contest. From […]

Posted on: Jul 21, 2018,  Section: Animation, Comments: 2 Comments

Exclusive Interview: Steve Moore to Step Away from ‘In the Bleachers’

Q: You’ve decided to put the pen down on “In the Bleachers” … What gives? The comic is only 33 years old. A: Yeah, 33 years. Would you believe I started Bleachers when I was 4-years old? I didn’t think so. Anyway … I still have three youngsters who need to burn through Dad’s hard-earned […]

Posted on: Jul 9, 2018,  Section: Animation, Books, Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

A Mouse Divided – A Mouse Diminished

A few Walt Disney news items via Cartoon Brew. Released tomorrow, July 3, 2018, is ‘A Mouse Divided’ by Jeff Ryan – A New Book Exploring How Success Tore Apart Mickey Mouse Creators Walt Disney And Ub Iwerks Cartoon Brew’s Amid Amidi explains The book…explores how Walt Disney’s colleague Ub Iwerks was never given the […]

Posted on: Jul 2, 2018,  Section: Animation, Comments: Comments Off on A Mouse Divided – A Mouse Diminished

The Oldest Surviving Animated Films

The Oldest Surviving Animated Films by Sarah Nour at Reel Rundown. The Oldest Surviving Animated Films Part I (1892-1909) Charles-Émile Reynaud was the inventor of optical theatre, an animated moving-picture system that he patented in 1888. In October of 1892, he screened three of his own animated films in a demonstration at the Musée Grévin, […]

Posted on: Jun 21, 2018,  Section: Animation, Comments: Comments Off on The Oldest Surviving Animated Films

Possible ‘B.C.’ Animated Feature for 2021

As reported by Animation Magazine: Parallax Media Ventures is developing a new animated feature based on John Hart’s classic comic series B.C. The feature, titled B.C.: Back to Civilization, will be eyeing an early 2021 release date. Above: presentation artwork for the project. “Today, Johnny Hart’s grandsons Mason and Mick are the wizards behind the […]

Posted on: May 11, 2018,  Section: Animation, Comments: Comments Off on Possible ‘B.C.’ Animated Feature for 2021

GoComics Announces ‘Short Shorts’ Animation Contest

$25,000 prize to the winner. For more details, go here. bit.ly/2Ihhy5x 

Posted on: May 11, 2018,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Contests, Comments: Comments Off on GoComics Announces ‘Short Shorts’ Animation Contest

The making of Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur

Peter Sciretta at Slashfilm: I?ll be completely honest ? the cartoony dinosaur designs in the posters and advertising did not excite me. It wasn?t until I really got to take in some of the movie that I fully understood the vision of this film, and how the cartoony character designs are used as a wonderful […]

Posted on: Oct 9, 2015,  Section: Animation, Comments: 1 Comment

Watch The Good Dinosaur trailer

This is the first Pixar I’m excited about in a while.

Posted on: Oct 7, 2015,  Section: Animation, Comments: Comments Off on Watch The Good Dinosaur trailer

Toy Story 4 plot revealed: it’s a love story between Woody and Bo Peep

From CNBC: Disney Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter confirmed on Friday what fans have speculated about for the better part of a year: “Toy Story 4” will revolve around a romance between the blockbuster’s main character, a toy cowboy voiced by Tom Hanks, and a nursery rhyme doll. “It’s a love story with Woody and?and […]

Posted on: Aug 14, 2015,  Section: Animation, Comments: 1 Comment