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Cinderella and Jiminy Cricket “Nash Spots”
Produced at Disney by Hurrell and Bounds (as independent producers utilizing Disney’s production staff), the Cinderella and Jimmy Cricket commercials are two of my favorites.
Looney Tunes 1936-37: We’ve Got Ourselves a Star… Let’s Get Another
Carl W. Stalling comes aboard to do the musical scores, replacing the Brown - Spencer team, finding new ways to use the Warner songs creatively in the cartoons.
Walt Disney Classified: The Layout Manual, Part 3—The 11 Field Crane
The 11 FIELD CRANE is a fascinating Ub Iwerks designed camera stand that permitted “the use of other kinds of material than could not be used on the multiplane crane".
Mutt and Jeff in “Playing with Fire” (1926)
Here's an interesting cartoon to chat a little about. It’s an enjoyable little romp - and it stars Mutt and Jeff.
An Animation Spin Valentine to “The Archies”
Dialogue balloons of love go out in today’s Animation Spin to The Archie’s last album in their original LP series--and to a giant of the Archie world whom we recently lost.
“Hello All You Happy Tax Payers”: Tex Avery’s Voice Stock Company
When we think of Tex Avery’s cartoons, his soundtracks don’t instantly spring to mind. But a careful listen to his soundtracks reveals his painstaking approach to comedy, built frame-by-crazy-frame.
Kinex in HD: “The Land of Wiz” and “The Land of the Wooden Soldiers”
Two of the five Kinex shorts I scanned today were tied together story-wise, so I thought it might be fun to post the raw scans for you, fresh from the telecine bakery!
Merrie Melodies 1935-36: Let’s Meet Some Old Friends
Here are the melodies that inspired much of the "merrie" in the AAP package, syndicated to local television from 1956 through the 1980s.
“Lesser-Known” Films You Might Have Missed
The joy of discovering something I haven't seen - I never seem to lose it. This week I post a few films YOU might not have seen.
The Tale of Disney’s Cinderella Storyteller Albums
In celebration of the film’s 70th anniversary year, here’s a look at five Cinderella story albums--all as lovely as their name--from Disneyland Records between 1957 and 1980.
Japanese Intros for Hanna-Barbera Cartoons
When Hanna-Barbera cartoons aired in Japan, many sported new theme songs created by Japanese composers and singers. I thought it would be fun to showcase some of the more notable ones.
In His Own Words: Ken Anderson on Disney’s “Robin Hood” (1973)
What makes Disney's Robin Hood a milestone is that it is one of the major inspirations for the official birth of furry fandom around 1980.
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