Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Animation Fun Facts for Tuesday Jan. 31,2012

Birthdays: actors who did animation voices Susanne Pleshette, Minnie Driver is 42, Carol Channing is 91.

1999- The first episode of Seth McFarlane’s show Family Guy premiered.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Animation Fun Facts for Mon Jan 30,2011

1931- Hollywood Premiere of Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights. Later at a dance at the Biltmore Hotel writer Herman Mankewicz (Citizen Kane, Duck Soup) got into a drunken fistfight with producer David O. Selznick (Gone With the Wind, Rebecca). You’ll never eat turtle-soup in this town again!

1933- HI-YO SILVER!! The Lone Ranger debuts on Radio. The Masked man was invented by the WXYZ station owner George Trendle and writer Fran Striker with absolutely no experience of cowboys or Indians. They just wanted a hero like Zorro with a strict moral code. He was later voiced by actor William Conrad who did the Rocky & Bullwinkle narration and the TV series Cannon.

1934- Artist Salvador Dali married Gala.

1960- For years after the making of Fantasia, critics had pondered Igor Stravinsky's cryptic reaction to Disney's portrayal of his "Rite of Spring". Disney publicity said he was "speechless with admiration!" Today in a Saturday Review article, Stravinsky said Stokowski's editing of his music was 'execrable' and the visuals "an unresisting imbecility". His opinion still didn't stop him from selling the studio film rights to several other of his pieces including "The Firebird' in 1942. He needed the cash.

1961-H-B's the Yogi Bear Show.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Animation Fun Facts for Saturday Jan 28 ,2012

Birthdays: animator Connie Rasinski

1930- Warner Brothers Cartoons Born. Leon Schlesinger, the head of Pacific Art and Title, signed a deal with several unemployed Disney animators who had left Walt to form their own studio to draw Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, but had been stiffed by their contacts. Schlesinger had connections with the Warner Bros. since he helped them get funding for the 'Jazz Singer'. They create Leon Schlesinger's Studio Looney Tunes, in imitation of Disney's Silly Symphonies. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and more result.

1978- Premiere of Hanna Barbera's the Three Robonic Stooges.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Animation Fun Facts for Fri Jan 27, 2012

Birthdays Charles Dodgson-better known as Lewis Carroll, Ross Bagdasarian a.k.a. David Seville- creator of Alvin and the Chipmunks, Patton Oswalt the voice of Remi in Ratatoulle is 43.

1918- Warner Bros. Pictures incorporated. The Brothers Warner- Sam Albert, Harry and Jack were the sons of Jewish immigrants who had moved from Poland in 1882 and set up a bicycle repair shop in Ohio. Their first movie was Five Years in Germany. Throughout the 1920’s their little studio survived making pictures with dog star Rin Tin Tin. They called him the Mortgage Lifter, because the profits from his pictures paid their bills. Later they bought Vitagraph and gambled with the new Sound technology. When they made the Jazz Singer with Jolson, Warner Bros became a major studio.

1944- WAS WALT A RED? Walt Disney donated money and may have attended a tribute to leftist cartoonist Art Young in New York. Art Young was a close friend of John Reed and Louise Bryant, founders of the American Communist Party. The F.B.I. noted the event was sponsored by the radical socialist newspaper The New Masses and other attendees included progressives like Paul Robeson, Langston Hughes, Ernest Hemingway and Carl Sandburg.

Disney was already a founding member of the Hollywood Society for the Preservation of American Ideals, a grouping of conservative Hollywood celebrities meant to counteract the rampant Hollywood Liberals. Disney later became an F.B.I. informant, but like Reagan, it may have been after the F.B.I. reminded him of his attendance at this little soiree'...

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Animation Fun Facts for Thursday Jan 26, 2011

Birthdays: Paul Newman, Roger Vadim, Jules Feiffer, Ellen DeGeneres is 54

1934- Hollywood producer Sam Goldwyn bought the rights to L. Frank Baum’s book the Wonderful Wizard of Oz to develop into a movie.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Animation Fun Facts for Weds Jan 25,2012

1824- Artist Theodore Gericault was famous for his paintings of horses. This day he died, from a fall off a horse.

1959- Disney's " SLEEPING BEAUTY " opened. Despite earning the fifth highest box office for that year, it finished $5 million behind what it cost to make. The animation staff had swollen to it's largest to finish the production. It’s disappointing box office soured Walt Disney on feature animation. After the film was finished the studio had a massive layoff, dropping from 551 to just 75. Staff level will not return to these same levels until 1990.

Trivia Question: What do Gary Cooper, Enrico Caruso, John Barrymore, Roger Moore and Robert Redford all have in common? ( Besides being actors and celebrities.)

Answer: They could all draw cartoons.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Animation Fun Facts for Tuesday Jan. 24,2012

Birthdays: John Belushi, Walt Disney's first animation director Wilfred Jackson

1961- Warner Bros. cartoon voice actor Mel Blanc had a terrible auto crash. He lingered in a coma for several weeks. The way the doctor brought him around was to say: “Hey Bugs Bunny! How are we today?” Blanc replied in character:” Ehhh…fine,doc!”

2006- The Walt Disney Company acquired CG animation studio PIXAR. Apple and PIXAR head Steve Jobs got a seat on Disney Board, Ed Catmull was named head of the studio and director John Lasseter became it’s creative head.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Animation Fun Facts for Mon Jan 23,2011

Birthdays: Ernie Kovacs, Warner Bros animator Manny Davis, Disney animation director Dave Hand, cartoonist Phil Mendez

1957- The Disneyland TV show premiered” Our Friend, the Atom.”

1989- Artist Salvador Dali’ died. Rushing to leave as much money as possible for
his family his agents had the ancient artist autograph reams of blank paper they intended to print Dali’ lithographs on later.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Animation Fun Facts for Sunday Jan. 22,2011

St. Vincents Day- "If Vincents Day be Rainy Weather, shall rain then 30 days together.”

Birthdays: D.W. Griffith, Jim Jarmusch is 59

1930 Ub Iwerks the creator of Mickey Mouse quit Walt Disney. Composer Carl Stalling also quit and went on to a much better career creating music for Warner Bros Looney Tunes.

1949-Tex Avery’s cartoon "Bad Luck Blackie".

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Animation Fun Facts for Saturday Jan. 21,2011

Birthdays: Robby Benson the voice of Beast

1938 -Max Fleischer tells his New York cartoon studio they are relocating to Florida.

1938- George Melies, the father of Motion Picture Special Effects, died selling chocolates in a Paris train station -Gare du Norde to be exact.

1992- Disney's Beauty and the Beast becomes the first animated film ever nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Animation Fun Facts for Friday Jan 20, 2012

1779- The English dramatic actor David Garrick died. Supposedly his last words were when asked “Is it hard to die?” Garrick replied:” Dying is not Hard. Comedy is Hard.”

1938-The first true animator, Emile Cohl, died while headed for the Paris premiere of Disney's"Snow White and the Seven Dwarves". Cohl was so poor that the electricity in his flat had been turned off and the candles had ignited his beard. Angry he was never recognized in his time, he once said: "the French prefer their artists with marble and flowers on top.".

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Animation Fun Facts for Weds Jan. 18, 2011

1953-The Hollywood Animation Guild chartered. Originally the Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists Local 839, signatories included Disney legends Milt Kahl, Les Clark, John Hench and Ken Anderson.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Animation Fun Facts for Monday Jan. 16, 2011

Edna Disney born, the wife of Roy O. Disney, and mother of Roy E. Disney Jr.

1954-THE WAR ON COMICS- Senator Estes Kevfhauer chaired a U.S. Senate subcommittee to study juvenile delinquency. They conclude that one of the contributing factors to adolescent moral decay was four-color comic books. The probe was sparked by the publication of a book called The Seduction of the Innocent. It charged among other things that Batman & Robin were gay because when not fighting crime, Bruce Wayne & Dick Grayson lounged around all day in silk pajamas! Despite testimony by Walt Kelly, Milt Caniff, Al Capp and Bill Gaines 350 comic book companies including the EC "Tales from the Crypt" label were driven out of business. The strict comics-code was established. The comic book industry, which had been selling one million books a month, never regained that level of prosperity in the US again.

1995- The UPN Network (Universal-Paramount Network) began telecasting.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Animation Fun Facts for Saturday Jan. 14,2011

Birthdays: Hal Roach, and Richard F. Outcault the cartoonist creator of The Yellow Kid and Buster Brown

1964- Hanna & Barbera's ' The Magilla Gorilla' cartoon show.

1990- Matt Groenings the Simpsons, which had been run as a series of blackout vignettes on the Tracey Ullman Show, now debuted as its own regular prime time series. Cowabunga!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Animation Fun Facts for Friday Jan 13, 2011

Birthdays: Orlando Bloom is 35

1930- The Mickey Mouse comic strip first appeared in US newspapers.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Animation Fun Facts for Thursday Jan 12, 2011

John Lasseter born, 1957.

1995- Steven Speilberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen announced the name of their new partnership would be 'Dreamworks SKG'.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Animation Fun Facts for Monday Jan. 9, 2011

History for 1/9/2012
Birthdays: Woody Guthrie, Ray Bolger, Roy Disney Jr.

1914 -John Randolph Bray takes out patents on the principles of film animation: cycles, arcs, keys and inbetweens. He even tried to sue Winsor McCay, who had already been using them for years.

1939- Top Looney Tunes director Frank Tashlin was hired by Walt Disney. He quit after two fruitless years, and left so angry he wrote a children’s book called the "Bear that Wasn’t" about his experiences. An early vice president of the Cartoonists Guild, he also joined the Mouse House to help unionize the studio. After a stint at Screen Gems, in 1945 Frank Tashlin went to Paramount’s live action division and became the director of the Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis comedies.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Animation Fun Facts for Saturday Jan. 7,2012

Birthdays:Adolph Zukor, cartoonist Charles Adams,

1894-" The Sneeze" The first motion picture film to be copyrighted by Thomas Edison and his engineer W.K.L. Dickson

1929-With the approval of Edgar Rice Burroughs, artist Hal Foster began drawing the Tarzan comic strip.

1934 –The First Buck Rogers adventures.

1963- MIT graduate Ivan Sutherland introduced his PhD project SKETCHPAD. It was the first software that allowed a computer to draw a line, instead of crunching numbers. All the developments in Computer Graphics including ToyStory and Avatar result,

Friday, January 6, 2012

Animation Fun Facts for Friday Jan 6, 2011

1945- First Pepe Le Pew cartoon, "Odorable Kitty". When the Warners producer who replaced Leon Schlesinger, Eddie Selzer, heard the plans to do a short about a skunk he thundered: "Absolutely Not! Nobody will like a cartoon skunk!" Chuck Jones recalled: "As soon as he said no, I knew we just had to do it." Selzer's final opinion:" Nobody'll laugh at that sh*t!" The short won an Oscar. Selzer later went on into network T.V.

1962- Bob Clampett's Beany and Cecil the Sea-Sick Sea Serpent. This was the animated version of his popular puppet show.“So Long Kids, Wind Up Your Lids, We’ll look for You Real Soooooon.”

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Animation Fun Facts for Thursday Jan. 5, 2012

Birthdays: James Stuart Blackton (the first American animator, born in Lincolnshire, England ), Hiyao Miyazaki is 71, Robert Duval is 82, Dianne Keaton is 66

1896- Josef Pulitzers’ New York World began printing the Sunday Yellow Kid comic strip with a yellow color on his shirt. The strip gave the name to the sensationalist tabloid press 'Yellow Journalism".

1959- The first Bozo the Clown TV show premiered on TV. Larry Harmon played the famous children¹s clown.

1980- The first Hewlett Packard Personal Computer or PC goes on the market.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Animation Fun Facts for Weds Jan. 04,2012

Birthdays: Emile Cohl, Jacob Grimm of the Brothers Grimm, Sterling Holloway the voice of Winnie the Pooh and Kaa.

1946- Terrytoons "The Talking Magpies" the first Heckle and Jeckyl cartoons.

1956- In the Peanuts comic strip Charles Schulz first had Snoopy stand up on two legs.

1956- Walt Disney had lunch with his old nemesis Max Fleischer, now retired. The meeting was arranged by Max’s son Richard Fleischer, who was working for Disney directing Twenty Thousand Leagues. Although everyone had a nice time, Richard later admitted he found the event depressing. Seeing his dad humbled:” It was like seeing David vanquished by Goliath..”

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Animation Fun Facts for Tuesday Jan 3, 2012

J.R.R. Tolkein born

1977- Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ron Wayne file papers to form the Apple Computer Company. Within two weeks Wayne sold his third of the company to Jobs and Woz for $800.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Animation Fun Facts for New Years Day Jan 1st, 2012

Birthdays: The cat cartoonist Kliban

1943- Walt Disney's Donald Duck cartoon Der Fuehrer's Face premiered.

1959- The Chipmunk Song by David Seville (aka Ross Bagdassarian) tops the pop charts..

1963- Tetsuwan Atomu or Atom Boy, an animated television show by Osamu Tezuka premiered on Japanese TV. As Astro Boy it became the first Japanese anime show to break into the mainstream American market.

1966- An ailing Walt Disney served as Grand Marshal for the Tournament of Roses Parade. Standing in the crowd on the curb with his mother was young John Lasseter.