Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Animation Fun Facts for Dec 19, 2012
Birthdays: King Phillip V of Spain (1683), Edith Piaf, Cicely Tyson, Sir Ralph Richardson, Robert Urich, Jennifer Beals is 49, David Susskind, Fritz Reiner, Disney Legend Mel Shaw, Alyssa Milano is 40, Jake Gyllenhaal is 32 1914- Earl Hurd patented animation 'cels' (celluloids) and backgrounds. Before this cartoonists tried drawing the background settings over and over again hundreds of times or slashed the paper around the character and tried not to have it walk in front of anything. By the late 1990’s, most cels & cel paint had been replaced by digital imaging. 1932- BBC Overseas Service Radio broadcasts begin. 1957- The musical ‘The Music Man’ starring Robert Preston first debuted. "Seventy Six Trom-bones in the Big Parade.." 1958- the first airing of the Disneyland holiday show " From All of Us, to All of You." 1971- Stanley Kubrick’s ‘A Clockwork Orange’ premiered. Based on a novel by Anthony Burgess. In America the film received an X Rating, more for sexual situations than violence. The sensation over the film caused so many incidents of urban violence, that with Kubrick’s permission, it was banned in England for three decades. 1974- The first personal computer went on sale. The Altair 8800, named for the planet in the 1955 sci-fi movie classic Forbidden Planet. The computer came in a kit that you had to build and it cost $397. The next year, two kids at Harvard named Bill Gates and Paul Allen created a programming language for it called BASIC. 2001- Peter Jackson’s film ‘The Lord of the Rings, the Fellowship of the Ring’ first opened.