Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Animation Fun Facts for Dec 4, 2012

Birthdays: Chief Crazy Horse, Samuel Butler, Thomas Carlyle, Lillian Russell, Vasilly Kandinsky, Buck Jones, Wink Martindale, Max Baer Jr.,Robert Vesco, Charles Keating, Wally George, Deanna Durbin, Pappy Boyington, Horst Bucholtz, Rainer Maria Rilke,, Jeff Bridges is 63, Marisa Tomei is 48, Tyrah Banks is 39, Johnny Lyon- 1948 of the band Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Jay-Z is 43, Fred Armisen is 46 1657-Old Painter Rembrandt van Rijn was evicted from his home. He was kept out of debtor’s prison, when his daughter and son-in-law auctioned most of his possessions to pay off his creditors. 1791- The London Observer, called the oldest continually published newspaper in the world, first published. True, the Times was begun in 1788 but t had a spotty release it’s first few years while it’s publisher would be thrown in prison for libel. 1931- James Whale’s macabre masterpiece film “Frankenstein” opened at the Mayfair theater in NY. English actor William Henry Pratt renamed Boris Karloff played the monster. 1941- film "Mr. Bug Goes to Town"-opened. Max Fleischer's last gamble to keep up with Disney and keep his studio alive. However the events of Pearl Harbor three days later not only sink the American Navy, but also Hoppity's box office and puts Max out of business. 1958- Cocoa Puffs cereal invented. 1961- Someone at the Museum of Modern Art in NY noticed that they had hung Henri Matisse’s painting Le Bateau upside down. It had been that way for two months and until now nobody had noticed. 1985- The first Cray X-MP Supercomputer booted up. The Cray was used to create early CG animation for Hollywood movies like Peter Hyam's 2010. 1993- Rocker Frank Zappa died of prostate cancer at age 52.

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