Archives for May, 2007
The Aardman channel will offer classic animated shows from the studio, such as CREATURE COMFORTS and MORPH, surreal comedies REX THE RUNT, PANIC IN THE VILLAGE and The Adventures of Jeffrey, plus some brand-new short films.
“That first Shrek saved the company financially. We’re here today because of it. It’s been a great blessing. I refer to it as the gift that keeps on giving” said Jeffrey Katzenberg of DreamWorks.
“The fourth Shrek installment is in train, scheduled for release in 2010. The fifth, he says, will be the last. “It’s a finite story, has been from the beginning and I think that’s part of its integrity, part of its strength, that we’re not thinking this up as we go,” he says. “Ultimately we will come back to understand how Shrek arrived in that swamp. We will reveal his story.”
Source: The Age
Family Guy will begin its fifth season with an hour-long episode retelling the STAR WARS adventure.
Peter Griffin will be Han Solo, Lois will play the role of Princess Leia. Stewie will be Darth Vader. Brian plays Chewbacca and Chris will be Luke. Cleveland and Quagmire will play R2-D2 and C-3PO. Obi-Wan Kenobi will be played by creepy old guy Herbert.
Wackiki Wabbit is a 1943 Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon starring Bugs Bunny and directed by Chuck Jones. The cartoon opens with two castaways adrift on a small raft in the middle of the ocean. Hunger starts to overcome them, to the point where they start imagining each other as food.
Scrap Happy Daffy is a Warner Bros. WWII short featuring Daffy Duck, directed by Frank Tashlin and released in 1943. Daffy is the guard of a scrap yard, doing his part to help America win the war against the Nazis, but the Nazis decide to destroy his scrap pile by sending a billy goat out to eat everything in sight.
Case of the Missing Hare is a 1942 Warner Bros. cartoon in the Merrie Melodies series, directed by Chuck Jones and starring Bugs Bunny. A magician named Ala Bahma is nailing self-promoting posters on every conceivable surface… including, as it turns out, a tree in which Bugs is living. And the fun begins…
AWN is reporting:
TELETOON, Canada’s only all animation network, announced that for the 10th edition of the TELETOON Animation Scholarship, the total prize money has more than doubled to more than $70,000 to support the development of nine talented animation students across Canada. TELETOON is also rewarding cartoon fans with the new Voter’s Choice Award to allow would-be cartoon critics to have their say and possibly win $500. Applications for the Scholarship are now being accepted until June 15, 2007. More information and rules of entry are available at www.teletoon.com
AWN has a very good interview with ‘Simpsons’ writer Carolyn Omine. It’s definitely worth reading. Here’s one of the many questions she answers:
So, if I am interested in being a writer for animation, what steps would I take?
Carolyn: Get people to read them. Keep improving them. I’m often given scripts to read and I don’t have a lot of times to read scripts by new writers (I can barely keep up with all the reading I have to do for my job), but when I have read someone’s script and I give notes — I am shocked at how often that is met with such resistance.
Check out the interview here.
Here’s a banned Tex Avery cartoon titled “Blitz Wolf.” It isn’t hard to tell why this one was banned.
Here’s a banned Popeye cartoon from 1943, with an anti-Japaneses message due to the recent Pearl Harbor attack in 1941.