‘The Simpsons’ Showrunner Reveals How The Show Should End

000The Simpsons‘ showrunner, Al Jean, told CNN what he believes is the ideal way to end the series: Loop it back around the show’s beginning!

“There is an ending I’ve always had in mind, which was, I thought it would be cool if in the last episode they’re getting ready to go to a Christmas pageant, and they go to the Christmas pageant that opens up the first episode, Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire, so the entire series is a loop with no end. That would be my way of concluding the run, but nobody has asked me for it yet.”

To read CNN’s whole interview with Jean, click here.

Stop-Motion ‘Elf’ Special Coming This X-Mas

NBC has announced an hour-long, stop-motion animated special starring the characters from Will Ferrell’s hit holiday film, Elf.

Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas premiers Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. and will feature NINE new songs, including Happy All the Time, A Christmas Song and Nobody Cares About Santa Claus. Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory) will voice Buddy, with Mark Hamill, Ed Asner, Fred Armisen, Gilbert Gottfried, Jay Leno and Kate Micucci also doing voices. The film will be animated by Screen Novelties.

Top 5: Comic Books That Take Place On Halloween

0One of my favorite things about the holidays is digging through my comics, finding the PERFECT stories to match the merriment. While the St. Patrick’s Day pickings can be a li’l paltry, Halloween never fails to provide. Listed below are my Top 5 comics that take place on Halloween. If you have any others that you’d like to recommend, feel free to share ‘em in the comments section. I’m always looking for more!

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Chris Sanders On ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’

qwwa5a0m“Everything about The Legend of Sleepy Hollow I consider to be perfect. The fall colors, the narration by Bing Crosby, the disarmingly cute opening and the scary end. Brom Bones’ song at the Van Tassels’ Halloween party always make me feel like I was there amongst the frightened guests. And the execution of Ichabod’s final, lonely ride through the deep woods and hidden graveyards of his township is a masterpiece of tension, humor, and sudden terror.”

Director Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch, The Croods) discusses his love for Walt Disney’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and its female lead, Katrina Van Tassel.

Click here to read Sanders’ whole post.

Hot For Teacher Tutorial

This quick video tutorial by Felix Sputnik demonstrates walk cycle basics and advanced schlong sway. Seriously, how many times have you nailed your character’s hip and shoulder movements only to realize you’ve left their crotch stiff? No, wait — I meant ‘left their crotch LIFELESS?’ Problem solved! Thanks to Sputnik’s tutorial, your characters’ dicks will dangle — and boobs will bounce — with all twelve principles of animation!

(Apologies to Frank & Ollie if this was covered in The Illusion of Life.)

So Bad It’s Good Bad: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue

Is this the most awkward, awful piece of anti-drug propaganda ever made? Maybe! Starring all your favorite cartoon characters from the 90s, a slumming Bugs Bunny and two of the most pathetic human ‘kid’ characters ever animated, you are sure to inject yourself with a double dose of heroin long before you ever reach the film’s forced happy ending. Enjoy! (Well, try to…)

The Theme Park That Almost Was:
Bob Clampett’s Beanyland

beanytitleIn May 1962, Bob Clampett’s legendary cartoon, The Beany and Cecil Show, aired an episode titled Beanyland. Its setting was a bitingly sarcastic re-interpretation of Disneyland. Clampett apparently had a lot of fun creating Beanyland’s various rides and ‘lands,’ because he quickly began talking up the idea of building the park for real. Continue reading

Animation Road Trip:
Yogi Bear’s Honey Fried Chicken

5 Yogi Bear’s Honey Fried Chicken is a cartoon fan’s roadside curiosity and a vegan’s deep fried nightmare. A long, long time ago, Yogi’s was a successful Southern chain of fast food-style, fried chicken restaurants. They were known as a reasonably priced, no-frills family eatery, easily identified by their gorgeous neon sign and the life-sized statues of Yogi, Boo Boo, Cindy Bear and Ranger Smith placed precariously out front. Continue reading

The Inside Scoop On Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’
(Updated On 10/2 With Trailer & GIFs!)

10It took a little digging (and a helluva lot of YouTube clips), but Skunk has found some short-but-sweet quotes from the voice cast of Pixar’s upcoming animated feature, Inside Out. While the normally outspoken Lewis Black remains mum, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith and Bill Hader have all gone on the record regarding their characters.

Curious? Click through…

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A Printable Present For Animation Fans:
Official Walt Disney Prod. Stationary

0This FREE, downloadable Walt Disney Prod. stationary (circa 1951) not only makes the PERFECT PRESENT for that diehard Disney fan in your life, it’s also the ideal canvas upon which to role-play your favorite old-school animators!

Sketch a curvy nude à la Freddie Moore! Create a kooky Christmas card à la Ward Kimball! Write an angry letter to the unions à la Walt Disney! The possibilities are LIMITLESS! For the full size stationary, click through. Continue reading

DreamWorks For Sale?

0The Hollywood Reporter reports:

“Japanese conglomerate SoftBank is in talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation in a deal that would value the company at $3.4 billion, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. [...] DWA founder and CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg would sign a five-year contract to remain with the company, according to the source, who says the DWA board held an emergency meeting Thursday to consider the offer.”

To read the whole article, click here.

It’s Like Picasso Drawing Peanuts

0“A comic strip artist will end up drawing the same characters so many thousands of times, that you’d figure they could draw them with their eyes closed. But could they really? In 1947, Life magazine decided to find out by challenging 10 contemporary comic strip artists to do just that – draw their characters with their eyes closed.” – Bored Panda

To see the results, click here.

Animation Taste Test:
Genndy Tartakovsky’s ‘Popeye’

popeye_pullSony Pictures Animation and Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack, Hotel Transylvania) have released a li’l ‘taste test’ reel for their upcoming animated feature, Popeye. According to Tartakovsky, this video is “not a clip, not a trailer. It’s nothing from the actual movie. The voices are all temp. It’s just that represents what we all want to do. I couldn’t be more excited by the way it turned out, and I hope you enjoy it.”

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Why Do Disney Characters Rarely Have Parents?

set_disney_moms_simbaSnow White, Bambi, Cinderella, Wart, Mowgli, Penny, Todd, Oliver, Ariel, Belle, Aladdin, Simba, Pocahontas, Quasimodo, Kuzco, Jack, Koda, Lewis, Nani & Lilo, Elsa & Anna…

The list of Disney animated characters who are missing one or both parents is almost as long as the list of Disney animated films. Glamour recently asked legendary Disney producer Don Hahn (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King) the reason for this. To read Hahn’s heartbreaking answer, click through…

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Esther Jones: The Original Model For Betty Boop

tumblr_nbcb9uRvpP1sgdch8o2_400thesoftghetto: “We’ve all heard of Betty Boop. But how many of you knew that she was based off of a BLACK woman?

“Yes, Betty Boop was based off of Ms. Esther Jones, [a.k.a.] ‘Baby Esther.’ She was an African-American singer and entertainer of the 1920s. Her singing trademark was ‘Boop oop da doop,’ hence the name Betty Boop!”

To learn more about this often-overlooked icon, click here.

Matt Groening’s Animation Inspiration

0“As a child I loved animation and always wanted to try it. I remember watching Disney’s 101 Dalmatians and the scene of the puppies watching television. I was amazed at that image, the kind you can only get with animation and I knew that I wanted to do the same kind of things myself some day.”

Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons (via: Animation Scoop)

In Praise Of Nani

0Pasted below are four fantastic quotes detailing why Nani from Lilo & Stitch is one of the BEST Disney characters ever. The quotes were culled from a long and winding Tumblr thread that emerged organically below a small GIFset. (See stills above. See original thread here.)

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The Endless Emotions In A Random Run Cycle

In this music video, a character run cycle is repeated over and over again. Everything else in the frame — the backgrounds, effects, etc. — is completely redesigned each time the run cycle resets. It’s amazing how swapping out these seemingly secondary elements can completely change the emotion of the animation. It’s also a great reminder that EVERY part of the animation process is immensely important!

Note: The song is Transfer, by Livetune, with vocals by Japanese voice actress Nakajima Megumi. The animation was done by Fantasista Utamaro and Kubotabee.

This Totoro Futon Is The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of (And On)

0Back to school shopping has begun! You’ve bought your pencils, your erasers and your animation themed laptop decals. But what about your dorm? You want your new roommate to know you’re a cartoon fan, but you also want them to see you as a tasteful decorator. What to do, what to do? Enter the Totoro Double Bed-Sized Futon. It’s cute, cuddly and available on Amazon!