GOTTA WATCH EM’ ALL

syo1244qThe Peeping Tom’s at Nielsen TOPTEN have put together an infographic detailing how many hours…days…WEEKS you’ll spend binge-watching your favorite cartoons. Looking at it only gets more intimidating when you realize that the chart was made in May. Think about it — there’s now HOURS more Bob’s Burgers, Legend of Korra and Archer to catch up on! Well, what are you waiting for? TURN ON YOUR TELEVISION.

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LEGO Batman Movie Will Acknowledge “Every Era of Batman Filmmaking”

LEGO0LEGO Movie writer/director Chris Miller recently told Empire Magazine:

“Rest assured that every era of Batman filmmaking will be acknowledged. There have been so many interpretations of Batman and there is so much to play with there. There are 40 versions of his origin story alone.”

Even the Joel Schumacher Batman? Hallelego!

Are Former Disney Animators Planning A New Hand-Drawn Feature?

03Former Disney animator Ruben Aquino has revealed to Rotoscopers.com that he and “a handful of other former Disney 2D artists” are in negotiations with an independent studio to make a hand-drawn animated film. Aquino says, “If it happens it’s going to have to be different than anything we’ve ever seen.” Continue reading

Coming Jan. 2015: Strange Magic

strangemagic-mainDisney/Lucasfilm have announced the Jan. 2015 release of Strange Magic, an animated, musical retelling of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

According to Disney/Lucasfilm’s official synopsis, the film will use “popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.” Continue reading

Is Wes Anderson Returing To Stop-Motion?

11According to IndieWire.com, Wes Anderson (Fantastic Mr. Fox) recently revealed that his next film may be stop-motion animation. In a Q&A at the Lisbon And Estoril Film Festival, Anderson said that the story would be divided into episodes, inspired by Vittorio De Sica’s The Gold Of Naples. The Gold Of Naples is made up of six short vignettes, the only connecting thread being that they’re all set in Naples.

4 Questions Re: Toy Story 4

00Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced that John Lasseter will be directing Toy Story 4, “a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the Toy Story gang.”

Parks & Rec alum Rashida Jones, along with her writing partner Will McCormack (Celeste and Jesse Forever), will pen the screenplay. The film is scheduled for release on June 16, 2017.

While I LOVE the original trilogy, I must admit, this news came as a bit of downer to me. Reprinted below are the first four questions that popped out of my mouth when relaying the news to my gal, Mishka. Continue reading

Avengers vs. Attack on Titan is REAL

aot.jpg-large-600x291Marvel Comics Senior VP, CB Cebulski, has announced that the Avengers will be fighting Attack on Titans‘ titular titans in a Japanese comic book later this month.

Cebulski described the genesis of this unexpected crossover via his Twitter feed, saying, “I loved Marvel Team-Up and What If? as a kid. I would spend hours dreaming up my own crossovers & alternate reality stories. As I got more into manga, I always imagined how cool it would be for the Marvel characters to cross into the pages of manga worlds. If you ever wondered, ‘What if the titans from Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan attacked the Marvel universe?’ you’ll find out soon!”

‘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.

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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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