Thursday, May 10, 2007

Do You Like Cartoons?

Well, do you? You do? Amazing! We have so much in common!

You owe it to yourself to check out the ASIFA HOLLYWOOD ANIMATION ARCHIVE blog. Seriously! Go there now and soak it all in. The amazing thing is, the blog is just the teeniest preview of what is housed in the actual brick and mortar archive.

In the interest of disclosure, I will mention that I donated one measly audio recording to the archive a while back, but I'd be "pimping" them any way.

So, do you like cartoons?


Blogger furiousBall said...

I definitely do, not in a collector kind of way, but I'm amazed at the artwork in general that goes into making a comic book.

I always thought Daredevil and Ironman were really well done.

May 10, 2007 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I once belonged to a cartoon cult when it wasn't in vogue to be an animation fan. I think the Bolgmaster may have some personal experience with that same cult.I also once owned a 16mm print of "Coal Black" until it was stolen from me. I am delighted to see that the internet has provided such an extensive platform for cartoon appreciation. It bothers me, however, that two specific subjects dear to me are STILL left neglected in the shadows: Arthur Davis (one of the GREATEST directors for Warner Bros.) and Fleischer's "Mr. Bug Goes To Town" (my favorite animated feature)

Robert McKimson is finally (slowly) earning the respect he deserves.

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This space is too tiny for a complete thesis. I shall, therefore, simply provide a random list of my favorite things (not necessarily in any order)

Mr. Bug Goes To Town (1941)
Arthur Davis at Warners (22 cartoons)
Robert McKimson
Bugs Bunny
The Flintstones
Carl Stalling
Raymond Scott
Fleischer's 17 Superman cartoons
Cab Calloway with Betty Boop
Robert Clampett
Chuck Jones
Fleischer's Popeyes
Disney's Pinocchio
Tex Avery at MGM
Peter Alvarado background paintings
Rod Scribner's animation
Mel Blanc's everything
Foghorn Leghorn
"What? No gravy?"

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I know I'm only scratching the surface here...

May 10, 2007 8:43 PM  
Blogger Craig D said...


You might be interested in THIS fellow's blog. Especially THIS particular entry,

May 10, 2007 9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FINALLY, someone agrees with me in regard to Davis ... and he stated the issues PERFECTLY. He is ALWAYS compared to other directors although he had his own distinct style of wonderful rubber hose animation and fantastic storylines ... He had William Scott in his writer's bullpen before Scott went on to do amazing things with Jay Ward on TV... I agree with that blogger. I could easily choose any number of Arthur Davis cartoons as my favorite all-time Warner cartoon. It just depends on the mood I'm in. Each of the main Warner directors developed their own styles -non exactly like the others. All of them had their brilliant moments but, in my opinion, Freleng had fewer of them. He phoned in a greater number of cartoons than the other directors ...and yet... he had some great ones too (Three Little Bops, Rhapsody in Rivets, etc)

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Craig, do you know that blogger? I'd like to tell him that he's exactly right about Davis. I haven't kept up with all of the internet activity in regard to animation, so I wasn't aware of a second Arthur Davis fan out there... By about 1985, I finally assembled a collection of Davis cartoons onto VHS (20 out of the 22) I was SO proud of that tape!

Finally, another Arthur Davis fan? Can that be true? I should get out more...

May 10, 2007 9:54 PM  
Blogger whimsical brainpan said...

Yes, and that is very cool!

May 11, 2007 12:07 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I like cartoons. I'm not that into artists or anything, but I just like cartoons.

May 11, 2007 1:15 AM  
Blogger Bardouble29 said...

I am with Dorky Dad. I love the cartoons, but don't know a thing about artists...

May 11, 2007 1:34 PM  
Blogger Craig D said...

Ian: I don't know the fellow, really. In fact I just came across his blog a day or so ago! I agree that Davis' WB work is all top-notch. I'm hard-pressed to even think of a bad on he & his unit might have produced. "Odor Of The Day' comes closest, but even that one is enjoyable. I'd suggest you just leave him a comment, as you did here. (If you haven't already, that is!)

dorky dad: It's perfectly OK to simply ENJOY watching the cartoons! In fact, in some ways, it might be better. (There are warring factions who will debate endlessly about Bob Clampett vs Chuck Jones, f'rinstance...)

May 11, 2007 1:34 PM  
Blogger CS said...

Some cartons I enjoy. SOme are surprisingly well done. In fact, on of my favorite movies is a cartoon - Iron Giant.

May 12, 2007 5:27 PM  
Blogger Princess Banter said...

Luuuuuuuuuurve cartoons! I especially like those that I used to watch while I was growing up... the ones children watch nowadays are too, i dunno... different? Too much focus into being a grown up

May 13, 2007 12:55 AM  
Blogger Craig D said...

cs: If you liked IRON GIANT, then check THIS

princess b: I think maybe the "wrong" people are in charge of getting cartoons made these day.

May 15, 2007 1:00 PM  
Blogger CS said...

Hmmm - while I loved Iron Giant, I can tell that I would absolutely despise that one. Seriously, the whole stripper thing enrages me.

May 17, 2007 3:44 PM  
Blogger Craig D said...

Yeah, I don't "get" how that was supposed to even fit into the story. Just a complete narrative dead-end! No doubt that's why it was dropped.

I do remember liking IRON GIANT, though. (But don't get me started on EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS!)

May 17, 2007 5:10 PM  
Blogger Kasey said...

Hey, ian house. If you still have that tape of Art Davis cartoons, can you post a vid of them somewhere? I've only seen five Davis shorts, and I'd love to see the rest.

May 18, 2007 6:44 PM  

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