More Cartoon Backgrounds, This Time From Bugs Bunny

Still from Barbary Coast Bunny, starring Bugs Bunny

Animation Treasures continues to recreate excellent animation backgrounds: here’s a pair from Warner Brothers’ Bugs Bunny cartoons, specifically the Chuck Jones-directed “Barbary Coast Bunny” (snippet pictured) and the Friz Freleng-directed “Knighty Knight Bugs.” Excellent stuff.

For more of the work regarding animation background, check out our previous post here.

Update: Animation Treasures is sadly no more, but Animation Backgrounds has a number of animation backgrounds on it. You can find them here.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:27:46+00:00 August 25th, 2007|Animation|0 Comments

Disney Backgrounds at Animation Treasures

Bambi background

Hans Bacher recreates backgrounds from Disney films over at Animation Treasures. And anyone who pays attention to these classic films knows that the backgrounds are amazing bits of art in their own rights. Above is just a snippet of the one he did for Bambi, and here’s a collection of recreated backgrounds for Lady and the Tramp.

Update: Sadly, Animation Treasures is no more.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:27:52+00:00 August 21st, 2007|Animation|1 Comment

Ralph Bakshi Speaks (And Has a Gallery of Coolness)

Gandalf on a Lord of the Rings storyboard

Ralph Bakshi speaks up at ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive, addressing CGI animators specifically:

Computer animation will eventually grow old, just like hand-drawn animation, unless something new happens. It will fall into manneristic boredom if it continues to endlessly redo what’s already been done before.

I think that’s Bakshi talking. The whole article I think is written by Bakshi, but if so, he refers to himself in the third person like Bob Dole.

Anyway, the whole thing is worth reading, but the one other thing I nabbed is that there’s a nifty art gallery on his website, full of stuff from the 1978 Lord of the Rings, among other movies. Yes, that’s right, kids. Back in the day we didn’t have CG and rotoscoping was the ticket to making Middle-Earth come alive.

And as long as we all pretend the Rankin-Bass animated Middle-Earth musicals never happened, then I’m fine.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:28:21+00:00 August 14th, 2007|Animation|0 Comments

Mark Twain’s Mysterious Stranger Animated: A Worthless, Greedy Lot

ScottC sent this over to me and I swear I have seen the entirety of this film before. This is taken from The Adventures of Mark Twain and is truly a disturbed piece of work. You can read the Wikipedia article here. It’s by the same guy who did the California Raisins, Will Vinton. And although this clip doesn’t have the voice, that’s James Whitmore from Shawshank Redemption as Mark Twain.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:29:00+00:00 August 2nd, 2007|Animation|0 Comments

Lifted: Pixar Lifts Us Up Where We Belong

For those that didn’t go to the cinemas to see Pixar‘s latest, Ratatouille, you are fools and I hope you stew in the juices of the impending fourth Shrek movie for all of eternity.

Not only did you miss the feature film, but all Pixar’s flicks come with shorts in front of them, and they’re all little nuggets of brilliance. Here’s “Lifted.” Enjoy.

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Found via Neatorama.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:29:03+00:00 July 31st, 2007|Animation|0 Comments

Bullwinkle Veterans June Foray, Bill Scott and William Conrad Show Off Their Vocal Chops

Mark Evanier has all the details, but here’s the gist: it’s a snippet from a 1982 TV show where June Foray and Bill Scott (voices of Rocky and Bullwinkle respectively, along with craploads of other voices you know) trade off showing their stuff. Also, Evanier says that this the only footage he’s ever seen of William Conrad (Cannon, “The Fatman,” and narrator of umpteen other shows) doing narration on camera in his Rocky & Bullwinkle voice. And that means it’s pretty goddamn rare.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:30:22+00:00 July 2nd, 2007|Animation|0 Comments

Mighty Mouse’s Origin Story: The Mouse of Tomorrow

Ever wonder where Mighty Mouse got his powers? I never really thought about it, honestly. But I never would have imagined it involved Super-Soup. I wish that supermarket would open a chain.

And now that I think about it…I’m sure there’s got to be a Mighty Mouse fansite online that has a recipe for Super-Soup.

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Found via VideoSift.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:30:28+00:00 June 26th, 2007|Animation, Stimuli|0 Comments