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Disney's Mouse
Brief character history.

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  • Origins:   In the 1988 mixture of live action and animation Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Disney characters interact with other famous cartoon characters from other studios such Warner Bros.

  • At one point the dialog between the two characters allegedly takes a nasty turn: Daffy:   I've worked with a lot of wise-quackers, but you are dethpsicable! Donald:   God damn stupid nigger! I'm gonna WAAAAAAAAGH!!! Daffy:   This is the last time I work with someone with a speech impediment! So, is this the real McCoy, or just another case of the power of suggestion influencing us to hear ordinary dialog as something else? (See the pages about the film and talking toy for similar examples.) At first listen, it's easy to hear what we're told to hear, "god damn stupid nigger." The closed captioning on the film claims that Donald calls Daffy a "Goddurn stubborn nitwit, " but what Donald is actually saying here is almost certainly the same thing he shouts in nearly every Donald Duck cartoon: some variant of "Why you doggone little .

  • In 1995, a 1937 Mickey Mouse cartoon called "Clock Cleaners" contained in Walt Disney Cartoon Classics series' video "Fun on the Job" made the news because it allegedly included a frustrated Donald Duck shouting "Fuck you!", leading Wal-Mart to pull the video from its shelves.

  • Funny how nobody ever noticed this until the cartoon was nearly sixty years old, though.


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    Ruling Cats and Dogs: Famous Felines
    Well-known felines and celebrity pets. Includes images.

    Who2: Actors Who Do Cartoon Voices
    Brief biographies of actors who have second careers as voice actors.

  • Find Famous People Fast! Browse by Name: Actors Who Do Cartoon Voices Popular adult cartoons like and Dr.

  • But there are plenty of actors who haul in a regular paycheck doing cartoon voices, actors whose faces are immediately recognized, even if their voices aren't.

  • A regular on Bewitched and the original wise-cracking "center square" on Hollywood Squares , Lynde was also the voice of Sylvester Sneekly, the villain of the cartoon The Perils of Penelope Pitstop .

  • In his later years, McDowall did voice work for several cartoons in the '90s, including Batman: The Animated Series , Pinky and The Brain and The Tick .

  • Asner doesn't appear in many television roles these days -- but he can be found there just the same, if you listen carefully to the cartoons.

  • After more than fifty years in the business, his appearances on television and feature films number in the hundreds, including a few cartoons.

  • In the Nickelodeon cartoon series Spongebob Squarepants , he appears occasionally as the voice of Mermaid Man (whose sidekick, Barnacle Boy, is voiced by Tim Conway, Borgnine's co-star in the 1960s television comedy McHale's Navy ).

  • Before he was Richie Cunningham's father on Happy Days , Bosley was the voice of Harry Boyle in Wait Till Your Father Gets Home , a prime time cartoon that ran two seasons in the early 1970s.

  • His distinctive voice is still around, from commercials to the syndicated cartoon series David the Gnome (1985).

    The Big Cartoon DataBase
    The latest on cartoon and animation news, home video and DVD releases.

    Walt Kelly
    An illustrated biography, including his early work as well as the comic strip Pogo.

  • Other, more recognizable influences were, animated cartoons, and the often overlooked Dan Noonan.

  • The issues of these comics from the early 1940's are treasure troves of cartooning at its finest.

  • In 1947, he brought his talent to the book world with the Complete Nursery Song Book and in 1948 "Pogo" began to appear in the New York Star , for whom Kelly served as Art Director and Political Cartoonist.

  • (Note in the two panels at left that the Deacon's speech lettering echoes the early Disney cartoon above.) This was followed in 1966 by my favorite, The Pogo Poop Book , loaded with original material and even featuring a beautiful story, Mouse Into Elephant , done in pencil (featuring a mouse named Gnot-Even - if you had ever wondered where that came from).

  • Sometimes the "Pogo" strip would be more biting than the editorial cartoons, but somehow Kelly always managed to insert a joke or an insightful turn of a phrase at the end of each strip.

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    Barker Animation Art Galleries
    Offering limited-edition pieces by Warner Brothers, Disney, Hanna Barbera, Chuck
    Jones and Charles...

    Animated Films
    Extensive history of family-oriented animated movies from silents to present day.

  • Historically and technically, the first short, animated film (in other words, the first fully-animated film ever made) was Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (1906) by newspaper cartoonist J.

  • Winsor McCay ("America's Greatest Cartoonist") New York Herald comic-strip animator and sketch artist Winsor McCay (1869-1934) produced a string of comic strips from 1904-1911, his three best being Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend , Little Sammy Sneeze , and Little Nemo in Slumberland (from October 15, 1905 to July 23, 1911).

  • Although McCay wasn't the first to create a cartoon animation, he nonetheless helped to define the new industry.

  • His first prominent, successful and realistic cartoon character or star was a brontosaurus named Gertie in Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) (with 10, 000 drawings, backgrounds included), again presented as part of his act.

  • In fact, McCay created the "interactive" illusion of walking into the animation by first disappearing behind the screen, reappearing on-screen!, stepping on Gertie's mouth, and then climbing onto Gertie's back for a ride - an astonishing feat! Some consider it the first successful, fully animated cartoon - it premiered in February 1914 at the Palace Theatre in Chicago.

  • And John Randolph Bray's first animated film, The Artist's Dream(s) (1913) (aka The Dachshund and the Sausage) , the first animated cartoon made in the U.S.

  • Originated by young animator Otto Messmer, the (unnamed) cat's first two cartoons were the five-minute Feline Follies (1919) and Musical Mews (1919) , when Felix was known only as "Master Tom." Feline Follies was a segment of the Paramount Magazine , a semi-weekly compilation of short film segments that included animated cartoons.

    Walt Disney: When You Wish Upon A Star
    Biography of the visionary Founder of the Walt Disney empire of companies.

  • In his spare time he made his own cartoons called “Laugh-O-grams.” He soon saved enough money to start his own company by eating only once a day while sleeping in his office at night.

  • Five years later they developed the soon to be famous Mickey Mouse who was featured in Steamboat Willie, the first cartoon with synchronized sound.

  • The mid-1930’s ushered in color in the cartoons with such hits as Donald Duck, Pluto and Goofy.

    Sterling Holloway
    By Jim Fanning. [Persistence of Vision] Biographical article. Includes photo.

  • Many feel that, just as Disney overused actors (e.g., Kevin Corcoran, Ed Wynn) in live-action films, so he overused Holloway as a narrator in his cartoon films.


    The Toon Obsession: Jim Cummings
    Fanpage with photo, trivia, voice credits, and commentary.

  • of Dexter's Laboratory) Ed the hyena, Ivo Robotnik (the Saturday Morning Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon), an old dog thing from "Duck Tales", Smokey the Bear, the gopher on the Lion King (remember--“Zazu, sir, news from the underground.”), Nessus, several rather portly, deep-voiced, pushy Disney extras (ex.

  • An email from XxDoctorViperxX@aol.com on Fri, Oct 26 2001 reads: "Since you seem to like Jim Cummings' voice so much, here's some character she did the voices for on the cartoon show 'SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron', which were not listed on Voice Chasers.

  • Even so, they are some of the greatest cartoon characters of all time.

    Disney's Lion King Was to be a Remake of Kimba the White Lion?
    Presents evidence to support its position that The Lion King movie is a disguised
    and modified remake...

    The Warner Brothers Cartoon Companion: Friz Freleng
    Biography from the massive 'toon reference.

  • The Timid Toreador (Clampett/McCabe, 1940) has a gag in which a bull compacts a sarcastic bullfighter into his horse, creating a centaur (this cartoon being released just a month after Fantasia opened).

  • Occasionally, WB cartoonists would draw a house with an FHA sign out front, which probably would have struck a responsive chord with Depression-era theatergoers.

  • A number of characters and catch-phrases from this show found their way into WB cartoons, including Taint Funny McGee, I Betcha, Myrt the telephone operator, Gildersleeve, the Old Timer ( Taint the way I heerd it, Johnny! ) and others.

  • Fields, and his nose, were used quite often in WB cartoons.

  • Two Freleng cartoons, Little Blabbermouse and Shop, Look and Listen (both 1940) both utilize a W.C.

  • While the Foggy cartoons, like the Speedy Gonzales and Hippety Hopper cartoons, eventually fell into a formulaic rut starting in the mid-1950s, the Foghorn Leghorn shorts are much easier to take, mainly because of his boisterous high spirits and constant asides the audience regarding the shortcomings of his opponents, not to mention the indignities he inflicts on the hapless dog that is usually the butt of his practical jokes.

  • Cartoon voice expert Keith Scott, for his part, has made a persuasive case that Jack Clifford actually created this kind of a voice for programs for KFWB (q.v.) in the early 1930s, and argues that both Delmar and Blanc were familiar with this character.

    Celebrity Voice Actors: The New Sound of Animation
    Joe Bevilacqua investigates viewpoints on celebrities as voice actors. [Animation
    World Magazine]

  • The trend has even moved to television where many new animated cartoon shows feature stars in the lead roles.

  • A Need for Publicity Animation producer Fred Seibert ( Oh Yeah! Cartoons! ) explains, "Disney started the recent fixation on celebrities with their re-launch of their feature animation division.

  • They properly recognized that you couldn't send an animated character out there to Entertainment Tonight to promote your movie." But voice actor Bob Bergen counters, "If you look at Disney's history, they've always used the celebrities of the day for their cartoons.

  • "A decade or two ago, many actors with on-camera livelihoods shunned cartoon voice work, " says animation writer and voice director, Mark Evanier.

  • For example, if a four-time Emmy winner like Don Knotts appeared in a Scooby Doo cartoon, it was often considered a last resort just to make a living.

  • In fact, the reason, the whole reason that they're celebrities is because they're such wonderful thespians, and, of course, any director, animation or live-action, just wants the best available." The implication, Seibert suggests, is that "voice actors are not really actors, they're merely voices who can't hold onto a character." "I don't think anyone in this business seriously, deep down, believes that you necessarily get better performances from celebrities than from professional voice actors...but it may give the show a special status as something above an ordinary cartoon.

    Popeye From Strip To Screen
    By Mark Langer. [Animation World Magazine] "Popeye the Sailor, one of the most
    enduring characters...

  • Born in Illinois, Segar began cartooning in Chicago in 1914.

  • Central to the business strategy of most studios was the development of cartoon "stars" whose popularity would ensure bookings by major theater chains.

  • Disney followed the success of Mickey Mouse by developing new characters like Donald Duck and Goofy up from supporting roles in Mickey Mouse cartoons.

  • There, he single-handedly animated the entire cartoon, aided only by the inclusion of some Shamus Culhane animation recycled from the earlier Betty Boop's Bamboo Isle (1932).

  • The results were so satisfying that even before the film was released, the Fleischers and King Features amended the agreement granting the studio the right to produce and release animated cartoons featuring Popeye for a five year period.

  • The Fleischer Popeye cartoons were an instant success.

  • Much of the dialogue of the Popeye cartoons was post-synched with little attention to synchronized mouth action.

  • Popeye cartoons became the Fleischers' leading attraction.

  • By 1938, Popeye replaced Mickey Mouse as the most popular cartoon character in America.

  • Post-Fleischer Popeye The successor company, Famous Studios, continued with the production of Popeye cartoons.

  • The success of the black and white Popeye cartoons on television in the 1950s inspired several revivals of the series by such talents as Gene Deitch, John Halas and Joy Batchelor, Jack Kinney, and Hanna-Barbera.

    So You Wanna - Animated Movies
    Synopsis and review of several Disney animated films.

    Walter Crawford Kelly
    Biography and appreciation of Kelly's work, including the Pogo comic strip.

  • Walter Crawford Kelly (1913-73) American cartoonist, whose best-known creation Pogo made its first appearance in the late 1940s.

  • After graduation in 1930 he worked as a journalist and cartoonist at the Post.

  • He worked at almost every job in the art and editorial departments and eventually he drew editorial cartoons.

  • Its story, called 'Albert Takes the Cake', was the basis for Pogo , and started "Once there was a big old alligator named Albert who loved chocolate cake..." The cartoon depicted the adventures of Bumbazine, the black little boy of the title, who lived in the Okefenokee swamp in the company of his pet alligator.

  • In 1948 he was hired to draw political cartoons for the New York Star , a new liberal and short-lived advertising-free paper.

  • In 1952 Kelly was named "cartoonist of the year".

  • A mock presidential bid by Pogo grew into literary event when the writer proclaimed "I Go Pogo!" Two years later Kelly was elected president of the National Cartoonist Society.

  • However, he was the first strip cartoonist to be invited to contribute originals to the Library of Congress.

  • In 1969 a Pogo animated cartoon was shown on TV.

  • Comparable philosophical juxtapositions has been widely used in cartoons, as in Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes or in Charles Schulz's Peanuts .

    Walt Kelly - Wikipedia
    Brief overview of the life of the American cartoonist.

  • There he took up cartooning and illustrated a biography of Bridgeport native .

  • He found a job at in California as an animator on cartoons.

  • He returned to journalism as a political cartoonist after the war.

  • Pogo was a landmark strip in many ways and Kelly is arguably one of the greatest and most influential of cartoonists in the history of the craft.

  • He borrowed from various dialectical sources and his own fertile imagination to invent a unique and charming backwoods-patois, heavy on the nonsense, to fit his cartoon swampland.

  • Although "Pogo" stands on its own as a superbly-realised cartoon strip for the ages, it was perhaps Kelly's interjection of political and social satire into the work that was its greatest pioneering accomplishment- such commentary was simply not done in the genre of dailies in Kelly's time.

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