Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies: The Early Years
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Urban Legends Reference Pages: Disney (Quacking Wise)
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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 .

    Urban Legends Reference Pages: Horrors (Blue Star Acid)
    Describes the urban legend about LSD-laced transfer tattoos being distributed to
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    Celebrity Voice Actors: The New Sound of Animation
    Joe Bevilacqua investigates viewpoints on celebrities as voice actors. [Animation
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  • Robin William's sheer exuberance as the Genie in Aladdin created a memorable and entertaining character.

  • One of the current trends in the American animation industry is to cast major movie stars to voice animated characters.

  • 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.

  • No [other] time in film has there been so much animation being produced." While in the past Disney used an occasional celebrity (Phil Harris in The Jungle Book , Bob Newhart in The Rescuers ), today all their major characters are portrayed by celebrities, leaving those who make a living at voice acting to fight over a handful of supporting roles and crowd scenes.

  • "[Studio execs] gravitate towards celebrities, " says voice actor Corey Burton, "so that they have actors who have already developed a persona they can draw from to fill out the character, whereas a multi-voiced person is waiting for their idea to produce the particular voice.

  • 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.


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    Disney's Mouse
    Brief character history.

    Bright Lights Film Journal: Tex Avery
    A look at the life and career of Tex Avery.

  • | As if radically rethinking the Hollywood cartoon weren't enough, our boy Tex can also be thanked for inventing or perfecting Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, and perhaps the greatest character in animation, Bugs Bunny BY GARY MORRIS Pity the poor cartoon director.

  • may be unique in the way the fictional characters have eclipsed the men — they were mostly men — who made them.

  • A contemporary of Disney's, Avery created or developed some of the most timeless characters in cartoon history with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and Droopy Dog, along with the inimitable catch-phrase "What's up, doc?" And like Disney, his name has come to symbolize a distinct, instantly recognizable, and widely merchandised style that has outlived the man himself and continues to be an important cultural presence.

  • From there he went to Walter Lantz's unit at Universal, where he spent five years doing "in-betweening, " drawing sequential poses for a character and generally assisting the animator, learning his art but also its limits.

  • during this time was how to match the success of Disney, whose "personality animation" had taken commercial animation from stick figures and simple backdrops to credible characters and realistic imagery.

  • Avery joined Chuck Jones and Bob Clampett in creating a cutting-edge unit called "Termite Terrace." From this ramshackle building on the Warners lot came Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, and most of the great Warners characters.

    Cartoon Brew
    Weblog of animation historian Jerry Beck and Amid Amidi of Animation Blast.

  • Petrovic is an animator who has gone into business for herself, licensing her cute designs and selling products based on her Red Tango characters.

  • It seems clear from this clip that Trocadero's producers had hoped to get someone like Walt Disney, or Max Fleischer himself, thus the gag involving a "Koko the clown" like character - credited in the opening titles as "Snippy"! This final bit (below) is the last scene in the film! Dave gets to close the film with "Snippy" (unfortunately this TV print obliterates the original end title - but you get the idea).

  • Speaking of Lantz, continues to make some great mini statues and maquettes of classic characters.

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

  • His first animation attempt used the popular characters from his comic strip (and became part of his own vaudeville act): Little Nemo in Slumberland (1911) (with 4, 000 hand-drawn frames), followed by How a Mosquito Operates (1912) (with 6, 000 frames).

  • 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.

  • Felix the Cat: First Appearance in 1919 The first animated character that attained superstar status (and was anthropomorphic) during the silent era was the mischievous Felix the Cat, in Pat Sullivan Studios.

  • Felix was the first character to be widely merchandised.

  • Disney's Alice cartoons placed a live-action title character into an animated Wonderland world.

  • Disney produced about two dozen of the silent, black and white Oswald cartoons from 1927-1928 until giving up the character to Walter Lantz and moving onto Mickey Mouse (looking like Oswald with his ears cut off) in 1928.] The Debut of Mickey Mouse: In 1928, Disney Studios' chief animator Ub Iwerks (1901-1971) developed a new character from a figure known as Mortimer Mouse, a crudely-drawn or sketched, rodent-like 'Mickey Mouse' - slightly similar to Felix the Cat.

  • [Mickey Mouse was never a comic strip character before he became a cartoon star.] The first Mickey Mouse cartoon was released on May 15, 1928: Plane Crazy (1928) in which Mickey, while impressing Minnie, imitated aviator Charles Lindbergh.

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    Native Views on Disney's Pocahontas
    Criticism of the animated film and links to more discussions on exploitation and

  • Apparently the Pocahontas cartoon character's appearance stems from some girl the Disney team met while doing research in Virginia who claimed to be a descendant, hoo boy.

    Rainbo Animation Art: Disney Cels and Disney Collectibles
    Offers collectible toys, art pieces, phone cards, and autographs.

  • We're especially proud of our exclusive line of To make these one-of-a-kind pieces of art, we take the autographs of the great actors and actresses and other celebrities who have been providing the voices for our favorite Disney characters, and mat them with some attractive artwork from the film.

  • Each is a unique collectible piece of Disney memoribelia and makes a fabulous momento of your favorite animated cartoon or character.

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

    Open content encyclopedia article on the show, covering background, recurring
    and guest characters,...

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  • One of the few characters from the movie whose voice actor() didn't return.

  • [] Heroes see main characters.

  • Helen of Troy [] Guest characters One episode featured and the .


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    The Big Cartoon DataBase
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    Microsoft vs. Disney
    Parody news story of a trademark violation.

    Mr. Heitman's Wonderful World of Disney
    Biography of Walt Disney.

  • His legacy is a veritable who's who of animated characters; Snow White, Donald Duck, Pinocchio, Alice, Bambi, Cinderella, and of course, Mickey Mouse.

  • "It's kind of fun to do the impossible.." ANIMATION & TIME-PROVEN CHARACTERS CLICK ON A CHARACTER OR ROYAL BLUE MOVIE TITLE "When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it's because he's so human; and that is the secret of his popularity." THE CLASSICS! 1.

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    How Do I Break Into Cartoon Voice Work?
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    Disney's Toontown Online Review - PC
    Review, with screen shots. "They managed to make a solid and enjoyable game that
    has all of the elements...

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