In 1969, Italian animator Osvaldo Cavandoli
and voice performer Carlo Bonomi
created "Agostino Lagostina
", an animated pitchman for the Lagostina line of cookware. This "sharp little man with
a truly expressive nose
" evolved into "La Linea", one of the most viewed animated characters in the world. In the jazzy
series of 225 cartoons that bore his name, La Linea took on a role similar to that of Daffy Duck in Chuck Jones's famous "Duck Amuck"
meta-animation, aware of his status as an animated character and asking Cavandoli to draw things into the frame for him. Those who grew up in the 1980s will remember these shorts from their frequent appearances on The Great Space Coaster
...though La Linea's offshoots, "Eroslinea"
and "Sexilinea" [those last two NSFW; boobies]
did not see broadcast in that venue. [more inside]
posted by pxe2000
on Aug 8, 2008 -
In 1975, Roger Glover
of Deep Purple
staged a rock opera
based on William Roscoe
's poem "The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast"
. (The book had been reprinted the previous year, with illustrations by popular record sleeve artist Alan Aldridge
The performance -- which featured such talent as Judi Dench, Vincent Price, Twiggy, and Ronnie James Dio (!) -- and subsequent recording met with enough interest that British animation company Halas
had planned a feature-length animated adaptation. While the full animated movie never materialized, a Max Fleischer
-influenced three-minute short accompanying the opening song, "Love is All"
, was broadcast frequently around the world. (Stateside viewers might remember it from such disparate programs as"The Great Space Coaster"
and, uh, "Night Flight"
.) [Previously on MeFi: Alan Aldridge.
posted by pxe2000
on Aug 1, 2008 -