Dora Grows Up.
Nickelodeon and Mattel have introduced a whole new look
for beloved cartoon Dora the Explorer
. But the new look has people asking, Is Dora too sexy?
Nick and Mattel try to smooth things over
365 Days of Dudes - October 2008 through October 2009.
Super Useless Super Powers.
A cute website with dinky cartoons and fun descriptions of those super powers which, if you were to be blessed with one, would be pretty much damn-near useless.
More than 20 years ago, Matt Pritchett
, the son of a newspaper columnist, began his daily cartoon
in the Daily Telegraph
. Generally accepted as the best daily cartoonist working today on these shores, he actually wanted to become a cameraman originally but failed to find the work. Always wry, understated and pithy, Matt's cartoons typically summarise the absurd and the humdrum in modern day Britain, often at the same time. Here's
his effort for today. Some of his classics here
- IMDB - Directed by Chuck Jones, written by Michael Maltese, voices by Mel Blanc
Classic-era Warner Bros. Generally absent (with exceptions, sometimes butchered) from the airwaves due to its connotations of cruelty, the troublesome get-up they put the mouse in at the zoo, and the ending. Quite a devious and funny cartoon. (SLYT)
Tales of the Beanworld ("A most peculiar comic book experience")
recently resumed publication after a long hiatus. It's a strange and abstract mix of Native American mythology and culture, with a strong ecological focus, into an wonderfully charming cosmology. While it certainly invites, uh, overthinking
, it's also entertaining on a purely casual level.
A sample short Beanworld story
is on the Dark Horse Comics Myspace page.
If you have questions about it, the BeanWeb
just may have answers, along with illustrations from the comics. There is now a Beanworld Wiki
to supplement it, and creator Larry Marder keeps a blog
where he talks about things bean.
Okay, now that it's properly introduced... the real
point of this post is to link to this awesome Beanworld Flash cartoon
, animated by Fashionbuddha and with music by They Might Be Giants!
The entirety of the Fleischer/Famous Studios Superman Film Series.
In the early 1940s, this series raised the bar for theatrical shorts with its fluid animation and action-packed storylines. It remains a classic series thanks to its high production values and historical significance not only as the first comic-to-film adaptation, but also as an occasional vehicle for American propaganda during the war.
Less Than Three
... oh emm gee. [SLYT]
Manga fan? Then you already know about this. Otherwise, check out the list of selectables in the upper right hand corner. I think they have what you have been looking for. [more inside]
The British Cartoon Archive
holds more than 130,000 original editorial, socio-political, and pocket cartoons, supported by large collections of comic strips, newspaper cuttings, books and magazines. The collection of original artwork dates back to 1904. The Independent reviews nine of the finest.
Savita Bhabhi is India's First Virtual Pornstar
(NSFW). A sexy, buxom
, and lusty almond-eyed femme fatale, Savita, bearing the title 'bhabhi' which means 'sister-in-law' indicating that she's married, is the quintessential Indian male porn fantasy 'toon. Launched in March this year
, the web site has proven to be a hit, incorporating South Asian themes such as sleeping with the servant boy
; with a cousin
; and, of course, the boys playing cricket
The latest part of Doki and Nabi's attempt to find happiness. Previously
on Metafilter. The top link takes you to the home page, select 'English" and then "amalloc" in the side bar. Will they find happiness? Perhaps Yoda
clip-art masterpiece Get Your War On
has been featured
, but now you can enjoy it without reading
. So far:
.via Dark Roasted Blend, by way of Gizmodo.
Business Guys on Business Trips.
Cool set of web cartoons about the 'creative' field. Clients and projects and corporate doublespeak, oh my!
On a sunny May morning, six plainclothes police officers, two uniformed policemen and a trio of functionaries from the state prosecutor's office closed in on a small apartment in Amsterdam. Their quarry: a skinny Dutch cartoonist with a rude sense of humor. Informed that he was suspected of sketching offensive drawings of Muslims and other minorities, the Dutchman surrendered without a struggle.
"I never expected the Spanish Inquisition
," recalls Gregorius Nekschot
, the cartoonist.
Baby's first internet
comes amidst other, less illustrated, concerns
about the all-consuming 'blogosphere' and increasingly online life. The problems, it seems, are somewhat novel
and (one assumes) almost endless
- is just a sweet little Russian cartoon (with subtitles) (and foxes). I seem to get a little speck of something in my eyes when I watch it for some reason.
Back in the 80s DiC produced a cartoon, aired in syndication and on ABC Saturday Mornings, called "The Real Ghostbusters
." Based on the popular action-comedy movie, it more-or-less continued the adventures of Ray, Egon, Winston and
Peter through seven seasons of supernatural shenanigans. It could have been a mere cash-in, but there was something more to it. It aspired to realism, at least as much as possible. It was story-edited by J. Michael Straczynski
, the creator of Babylon 5. (He also worked on He-Man
and Murder She Wrote
This may explain the second season episode, written by Michael Reaves
and rife with Lovecraft references, in which the Ghostbusters face down the Cthulhu cult. Part 1
- Part 2
- Part 3
Hello Kitty becomes Japan's ambassador to China.
The little half-Japanese, half-English cat has become so globally recognisable that it is, perhaps
, inevitable that the Japanese board of tourism has appointed her their official tourism ambassador to China and Hong Kong. This is not the first time
the world has looked to Hello Kitty to perform an ambassadorial role; she has been United States children's ambassador for Unicef since 1983. [more inside]
With the big screen
, let's have a go at bean
-plating G.I. Joe
is a 2 year old web cartoon from Belgium (in English) by Jeroen
. [more inside]
(SLYT) "I knew putting internet in the basement was a bad idea!" [more inside]
Peace on Earth
- 1939 Disney animation directed by Hugh Harman. And Goodwill to Men
, a 1955 remake by Hanna-Barbera.
The Gay Adventures
of Burnt Face Man.
4 Artists Paint 1 Tree
, a segment from Disneyland
included on the recent DVD release
of Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty
, features the artistic process of one of my favorite painters and cartoon modernists
, Eyvind Earle
. If you've seen Sleeping Beauty
, Lady and the Tramp, Paul Bunyan or Peter Pan
, you're familiar with the fantastical and brilliant landscapes he produces. His paintings
show a particular fondness for Big Sur
and Central California.
The geekiest thing you will see this month is this fan-made comic called The Ten Doctors
. Unexpectedly awesome, though!
Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue
was an animated drug prevention television special starring many popular cartoon characters from American Saturday morning television. Airing in 1990 and financed by McDonald's, it was simulcast on all three major American television networks. The VHS home video edition of the special also opened with an introduction from then-President George Bush Snr and Barbara Bush. And thanks to the wonders of the interwebs, you can watch the whole thing here
. And you really should. After all, where else are you going to get to hear cartoon characters like Garfield and Winnie the Pooh talking about smoking crack and shooting juice? [more inside]
Bugs Bunny, greatest banned baseball player ever.
A close analysis of recently rediscovered historical footage
makes it clear that the little-known Bugs Bunny
would have been one of history's greatest baseball players, had MLB's notorious speciesism not prevented him from competing. [more inside]
An early cartoon from Ralph Bakshi
Build your wild self
using a flash game from the New York zoos and aquarium and the wildlife conservation society. [more inside]
Eldon Dedini NSFW
is one of several 1960's Playboy cartoonists
featured over at the Animation Archive. [more inside]
turned into street art
by São Paolo duo 6emeia
. [via FunForever]
Friday Fun Time: Fight sequences are always fun to watch, but even more fun, I've learned, when they're animated. There are some great fights with some great characters like stick figures
and even fuzz-ball heads
. Even the classic animator vs animation fights are pretty good (volume 1
Look Ma! No YouTube links (thanks to aniBoom
We've discussed ways to win
the New Yorker caption contest for its cartoons (use "previous" to see more)
, but the tradition
of attacking the cartooning institution continues. One long-time mocker has been the anti-caption contest
, which has strict rules
on how to write the worst captions. Compare this
, and this
, to get the idea. Now, Gawker has invited people to draw the worst possible New Yorker cartoons; here are some results
. [prev and prev.]
Ándale! Ándale! Arriba! -- Step aside you rat
! Speedy González
(no relation to Alberto) debuted in 1953
as a Warner Brothers' cartoon mouse (The Fastest Mouse in Mexico
). Originally voiced by the master, Mel Blanc
, his time on screen has at times been controversial
-- especially when paired with his cousin Slowpoke Rodriguez
. Cartoon Network deemed his portrayal of Mexicans/Latinos to be offensive
. "There evidently wasn't a problem with the Mexican caricatures at the beginning of Speedy's career. The 1955 animated short 'Speedy Gonzales' won an Academy Award [Best Short Subject (Cartoons)], and two other cartoons, Tabasco Road
and The Pied Piper of Guadalupe,
were nominated for Oscars in 1957 and 1961."