Mentioned here earlier in its beta form
, Canada's National Film Board has released the bulk of its films online, for free, in the NFB Screening Room.
With hundreds of films from the 1920s
onwards, including groundbreaking work by animator Norman McLaren
, documentaries, dramas, bizarre anti-smoking (or pro-smoking?) screeds
and much, much more, it's a breathtaking trove of amazing film to be discovered from north of the 49th. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd
on Jan 22, 2009 -
While Adult Swim
is generally regarded as the pioneer of irreverent short-form animation
-- especially for 'toons
-- it wasn't always the king. In fact, the late-night programming block arguably found its birth in a series
of short toons
that ran in the heyday of its daytime alter ego, the venerable Cartoon Network. The brainchild of C.N. Creative Director Michael Ouweleen and Hanna-Barbera chief Fred Seibert, these cartoons reinterpreted the network's properties through stock footage, indie music, and original animation in a wide variety of styles, as well as introducing prototypes of characters that would become some of the most famous in the history of American animation. (warning: monster post inside) [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Dec 30, 2008 -
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.
posted by cthuljew
on Nov 25, 2008 -
Battlemind: Armor for Your Mind
is a U.S. Army website designed to help, in part, families deal with deployment, including a series of cartoons and videos intended for children whose parents may be sent to or be returning from warzones. Part of the Army's Behavioral Health
program, these give intriguing insight into military culture. [more inside]
posted by Rumple
on Jul 29, 2008 -
"Zuda takes the Web publishing aspect out of the creators' hands, freeing them up to focus on writing and drawing the story. But to get Zuda to publish your comic, you first have to win a competition...
" A major player enters into the fray of web comics publishing, previously populated mostly by independents
. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? [more inside]
posted by ZachsMind
on Dec 28, 2007 -
, the US House passed the SAFE Act
. No, not that one
. Points of note:
- If signed into law, the SAFE Act will require people offering WiFi at their cafe, library, or even allowing their neighbours to use it, who notice that someone appears to have viewed certain dirty cartoons
, or pictures of fully-clothed children looking sexy, to immediately make a comprehensive report to John Walsh's CyberTipLine
, and retain the images, or face a fine of up to $150,000.
- ISPs or email services have the same obligations, and must store all data relating to the user's account, to be handed over to the authorities.
- The Democrats rushed the legislation through using a mechanism intended for non-controversial legislation. There was no hearing or committee vote. The legislation changed significantly before the vote and was not available for public review.
- The bill passed 409-2
. Opposed were Paul Broun (R-Georgia) and Ron Paul (R-Texas). The Senate is next, so consider telling them what you think
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94
on Dec 6, 2007 -
John Tenniel and the American Civil War.
Best known for his illustrations for Alice in Wonderland
, John Tenniel also produced political cartoons for the British magazine Punch
. This sites collects 54 of Tenniel's cartoons dealing with the American Civil War. In addition to the cartoons themselves, the site gives an explanation of the symbols and props in each cartoon and places them context with then-current events and issues. [more inside]
posted by marxchivist
on Dec 3, 2007 -
(embedded QT) is a gorgeous & interesting animated short about a worker bee in a factory who rebels; bonus points for awesome soundtrack by menomena.
posted by jonson
on Nov 8, 2007 -