was a short-lived TV show that debuted in 1951
on KNBH Los Angeles and aired nationally on ABC and CBS during the 1952-1953 TV season. Sponsored by Cameo Stockings
, the show featured Italian actor Renzo Cesana
(who got discovered when Robert Rossellini produced a play Cesana wrote when he was 16!) purring seductively into the camera, while offering "sham-pan-ya" to an offscreen lady friend. Best known for inspiring a series of Saturday Night Live sketches
starring Christopher Walken
, the show inspired parodies in its own era, such as this Popeye cartoon
(where Bluto tries to seduce Olive Oyl by posing as "The International"), a Jerry Lewis skit
on the Colgate Comedy Hour
that imagines the Continental as played by Marlon Brando, and a Pepe Le Pew cartoon where our amorous skunk attempts to seduce the feline object of his affection in The Cat's Bah
. Unfortunately, Internet footage of the real show appears to be nonexistent, although you can buy some love songs
recorded by the Continental off EBay.
posted by jonp72
on Aug 14, 2007 -
is an exhibit of 25 comic artists showing a comparison of their drawing style now and when they were just kids. Also, check out 50 artists riffing on the theme of Duck!
Fun stuff from the Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art.
posted by madamjujujive
on Jul 6, 2007 -
1, 2, 3,4, 5,6,7, 8, 9,10, 11,12!
Classic Sesame Street
taught us Counting
and other important stuff.
posted by louche mustachio
on Jun 15, 2007 -
Jim Davis' other strip
was U.S. Acres
, with Orson the Pig, Roy the Rooster, chick and egg Booker and Sheldon, sheep Bo and Lanolyn, and... a dog named Cody and a cat named Blue?
Everyone who grew up from that time remembers the long-running Saturday morning show, but no one remembers the strip, which ended a couple of years before the cartoon did and evolved on a different track. Platypus Comix brings us highlights from the strip's surprisingly good, yet neglected, newspaper run.
posted by JHarris
on Jun 12, 2007 -
a new episode of Dave Lovelace's
most infamous creation. (warnings: use headphones if at work, and do not attempt to consume food or drink during the cartoon. Thankyew.)
posted by metasonix
on Apr 6, 2007 -
-- Six new cartoons done in the classic style, posted to YouTube by the genyouwine copyright holder, featuring monsters and ghoulies. For instance, how does a reformed no-longer-wicked witch keep the neighborhood kids from eating her gingerbread house?
posted by Steven C. Den Beste
on Mar 14, 2007 -
Somewhere deep inside a fractal....
Bizarre, nonlogical, glitchy cartoons that are "not ashamed of coming out of a computer
." Satire? Or serious attempt to point animators away from "cushioned, balletic movements" and traditional stories, and towards "an aesthetic which adopts the native idiosyncrasies and flaws of the software in which it was born"? (Note: the 'PLEASE DO NOT WATCH THESE CARTOONS IF YOU SUFFER FROM PHOTOSENSITIVE EPILEPSY' applies mainly to the flashing intros, forward through the first 25 seconds in each cartoon and there's other stuff.) [via]
posted by mediareport
on Mar 1, 2007 -
Robert "Bobe" Cannon's 1951 Oscar-winning animated short "Gerald McBoing Boing" (u2b)
, is an early example of a modernist animation style (previously)
experimented by UPA studios in an attempt to counteract the mounting realism of Disney cartoons. (The 2005 series
it inspired is currently re-running on Boomerang
On another note entirely, Theodor "Seuss" Geisel's character Gerald is considered one of a number of celebrities with autism
posted by progosk
on Feb 24, 2007 -
Why is the elephant the symbol of the GOP? In large part, we can thank cartoonist Thomas Nast
, who, on November 7 of 1874, published this cartoon
, showing Republicans as a rampaging elephant tearing up the flimsy planks of the Democratic Party. He wasn't just a man who made elephants though; considered to be the father of political cartooning, Nast's illustrations helped bring down Boss Tweed
, argued for the abolition of slavery
, and hated the Irish
posted by Astro Zombie
on Oct 8, 2006 -
Searchable database of >120,000, reasonably high-resolution editorial cartooons.
Mainly from the UK, and from the last 100 years. Search by person depicted (e.g., Thatcher
, Thatcher and Gorbachev
); by year (e.g., Hitler and Stalin in 1941
), by design elements (e.g., cartoons referencing sculpture by Rodin
, or cartoons with zebras
), by topic (e.g., BSE
, Falklands War
), by artist (e.g., William Hogarth
, L.G. Illingworth
, Carl Giles
, Steve Bell
) or by publication outlet (e.g., Punch
, Evening Standard
(over 10,000 from Evening Standard alone). There is a handy searching wizard as well.
posted by Rumple
on May 13, 2006 -
Advanced Animation by Preston Blair,
"the best 'how to' book on cartoon animation ever published." Blair
, a Disney and MGM animator, put the book together in 1947 to illustrate the various basic principles of animation, only to have the book pulled from shelves after the rights to use some of the characters were revoked. Animation historian Jerry Beck
has been hunting for a first edition of Blair's landmark book for many years. He finally found a copy and is sharing high-quality scans on the Animation Archive
. (Archive previously linked in this thread; discovered via this thread.)
posted by soiled cowboy
on May 7, 2006 -
Education for Death.
(YouTubefilter.) Disney-produced anti-Nazi cartoon
short from 1943. Look for Hitler's Satanic horns. More weirdness from WWII: Warner Bros Snafuperman
, starring Pvt. Snafu (originally created by Dr. Seuss!), who also deals with spies
, all while jabbering away in a voice that sounds disconcertingly like that of a certain cwazy wabbit. From Archive. org -- Pvt. Snafu learns about booby traps
, in one case literally. Bugs himself joined the Air Force, and was faced with gremlins
for his trouble. Superman himself got in on the act, battling Japoteurs
. After all, during the War we were plenty worried about those canny Japanese
posted by Astro Zombie
on Mar 23, 2006 -