Annable, perpetrator of the previously popular "Space Wolf"
* animation, celebrates Halloween with some spooky, kooky, ooky** toons: in '07 it was the zombie-themed "Last Duet on Earth"
, in '08 "Joy to the Weird"
, last year we were introduced to "Principal Skeleton"
and this year "Performance"
(Spoiler: HE'S BACK). [more inside]
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]
Who Delayed Roger Rabbit?
Rich Drees lays bare the backroom bickering and production studio drama behind one of the 1980s' most successful comedies
. For an encore, Drees reviews the unproduced script of Roger Rabbit II: Toon Platoon
. Weep for what might have been.
The 50 Greatest Cartoons Ever:
- including links to the full-length videos of the corresponding toons
. Based on a twelve year-old-vote by the animation industry, which explains why there are no appearances by Cartman, Bart, or Fry.
A Vast Repository of Toonological Knowledge
I found this while I was googling for Howard the Duck
Everyone knows the Transformers
, but what about the Black Hood
and King Leonardo
? The Pie Face Prince of Pretzelberg
? Millie the Model
? Reagan's Raiders
? Those characters -- and many, many more -- are profiled at Don Markstein's Toonopedia
, one man's ongoing attempt to document the history of newspaper comics, comic books, and animation, from Adam Strange to Zot!
begins its "Adult Swim" programming tonight: Toons aimed at the 18-35 audience. I'm most excited about Cowboy Bebop
(Japanese site; English is under construction). (more inside)