Sorry folks for the lack of news. It has been a hectic time and I've been focusing my attentions elsewhere.
Some DVD news, thanks to Aaron!:
According to TVShowsOnDVD.com, Tom and Jerry Tales vol. 5 is hitting shelves on August 12. Here's their story.
Also, if you want a big image of the box art, go here.
Pre-order you DVD here:
Happy post April 1st.
I've got some information for all those that are curious about the pianist, Jakob Gimpel, that played the piano arrangements in "The Cat Concerto". I've found these two sites that give great details, one of which is the pianist's son:
THE CAT CONCERTO Details
Jakob & Bronislaw Gimpel Archives
I'm also planning on adding a few more pictures to that galleries soon.
Things have been pretty quite on the Tom and Jerry front. I've not heard any news on any new DVD releases. But if I hear anything, naturally, I'll let you all know.
Sorry for all the down-time folks. It's back to better now!
Recently I've been getting more emails about the Spotlight Collection DVD recalls. I've decided to add a page to the site that has the information that people would need to get their replacement DVDs. The page, with said information, is located here: Spotlight DVD recall. I will be expanding the information on that page shortly with information on the travesties wroth upon the cartoons by WHV.
Not much in terms of major updates today. But, I did go through all the links in the links page and cleaned out all the broken links. I've also added a category, on the links page, that is for blogs. I only have two so far, so if anyone has any cartoon blogs that they'd like to share send me the info.
I've also added some new information to The Crew page. Mostly, it's the names of all the animators, artists, and other crew that worked on each episode of the early Tom and Jerry series. I don't have detailed information on them, but I hope to some day :-]
Yes! In Celebration of National Polar Bear Day, I give to you 20 images! Head on over to the picture gallery and bask in the JPG goodness.
TGIF on February 22! *ugh* I can't believe I made that reference. *shudder*
Well, I finally did it...no, no image update yet...I finally did something with the music section. After talking about updating it for many, many, many years, I finally have a listing of the music used in the Hanna and Barbera MGM years. The listing isn't truly complete and detailed, but it's something. You can find it here: The Music Listings.
9 more days till the end of February!
Anyway, in the hustle and bustle of redesigning the site and adding new things, I forgot to mention a new book for all you animation historians/fans. It's called Stepping into the Picture: Cartoon Designer Maurice Noble
Here is the press release:
Fans of animated cartoons find unforgettable the panoramas behind What's Opera, Doc? and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Maurice Noble (1911-2001) pioneered the methods that made "stepping into the picture" not just a visual goal but a high water mark of sophistication in the Golden Age of Animation.
Stepping into the Picture: Cartoon Designer Maurice Noble (University Press of Mississippi) is the first book to provide an in-depth examination of the extraordinary personal journey of one of the pioneers of animation. In a career spanning seven decades, Noble developed a unique creative philosophy that enabled him to play an integral role in making many of the finest and best-loved animated films ever made, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century.
Robert J. McKinnon presents an insider's view of the workings of the celebrated Disney Studio from its earliest days. Readers are able to follow Noble's career from its infancy to the triumph of the groundbreaking animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and up to the notorious strike that irrevocably changed it. This book discusses Noble's unlikely but fortuitous pairing with Theodore Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss) and Col. Frank Capra. These three helped create inspirational films produced for U.S. Armed Forces.
Noble's best known and most highly regarded work took place at the Warner Bros. Studio. His long and fruitful collaboration there with the legendary director Chuck Jones is examined as never before.
Stepping into the Picture is filled with humorous anecdotes, includes 20 black-and-white pictures, and heretofore never-revealed details. Fans of animated films will be able to go "behind the scenes" and learn how many of their favorite cartoons were created.
Robert J. McKinnon is director of choral music at New Hyde Park Memorial High School. His work has appeared in Comics Journal, Comic Book Marketplace, In Toon Magazine, and Comic Buyer's Guide. Craig McCracken is an accomplished animated caroon artist, writer, director, and producer. He is the creator of The Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
Read more about Stepping into the Picture at: http://www.upress.state.ms.us/books/1062