With the New Year 3 days away, I decided to add some new info to the Episode Guide. It's not much...but it's something.
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and that you will all have a Happy New Year!!
I was doing some searching on BestBuy.com, today the 27th of December, and found that there is a new Tom and Jerry DVD coming out. It is called Tom and Jerry: Blast off to Mars. This is the first I've heard of this which bothers me since I still haven't heard anything solid about the Spotlight DVD recall. I've gotten a couple emails that said that there won't be a recall. I can't confirm anything and I haven't read anything recently about the recall. At any rate, there is a new DVD, Tom and Jerry: Blast off to Mars, that's coming out January 18.
With that I bid you all a Happy New Year!
MERRY (early) CHRISTMAS!!!
Well, it's been a LONG time since I've updated this site with some new images. So as a present to all the regulars of this site that have been waiting for some new imagery checkout the gallery for 24 new pictures. I've also changed the gallery a bit...there are more images per page. So if you've visited before and saw that the gallery had 17 pages and now it's down to 13, don't worry. I didn't take anything from the gallery.
I've heard a few rumblings about there not being a recall on the Tom and Jerry Spotlight collection. I can't confirm anything as I have not had the time to do so. Also, I have not heard anything in regards to the recall that was spoken of a few months ago. Things are being kept quiet about it, so it would seem.
Anyway, Peace on Earth, Goodwill toward men (and women).
Lots of news today the 18th of November so lets get on to it.
I got a couple emails today that I'd like to share. First is this press release:
Mike B. from Art/Gamexilla here again. I just wanted to drop this press release in your laps, let you know that we & the WB are holding a Hanna Barbera animation contest. I hope you have some space to share this with your readers. I think they would be very excited! If you can share this with your readers, please forward me a link to the story. Thanks!
Ottawa, Nov. 18: Warner Bros. and Gamexilla present Tom & Jerry's Animation contest!
Many of you out there love animation. We hear ya, and are in agreement. Cartoons rock, and is one of the best artforms of expression and communication ever! To celebrate this fact, Warner Bros. and Gamexilla (http://Artxilla.com/Gamexilla) have teamed up, to help our readers really show off their animation skills, and get a little reward for their efforts!
First off, the prizes:
4 winners will receive a DVD copy The Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection DVD 2-disk set. If you are a real student of animation, you'll appreciate this prize. It features over 40 restored and unedited classic shorts that are breathetaking in their beauty and originality. And really darn funny!
So, how does the contest work?
You can enter one of 3 ways, as follows.
•You can enter an animated piece. It can be hand drawn, or Flash, or CG—whatever you prefer. Doesn't matter. It can be of any character or topic. You can even re-enter a piece you may have used in another Xilla contest.
•You can enter a story board break down. Black and white pencils. If you do this, it must utilize Tom and Jerry, or other Hanna Barbera characters in some form.
•Finally, you can enter a normal drawing, painting, sculpture, or whatever. This too, must contain Tom, Jerry or another classic HB character. You can use any style (ie. If you want to do a realistic version of fred Flintstone as a real Caveman, or Scooby Doo as Picasso may envision him, etc.)
And remember, no GORE or NUDITY in this one (save that for the Species III contest!)
Due to the special nature of this contest, we're giving you 8 weeks to enter. So, you have until Thurs. DECEMBER 16th! Good luck! And don't forget: Enter as many times as you like, and check out our current entries at this link: http://www.artxilla.com/forum/
And how do you enter the XILLA art contests? Go into our FORUMS area, and join up. It's quick AND free! You get access to all the Xilla boards and future contests (some members are picked randomly to win prizes!) Click on the "READY, SET, DRAW!" area, to see all the entries and enter your own. Leave feedback and comments on all the work, and really join the community!
As a special sneak peak, keep an eye out next week at Artxilla and Gamexilla when Warner Bros. will be presenting 2 very special contests. The Batman and The Matrix! More details soon!
The Second Email is from Aaron over at the New Tom and Jerry Information Page:
I got this from The Golden Age Cartoons Forum, courtesy of one of its members, Javeman!
According to PaulP from the Home Theatre Forums:
"I emailed Jerry Beck after reading this post over at DVDTalk:"
What would also be cool, is if WB would release the remaining Tom and Jerry shorts as well. As you can see on the linked site, there were 13 Gene Deitch and 34 Chuck Jones shorts made after the initial 114 "classic" shorts, so that could very well be the 4th 2-disc set. And then there were 48 more shorts made in 1975 by Hanna-Barbera, which could be the 5th set (probably 3 discs this time)."I asked him this question and his reply was:"
Warner Bros. is aware it owns the rights to all TOM & JERRY cartoons - including the Jones, Deitch and TV cartoons. We do not plan to release any of the later post-MGM cartoons on these collectors sets until after theatrical Hanna-Barbera cartoons were all released.So keep your fingers crossed, New T&J Fans! We may just get our break yet!
(However, some Gene Deitch and Chuck Jones Tom & Jerry's have already been released on earlier Warner dvds aimed at kids)
In other news, I haven't heard anything about the recall disc with Warner Brothers concerning the Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection edits. When I do find out I'll let you know.
It's the middle of November and guess what link I have to share. Party Supplies! Yes folks! For those that have been searching for party supplies here is the place to go get them: Fun & Party. Now the site is out of the Netherlands and it is not in English.
Happy November 10th!
Just got an email informing me of a poll on the UK's Channel 4 website.
The UK channel 4 are holding another national television poll for the uks top cartoons this is the voting system to help make tom and jerry fans vote count (click below)
Vote for Tom and Jerry
My, my, my! Has this been an eventful week. So, since this is Oct. 23 and the last day of the week, I thought I'd add something to the site.
I've been asked many times about the violence in cartoons and what my thoughts were about said subjet. So I sat down and finally typed out my thoughts and the results are here: The Violence. I know this is a "can of worms" issue. I don't claim to be an expert on violence, cartoons or otherwise, nor am I a psychologist. So my essay on cartoon violence is written from the stand point of my own life experiences and observations. Take it for what it's worth and please don't send me hate mail if you disagree with it. :-]
By the way, I would like to thank all who sent in emails earlier this week and letting me know about the issues with the latest DVD release from Warner Brothers.
I was searching, today the 21st, on one of the forums below and happened upon Jerry Beck's (Cartoon Historian who worked on the DVD) post:
Warner Bros. Home Video is very, very upset over the edited cartoons that made their way into the TOM & JERRY SPOTLIGHT COLLECTION.
This was a mistake made at the servicing level. Warner Home Video and I became aware of the error only ten days before the official release date - and by then, the dvds were on their way to the stores.
It is part of Warner Bros. Home Video's marketing plan not to release edited or censored cartoons because they know that collectors want them complete.
The company is taking immediate steps to correct the situation. The proper digital masters of all three cartoons have been located and are being prepared now for replication. It may take as long as six to eight weeks to have a corrected disc ready for replacement.
From what I’ve been able to gather, the intention is for fans to be able to replace Disc 1 at no charge to them. I know from personal experience that Warners had a problem a year ago with the film KISS ME KATE. The transfer was not done correctly and fans were upset. Warners responded immediately, created a new transfer and eventually fans recieved replacement discs. It was not an overnight process. But it all worked out in the end.
Those of you waiting for the uncut disc 1 to appear on store shelves, I cannot say when that will happen. It will not happen soon. The quickest way to get the set the way you want it is to buy it now and go through the replacement process.
Despite this inconvience, There is much to recommend on the TOM & JERRY SPOTLIGHT COLLECTION as is. The CinemaScope transfers are amazing, and the never-before-released stereo soundtrack on TOUCHE PUSSY CAT is really fantastic. (Only eight MGM Cartoons were recorded in true stereo at the time and this is the first one to be restored and released as originally intended).