Keeping Up with the Joneses – Women’s and Men’s Style

These two samples are from a series begun in September 1915 based on the Keeping Up with the Joneses newspaper comic by “Pop” Momand. The films begin with “out of the inkwell” drawings of the sort seen in Winsor McCay films and later elaborated by Max Fleischer. Like other comic strips and animated films of the era, notably Bringing Up Father (published from 1912; filmed 1916-18), Keeping Up with the Joneses features a husband oppressed by a wifes obsession with high society and consumer fashion. The series ended abruptly in February 1916 after its animator, Harry S. Palmer, lost a patent infringement suit brought by John Randolph Bray over the use of transparent celluloid sheets.

Cartoons! ..That never made it.

I am considering doing a regular series about pilot episodes of shows that never got picked up, and perhaps pilot episodes of shows we are familiar with, but wherein the pilot differed greatly from the resulting show. This concept of course brought to mind the old interstitial shorts on Cartoon Network (back when CN was still good) “Cartoons That Never Made It”, with the obvious difference being that the “Cartoons That Never Made It” “pilots” were never intended to be anything more than a joke. The “Salt & Slug” song and the “Heidi & the Yodellers” one still stick in my head to this very day.

The Return of Condorman in the Toy Story Short “Small Fry”

 

There are lots of great reasons to see the new Muppet movie in theaters now, including “Small Fry” a new Toy Story short that preceeds the film.   I found that I laughed more during “Small Fry” than I do in most feature length comedies.   But, for me, the best part was that “Small Fry” includes a toy based on the movie “Condorman” – a largely forgotten Disney film from 1981.  Condorman starred Michael Crawford as a cartoonist turned into a bumbling superhero.  I was introduced to Condorman via a novelization I picked up at grade school long before I got around to seeing the actual film.  DVDs of Condorman are hard to come by – but it is available on Amazon’s Video on Demand service.   Do yourself a favor and check it out.  There are precious few of us Condorfans out there, and I could use some company.

Seasons Greetings from Trick R Treat

I rewatched Trick ‘R Treat today, mostly because Sean Hartter and VicSage had posted about it. I liked it a little better this time, though I still am disappointed with some of the flaws (none of the characters are likeable! If you want me to root for them, not against them, you have to make them likeable!). I liked even better the little short I found in the Special Features section. I don’t know how I missed this last year, but it is really awesome, all the more so because it is completely un-computer animated. This is all old school animation, very beautiful old school animation. There’s also some blood in it is well. The blood on Sam’s face at the end is real blood from director Michael Dougherty. Enjoy!