Category Archives: Cartoons

LEGO Reveals Looney Tunes Collectible Minifigures

From Bugs Bunny to Daffy Duck, the animated Warner Brothers characters will be tthe next LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series, with 12 beloved cartoon icons transformed to minifigure form for the first time. 

The LEGO Minifigures will be: Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Tweety, Sylvester, Marvin The Martian, Speedy Gonzales, Porky Pig, Petunia Pig, and Tasmanian Devil. There are plenty of references that fans of the characters will enjoy from the bird seed included with Road Runner to the Daffy Duck’s ‘Rabbit season’ sign.

Eric Bauza, the official voice actor for many of Looney Tunes characters was sent 2 boxes of the minifigures. Here is his Twitter video unboxing the figures and showcasing his talent.

The blind bagged figures should be available starting May 1.

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Mad Magazine Artist Al Jaffee Turns 100 Years Old Today!

Al Jaffee, one of Mad magazine’s longtime “Usual Gang of Idiots,” is turning 100 years old today!

To mark the occasion, the humor publication is announcing that its “Mad Predicts the Future” edition, on sale next month, will salute its eldest statesman. The issue’s center-spread article, titled, “Amazing All-Seeing Al Jaffee’s MAD E.S.P.,” will note how the artist’s ever-inventive mind foresaw such ideas as the multi-bladed razor and the “autocorrect” function — once described and drawn in the artist’s wry style.

Jaffee, who made his Mad debut 65 years ago, is best-known for the magazine’s iconic back-page Fold-In — he has created more than 450 of them — and the running feature “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions.”

“The most impressive thing about Al and his work is his seemingly bottomless well of great ideas for features, and how varied they are,” says caricaturist Tom Richmond, who rendered the new center-spread piece. “If all he did was invent the Fold-In and write and draw it for 55 years, that would already be deserving of legend status. But he did so much more: comic books, comic strips and features for Mad that were completely different from one to the next.”

Jaffee has received the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award and was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame. Five years ago, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio declared March 30 Al Jaffee Day.

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LeBron James Joins The Tune Squad In Space Jam: A New Legacy First Look

After initially passing 15 years ago, LeBron James is finally ready to take the Space Jam mantle from Michael Jordan in Space Jam: A New Legacy (out July 16 in theaters and on HBO Max), which graces the new cover of Entertainment Weekly. “It’s something Mike created and is his,” James says of the beloved franchise. “I held that with a lot of responsibility.” As does EW in premiering this highly-anticipated first look.

Read more HERE.

To read more on Space Jam: A New Legacy, the April issue of Entertainment Weekly will be on newsstands beginning March 19.

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Us Again, The First New Theatrical Short From Walt Disney Animation Studios In Five Years, Set For March 5th Debut In Theaters Worldwide With Raya And The Last Dragon

Us Again, a vibrant and original new theatrical animated short from director Zach Parrish that brings together dance, music, emotional storytelling and inspired animation, is set to debut exclusively in theaters worldwide beginning on March 5, playing on the same bill as Walt Disney Animation Studios’ newest animated feature, Raya and the Last Dragon.  The film is Disney Animation’s first new theatrical short since the 2016 release of Inner Workings, which accompanied Moana on the big screen.  

Us Again is scheduled to make its streaming debut in June on Disney+.

Parrish is an eleven-year veteran of Disney Animation who served as head of animation on Big Hero 6 and director of the Short Circuit film, Puddles, in addition to his numerous animation credits on features for the Studio.  Award-winning choreographers/dancers Keoneand Mari (featured performers on World of Dance, and renowned for their collaborations with such top talents as Justin Bieber and Billie Eilish), and acclaimed composer Pinar Toprak(Captain Marvel) brought their unique talents to this experimental and musical fantasy. The film is produced by Brad Simonsen (associate producer on Big Hero 6, Zootopia and Ralph Breaks the Internet), and executive produced by Jennifer Lee, chief creative officer for Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Set in a vibrant city pulsating with rhythm and movement, an elderly man and his young-at-heart wife rekindle their youthful passion for life and each other on one magical night.  The years fade away as the joy of dancing propels them across the exciting cityscape of their youth and revives fond memories and ambitions.  

Us Again is told entirely without dialogue and set to an original funk and soul musical score reminiscent of the mid-60s.

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Watch The Snoopy Show Trailer

Apple TV+ today unveiled the trailer for The Snoopy Show, a new Apple Original series hailing from a partnership with Peanuts and WildBrain. The Snoopy Show will make its global debut February 5, 2021, exclusively on Apple TV+. The Snoopy Show is an animated series for kids of all ages that stars the internationally beloved beagle and his feathered best friend Woodstock as they tackle all-new adventures. Snoopy may seem like just a happy-dancin’, bone-lovin’, doghouse-sittin’ pup, but he’s much more than that. He’s Joe Cool: hippest kid in school. He’s surfer king and famed arm-wrestler Masked Marvel. He’s World War I Flying Ace who battles the Red Baron.  All of his bold, beloved personas are on full display in this brand-new animated comedy. 

The Snoopy Show will consist of three, seven-minute cartoons based on the iconic comic series. Featuring the unique animation style that has entertained millions around the globe for seven decades, the nostalgic new series also showcases everyone’s most cherished characters from Peanuts including Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Franklin, Schroeder, Peppermint Patty and more! 

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A Wealth of Pigeons By Harry Bliss & Steve Martin

“I’ve always looked upon cartooning as comedy’s last frontier. I have done stand-up, sketches, movies, monologues, awards show introductions, sound bites, blurbs, talk show appearances, and tweets, but the idea of a one-panel image with or without a caption mystified me. I felt like, yeah, sometimes I’m funny, but there are these other weird freaks who are actually funny. You can understand that I was deeply suspicious of these people who are actually funny.”

So writes the multitalented comedian Steve Martin in his introduction to A Wealth of Pigeons: A Cartoon Collection. In order to venture into this lauded territory of cartooning, he partnered with the heralded New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss. Steve shared caption and cartoon ideas, Harry provided impeccable artwork, and together they created this collection of humorous cartoons and comic strips, with amusing commentary about their collaboration throughout. The result: this gorgeous, funny, singular book, perfect to give as a gift or to buy for yourself.

The book will be released on November 17 and you can pre-order it HERE.

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Watch The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse Trailer

Today Disney+ gave fans a new look at its animated short series The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse before it premieres on Mickey Mouse’s birthday, November 18, 2020.

In The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse, it’s nothing but fun and excitement for Mickey and his best pals – Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto – as they embark on their greatest adventures yet, navigating the curveballs of a wild and zany world where the magic of Disney makes the impossible possible. Each seven-minute short is filled with laugh-out-loud comedy, modern settings, timeless stories, new music and the unmistakable classic art style of the Mickey Mouse shorts. The series will include stories inspired by various lands at Disney parks and cameos by classic Disney heritage characters.

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Snoopy, Charlie Brown, & Friends Land At Apple TV+

Apple TV+ has teamed up with WildBrain, along with Peanuts Worldwide and Lee Mendelson Film Productions, to become the home for all things Peanuts, bringing together new original series and specials, along with the iconic, beloved specials to fans around the world, all in one place.  

New animated Peanuts originals coming to Apple TV+ include a second season of the Daytime Emmy-nominated “Snoopy in Space,” and a slate of brand-new specials that will find the Peanuts gang marking Mother’s Day, Earth Day, New Year’s Eve and Back to School – all to be produced by WildBrain’s animation studio. The new series and specials join the previously announced “The Snoopy Show,”; a brand-new Peanuts 70th anniversary documentary film from Imagine Documentaries and WildBrain; and the Daytime Emmy Award-winning “Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10.” 

The original programs and new specials will also soon stream globally alongside iconic Peanuts specials, including “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” The Halloween special will begin streaming globally on Apple TV+ on October 19, and will be available for free from October 30 until November 1 as a special treat on Apple TV+.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Apple TV+ will launch “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” on November 18, and the special will be available for free from November 25 until November 27.

The Peanuts gang will also deck the halls with the premiere of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” streaming exclusively on Apple TV+ on December 4. The holiday special will be available to enjoy for free from December 11 until December 13. 

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The Peanuts Book

From the backyard to outer space, Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts has been charming the world for more than 70 years.

In this celebration of Schulz and his beloved work, explore rarely seen sketches, influential comic strips, and collectors’ artifacts. Pore over evolving artworks of Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the gang. Chart the rich history of Peanuts as it grew to become the world’s favorite comic, and travel from 1950 to the present day, from California to Japan. Every page of this visual guide is an exhibition to treasure. Discover the enduring and nostalgic charm of Peanuts in this stunning anniversary book.

With a foreword by Stephen Colbert, you can order the 200 page hardcover book HERE.

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Hulu Reveals First Look At Steven Spielberg’s Animaniacs Reboot

A first look at Hulu’s upcoming Steven Spielberg-produced Animaniacs reboot is here.

The teaser clip was revealed during Sunday’s Animaniacs cast and producer panel at New York Comic Con, and features an animated Spielberg introducing Yakko, Wakko and Dot within the world of Jurassic Park.

Animaniacs is set to premiere on Hulu on Nov. 20 with a 13-episode season.

Watch the clip below, beginning at 18:40.

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