Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My Favorite Things - Part 1

I've decided to post a few of my favorite Looney Tunes collectibles. Two of them are collectible limited-edition Goebel figurines and the other is a limited-edition Bugs Bunny figurine that was sent out by the Collector's Guild at the Warner Bros. Studio Store (which is now closed, unfortunately).

"Rabbit of Seville"
The first is the complete Goebel "Barber Shop" set from 1997. It is based on the classic 1950 Chuck Jones short "Rabbit of Seville". Only 10,098 pieces of this set were produced. All together this figurine is worth about $275. I got a really good deal for it on eBay back in 2008. I remember when I was a kid seeing this in a shop at the mall and wanting to buy it. It was way too expensive but eleven years later I finally introduced it to my home.


"Duck Dodgers in the 24th 1/2 Century"
This is the one-piece Goebel "In the Name of Earth" figurine from 1997. Unfortunately, it is not the full set. It is based on the classic 1953 Chuck Jones short "Duck Dodgers in the 24th 1/2 Century". This figurine is worth about $110. I also got a pretty good deal for this on eBay back in 2008. It was the first of these figurines that I purchased.


"Collector's Guild Bugs Bunny Figurine"
This is a Bugs Bunny figurine sent out to Charter members of the Warner Bros. Collector's Guild in 1997. I purchased it for a decent price in 2010. I'm not sure how much it is really worth but I have seen it selling on eBay for around $200.


That wraps up my blog on "My Favorite Things - Part 1". Stay tuned for part two sometime in the near future. I know you are drooling with anticipation.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

More Cartoon Favorites

Here are some more Chuck Jones shorts that are in my top ten favorite Looney Tunes cartoons of all-time:

Behind the Hollywood Bowl stage which is playing the opera, The Barber of Seville, Bugs Bunny flees into the backstage area with Elmer Fudd in close pursuit. Seeing his opportunity to fight on his terms, Bugs raises the curtain on Elmer, trapping him on stage. As the orchestra begins playing, Bugs comes into play as the barber who is going to make sure that Elmer is going to get a grooming he will never forget. -- Kenneth Chisholm (IMDB.com)



A wind-up toy in the shapely shape of a female rabbit lures Bugs Bunny out of his rabbit hole and into the castle of an evil scientist who looks exactly like Peter Lorre. The scientist wants to feed the rabbit to his huge, sneaker-wearing monster. The beast, completely covered in orange hair, is frightening enough to leave our hero temporarily speechless - forcing him to hold up a sign that says, "Yipe!" But Bugs Bunny is not easily cowed, and soon the wily rabbit is disguising himself in turns as a lamp, a chatty manicurist, a figure in a framed portrait and a knight on a charging horse, tricking and frustrating his nightmarish opponent at every turn. -- J. Spurlin (IMDB.com)



Daffy is harassed by an unseen, trickster animator, who keeps changing backgrounds on him, messes with the soundtrack, switches props and humilates him with buffoonish costumes. -- Paul Penna (IMDB.com)



Porky and Sylvester spend the night in an old dark house, whose horrors only Sylvester sees. His repeated attempts to save Porky from the ghoulish doings of the killer mice infesting the place only make the skeptical Porky all the more convinced of Sylvester's cowardice. -- Paul Penna (IMDB.com)


Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Chuck Jones Tribute

I went through a video editing phase last March and created two music videos in memory of animation legend Chuck Jones. The first video contains clips from some of his work on Looney Tunes and the second is a dedication to the classic Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner shorts. The version I'm posting of "A Chuck Jones Tribute" is not the final version but there isn't much difference besides a few clip changes.



Here are a few Chuck Jones sketches I captured a while back from "Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens":

 


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The 3 Greatest Cartoons of All-time

I decided that for my birthday I would blog about the three greatest cartoons of all-time. I am of course talking about the "Duck Season! Rabbit Season!" trilogy directed by Chuck Jones in the 1950's. Everything about these cartoons is perfect. The animation, the timing and the word play are brilliant."Rabbit Fire" is probably my very favorite cartoon ever, with "Rabbit Seasoning" and "Duck! Rabbit! Duck!" in a close second and third. I love all of Chuck Jones' work, but in my opinion these are the best of the best.

"Rabbit Fire" (1951)
In "Rabbit Fire" Bugs and Daffy battle it out over which hunting season it really is: rabbit or duck. Daffy is continuously blasted by Elmer Fudd's "elephant gun" as Bugs outwits him through the entire cartoon. It turns out it is really "Elmer Season" so Bugs and Daffy decide to get trigger happy on the clueless hunter.



"Rabbit Seasoning" (1952)
In "Rabbit Seasoning" Daffy posts signs all over the forest claiming it's rabbit season. He runs into some "pronoun trouble" while trying to get Elmer Fudd to blast Bugs and ends up getting shot himself. This cartoon has some of the greatest facial expressions of the trilogy.



"Duck! Rabbit! Duck!" (1953)
In "Duck! Rabbit! Duck!" it is once again duck hunting season and Daffy tricks Elmer Fudd into thinking it's rabbit season. But Daffy falls victim to his own scheme when Bugs keeps switching the signs to be different hunting seasons. One of the funniest shots in this cartoon is when Daffy is shot off-camera, picks up his beak and walks off to give Elmer some more "briefing".



- Ryan

Friday, June 17, 2011

"I Tawt I Taw a Putty Tat!"

I've been watching a lot of Sylvester and Tweety cartoons lately. I've realized I'm so Gung Ho on Chuck Jones' work I never really took as much time to appreciate Friz Freleng's cartoons. He is probably my second favorite Looney Tunes director. I especially love his style from the mid-forties through the early fifties. His characters get rather stiff in the late fifties, and even a little bit in the early fifties. I'm not too crazy about his later Bugs Bunny, but his Sylvester and Tweety cartoons are amazing. Tweety is such a little sarcastic bastard I am always rooting for Sylvester to sink his fangs into that fat yellow head.


My favorite Sylvester and Tweety cartoon is "I Taw a Putty Tat" from 1947. It is one of the few cartoons where Tweety wears his stupid little blue hat. I'm not a big fan of Tweety but he is pretty funny in this cartoon. Probably because he does more than have stupid one-liners.

- Ryan

Monday, June 13, 2011

Trailer Park Boys: Drunk, High & Unemployed

Bubbles, Ricky and Julian on stage.
I went to go see Trailer Park Boys: Drunk, High & Unemployed on Saturday and it was fucking amazing. I can't believe I actually got to see them in person. The gods of comedy were standing just a few feet from me, yet I wish I had been even closer. I went to buy "meet and greet" tickets but they ran out right as I was about to purchase them. My luck sucks ass so unfortunately I didn't get to have my picture taken with them. My once in a lifetime chance got fucked as always. But the show was still awesome. I think my favorite part was when Bubbles sang "Liquor and Whores". It was pretty intense. I fucking love Trailer Park Boys. I wanted to the punch the people who threw beer bottles at them on stage. Fucking stupid ass drunks. The Trailer Park Boys are fucking legends! You don't throw shit at them even if you are joking! You just bathe in their glory. That is the right thing to do. People are so dumb. I posted some pictures and Bubbles singing "Liquor and Whores" below.

Ricky tries to convince everyone his legs stopped working.
Bubbles singing "Liquor and Whores".
Robb Wells, Mike Smith and John Tremblay thank the audience.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

In Memory of Blacky (1993-2007)

Today marks the fourth anniversary of the loss of my best friend and most beloved pet for fifteen years, Blacky. She was literally the greatest cat in the world. I love all cats but I've never encountered one quite like her. She had such a unique personality it was almost as if she was human. But I loved her more than I could ever love any human. Unfortunately, I wasn't around much the year prior to her death because I had moved away. I really wish I had been there to spend more time with her. But when I was home she always rushed to give me love. She never forgot me, even when I was away for months at a time. She was my loyal companion till the end.


I was in third grade when I first encountered Blacky, and it happened to be on Thanksgiving at my grandparent's house. There were two cats outside starving for food and attention so my sister and I fed them turkey. We thought they were strays at the time but later found out they lived across the street. Of course, this was years after we had already taken them in. We named the two young cats Blacky and Zebbie. They both had kittens soon after we gave them a home. I remember coming back from the bowling alley with my dad to find both cats had given birth under a bush by our front porch.

Blacky was a wonderful mother. She rarely left the kittens' sight. Not only her kittens but Zebbie's as well. We ended up giving away most of the kittens and two of them ran off; Corky and Furby. Soon after Zebbie ran off as well. This was one of the first times I remember being devastated. I went looking for her in the woods but never found her. Blacky, on the other hand, stayed around for her whole life. We loved her like a member of the family. If she was ever missing for very long we'd go search for her, even in the rain. Luckily she always came back. Except for on June 12, 2007 when she never returned.

Blacky had gotten diabetes the year before she died and was getting very sick. I remember when she first got sick my mom and I took her to the vet. I was terrified because I knew her time was running out. But when I heard she died I didn't even cry for some reason. It wasn't shock. I wasn't surprised she had passed. I was expecting it. I envisioned myself becoming hysterical if anything ever happned to her. But for some strange reason, I didn't even cry. I think it was because life had changed so much and I was already going through such a terrible time that nothing really affected me anymore. But about a month later when I finished making a video in her memory I finally cried.

I created a cartoon version of Blacky for my animated TV series pitch Senioritis. The scripts are about my life so it was only fitting I included my best friend. But I was drawing cartoons of Blacky long before Senioritis. She was even in my first hand-drawn animation from 2006, the award-winning "Winner Takes Brawl".

I love and miss you so much Blacky. You were everything I could ever ask for in a best friend. You mean the entire world to me. I can only hope that somehow we will be together again one day. I will never forget you.

A Few of Blacky's Favorite Things:
  • Attacking the couch and rug
  • Meowing at the door
  • Sleeping on my computer desk
  • Laying in front of the kerosene heater
  • Rolling in the dirt
  • Hiding in my drawers
  • Leaving dead animals at the doorstep
  • Eating cheese

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Looney Tunes in the Third-Dimension


According to several online sources, Warner Bros. is going to continue releasing CG Looney Tunes shorts in theaters. And let me tell you, if there is one thing I hate it is CGI. Some may call me a 2D animation Nazi; because I am. It sickens me that CGI is taking over everything and traditional 2D animation is pretty much dead. I mean seriously, do people actually see how hideous these CG characters look? They are creepy as hell! All the little annoying bastards! Traditional animation is such a beautiful art form and it gets tossed aside because it's too costly and people just want to see ugly 3D characters with no life or personality voiced by jackass celebrities.

I did see the three CG Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote shorts that were released last year and I admit for 3D animation they are decent. They look a lot better than the pathetic attempt at the 2D animated Looney Tunes shorts from 2003. But unfortunately, they are only like three minutes long. Instead of wasting money on these CG shorts they should just remaster and release more of the original shorts to DVD. Either that or get a group together that actually has talent and produce untimely traditionally animated shorts. If only because I am sick as fuck of CG animation.

As for the non-ranting part of this blog, apparently the shorts are going to be animated to old recordings of Mel Blanc singing as the characters. I think that's pretty cool. But it'd be even cooler in 2D. Oh well. At least the legend's voice will be animated again even if it's only for two minutes.

- Ryan

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Is This the Final Season of South Park?

The mid-season finale of South Park just aired about fifteen minutes ago, and I have to say that was the most emotional episode I've seen in fourteen years. I literally almost started to cry when Randy and Sharon had their argument. Why? Because it seems as if they were hinting that show is ending soon. Sounded like Trey and Matt were saying they think the show has turned to crap and don't know how much longer it will last. I guess after so long they're finally burnt out. Trey always said he never wanted to be doing South Park at 40 and he will be 42 in October. Matt Stone turned 40 on May 26th of this year.


I could really relate to Stan getting older and seeing everything he used to love turn to crap. That is exactly how I feel about life. Everything used to be awesome and now it sucks. Of course I didn't feel that way at ten years old, but I definitely feel that way going on twenty-seven. It's really scary to age. Everything changes for the worse it seems. Life loses its spark. There is nothing to get excited about. It's sure not the same as being eight, or even eighteen for that matter.

The episode ended with Stan moving away, or maybe it was Randy and Sharon splitting up. I wasn't quite sure because I was in such awe. I'll pick it up when I watch it a second time. It was a really good episode to be honest. Like always it was so true and pretty funny. I don't agree with Trey and Matt that the show has turned to shit. It may not be what it once was but it's still the best show on television and the only one I watch every week. I knew this was probably going to be South Park's last season but it is just now really starting to hit me. This is just speculation and I have no proof the show is ending, I'm just being realistic. Cheers to South Park, the greatest show ever created. It seriously changed my life when it debuted in 1997. Don't believe me? Check out my South Park collection below:

I own over 500 pieces of South Park merchandise. (2005)

Growing up, South Park had a bigger impact on me than anything else in the world. It taught me to think differently and question things, but more importantly it inspired me creatively. It really got me into writing comedy scripts and I used South Park characters as the first thing I ever animated in Flash. The show taught me to hold nothing sacred and make fun of everything, which is the philosophy I still live by to this day.

I hope the guys have at least one more season left in them. I'm sure we'll find out soon enough. Time flies by way too fast these days.

Welcome to my Blog!

Hello reader,

This is my brand-spanking new blog! I will post lots of bullshit here. Mostly crap that has to do with cartoons, animation, television shows, movies, and my web site FARToons.net. I will also post my drawings and sketches from time to time.

I'm going to start off by mentioning that tonight is the mid-season finale of South Park, my all-time favorite show ever. I have not been too impressed with this season so far but it has still been better than anything else on TV. Here is the press release on the upcoming episode from South Park Studios:
After Stan celebrates his 10th birthday, he begins to see everything differently. The other boys think he's become a major buzzkill and start to avoid hanging out with him. When Stan and Kyle have a major blow up, the very fabric of South Park begins to unravel.
Episode #1507: "You're Getting Old"
I like that Stan is finally shown having a birthday but it kinda bums me out that they are ten years old now. I miss the boys being eight years old, but alas, here we are. It looks as though Randy will have a major role in this episode as well. I love Randy but he is getting overused. I'd like to see more episodes that focus on the four main boys again like in the good ol' days. But overall, this episode sounds pretty good from the description. I mean I don't have a boner for it but those are becoming more scarce as I age. Because like Stan, I am getting old and have a birthday coming up. Lame and a half.


Last night the sixth episode of The Looney Tunes Show aired on Cartoon Network, entitled "Reunion". I have to say even though last week's episode pissed me off with the changing of Witch Hazel and Gossamer's voices and personalities, this week's episode was pretty decent. It is probably my favorite. I mean, all the episodes are pretty bad, don't get me wrong. But it is still one of the few watchable shows on television. I love Daffy enough to keep watching. Some people are mad because they made him too stupid in the show. But all the directors of the original shorts had different takes on Daffy as well. He is still the same character, unlike Witch Hazel and Gossamer. Way to fuck that one up, guys. Giving Gossamer a little kid's voice? Can you say fucking stupid? I can! STUPID! You're fucking stupid for giving Gossamer a kid's voice and Witch Hazel a black woman's voice!

That is all for now. I am going to see Trailer Park Boys: Drunk, High & Unemployed this weekend so hopefully I will have some pictures to post soon. I'd love to get a picture with Bubbles, but that is highly unlikely. Oh well. Seeing them on stage will still be like seeing God in person. I'm outtie five-thousand!

- Ryan