Archive for the ‘Animation’ Category

Christmas loot list – Part 2

January 6, 2009

And now for the cartoon-related stuff I gifted to myself. (And now that I think of it, it was all discounted. What a cheapskate I am.)

• Three book collections of Batman and Superman newspaper comic strips from the 30s and 40s.

• DVDs of Superman II, III and IV, Rocky and Bullwinkle, and a collection of King Features comic strip-based animation. Barney Google, Beetle Baily, Blondie, Flash Gordon, Prince Valiant, The Phantom, Hagar the Horrible, Mandrake the Magician. “131 cartoons, 20 hours of hilarity” it says on the cover. (Prince Valiant funny? Who knew?)

• And from my favorite used book store, The Book Centre, in my hometown of Spencerport, NY: “To Afghanistan and Back” by Ted Rall, a Jim Borgman 25 anniversary editorial cartoon collection and book by French cartoonist David B. I don’t know his work at all but I’ve heard good things and, heck, it was a used book… The image below is from the original, not the English translation I bought. (At least I think it’s the same one. Can’t know for sure. I only took 6 years of French.)

(I got the English translation. This image is just what I could find on the web.)

Christmas loot list – Part 1

January 5, 2009

Remember when you were a kid and compared what you got for Christmas with your friends?

I haven’t outgrown that.

I didn’t get a ton of gifts cartoon-wise but ending buying a number of items for myself during the holiday season (more on that later in the week). To be honest, the main reason that my family doesn’t buy me cartoon stuff is that I may already have it…which is why the things I did get are ones I picked out….which is why I got…

• Two copies of the Ironman DVD from two different relatives. (I’m such a comics/film nerd that I returned both and got the special 2-disc special edition. It’s geektastic in many respects but it has no commentary. I mean, c’mon…)
• A DVD of the Bloom County Christmas special “A Wish for Wings That Work.” I still have the VHS tape I used to record it off TV when it aired in 1991, but I couldn’t pass it up for $5 at Walmart…well, I asked my wife not to pass it up.
• And speaking of asking my wife for something, I found a piece of art on ebay by one of the old school “usual gang of idiots”* that made me very happy.
*MAD Magazine-speak for artist or writer.

Comics go to the movies – Captain and the Kids

November 23, 2008

I have an unruly collection of films and TV shows based on comics so I thought I’d do an occasional review. (I haven’t done reviews since college, but I still have opinions. Just ask anyone I’ve gone to the movies with in the last 20 years.) And rather than review modern movies (in other words: ones you might have seen), I figured I just do semi-obscure ones. (That way it’ll be harder for anyone to disagree with me.) This first one is not from my collection but from the library.

Last weekend the wife and I threw in a DVD of a Marx Brothers movie and, in the special features, there were three cartoons. The first one was based on the comic strip “The Captain and the Kids.” It was called Old Smokey (1938) and concerned the John Henry-ish battle between a old fire horse and a new fire engine when flames engulf Mama’s house. (The Captain appears to be the fire chief.) It wasn’t that good. And, oddly enough, “the kids” don’t show up at all. They did show up in the second cartoon, Mama’s New Hat (1939). Hans and Fritz buy Mama a hat for Mother’s Day, ruin it by dropping it in the mud, steal a horse’s hat (that’s right – the hat of a horse) and said horse spends the rest of the cartoon trying to get it back. There are some good gags in this one, but I started to wonder who in the MGM animation studio had the obsession with horses. I thought it was all just in my head but then I got to the third (non-“C & the K”) cartoon and…IT WAS ALL ABOUT HORSES!

That’s when it dawned on me.

The DVD was “A Day at the Races” and, thus, about horses.