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TTTP In Exile / RIP Martha Sigall
« on: December 20, 2014, 12:00:41 pm »

We just lost one of the last remaining (if not THE last remaining) links to classic Warner Bros animation. She was 97.

I don't know how to say this without coming across as snippy, but I'm pretty surprised that this happened a week ago and no one (myself included!) has mentioned it on the boards yet. I've noticed that over the last couple years, this place has mostly just talked about new releases: what we're getting, what we're not getting, complaining about double-dips and censorship, random indexes  of the Golden and Platinum collections, making endless little wishlists........... This used to be a place (mostly the old GAC site) where people would talk about animation history, specific animators, lesser known studios, techniques like smear and squash & stretch, etc. That's almost completely gone here. Has anyone else noticed this? Is it that a lot of people have left over the years? Or is there just not much to talk about anymore? I'm not trying to whine (there's more than enough of that going on), but I've felt this way for a good 2+ years now, which is why I almost never bother to comment on anything. I wish there was some sort of way to revitalize the conversation around Golden Age animation and not just talk about DVD releases.

All that to say, RIP Martha.

TTTP In Exile / The Captain and the Kids
« on: November 11, 2014, 12:40:43 am »
This is really random (who cares about the Captain and the Kids anymore?), but does anyone happen to have a copy of "What a Lion!" or "Buried Treasure" they could post on YouTube? I've been trying to track down these two cartoons forever. :P

April Fools Threads / WHV listens to us!
« on: April 01, 2014, 03:31:06 pm »
In a stunning and unprecedented move, Warner Home Video announced that 2014 will see the end of double dips, and the release of all 199 post B&W Looney Tunes shorts on DVD, and the Tom and Jerry Golden Collection Volume 2 with both "Mouse Cleaning" and "Casanova Cat", and the complete Tex Avery on Blu-ray, and the Censored Eleven, AND the entire Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies output released on Warner Archive!!!

"It was the funniest thing," a spokesperson for WHV said. "One day we looked on the Internet Animation Database forums, and were stunned to see a wide variety of petitions addressed, why, addressed directly to us! And what surveys! 10 signatures on one, 39 on another, 49 on another? Why, that's almost 50 signatures on one survey! We've got a veritable cash cow right under our noses, with monetary udders just waiting to be squeezed!"

The atmosphere at WHV was abuzz with excitement, until a lone employee raised an important question: "How will we organize all of these cartoons?" Miraculously, the IAD forums came to the rescue again. Perusing old threads, WHV found hypothetical wishlist after hypothetical wishlist after hypothetical wishlist after hypothetical wishlist. Dozens of suggested DVDs, with enticing themes such as "Cool Cat and Friends" and "Porky and Daffy Black and White Classics".

"These things will sell like hotcakes," a WHV rep exlaimed. "I mean, have you looked at some of these titles? 'Jonesin' for Chuck'? 'Wile E. Coyote and Ralph Wolf'? 'Black and White Fun'? I thought we had a solid-themed set with our own 'Mouse Chronicles', but these guys knocked it out of the park! Some of them even included little emoticons of the characters with each list, which was very helpful to remind us who's who."

Only one issue remained: money. As everyone at the IAD forums knows, cash-strapped WHV just hasn't had the funds to put into cartoon restoration, resulting in a parade of frustrating double dips. But then came the most unexpected announcement of all:

"We actually do have the money," WHV confessed. "We were lying this whole time because we're lazy. But now that we've seen these petitions and know the public demand for classic cartoons, and now that we have some guidance on how to plan and organize our releases, we decided the least we could do is use some of the billions of dollars we're secretly sitting on to get these cartoons out there. And boy are we confident they'll do well."

TTTP In Exile / Centennial of "Gertie the Dinosaur"
« on: February 08, 2014, 05:45:00 pm »
I'm personally pretty shocked that no one has mentioned that today is the hundredth anniversary of "Gertie the Dinosaur"...

TTTP In Exile / Walt Disney Shorts question
« on: April 20, 2012, 01:25:55 pm »
I know that the end of classic Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons came in 1969, and then the 80s, 90s, and 00s saw various revivals and newer shorts. But I'm very unclear on what's considered to be the end of Golden Age Disney shorts. I know the last classic Mickey cartoon was released in 1953, but Donald and Goofy continued into the 60s. I also know that in the late 50s and 60s, the classic 7-8 minute cartoon format was often abandoned in favor of shorts that were upwards of 15-16 minutes long, such as Paul Bunyan and Freewayphobia.

So basically, what I'm asking is this: when would you say the Golden Age of Disney shorts ended? What would you consider to be the last "classic" Disney short? Is there a reason why it seems (at least to me) much more vague than the WB studio? The main reason I'm asking this is because soon I plan to go through a run-through of the classic Disney shorts in chronological order, and I'm currently unclear on when to end. Thanks for your input!

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