Seventy-three years ago today, Walt Disney Productions released their third Animated Feature, Fantasia. I didn’t realize that this film was so closely released after Snow White and Pinocchio—in fact it was released the same year as Pinocchio! There are so many remarkable things about this film, which was initially a bomb in the box office, but which has gone on to be the 22nd in the US (when adjusted for inflation). It initially had mixed critical reviews, but today has a Fresh rating of 96% on Rotten Tomatoes.
This segment will pay homage to great (and not-so-great) animated films in history.
So, forty years ago a movie came out that may have had an exceedingly low-budget, but also has an incredibly high quotability and musical ranking. Walt Disney’s Robin Hood released in the US on November 8, 1973 to great critical acclaim. It has an 83 minute running time and about 587 classic one-liners:
“Sire, if you don’t mind my saying, you have a very loud thumb.”
DreamWorks Animation announced today that a brand new Rocky & Bullwinkle short film will be released in 2014, to coincide with the theatrical release of Mr. Peabody & Sherman, the much-anticipated 3D animated film hitting theaters next March.
Last Friday, Marcia Wallace passed away leaving behind an impressive career and millions of adoring fans. From her early success as Carol Kester on The Bob Newhart Show to her 25 year run on The Simpsonsas everyone’s favorite fourth grade teacher, Edna Krabappel. Wallace was 70 at the time of her passing.