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Long before I knew it was him, Nik Ranieri has been entertaining and inspiring me with his character animation. Nik is a talented artist whose bold personality has translated into Lumiere, Hades, Kuzco, Buck Cluck, Lewis Robinson, Charlotte La Bouff and my dad’s favorite animated character, Meeko—all characters he supervised. I first heard Nik on Clay Kaytis’ Animation Podcast and I have been an ardent fan of this passionate animator ever since. I asked him if he may be game for an informal interview over Facebook about various topics related to the state of animation today and he very kindly agreed. Nik is such a kind person, yet he will not sidestep the truth to appease popular sentiment. It was an absolute pleasure getting to interview one of my heroes.
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.”
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 Simpsons as everyone’s favorite fourth grade teacher, Edna Krabappel. Wallace was 70 at the time of her passing.
Way back when in The Simpsons‘s thirteenth season, an episode titled Gump Roast (DABF12 for those in the know), ended with the catchy tune They’ll Never Stop The Simpsons, which was merely a clever exercise in self-deprecation on a show that, 13 years in, was still quite beloved. Nearly 12 years later that song has turned quite prophetic as FOX has just renewed the entire town of Springfield for one more season.
If you haven’t heard, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have changed some of the rules in the Best Animated Feature category for 2013’s Academy Awards. The most drastic change is that the Academy members will not have to attend screenings in LA to vote on the films. They will have the option of viewing the movies on DVD, thus opening up the voting pool to many more of the 6,000 members who don’t reside in SoCal. The members also only have to view 66% of the films to vote as opposed to the 80% in previous years.
The latest addition to Disney’s quite impressive new Shorts collection has arrived and it may just be my favorite one yet. Titled Ghoul Friend, this quick little tale stars Mickey and a terrifying, rotting rendition of Goofy. The pair cross paths causing Mickey to panic and flee, but there may be more to Zombie Goofy than his ghoulish appearance. The entire short is featured below for your viewing pleasure!
Greetings, animation fans! This week’s new releases bring us a variety! From the most popular adult-oriented shows on the air, to a classic show that everyone has loved. We have Family Guy: Volume Eleven, South Park: The Complete Sixteenth Season, American Dad! Volume Eight, and our featured release, Scooby-Doo: 13 Spooky Tales Ruh-Roh Robot!