Sunday, April 30, 2017

Porky Pig in Hollywood screening 1986

This is a report by the New York Times:

PORKY PIG isn't commonly thought of as a man of many faces, or a performer with a widely varied acting style. But ''Porky Pig in Hollywood,'' a collection of cartoons opening today at the Film Forum 2, does what it can to remedy that impression. It presents the boyish Porky, the romantic Porky, even the daydreaming Porky whose reveries have a startlingly experimental side. Surely there's a Porky here for everyone.
This 1 3/4-hour collection should fascinate anyone interested in the history of animation, and even for the casual cartoon watcher it has its instructive aspects. The various interpretations of Porky's fall-guy persona, under the stewardship of the directors Tex Avery, Friz Freleng, Bob Clampett, Frank Tashlin and Chuck Jones, provide some very sharp contrasts.
In Mr. Freleng's 1940 ''You Oughta Be in Pictures,'' Porky the actor is tempted by his so-called friend Daffy Duck into demanding a raise from Leon Schlesinger, who produced the Looney Tunes cartoons and plays himself in this one. The mixture of live action and animation is quite remarkable, especially in the sequence that has Porky driving his animated car, trying vainly to make his way onto the live-action Warner Brothers lot. One of his ploys, in attempting to get past the guard, is to disguise himself as Oliver Hardy, which makes for an amusing image. These cartoons are filled with elements of parody and references to famous figures of their day. The Three Stooges turn up with great regularity.
Among the more notable films here are Mr. Tashlin's 1938 ''Wholly Smoke,'' in which Porky is a little boy who's taught a chastening lesson about cigarettes, and the 1937 ''Porky's Romance,'' also directed by Mr. Tashlin, with a more or less mature Porky confronted by a grotesque, candy-eating vision of his sweetheart Petunia. In Tex Avery's 1941 ''Porky's Preview,'' an equally grown-up Porky fancies himself a film maker and shows off his animated stick-figure films to a large barnyard audience. By the end, only the skunk remains.
In the cartoon pantheon, Porky stands as one of the more likable but less distinct personalities, and his adventures usually have a far less wildly inventive quality than those, say, of Felix the Cat. But this program also highlights the more daring side of some of the Looney Tunes films, like Bob Clampett's bizarre 1938 ''Daffy Doc'' or his almost sinister 1938 ''Porky's Movie Mystery.'' Nearly two hours' worth of Porky is a lot of Porky, to be sure. But this program does reveal some unexpected depths to Porky's character, and a great deal of imagination and inspiration from those who brought him to life. HOG WILD PORKY PIG IN HOLLYWOOD, compiled by George Feltenstein; directed by Fred (Tex) Avery, I. (Friz) Freleng, Robert (Bob) Clampett, Frank Tashlin and Charles M. (Chuck) Jones; written by Rich Hogan, Tubby Millar, Ben Hardaway, Frank Tashlin, Dave Monahan and Ernest Gee; animators, Rod Scribner, Charles M. Jones, Vive Risto, Bob McKimson, Robert Cannon, Norman McCabe, Virgil Ross, John Carey and I. Ellis; music by Carl Stalling; voices by Mel Blanc and others; originally produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions for Warner Brothers; released by Films Incorporated. At Film Forum 2, 57 Watts Street. Running time: 102 minutes. This film has no rating.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Kamden's collection#2--One Panel Yogis and the world encyclopedia of cartoons

 Catholic high school provided me with a book published in 1973 titled the world encyclopedia  of cartoons.  The book is huge. While looking through it I ended up in the Y's seeing a classic yogi one panel. This is one of many  that appeared in the Yogi bear comic books. The comics what's that several different one panel yogi bear  gags which many words mistake as a regular comic strip. This was just to save space just like a one pager was. Now here is the second Kamden's collectibles. The book, The world encyclopedia of cartoons.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Stolen from Yogi

Okay, let's face it this was stolen from Yogi Bear! This strip from the Times News in North Carolina was not at all even close to original! Also notice that the bear and bugs have relatively similar designs! Well, Maltese and Foster did use WB stories so I guess this was to get even!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Behind the scenes on why Bugs was taken out of NC Times News

For the past month I have been posting mainly about the Bugs Bunny comic strip in the 80s. This based entirely from the newspaper Times News in North Carolina.

According to Mark Kausler, This is the national history (not just in NC) history of bugs strip... In the 1980s, the Bugs Bunny strip was drawn by Lee Holley (creator of "Ponytail") from Jan. 1980 to Jan. 1988, then Owen Fitzgerald did the art from Jan. 1988 to to Sep. 3, 1989, then Shawn Keller took over from Sept. 4, 1989 to Dec. 30, 1990, the end of the strip. The writers during the 1980s were Al Stoffel, Frank Hill and Brett Koth, who was the last writer on "Bugs Bunny". John Cawley also did some writing in the 1989-90 period, and Phil Ortiz, Scott Shaw! and Bob Scott (who draws "Molly and the Bear" now) did inking. the early Sunday ones, started Jan. 10, 1943. Originally the art was by Chase Craig, then Roger Armstrong and Mark's favorite, Carl Buettner. The daily didn't start until Nov. 22nd 1948, drawn by Ralph Heimdahl and written by Jack Taylor.

In North Carolina, The 1980s strip had a deeper story, here it is.....

In around May 1980, The times news began publishing the Bugs Bunny strip only on weekdays. There newspaper comics were always in Black and White. The print would mistake bugs and born loser a lot because of the lously press!! This would go on until May 1982 when the newspaper wanted to choose a new comic selection. So readers would go and vote what comics they wanted to add so they could take some out.The add (second image) contained mostly comics not even in their own paper!! The first image is the paper before the ad, the third is the paper after the ad which caused bugs to be taken out. later bugs was replaced by garfield..
newspaper in march 11 1982

1st image: before the ad
2nd image: The ad
3rd image: after the ad 

The weekly comics in the newspaper had winnie the pooh, peanuts, born loser, bugs bunny, frank and ernest, and a few others but not family circus or garfield which were in the ad below...

so in May 1982, Times News said goodbye to Bugs Bunny and unfortuneatly said hello to Garfield 


Mark Kausler

Comic strips ---- Internet news archives (over 13 different ones) 

stealing from the strip

This strip from 1983

Now this comic from Looney tunes DC issue which clearly reuses this gag from the strip above...

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Yowp over 550 days ago

Yowp has presented stone true treasures of the Flintstones strip... but not this. This was from the roman times. Yowp did post a snippet from an this exact paper about the Flintstones and Mickey Finn. This could have been there as well. This was printed three days the article that he posted. This one a newspaper article but his was an advertisement. His is a lot better

To see the Yowp post 
Just the newspaper article he had

Two marvins?

The character was still developing so there is 2 marvins