History July 9, 2006
July 9th, 2006

Birthdays: Ottorino Respighi-composer of the Pines of Rome in Fantasia 2000, David Hockney, Samuel Elliot Morrison, Kelly McGillis, John Tesch, Chris Cooper, O.J. Simpson, Courtenay Love is 42, Tom Hanks is 49

1980 - Walt Disney's the "Fox & The Hound," released. The first film Walt Disney had no input on. Although the film has brief screen credits it marks the torch being passed from the Nine Old Men golden age generation to the modern generation of animators. A complete personnel roster would include Tim Burton, John Lassiter, Bill Kroyer, Don Bluth, Lorna Cook, Henry Sellick, Brad, Bird, Steve Hulett, John Musker, Glen Keane and many more. It was the last film project of Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Woolie Reitherman and Ken Anderson. (actually, Reitherman and Anderson continued on a bit longer on a project called Catfish Bend, but it was never made.)

1993-Starting with the film Jurrassic Park, Industrial Light & Magic completes it’s transition to digital technology by shutting down it’s Anderson Optical Printer. The Optical Printer system of mattes had been the way Motion Picture visual effects had been done since Melies in 1909, but the Digital Revolution had changed everything.

July 8th, 2006

In a year dominated by smart-aleck animals and cars there are a few odd ones coming out soon. Richard Linkletter (Waking Life) has a new film- Through a Scanner, Darkly, and Surrealist Jan Svankmajer (Alice) has a new project . Karl Cohen, the President of ASIFA San Francisco just wrote me: " Saw Lunacy, a new Svankmajer feature that opens in August. It is a masterpiece or the most vile blasphomous and disgusting film ever made (depending on your point of view). It is told like something written by Poe about the Marquis  de Sade." Sounds like fun!


July 8th Saturday
July 8th, 2006


1-Jack Nicholson
2- Dustin Hoffman
3- James Stewart
4- Angela Jolie
5-Paul Newman

answer below.....

July 8th
Birthdays: Jean de LaFontaine , the creator of Puss & Boots, John D. Rockefeller Sr, Nelson Rockefeller, Kathe Kollwitz, Louis Jordan, Billy Eckstine, Phillip Johnson, Marty Feldman, Kevin Bacon, Billy Crudup,Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Angelica Huston, Raffi

1911- Burbank incorporated as a city.

1932- Tod Brownings disturbing movie "Freaks" about a family of circus sideshow performers, premiered.

1982- Walt Disney's TRON premiered- the first film claiming to be made chiefly with computer graphics. The film was created by Boston filmmaker Steve Lissberger using the CG houses Bob Abel, Magi and Triple I. It only had about 20 minutes of actual CGI and the computer images were still printed onto traditional animation cells and painted, but it was still a significant achievement. Remember in 1981 there were no off the shelf graphics software. Everything written was proprietary. Wavefront wouldn't exist for several years and Parallel processing didn't really get going until '84. Warping or morphing was about 4 years away in the future. The big deal at the time was that MAGI had just solved the "hidden Line" problem.


2- Dustin Hoffman was the narrator for the Murakami-Wolf TV 1973 special The Point.
3- James Stewart- was the old hound dog in Amblimations American Tale II, Feival Goes West.
4- Angela Jolie- did a sexy fish in Dreamworks Sharktale
5-Paul Newman- was recently the old race car in Pixars CARS.

so the answer is 1- Jack Nicholson. While not yet doing any voice work for any cartoon, he was a intern for Hanna & Barbera at the MGM studio in 1957 doing Tom & Jerry shorts. Not too long ago at the Oscars, retired Joseph Barbera came up behind Nicholson in his front row seat and whispered in his ear;" Hey Jacky, go get me a Coke!" The dark-sunglassed thespian turned and smiled his famous grin:" Anything you say, Mister Barbera.." was his reply.

July 7 th Friday
July 7th, 2006

Birthdays: Gustav Mahler, Satchel Page, Ringo Starr, Robert Heinlein, Gian Carlo Menotti, Warner Bros master animator Ken Harris*, Shelley Duval, Ted Cassidy the voice of Space Ghost and Lurch in the Adams Family , Michelle Kwan, David McCullough, Pierre Cardin, and according to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle this is the birthday of Sherlock Holmes’ sidekick Dr. John Watson

* There is a website dedicated to Ken Harris called Masteranimator.com. I suspect the person who created it is from Dick Williams London Studio, for the preponderance of English memorabilia of the late, great animator.

1895-THE FIRST COLOR SUNDAY COMICS - The first modern comic strip Hogan’s Alley featuring "The Yellow Kid" by Richard Felton Outcault, debuts in the Sunday edition of Pulitzer's New York World. The main character sported a bright yellow shirt with a message on it. The strip was so popular it coined the name "Yellow Journalism" to the sensationalist tabloid press. Comic strips at this time became the mass media of the day. For people who couldn’t afford a theater ticket and couldn’t yet speak English, the little characters in the penny papers were extremely popular and made celebrities out of cartoonists like Outcault, Bud Selig George McManus and Winsor McCay. Richard Outcault later inventing the backend deal when he asked for a percentage of all sales from his new comic strip "Buster Brown and his dog Tige" Many an animator like Walt Disney and Max Fleischer first dreamt of being a famous cartoonist like Raymound Outcault or Winsor McCay.

1949-"I’m Friday"- The program Dragnet first debuted on radio. Jack Webb conceived, wrote, directed and starred in the show. His hardest job was urging actors "not to act" but to speak the lines normally like an average person does.

1960- First demonstration of a practical laser beam. In Russia it had been theorized since 1951. Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation or LASER.

1967- Vivien Leigh, the actress who played Scarlet O’Hara in Gone with the Wind and Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, died in a mental institution at age 53.

1967 - Beatles' "All You Need is Love" is released. In 2002 for her Jubilee Queen Elizabeth II requested it because it was one of her favorite songs.

1967 – The Doors' song "Light My Fire" hits #1.

History for 7/6/2006
Birthdays: Frida Kahlo,The Dalai Lama, Della Reese, Nancy Reagan,Ned Beatty,Sylvester Stallone is 59, Merv Griffin, Janet Leigh, Bill Haley, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sebastian Cabot the voice of Bagira in Disneys the Jungle Book and the narrator of the Winnie the Pooh films, Disney vis dev artist James Bodrero,Geoffrey Rush, President George W. Bush is 60

1917- As Lowell Thomas news reel cameras rolled Lawrence of Arabia and Bedouin
Sheik Ouda Abu-Tai captured the Red Sea Port of Acqaba from Turkish troops. The
battle was dramatized in the 1962 David Lean film Lawrence of Arabia.

1928- The film "The Lights of New York" premiered at the Strand theater
on Broadway. After 1927's the Jazz Singer popularized sound movies while still being
half silent, this is the first film with an all dialogue track. The soundtrack was on a large
wax record that had to run in sync with the film, and frequently it slipped.

1957-Chuck Jones short "Whats Opera,Doc?" debuts."Dubbed by Steven Speilberg the Citizen Kane of Cartoons.

TRIVIA...what operas do Carl Stalling reference the most in the cartoon?

*answers below*

1964 - Beatles' film "Hard Day's Night" premieres in London. The bands iconoclastic antics captured by Richard Lesters' free style direction set the style for the music videos of the future.

1974- The first broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keilor's ode to
a small town in Minnesota.

1998- French workers at Disney's Paris theme park went on strike for better pay
and not having to smile all the time like the silly Americans do.

Trivia Answer: What Operas did Carl Stalling borrow from for Whats Opera Doc?"

-Mostly the overture to Tannhauser by Richard Wagner, although Elmers cry" Kill the Wa-Bitt! "is a goof on the Ride of the Valkyries from Wagners Die Walkure.
-Toi-yo ta ho-oh! is the actual words in the libretto.
- Bugs opening recititivo in drag " Oh Mighty Hunter...etc." Is the theme from Wagners Seigfried.
-The Second Act Ballet- is from Tannhauser. Bravo Chuck and Maurice!

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