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Roy Disney, the son and nephew of The Walt Disney Co. founders, died today at the age of 79 after a long bout with stomach cancer.
From the Associated Press:
Although he generally stayed out of the spotlight, Roy Disney didn’t hesitate to lead a successful campaign in 1984 to oust Walt Disney’s son-in-law after concluding he was leading the company in the wrong direction.
Nearly 20 years later, he launched another successful shareholders revolt, this time against Michael Eisner, the man he’d helped bring in after the previous ouster.
Disney, born in 1930, had practically grown up with the company. His uncle Walt Disney and his father, Roy O. Disney, had co-founded the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio seven years before, later renaming it The Walt Disney Co.
Two years before he was born, the company gave birth to its iconic cartoon character, Mickey Mouse. While Walt was the company’s creative genius, his brother was the one in charge of the company’s finances.
Roy Edward Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney, died Wednesday after a yearlong battle with stomach cancer, according to a Walt Disney Co. spokesman.
Disney “played a key role in the revitalization of the Walt Disney Co. and Disney’s animation legacy,” the company said.
He died in a Newport Beach, California, hospital at the age of 79.
His father — Roy O. Disney — co-founded the Disney entertainment business with Walt Disney in 1923.
Roy E. Disney‘s 56-year association with the company culminated in 2003 when he stepped down as vice chairman of Disney’s board and chairman of the Disney Studio’s Animation Department. He kept the title director emeritus and consultant in recent years, the company said.
“As head of Disney Animation, Disney helped to guide the studio to a new golden age of animation with an unprecedented string of artistic and box office successes that included ‘The Little Mermaid,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ‘Aladdin’ and ‘The Lion King,’ ” the company said.
I love it! For the first time in 50 years, a cartoon has earned an Emmy nomination for Best Comedy Series.
The show’s creator, Seth MacFarlane, says his nomination marks the end of Emmy discrimination against animated TV — but doesn’t think he’ll actually win.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: SO WHERE WERE YOU, AND WHAT WERE YOU DOING WHEN THIS NEWS CAME DOWN?
MacFarlane: It was about 5 in the morning and I got a phone call, so I was not able to react for the excitement that they wanted.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: NOW THAT YOU’VE HAD A LITTLE TIME TO WARM UP, WHAT’S YOUR REACTION?
MacFarlane: I think it is extremely encouraging for everyone who is busting their ass on these animated shows to have this happen. I have friends on “King of the Hill,” I have friends on “The Simpsons.” I feel like it is validation for all of these shows that they are now viewed as on the same playing field as the other comedies, because we are all really doing the same job. It took a long time to recognize single-camera comedies, and I think that it’s frustrating for a lot of the animated shows that we haven’t gotten the same treatment (as other comedies). It is nice that they stopped ignoring the fact that the animated shows are major players in the comedy landscape of television. This is a huge step forward for open-mindedness in the voting process.
So is Fred Thompson really Foghorn Leghorn and Joe Lieberman really Droopy Dog? The answer is yes, according to Jon Stewart at the Daily Show. Well, at least they have amazing similarities.
Whether you’re a Republican, a Democrat or an independent, you have to admit that there is a striking resemblance in both looks and voices.
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From Animation Magazine:
There’s nothing novel about comparing American politics to a cartoon, but one late-night TV comedian got big laughs by pointing out that some of our leading politicians are becoming real-life versions of classic cartoon characters. The point was illuminated following Tuesday night’s broadcast of the Republican Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.
During Wednesday night’s broadcast of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart noted the similarities between two Republican Convention speakers and a pair of iconic animated characters. Republican Senator Fred Thompson, with his puffed-up bravado and folksy Southern Drawl, was likened to boisterous Looney Tunes favorite Foghorn Leghorn, and jowly, slow-speaking former Al Gore running mate Joe Lieberman was compared to Tex Avery’s MGM creation, Droopy Dog.
Bill Melendez, the animator who gave life to Snoopy, Charlie Brown and numerous other “Peanuts” characters in movies and television specials, died today at the age of 91. Being from Sonoma County, California, I, like many others grew up with the Peanuts gang. Charles Schultz was from Santa Rosa, a neighbor to my hometown of Petaluma. I feel as though a part of me died today as well, with the loss of Bill Melendez.
From the Associated Press:
Melendez’s nearly seven decades as a professional animator began in 1938 when he was hired by Walt Disney Studios and worked on Mickey Mouse cartoons and classic animated features such as “Pinocchio” and “Fantasia.”
He went on to animate TV specials such as “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and was the voice of Snoopy, who never spoke intelligible words but issued expressive howls, sighs and sobs.
Melendez took part in a strike that led to the unionization of Disney artists in 1941, and later moved to Warner Bros., where he worked on Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig and Daffy Duck shorts.
Melendez met “Peanuts” creator Charles M. Schulz in 1959 while creating Ford Motor Co. TV commercials featuring Peanuts characters.
The two became friends and Melendez became the only person Schulz authorized to animate his characters.
Melendez founded his own production company in 1964 and with his partner Lee Mendelson went on to produce, direct or animate some 70 “Peanuts” TV specials, four movies and hundreds of commercials.
The first special was 1965’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The show reportedly worried CBS because it broke so much new ground for a cartoon: It lacked a laugh track, used real children as voice actors, had a jazz score and included a scene in which Linus recited lines from the New Testament.
However, the show was a ratings success and has gone on to become a Christmastime perennial.
Seth MacFarlane, creator of TV’s “Family Guy,” will debut “Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy,” an animated series set to be distributed exclusively through Google using the AdSense advertising system. MacFarlane has created three animated Burger King advertisements that will play ahead of the new series’ clips.
From the International Herald Tribune:
Next month, Seth MacFarlane, creator of the “Family Guy” TV series, will unveil a high-profile new project called “Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy,” an animated variety show that will be distributed solely through Google.
The Internet giant will syndicate the new program using its AdSense advertising system to thousands of Web sites that are predetermined to be gathering spots for MacFarlane’s target audience, typically young men. Instead of placing a static ad on a Web page, Google will place a “Cavalcade” video clip. YouTube will also devote a channel to the material.
Marketing messages will be incorporated into the clips largely through “preroll” ads, but Burger King took its involvement a step further. In a rare example of one of Hollywood’s top creative powers working hand-in-glove with a marketer, MacFarlane created and animated Burger King ads to play ahead of “Cavalcade” clips.
If Seth MacFarlane is involved, this should be good. I have always been a fan of the “Family Guy” television series which includes humor which pokes fun at just about everyone. I’ll be looking forward to seeing the clips online soon. Thoughts?