RIP, Bob Givens and Keely Smith

Because this weekend wasn't difficult enough already, 2017 has claimed two more legends that hit close to home for me. Robert "Bob" Givens was a legendary animator and frequent collaborator with Chuck Jones, known for his outstanding work at Disney, Warner Bros. Cartoons, Hanna-Barbera, and DePatie–Freleng Enterprises.  His career spanned from 1937-2001.  His career began at … Continue reading RIP, Bob Givens and Keely Smith

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight – Sneak Peek Batman: Gotham by Gaslight by Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola (Hellboy) was the first title DC released under the Elseworlds imprint.  As much as I enjoyed (and demanded) continuity and characterization to maintain quality of character, the Elseworlds titles were something special when they were done right.  This one set the standard. On one … Continue reading Batman: Gotham by Gaslight – Sneak Peek

Fantasia, 1940

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Fantasia is my all-time favorite animated Disney film.  I've seen this one more times than I can count, certainly more than any other in the Disney catalog.  It's where I first realized how truly beautiful animation could be on its own, divorced of or otherwise downplaying the … Continue reading Fantasia, 1940