Animation, Memory, and War: Waltz with Bashir (2008)

This post is part of the 2nd Annual One of My All-Time Favorite Cartoons Blogathon, hosted by Steve at MovieMovieBlogBlog. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!

Waltz with Bashir, the 2008 Israeli animated documentary written and directed by Ari Folman, certainly would never be called a “cartoon.” But it is an exceptional example of the mostly untapped potential of animation’s use beyond children’s films.

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A Movie Gift For My Dad: Ratatouille (2007)

This post is part of the A Movie Gift to You Blogathon, hosted by Steve at MovieMovieBlogBlog. Read the rest of the posts HERE!

I’ve written before about how much my dad loved movies. He died in 1997. When Steve announced this blogathon, where we pick a film to give as a gift to someone, I decided I would pick one made after my dad passed away that I was sure he would have liked.

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A Hairy, Orange–and Misunderstood–Monster Named Gossamer

This post is part of the One of My All-Time Favorite Cartoons Blogathon, hosted by Steve at Movie Movie Blog Blog. Read the other posts in this event HERE!

Years ago there was a huge Warner Bros. Studio store in midtown Manhattan.

GAWD, I loved that place.

It was like a temple to my childhood.

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Fairy Tale Blogathon: Fractured Fairy Tales (1959 – 1964)

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This post is Part 2 of my contribution to the Fairy Tale Blogathon, hosted by  Movies Silently.

Fractured Fairy Tales was a regular animated segment on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. (Do a search on Youtube. Many are available to watch for free.) The tales were narrated by Edward Everett Horton and voiced by June Foray (who also voiced Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha Fatale), Bill Scott, Paul Frees and Dawes Butler.

When I was a little kid, I would watch Rocky and Bullwinkle now and then but never liked it. I guess because it was animated, network executives thought it was for children, so they would program it with other children’s shows and cartoons. It took me a while to figure out it really was for adults. The Rocky and Bullwinkle segments were a dead-on satire of Cold War politics. I had to grow up to get the jokes.

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