Monday, July 27 marks the 80th anniversary of the theatrical release of the animated short film "A Wild Hare", part of the Merry Melodies series of shorts produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions for the Warner Bros. film studio, which featured the debut of an at the time unnamed lapine (called a "wabbit" by his rhotacism afflicted co-star) who would soon be known as Bugs Bunny. This character would become somewhat popular over the last eight decades.
To celebrate the world's most famous bunny's birthday, the United States Postal Service has released a set of ten stamps featuring Bugs Bunny in multiple outfits he's worn in his over 168 starring roles in the original Looney Tunes/Merry Melodies 1930-1969 run; and that's not counting cameos there and starring roles in cartoons outside that run. Featured outfits include his barber's outfit from "Rabbit of Seville", his Tea-Totaller team uniform from "Baseball Bugs", his basketball team jersey for the Tune Squad from the movie Space Jam, and, in one of two featured drag get-ups, his disguise from often-cited-as-best-cartoon-EVER "What's Opera, Doc?". Ironically not featured is his standard outfit of au naturel except a pair of white gloves; disappointingly, neither is his fox fursuit from "Foxy by Proxy" .
Guardians of the Galaxy was the only furry comic to make it to the top 100 list again, so I’ve got nothing.
Furry comics to make the Previews top 100 best-selling comic books list for June include:
During April, furry comics that took spots in the Previews best-sellers list include:
Warner Bros. are celebrating their 90th anniversary, and in honor of that are releasing a series of DVD collections known simply as The Best of Warner Bros.. Around here, the collection most folks are likely to find interesting is The Best of Warner Bros.: 50 Cartoon Collection — Looney Tunes. This 2-DVD set is coming out this week. Here’s the skinny, from CD Universe: “It’s always ‘wabbit’ season now that the best Looney tunes Cartoons from the Warner Bros. vault are available in this wild two-disc collection! Reunite with Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester, Daffy Duck and all the Looney Tunes gang in an animated assortment of hits that have tickled the funny bones of cartoon lovers for generations. There’s something for everyone in this must-own collection of 50 Looney Tunes classics that helped contribute to 90 years of Warner Bros. cartoon magic. ” There are bigger box-set collections out there, but this best-of collection brings together many well-known favorites like Rabbit of Seville, One Froggy Evening, Duck Amuck, and more, all in one set.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic garnered two spots on the February top-100 comic sales chart in this month; both issue #3 (which I wasn’t a fan of, but whatever) and the Twilight Sparkle Micro-Series issue (which I also wasn’t a fan of) made 45 and 62, respectively.
Meanwhile, Adventure Time #13 lands at 95, where that series manages to land just about every time!
Treesong used to complain about zombie comic books a lot; he’d not be happy to see The Walking Dead #100 take the #1 spot on the December sales list. I guess Image was all like, “My Little Pony beat us as the number one non-Marvel-or-DC book last month? And they don’t even have a book out this month? Well, I guess we’ll just have to beat everybody instead!”
Man, there's hardly anything this month. I threw in the latest Girl Genius collection; I'm not sure if there's anything furry in it beside the robot dog, but it's the only thing in this month's post that I've ordered.
Another recommended hardback from Fantagraphics this month, a French classic you've probably never heard of.
Free Comic Book Day coming up! Wahoolazooma. Herewith FCBD furriness for which I have no order numbers, though they're presumably in the range JAN110001-JAN110041.
I'm unfamiliar with most of the stuff so I rely on quoting the blurbs more than usual.
As rumored a few weeks ago, the official announcement has finally been revealed: the Looney Tunes cast will star with Brendan Frasier in a new feature film titled "Looney Tunes: Back In Action".
Plot summary and other info on Toonzone:
CartoonResearch.com reports that a new live action-animation Bugs Bunny film is being worked on. Faint promises suggest that it won't be another Space Jam disaster and that they're going to try to do this one "right". Is that possible anymore? Here's tidbits:
Tentative title: "Back in Action"
Live-action director: Joe Dante
Live-action co-star: Owen Wilson
Screenplay by John Requa & Glenn Ficarra and Larry Doyle
Tentative Release date: Nov 2003
For the full scoop: http://www.cartoonresearch.com/comments.html
Cartoon Network made a rather callous and ignorant response to the issue of their banning of Speedy Gonzales, quoted here on Fox News.
As a result, a petition has been started to reinstate Speedy.
Cartoon Network, which holds the exclusive rights to broadcast any and all Looney Tunes cartoons, has decided to cease broadcasting any and all Speedy Gonzales cartoons.