Saturday, April 12, 2008

Zits animated short

Fans of Jim Borgman and Jerry Scott's comic strip Zits will get a kick out of this. It's a promo ‘toon featuring the characters from the comic strip that was created by Kelly McNutt, a talented Minneapolis animator, and Michael Jantze, who is the creator of the comic strip Norm.

Check out more shorts over at the new Jantze Studios YouTube site.

Caption Contest Winner

Click here to view the winner and runner-ups for this week's Cartoon Caption Contest.

Miyazaki's Little Nemo

Over on Cartoon Brew, they have a cool post about the tortured history of "Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland". Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata were involved in pre-production, and through the years, numerous people were attached.

But ultimately, Bill Hurtz (George of the Jungle, Unicorn In The Garden) and Masami Hata (Sea Prince and the Fire Child) ultimately directed the final release, admittedly a mixed bag.

If you’re wondering what a Miyazaki version might’ve been like, check this out. Below Carton Brew posted a short test film dating from December 1984. Key Miyazaki animator/director Yoshifumi Kondo (Whisper Of The Heart) directed this test sequence, supposedly filmed in 70mm. Remember to put your tongue back in your mouth when it ends.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Today's cartoons

Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures

Here's a video from the Charlie Rose show, filed a while back, about the documentary Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures. Appearing are Martin Scorcese, Christiane Kubrick (Stanley's widow) and Jan Harlan, his long-time producer.

If you're interested in Kubrick's films, it's worth watching.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Monday, April 07, 2008

Murray Sabrin makes Ron Paul cry

This week's Cartoon Caption Contest

I’ve been caught up watching the HBO mini-series “John Adams,” and I thought a good caption contest could revolve around what George Washington, John Adams or Thomas Jefferson would have to say about the current predicament the Democrats find themselves in.

Come up with a pointed caption for this cartoon and post it in the comments link below. Keep it clean (this is a family website) and keep it brief (brevity is the soul of wit). When you post, include your name and the name of the city where you live. If you wish to remain anonymous from others, simply email your caption idea to me at Your deadline is noon Friday.

We'll post the winner's name and caption here Saturday morning, along with several runner-ups. If you send us your name and address, we'll mail the winning writer a color print of the cartoon with the caption, signed by Rob Tornoe. Please allow at least 4 weeks for delivery.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to email me at

Good luck, and have fun!