Watch Bugs Bunny's first official cartoon from 75 years ago

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Bugs Bunny turns 75 this year. His first "official" cartoon, seen here, is titled "A Wild Hare." Watch as Bugs is pursued by Elmer Fudd for the very first time. Read the rest

850 photos: Making of Yogi Bear and The Flintstones in 1960

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LIFE photographer Allan Grant took 850 photos documenting Hanna-Barbera studios in 1960. Read the rest

Animation about Black Sabbath guitarist losing his fingers

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"Fingers Bloody Fingers," with Sabbath's Anthony Frank “Tony” Iommi, from The Complete History of Heavy Metal. Read the rest

Sony Pictures Animation plans animated “emoji movie,” starring emoji characters

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My emoji choice for this entertainment news would have to be “poop” or “frown.”

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This little cartoon captures all of Pluto's lonely feels, as New Horizons probe flys by

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Aww. Poor little Pluto.

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Watch this trippy animated interview with Reggie Watts

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From our friends at California Sunday, this beautiful animated interview with comedian/musician Reggie Watts. Animation by Drew Tyndell.

"California Inspires Me" (California Sunday)

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Watch: Bartkira (Akira meets The Simpsons)

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"The future is not a straight line. It is filled with many crossroads." Read the rest

Celebrate July 4th with a PES animated classic!

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"Fireworks," a classic from 2009 by PES. Happy Independence Day! Read the rest

Pixar's chief creative officer Jon Lasseter on the evolution of storytelling

"At that time when we rendered things, everything kind of looked plastic-y," Lasseter says. "Everything looks like plastic, so what if the characters were made of plastic? What if they were... toys?'" Read the rest

Animated interview with Ayn Rand

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"I have no faith at all. I only hold convictions." Audio from interview conducted by Mike Wallace in 1959. (Blank on Blank)

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Watch: Five Stages of Watching a Pixar Movie

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"Who knew feelings had feelings too." Read the rest

Historic photographs transformed into surreal animated GIFs by Nicolas Monterrat

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The past, set into motion.

Powerpuff Girls return, but original voice cast is peeved they were left behind

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They Powerpuff Girls are coming back to Cartoon Network in 2016. As you can see above, they look about the same as before. The outlines are thinner, but they still have mouths that can be mistaken for noses (my daughter wasn't pleased to have that pointed out to her, because it's hard to unsee.)

One big change will be the voices of the Powerpuff Girls. The original voices for Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup were provided by Catherine Cavadini, Tara Strong, and Elizabeth Daily. They went on Twitter yesterday to express their disappointment at not even being told about the reboot until the press release was issued. From Tara Strong, the voice of Bubbles:

Show creator Craig McCracken sympathized with the actors:

On the other hand, the new voices of Powerpuff Girls are super excited!

I have to admit, I like the sound of the new actors' voices already! Read the rest

Watch: Fly over the dwarf planet Ceres in this new NASA video

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Here's a newly-released video animation of dwarf planet Ceres, based on images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, that provides “dramatic flyover views of this heavily cratered, mysterious world.” Read the rest

Alex Toth - the cranky genius cartoonist who designed Johnny Quest and Space Ghost

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The three Genius Illustrated books dedicated to the life and works of Alex Toth make up what’s likely the most lavish and complete portrait ever of an American comic book artist or animator: Toth was both. In the worlds of both comics and cartoons, Toth was viewed as an artist’s artist. His figure work, use of light and shade, and especially his sense of character and page design were universally admired by his peers.

He was also a real pill.For every story about Toth’s genius, there are those about his cranky moods and prima donna behavior. He regularly walked out on jobs or was fired because his vision conflicted with that of editors and other supervisors, who Toth nearly always viewed as his inferiors. If he didn’t like a comic book script, Toth would simply change or re-write it as he saw fit. As a result, his work for publishers such as DC and Marvel Comics was sporadic and limited. He hated superheroes, anyway. He had a memorable run at the Standard Comics, producing romance comics and tales of adventure and suspense.

Toth loved the movies, especially old, swashbuckling ones starring the likes of Errol Flynn. His Zorro comic for Dell is a classic with its use of shape and shadow, the main character swooping through the night with his cape swirling and sword gleaming. He could also draw airplanes and aerial battles like nobody’s business. But Toth found his most steady and productive work in Hollywood, principally for Hanna-Barbera, where he storyboarded cartoons for TV and designed characters. Read the rest

Taylor Swift video rotoscoped into complete insanity by 49 animation students

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Each were given 52 frames of Shake it Off, and the result is "2767 frames of lovingly hand-drawn rotoscoped footage." Come for the tentacles, stay for the surrealist dragon kin.

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Shredder is lonely

Behind the mask, why does no-one ask, how Shredder feels? [via Laughing Squid]

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