Max Fleischer and his brother Dave Fleischer have really been given short shrift in animation histories. No cartoons of the 1920s and 30s are more imaginative, and they pioneered many technical advances in animation as well- timing to a musical beat, the rotoscope and three dimensional backgrounds. The Fleischers' Bouncing Ball, Betty Boop and Popeye cartoons were hugely popular and reflected the ethnic diversity and toughness of the streets of New York. But the Fleischers turned their back on all that in a vain attempt to imitate Disney. It ended up being their downfall. Read more about the Fleischer Popeye cartoons after the jump...
Today, when we think of popular cartoon characters of the mid-1930s, we automatically think of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. But the Disney cartoons were eclipsed in popularity at their very peak by a one eyed sailor from the comic pages. Created in 1929 by E. C. Segar, the Popeye of the comic strip bore only a passing resemblance to the Popeye of the animated cartoons. The combination of the creativity of Segar and the Fleischers is what made the Popeye cartoons so great.
The Fleischer Popeye series is the most consistent of all golden age cartoon studios when it comes to sheer entertainment. Every one of the Fleischer Popeye cartoons has been released on DVD. If you love animation, you shouldn't be without these disks... Popeye the Sailor 1933-1938 / Popeye the Sailor 1938-1940
The Isle of Man 50p “Ram” coin features the head of a Manx Loaghtan, a breed of sheep native to the Isle of Man that sometimes sport as many as six horns. The smaller symbol with three armored-legs is part of the Isle of Mann’s flag and dates back to the thirteenth century. (Via Fordsmender.)
Recently a team of marine scientists were piloting a submersible when they had a super-rare encounter with a Deepstaria jellyfish. It starts off looking like a ghost and then turns inside out and spreads out into a crazy translucent film. It’s gorgeous and eerie to watch, but make sure you turn the sound up — […]
Studies have shown cannabidiol (more popularly known as CBD) to be effective in two main areas: Pain relief and stress relief. Both of those make the non-psychoactive, cannabis-derived compound a natural for topical creams. There’s no shortage of CBD products out there, but here’s eight of our favorites, all specifically designed for dermatological use – […]
If you’re part of the maker community, you know Make:. Though Make: magazine is off the shelves as of this year, the eBooks and resources put out by Maker Media are still a fantastic resource for the new generation of tinkerers, hackers, and robotics geeks. If you’re in that tribe, listen up: they’ve released a […]
Life isn’t getting any less hectic, and pressure cookers are a quick, healthy solution for a growing number of kitchens. But if you thought your Instant Pot was versatile, there’s a major upgrade on the market: The Yedi 9-in-1 Total Package Instant Programmable Pressure Cooker. If you’ve somehow never used a pressure cooker before, try […]