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  • Blog Post: The Ub Iwerks Story

    He was born in the midwest in 1901. While in Kansas City, he animated a series of cartoons called Laugh-O-Grams. Later in California, he was responsible for the creation of Mickey Mouse. Over the decades, he was recognized as a genius and innovator and was honored with Academy Awards. Even after his...
  • Blog Post: Great Grandmother of Jim Korkis' "Animation Anecdotes"

    WHICH WAY TO NEVERLAND Walt Disney was always interested in acquiring James Barrie's PETER PAN as a property for his studio. In 1937, the year of Barrie's death and before SNOW WHITE was released, a Disney memo was sent to Disney's London representative to obtain the rights to PETER PAN immediately....
  • Blog Post: Carl Fallberg and the Lost Disney Book

    Over the years, one of the greatest frustrations I have had as a Disney fan and animation fan is trying to track down Disney and animation books that were announced and often listed as being published and yet further research eventually revealed that they never existed. In my files is an excerpt from...
  • Blog Post: The Man Behind the Mouse

    For many years, the public never knew the name of anyone else who worked at the Disney Studio. The first large official book written about the magic of the Disney Studio, THE ART OF WALT DISNEY by Robert Field (Macmillian 1942) spends a couple hundred pages describing the animation process at Disney...
  • Blog Post: Second Cousin of Jim Korkis' "Animation Anecdotes"

    EVERYONE'S A CRITIC In a biography of actress Marlene Dietrich written by her daughter Maria Riva, Maria recalls her mother's reaction to the premiere of Disney's SNOW WHITE. (In fact on the SNOW WHITE DVD, you can see footage of the premiere where Dietrich attended with Douglas Fairbanks Jr.): "Now...
  • Blog Post: Sherlock Holmes Lives!

    As early as 1962, actor Basil Rathbone, who had experienced fame as Sherlock Holmes on the screen and on radio from 1939 to 1946 and had supplied voice over narration work for the WIND IN THE WILLOWS segment of Disney's THE ADVENTURES OF ICHABOD AND MR. TOAD in 1949, concluded in his autobiography IN...
  • Blog Post: The True Story behind "The Hound of the Baskervilles"

    "Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!" exclaims Dr. Mortimer at the end of the first installment of THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES that appeared in the STRAND magazine on August 1901. Readers who had waited impatiently for eight years for a new Sherlock Holmes adventure were not disappointed...
  • Blog Post: Booping with Betty -- Part III

    Countless groups tried to find a way to revive Betty Boop for modern audiences. In 1985, she starred in a prime time television special entitled THE ROMANCE OF BETTY BOOP. This half hour special was done by the team of Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez, the team responsible for the highly successful PEANUTS...
  • Blog Post: Booping with Betty -- Part II

    Betty Boop did not get her own cartoon series until August 1932 with STOPPING THE SHOW. Betty performs on stage and does her impersonations of then popular personalities Fanny Brice, Maurice Chevalier and Jimmy Durante. One of the highpoints of her cinematic career happened in 1932 where she performs...
  • Blog Post: Booping with Betty -- Part I

    Director Richard Fleischer, son of legendary animator Max Fleischer, is getting a lot of media attention and interviews with the release on DVD of the classic Disney film he directed 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. Fleischer has used this opportunity to promote another project that is near and dear to...
  • Blog Post: The Early Multimedia World of Oz

    "Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas any more," stated little Dorothy Gale of Kansas and, for almost a century, millions of people have joined her in her adventure to a magical fantasy land called Oz. The success of THE WIZARD OF OZ by Lyman Frank Baum in 1900 led to thirteen additional Oz books by the...
  • Blog Post: The Story Behind the Toonville Murders: Part Two

    This installment we conclude the story of the comic book that never was that would have featured animation historians Jim Korkis and John Cawley rescuing classic black and white cartoon characters from the evils of computer animation. Even though this was written over ten years ago, it is frightening...
  • Blog Post: The Story Behind the Toonville Murders: Part One

    I was once described as a living cartoon partly because of my enthusiasm and partly because of a very expressive face highlighted by two heavy black eyebrows that are constantly in motion as if they were two caterpillars in heat. However, I have appeared as a literal cartoon character. My friend Mark...
  • Blog Post: Son of Jim Korkis' "Animation Anecdotes"

    QUANTUM ANIMATION One of the things I miss about living in Los Angeles is that there are so many wonderful conventions every week devoted to comic books, movie memoribilia, toys, horror films, etc. including several devoted to very specific interests. In 1993, I got to attend the Quantum Leap Convention...
  • Blog Post: APATOONS: The birth of Animation Fandom

    Once upon a time, there was no animation fandom. To include an animation column in a major comic fanzine would have brought an outcry of protest from the readers. Serious fans would have transferred their loyalties to other fanzines because cartoons were just for kids, the same prejudice that haunted...
  • Blog Post: The Bride of Jim Korkis' "Animation Anecdotes"

    For those readers who enjoyed last week's revival of my "Animation Anecdotes" column, here's another column loaded with oddball animation related stories. I will try to include a couple of these columns in between some of the other articles that I write for JimHillMedia.com. Feel free to submit your...
  • Blog Post: Finding John Lasseter

    John Lasseter really is as nice a guy as you see him on that 60 MINUTES II report about Pixar. He is also as enthusiastic, sincere and creative. I know because I have met him and talked with him. Unfortunately, John Lasseter doesn't remember me. John visited WDW property a few months ago to take a ride...
  • Blog Post: The Return of Jim Korkis' "Animation Anecdotes"

    As readers might have suspected, I love stories and storytelling and sometimes in a news article or interview there may be that one quote or remark or short story that relates to animation. I started gathering a collection of some of those stories and put them together under a variety of titles for a...
  • Blog Post: Lost Cartoons: The Animated "John Carter of Mars"

    One of the advantages of growing up in the Los Angeles area was the opportunity to meet so many amazing people who had been involved in creating some of the animated classics that still entertain and enchant me today. One of the people I got a chance to meet and interview several times was Bob Clampett...
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