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Prehistoric Daffy
"Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur" —early Daffy Duck. Early Chuck Jones, too. About the time this one was released, other directors like Bob Clampett and Tex Avery were bending time and space, trying to figure out just how fast and outrageous you could make a cartoon. Meanwhile, Jones was over ...



IT’S A BIRD, IT’S A PLANE, IT’S…
SUPERMAN!Perhaps the greatest innovation of the Fleischer Studio: a cartoon that tells a dramatic story. A science fiction story. Whereas cartoons were previously the domain of funny animals, fairy tales and parodies, the SUPERMAN cartoons pioneered a new genre for animated films. The series was unequaled for decades, and has ...



One Tough Gazookus Which Hates All Palookas…
For successful transfer from funny papers to movie screen, Popeye certainly takes the cake... or spinach quiche if you prefer. In 1929 Elzie Segar introduced the squinty sailor in his pre-existing comic strip "Thimble Theatre." and Bam! — an instant hit. Just four years later the ...



As Featured in the Funnies
Hot Damn! We're continuing the world's first daily classic cartoon podcast! For the next few days ReFrederator will be throwing the spotlight on films based on popular comic strips. We kick things off with a real curio from 1936, "Happy Days," a one shot pilot for a proposed series based ...



Puppets in Hell
We say goodbye to Just Plain Weird Week with something called "The Devil's Ball", which is actually a fragment from a much longer French film called "The Mascot" created by the great Russian animator Ladislas Starevish. Don't look for any plot — most of that has been edited away in ...



Of Frogs and Faces
Today we witness the tragic spectacle of Flip the Frog denying his noble amphibian heritage. By time he made "Funny Face," one of his last films, the once proud puddle jumper had all frog references in his movie credits removed — now he was just plain Flip ("Flip" — how ...



The Revenge of Frosty
Just Plain Weird Week trundles on at ReFrederator with "The Snowman," a 1932 classic from Ted Eshbaugh. This is the cheerful story of a jolly little boy and his jolly pet seal who live above the jolly arctic circle, having a jolly old time with all the other jolly animals ...



Heavy Metal
Today's Just Plain Weird Week installment, "It's A Bird," comes direct from our Wotthehell Department. It's the story of a guy looking for a metal eating bird, using a worm dipped in aluminum paint as bait. Sounds plausible.We owe this early 30's bit of whimsy to the imagination of ...



Spiffed Kitty
Okay. What we were thinking, see, was a week of off-the-page oddball cartoons — a collection of films just a little too offbeat to classify as anything else than Just Plain Weird. We're outta the box today with "Felix Woos Whoopee" wherein Felix the Cat ties one on, then stumbles ...



Toasting Popeye
We're wrapping up our Popeye-a-thon here at ReFrederator with a odd little novelty from 1954 —"Popeye's 20th Anniversary." Look's like the old salt is the guest of honor at some sort of tribute banquet. Apparently no one thought to invite any other cartoon characters (except for Olive Oyl and Bluto) ...