Steampunk and Disney fans alike, this one’s for you!
On February 22, The Disney Gallery at Disneyland park will unveil a new exhibit titled "Mechanical Kingdoms ~ Steam-Driven Visions of a Victorian Future." Though certainly not part of the steampunk wave (at least not consciously), Walt Disney Imagineers have been creating their own visions and versions of retro-futuristic technologies since well before that time, incorporating them…Continue
Animation has exploded onto the sivler screen like never before!
It's everywhere, folks, with shorts from every studio you care to name.
There's hardly a movie on the silver screen that doesn't feature an animated short beforehand alongside the newsreel.
The Warner Brothers have entered the animation game with some unforgettable characters of their own!
Taking on Disney's Silly Symphonies head on, the Warners have launched a two-pronged animated offensive with Loonie Tunes and Merrie Melodies. A product of the dream team of Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising, these silly music-driven shorts are sure to get your gut shaking and your feet tapping.
And boy have they taken the animated world by…Continue
Added by Cap'n Tony on January 18, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments
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He was a jovial man, fond of literature and poetry. He was a peaceful man by nature, but became forever associated with war. He was a natural tinkerer who as a child obsessively disassembled and reassembled anything mechanical. Born Nov 10, 1919 to a middle-wealth "Kulak" agricultural family (a group specifically…Continue
Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks are back, and this time with sound!
Yes, folks, the new "talkie" revolution which began with last year's The Jazz Singer has spread to the world of animation.
And this time it takes the form of a cute and …Continue
Added by Cap'n Tony on January 11, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments
As an anthropologist, folklore researcher, and writer she introduced the world to much of the folklore and beliefs of African America, including the Caribbean. It is she whom you can thank for Vodou and Zombies entering the public lexicon…Continue
I just wanted to share with you our new website for the dieselpunk/ retro sci-fi cliffhanger action comedy webserial "Constitutionens Voktere"/"Guardians of the Constitution", a series of short films that have been featured here before.Continue
The other day I got my Nessie microphone from Blue. The Nessie is an entry level $99 USB cardioid (unidirectional) mic with a built in shock mount, pop filter, serpentine neck, and non latency headphone jack. What all of that means is that it is probably the best entry level USB microphone you can get for the price. It's aimed at podcasters, folks who do presentation voice overs, and people who want their Skype chats to sound really…Continue
Animation is taking an adult turn here at the Cabaret as new cartoon sensation Betty Boop heats up the screen!
Max Fleisher has done it again, folks! The man who brought you Koko the Clown is tackling the Flapper phenomenon head-on with a jazz…Continue
Happy New Year, Dieselpunkers, and here's a little New Year's present from the world's oldest and creakiest New Year's Baby— me.
Yes, it's the January 2014 Pilsner's Picks, and it's getting harder and harder nowadays to find those steel needles for the old Orthophonic Victrola. In any case, here's a little hot music to warm up the house on these cold winter days.…
Excerpt from Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI by Bryan Burrough
The year was over, the new federal "War on Crime" almost six months old.
In retrospect, as eventful as it was, 1933 served only as a prelude, a kind of extended training session, for the FBI and the nation. Despite the efforts of Attorney General Homer Cummings to make crime a national issue, to this point it remained a regional phenomenon; while…Continue
Added by Tome Wilson on December 31, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Move over, Felix, because here comes the latest crazy cartoon critter, just in time to bring a little Luck to your New Year!
The product of Walter Disney and Ub Iwerks working for Universal, this lovable little scamp with his big smile, black ears, and two-button pants is sure to become an icon of animation that will make Disney and Iwerks household…Continue
Richard Williams' A Christmas Carol
Animated by hand in a dark Victorian style, this Dickens Christmas classic has almost fallen into obscurity due to age. It was directed by Richard Williams (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), produced by Chuck Jones (Warner Bros, Looney Tunes, The Grinch, etc.), and primarily drawn by Ken Harris. It tells the familiar tale of Scrooge, but lights it in the gaslamp style of Victorian ghost stories (which it is). In…Continue
It's a high tech Christmas this year at the Cabaret, my friends, as we experience the great techological advances that are driving the world via the medium of Animation!
Yes, folks, for tonight's Yuletide we will light up the projector rather than the Yule Log and watch some of the latest in cartoon animation, this time aimed at the Christmas…Continue
Added by Cap'n Tony on December 21, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments
Dark Horse has officially declared March 22nd, 2014 to be Hellboy Day! The day marks the 20th anniversary of Mike Mignola’s creation and the release of “Hellboy: Seed of Destruction” #1. I can hardly believe it’s already been 20 years.
Hellboy Day will be celebrated by comic shops across America who will be offering some sweet promotional swag and offering sales on Hellboy and BPRD books. If that wasn’t enough, Dark Horse is also releasing look the “20 Years of Hellboy” hardcover…Continue
Out of the inkwell and into your heart, it's Koko the Clown!
Yes, Max Fleischer, the new master of animation, is stunning the world with new and exciting animation techniques in his Out of the Inkwell series, and capturing its heart through his lovable Koko the Clown.
Thanks to his amazing "rotoscoping" process, which carefully overlays each image being drawn onto a corresponding motion picture still, Fleisher is able to capture the realistic movement…Continue
Added by Cap'n Tony on December 14, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments
Welcome to Two-Fisted Tuesdays, where we throw on our trench coats, don our fedoras, and walk down the mean streets of classic crime fiction.
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was a crime drama that ran for over 12 years during the golden age of radio. The main character, Johnny Dollar, was a smart, tough, wisecracking insurance detective who tossed silver-dollar tips to waiters and bellhops. While always a friend of…Continue
Added by Tome Wilson on December 10, 2013 at 12:22pm — No Comments
It's new music day on Dieselpunks!
Along with a brand new five-hour setlist of dieselpunk music on the jukebox, we also added over 40 new music videos to the site. Stop by our audio speakeasy and fill your ears. We'll pick up the tab.
Where to start...
Added by Tome Wilson on December 9, 2013 at 2:55pm — No Comments
Welcome once again, folks, to the Cap'n's Cartoon Cabaret! Today the Cabaret has gone to the cats...Felix the Cat, to be specific!
Yes, Mr. Sullivan's feisty, precocious kitty is tearing up the silver screen at the moment, and today the Cabaret features a double feature of original works, including "Felix's" first appearance (as "Master Tom") in…Continue
Added by Pilsner Panther on December 1, 2013 at 8:41pm — No Comments