Uglydoll is a brand based upon a series of plush toys, which began as an idea from a long-distance letter between the creators David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim. The Uglydoll line was launched in February 2001 and awarded the Specialty Toy of the Year award by the Toy Industry Association in 2006; the popularity of the toys has led to numerous appearances in pop culture. Over the years, many different named. Uglydoll started with a letter Horvath wrote to Kim just after she had to move away due to a student visa expiring, long before they were married; that letter had a cartoon of his character "Wage" at the bottom with the words, "Working hard to make our dreams come true so we can be together again soon" next to it. That dream was to tell stories through toys; as a surprise gift, Kim sent it to Horvath in the mail. Horvath showed Wage to his pal Eric Nakamura, owner of the Giant Robot magazine and store, who thought Horvath was pitching him a product and ordered a few more for his shop. Horvath wrote to Kim asking her to sew more, while sending emails with stories about Wage and Ice-Bat's first adventure, soon to become Chilly Chilly Ice-Bat.
In the "uglyverse", ugly means special, something to be celebrated. Over the years, numerous collaborative art shows and UglyCon have been held at Giant Robot, Los Angeles; the Uglydolls were created in December 2001 and included Babo, Ice Bat, Jeero, OX, Tray, Wage and many more. In May 2011, it was announced that Illumination Entertainment had acquired the rights to Uglydolls to make an animated feature film. Chris Meledandri was set to produce, with a screenplay from Larry Stuckey; the original creators, David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim, were set to executive produce. Four years in 2015, Variety magazine reported that an animated film based on Uglydolls would be the first family and animation project produced by STXfilms. On March 28, 2017, Robert Rodriguez signed on to direct and produce the film, under his Troublemaker Studios banner, with a release date set for May 10, 2019; the film will be produced by OddLot Entertainment, with animation being provided by Reel FX Creative Studios. The film will feature the voices of Pitbull as Ugly Dog, Kelly Clarkson as Moxy.
Pitbull and Clarkson will both perform original songs for the film, with the film being directed by Kelly Asbury. In August 2018, it was announced that Nick Jonas had joined the film as Lou, a perfect doll who trains recruits to be perfect, he will perform an original song. Wanda Sykes, Gabriel Iglesias and Blake Shelton are in the cast, with Sykes as Wage, a chef, Iglesias as Babo, a big and friendly doll, Shelton as Ox, the unofficial mayor of Uglyville. Janelle Monáe and Emma Roberts are in the cast. Wang Leehom plays a wise bat-like doll with insecurities. In May 2018, Hulu signed a deal with STX Entertainment to produce an Uglydolls animated series. Hulu will gain SVOD rights to the upcoming animated film; the animated series will consist of 26 episodes. A girl is shown holding a Jeero doll in the 2004 music video for "Cutt Off" by Kasabian, another shot shows the doll abandoned on a curb being stepped on by a passerby. An IceBat is in several scenes in the 2005 film Zathura: A Space Adventure, as is a Wedgehead T-shirt.
The Korean drama TV series Boys Over Flowers has an Uglydoll accessory, worn by the main character, Jan-di. Uglydoll action figures can be seen in the background on bookshelves in the British comedy show The IT Crowd that began in 2006. In the 2007 film Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, the Uglydolls Wage, Ice Bat, Tray are seen in the store, they were animated to dance near the end of the film. An Ice Bat is seen twice in the 2007 Disney animated drama film with live-action Enchanted, sitting with other stuffed toys in the bedroom. A Coldy-Holdy Ice Bat is seen in FAO Schwarz in the 2011 film The Smurfs. A Wippy Uglydoll was seen in the January 2013, Get Fuzzy comic strip. Beanie Babies Official links Official websiteFan links JCWage's Collection Pics Barry O'Neil's Adventures In Uglyworld Blog
Once Upon a Forest
Once Upon a Forest is a 1993 British-American animated children's film based on the Furlings characters created by Rae Lambert. A Hanna-Barbera/HTV Cymru/Wales production released by 20th Century Fox, the film was directed by Charles Grosvenor and produced by David Kirschner; the film is about three "Furlings" – the story's term for animal children – who go on an expedition to cure a friend, poisoned by chemical fumes. The film's environmental theme divided critics at the time of its release, along with the animation and story; the film was a box office bomb. It was filmed in 1992. In the forest of Dapplewood, four "Furlings" – Abigail, a woodmouse. One day, the Furlings go on a trip through the forest with Cornelius, where they see a road for the first time. Russell is run over by Range Rover and the driver throws away a glass bottle that shatters in the middle of the road. Afterward, they go back to the forest to find that it has been destroyed by poison gas from an overturned tanker truck that blew a tire from the broken glass bottle.
Michelle panics and runs to her home to find her parents, breathing in the gas and becoming ill. Abigail saves a comatose Michelle, but can do nothing for Michelle's parents; the Furlings go to Cornelius' house nearby for shelter after they find their homes deserted, believing everyone else to have succumbed to the gas. Cornelius tells the Furlings of his past encounter with humans that claimed the lives of his parents, hence why he is fearful of all human beings, he says he needs two herbs to save Michelle's life: eyebright. With limited time, the Furlings head off for their journey the next day. After facing numerous dangers, including a hungry barn owl, receiving aid from a flock of religious wrens led by preacher Phineas, encountering intimidating construction equipment that the wrens call "yellow dragons", the Furlings make it to the meadow with the herbs they need. There, they meet the bully squirrel Waggs, Willy, a tough but sensible mouse who grows a liking for Abigail. After getting the eyebright, they discover that the lungwort is on a giant cliff making it inaccessible by foot.
Russell suggests they use the Flapper-Wing-a-Ma-Thing, to get to the lungwort. The Furlings manage to get the lungwort after a dangerous flight up the cliff steer their airship back for Dapplewood, they crash-land back in the forest after a storm, bring the herbs to Michelle and Cornelius. A group of humans appear and the animals, thinking the humans mean them harm, escape through the backdoor of Cornelius' house. Edgar gets caught in an old trap; when one of the workers finds him, the animals are surprised when he frees Edgar and destroys the trap, revealing that the men are cleaning up the gas. The group Cornelius, realize that there are good humans in the world. Michelle is given the herbs; the next day, she appears unresponsive. Cornelius becomes amazed by how the Furlings have grown up; the Furlings' families and many of the other inhabitants arrive as well, except for Michelle's parents. The Furlings reunite with their families, who are relieved to see that their children are alright. Michelle asks Cornelius if anything will be the same again.
Cornelius looks at the dead trees in the forest and says to her that if everyone works as hard to save Dapplewood as the Furlings did to save Michelle, it will be. Michael Crawford as Cornelius, a badger, Michelle's uncle and the teacher of the furlings Ellen Blain as Abigail, a young wood mouse and leader of the furlings Benji Gregory as Edgar, a young mole and planner of the furlings Paige Gosney as Russell, a young hedgehog and doer of the furlings Elisabeth Moss as Michelle, a young badger who becomes sick after inhaling poisonous gas, Cornelius' maternal niece Ben Vereen as Phineas, a religious bird Will Estes as Willy, a young field mouse who becomes smitten by Abigail Charlie Adler as Waggs, a squirrel who bullies the furlings Rickey D'Shon Collins as Bosworth, a young bird, saved from a puddle of oil by the furlings Don Reed as Marshbird Robert David Hall as Truck Driver, the man whose truck crashed and released the gas on Dapplewood Paul Eiding as Abigail's father, an adult wood mouse Janet Waldo as Edgar's mother, an adult mole Susan Silo as Russell's mother, an adult hedgehog Angel Harper as Bosworth's mother, an adult bird Benjamin Kimball Smith as Russell's brother, a young hedgehog Haven Hartman as Russell's sister, a young hedgehog Frank Welker as the Barn Owl Florence Warner as Abigail as an Adult / The Balladeer Once Upon a Forest was conceived as early as 1989, when the head of graphic design at HTV, Rae Lambert, devised an environmental tale entitled A Furling's Story as a pitch to the American cartoon studio Hanna-Barbera, along with partner Mike Young.
Thanks to screenwriters Mark Young and Kelly Ward, the project started as a made-for-TV movie with The Endangered as its new name. With 20th Century Fox on board, it was re-designed as a theatrical feature, with a US$13 million cost attached; the producer was former chairman and CEO of Hanna-Barbera. At the suggestion of Liz Kirschner, the wife of the film's producer, The Phantom of the Opera's Broadway star Michael Crawford was chosen to play Cornelius. Members of South Central Los Angeles' First Baptist Church were chosen to voice the chorus accompanying the
Americans are nationals and citizens of the United States of America. Although nationals and citizens make up the majority of Americans, some dual citizens and permanent residents may claim American nationality; the United States is home to people of many different ethnic origins. As a result, American culture and law does not equate nationality with race or ethnicity, but with citizenship and permanent allegiance. English-speakers, speakers of many other languages use the term "American" to mean people of the United States; the word "American" can refer to people from the Americas in general. The majority of Americans or their ancestors immigrated to America or are descended from people who were brought as slaves within the past five centuries, with the exception of the Native American population and people from Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Philippine Islands, who became American through expansion of the country in the 19th century, additionally America expanded into American Samoa, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Northern Mariana Islands in the 20th century.
Despite its multi-ethnic composition, the culture of the United States held in common by most Americans can be referred to as mainstream American culture, a Western culture derived from the traditions of Northern and Western European colonists and immigrants. It includes influences of African-American culture. Westward expansion integrated the Creoles and Cajuns of Louisiana and the Hispanos of the Southwest and brought close contact with the culture of Mexico. Large-scale immigration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries from Southern and Eastern Europe introduced a variety of elements. Immigration from Asia and Latin America has had impact. A cultural melting pot, or pluralistic salad bowl, describes the way in which generations of Americans have celebrated and exchanged distinctive cultural characteristics. In addition to the United States and people of American descent can be found internationally; as many as seven million Americans are estimated to be living abroad, make up the American diaspora.
The United States of America is a diverse country and ethnically. Six races are recognized by the U. S. Census Bureau for statistical purposes: White, American Indian and Alaska Native, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, people of two or more races. "Some other race" is an option in the census and other surveys. The United States Census Bureau classifies Americans as "Hispanic or Latino" and "Not Hispanic or Latino", which identifies Hispanic and Latino Americans as a racially diverse ethnicity that comprises the largest minority group in the nation. People of European descent, or White Americans, constitute the majority of the 308 million people living in the United States, with 72.4% of the population in the 2010 United States Census. They are considered people who trace their ancestry to the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa. Of those reporting to be White American, 7,487,133 reported to be Multiracial. Additionally, there are Latinos.
Non-Hispanic Whites are the majority in 46 states. There are four minority-majority states: California, New Mexico, Hawaii. In addition, the District of Columbia has a non-white majority; the state with the highest percentage of non-Hispanic White Americans is Maine. The largest continental ancestral group of Americans are that of Europeans who have origins in any of the original peoples of Europe; this includes people via African, North American, Central American or South American and Oceanian nations that have a large European descended population. The Spanish were some of the first Europeans to establish a continuous presence in what is now the United States in 1565. Martín de Argüelles born 1566, San Agustín, La Florida a part of New Spain, was the first person of European descent born in what is now the United States. Twenty-one years Virginia Dare born 1587 Roanoke Island in present-day North Carolina, was the first child born in the original Thirteen Colonies to English parents. In the 2017 American Community Survey, German Americans, Irish Americans, English Americans and Italian Americans were the four largest self-reported European ancestry groups in the United States forming 35.1% of the total population.
However, the English Americans and British Americans demography is considered a serious under-count as they tend to self-report and identify as "Americans" due to the length of time they have inhabited America. This is over-represented in the Upland South, a region, settled by the British. Overall, as the largest group, European Americans have the lowest poverty rate and the second highest educational attainment levels, median household income, median personal income of any racial demographic in the nation. According to the American Jewish Archives and the Arab American National Museum, some of the first Middle Easterners and North Africans arrived in the Americas between the late 15th and mid-16th centuries. Many were fleeing ethnic or ethnoreligious persecution during the Spanish Inquisition, a few were taken to the Americas as slaves. In 2014, The United States Census Bureau began finalizing the ethnic classification of MENA populations. According to the Arab American Institute, Arab
Astro Boy (film)
Astro Boy is a 2009 Hong Kong–American computer-animated superhero film loosely based on the manga series of the same name by the Japanese writer and illustrator Osamu Tezuka. It was produced by Imagi Animation Studios, directed by David Bowers, who co-wrote the screenplay with Timothy Harris. Freddie Highmore provides the voice of Astro Boy in the film alongside the voices of Nicolas Cage, Bill Nighy, Eugene Levy, Nathan Lane, Kristen Bell, Matt Lucas, Charlize Theron, Donald Sutherland; the film was released by Summit Entertainment. This was the last film produced by Imagi Animation Studios before the company shut down on February 5, 2010; the film was first released in Hong Kong on October 8, 2009 and in the United States on October 23, 2009. It received mixed reviews from film critics and was a box office bomb, earning $42 million worldwide on a $65 million budget. Tobio Tenma is a gifted 13-year-old boy who lives in Metro City, a futuristic city-state that floats above the polluted surface of earth.
Tobi’s father, Dr. Tenma, is a famous roboticist and head of the Ministry of Science, but has a distant relationship with Toby. Dr. Tenma meets the city's obstructive leader President Stone to demonstrate a new defensive robot called the Peacekeeper. To power it, Tenma's friend Dr. Elefun unveils the Blue and Red Cores, two energy spheres which emit opposing positive and negative energy. Against the scientists' warnings, desperate to win a re-election, loads the Red Core into the Peacekeeper, causing it to go berserk and Tobi, who snuck into the room, is accidentally disintegrated by the Peacekeeper before it can be shut down. A distraught-driven Tenma secretly constructs a robotic replica of Tobi, complete with all of Tobi's memories, but with built-in defenses to protect him. Powered by the Blue Core, the replica is activated and believes himself to be Tobi, but although he has Tobi's mind and a similar personality, it makes him become an unfortunate reminder to Tenma about Tobi's death; the replica discovers his robotic capabilities including the ability to understand non-talking robots and rocket-powered flight, but he flies away upon learning from Tenma about his origins and being rejected by him, much to Elefun's sadness.
Stone has his forces pursue the replica, but the battle leads to him falling off the city edge onto the surface when Stone's flagship blasts him with missiles. Tenma escapes arrest by agreeing to give up the core; the replica awakens in an enormous junkyard, created from the redundant robots dumped by Metro City. He meets a group of children, illiterate but smart Zane, twins Sludge and Widget, the oldest Cora who has a grudge against Metro City, that are accompanied by a dog-like waste disposal robot named Trashcan; the replica meets the members of the Robot Revolutionary Front, Sparx the brains, Robotsky the muscle, Mike the Fridge, who wish to free robots from mankind's control, but they are inept and bound by the Laws of Robotics. However, they give the replica a new name, calling him "Astro". Astro finds people still live on the surface, he is taken in by robot repairman Hamegg, who runs a robot fighting ring. The next day, Astro comes across an old, offline construction robot, whom he revives by sharing some of the Blue Core's energy.
Hamegg accidentally scans Astro, finding out he is a robot, paralyzes him with his electrical blaster the next day to use him in the fighting ring. Astro reluctantly defeats Hamegg's fighters, he refuses to fight Zog, finds that Zog refuses to fight him. When Hamegg cruelly assaults them both, who predates the Laws of Robotics, fights back. However, Astro protects Hamegg. Stone's forces arrive to take Astro back to Metro City, he willingly goes with them. Reuniting with Tenma and Elefun, Astro agrees to be deactivated, apologizing to his father for not being a satisfying way to replace Tobi. Realizing that though Astro isn't Tobi, he's still his son, Dr. Tenma reactivates him and lets him escape. Furious, Stone reloads the Red Core into the Peacekeeper to send it after Astro, only for it to absorb him and take on his personality; the Peacekeeper absorbs weapons and buildings, causing it to become as big as skyscrapers and terrorizes Metro City, prompting Astro to battle it. During the fight, as Astro's surface friends try to help him, Metro City's power station is destroyed, causing it to fall to the ground.
Astro uses his superhuman strength to help it land safely. The Peacekeeper tries absorbing Astro to obtain his core, but the connection of their cores causes them both pain before separating them. Dr. Tenma finds Astro and informs him if the two cores unite, they will be destroyed; when the children are captured, Astro selflessly flies into the Red Core, destroying the Peacekeeper. Stone is arrested for his crimes. Elefun and the children find Astro's body intact but lifeless. Zog however, revives Astro by sharing back the Blue Core energy that revived him; as Astro reunites with all his friends and his father, the city is attacked by a monstrous cycloptic extraterrestrial, Astro leaps into action, which brings the film to its end. Freddie Highmore as Astro and Toby Tenma, Astro is a robotic duplicate of Dr. Tenma's son. Nicolas Cage as Dr. Tenma, Toby's father, Astro's creator, head of Metro City's Ministry of Science. Kristen Bell as Cora, a teenage girl who lives on the surface and befriends Astro.
Bill Nighy as Dr. Elefun, Dr. Tenma's friend & associate. Donald Sutherland as President Stone, the ruthless and ambitious President of Metro City, running for re-election. Samuel L. Jackson as ZOG, a 100-year-old co
Sacramento is the capital city of the U. S. state of California and the seat of Sacramento County. Located at the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River in Northern California's Sacramento Valley, Sacramento's estimated 2018 population of 501,334 makes it the sixth-largest city in California and the ninth largest capital in the United States. Sacramento is the seat of the California Assembly, the Governor of California, Supreme Court of California, making it the state's political center and a hub for lobbying and think tanks. Sacramento is the cultural and economic core of the Sacramento metropolitan area, which had 2010 population of 2,414,783, making it the fifth largest in California. Sacramento is the fastest-growing major city in California, owing to its status as a notable financial center on the West Coast and as a major educational hub, home of Sacramento State University and University of California, Davis. Sacramento is a major center for the California healthcare industry, as the seat of Sutter Health, the world-renowned UC Davis Medical Center, the UC Davis School of Medicine, notable tourist destination in California, as the site of The California Museum, the Crocker Art Museum, California Hall of Fame, the California State Capitol Museum, the Old Sacramento State Historic Park.
Sacramento is known for its evolving contemporary culture, dubbed the most "hipster city" in California. In 2002, the Harvard University Civil Rights Project conducted for Time magazine named Sacramento "America's Most Diverse City". Before the arrival of the Spanish, the area was inhabited by the Nisenan people indigenous peoples of California. Spanish cavalryman Gabriel Moraga surveyed and named the Rio del Santísimo Sacramento in 1808, after the Blessed Sacrament, referring to the Eucharist in the Catholic Church. In 1839, Juan Bautista Alvarado, Mexican governor of Alta California granted the responsibility of colonizing the Sacramento Valley to Swiss-born, Mexican citizen John Augustus Sutter, who subsequently established Sutter's Fort and the settlement at the Rancho Nueva Helvetia. Following the American Conquest of California and the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, the waterfront developed by Sutter began to be developed and incorporated in 1850 as the City of Sacramento; as a result of the California Gold Rush, Sacramento became a major commercial center and distribution point for Northern California, serving as the terminus for the Pony Express and the First Transcontinental Railroad.
Nisenan and Plains Miwok Native Americans had lived in the area for thousands of years. Unlike the settlers who would make Sacramento their home, these Native Americans left little evidence of their existence. Traditionally, their diet was dominated by acorns taken from the plentiful oak trees in the region, by fruits, bulbs and roots gathered throughout the year. In 1808, the Spanish explorer Gabriel Moraga discovered and named the Sacramento Valley and the Sacramento River. A Spanish writer with the Moraga expedition wrote: "Canopies of oaks and cottonwoods, many festooned with grapevines, overhung both sides of the blue current. Birds chattered in the trees and big fish darted through the pellucid depths; the air was like champagne, drank deep of it, drank in the beauty around them. "¡Es como el sagrado sacramento!" The valley and the river were christened after the "Most Holy Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ", referring to the Catholic sacrament of the Eucharist. John Sutter Sr. first arrived in the area on August 13, 1839, at the divergence of the American and Sacramento Rivers with a Mexican land grant of 50,000 acres.
The next year, he and his party established Sutter's Fort, a massive adobe structure with walls eighteen feet high and three feet thick. Representing Mexico, Sutter Sr. called his colony New Helvetia, a Swiss inspired name, was the political authority and dispenser of justice in the new settlement. Soon, the colony began to grow as more pioneers headed west. Within just a few short years, Sutter Sr. had become a grand success, owning a ten-acre orchard and a herd of thirteen thousand cattle. Fort Sutter became a regular stop for the increasing number of immigrants coming through the valley. In 1847 Sutter Sr. received 2,000 fruit trees, which started the agriculture industry in the Sacramento Valley. That same year, Sutter Sr. hired James Marshall to build a sawmill so that he could continue to expand his empire, unbeknownst to many, Sutter Sr.'s "empire" had been built on some thin margins of credit. In 1848, when gold was discovered by James W. Marshall at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, a large number of gold-seekers came to the area, increasing the population.
In August 1848 Sutter Sr.'s son, John Sutter Jr. arrived in the area to assist his father in relieving his indebtedness. Now compounding the problem of his father's indebtedness, was the additional strain placed on the Sutters by the ongoing arrival of thousands of new gold miners and prospectors in the area, many quite content to squat on unwatched portions of the vast Sutter lands, or to abscond with various unattended Sutter properties or belongings if they could. In Sutter's case, rather than being a'boon' for Sutter, his employee's discovery of gold in the area turned out to be more of a personal'bane' for him. By December 1848, John Sutter Jr. in association with Sam Brannan, began laying out the City of Sacramento, 2 miles south of his father's settlement of New Helvetia. This venture was undertaken against the wishes of Sutter Sr. however the father, being in debt, was in no position to stop the venture. For
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends is the blanket title for an American animated television series that aired from November 19, 1959, to June 27, 1964, on the ABC and NBC television networks. The current blanket title was imposed for home video releases over 40 years after the series aired and was never used when the show was televised. Produced by Jay Ward Productions, the series is structured as a variety show, with the main feature being the serialized adventures of the two title characters, the anthropomorphic flying squirrel Rocky and moose Bullwinkle; the main adversaries in most of their adventures are the two Russian-like spies Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale, both working for the dictator Fearless Leader. Supporting segments include Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties, Peabody's Improbable History, Fractured Fairy Tales, among others. Rocky and Bullwinkle is known for wry humor. Mixing puns and topical satire, self-referential humor, it appealed to adults as well as children.
It was one of the first cartoons whose animation was outsourced. The art has a choppy, unpolished look and the animation is limited by television animation standards at the time, yet the series has long been held in high esteem by those who have seen it; the show was shuffled around several times, but was influential to other animated series from The Simpsons to Rocko's Modern Life. Segments from the series were recycled in the Hoppity Hooper show. There have been numerous feature film adaptations of the series' various segments, such as the 2000 film The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, which blended live-action and computer animation. Both films were financially unsuccessful. By contrast, an animated feature film adaptation of the "Peabody's Improbable History" segment, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, was released to positive reviews in 2014. A rebooted animated series based on "Peabody's Improbable History", The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show, debuted on Netflix in October 2015. Another reboot animated series based on the main segment, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle premiered on Amazon Video on May 11, 2018.
In 2013, Rocky and His Friends and The Bullwinkle Show were ranked the sixth Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time by TV Guide. The idea for the series came from Jay Ward and Alex Anderson, who collaborated on Crusader Rabbit, based upon the original property The Frostbite Falls Revue; this original show never got beyond the proposal stage. It featured a group of forest animals running a television station; the group included Rocket J. Squirrel, Oski Bear, Canadian Moose, Sylvester Fox, Blackstone Crow, Floral Fauna; the show in this form was created by Alex Anderson. Bullwinkle's name came from the name of a car dealership in Berkeley, called Bullwinkel Motors. Anderson gave it to his moose. Ward wanted to produce the show in Los Angeles; as a result, Ward hired Bill Scott as head writer and co-producer at Jay Ward Productions, he wrote the Rocky and Bullwinkle features. Ward was joined by writers Chris Allan Burns. In a 1982 interview, Scott said, "I got a call from Jay asking if I'd be interested in writing another series, an adventure script with a moose and a squirrel.
I said,'Sure.' I didn't know if I could write an adventure with a moose and a squirrel, but I never turned down a job." The series began with Rocky the Flying Squirrel. Production began in February 1958 with the hiring of voice actors June Foray, Paul Frees, Bill Scott, William Conrad. Eight months General Mills signed a deal to sponsor the cartoon program, under the condition that the show be run in a late-afternoon time slot, when it could be targeted toward children. Subsequently, Ward hired the rest of the production staff, including designers. However, no animators were hired. Ad executives at Dancer, Fitzgerald, & Sample, the advertising agency for General Mills, set up an animation studio in Mexico called Gamma Productions S. A. de C. V. known as Val-Mar Animation. This outsourcing of the animation for the series was considered financially attractive by primary sponsor General Mills, but caused endless production problems. In a 1982 interview by animation historian Jim Korkis, Bill Scott described some of the problems that arose during production of the series: We found out quickly that we could not depend on Mexican studios to produce anything of quality.
They were turning out the work quickly and there were all kinds of mistakes and flaws and boo-boos... They would never check... Mustaches popped on and off Boris, Bullwinkle's antlers would change, colors would change, costumes would disappear... By the time we saw it, it was on the air; the show was broadcast for the first time on November 19, 1959, on the ABC television network under the title Rocky and His Friend
Gift of the Night Fury
Gift of the Night Fury is a 2011 computer-animated short film by DreamWorks Animation and directed by Tom Owens. It was released on November 15, 2011, on DVD and Blu-ray, along with another original animated short film Book of Dragons. Based on How to Train Your Dragon, the short takes place in the middle of preparing for the Viking winter holiday. After all dragons inexplicably fly away, the last one of them unwittingly kidnaps Hiccup; the film stars the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, T. J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Right before Berk's traditional winter holiday of Snoggletog, all the dragons of Berk unexpectedly depart, leaving everyone distraught - except for Toothless, who cannot fly by himself. Out of compassion, Hiccup builds him a new automatic prosthesis allowing him independent flight, thus gifting him his freedom. Three days Meatlug, Fishlegs's dragon whom he had secretly kept chained, inadvertently taking Hiccup with him.
Meatlug flies to an island with hot springs. Meanwhile, on Berk and the other youth discover dragon eggs in Meatlug's nest, which they scatter around Berk in hopes of lifting the villagers' spirits. On the dragons' island, Hiccup meets their newly-hatched babies, he decides to use a nearby wrecked ship to carry the baby dragons who cannot yet fly all the way back to Berk. The Berkians are overjoyed at the new babies. During the ensuing Snoggletog celebration, Toothless returns with Hiccup's lost helmet, which he had dropped into the sea earlier; the next day, Toothless destroys his new tail, begging Hiccup to put the old tailfin on him and fly with him by controlling his fin manually as opposed to on him. Jay Baruchel as Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III Gerard Butler as Stoick the Vast Craig Ferguson as Gobber the Belch America Ferrera as Astrid Hofferson Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Fishlegs Ingerman Jonah Hill as Snotlout Jorgenson T. J. Miller as Tuffnut Thorston Kristen Wiig as Ruffnut Thorston Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury was released on Blu-ray and DVD on November 15, 2011 along with Book of Dragons.
It was released on DVD as part of the DreamWorks Holiday Classics. It was re-released on DVD on October 1, 2013 along with Shrek the Halls, Merry Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda Holiday, The Croods. Official website Gift of the Night Fury on IMDb