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Comic Riffs: January 3, 2010 - January 9, 2010

Remembering 'GUMBY' creator Art Clokey

Before there were Wallace and Gromit, before "SNL's" Mr. Bill (or Eddie Murphy, for that matter), even before an entire island of misfit Christmas toys, there was Gumby, the green-slabbed godfather of Claymation. And, of course, Pokey. "Pokey" fittingly...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 9, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags: Art Clokey, Gumby and Pokey  
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Awards season: The Best Animated Shorts of 2009

As Comic Riffs prepares to attend D.C.'s first-ever Gigacon media arts & animation convention today, we'll continue the animation theme this week... While 2009 drew attention for being a banner year in feature-film animation, it was a fairly strong...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 7, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Animation  
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Awards season: Handicapping the Best Animated Films of 2009

The Producers Guild of America, that somewhat vague trade-org cluster of TV, film and new-media producers in Hollywood, on Tuesday did what it -- as a cast of thousands -- perhaps does best: Act as a trusty bellwether for...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 6, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  The Animation , The Holly Word  | Tags: Bob Peterson, John Musker, Neil Gaiman, Ron Clements, Tim Burton, Wes Anderson  
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The Post's new Sunday funnies lineup: What hath change wrought?

The official 'Riffs question of the day, my fellow Sunday funnies fans: "Why-oh-why was the beautifully and substantively artistic 'Mutts' comic moved inside today and squeezed within an inch of its life?" Braving such treacherous elements as slick ice,...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 5, 2010; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  The Comic Strip , The Morning Line  | Tags: Baby Blues, Doonesbury, Mutts, Sherman's Lagoon  
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