Remember when there was a cartoon about a cotillion of southern belle pigs who teamed up with a gang of hot-roddin’ male pigs in time travel adventures using magic gloves and apparently they fought a crocodile swamp witch?
I suspect not!
Anyway, that was Pretty Piggies, which has neither a Wikipedia nor an IMDB page. Between it, Piggsburg Pigs, and half of the Barnyard Commandos, evidently people in the early ’90s really thought pigs were going to be a trend. (They weren’t.)
Fake comic book covers from the Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures episode “See You in the Funny Papers”; the only way they could be more Bruce Timm-y is if they had Batman on ‘em. Meanwhile, the invading alien on the third cover is yet another caricature of Ralph Bakshi.
Bat-Bat’s rogues’ gallery, from the Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures episode “Night of the Bat-Bat”. The named villains include Ten-Face (made up of caricatures of the show’s crew, including Jim Reardon, Bruce Timm, and Tom Minton), No-Face, Ralph Man (a miscolored caricature of Ralph Bakshi), and the episode’s actual villain, the Cow.
The gun-toting baby and cat-woman weren’t called out, but given the naming conventions on display, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were, like, Baby-Face and Cat-Cat… and considering the cat-woman and her plunging neckline were a blink-or-you’ll-miss-it panning camera gag, I also wouldn’t be surprised if Bruce Timm worked on this episode. Uh, just call it a hunch…
Hey, remember Invasion America? Supposedly ground-breaking entry into dramatic television animation for older North American viewers? … aired at night on the WB? … produced by Steven Spielberg…?
Yeah. That was about the reaction it got when it aired.
Anyway, the show got a couple of tie-in novels, and here’s the front and back covers to one of them. According to author Christie Golden’s Wikipedia entry, she has written many Star Trek and World of Warcraft novels, and also a series of stories about a vampire elf.
The January 1985 issue of Comics Feature ran an article on Marvel Productions, a company that produced cartoons such as Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, Transformers, and Muppet Babies during the 1980s, and this piece of pre-production Dungeons & Dragons artwork was included as part of the story. Unfortunately, it seems the original photograph of the art was out of focus, so this was the best scan I could make of it at the time.
This is by far my favorite NFB short and maybe my second favorite cartoon ever (after Disney’s The Band Concert, which does SO much for me).
I just found out that the filmmaker who made it, Frédéric Back, passed away last year. Very sad.
I used to watch this over and over. So amazing! During CSSSA one summer, we took a field trip to an exhibition of his art and animation. They had frosted cels from his films, each one was like a detailed painting. Everyone should be familiar with Frédéric Back’s films. Such an astounding body of work, with so much heart.