History Creator / ColumbiaCartoons

26th Feb '16 5:09:19 PM fulano7
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* BittersweetEnding: "The Little Match Girl" ends with the girl freezing to death in the street, but her soul is carried off to Heaven by an angel.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: The tv airing of "The Little Match Girl" completely removed the entire sequence where the girl's dream falls apart and she freezes to death on-screen, completely ruining the stories tragic emotional impact.

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* BittersweetEnding: "The Little Match Girl" ends with the [[spoiler:the girl freezing to death in the street, but her soul is carried off to Heaven by an angel.angel]].
* {{Bowdlerize}}: The tv airing of "The Little Match Girl" completely removed the entire sequence where the [[spoiler:the girl's dream falls apart and she freezes to death on-screen, on-screen]], completely ruining the stories tragic emotional impact.
7th Feb '16 2:49:37 PM nombretomado
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Of all the classic theatrical animated cartoons, those released by ColumbiaPictures during TheSilentAgeOfAnimation and TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation are perhaps the most overlooked by the general public today. This is unfortunate because some of the most significant endeavors in the medium's history emerged from the collective works of Charles Mintz, Screen Gems and UPA. It is difficult, for example, for one to think of the history of animation without films like "The Little Match Girl", "The Fox and the Grapes", "WesternAnimation/GeraldMcBoingBoing" or "WesternAnimation/RootyTootToot" that, in so many ways, redefined what a cartoon was. The only short they did that's still somewhat famous today is their adaptation of Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's ''The Tell-Tale Heart'', which is often played in English classes.

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Of all the classic theatrical animated cartoons, those released by ColumbiaPictures during TheSilentAgeOfAnimation UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfAnimation and TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation are perhaps the most overlooked by the general public today. This is unfortunate because some of the most significant endeavors in the medium's history emerged from the collective works of Charles Mintz, Screen Gems and UPA. It is difficult, for example, for one to think of the history of animation without films like "The Little Match Girl", "The Fox and the Grapes", "WesternAnimation/GeraldMcBoingBoing" or "WesternAnimation/RootyTootToot" that, in so many ways, redefined what a cartoon was. The only short they did that's still somewhat famous today is their adaptation of Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's ''The Tell-Tale Heart'', which is often played in English classes.
2nd Feb '16 6:19:55 AM themisterfree
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The Screen Gems name would later be reused by Columbia in several fields- it was the name of their TV production firm from 1954 to 1974; their 1965 logo became infamously known as the "S from Hell". Columbia revived the name again in 1999 for genre films and continues in that capacity. The studio itself would later receive several SpiritualSuccessor firms, including Australia based Adelaide Productions (which mainly handled 2D animated series, often based around Columbia and TriStar movies), and Creator/SonyPicturesAnimation, which mainly makes 3D animated movies.

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The Screen Gems name would later be reused by Columbia in several fields- it was the name of their TV production firm from 1954 to 1974; their 1965 logo became infamously known as the "S from Hell". Columbia revived the name again in 1999 for genre films and continues in that capacity. The studio itself would later receive several SpiritualSuccessor firms, including Australia based Adelaide Productions (which mainly handled 2D animated series, often based around Columbia and TriStar Creator/TriStarPictures movies), and Creator/SonyPicturesAnimation, which mainly makes 3D animated movies.
31st Jan '16 5:57:57 PM themisterfree
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The Screen Gems name would later be reused by Columbia in several fields- it was the name of their TV production firm from 1954 to 1974; their 1965 logo became infamously known as the "S from Hell". Columbia revived the name again in 1999 for genre films and continues in that capacity. The studio itself would later receive several SpiritualSuccessor firms, including Australia based Adelaide Productions (which mainly handled 2D animated series, often based around Columbia and TriStar movies), and Creator/SonyPicturesAnimation, which mainly makes 3D animated movies.
5th Oct '15 5:48:11 AM Prinzenick
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* InNameOnly: Their cartoon adaptations of Krazy Kat have absolutely nothing in common with George Herriman's classic comic strip, turning the character into a shameless WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse copycat. The sole exception is a 1936 short "Lil Anjil", which at least tried to capture the art direction and basic plot elements of the comic, and also had Ignatz and Offica Pup present.
2nd Jun '15 9:01:09 PM Patachou
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Of all the classic theatrical animated cartoons, those released by ColumbiaPictures during TheSilentAgeOfAnimation and TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation are perhaps the most overlooked by the general public today. This is unfortunate because some of the most significant endeavors in the medium's history emerged from the collective works of Charles Mintz, Screen Gems and UPA. It is difficult, for example, for one to think of the history of animation without films like "The Little Match Girl", "The Fox and the Grapes", "GeraldMcBoingBoing" or "RootyTootToot" that, in so many ways, redefined what a cartoon was. The only short they did that's still somewhat famous today is their adaptation of Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's ''The Tell-Tale Heart'', which is often played in English classes.

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Of all the classic theatrical animated cartoons, those released by ColumbiaPictures during TheSilentAgeOfAnimation and TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation are perhaps the most overlooked by the general public today. This is unfortunate because some of the most significant endeavors in the medium's history emerged from the collective works of Charles Mintz, Screen Gems and UPA. It is difficult, for example, for one to think of the history of animation without films like "The Little Match Girl", "The Fox and the Grapes", "GeraldMcBoingBoing" "WesternAnimation/GeraldMcBoingBoing" or "RootyTootToot" "WesternAnimation/RootyTootToot" that, in so many ways, redefined what a cartoon was. The only short they did that's still somewhat famous today is their adaptation of Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's ''The Tell-Tale Heart'', which is often played in English classes.



* {{Remake}}: UbIwerks did a semi-remake of his earlier Disney work "TheSkeletonDance", called "Skeleton Frolic", for Columbia's "Color Rhapsodies" series.

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* {{Remake}}: UbIwerks did a semi-remake of his earlier Disney work "TheSkeletonDance", "WesternAnimation/TheSkeletonDance", called "Skeleton Frolic", for Columbia's "Color Rhapsodies" series.
3rd May '15 5:32:58 PM Patachou
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When Mintz died in 1940, his production manager, Jimmy Bronis, became his successor. After Bronis came Mintz's brother-in-law, George Winkler. Later Columbia got rid of Winkler and brought in former Disney storyman and Warner Bros. cartoon director, FrankTashlin. Under Tashlin, the studio experienced a considerable talent boom. Many of the studio staffers were former Disney employees, fresh off the picket line from the 1941 strike at that studio. The drive to experiment and employ new, innovative ideas was strong and led to the emergence of a handful of highly-stylized cartoons as well as the successful ''TheFoxAndTheCrow'' series, pitting a refined, sophisticated Fox against a chiseling, street-wise Crow. Unfortunately, Tashlin's stay was short-lived and he was replaced by [[FleischerStudios Dave Fleischer]]. Later Fleischer too would depart and his other successors would make little impact on the studio. The quality of the cartoons, meanwhile, began to deteriorate and finally, in 1946, Screen Gems closed.

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When Mintz died in 1940, his production manager, Jimmy Bronis, became his successor. After Bronis came Mintz's brother-in-law, George Winkler. Later Columbia got rid of Winkler and brought in former Disney storyman and Warner Bros. cartoon director, FrankTashlin.Creator/FrankTashlin. Under Tashlin, the studio experienced a considerable talent boom. Many of the studio staffers were former Disney employees, fresh off the picket line from the 1941 strike at that studio. The drive to experiment and employ new, innovative ideas was strong and led to the emergence of a handful of highly-stylized cartoons as well as the successful ''TheFoxAndTheCrow'' ''WesternAnimation/TheFoxAndTheCrow'' series, pitting a refined, sophisticated Fox against a chiseling, street-wise Crow. Unfortunately, Tashlin's stay was short-lived and he was replaced by [[FleischerStudios Dave Fleischer]]. Later Fleischer too would depart and his other successors would make little impact on the studio. The quality of the cartoons, meanwhile, began to deteriorate and finally, in 1946, Screen Gems closed.
21st Feb '15 4:41:57 PM TonyG
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The void left by the closure of Screen Gems was filled by "United Productions of America" or UPA. This occurred when Steve Bosustow and his creative staff, including many alumni of Tashlin's avant-garde ensemble at Screen Gems, approached the studio. In 1948, Columbia tentatively agreed to distribute UPA's theatrical shorts, a decision that would quickly prove to be the studio's wisest, animation-wise. Throughout the late 1940s and the 1950s, UPA would earn several Academy Awards and nominations for the fruits of their efforts. In the process, they brought to the screen such endearing characters as the nearsighted WesternAnimation/MrMagoo (voiced by Jim Backus) and GeraldMcBoingBoing. In 1959, however, UPA ceased production of theatrical cartoon shorts and Bosustow ended up selling the studio to Henry G. Saperstein, ending the era of classic animation at Columbia.

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The void left by the closure of Screen Gems was filled by "United Productions of America" or UPA. This occurred when Steve Bosustow and his creative staff, including many alumni of Tashlin's avant-garde ensemble at Screen Gems, approached the studio. In 1948, Columbia tentatively agreed to distribute UPA's theatrical shorts, a decision that would quickly prove to be the studio's wisest, animation-wise. Throughout the late 1940s and the 1950s, UPA would earn several Academy Awards and nominations for the fruits of their efforts. In the process, they brought to the screen such endearing characters as the nearsighted WesternAnimation/MrMagoo (voiced by Jim Backus) and GeraldMcBoingBoing.WesternAnimation/GeraldMcBoingBoing. In 1959, however, UPA ceased production of theatrical cartoon shorts and Bosustow ended up selling the studio to Henry G. Saperstein, ending the era of classic animation at Columbia.



* LimitedAnimation: Not just UPA, which was one of the {{Trope Maker}}s, but some of the cartoons of the Tashlin regime experimented with stylized designs. Not surprising, since most of the Tashlin animators later went on to help found UPA. [[Literature/TheTellTaleHeart The Tell-Tale Heart]] adaptation takes this to the level of having ''no animation at all''.

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* LimitedAnimation: Not just UPA, which was one of the {{Trope Maker}}s, but some of the cartoons of the Tashlin regime experimented with stylized designs. Not surprising, since most of the Tashlin animators later went on to help found UPA. [[Literature/TheTellTaleHeart The Tell-Tale Heart]] adaptation takes this to the level of having almost ''no animation at all''.



** Even within UPA's remarkably diverse output, their adaptation of Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's ''The Tell-Tale Heart'' stands out.

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** Even within UPA's remarkably diverse output, their adaptation of Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's ''The Tell-Tale Heart'' ''Literature/TheTellTaleHeart'' stands out.
4th Oct '14 5:25:14 AM TheBeanerItWas
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* BittersweetEnding: "The Little Match Girl" ends with the girl freezing to death in the street, but her soul is carried off to Heaven by an angel.
4th Oct '14 5:23:59 AM TheBeanerItWas
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* {{Bowdlerize}}: The tv airing of "The Little Match Girl" completely removed the entire sequence where the girl's dream falls apart and she freezes to death on-screen, completely ruining the stories tragic emotional impact.



* WhamEpisode: Even within UPA's remarkably diverse output, their adaptation of Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's ''The Tell-Tale Heart'' stands out.

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* WhamEpisode: "The Little Match Girl" is a very distinctive short of the Mintz era cartoons; it adapts the Hans Christian Andersen story and plays it completely straight, with all that entails, with no gags or usual musical romps of his shorts.
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Even within UPA's remarkably diverse output, their adaptation of Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's ''The Tell-Tale Heart'' stands out.
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