The Academy Awards And Betty Boop

This is a short and sweet post because I’m flat out between homework assignments today.

The Academy Awards

This is it, the night of nights
No more rehearsing and nursing our parts
We know every part by heart

Those are, of course, lyrics from the opening theme to The Bugs Bunny Show although they are appropriate because tonight, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will broadcast their annual awards show also known as the Oscars.

While Toy Story 3 is up for Best Picture, it won’t win. Its just not the right kind of film. In the Best Animated Feature category, everything I’ve heard and read about The Illusionist says it should win. My money is on How To Train Your Dragon however.

As for the shorts, I haven’t seen any of them so there’s no point commenting.

And that concludes the Oscar coverage for another year!

Betty Boop

(hat tip to Jerry Beck for bringing it to my attention)

Poor Betty, apparently no-one really knows who owns her 🙁 A recent court case failed to determine the proper owner of the original certificate registered by Max Fleischer thus denying his heirs ownership of the character (trademark-wise).

This is an excellent example of how complex and notoriously confusing copyright laws can be and how they can be used as a weapon rather than a tool. I’ve written about it before if you want to get familiar with the basics in regards to animation.




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