State of the Blog: October 2012

For the next week or so, posting here at True Classics will be somewhat sporadic (damn real life–always getting in the way of blogging). And because of that, we overshot our typical “first of the month” announcement post. But here ’tis now, chock full of five-days-late announcements and general information about the month to come here on the blog …

As you might have guessed from our regular Saturday Morning Cartoons feature, our recurring salute to the “Pioneers of Animation,” and our recent celebration of the centennial of Chuck Jones’ birth, we are a little loony for ‘toons here (if you’ll pardon my punning). And on October 21st, TCM will be featuring a night chock-full of classic and rare animated gems, ranging from the brilliant 1926 Lotte Reiniger fairy tale The Adventures of Prince Achmed to the two full-length Max Fleischer features we told you about last week, as well as a number of UPA beauties (The Unicorn in the Garden! Gerald McBoing-Boing!) and a selection of silent animations, including a bit of “lightning sketching” with J. Stuart Blackton.

To say I am excited about this is an understatement. And to add to my utter and complete joy, I will be hosting my very first TCM Party on Twitter throughout the night on the 21st! If you’ve ever participated in one of these shindigs, using the now-ubiquitous #TCMparty hashtag, you know that the commentary ranges from insightful to snarky, and the discussion is never anything less than entertaining. And if you haven’t … well, it’s easy to chime in–just append the #TCMparty hashtag to your tweets throughout the evening to contribute to the fun! I hope you’ll all join me that night and share the love for these amazing classic animated works.

The results of the Classic Movie Blog Association’s annual CiMBA Awards were announced today and have been posted over on the Association’s blog. We were thrilled to receive two nominations this year (for Best Profile of a Classic Movie Performer or Filmmaker for our profile of Pluto, and for Best Classic Movie Discussion for our post on the WTFery-filled musical bonbon Cinderella Jones). Though neither of our nominations resulted in a win (some of you must not have received your complimentary bribe gift box of Godiva chocolates), we are pleased that some of our favorite blogs and great blogging buddies were honored with recognition this year. Congratulations to all of the winners! [And a great "thank you!" to Lara of Backlots, who organized this year's awards, and quite splendidly, too!]

If you are not a member of the CMBA, make sure to remedy that by applying for membership when the window opens once more in January.

Miscellany:

  • The Wonders in the Dark Comedy Countdown continues to roll on steadily; I’ll be contributing another piece later this month, as well as one at the beginning of November. Some truly excellent films have been featured thus far, and we’re really getting into the good stuff now, with entries on such hilarious classics as Arsenic and Old Lace and Adam’s Rib being posted this week, among others. Make sure to check out this series every weekday, as new articles are posted!
  • I posted a couple of new DVD reviews on Cinema Sentries over the past month; more to come in October. (Can I just add how much I have enjoyed contributing to this great site? I get to review not only my beloved classics, but more contemporary things, too, like kick-ass documentaries about things that tickle my nerdy heart. Squee!)
  • Congratulations to Ruth from Silver Screenings, who won our drawing for two Looney Tunes DVD compilations during our Chuck Jones-athon last month! Also, congrats to our six winners of Lawrence of Arabia and E.T. tickets last week; we hope all of you enjoyed your respective shows. (And thanks again to Pure Brand for allowing us to host another ticket giveaway.)

For now … that’s all, y’all!

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2 thoughts on “State of the Blog: October 2012

  1. Aww, thanks for the shout-out! I had a lot of fun organizing this year and seriously, everybody was so qualified. This is one of the perks of being in the CMBA, all the blogs are very high quality. Even if a win doesn’t happen, it’s an honor to be nominated!

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