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Ketcham Passes Away at 81
Ketcham, whose full name is Henry King Ketcham, was inspired early on by the work of Lantz and Walt Disney. In the mid 1980's, Ketcham turned over the Sunday strip to cartoonist Ron Ferdinand. In 1994 he also retired from the daily cartoons, turning those duties over to Marcus Hamilton. In both cases, Ketcham maintained strict supervision over the quality and process.
Ketcham spent two years as an animator with Walt Disney studios where he worked on films like Pinocchio and Fantasia. That changed, however, on December 7, 1941 when the attack on Pearl Harbor drew America into the war. Ketcham's talent was then applied to creating cartoons, animated commercials, etc. for war bonds and posters for the Navy.
Ketcham's work after the war was regularly picked up by high-profile publications like The Saturday Evening Post and The New Yorker. In 1951, Ketcham gained inspiration for a new one panel comic strip through watching his son, who was four years old at the time. It started when his wife was upset that their son, Dennis, had torn apart his room when he was suppose to be taking a nap. She called the boy a "menace." Dennis The Menace was born.
Cats and Dogs:
The Auction (B5 Too)
Yesterday, Warner Bros. announced that it will be auctioning off several items from its FX-filled family movie, Cats & Dogs, which opens in theaters nationally on July 4, 2001. Some of the things being put up for auction include a trip for four to Los Angeles to attend the Cats & Dogs premiere, an animatronic beagle puppy complete with spy gear and autographed copies of the script, movie posters and sketches from the production.
In addition to Cats & Dogs, Warner Bros. is also auctioning off several Babylon 5 items.
You can access the
eBay auctions (from now until June 11, 2001) by clicking
News Link of the
Day - Executives Fight Over Credit for Pearl Harbor
"The process of making movies is a hugely collaborative one, with some pictures taking more than a thousand people to produce. But in almost every case, the initial idea comes from just one person.
In the case of Pearl
Harbor, which last weekend raked in $75 million at the box office,
the person who had the idea was a production executive at Disney named
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