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It's Your Debut Anniversary, Charlie Brown!

On this day in 1950, the world was introduced to one of the most classic and endearing cartoon characters it would ever know - the "lovable loser" Charlie Brown!  

Charles M. Schulz, who created the character, has described him as such: "[He] must be the one who suffers because he is a caricature of the average person. Most of us are much more acquainted with losing than winning."

Much like the trademark zigzag on his shirt, Charlie Brown fluctuates almost daily from optimistic to pessimistic, from discouraged to hopeful, from self-conscious to self-assured. Despite the fact that Charlie is constantly being fooled, he refuses to let himself stay down for long - which is probably why he has endured for nearly 70 years!

How 'bout Henson?! : 5 Facts about the Muppets creator

Today we honor the 83rd birthday of famed puppeteer and crafter of childhood dreams, Jim Henson.  Forever remembered for his youthful, endlessly imaginative energy, Henson is known for his trademark creations and for building elaborate fantastical worlds.  But what about some lesser known facts about him?  In tribute to Jim, here are 5 fun facts about the Muppet-creator:
1.  The Muppet Show premiered in 1976 and was actually produced in England.  It went on to be syndicated in over 100 countries across the world.
2.  Though known for the Muppets, Henson worked on a number of movies that used puppets (not his signature Muppets) including The Dark Crystal in 1981, Labyrinth in 1986, and The Witches in 1990.
3.  Henson even made some more experimental films in his career, including Time Piece in 1965, which went on to be nominated for an Academy Award.
4.  Henson has won 41 awards - including a Peabody Award in 1987 and a TCA Lifetime Achievement in 1990 - and been nominated for 31 more in h…

Every Upcoming Animated Disney Movie


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Disney has announced a release slate for 2019 to 2022 that's packed with animated movies, so here's a guide to everything that's on the way. Following the recent acquisition of Fox, Disney is expected to continue dominating the bx office for the foreseeable future. With Avengers: Endgame still firmly at the top of the box office charts, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker still to come later on in 2019, it's almost easy to forget that Disney is still an animation studio.

However, Disney definitely hasn't forgotten, with three animated movies on the way this year - including the highly-anticipated sequel Frozen 2. In fact, Disney has earmarked Thanksgiving weekend as its annual animated release date for the next 3 years, at least, though we still don't know exactly which movies will feature in that release slot beyond 2019.

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How to be a Disney Artist by Rob Kaz

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“How can I be a Disney artist?” Because this is the number one question I get asked most often, I decided to make the answer to the topic of my first Medium story.
You love Disney. You have your entire life. You draw Mickey Mouse like a champ and everyone says you should work for Disney. You just need someone to tell you how.
If you want to work for Disney in animation, then go to school, apply for jobs and eventually work your way into the role you want within the company. Though the answer is straightforward, the path is not without challenges and there is no guarantee you’ll land that dream job. Those folks who make the films … they’re masters of their craft. They’ve worked long, hard hours and are 100% deserving of the credit they receive. For that reason, I remain and watch the rolling credits at the end of a film in the theater. Try it sometime, read the names and show respect to those who m…

OUT & ABOUT: Day trip full of nostalgia at Barker Museum and Barker Animation Art Gallery in Cheshire

CHESHIRE — The Barker Character, Comic and Cartoon Museum takes you back to the days of Saturday morning cartoons, owning a Mickey Mouse rotary phone, carrying a plastic character lunch box and reading classic comics.

“Sometimes four generations come in at once and they all come out so happy,” said Ursula Vinke, docent of the museum. “It’s a place where you forget all your troubles.”

The museum, home to 80,000 character toys and collectibles, was created by Herbert and Gloria Barker, who accumulated the pieces starting in the 1960s. It is located at 1188 Highland Ave. (Route 10).

Most of the museum consists of the Barkers’ personal collections, with a smaller portion donated.

Dozens of Wizard of Oz figurines, toys, dolls and other items from the 1939 movie were recently given to the museum by the family of a late collector.

“They want their legacy to be given to a good home and this is a good home,” Vinke said.

Items in the museum range from the 1873 “Ramp Walkers” toys to 2009 Harry …

Is Animation Art Dead? Not By A Long Shot!

By Gloria and Herbert Barker

Is the animation art industry ready to bring out the pig to stutter his final “Th-th-that’s All Folks!” as the pundits would have us believe? Having spent our lives with passionate confidence in the importance of the art of animation and its enduring quality, we would heartily disagree. As with any business, it has had its ups and downs while it deals with changing markets and an increasingly sophisticated audience. But those who bet on its demise will undoubtedly find themselves in the position of Wile E. Coyote as he tries, for the hundredth time, to snare the Road Runner in his Acme booby trap. No amount of dynamite is going to stop this bird.

 Much of the current gloom is based on the fact that the animation art market has not returned to the stratospheric prices it was commanding at auctions in the 1980s. Animation art is so well respected now as a legitimate art form that many people are unaware that it was never seen in the major auction houses or m…

Meet Our Founders: Gloria and Herb Barker

In 1948, shortly after they were married, Gloria and Herb started a business based on their idea of imprinting company names on promotional objects, and Barker Specialty Company was born. Working long hours side-by-side, Gloria and Herb grew their small business into a multi-million dollar company. They had four children who learned all aspects of the business as they accompanied their parents to trade shows and conventions. Today, Gloria and Herb are proud that Gerry, Steven, Adrienne and Amy all participate in the family business, and have taken over the operation of Barker Specialty entirely. With 85 associates, the company is considered one of the ‘Top 30 Promotional Products Dealer’ in the USA. The Barker Family Companies were awarded ‘Family Business of the Year’ in 2002 by UCONN. Herb Barker is a United States Army Veteran having served with the Signal Corps during the Korean War and received an honorable discharge in 1951.  In 1990, Herb was nominated ‘Boss of the Year’ for the …