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Nine Years of Cloudkicking
Tony Pope has done over 41 anime productions in his career. However; Tony Pope's career sadly came to a screeching halt when he passed away due to complications from leg surgery in early 2004. His last production was The Nutcracker & The Mouse King which was released in October of 2004.
[3.] David Lodge- David Lodge's career started in 1989 as a minor character in the show Mama's Family as Dog Barker. To TaleSpin fans; he debutted in voice acting as MEL the robot in the episode Bullethead Baloo. He has been in few American animation productions; but he does have a resume in anime and videogames starting as early as 1995. Here are his unique credits
MAR: Marchen Awakens
Transformers: Robots In Disguise
Flint: The Time Detective
Requiem From The Darkness
The Prince of Tennis
David Lodge has done over 13 productions in his short career. He does mostly video games now recently doing SOCOM US Navy Seals Series, Paraworld, Everquest II: Kingdom of the Sky, Rouge Galaxy and Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus to name just a few.
[4.] Minoru Nishida- Minoru used to work for Disney under the banner of Walt Disney Animation Japan. He has worked on Japanese Animation since 1964 and continues to work as of today. Here are his credits:
Boy: Hero of Space
Hi No Tori (Phoenix)
Hijikata Toshizo: The White Trail
Kill Bill Chapter Three: The Origin Of O-Ren
Misuke in Southern
Saber Marionette R
Senya Ichiya Monogatari
Macross: Do You Remember Love?
Thundercats (Yes; it counts as Anime according to Anime News Network's website)
Minoru Nishida has done over fifteen anime productions in his career. I should note that Anime News Network's website where I usually get my anime information is usually incomplete; so I dig out what I can find. I should also note a few things: Minoru has also done animation for The First Easter Rabbit, 12 Days of Christmas Special and even done animation for the videogame Children of Mana for Nintendo DS. I didn't suspect that until I read the end credits for the game. He might have also done animation for Chrono Trigger for Playstation 1 as well; but I have no evidence of this.
[5.] Yukio Okazaki- Another animator from Disney's Walt Disney Animation of Japan branch and very familiar to those who worked with TMS Studios as a number of works from Disney including Ducktales and Gummi Bears could be influenced by him. His first anime production was in 1983. Here are his credits:
Days Around the World With Willy Fog
Ayakashi – Samurai Horror Tales
Bakusou Kyoudai Let's & Go
Bomberman Bidaman Bakugaiden
D.I.C.E. (YTV fans should know this one)
Daisuki! Babu-Chacha (A dead dog who is reincarnated into a dog toy car. Go figure)
Don-Don Domel to Ron
Gin-iro no Olynssis
Haikara-san ga Tooru
Karaoke Senshi Mike-tarou
Magic Knight Rayearth 2
Manga Aesop Monogatari
Nurse Angel Ririka SOS
Revolutionary Girl Utena
Saber Marionette J to X
Space OZ no Bouken
The Mischievous Twins
Yanbo, Ninbo, Tonbo
That's a total of over 24 anime production in his career. This are the top five people who have done the most works in anime that also played a part in TaleSpin as well. Other anime productions that have a connection include but are not limited to the following: Gift Eternal Rainbow, El Hazard: The Magnificent World, Comic Party, Grappler Baki Maximum Tournament, Hand Maid Mai (& May), Master Keaton, Miami Guns, Ryusei Sentai Musumet, Spiral, Suzuka, The Law of Ueki, The Story of Saiunkoku, Chiisana Jumbo, Chirin no Suzu, Exper Zenon, Fushigi no Merumo, Goku no Daiboken, Hoshi no Orpheus, Jack to Mame no Ki, Memory, Mermaid, Oshin, Sirius no Densetsu, Tales of a Street Corner, Unico: Cloud And White Feather, Yosei Florence, Yume no Hoshi no Button Nose, Space Adventure Cobra: The Movie, Galaxy High School, Ninjaman Ippei, Otogi Zoshi, Cardcaptors Sakura (TV Series), Future GPX Cyber Formula, Jarinko Chie, Lupin III: Part Two, Fight!! Spirit of the Sword, I'm Going to Be An Angel, Kanashimi no Belladonna, Naruto The Movie's 2 & 3, Paradise Kiss, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Toward The Terra and finally Pokemon: The Mastermind of the Mirage Pokemon. There are a few others like Battle of the Planets (G-Force); but I'm not counting those along with dubs from other countries since that would take absolutely forever to compile and translate properly. Let's just say that in the talk about how American TaleSpin was; half of TaleSpin was made by Japanese animators and the rest were made by Asian animators (Sun Woo, Wang Films, Hanho Heung Up) and France under Walt Disney Animation France division. It's hardly American at all.
end my editorial with a thought that has been bothering me for the
past two months and that is the fact that Disney has yet to announce
that TaleSpin DVD Set Volume Two is going to be released yet. It's
easy to say that Disney is delaying the set in order to make it
better or something like that. However; there is a fear that Disney
might be looking at the episodes and deciding to edit a few of them
for stuff that they wouldn't allow even in 1990 that managed to slip
by the censors.
Ducktales' Sir Gyro De Gearloose had to be redubbed because one of
the characters had such a bad accent that when he was saying work; he
sounded like he was dropping F bombs. There is no way Disney is going
to allow that; NO FREAKIN WAY! In Darkwing Duck episode Double
Darkwings (which was a bad episode to begin with) Gumbo was supposed
to be electrouced by a power pole in order to get Darkwing Duck's
attention. That was changed in the second run in syndication to Jake
pouring hot sauce into the telephone which was so hideously bad that
I cannot believe I'm dignifying it here. My fear for TaleSpin is that
in A Baloo Switcheroo; Kit's Oh My God line and Baloo's honest injurn
line from Mach One For The Gipper are going to be muted out and
that's what is causing the delay. I hope this is not the case.
Baloo's line is understandable and can easily be cut; but the Kit
line just cannot be cut. It is a great moment for the Kit character
and it showed that Disney characters can speak with a certain amount
of realism. Muting it would be just as unpardonable sin in the eyes
of the TaleSpin Internet Community as muting Kit's always chant just
because someone thought it implied that Kit was going to commit
suicide. Bob Iger and company got back into my good graces when
Disney released TaleSpin in it's second run syndication episodes (to
be honest; I don't know if anything was cut from the first run on
Disney Channel since I didn't watch TaleSpin fully until 1993)
without the cuts from 1995 onward. Sure; they didn't release the
movie version of Plunder and Lightning. However; they at least kept
the pre 1995 material that was cut for the Disney Channel due to
violence. Those good graces would be cut completely if Disney decides
to do some editing of the Volume 2 DVD before it gets released. So
for anyone listening to this: Don't edit anything out if you
originally promised not to edit the first volume set and then
delivered with flying colors. That's all I ask of you. Then again;
the delay could be because Disney didn't think TaleSpin sold enough
which would be a tragedy; but it would show that the culture of
interaction cartoons doesn't belong here in the USA. It's all about
cheap laughs and John K. type of cartoons that requiring selling your
soul to the devil in order to get a funny well drawn cartoon. To
Disney: Keep your word and release the entire series run of TaleSpin.
All 65 episodes including the episode you don't show anymore due to
it hitting too close to home for you: Flying Dupes. Then again; it
could be that Disney will release an entire box set with extras. In
that case; I'll jump for joy...and then realize that I'm screwed
because I now have to sit through the extras in order to rant on
them. Fun on one hand; but it'll make the review a lot longer. In the
end; the answer for this is really I don't know when or if TaleSpin
Volume 2 will be released yet since Disney has not made an official
announcement on the subject. And quite frankly; I don't like where
this is going.....
That's all for another year of cloudkicking......That's my opinion; I welcome yours. See you next time.
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