Birthdays: Otto Mesmer the creator of Felix the Cat, Myron Grim Natwick the creator of Betty Boop, Hal Foster the creator of Prince Valiant and Julie Numar, Catwoman from Batman TV series is 84.
Happy Birthday to Mighty Mouse. Here's the first Terrytoon's short: "The Mouse of Tomorrow" explaining how Mighty Mouse became a "Super Hero".
Producer Ralph Bakshi returned Mighty Mouse to Saturday morning TV in the late 1980's with "Mighty Mouse : the New Adventure". It was a great series with a lot of comedy, animation in jokes and it also gave a lot of young writers and directors their start in the animation industry. Here's a great example of one of those adventures.
And sadly on this day in 2005, the world lost Pixar's Story Giant, Joe Ranft. Below is a very touching and wonderful tribute to his life.
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