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FlippinDingDong – Trailer Annie

An evening pause: Hat tip Jim Mallamace, who rightly added, “No clue what this means, but I’m certain the student animators had fun making it.”

Fun to watch too. They might have done it on a computer, but it sure has the feel of hand-drawn animation.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at amazon, Barnes & Noble, all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.


  • Col Beausabre

    “The General” is Douglas MacArthur with his trademark sunglasses and corncob pipe

  • eddie willers

    Kinda strange seeing a cartoon with the line, “To help defeat the sappy Jappies would be great!” made by a Sony division.

  • Col Beausabre

    “Kinda strange seeing a cartoon with the line, “To help defeat the sappy Jappies would be great!” made by a Sony division.”

    :Late in WW2. the US public began regarding the Empire and its troops with disdain, so, “The Japs are saps’ is probably the the sort of thing on could hear. The Army decided that the country needed a reminder of reality, particularly in view of the anticipated casualties of Operation DOWNFALL.

  • JC Collins

    That’s a period cartoon. I’m not saying that I remember it from that time, but I remember it from the 1960s. Spike jones!

  • JC Collins: No, what you remember is Spike Jones’ music, which is of that time. The animation is new.

  • Phil Berardelli

    Right you are, Bob. But did you notice that the animation features wobbly registration, such as would result whenever a film had been run through a projector a number of times? Or the incidental dust bits and “scratches” on the supposed film stock? Amazing that I spent so much time and effort trying to preserve film and prevent degradation and now sophisticated young animators can apply those aspects artificially.

    Here’s another growing trend in film-presentation technology, which I think will create new existence for historical material. Peter Jackson did this with “They Shall Not Grow Old” in 1918, and it’s appearing more and more frequently. Fascinating!

  • wayne

    Those films at your link, are amazing! I do object however, with the added colorization & sound.
    Q: what software is used to stabilize the picture?

    “John Carter of Mars”
    Test Animation
    Bob Clampett

  • Phil Berardelli: Your observations note a re-definition of ‘reality’. If film-makers can make a film look ‘period’, then what are researchers 300 years hence to think? What is a ‘real’ film from a given era, and what has been ‘manufactured’. Even the media won’t give much of a clue, as many older films have been issued on modern media. It will be a bit of a mess.

  • Edward

    Phil Berardelli,
    Thank you for your time and effort to preserve films. I used to go to the Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto to watch many of the old movies on the big screen. I may have seem some that you helped to preserve.

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