The BCDB project began in 1996 as a list of Disney animated features on creator Dave Koch's local computer. In response to increasing interest in the material, the database went online in 1998 as a searchable resource dedicated to compiling information about cartoons, including production details such as voice actors, producers, and directors, as well as plot summaries and user reviews of cartoons. In 2003, BCDB became a 501(c) non-profit corporation. On June 24, 2009, it was announced by creator Dave Koch on his BCDB forums that the site had 100,000 titles.
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One feature of the BCDB is its "Top Rated" page which provides a listing of the top 25 animated films as voted by the registered users of the website. Ratings are shown based on top score as well as the cartoons that receive the highest number of votes. Users are given the option of rating a movie from "1" (lowest) to "10" (highest). To safeguard against attempts to skew the data, the DataBase employs data filters and a vote quota in an attempt to give an accurate Bayesian estimate. The BCDB also has a lowest-20 rated cartoons feature which, based on the same data, shows the least liked cartoons in the database.
BCDB also includes a linked, online forum, where users express their opinions about cartoons, and/or ask questions about them. The forum is available to all registered users, and is actively moderated by a team of moderators and administrators.
Other features include news items related to the animation industry and the recently added image gallery, which allows users to see images of various cartoon characters taken from popular films.
In 2002, The San Diego Union Tribune listed BCDB as a "top site" and wrote "with more than 42,000 cartoons, 2,000 series[,] and 1,300 cartoon reviews, this may be one of the Internet's largest searchable databases of cartoons". In 2005, Apple Hot News wrote "The Big Cartoon Database is the place to find in depth information about any cartoon ever made". In 2006, it was reported by the Reference and User Services Association, in their Eighth Annual List of Best Free Reference Web Sites, that "The Big Cartoon Database is the definitive Web compendium for anyone interested in the history of animation."
The BCDB has been used as a reference by such news sources as Hartford Courant, The San Diego Union Tribune, Oakland Tribune, Beacon News, USA Today, and the Animation World Network, among others. Que's Official Internet Yellow Pages rates the site as 5 (out of 5) stars.
Baby-Face Mouse is a Walter Lantz character, who made his first appearance in the cartoon Cheese-Nappers, in 1938. His final appearance was in 1939, in Arabs With Dirty Fezzes.
List of appearances:
Cheese-Nappers (07/04?/1938 or 07/14?/1938)
The Big Cat And The Little Mousie (08/15/1938) - reissued as The Big Cat And The Little Mouse
The Cat And The Bell (10/03/1938)
Sailor Mouse (11/07/1938) - reissued as Willie Mouse - Sailor Boy
The Disobedient Mouse (11/28/1938) - reissued as Baby Face Battler
I'm Just A Jitterbug (01/23/1939) - sketch in background only
The Magic Beans (02/13/1939) - Baby-Face Mouse as Beanie
Little Tough Mice (03/13/1939) - reissued as Crime Buster
Arabs With Dirty Fezzes (07/31/1939) - reissued as The Arabs With Dirty FezzesBetty Boop's Museum
Betty Boop's Museum is a 1932 Fleischer Studios animated short film starring Betty Boop, and featuring Koko the Clown and Bimbo.Betty Boop's Prize Show
Betty Boop's Prize Show is a 1934 Fleischer Studios animated short film starring Betty Boop.Buford and the Galloping Ghost
Buford and the Galloping Ghost is a 30-minute Saturday morning animated series and a spin-off of Yogi's Space Race produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions which was broadcast on NBC from September 9, 1978 to September 1, 1979. The series was composed of two 11-minute segments: The Buford Files and The Galloping Ghost.Frigid Hare
Frigid Hare is a Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies short, released on October 8, 1949. It is directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese. The title can be seen as a simple play on "frigid air" and/or on the refrigerator brand called "Frigidaire".List of Sonic the Hedgehog features
Several television series and features were produced that were based on the Sonic the Hedgehog series of video games, developed by Sega.List of science fiction television programs, D
This is an inclusive list of science fiction television programs whose names begin with the letter D.Mother Goose Land
Mother Goose Land is a 1933 Fleischer Studios animated short film starring Betty Boop.Self Control (film)
Self Control is an animated short film in the Donald Duck series, produced in Technicolor by Walt Disney Productions and released to theaters on February 11, 1938 by RKO Radio Pictures. The film follows Donald trying to learn to control his temper by following the advice of a radio program.
It was directed by Jack King and features the voice of Clarence Nash as Donald Duck and Florence Gill as the clucking voice of a chicken. The voice of Uncle Smiley was uncredited.Space Ghost
Space Ghost (Thaddeus Bach) is a fictional character created by Hanna-Barbera Productions and designed by Alex Toth for CBS in the 1960s.In his original incarnation, he was a superhero who, with his teen sidekicks Jan, Jace, and Blip the monkey, fought supervillains in outer space. In the 1990s, Space Ghost was brought back as a host for his own fictional late-night talk show, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, on Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. In the 2000s, he was revamped as a serious superhero once again in a mini-series by DC Comics.Starz Distribution
Starz Distribution (formerly IDT Entertainment and Starz Media) is the motion picture, animation, television, and home video operating unit of Starz Inc., a subsidiary of Lionsgate. Starz Distribution develops, produces, and acquires original programming content (Starz and AMC), feature films (Anchor Bay Films), anime (Manga Entertainment) and other filmed entertainment. Distribution methods include DVD, digital formats and traditional television.Symphony Hour
Symphony Hour is a 1942 American animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. The cartoon depicts Mickey Mouse conducting a symphony orchestra sponsored by Pete. The film was directed by Riley Thomson and features music adapted from the "Light Cavalry Overture" by Franz von Suppé. The voice cast includes Walt Disney as Mickey, Billy Bletcher as Pete, and John McLeish as a radio announcer.
The film marked the last theatrical appearance of Horace Horsecollar, Clarabelle Cow, and Clara Cluck for over 40 years, finally reappearing in Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983). Symphony Hour is also the last time that Mickey appeared with either Donald Duck or Goofy in a theatrical film for the same length of time.Symphony Hour bears similarities with the 1935 film The Band Concert. Leonard Maltin called this short a "Spike Jones version of The Band Concert".The soundtrack for the "ruined" version of the Light Cavalry Overture was used in the October 22, 1956 episode of The Mickey Mouse Club.The Cricket in Times Square
The Cricket in Times Square is a 1960 children's book by George Selden and illustrated by Garth Williams. It won the Newbery Honor in 1961.Selden gave this explanation of what was the initial idea for the book:
One night I was coming home on the subway, and I did hear a cricket chirp in Times Square. The story formed in my mind within minutes. An author is very thankful for minutes like those, although they happen all too infrequently.The Hypo-Chondri-Cat
The Hypo-Chondri-Cat is a Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies short, released on April 15, 1950, directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese. The title can be seen as a simple play on "hypochondriac".The Karate Guard
The Karate Guard is a 2005 American one-reel animated cartoon and the 163rd Tom and Jerry short. Directed by Joseph Barbera (Tom and Jerry co-creator and founder of Hanna-Barbera) and Spike Brandt, The Karate Guard was the last Tom and Jerry cartoon to be written, co-storyboarded, co-directed and co-produced by Joseph Barbera before his death on December 18, 2006. It had a limited theatrical release in cinemas throughout Los Angeles on September 27, 2005 and had its television premiere on Cartoon Network on January 27, 2006 (2006-01-27).The Little King
The Little King was an American gag-a-day comic strip created by Otto Soglow, telling its stories in a style using images and very few words, as in pantomime.The Puppy's Further Adventures
The Puppy's Further Adventures (originally titled The Puppy's New Adventures) is a 30-minute Saturday morning animated series produced by Ruby-Spears Enterprises (in association with Hanna-Barbera for its first season only) and broadcast on ABC from September 25, 1982 to November 10, 1984. It is based on characters created by Jane Thayer about Petey, a young dog who attached himself to a lonely orphan boy named Tommy.Tweetie Pie
Tweetie Pie is a 1947 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Friz Freleng. Tweetie Pie was the first pairing of Sylvester and Tweety and won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film, breaking Tom and Jerry's streak of four consecutive wins on the category.