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The Origin of Cap’n Crunch

Suspended Animation #296 “It’s got corn for crunch, oats for punch, and it stays crunchy even in milk!” According to the Encyclopedia of Major Marketing Campaigns, cereal owner Quaker Oats (now PepsiCo) once used eighty percent of their advertising budget solely on Cap’n Crunch. Cap’n Crunch first appeared on a cereal box in September 1963 and...

A Print of “Barnyard Bunk” Gets One Last Go-Round

It’s been a good week since the last post. Having almost all the current ‘special orders’ that are done sent is making things merry here, but we’re turning right around and mastering the Christmas set in the next few days— and sending that right out as well. A good rest is in order after this next week- and that week also happens to be the last week...

Reign of the Supertoons (Part 9)

The century is about to turn – and still the ‘supers’ soar above the animated world. Several classic characters continue to appear in revivals, taking their respective at bats at comic power-ups. But Nickelodeon really sets the pace, with new franchises which manage to go a bit super-crazy in their number of power-packed outings. Super Hog-O (Disney,...

Santa’s Been Comin’ to Town for 50 Years on TV and Records

One of the finest holiday specials ever created hits the half-century mark this year, so here’s a fresh look at the flawless soundtrack that played such a major part in its success. Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass Present SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN Complete Original TV Soundtrack MGM Records SE-4732 (12” 33 1/3 RPM Mono–Enhanced for Stereo...

The Duck on the Cutting Room Floor

Donald Duck in Close-Up #11 Given the literally hundreds of films and TV programs that featured Donald Duck during Walt Disney’s lifetime, it might seem that every possible screen story idea for the Duck had been exhausted. In fact, however, the Disney story department hatched a vast number of Duck-centric ideas that never did reach the screen....

“Huck’s Landing”

Suspended Animation #295 It was the animation studio and entertainment company that most people have never heard of when the history of animation is discussed. Tom Carter Productions was founded in early 1981 by Tom Carter who was a former Disneyland entertainment employee who “struck it rich” in the investment field. “Ol’ Mudd”His business encompassed...

Happy Thanksgiving! “Wanna Buy a Record?” (1951)

I’m sitting up at the tiny Thunderbean office right now, waiting for each of my students to check in. Inbetween that, I’m dubbing and typing this week’s post. I didn’t get much work done on new sets in the last handful of days– instead, we’ve all tried to do some really heavy lifting here this week in sending things, and so far it’s worked out very...

Reign of the Supertoons (Part 8)

We cover this week titles from the last half-decade before the “turn of the century” – the late 1990’s. A few old faces from the Golden Era continue to make appearances. But a large share of new instances of super-silliness would arise from more recent cable franchises, including Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. So soar with us into the world of pay-TV,...

Newcomers from 1944-46

The war was progressing favorably, and the tone of Warner cartoons began to return to more traditional, without so many military or rationing references for subsequent generation kiddies to scratch their heads about. Musical programs of the cartoons also progressed past flag-wavers, featuring the classical, the traditionally romantic, and the occasional...

The Nightmare Before Christmas: Puppet Fabrication – Part 2

In Puppet Fabrication—Part 1, I wrote about the process that goes into the designing and planning behind the puppet fabrications for Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. I explained the rigorous process of getting the master sculptures of each character approved and ready for the next step. That review included the input from various department...

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