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Covering “Woody Woodpecker”

Last month I posted about the surprising number of cover versions there were for “The Mickey Mouse Club March”. The positive reaction to that post had me considering covers of other such songs that emenate from animated cartoons. Could this be the beginning of a new series… I don’t know. But it’s fun to think about. Beyond the mega hit “Who’s Afraid...

Mon Apr 15, 2024 11:07
A Whole “Bunch” of Fun! Looking Back at “The Brady Kids”

What’s your favorite episode of The Brady Bunch? Is it the one where the kids sing “Time to Change,” and Peter’s voice cracks? Maybe it’s when Jan pretended to have a boyfriend named George Glass? Or perhaps it was the episode where the kids met Wonder Woman? Wait, what?!? Yes, that last episode happened, and yes, it was part of the “Brady Universe,”...

Fri Apr 12, 2024 11:30
“The Lone Star State” (1948)

By popular demand (?!?) A Screen Song! Think of this post as seeing a really good showing of old 16mm cartoons at someone’s house in Brooklyn, sitting on a bed with four other cartoony people surrounded by cats and stacks of old Village Voices. We just happen to be watching a Famous Studios Screen Song, in-between an IB Tech Looney Tune and a Kodachrome...

Thu Apr 11, 2024 11:18
In the Center Ring (Part 13)

I begin today with an aside, providing to readers as a public service a detailed description of a “find” which had its world re-premiere in a newly-restored print at UCLA’s Preservation Festival last Saturday. The title is the elusive first Farmer Al Falfa short produced at the official Terrytoons studio, French Fried (1930), a pre-code item too hot...

Wed Apr 10, 2024 11:05
Van Beuren Music: Late 1933 – Early 1934

1934 was a year of change, and a year of franchises (or attempts at same) which would predominate Van Beuren studios. Probably the least-noticed change (and maybe the most positive) was the eventual passing of the musical baton from Gene Rodemich to Winston Sharples, who would subsequently find a longstanding niche in New York animation by moving on...

Tue Apr 9, 2024 11:06
The Incredible Mr. Civita

What do Walt Disney, Saul Steinberg and Hugo Pratt have in common? Short answer: Mr. Civita. A famous New Yorker cover by Saul Steinberg summarizes the idea in a perspective of New York City streets. Next comes the Atlantic Ocean and then Europe and Asia; it’s easy to imagine a slightly deeper version, with the New York City streets looming again...

Mon Apr 8, 2024 11:04

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