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In His Own Words: Casey Kasem on Shaggy

Suspended Animation #324 Kemal Amin “Casey” Kasem was born April 1932 and passed away June 2014. Although primarily known as a radio personality with his popular American Top 40 franchise, he had an active career doing voice work. In 1969, he started providing voices for cartoon characters like the drummer Groove in The Cattanooga Cats and perhaps...

The Little Remaining Pieces of Flip – and Mark’s print of “Coo Coo the Magician”

Thunderbean Land, part 2: Jerry wanted me to share some other things we just got scanned this week, but I will next week instead. This will give me a little time to combine some sections and maybe get a lot more in-depth about the technical details of combining color elements. Being able to devote a big chunk of the summer to getting projects done...

Fitness v. Fatness (Part 11): Fat Cats and Obese Others

Talk about stereotyping a species. In today’s survey of fitness and weight-watching cartoons, all but two of the participants are felines! Garfield, well known for his wider qualities, of course takes center stage (and portions of stage left and stage right at the same time). But others join him, as outlined below. Even Disney would add a recurring...

Max and Dave: Screen Songs 1929-30: What Crash?

We don’t know if Max and Dave Fleischer gambled in the stock market, as so many in show business had done. If they didn’t, that was a good thing for them, as they didn’t have to go bare-chested after having lost their shirts. But the deal with Paramount remained a good thing for them, providing a regular outlet for their releases. Paramount further...

Lost Warner Bros. Original Titles

This post is an update to my decades long search (and efforts) to restore the original titles the classic Warner Bros. cartoons. (Previous examples found are posted here and here). As you all know, when Warner Bros. re-released their cartoons to theaters, years after their original release, they re-sold them to theaters as “Blue Ribbon” reissues –...

The Bob Clampett Walt Disney Connection Part Two

Suspended Animation #323 Last week, I started talking about the Disney parodies that Bob Clampett made while at Warner Brothers. Clampett was responsible for the very much still-controversial cartoon short, Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs (1943). It is a modern parody retelling of the Disney version of the timeless classic of Snow White but with...

What Would ‘Raggedy Ann and Andy’ Look Like If Joe Oriolo Productions Made It?

Here in Thunderbeanland: I’ve been really busy just trying to catch up after the second scanning trip. This one was mostly 16mm prints, and involved more reels than I’ve ever scanned in a short period of time. They’re looking good, and the adventure continues! Since I was trying to do so much scanning in just a few days, I came back with raw files...

Fitness vs. Fatness (Part 10): Low-Cal and Low-Brow

As life progressed into the 70’s the subject of exercise perhaps started to fade slightly from the forefront of politicization. The era of Vietnam brought more protests against military involvements, and potentially de-popularized the notion that all youth must be maintained in Army-ready fitness. But, Madison Avenue would continue to pick up the...

Walt Disney’s “101 Dalmatians” Long-Awaited Soundtrack Album

There was no soundtrack album when 101 Dalmatians premiered 60 years ago, nor would there be for almost four decades. WALT DISNEY’S 101 DALMATIANS Classic Soundtrack Series Walt Disney Records 60654-7 (Compact Disc / Mono) Released in 1998. Restoration Producer/Digital Editor: Randy Thornton. Digital Restoration Executive Producer: Ted Kryczko....

Getting Into Hot Water with Donald Duck

Today, hot water in a home is commonplace across the country and in much of the developed world, so much so that we take it for granted. But in 1920, only 1% of U.S. homes had electricity and indoor plumbing. The idea of hot water on demand from the home faucet was still years away and was not conventional until the 1940s. That is when plumbing and...

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