Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A-Team Star Wars Mashup

Oh... the internet. What wonderful things that are wrought therein. Yea... verily!

Breathe Easy, Smoke Clean

Looking at these early television commercials... it seems that smoking cigarettes was a fun and healthy lifestyle choice... despite the fact that they caused cancer, emphysema, and other life threatening diseases. But, hey... at least they don’t warn you about skin cancer in these commercials... out on the beach without slathering on some SPF protection.

Video clips below:

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Krazy Kat (1916)

Interesting cartoon from the early 20th Century... enjoy.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The 8th Man

Growing up in a city with more UHF stations than the more conventional VHF (dating myself here, aren’t I?) there was tons of stuff to watch... including roughly translated anime from Japan. The videos below represent an episode of one of my very favorites from that era. Enjoy Eitoman (translated the 8th Man in the USA.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Friday, December 25, 2009

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R.I.P. Connie Hines

From 1961 through 1966, Connie Hines was the cute blond who appeared in the sitcom about the talking horse, Mr. Ed.

New England native Connie Hines has exited the planet at age 78. Our prayers for her family and loved ones.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Santa Claus Gets a Beat-Down

Leave it to Aaron MacGruder to turn our favorite bastion of commercialism on its head with this Boondocks episode. Enjoy this video clip... and Merry Christmas to all.

R.I.P. George Michael

I was a kid in Philadelphia when George Michael was Boss Jock on Philly’s WFIL-AM.  Michael had a raucous style that distinguished him in both the Philly and New York markets.  But, it was his work in television sports where he really shined.

When he eventually transferred to WRC in the nation’s capitol to take on WUSA’s Glenn Brenner (who worked for Michael as a High School intern at Philadelphia’s WFIL). Brenner sadly passed away in 992 at age of 44.

As a sportscaster, George Michael transformed television sports. His Sports Machine broadcast, for which he won a Sports Emmy® in 1985,  was syndicated to over 200 television stations and is credited as the inspiration for ESPN’s “Sports Center.”

Born on March 24, 1939 in St. Louis, Missouri... Michael had been fighting cancer for the past two years.  He exited the planet at age 70.  We offer prayers for his family, friends, and colleagues. 

George’s career is chronicled in The Washington Post, at WTOP news radio, and at Michael’s home for several wonderful decades, WRC TV 4.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Angus Schrimm

Angus Schrimm is best known as The Tall Man from the Phantasm movies. See him in action in these video clips:

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Before MTV there was Wolfman Jack and the Midnight Special. And this episode featured the most soulful buckeyes with a dose of funk that still makes your body move. Ladies and Gentlemen: The Ohio Players (featuring Sugarfoot) with their hit song... FIRE:

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Last Minute Shopping Ideas

Before Dragnet... Before M*A*S*H... Harry Was a Drag Queen!

It is hard to imagine this aired on CBS in the 1960’s... but the reality is that it did. And it is funnier (and a wee bit racier) than a lot of what is on TV today. And so... ladies and gentlemen... Pete & Gladys (but sponsored by Goodyear, not by Carnation).

R.I.P. Arnold “Top Cat” Stang

We were saddened to learn that Arnold Stang, who was the voice of Hanna-Barbera cartoon character Top Cat has exited the planet.  He was 91.

Stang worked with Hollywood royalty, staring on radio in the 1940’s with cantankerous comedian Henry Morgan. He appeared on television with Milton Berle on his Texaco Star Theater and, more recently, on an episode of The Cosby Show with guest star Sammy Davis Jr.

He did a pilot for “The Arnold Stang Show” that never saw the light of day. Of course, thanks to the power of the internet, you can see it by clicking here. It may give you an idea why the pilot was never picked up.

On the big screen, Stang was Sparrow in 1955’s Man with the Golden Arm starring Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak. However, perhaps his most notable film role was working with Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1970’s Hercules in New York.

We remember Mr. Stang fondly for his voice-over work in cartoons including Popeye’s pal Shorty, as Herman the Mouse, and of course Top Cat (in which Stang channeled Phil Silvers).

More recently, he did voice-over work for the Cartoon Network series Courage the Cowardly Dog and voiced the Honey Nut Cheerios Bee in the 1980’s.

We could go on and on... but you can read more about this great character actor at The Hollywood Reporter and at TV Party.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Probably Not What Charlie Peacock Was Singing About...

Perhaps my absolute CP song is In The Light. An awesome arrangement of lyrics that strip your heart down to the core. However, I don’t think the video below was what Charlie was singing about when he wrote that song:

Tarzan Tries to Out-Dance Mr. Clean

One of the things I loved about the Monkees was the surrealism. Like the toe-tapping mannequin... Mickey in costume and in drag... and the dance-off between Tarzan and Mr. Clean. They just don’t make them like that anymore. Check out the video below:

Sunday, December 20, 2009

R.I.P. Brittany Murphy

We have seen reports from a number of sources including TMZ and The Huffington Post that 32-year-old actress Brittany Murphy has suddenly exited the planet.

Reports say that Murphy went into cardiac arrest early in the morning and attempts to revive her were unsuccessful.

A Georgia native who was reared in Jersey, Murphy was reportedly a practicing Christian. Prayers for her family and loved ones.

Iron Man 2

You got about six months wait before this hits the screens... but the trailer featuring Garry Shandling is a hoot. Check it out... and anyone besides me wonder if the tie-in with Incredible Hulk will be revealed in this film? Anyone? Bueller? Check out the video (in High Def) below:

Saturday, December 19, 2009

We Close Our Eyes

Something weird about this video... maybe it is the weird musical arrangement... or perhaps the lead singer holding a gigantic adjustable spanner (that’s “monkey wrench” to us Yanks) instead of an instrument or a microphone. Or, maybe the dancing wooden artist figures that wind up attacking to of the band members. I worked in a place that had an art shop and the lead artist had two of those on her desk. Somebody always re-posed them so one was bent over and the other had its foot up... hmm, wonder who did that? Well, anyway... check out another weird but dancable one from the 1980’s.

How Do You Speak to an Angel

Part of the reason that Martin et Lewis broke up... from what I was told... is that Jerry was muscling in on Dean’s singing and taking all of the funniest lines for himself. Comparing the two in the video below, it is obvious who the better singer was... but yet Jerry is a hoot to watch and to listen to.

Julia Stiles Wants to Give You...

I wonder if Julia Stiles will read my screenplay. She would be awesome in it... maybe win a Globe... maybe an Oscar®... who knows? Sigh...

Friday, December 18, 2009

Dexter Drama Continues...

For those who still have not seen the season finale of Showtime’s brilliant (and currently highest rated) series Dexter... stop reading. But for the rest of us... Julie Benz is having fun with her (hopefully momentary) unemployment. Actually... she is reportedly having lots of fun with Sylvester Stallone in the Rambo reboot. But anyway, check her out on E! guzzling a libation that I (as a Tennessee Squire) know a little something about...

Pete & Gladys

Hard to imagine that television was actually this sappy back in the 1960’s.  Hey, who am I kidding.  It is actually worse today... the exception being that advertisements are no longer built into programming.  But maybe that is not all it is cracked up to be?  Anyway... enjoy!

R.I.P. Alaina Reed Hall

We read the details on Afrobella about the loss of a wonderful actress who now joins her husband, Kevin Peter Hall (best known as the eponymous Predator who battled Arnold Schwarzenegger and others.

Some of us remember her on Sesame Street back in the day. Others for her role on the sitcom 227. Still others for the great body of work she leaves behind. Rest in peace.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

R.I.P. Chris Henry

So sad... so tragic... so ironic that five-season member of the Cincinnati Bengals, Chris Henry, has exited the planet at the age of 26 in what seems to be a senseless manner.

Read the full report on CNN.

R.I.P. Tisha Taylor Murphy

We were saddened to hear from The Huffington Post that comedian Charlie Murphy has lost his wife and mother of their children. Charlie is, of course, brother of Eddie Murphy.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

R.I.P. Oral Roberts

Evangelist Oral Roberts has exited the planet after suffering from pneumonia at the age of 91 years.

You may read details about the man, his ministry, and more at The New York Times.

There is also an audio retrospective available for listening at National Public Radio.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Alice, Be My Girl!

Ah... yes. Memories. Such memories. How can you forget these... um, well, I can’t recall. But seriously folks: “Meet me on the staircase, girl; let’s break the golden rule” is as good as it got in the 80’s. Let us jump into the wayback machine and enjoy this classic music video, shall we?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Dueling Tea Bags ???

MSNBC explores the political movement(s) known as Tea Parties... and the re-imagined colloquialism Tea Bagging... in quite the adult way. And, as the conservatives and liberals continue to do battle... we quote Rodney King, “Can’t we all just get along?” (apparently not). Check out the Rachel Maddow Show clip (including a segment from the motion picture Pecker below:

Bimbo’s Initiation

We have seen Max Fleischer’s Bimbo character as an assistant to Betty Boop... but this solo cartoon is... well... you just have to see it. This is one of the more surrealistic cartoons of the 1930’s -- sort of what Disney would produce if their animators were tripping on crack or acid or all of the above. Check this cartoon out and let us know what you think about it...

Friday, December 4, 2009

Poor Cinderella

Poor Cinderella allows Max Fleischer’s team to take on another story better known by Disney... but with their unique style. And the color is a nice touch for a series usually produced in Black and White. My only complaint is that it doesn’t have the same snazzy jazzy atmosphere as the other Betty Boop cartoons that we have seen.

Check it out below:

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Old Man Of The Mountain

More great jazz crooning by the wonderful Cab Calloway in this Max Fleischer cartoon featuring Betty Boop. This 1933 classic shows you Cab and his orchestra in action... and features some cutting-edge motion capture technology where the old man does Cab’s dance! Warped New York Jewish humor with a soupçon of New Orleans jazz! Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You

Another classic from Max and Dave Fleischer featuring the distinctive crooning of Louis Armstrong. This was shot in the early 1930’s, so you will see clips of a very young Satchmo conducting his orchestra... accompanied by some slightly disturbing racial stereotype animation. But New Orleans hot jazz has never sounded better. And, can somebody tell me the meaning of the Hebrew lettering that appears in the speedometer that appears on Koko’s rear end?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Hidey Hidey Ho and Boop Boop a Doop!

Max Fleischer was the anti-Disney... producing cartoons with a soupçon of New York Jewish humor that were rather adult... even by today’s standards. But one thing that I appreciate is the showcase he gave to African American artists... like Cab Calloway. Check out Betty Boop in Fleischer’s version of Snow White featuring Calloway crooning the New Orleans standard, “Saint James Infirmary.”

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