Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Cartoon Brew In The Penalty Box

As much as we enjoy the Cartoon Brew blog of Jerry Beck and Amid Amidi, we have to remand it to the penalty box for a recent image displayed quite prominently on that site. If you clicked through to the blog and saw the image in question (a popular cartoon character with extra added "equipment"), we profusely apologize.

Stuff You Can't Possibly Make Up

I was with one of my fourth grade students today. We were going over a piece of music that had a measure with the notes A-G-E. I told him, "If you take the three letters of the notes in this measure, it spells a word that describes how old you are." The boy looks at me and gives me his answer - "Ten!" It took me a good five minutes to compose myself.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Popeye, The Ace of Space

Now you know how much I love to see these with the ORIGINAL titles...

This is one half of the 3D print. There were only a handful of big-studio 3D cartoons. Warner Bros. had "Lumber Jack-Rabbit", Lantz had "Hypnotic Hick", and Famous had two - this and "Boo Moon".

Monday, March 22, 2010

Celebrity Sweepstakes

Here is the first part of the final NBC network episode of "Celebrity Sweepstakes", a show that ran from 1974-1976 on network and until 1977 in syndication. The show, hosted by Jim McKrell, had an obvious horse-racing motif and a checkered production history. There were legal wranglings between the two production companies involved, Burt Sugarman Productions and Ralph Andrews Productions. By the time this episode aired, Andrews was in full control of the show. The other parts are available to you in the sidebar.

There were a few format changes by the time the show ended - the celebrities, in the earliest episodes of the show, wrote their answers to EVERY question, and the odds were set on the basis of the questions themselves, not on the categories. There was also a tote board shown periodically that indicated the correct number of answers for each celebrity. I like this format, however, since it plays a little faster than I remember it. There was also a theme music change for about a year or so - an sprlightly Alan Thicke composition incorporating the "First Call" bugle tune heard at racetracks replaced the Stan Worth theme song heard here. And one of the nicer things about this show was that all contestants kept their money, even if they lost. One episode featured the loser going home with about $11,000.

In starting gate #4 we see Carol Wayne, then married to Burt Sugarman. She was a little less ditsy than I remember her being on the show, but she always had a sweet nature about her.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

New Blog carries the flame of the late Lloyd Thaxton, whose blog we discovered and linked to during the final years of his life.