“Hey Grandma! I brought a little bunny rabbit for ya.. TA HAVE!”

Image from wikia.net

Image from wikia.net

I always liked this kid. Voiced by Bea Benaderet, who later was the voice of Betty Rubble and later still Kate Bradley on “Petticoat Junction.”

I think people need to use the phrase “TA HAVE” more often.

“White Christmas” by The Drifters, animation by Joshua Held.

My nieces Phoebe and Nolia and I used to sing and act out all the parts of this. I strayed from the script when I ad libbed, “Take it, Rudolph,” and it seems to have stuck.

In honor of Rocky And Bullwinkle Day

Remember some months ago when I wrote that someone should make a CGI movie of Mr. Peabody and Sherman?

Image from DreamWorks

Image from grogtard.com

Holy cow. Guess what.

Scheduled for release one year from now.

Just like I suggested this past July.

Did I set the wheels in motion for this to happen? It would be arrogant and solipsistic for me to suggest that, I fear. Hard to believe my little blog would wield any such power. But just to be on the safe side:


“Look at me and mah bad self! Uh-huh uh-huh uh-huh!”

I dig this movie.


Past masters: Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera (and Shug Fisher)

From the 1955 MGM cartoon “Pecos Pest.”

Uncle Pecos got him some mad movez!

From Wikipedia:

The song has been heard by many people (as “Froggie Went A-Courtin'”) in the 1955 Tom and Jerry cartoon “Pecos Pest,” which uses a version arranged and performed by Shug Fisher, in character as “Uncle Pecos.” In Pecos Pest, Jerry’s Uncle Pecos stays with him while getting ready for a television appearance, and continues to pluck Tom’s whiskers to use as guitar strings throughout the cartoon. It is an improvised version with many lyrics that are unintelligible, and many changed. For example, he stutters and gives up when he tries to say “hickory tree” and says “way down yonder by the–,” stammers out the names of several types of trees, finally settling (ironically) on “eucalyptus.” He also mentions while continuing the music “That’s the hard part right in there, n-n-n-n-nephew!” and “there’s a yodel in thar somewhar, but it’s a little too high f’r me.”

Some refer to this song as “Crambone” as it is repeated at the end of many lines and said more clearly than the other words in this version. For example the line is “Froggie went a-courtin’ he did ride/Crambone.” Fisher, in character as Pecos, delivers the coda with a glottal stutter on the letter c.

(Clip from MGM or Time-Warner or Sony or whoever the hell holds the rights these days.)

Oh, for a Way-Back Machine.

Image from grogtard.com

Lately I’ve been deeply wishing I had me a Way-Back Machine, like Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Still wondering why no one has ever made a live-action/CGI movie of “Peabody’s Improbable History.” It would be a hell of a lot funnier than “Yogi Bear” was.

From Don Markstein’s brilliant website “Toonopedia”:

Set the Way-Back Machine for 1959. That’s when Jay Ward’s Peabody’s Improbable History began. Peabody was a cartoon series about a time-traveling dog, bespectacled and bow-tied, and his pet boy Sherman. Using Peabody’s “Way-Back Machine,” the pair would take jaunts through history and usually wind up instrumental in making events come out “right,” i.e., the way they’re depicted in history books… The Peabody cartoons are well remembered by the generation that first watched them. “Set the Way-Back Machine” has become a familiar phrase for recalling times gone by.

I know precisely where I’d go and what I’d do if I could hop in the Way-Back Machine with Peabody and Sherman. Much may be undone by saying more. But I bet you know where you’d go and what you’d do if you could do the same.

I don’t care who you are, you cried at the end of “The Iron Giant.”

Image from kenlevine.blogspot.com

“I am not a gun.” “You are who you choose to be.” “No following.” “Superman…” If you didn’t get verklempt at that, you seriously need to check your own pulse. Maybe I need a Desert Island Movies category.

Image from theopenscroll,blogspot.com

I’m a huge animation geek, and this is easily one of my five top favorite animation films.

Lord Chimp reviewed it on Amazon thusly:

“The Iron Giant” choked in the box office, buried under a deluge of flashy films, all of which suffered from a serious dearth of heart and soul. It didn’t help that the advertising campaign was painfully bad, embedding a pretense of “crappy kids’ movie.” And, of course, the animated motion picture genre is decidedly handcuffed by Disney, and any non-Disney flick is sure to elicit cynicism from the kids (the prime demographic for a movie like this).

But forget all that…”The Iron Giant” is a fine movie. Actually, I would go as far as to say it’s the best animated movie I’ve ever seen.

Forget everything you’ve ever thought about animated films. Just for kids…bad script…juvenile humor…long, boring music numbers…talking animal sidekicks with lame one-liners… Forget it all. Instead of staying shackled to convention, “The Iron Giant” eschews all the faults associated with other animated films, and simply delivers a charming film that anyone can enjoy. Pardon the cliché, but in this case, it is absolutely true.

“The Iron Giant”‘s story is delightfully captivating in all its exquisitely crafted facets. The script is irresistible, tastefully witty, and profoundly moving. Time and time again, I marveled at how a single scene could be better than entire movies. The giant robot character is a stranger in a strange land, and his (mis)adventures with Hogarth (the young boy who befriends the robot) are accompanied with elegant humor, but sometimes the lighthearted moments relinquish themselves to emotionally-stirring segments. If the ending doesn’t have you holding back tears, you simply aren’t human. The iron giant himself succeeds in being the ideal non-human character with a very important human element, and that’s one of the greatest merits of this movie’s story.

From a technical standpoint, the animation is simply breathtaking. Special accolade goes to the technique used on the iron giant himself. He is rendered with computers graphics, but with a special cel-shading technique that makes him look hand-drawn. This allows him to seamlessly blend in with the hand-drawn environments and other characters.

Some people will certainly pass by “The Iron Giant.” They’ll return to their Disney flicks — movies that are so engineered to be impressive that they somehow fail. These people will never know what they missed. That is because “The Iron Giant” is so much more than any other animated movie. It’s a ride through a timeless story and human emotion that few movies match, much less animated films. Lofty praise, certainly, but every word of it is sincere and true. Watch it, and you’ll agree.

Clip from Youtube. Song: “Innocence” by Avril Lavigne.

Past masters: Norton Juster, Chuck Jones, Robert Morley – “The Dot And The Line” (1965)

There’s great wisdom in this beyond the surface.

Shout-out to YouTube and MGM, Time Warner, Sony, whoever holds the rights at this point.

This commercial just flat-out rocked.

Early ’60s, Kellogg’s Rice Krispies.

Intricate and jazzy. Listen to how well the lines fit together on the last verse. It’s like a fugue.

I play this one on the radio quite often. I’ve always wanted to find out who the singers and musicians were; there’s probably no way of knowing.

Clip from You Tube.