Category Archives: Animals

The Money Cat Knows Where the Money Tree Grows

Gay Purr-ee – Apparently Chuck Jones beat Disney to an animated movie about cats in Paris by almost a decade. There was some real star power behind it, too. It was Judy Garland’s only animated role and Robert Goulet’s first … Continue reading

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I Wish We Were Going to Candy Apple Island

King Kong – I finally watched the classic 1933 film, and I have to wonder how much my own take on the movie reflects the creators’ intentions. I saw it as a condemnation on cruelty to animals and exploitation of … Continue reading

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Harum Scarab

The ancient Egyptians seemed to have a god for every kind of animal with which they were familiar, some of which were quite prominent and others more obscure. The scarab beetle was a common symbol in Egypt, used for many … Continue reading

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Throwing the Books at You

The Last Adventure of Constance Verity, by A. Lee Martinez – I haven’t read all of Martinez’ books, but I believe each one takes place in a different universe, at least as far as we know. He definitely has a … Continue reading

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To Prejudge a Predator

Zootopia – Since I’d seen all of the previous Disney animated classics, I wanted to try to see new ones at the theater, and I failed with this one. Instead, I just watched it last night. It was a pretty … Continue reading

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Great Ants

In Rick Riordan’s latest book, The Hidden Oracle, Apollo encounters a group of giant ants guarding the entrance to a sacred grove. These ants, the Myrmekes, are indeed part of Greek mythology, or perhaps more accurately Greek pseudo-history. The Myrmekes … Continue reading

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Toto Recall

Dorothy’s pet Toto might well be one of the most famous dogs in literature, but how much do you really know about him? L. Frank Baum never specifies a breed for him, simply describing in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz … Continue reading

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