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Coping with Immortality

We’re up to the 1978 Oziana, with a cover by Bill Eubank that appears to be partially based on a John R. Neill illustration from Kabumpo in Oz. Then there’s an Oz-E-Gag by Eubank, comparing The Wizard of Oz to … Continue reading

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Time for Terror

Here’s a rundown of all the movies we watched this October (well, except for Halloween Kills), all horror-adjacent, but not necessarily all horror films per se. A lot of them turned out to be horror comedies, which wasn’t really intentional. … Continue reading

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The World Is a Very Scarry Place

I’ll occasionally see references to Richard Scarry on Twitter or some other site, and I can definitely remember growing up with his books. I’m sure a lot of people can; they’re just the sort of thing people give to kids. … Continue reading

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You Oughta Be in Pictures

When I wrote my review of The Wonder City of Oz, Marc Berezin mentioned that he thought John R. Neill had written some of it to make use of pre-existing art. Repurposing his art is definitely a thing Neill did; … Continue reading

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Baskets Full of Easter Joy

Now that Easter is over, I suppose I should write about the relevant cartoons Beth and I watched this year. A Claymation Easter – This was on the same DVD as A Claymation Christmas, and I thought it would be … Continue reading

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Duck and Cover

Today, I’m looking at two more Carl Barks comic collections. Uncle Scrooge: The Twenty-Four Carat Moon – The title story here has a rather wacky plot, Astronomers discover another moon behind the regular one that’s made entirely out of gold. … Continue reading

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Quit Jiving Me, Turkey

It’s Thanksgiving, and we were originally planning to visit Beth’s mom and uncle today, but then we both tested positive for COVID. So we’re staying at home, and I’m not even sure what we’re going to have for dinner. At … Continue reading

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Companimals

Animal companions are a recurring theme in the Oz books, starting with Dorothy’s dog Toto. Kids reading the books were likely used to pets, so it makes sense. Since animals talk in Oz, however, some animal characters are more equal … Continue reading

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Lousy Scots! They Ruined Scotland!

Brave – SPOILERS! I really didn’t know a whole lot about this movie, other than that it was about a Scottish tomboy princess who didn’t want to get married. And that’s a fair amount of what happens, but there’s some … Continue reading

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All’s Fair in Oz

It’s interesting how much of the Oz series can be seen as referencing circuses and fairs. I guess it’s not surprising for children’s books of the time (or, really, even today, although the traditional circus is severely waning in popularity). … Continue reading

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