Tag Archives: donkeys

No Talking, Just Animals

At the most recent OzCon International, I was on a panel about animals in Oz, discussing, among other things, whether they have the same rights as humans. It went off track a few times, but some interesting topics came up. … Continue reading

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Santanimals

According to the annoyingly catchy Christmas novelty song “Dominick the Donkey,” Santa Claus rides a donkey because “the reindeer cannot climb the hills of Italy.” But can’t the reindeer fly, in which case hills would be more or less irrelevant? … Continue reading

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Back in the High Life Again

Robert R. Pattrick’s Unexplored Territory in Oz was a seminal work in the field sometimes known as Ozian Research, which is basically research that treats the Oz books as true history rather than fiction. Not a very practical field of … Continue reading

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The Man with the Talking Ass

No, not Jim Carrey, but Balaam, a character who appears in the Biblical book of Numbers. Basically, the story has it that Balaam, who was essentially a curse-speaker for hire, was ordered by King Balak of Moab to curse the … Continue reading

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Hiding in an Ass’s Hide

Picture by Cathy Delanssay This week’s fairy tale is one I just recently read, “Donkeyskin,” a story of attempted incestuous rape and a donkey that craps out gold coins. There are actually several varieties on this tale, with different cultures … Continue reading

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What Would Geppetto Do?

Pinocchio (1940) – It’s kind of weird that this was actually Disney’s second full-length animated feature, because it’s just so dark. I mean, Snow White had some dark elements, but overall it was pretty cheerful and fun. But Pinocchio? The … Continue reading

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