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Shirley Is in Her Holy Temple

I don’t know how seriously Shirley Temple was considered for the role of Dorothy in the 1939 Wizard of Oz, but I do seem to recall reading that she was actually familiar with the Oz books. Many years later, she … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Stan Freberg

Crap, the people I admire are dropping like flies. Stan Freberg died today of pneumonia at the age of eighty-eight. He was active in the entertainment industry for decades, someone I think we’ve pretty much all come across at some … Continue reading

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Cereal Offenders

The Internet has had a lot of talk about cereal commercial mascots, but I figured I might as well add my voice to the hubbub. I never was big on this sort of dry cereal myself, partially because my parents … Continue reading

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Toon Talk

I find it interesting that the original voice of Porky Pig, Joe Dougherty, really did stutter. Because he couldn’t control it, recording sessions would run too long and become too expensive, so he was replaced by Mel Blanc. Blanc kept … Continue reading

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Cats and Company

I remember when I used to read the newspaper comics in my childhood, and being rather confused by why Garfield and Heathcliff looked so similar. I seem to recall pondering whether there was a connection between the two, but there … 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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