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Yeah, thanks, Ralph February 27, 2008

Posted by Jeff in "Reality has a well-known liberal bias", Cartoons.
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Ralph Nader vs. the world

Liò January 22, 2008

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Liò, 1/20/2008

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My favorite strip in the Los Angeles Times.

Old inbetweeners refuse to fade away January 19, 2008

Posted by Jeff in Art, Cartoons, Zook.
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Old inbetweeners refuse to fade away  ...

Watercolor by Virgil “Vip” Partch. Left to right: Sam Cobean, Tony Rivera, Bill McIntyre, Vip Partch, Reginald Massie (foreground), Dick Shaw.

This probably dates from late 1941 or 1942, after the Disney strike in which they all participated. All five would have been in their late twenties to early thirties at the time …

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“John Henry and the Inky-Poo” January 18, 2008

Posted by Jeff in 1946 through 1960, Cartoons, Movies, Puppetoons.
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John Henry’s home The last completed movie my father ever worked on was his personal favorite.

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“Tubby The Tuba” January 17, 2008

Posted by Jeff in 1946 through 1960, Cartoons, Classical, Movies, Music, Puppetoons, Zook.
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Reg Massie, 1945

Reg Massie, 1945

Unlike clay animators like Nick Park, Will Vinton or Art Clokey, George Pal’s animators worked in a “replacement technique” using hand-carved wooden puppets. A separate puppet (or puppet part) was used for each motion, rather than clay or hinged parts. A single walking sequence, for instance, could involve 12 pairs of legs for one character. An average Puppetoon short would use 9,000 puppets.

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“Mr. Strauss Takes a Walk” January 16, 2008

Posted by Jeff in 1929 through WWII, Cartoons, Classical, Movies, Music, Puppetoons.
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Here’s a goodie from George Pal with the music of Johann Strauß* …

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“Jasper In A Jam” January 15, 2008

Posted by Jeff in 1946 through 1960, Cartoons, Jazz, Movies, Music, Peggy Lee, Puppetoons, Swing, Zook.
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From 1946, a George Pal Puppetoon featuring Charlie Barnet and Peggy Lee, and designed by Reg Massie.

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“Together In The Weather” January 14, 2008

Posted by Jeff in 1946 through 1960, Cartoons, Movies, Puppetoons, Zook.
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This week, a festival of George Pal Puppetoons designed by my father, Reginald Massie (1909-1989).

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“Kill da wabbit!” January 13, 2008

Posted by Jeff in 1946 through 1960, Cartoons, Movies, Music, Opera, Theater.
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Although I would personally vote differently, many have called this the greatest cartoon ever made.

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The greatest cartoon of all time January 12, 2008

Posted by Jeff in 1946 through 1960, Cartoons, Movies.
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And if you disagree, you’re wrong.

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Ain’t no mountain high enough December 31, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Cartoons, In memoriam, Music, R&B.
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Candorville, by Darrin Bell
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Oscar Peterson, 1925-2007 December 26, 2007

Posted by Jeff in 1946 through 1960, Cartoons, Cool, Ella Fitzgerald, In memoriam, Jazz, John Hubley, Movies, Music.
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Oscar Peterson

One of the greatest jazz pianists of all time passed away on Sunday.

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“Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom” December 18, 2007

Posted by Jeff in 1946 through 1960, Cartoons, Movies, Music.
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Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom

This cartoon happened because of a strike — the 1941 Disney strike, to be specific.

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And don’t watch this non-blog, either December 9, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Cartoons, Music, Weirdness.
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