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“All of me” August 24, 2008

Posted by Jeff in 1946 through 1960, Cool, Jazz, Movies, Music.
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What do the Muppets, Pia Zadora, Django Reinhardt, Jimmie Scott, Billie Holiday, Anne Murray, Willie Nelson, Johnnie Ray, Redd Foxx, Louis Armstrong, Paul Whiteman, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Belle Baker, NOFX, Frank Sinatra and Mildred Bailey have in common?

They all covered this …

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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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“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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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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Great Expectations, fulfilled December 14, 2007

Posted by Jeff in 1946 through 1960, Movies, Trivia questions.
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When we think of British films, we tend to think small … Kind Hearts and CoronetsA Hard Day’s NightThe Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner … British movie studios have never been rolling in pounds sterling, and their best films tend to reflect a more intimate tone.

Except, of course, for David Lean.

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“I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plan” October 27, 2007

Posted by Jeff in 1946 through 1960, Comden and Green, Dance, Fred Astaire, Movies, Musicals, Theater.
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From The Band Wagon (1952), four Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz musical numbers for the price of (n)one …

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Who took Marky’s Maypo? October 24, 2007

Posted by Jeff in 1946 through 1960, Cartoons, John Hubley, Movies, Trivia questions.
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In the Maypo commercials produced by John and Faith Hubley, the actor who did the voices of Marky’s father and his uncle Ralphie was…
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“I want my Maypo!” October 23, 2007

Posted by Jeff in 1946 through 1960, Cartoons, John Hubley, Movies, Trivia questions.
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Like many great filmmakers, John and Faith Hubley took on commercial jobs during the 1950s and 1960s to pay the bills at their studio. This work paid for their great animated films such as “Cockaboody“, “Moonbird” and “The Tender Game“.

The best-known of these were their commercials for Maypo, a maple-flavored breakfast cereal, from which any child of my generation can remember the catchphrase that titles this post.
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“Blue Gardenia” September 18, 2007

Posted by Jeff in 1946 through 1960, Jazz, Movies, Music, Nat King Cole.
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I’ll bet you didn’t know that Nat “King” Cole appears in Citizen Kane. He and his trio are playing “This Can’t Be Love” at the El Rancho nightclub when Thompson is interviewing Susan Alexander.

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