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I Love to Singa

Posted by on Sep 19, 2015 in Audial Stimulation!, Movies, Saturday Morning Cartoons, Visual Stimulation | 0 comments

One of my all-time favorite Merrie Melodies is I Love to Singa, the story of Owl Jolson, a tiny owl who is rejected by his father for not following in the family traditions of classical music, instead wanting to be a jazz singer. It’s a surprisingly great story about parents learning to love their child for who he is, despite the initial shock and disappointment of him not turning out just like them.It was directed by Tex Avery, produced by Leon Schlesinger, and released to theaters on July 18, 1936, by Warner Bros. and Vitaphone. “I Love to Singa” was first a song written by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg for the 1936 Warner Bros. feature-length film The Singing Kid. It is performed three times in the film: first by Jolson and Cab Calloway, then by the Yacht Club Boys and...

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Shazzan!

Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 in Saturday Morning Cartoons, Visual Stimulation | 0 comments

In the late 1960’s, Hanna – Barbera Productions, along with legendary animator/artist Alex Toth, created several cartoon shows for Saturday mornings. One of my favorites is Shazzan! Long before the late, great Robin Williams voiced the genie in Aladdin, Shazzan was a genie who helped teen-agers Chuck and Nancy, who had become trapped in the age of the Arabian Nights. The intro to the show gives this explanation: Inside a cave off the coast of Maine, Chuck and Nancy find a mysterious chest containing the halves of a strange ring. When joined, the ring forms the word “Shazzan” and with this magical command, they are transported back to the fabled land of the Arabian Nights. Here they meet their genie, Shazzan. Shazzan presents them with Kaboobie, a magical flying camel. Shazzan will serve them whenever they call, but he...

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Flash Gordon

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Saturday Morning Cartoons, Visual Stimulation | 0 comments

Shortly after Star Wars came out, I was still soaking up any kind of SF TV i could find. I was around 11 or 12 when I first saw the New Adventures of Flash Gordon on NBC. Made by Filmation, who would later bring us Masters of The Universe, this cartoon was a labor of love for producer Lou Scheimer, who was a fan of the Alex Raymond comic strips and the serials of the 40’s.  This series ran for two seasons from 1979 to 1982 and was originally conceived as a made-for-TV film, but was restructured as a weekly series. NBC was unhappy with the serial type storytelling of the first season and revamped the show to be more episodic, as well as adding the ubiquitous goofy sidekick animal, and it was cancelled shortly thereafter. The show featured all...

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Legionnaires pt 2

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Comic Books, Saturday Morning Cartoons | 0 comments

This week’s installment focuses on the Legionnaire known as Timber Wolf!Timber Wolf is Brin Londo and first appeared in Adventure Comics 327 as Lone Wolf. He was basically Wolverine before Marvel did Wolverine. Here is a link to a fantastic origin page for Timber Wolf: http://majorspoilers.com/2007/06/10/hero-history-timber-wolf/ The costume from these pictures was designed by the legendary Dave Cockrum, who would later draw Wolverine.In fact, when Cockrum later took over drawing the X-men and helped create the Imperial Guard, he patterned Guardsman Fang after T. Wolf After his costume is destroyed, Wolverine kills Fang and takes his. Timber Wolf has had multiple costume variationsHe was featured in the Legion animated seriesHe was in long-running relationship with Light Lass. One of the best Timber Wolf tales takes place in Legion of Super-Heroes v.3 issue 13 and spotlights Brin as he  attempts to honor the...

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Dungeons and Dragons!!!

Posted by on May 30, 2015 in Saturday Morning Cartoons | 0 comments

I was just getting into AD&D when this gem came out in 1983. I was in my mid-teens and it wasn’t cool to watch cartoons anymore(not that we were really concerned with what was cool), but I can remember several of us getting together on Saturday mornings to watch this. The plots were fairly straightforward and it really had about as much to do with D&D as GI Joe did with the U. S.military, but we enjoyed it, if only for the opportunity to mock it. The characters names are awful(Presto the magician?) and they have classes that didn’t exisit in D&D(acrobat?) and the voice cast was B-list heaven(Donnie Most from Happy Days and Willie Ames from Eight is Enough) but we enjoyed it nonetheless.   A co-production of Marvel Productions(!) and TSR, the show originally ran from 1983 through...

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