Exclusive Clip! See Jim Davis Drawing Garfield the Cat in Garfield’s Holiday Collection

Posted on November 5, 2014 at 3:41 pm

We are delighted to have an exclusive peek at a behind-the-scenes bonus clip from Garfield’s Holiday Collection. You can see Jim Davis drawing Garfield, star of the most widely syndicated comic strip in the world.

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Happy 100th Birthday, Charles Addams

Posted on January 7, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Google salutes the 100th anniversary of the birth of cartoonist Charles Addams with a suitably macabre Google Doodle today.

Addams created  series of delightfully ghoulish cartoons for the New Yorker, collected in books like Chas Addams Happily Ever After: A Collection of Cartoons to Chill the Heart of Your Loved One.  They inspired the classic 1960’s Addams Family television series, with Carolyn Jones and John Astin and two 1990’s feature films with Anjelica Houston and Raul Julia.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVDJvrBFDDc
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TV Theme Songs (Part 4)

Posted on May 9, 2010 at 8:00 am

Cartoons!

When I was a kid, the cartoon theme songs were light pop jingles and we could all sing along.

But then some of them got more electric, more rock power ballad-style, even some hip-hop.

Listen to the sweet original theme of “Sesame Street”

And here’s the bouncier update:

And here it is, sung by an R&B superstar.

Compare the opening song for the 1950’s Mickey Mouse Club with the more energetic 90’s version or the two versions of the PBS kids’ show, “Zoom.”

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Rocky and Bullwinkle Celebrate their 50th Anniversary

Posted on November 20, 2009 at 8:54 am

My friend Bob Elisberg has a marvelous salute to the sensational Rocky and Bullwinkle, “from the maniacally clever mind of Jay Ward,” who yesterday celebrated the 50th anniversary of their first broadcast.

My parents were very strict about television, but this was one of the few shows they let us watch. They not only let us — they watched with us. It was one of the first television shows for children to have jokes for adults. As I grew up, there were innumerable times when I would learn something new and suddenly have the retroactive pleasure of understanding some past Rocky and Bullwinkle joke. There’s an opera called “Boris Godunov?” Aha! That explains the name of R&B bad guy Boris Badanov! And remember the name of their alma mater? Wassamata U? Remember “fan mail from some flounders?” And “watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat?” (“That trick never works!”)

Few people today will get the joke about the Kerward Derby (a play on the name of then-minor-celebrity Durward Kirby), but this is still purely delightful.

And of course I always had a special fondness for Dudley Do-Right because his leading lady was named Nell.

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