Monday, Mar 03, 2014
by Ned Wazowski
Bloopers prove that the best part of something might be the mistakes.
Uncontrollable laughter, forgotten lines or pranks or practical jokes by fellow cast members. For me, the Special Features are the best reason to own a DVD, and bloopers, also known as outtakes or a gag reel, are irresistible.
The term blooper originates from wartime censorship – it’s short for ‘Blue Pencil’ which was used to cross out unacceptable parts of documents and letters by the 'blue-person'. Its use for these flubs on film was popularized in the 1950s in a series of record albums entitled Pardon My Blooper.
But one of the earliest champions of the blooper reel as entertainment in and of itself was the Burt Reynolds classic Smokey and the Bandit II. Theatre-goers in 1980 didn’t walk out during the closing credits but instead were glued to their seats watching Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, but mostly Burt Reynolds flub their lines, miss their marks and otherwise waste precious film in their tomfoolery.
Blooper reels allow us to catch our favorite actors when they let their guard down and we see them being real. You certainly walk out of the theatre thinking that these are people who get along well with each other and who have a lot of fun...
Are you an official Space Cadet? For a period in the early 1960s, Spaceman Jax was part of a balanced...
Monday, Feb 24, 2014
by Ned Wazowski
Are you in or are you out?
When you’re a kid, a sense of belonging is so important. You yearn to be included as part of the group, and being left out is the worst punishment. Fan clubs allow kids to proudly declare their membership to the world, with all the documents – from their favorite hero no less – to back it up.
As a kid, I was a card-carrying member of the Pennyland Fan Club. We didn’t hold meetings or attend events, but that little rectangle of card stock made me feel closer to my favorite characters. Of course, some fan clubs actually did things and even elected officers (rumor has it Margie was President of her local chapter of the Jupiter Fan Club), offering members other ways to be connected to their heroes.
And what if that hero were fictional? That didn’t matter at all. In fact, a club made up...
Previously unpublished works by Clarence 'Otis' Dooley
It was easy to love Frank and his Friend, with its ice cream smudged logic and playful escapism. The characters charmed their way into our hearts and influenced countless cartoonists. These 52 never-before-seen images provide a glimpse into the development of one of the most enduring comics and allow us to meet Frank and his Friend all over again.
The images, dating from the comic’s early years, were lost after Dooley’s untimely death in 1984. These drawings and illustrations, seen for the first time in over 30 years, reveal much of the journey Dooley took in creating our favorite...
Monday, Feb 17, 2014
by Ned Wazowski
The 21st century – the same as it’s always been.
Watching old episodes of the Jetsons, I’m really struck by how similar life seems today as it was for the “family of the future.” Obviously there are universal truths that may never change: raising kids, working for a big company, and human-canine relations.
But it’s the 1960s view of technology that’s so interesting – all of the screens in the Jetsons, all of the button-pushing and desire for instant-everything.
It’s remarkable not how much the Jetson’s home resembles the home of the future seen at the 1964 World’s Fair, but how much it resembles our homes today. Flat screen televisions that take up one wall of...
Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014
by Ned Wazowski
Have you seen some of the nice things that people have been saying about us?
Not to toot our own horns or anything, but we wanted to pass on the good news to some of our friends.
Do you remember that feeling when you were a kid and your teacher would say something nice about you to your Mom and Dad right in front of you? This only happened once or twice for me (mostly I heard “Talks too much in...
The recipe for simulated gold flakes is about the best kept secret in soft drink history. Donald J. Prufrock, Jr., President of the Bunchy Bottling Company and son of the drink’s inventor, said the recipe was divided into three parts...
Oberpfaffendorfer made their special cocoa available only during the Christmas season. According to the company’s archives, distributors were required to send unsold packages back on December 26th. If there were any left that is. It’s easy to see how it...
Giclèe Reproduction $ 49.00 Original Drawing $ 150.00 This original production drawing by Jim Dewicky is from the episode “A Gem of an Idea” broadcast originally in 1962. This rare piece of production artwork is stamped...