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Post by ShyViolet » October 18th, 2006, 3:26 pm

That is one great looking guy! :wink:
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Post by Meg » October 18th, 2006, 8:26 pm

Ha, you guys... :lol:

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Post by Daniel » October 19th, 2006, 2:59 am

Beat me to it, Meg! For real! :lol:

Btw, new member! Hi jane! Welcome to the boards. :)

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Joe Barbera's Birthday

Post by AH3RD » March 24th, 2008, 8:25 pm

Today marks what would have been the 97th birthday of the late, legendary animator/producer Joseph Roland Barbera.

Barbera and partner William Denby Hanna (1910-2001) are of course remembered for an amazingly huge chunk of cartoon history: Tom and Jerry, Ruff and Reddy, Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Loopy DeLoop, Josie and The Pussy Cats, Cattanooga Cats, Harlem Globetrotters, Space Ghost. Birdman, Moby Dick and Mighty Mightor, Partridge Family 2200 A.D. The Jetsons, Top Cat, Jonny Quest, Super Friends, Hong Kong Phooey, Grape Ape, Mumbly, Jabberjaw, Dynomutt, Clue Club, Super Friends, Skatebirds, The Banana Splits, and a host of others, winning Oscars and Emmies for their magnificent efforts.

Barbera passed away on December 18, 2006 at the age of 95. However, both these magnificent, talented artists shall continue to be remembered and honored...by hundreds of millions of their fans.

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Post by Ben » March 25th, 2008, 6:09 am

I believe we still have a thread held over from a previous birthday!

Funny, like Disney, their names continue to be associated with a certain type of entertainment long after their deaths.

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Happy Birthday, Mr. Bond!

Post by GeorgeC » August 25th, 2008, 11:07 pm

Sir Sean Connery turned 78 this Monday...


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Post by eddievalient » August 26th, 2008, 12:55 am

LOL That's the SNL bit, right? Certainly a memorable one. Sadly, the only one of Connery's Bond movies I've seen is Diamonds Are Forever, but it was pretty good. Someday I'll get the boxsets and watch all the movies but for now I've only got a few of the original releases. Question: The first run of Bond dvds had some great documentaries about the series as a whole (how some of the stunts were pulled off, a bio of "Cubby" Broccolli, etc). Do the newer boxsets retain any of those?
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Post by Ben » August 26th, 2008, 8:05 am

I believe the new DVD box sets retain all of the previous extras, except for Die Another Day and one other late one, which for some reason dropped a few non-important things.

Although Dr No is historic for being the first EON Bond, the three Connerys to catch - IMO - are From Russia With Love, Goldfinger and Thunderball. All of them featuring the iconic elements that would define the series and any number of spoofs.

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Post by GeorgeC » October 8th, 2008, 8:17 am

I wonder if someone could coax Sir Connery out of retirement for the rumored Austin Powers 4?

Funny thing is I don't think Connery's ever played a good villain in a film.

He tried it in The Avengers (the movie) and I've heard it didn't work out so well.

Ah well... He is kind of a grump at any rate, isn't he?

The funny thing about actors is that the grumps and jerks generally are better at playing good guys while the nice guys are good at playing villains!

I wonder why psychology generally works that way??

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M-I-C-K-E-Y…Happy Birthday, Mr Mouse!

Post by Ben » November 18th, 2008, 3:54 pm

Even though Disney seems to be waiting for his 85th, we mustn't forget a certain character's birthday today:

http://www.animated-news.com/2008/m-i-c ... -mr-mouse/

What does Mickey mean to you? :)

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Post by GeorgeC » November 18th, 2008, 4:13 pm

Mickey is an icon, and sometimes icons have a hard time breaking out of that status and doing something new.

The last truly good Mickey cartoon was "Runaway Brain" which did new things with the character and introduced some offbeat visuals.

My favorites from his past are the shorts in the 1930s. I think this was the Golden Age for the character before he got too civilized and suburban. This was the era of "The Brave Little Tailor" and "Through the Looking Glass."

Regardless of which Mickey Design they use (I prefer the white-faced button-eyed design myself), I hope somebody remembers the better Mickey cartoons feature a plucky, feisty character who operates best as an action character. Slapstick and comedy is fine, but Mickey's almost better as an Indiana Jones-type to be frank.

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Post by Neal » November 18th, 2008, 5:33 pm

It's been a great 80 years. I just re-watched Mickey's The Prince and the Pauper recently. Mickey has been one of the most versatile cartoon characters ever without much fail.

What do you mean Disney seems to be waiting until his 85th? For what? A press release on it, a party, a new Mickey film?

Wasn't there a Mickey short before Steamboat Willie? One where he's on an airplane? But he wasn't named yet so they don't count it as his birthday?
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Post by Ben » November 18th, 2008, 6:48 pm

Mickey's 50th and 60th generated much publicity, specials and media interest, though they held off doing much for the 70th in order to give a big push to Mickey's 75th.

My comment supposed that Disney - which hasn't provided anywhere near the blitzing that previous celebrations have had - is sitting this one out in order to give Mickey a bigger salute when he hits 85.

There were <I>two</I> Mickey shorts before Willie: Plane Crazy and The Gallopin' Gaucho, both from the same year, 1928, though they were not released until after Willie, when soundtracks were added to them. He was in fact named: Plane Crazy was actually Mickey's debut, on May 13 1928, but November 18 is the much more widely accepted start to his career.

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Post by mailman641 » November 18th, 2008, 7:36 pm

maybe the restoration of the original Laugh O Gram studio will be done for Mickey's 85th? not trying to start any rumors, just wishful thinking on my part.

the laughograms.com page doesn't have a timeline but the status page says the building does have a new roof now.

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Post by Neal » November 18th, 2008, 8:29 pm

Ah yes, Plane Crazy! I couldn't remember what it was called. I tried to google it but couldn't pull up a name.

Well, we'll have to see what Disney has up its sleeve (if anything) for Mickey five years from now.

I wonder if we'll ever finally see a 'canon' full-length Mickey feature. Although, Musketeers was pretty good.

I have my own silly idea for a Mickey feature.
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