I’ve started watching episodes of The Addams Family (the original series, naturally), and it seems to me that (ironically enough) this is probably one of the more traditionalist-minded sitcoms of all time. Peek under the kookiness and ookiness and what you have is a close-knit, loyal clan of aristocrats with a strong sense of tradition … Continue reading Thought of the Day: The Addams Family
For your amusement, a few shorts from Mystery Science Theater 3000: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmjegYYYlUE&ab_channel=BoBalderson A spendthrift teenager gets financial advice from the ghost of Benjamin Franklin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEY9uRknRRc&ab_channel=Flaggboy42 A farm family spends the day at the fair (which is held on the fairgrounds, in case you were wondering) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNJdWWDkjOs&ab_channel=jjpistols Joe Doakes goes before the Eternal Judge to see … Continue reading Low-Effort Blogging: Mst3k Shorts
Since earlier this week I brought up the wonderful Robert Hardy and his role in All Creatures Great and Small, I think we’ll delve a bit more into it, or at least the book it is based on. All Creatures Great and Small is the first volume of semi-fictionalized tales of the life of a … Continue reading Recommendation: All Creatures Great and Small
Outsourcing this week to funny talking animals, courtesy of the BBC series Walk on the Wild Side, which, as you can see, is just comedic voice-overs on some pretty impressive nature footage. This is one of the shorter compilation videos you can find of the series, but personally I think it's the best overall. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kg1gK2E7dAQ … Continue reading Low-Effort Blogging: BBC ‘Wild Side’
I'm afraid I was too busy to get to writing the post I intended today (that's 'busy' spelled according to the Slavic style, where the 'b', the 'u', and the 's' are rendered 'l' 'a' and 'z', respectively). So here are two especially funny episodes of What's My Line? as compensation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPu7OouWsBM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caB0dZUGcq0
I'm a big fan of the show What's My Line, which ran from 1950-1967, which was all about a panel of contestants try to guess the occupations - the 'line' of a guest. Then the special 'mystery guest' round brought in a celebrity guest while the panel blindfolded themselves. This was often a highlight of … Continue reading Low-Effort Blogging: ‘What’s My Line’
Is it just me, or has small-screen animation been deteriorating lately? I happened to see this clip of the Star Wars: Rebels TV show and...my goodness, this animation is pretty darn bad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJo169NVMTw The characters not only look like they're made of sculpted rubber, but their movements are very, very awkward. There's a kind of … Continue reading Comparing Animation, Or What Happened to CG?
1. BW Media Spotlight posted a good piece defending Milo Murphy’s Law, the sequel series to Phineas and Ferb that, alas, failed to find the same audience its predecessor did and lasted only two seasons. Me, I’m a big fan of Phineas and Ferb: it’s one of my all-time favorites, and I really liked Milo … Continue reading Friday Flotsam: Whither Milo Murphy?
While cooking dinner tonight, I suddenly realized something. You know that episode of The Simpson, 'You Only Move Twice', where Homer gets a dream job with a boss who turns out to be a Bond villain ("My department is way ahead of the lasers and germ warfare divisions!"), only for the rest of the family … Continue reading Thought of the Day: A Realization
1. A few observations on different works: 2. When Uncle Walt adapted Alice in Wonderland, he and his writers ended up giving it a bit more of a plot than the book had. Not much, but a little. And if you notice, the plot they gave it was pretty much lifted directly from The Wizard … Continue reading Flotsam: Various Writing Observations