movieDate: september 21, 1897

(Note: our light posting lately is due to a family illness.) 

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ON THIS DAY in 1897, the New York Sun published an editorial titled “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus”. This event was depicted in the 2009 animated short film, YES, VIRGINIA.

at theaters: july 24, 1985

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Opened in movie theaters 28 years ago today:

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THE BLACK CAULDRON (Walt Disney Studios)

Review: “Disney’s expensive, ambitious animated feature is a pretty good but unmemorable sword-and sorcery tale; Good storytelling for kids, with impressive effects animation for buffs.”  Leonard Maltin

Quote: “My, what funny little ducklings. Don’t they know that the Black Cauldron is indestructible? Now listen carefully. The Black Cauldron can never be destroyed. Only its evil powers can be stopped.”

Trivia: Shortly before the film’s release to theaters, newly appointed Disney studio chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg ordered several scenes from The Black Cauldron be cut, due to both its length and the fear that the graphic nature of them would alienate children and family audiences. —wikipedia

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Mel Blanc

Born: May 30, 1908, San Francisco
Began imitating voices: at age 10
First Warner Bros. cartoon voice: as a drunken bull in PICADOR PORKY
Other voices: 
Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Pepé Le Pew, Porky Pig, Woody Woodpecker (1940-41)
Nickname:
 “Man of a thousand voices”
Was voice of: Doug and Bob MacKenzie’s father, in STRANGE BREW (1983)
Recommended films: PORKY’S DUCK HUNT, BIRDS ANONYMOUS, TORTOISE WINS BY A HARE, WHAT’S OPERA, DOC?, RABBIT SEASONING…

at theaters: may 26, 1948

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Opened in movie theaters 65 years ago today:

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MELODY TIME (animated; Walt Disney)

Review: “Alternately cute and arty melange of Disney cartoon shorts lines up several winners in a row.” Leonard Maltin

Quote: “The intoxicating rhythm of the samba. A talented miss serves a musical cocktail with a true Latin American fling. So if three boisterous birds of a feather fall under the influence of this torrid tropical tempo, don’t blame them, blame it on the rhythm of the samba!” —Narrator

Trivia: Due to the controversy surrounding the smoking in Pecos Bill, the segment was “heavily edited” when the film was released onto DVD in 1998. While the character of Bill is shown “smoking a cigarette in several sequences”, the edited version cuts these scenes, “resulting in the removal of almost the entire tornado sequence, and [creating] some odd hand and mouth movements for Bill throughout”. —wikipedia


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at theaters: february 7, 1940

PREMIERED 73 years ago today:

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PINOCCHIO (animated; Walt Disney Productions)

“Technically dazzling, emotionally rich, with unforgettable characters and some of the scariest scenes ever put on film. A joy, no matter how many times you see it.” —Leonard Maltin

Recognition: Oscars for Original Score, Original Song; National Film Registry (1994)

Quote: A conscience is that still small voice that people won’t listen to. That’s just the trouble with the world today.” —Jiminy Cricket, in reply to Pinocchio’s question, “What are conscience?”

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