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Carlton the Doorman from Rhoda is one of the great unseen TV characters. Although we did hear him in almost every episode—and he sounded a heck of a lot like Garfield (both were voiced by Lorenzo Music, of course). The … Continue r...
Carlton the Doorman from Rhoda is one of the great unseen TV characters. Although we did hear him in almost every episode—and he sounded a heck of a lot like Garfield (both were voiced by Lorenzo Music, of course). The … Continue reading →
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Flawed film premises weren’t invented in the last decade. In 1977, a gentleman named Lorenzo Music was developing an animated feature called Simon and Miranda, which starred a snail named Simon and his love interest, Miranda the ca...
Flawed film premises weren’t invented in the last decade. In 1977, a gentleman named Lorenzo Music was developing an animated feature called Simon and Miranda, which starred a snail named Simon and his love interest, Miranda the caterpillar. Music had successfully developed and produced snail-free TV shows like The Bob Newhart Show and Rhoda, and needed advice if his latest idea was worthwhile. For guidance, Music reached out to Ward Kimball, who had spent nearly forty years as a director, writer and animator at Disney, and had excellent instincts about entertainment. Kimball, of course, was also responsible for creating the most successful insect in animation history—Pinocchio’ Jiminy Cricket—and though snails aren’t technically insects, for Music’s purposes, they were close enough. Music sent the script he’d developed to Ward Kimball through a mutual friend, John Gibbons. Ward was unimpressed. Or to put it more bluntly, he thought it was a plain awful concept. Never once to mince words, Ward ripped apart Music’s idea in acerbic fashion with an extended riff on why Americans don’t like snails. He ended with a warning to Lorenzo to spend his money on “something besides snails.” Printed for the first time ever is Ward’s letter to Lorenzo Music: Lorenzo Music was a smart man. He took Ward’s advice to heart, and the world was momentarily spared from having to endure an entire animated feature starring a snail. Music’s response to Ward is recorded below. Music set aside his hard-shelled dreams and went on to perform numerous voices in animated cartoons including Ralph the All-Purpose Animal in Twice Upon a Time, Tummi Gummi in Gummi Bears, and his most memorable role as Garfield.
26 days ago
Established Ghostbusters fans will no doubt be enthused by IDW's newly-relaunched title, the first issues of which are collected in Ghostbusters: The New Ghostbusters. As someone who's mainly been familiar with the movies and some half-r...
Established Ghostbusters fans will no doubt be enthused by IDW's newly-relaunched title, the first issues of which are collected in Ghostbusters: The New Ghostbusters. As someone who's mainly been familiar with the movies and some half-remembered cartoons, I found this trade tougher to get in to (my misplaced expectations, perhaps, more so than anything the creative team does wrong per se). Despite that these Ghostbusters are "new," new fans will be better off picking up trades of the earlier Ghostbusters series first. [Review contains spoilers] Ongoing Ghostbusters writer Erik Burnham's new story starts out well. In the first pages, a crew of ghosts kidnap the "old" Ghostbusters, leaving a crew of associates to fill the void. The "new" Ghostbusters, as I understand it, are characters who've appeared in Burham's stories before, but he does a seamless job of introducing them and the "New Ghostbusters" story gets rolling quickly. Burnham makes the new Ghostbusters interesting and likable as they fumble through their first ghostbusting attempts; Burnham also easily establishes the voices of the original Ghostbusters, too (though I heard Lorenzo Music for Peter Venkman more so than I did Bill Murray). New fans for the Ghostbusters comics will find plenty that they recognize here. Not only do the original Ghostbusters factor heavily into the story, even in absentia, but there's also appearances by Walter Peck, Jack Hardemeyer, and Janosz Poha, all characters from the movies (played by William Atherton, Kurt Fuller, and Peter MacNicol respectively). There's also plenty of Easter Eggs, including references to the events of the movies and one page chock full of some of the most notable Ghostbusters toys. As a new reader, however, one thing I found just slightly off-putting was that in the end, the original Ghostbusters do return. Without much background knowledge, I approached this book as if it was the story of new Ghostbusters taking over for the old guard, but it's barely three chapters into the book before the original Ghostbusters return, and by their own means rather than by anything the new Ghostbusters do. This is not unprecedented; basically New Ghostbusters seems more of a branding like "Reign of the Supermen" or "Death of Bruce Wayne." Maybe established Ghostbusters fans knew this going in, but I didn't, and so I didn't quite herald the return and immediate return to prominence of the original Ghostbusters quite the way the characters did. Also, while the Ghostbusters movies were a good mix of horror and comedy (I still rate the attack of those demon dogs pretty high on my "scary" list), I was surprised the extent to which sitcom-level humor took over the comic. The new Ghostbusters really don't bust all that many ghosts in three issues, and though it's a challenge it's never too much of a challenge -- the reader is never really worried the Ghostbusters are in danger. The most striking parts of the story really are the ones with Peck and Hardemeyer discussing the political and media aspects of the new Ghostbusters, while the rest is the Ghostbusters cracking wise or setting up for other stories (like Janine and the ghost of Beowulf) that don't resolve in this book. I would also note that, as much as is familiar or reader-friendly in this story, there's plenty that's not so easily cracked. Kylie Griffin, arguably the breakout star of the group, is apparently an existing character from another (alternate?) Ghostbusters story, newly integrated to IDW; knowledge or lack thereof of this won't necessarily affect your enjoyment of the story, but I have the sense that "New Ghostbusters" presents the overlapping of a certain amount of Ghostbuster lores I wasn't familiar with. There's also references to "the Rookie," who's apparently a video game chacter, but again the book didn't quite illuminate these things and I couldn't find overly clear answers online. But irrespective, the upshot of New Ghostbusters is to
29 days ago