Friday, August 29, 2008

Labor Day 2008

Yes, I'm afraid that this weekend is the last hurrah for Summer 2008. Although Mother Nature says there are still three more weeks of summer, society says to knock off the fun stuff and get back to work or school. Some schools (certainly colleges) have already started for the fall. To send off each summer in grand fashion, we say goodbye during the Labor Day weekend, a time originally meant to honor the American worker. I'd like to get back to the original spirit of the day right now. And what better way to do that than with---country music! Well, mostly.

First up: Alabama's salute to John Q. Public, "40-hour Week."

Next: Garth Brooks teams up with Huey Lewis on Huey's classic song "Workin' For A Livin'."

Of course, there's always the classic country music song that states the attitude of many an American worker: "Take This Job and Shove It!"

While not a country song, it is indeed true that everybody's "Workin' For the Weekend." Loverboy certainly is.

Although blue collar workers have quite a great deal of stuff to deal with at their jobs, let's not forget our white collar, cubicle-dwelling workers (myself included). Nowhere has their plight been as well-depicted as in the hilarious movie Office Space. Here are highlights.

Finally, one tradition of Labor Day is the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, an event I watch and support every year. Please tune in this year and give what you can; they're a great organization. Here is a sample of what they do:

Jerry closes every telethon with his singing of "You'll Never Walk Alone."

If you would like to give to MDA, you can donate online at their Web site and find out where you can view the telethon in your area.

Thanks, and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Saturday Matinee: Batman, 1949 serial, part 7

I'm posting this week's installment of the Saturday Matinee a couple of days early, as I have a nice Labor Day post planned for Friday. Sit back and enjoy the next exciting chapter of Batman and Robin!

But first, how about a trailer for one of the Superman serials?

I hope you'll stop by Friday before you begin your Labor Day festivities, as I'll post some material to get you ready. Until then, stop by the concession stand at this theater!

Sunday, August 24, 2008


Pilobolus is a dance troupe originating from Connecticut that specilizes in creating spectacles using the human form. One such form is the use of sillouette, sort of taking shadow hand puppets to a whole new level. Take a look at this recent appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Amazing!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Saturday Matinee: Batman, 1949 serial, part 6

Time once again for this week's matinee installment. But first, grab some refreshments!

And now...Batman!

Thrilled? Come back next week for the next exciting chapter!

For now, a word from this theater regarding a threat to your home--a monster, if you will.

Yep, we gotta do something about this "pay TV" everybody's talkin' about. With luck, it won't catch on.

Monsters belong in the zoo?

Monday, August 18, 2008

The Mighty Heroes

Long-time readers of this blog will remember my post back in April regarding the defunct UHF TV channel 48, WKBS in Philadelphia, and how it featured the coolest cartoons in the city. One of those cartoons was the Mighty Heroes!

The Mighty Heroes first aired on CBS Saturday mornings in the fall of 1966 as part of the Mighty Mouse program. Both Mighty Mouse and the Heroes were created by the Terrytoons animation company. The concept for the Heroes was pitched by fledgling animator Ralph Bakshi, who went on to later fame, or infamy, as the creator of adult-themed cartoons such as Fritz the Cat and Cool World.

The Mighty Heroes, however, were as innocent as can be, although they were quite inept at handling their weekly villian. The team consisted of super-powered baby and team leader Diaper Man, a strong man named Strong Man (fancy that), Tornado Man, Rope Man, and Cuckoo Man. These bungling heroes would start attacking their villian without regard for their fellow teammates. Only when they worked cohesively as a group did they eventually foil the bad guy.

Here is one of my favorite installments, and according to some online sources, the first installment of the series, "The Plastic Blaster."

What a fun cartoon, and what great theme music!

This next clip is something I never saw until very recently: the actual wraparound theme and bumpers used in the original CBS network airings. These never appeared in the syndicated packages I saw on channel 48 in the late 70s. An awesome find!

Thanks as always!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Saturday Matinee: Batman, 1949 serial, part 5

It's time once again to present this weekend's Saturday Matinee! But first, a word about theater policy:

Come back next week! But grab some refreshments on the way out:

OK, that one was pretty weird :)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

J. Caleb Mozzoco on the work of Raymond Briggs

Freelance writer J. Caleb Mozzocco writes the comics blog Every Day Is Like Wednesday, which is linked to in my blog list. This morning he published a post about writer and artist Raymond Briggs, author of books that were adapted into animation, The Snowman and Where the Wind Blows. In his article, Mozzocco lists how Briggs' work, although not usually comsidered to be comics, in fact are just that. Here is the great article:

I've never encountered Briggs' work in their original book form, but I'm now putting it on my list at my next library visit. Thanks Caleb!

Both of the above mentioned adaptations have been featured at my blog previously and can be found here:

See you this weekend at the Saturday Matinee!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Pancake Puffs!

If you've seen this already, you know you want it. If you haven't seen it yet, you didn't know you wanted it--until now. Behold--the Pancake Puff Maker!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Saturday Matinee: Batman, 1949 serial, Part 3

I apologize for the late post, but unforeseen circumstances kept me from posting this Friday. Therefore, I present to you now, part 3 of the 1949 Batman serial!

But first, here is a sampling of what may be appearing at your local imaginary movie house:

And now our feature presentation: