We get into double digit dates this week, so we need to get our Christmas celebration in high gear. I do that today by presenting this rare version of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol.
This version was produced in Australia by animation studio API in 1969. I saw it only once when I was quite young, and I hadn't seen it since until now, when I stumbled across it by chance a month or two ago (I love when that happens!). Not necessarily the best animated telling I've seen, but a fine one. And I never get tired of this story ever.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
It's the first Friday of December, and there's no better way to get into high gear for the holiday season than with a Friday Night Dance Party! Let's start it off with the best Christmas dance song ever!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Ho ho ho! Hello one and all to the holiday season at Me and You! I am beyond sorry that I haven't posted until now, but once again, Real Life rears its demanding head. But I don't want to put things off any longer. I'm getting started on spreading Internet Christmas cheer right now with this, the 1992 special Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas.
This time, the good Inspector is given his biggest task ever--save Christmas from that most terrible of grinches, Doctor Claw! Claw takes Santa's place and uses his workshop to create lousy toys and ruin Santa's reputation. Assisted (unbeknownst to him) by niece Penny and trusty dog Brain, Gadget makes his moves to stop Claw and rescue Santa!
The special aired on NBC December 4th, 1992. Here it is in its entirety. Enjoy!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Hello everyone! Here we are, about to start the best time of the year in my opinion, the holiday season! Usually by this time, I've served ample helpings of fun Thanksgiving programs to you, but personal and work responsibilities have kept me from doing that this year. Better luck next year, I hope!
However, after looking over Thanksgivings past, I see that there's some good stuff that you may have missed if you're a new reader. So why not serve some "leftovers" from the past for your enjoyment today?
Here is last year's tasty cornucopia.
The fun and forgotten animated specials B.C.: The First Thanksgiving and Please Don't Eat The Planet: An Intergalactic Thanksgiving.
The educational Peanuts presentation of "The Mayflower Voyagers."
A "dramatization" of Thanksgiving from the turkeys' point of view, courtesy of Saturday Night Live.
Finally, one of my favorite Thanksgiving posts ever, a look at one family's Thanksgiving tradition discovered "On The Road with Charles Kuralt."
I wish all of you a healthy, safe, and Happy Thanksgiving! And also, Happy Chanukah!
But wait, what's this?
YAAAAAAAAY! CHRISTMAAAAAAAAAS! I love it! Get ready to ride Santa's sleigh all this month. Happy Holidays!
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Hey folks! It's a short week, and for an excellent reason--Thanksgiving is here, and therefore, the holiday season! There's a lot to do before Thursday is here, so we'll get right to this week's Tuesday's Overlooked TV--the wonderful special The Mouse On The Mayflower.
The Mouse On The Mayflower is an animated special from the legendary (and delightful) Rankin/Bass studios about a mouse named Willum (voiced by Tennessee Ernie Ford) who travels with the Pilgrims on the Mayflower. Under harsh conditions, Willum assists the Pilgrims and Indians in working together to get the Pilgrims settled in the New World and celebrate the first Thanksgiving. The special first aired on November 23, 1968 on NBC.
Although it didn't quite become a perennial classic like Rankin/Bass's Christmas specials, Mayflower has all the charms you'd expect from the studio (including great voice work from the always excellent June Foray and Paul Frees). I've discussed this special once before several years ago, but I'm able to present it to you in full for the first time.