Los Angeles -- In the marvelous universe of the Hanna Barbara animation studio was a production team attempting to create a new kind of animation for television. One that was real. No wacky rabbits with the Damon Runyon dialogue or ducks and cats with a stuttered pugilistic lisp and the acid reflex, one liner comeback.
This was an attempt to put on prime time television a drama worthy of any live action programming yet with cutting edge music, realistic dialogue, true global locals and characters with relational emotions and angst. Jonny Quest became a phenomena, after it went off the air.
At the time of its premiere the show put a huge strain on the Hanna Barbara animation machine. With 50 hours of committed programming and inflexible deadlines its labor pool was doing double shifts (this was not Disney) to complete the contracted 25 episodes at a cost to the quality standard of what the Quest team had hyped and the studios's publicity machine had been broadcasting.
Having said that you learn not to give the general store away just a sampling which I just did. So here then is the documentary on the making of the most exciting action thrilled animated series that till this day remains unsurpassed in its writing and production standards.
Videos are from Ron Vail Youtube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ronvailvideos. Thanks to Chris Webber for making this documentary available for download. His YouTube page is chrisweb037 and his fantastic blog spot is chriswebber037.blogspot.com .
Pumping Brass And Maniac Drum Beats: The Sound Of Barry Gray, The Man Behind The Music Of British 60's Cult Classics From Gerry And Sylvia Anderson And Their Super Marianation.
Los Angeles -- Wow, long head liner! But hey when you bring the body of work that we are about to present there is no way around it other than PUMPED UP BRASS AND SCHIZOPHRENIC DRUM ROLLS. How'da ya like that hey? So where do we go with this? The Brit's always seem to have an "eccentric" style to their movies, radio and TV programs, bordering between the knish and corn. Oh well maybe kish. But a bit campy yet done with a tongue and cheek approach.
Gerry Anderson and his wife Sylvia were television and film producers, directors, writers and occasional voice artists working in the UK (United Kingdom). Their known for their futuristic television shows filmed in "Supermarionation" (a process involving the use of modified marionette puppets).
As a child, yes I was a child and their are times I am amazed at the fact that I never grew up. Don't comment on that...please: are noted for such way-ahead-of-their-time productions as "Supercar" "Fireball", "Thunderbirds", "Stingray", "Captain Scarlett" and the live action shows, "UFO" and "Space:1999".
Giving meat to the visual muscle was the frenetic, over the top, pop style music of Barry Gray the man behind all the tunes of the Anderson's futuristic productions. So let's step back in time to glimpse at the future today from the sound sense of Barry Gray and the visual style of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.
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Los Angeles -- When you think of the 1960's, almost a half a century ago, what comes to mind are the images of the young students protesting the war in Vietnam, President Kennedy's assassination, the "I Have A Dream" speech of Dr. Martine Luther King, Jr. on the east capitol lawn in the summer of 1963 on the mall in Washington, D.C., and yes the music oh the music of Peter Paul and Mary singing the folk tunes of Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan, Joan Baez on her guitar, Jimi Hendrix and his guitar, Simon and Garfunckel, The Doors, The Rolling Stones and of course who can ever forget the gran daddy of them all, The Beatles. It was the music and its melodious harmonies and syncopated rolling beats that defined a generation's identity through gut wrenching lyrics and fantastically rhythmic tunes.
There was another group, however, who exploded on the music scene in the early part of the decade whose music was unbelievably good and whose songs whether written by them or others were presented with such skill and mastery that you wondered when you saw them perform or heard them sing whether they really owned these tunes or whether they were from another world.
Indeed they were from another world. The Seekers as they were known with their lead singer, Judith Durham, who passed away, along with Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley, hailing from down under, Melbourne Australia, would rival the Beatles in style, harmony and lyrics that epitomized the hubris and psyche of the post war youth generation.
According to Wikipedia: "They were the first Australian pop music group to achieve major chart and sales success in the United Kingdom and the United States. The group had Top 10 hits in the 1960s with "I'll Never Find Another You", "A World of Our Own", "Morningtown Ride", "Someday, One Day" (written by Paul Simon), "Georgy Girl" (the title song of the film of the same name), and "The Carnival Is Over" (their rendition of aRussian folk song which the Seekers have sung at various closing ceremonies in Australia, including World Expo 88 and the Paralympics, and is still in the top 50 best-selling singles in the UK). Australian music historian Ian McFarlane described their style as "concentrated on a bright, uptempo sound, although they were too pop to be considered strictly folk and too folk to be rock."
In 1968, they were named as joint Australians of the Year – the only group thus honoured. In July of that year, Durham left to pursue a solo career and the group disbanded. The band has reformed periodically, and in 1995 they were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. "I'll Never Find Another You" was added to the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Sounds of Australia registry in 2011. Woodley's and Dobe Newton's song "I Am Australian", which was recorded by the Seekers, and by Durham with Russell Hitchcock and Mandawuy Yunupingu, has become an unofficial Australian anthem. With "I'll Never Find Another You" and "Georgy Girl", the band also achieved success in the United States, but not nearly at the same level as in the rest of the world. As of 2004, the Seekers have sold over fifty million records worldwide."
You may know them through this song that was the lead in to the hit movie of the same name: GEORGY GIRL starring a young Lynn Redgrave. Here then are the Seekers!
Los Angeles -- When The Heart Tugs, my last editorial commentary on the films based on Nicholas Sparks runaway bestsellers on love found, love lost, love regained. The name has invariably become synonymous with the language of romantic love. His novels have sold close to 19 million copies and his stories are nothing more than a treasure trove of the human heart.
I will spare you the usual biographical profile. I think that Wikipedia has the lock on that. With the forthcoming publication of his new book, The Longest Ride, and the optioning of the movie rights, Sparks has set his talents on a new career path as not only the master bard of the human heart with the highs and lows that come with all that emotional angst associated with the affairs of passion, but also as producer of his compassionate novels, helping to shepherd them from print to screen.
I don't know if any of you have seen or heard of this modern Mark Twain. His novels literary (no pun intended) proceed him or for no less of a better word, his reputation proceeds him.
So I found it thrilling to hear the master story teller of our time reflect on his craft, his new publication and his future hopes, plans and desires. Here then is Mr. Nicholas Sparks speaking on The Rush on Shaw TV, several months back, whose first name incidentally in Greek means "Victory of The People" . How profound!
Los Angeles -- When the heart tugs and the memories never fade and you just eagerly await to be there like your first love or your first car. Well that is what a Nicholas Sparks novel and movie does. Something that is lost in today's heavy laden CGI effects spectacle.
There was a time when movies were made to tell a real story and not an excuse for over the top pyrotechnics masked as features for the sake of generating a windfall.
So it goes that movies adapted from the Sparks novels may not guarantee box office gold but they do guarantee those memories the tug at the heartstrings of the human soul, so much so that in 50 years these flicks will be as timeless as the day Sparks penned them and that my friends is platinum!
Here are the trailers of the eight currently in release. I have seen most of them but hey the second go round is just as sweet as the first time around.
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