March 2, 2008
I'm looking forward to Blue Sky's adaption of Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who, which opens on March 14. I'm not looking forward to the continued misappropriation of the story's broader message by the pro-life movement, despite the fact Dr. Seuss (aka Theodor Geisel) didn't like the idea of its adoption (no pun intended) for such purposes before his death. His wife has continued the attempt to stop the famous refrain, "A person is a person no matter how small!" from showing up in pro-life literature. What am I saying, a quick check online shows it's already started.
The version of Horton Hears a Who that I grew up with will be released today on DVD. Chuck Jones produced and directed it, and it featured designs by Maurice Noble and voice acting by June Foray and Hans Conried. The DVD also includes two other specials (directed by Ralph Bakshi and Tony Collingwood) and the 1948 short, Horton Hatches the Egg, directed by Bob Clampett. I've no idea if it is the complete version of the short, as it has been re-cut at least twice.
Besides the many animated adaptations of Seuss' work, Ted Geisel animated the Private Snafu shorts during World War II with Chuck Jones.
Where to find it: Horton Hears a Who Deluxe Edition on DVD at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, The Complete Uncensored Private Snafu on DVD at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca
March 17, 2007
It's Saint Paddy's day, which means it's time for my annual ritual of busting out a copy of The Wearing of the Grin and laughing myself silly as the leprechauns O'Pat and O'Mike inflict all kinds of terror on the hapless Porky Pig. If you can't get yourself a copy of the first Looney Tunes Golden Collection fast enough, then you'll have to make do with Warner's Looney Tunes Cartoons Web page.