32 Days of Halloween Part VIII: Coffee Takes Manhattan — Begins HERE

Daffy Duck and Witch Hazel: A Haunting We Will Go

Oh my stars and garters, can it really be that time again? Yes, by my sainted uncle’s liver–the fourth hand on the Ouija Board tells me that it’s time. October storms forth and takes the last day away from September (which, let’s face it, wasn’t really using it anyway) and thus we declare Year Eight of 32 Days of Halloween. Because thirty-one day Halloween celebrations are for pussies.

Generally speaking, we begin each year with some form of cartoon, alternating between Disney and Looney Tunes. It’s Looney Tunes time again, which led me naturally to the final Looney Tunes appearance of Witch Hazel (voiced by June Foray) in A Haunting We Will Go from 1966.

But very quickly it became clear that we had two other “Haunting We Will Go” films out there–and they deserved a place as well. First things first. Daffy Duck, kick us off, sir.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:08+00:00 September 30th, 2014|32 Days of Halloween|2 Comments

32 Days of Halloween VI: 32 Days Lives – It Begins Here

Jeepers Creepers

As I type this, a full moon (or close enough) is high in the night sky outside. Once more, you did not heed the warnings. You read the Latin off the back of the cereal box. Or you pulled the stake out of the skeletal remains in the clothes hamper downstairs. Or you reconnected the battery in that haunted Buick you keep in the garage. Whatever it was, you did it all right. So what is about to transpire is entirely your fault. Yes, I’m talking to you.

Because Halloween-time is on the move again, and it claims September 30th for its very own–31 Days is not enough for us to celebrate the mayhem. Thus, 32 Days of Halloween, Part VI: 32 Days Lives begins here. Quake in your boots. And if you own no boots, rent some boots. Then quake in them.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:30:01+00:00 September 30th, 2012|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

13 Days of Xmas 2011, Day 10: A Mel Blanc Christmas!

Mel Blanc in a suit

So as we march down to the Big Day, I find myself–as is usual with these things–finding a plethora of bits rushing in for room…and some hard choices must be made. However, it occurs to me that we haven’t thrown the spotlight previously on the man and the legend, Mel Blanc, and his smattering of holiday classics.

They are “Yah Das Ist Ein Christmas Tree,” “The Hat I Got For Christmas Is Too Beeg” and the Bugs-driven “Christmas Chopsticks.”

All of these are available on the Greatest Hits release as an MP3 download.

Previously on Day 10, we’ve been hanging out with The Honeymooners, wrestlers, people who get really serious about Xmas lights and Christmas in the future!
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By | 2017-09-24T22:34:11+00:00 December 22nd, 2011|13 Days of Xmas|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween V, Day 15: Abbott, Costello and Peter Lorre!

Peter Lorre with microphone

Day 15 of 32 Days of Halloween has been all about Abbott and Costello and their antics when confronted with the weird and the spooky for some time now. This year we’ve opted to give you the episode of their radio show where they visited “Dr. Peter Lorre‘s” sanitarium. Classic radio nonsense and Lorre is just a consummate voice actor. Bonus: Listen closely for Mel Blanc to make an appearance.

The embeddable piece we have below is only about ten minutes worth. However, the good news is this: the full show is available via Spotify here.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:36:31+00:00 October 14th, 2011|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #60: The Romper Room of Hate

And we’re back. Please note: this podcast, if you haven’t figured it out, is profane and not safe for consumption by children or animals. Or sentient creatures of any sort. Or even cardboard boxes. Nothing. Nobody. Got it?

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Romper Room: Magic Mirror

Agenda:

  • Ultimate Aftermath
  • The Wheel of Beer
  • Send us stuff
  • Aaron and Coldplay
  • The Pogues
  • Leigh and the wrong concerts
  • Rob vs. Tammy Wynette
  • KLF Weird Fact #1
  • KLF Weird Fact #2
  • 40th Birthdays
  • Leigh vs. the World
  • Jive Hands at Joe’s Crab Shack
  • Pooh Madness
  • Waltzing to Joy Division
  • Rob vs. France (or at least Paris)
  • Pretty much everybody vs. Quebec
  • Tuffley: laid or not?
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By | 2017-09-24T22:53:28+00:00 April 2nd, 2010|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|3 Comments

Halloween Day 14: Broom-Stick Bunny

Broomstick Bunny

So Day 14 has generally been up for grabs. Last year we watched the Paul Lynde Halloween Special. Which, seriously, if you haven’t seen, you need to. No lie. And when you’re done with that–I started to look for other Halloween specials. And there’s Bugs Bunny in that list, yes, but if you’re going to watch what’s ostensibly a Halloween clip show, you might as well just watch a cartoon instead. So here’s “Broom-Stick Bunny” from 1956. It’s Bugs, it’s Mel Blanc, it’s Chuck Jones. What more do you need? Oh, well, June Foray as the witch–you need that too, naturally.

Direct link for the feedreaders.

This short is available on Volume 2 of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection, fully restored and looking amazing. I strongly recommend you pick it up if you haven’t already.

And for more goodness, we checked out the original Frankenstein trailer two years back.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:58:32+00:00 October 13th, 2009|32 Days of Halloween|1 Comment

Happy Birthday, Bugs Bunny

Bugs Bunny: Victory Through Hare Power

It was 69 years ago today that Bugs Bunny‘s first appearance, “A Wild Hare,” was released. There were other “proto-Bugs” characters, but this is considered to be his first official short. It’s directed by Tex Avery and the usual suspects of Mel Blanc and Arthur Q. Bryan are on board for the voices.

And as you might expect, it’s still good.

Direct link for the feedreaders.
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By | 2017-09-24T23:00:38+00:00 July 27th, 2009|Stimuli|0 Comments

Green Shoes, Porky Wants to Wear My Green Shoes…

Porky Pig from The Wearing of the Grin

St. Patrick’s Day is almost over for another year, but how could we resist sending it on its way with this after being reminded of it by Mr. Paul Dini via Twitter?

Directed by Chuck Jones, story by Michael Maltese, voices by Mel Blanc…fantastic.

I did not realize this (and it’s on Wikipedia, which is suspect always right, of course, but…) but it says it’s the last cartoon in which Porky Pig was the only major character, i.e. he didn’t get co-billing.
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By | 2017-09-24T23:05:00+00:00 March 17th, 2009|Stimuli|1 Comment

Chuck Jones: Chuck Redux Blog

Chuck Jones

Craig Kausen is a guy who’s started a blog about his grandfather. Which is pretty cool considering his grandfather was Chuck Jones. He’s sharing numerous goodies, including my favorite thus far–a tale of Jones’ sixth birthday party…here’s a snippet of how he tells it:

The first surfacing of that part of my character that was later to show up in Daffy Duck occurred at the age of six. My sixth-birthday party, to be precise. I was immensely proud–it seems to me that all my life I have taken the most pride in things over which I have little or no control. Even though I had older sisters, it never occurred to me that anyone had ever become six years old before, and the splendid cake, candles bravely ablaze in salute to my maturity, was ample evidence that I had entered into manhood.

The story proceeds from there…here’s the rest of it. And it comes with a recipe for Tiramisu Toffee Torte as well. Now this is a blog we can get behind for numerous reasons. Found via Misce-Looney-ous.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:05:18+00:00 March 3rd, 2009|Headsup|0 Comments

Mel Blanc, This Is Your Life

Misce-Looney-ous is right: for those who are familiar with Mel Blanc‘s career, there’s not a lot of new information that’s provided here. But it’s still pretty cool to see any tribute to the man. Here’s the full episode, smashed into a single playlist for your dancing and dining pleasure.

I wonder who owns the rights to these old shows. You’d think we’d start to see them trotted on DVD, at least in Best-of compilations.

Update: Sadly, the video has been taken down. If anybody finds an online copy, please let me know and I’ll update this. I say again, somebody put this out on DVD. We’d buy it!

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By | 2017-09-24T23:12:26+00:00 September 22nd, 2008|Archives|0 Comments