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Wednesday, March 27th, 2019
12:30 pm
I still exist, by the way.
High blood pressure and high cholesterol (despite weighing only 130 pounds), but I am still around. Of course, I'm more active on Facebook and YouTube these days. In fact, my YouTube channel soon will reach 50,000 subscribers.

For the Animaniacs fans among you, I trust you're aware of the new series to air on Hulu beginning in 2020. So far I know of none of the original writers/producers being so much as contacted about it. However, Steve & Julie Bernstein will be doing the music, and Randy Rogel has written some songs. Rob, Jess, Tress and Maurice have indicated they're on board. So it seems there will be the Warners and P&TB in it. No sign of Slappy yet; Sherri definitely has not been called.

Last year I got tired of rebuilding the clutch on my old Yamaha XJ600S, so bought a 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400.

A few years back I got a toy I've always wanted -- a modern player piano that can be played by my computer via MIDI. For example, here's a livestream of cartoon music I did on Facebook (the first two minutes is silence as I was working out if the stream actually was working!). https://www.facebook.com/keeper1st/videos/10156669689276004/.
Tuesday, August 11th, 2015
6:30 pm
20th anniversary!
Today's the 20th anniversary of our tour of Warner Bros. Animation and the WB lot, a.k.a. Animania IV.

Couldn't let the day go without mentioning that.
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
9:31 pm
A new nose!
Last month, I had a septoplasty and a turbinate reduction done. All my life, I've never been able to breathe well through my left nostril. When I moved to high altitude, it became unbearable. I was holding my nose open at home whenever that was the active nostril.

Turns out that my right nostril also was constricted a bit too. I'd always thought it was fine, or better than normal, but the truth apparently was that I never knew "normal".

The two-week period after the surgery is absolutely brutal. It makes you wonder why in the world you ever did such a thing.

A month later, however, you wonder why you never had it done before... well you would if you didn't already know why -- couldn't afford it, and insurance probably would have denied coverage based on it being a pre-existing condition. Thanks to "Obamacare" however, I was able to get this done and have it covered by insurance.

The total cost was over $30,000, but my out-of-pocket, including initial visits, was a bit less than $3000.

Breathing is not overrated.
Sunday, April 12th, 2015
11:06 pm
The Legend of Lobo
John P. McCann writes in detail about how the Lobo series that almost was, wasn't. It's a three-part blog post beginning here: http://writeenough.blogspot.com/2015/04/lobo-on-wb.html

It also gives a good sense of how WB Animation changed at the end of the 1990s -- y'nkow, why cartoons stopped being funny.

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In Keeper news:

Just bought a new PC. Really shouldn't be spending any more money after getting new glasses, new tires, and having our house painted all within the last six weeks, but I really want to get back into simracing!

In December, Linda and I spent a week in Southern California. We went to Disneyland, meeting up with Animaniacs alums Lance Falk and Lisa Melcombe-Weisman. Also sat in the studio for the December episode of That Voiceover Improv Thing, at the invitation of Paul Rugg. Also in the studio were more Animaniacs alums: Deanna Oliver (director), and Steve & Julie Bernstein (who improvise music to go along with the improvised scenes). We also spent a night at the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo -- really cool place with an absolutely huge theater organ (complete with whistles, horns, and other sound effects for accompanying silent movies). On the final day we hung out in Long Beach, walking the streets that make up the racing circuit.

In February I was given a second piano -- a little spinet from the 1940s or '50s. Unlike the old upright player, this one is well regulated and has all its key covers, so it's nicer to play on. I've already posted a few videos of myself playing it on my YouTube channel. I'm not too good, but I enjoy it anyway.
Thursday, September 18th, 2014
11:58 pm
Oh, Freak Outing!
I also should mention this. Tom Ruegger, John P. McCann and Paul Rugg are organizing a Freakazoid convention to celebrate its 20th anniversary in the summer of 2015. Already I've seen Scott Jeralds announce he'll be there too.

As time progresses, no doubt Tom will talk more about it on his blog (as will John and Paul on their blogs), which is http://cartoonatics.blogspot.com/
8:27 pm
That Voiceover Improv Thing
Hey everybody (whoever is still on LJ)... Last night was the first episode of That Voiceover Improv Thing, a live online improv show put together by Paul Rugg and his voiceover buddies, with direction by Deanna Oliver. They'll be doing it monthly.

The first episode can be heard in its entirety on their page, http://thatvoiceoverimprovthing.blogspot.com/.

During the show, they occasionally take suggestions from the online audience. For the first suggestion from the audience, they used mine. The suggestion was for a radio talk-show subject. Off the top of my head came "Peanut butter: The wonder drug." So they did a long skit on that (starting with Charlie Rose interviewing Donald Duck about the subject), but then also made references to it in just about every skit thereafter. Funny stuff.

Check it out, and be sure to tune in next month!
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
4:33 pm
Do you know what Mickey Mouse is whistling?
If not, here's a presentation I made yesterday, complete with the lyrics, and prefaced by a bit of prerequisite knowledge needed to get the big punchline of the third verse.

Saturday, August 24th, 2013
3:41 pm
Let's Try for Two

In other news, smoooooke! bleah. Air Quality Index hit 200 yesterday (at 201 the rating goes from "Unhealthy for everyone" to "Very unhealthy for everyone") thanks to all the wildfires -- particularly the "Rim Fire" at Yosemite. I can feel it in my lungs... bleah. Today's the third day in a row in the "Unhealthy" index, and likely to have two more before it even begins to clear up. It's like a foggy day outside, but it's all smoke, 'cause we don't get fog here except from snow melt in winter. Sometimes it looks like we're on Mars; everything is so orange and red.
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
10:24 pm
Flight of the Goodfeathers -- lost Animaniacs script
You may remember the "bombing run" scene of the Goodfeathers upon Mr Plotz. What we never saw (besides the actual pigeon poop) was the entire prologue that led to them deciding to bomb Plotz to begin with. Lance Falk has just posted his complete original screenplay for the never-produced prologue on the Facebook "90's Warner Bros. Cartoon Fans Unite!" group.

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Saturday, May 4th, 2013
3:07 pm
Glimpse into WB's axed Lobo series
Some of you may remember that in the late 1990s WB was producing a series around the Superman character Lobo, and that the series got axed shortly before its debut (with Pokemon being a last-minute acquisition to fill the slot, there being no time left to produce anything original).

Maybe someday we'll see some of the finished animation of that show, but for now, here's a fun discovery. One of the artists who worked on the show has several character designs and scene setups from the show on his web site.

See http://www.stevenegordon.com/presentations.html -- starting with the image of Lobo himself, all the rest there on Page 1 are Lobo designs. More artwork from the show is found on Page 2.
Monday, December 10th, 2012
8:53 pm
SyFy/Sci-Fi Channel pre-history
Tonight there is a 20th anniversary special airing on SyFy/Sci-Fi Channel. A few months ago, I made a quick video showing a pre-launch flyer from 1990 (two years prior to the actual launch) that I've managed to keep all these years.

Saturday, December 8th, 2012
12:33 am
Rusty Mills, 1962-2012
Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, Pinky & The Brain, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and Pink Panther & Pals artist/director/producer Rusty Mills passed away today after a battle with colon cancer.
Saturday, December 1st, 2012
1:02 am
Sock Puppet Theatre, re-creating flamewars for your amusement
Several popular voice actors, including legends Rob Paulsen and Billy West, perform actual flamewars found on the internet, in Sock Puppet Theatre. This is the brainchild of April Winchell. New episodes are planned to be released every Friday.
Monday, November 26th, 2012
11:22 pm
Cartoony stuff
Since I haven't mentioned them here...

A third DVD set of Tiny Toons will be out on January 8. Then, on February 5, the long-awaited final volume of Animaniacs will be released.

Before then, Animaniacs will begin airing on The Hub, starting on Christmas Eve with a marathon.
Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
9:40 pm
Speaking of seven little people...
If you haven't been paying attention, Tom Ruegger let slip last year that he was working at Disney on a retooling of the Seven Dwarfs, with a new design.

He has hired Sherri Stoner to work on it with him as story editor, and Alfred Gimeno as director. The series, called The 7D, will air on the new Disney Junior channel beginning in 2014.

The first official announcement of the series came today.
Saturday, May 26th, 2012
4:53 pm
Snow White and the Seven Chunky Elves
Former Freakazoid writer John P. McCann has been writing silly movie reviews for Forces of Geek in recent months.

You can guess where he goes in his "review" of Snow White and The Huntsman.
Friday, May 18th, 2012
7:29 pm
Mark your calendars for August 14th, 2012. The Tiny Toon Adventures movie How I Spent My Vacation is being released on DVD.

This sets a bit of a precedent, I think. Isn't this the first time that one of the '90s cartoon specials that previously was released on VHS has been re-released on DVD? It's appropriate, of course, since this was the first DTV animated feature.
Monday, April 30th, 2012
10:01 pm
Animaniacs Babblin' Bijou with its original 1929 soundtrack
Something I threw together about a week ago. Another interesting discovery. Just as putting the original Monkey Song to the Animaniacs audio (even though that one always was intended to have its own version of the song on it) revealed a couple bits of action that related to vocalizations of Harry Belafonte, so putting the original You Oughta See My Gal recording onto Babblin' Bijou reveals that Yakko hitting a polo ball near the end was meant to synchronize with a pop in the original 1929 recording.

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
8:31 pm
Another student Ruegger film...
Last month, I embedded a video of Nathan Ruegger's student film, Another Life.

Have a look now at his dad's animated short film from 1976, The Premiere of Platypus Duck. Somebody at Dartmouth found a copy lying around and has posted it. It's not a very good transfer -- very washed out. Tom has been planning to do a good digital transfer someday. Hopefully he will; the cel setups he has posted on his blog show a lot more color and detail.

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
10:12 pm
Nathan Ruegger's short film
Now that his short film Another Life has finished making its film festival rounds and he's gotten an agent so he can pursue his scriptwriting career, Nathan Ruegger has posted the film online for all to enjoy.

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