Saturday, December 22, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
[i] Before deciding that the seven dwarfs would be named Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy and Sneezy Disney gave serious consideration to naming them Blabby, Jumpy, Shifty, and Snoopy, Scrappy, Cranky, Dirty, Awful, Silly, Daffy, Flabby, Jaunty, Biggo Ego, Chesty, Bald, Gabby, Nifty, Sniffy, Burpy, Lazy, Puffy, Dizzy, Stuffy and Tubby.
[ii] The oldest surviving animated movie is The New Gulliver, produced in the Soviet Union and released in 1935. The New Gulliver tells the riveting story of young boy who dreams of himself as a version of Gulliver who lands in Lilliput and suffers under capitalist inequality and exploitation. I don’t know about you but the plot line alone makes me want to immediately run out and look for a copy of that one. There is something about cartoons detailing the workers’ struggle to break free of the iron fist of the brutal ruling class that just sets my heart aflutter and I find myself having to fight the temptation to have a clenched fist tattooed on my forehead.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
In his 1905 book, Gleanings in Bee Culture, Amos Root was for some inexplicable reason moved to write, “While up in the air there is but very little to injure or to put any great strain on any part of the machinery. If you run into a tree or a house, of course, there would be a smash-up. No drinking man should ever be allowed to undertake to run a flying-machine."