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The Calico Dragon (1935)

by Bunk X ( 179 Comments › )
Filed under Art, History, Humor, Media, Music, OOT, Open thread at August 17th, 2013 - 9:00 pm

In the early days of animation, many companies were competing for movie theater bookings as a box-office draw, just as comic strips sold newspapers. Both were aimed at an adult audience.

The Calico Dragon is not spectacular until you consider that early film animation was a brute-force endeavor. At 12-16 frames per second, a five minute short could require 4,800 cells, sketched, inked and painted by hand, sandwiched under glass one at a time over the adjusted moving background, and each cell photographed by a motion picture camera capable of shooting one frame at a time. Then they had to develop and edit the film, add an etched soundtrack AND make duplicates of the master to distribute. Talk about labor-intensive artistry. Were it not profitable, no sane human would have bothered with it.

Harman-Ising figured out a way to animate fabric patterns, not just for the backgrounds, but for the moving figures.


I don’t blame you if you don’t watch the whole thing – the cloying sappiness of it all was tiring for me, too – so jump to The Dragon Song at about 04:20. I’ll wait.
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Did you spot it? Happens at about 05:25. It wasn’t blatant but the song and the subtle innuendo had to have been an inside joke to the animators.

[Cell image via Tralfaz.]

So with that out of the way, it’s PPPL Night on The Overnight Open Thread.

Can you blame him? YES.

by Bunk X ( 86 Comments › )
Filed under Humor, OOT, Open thread at July 26th, 2013 - 10:00 pm

[Related posts here and here.]
With apologies to (the late) Joey Ramone and Patti Smith, it’s time for
The Overnight Open Thread.

‘Scuse Me, But Have We Met Before?

by Bunk X ( 44 Comments › )
Filed under Art, DOG, Humor, OOT, Open thread at June 9th, 2013 - 10:30 pm

Dogs crack me up because they’re all jerks. Lovable jerks, for sure, but they’re still idiots, and they have no shame. Dogs just enjoy doing what dogs do.

Simple things amaze them. Every weekday you come home from work, and they’re ecstatic that you were able to find your way back on your own. When they hear a siren, they howl to help spread the alarm. Throw a snowball into a drift and they’ll spend 15 minutes looking for it before they realize that they’ve been had, and then they want you to do it again.

But dogs know how to play us as well. Sure Rover is happy to see you, licking your face and all, but he remembers where his tongue was a few minutes before, even if you didn’t see him doing it.

When that happens you’ve been Dog Pwnd on The Overnight Open Thread.
Update: For those of you following the race to the top, there’s this:

PPPLOL 9 June 2013

56 Years Since Tornados Were Invented

by Bunk X ( 51 Comments › )
Filed under Environmentalism, Humor, OOT at June 4th, 2013 - 9:00 pm

tornados suck donkeys
[Image found here.]
Tornados suck. When Mother Nature gets all humpy, she yanks the Universal Electrolux from the closet and, well, you know what she’s capable of when she’s in her hissyfit mood.  It’s not fun, and there’s nothing we mortals can do about it except to hunker down in little dark dank fraidy-holes, play with our GI Joes and Barbies, and wait until the storm passes. Then we play Pick Up Sticks.

But that image blows me away, especially when AGW hucksters start huckstering about AGW. The obvious solution to tornado intervention is humidity control and mountain construction. Taxation just won’t cut it, but there’s one thing that’s sure to have a temporary coolng effect, and it’s called
The Overnight Open Thread.