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Integrating 4 and 5

In Children's Literacy, K-12 Education, Popular Music, Songs On Saturday, Thats' Life, Tv Show Theme Songs, Writers and Writing on May 14, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Hello Everybully! Welcome! To Songs On Saturday!

Last week was so nice we’re doin’ it twice, including another song from my heretofore unreleased compilation called Stupid Pet Sounds.

This week, Songs On Saturday integrates four of my favorite things:

  • People
  • Randy Newman
  • music and

The Five Aspects of Literacy: Reading, Writing, Listening, Thinking and Speaking (in That order)!

Huh? What’s literacy got to do with Songs On Saturday or music at all? In general even?

I’m glad you asked That. BOL! Music involves listening, yes, but it also involves reading. I enjoy reading music lyrics. Reading about the musicians. Reading about the music, reading the notes. Reading about the instruments. There’s a lot of reading involved with listening to music! Lyrics, the words to music, are written by songwriters.

Songwriters are not always musicians or recording artists. They don’t all sing, play an instrument or even read music! Some songwriters “hear” the music in their heads or the lyrics may come to them at 2 o’clock in the morning forcing them from sleep, compelling them to write them down. Lionel Ritchie and Smokey Robinson have produced Grammy Award winning tunes that began with little more than the hook or a simple phrase. Then they labored to construct the song, often collaborating with others on the project.

Some songwriters are accomplished musicians but not performers. People like David Foster, Paul Williams, Burt Bacharach or Bernie Taupin. They write the songs that make the whole world sing. Their talents are sought and highly prized by big name entertainers such as Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand and Elton John.

A handful of songwriters are not only celebrated musicians and composers who accompany themselves with instruments, they also write their own songs. These musicians belong in an exalted class of musicians, Singer/Songwriters that include Paul Simon, Dolly Parton, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Carole King, Adele— and

Randy Newman?

O-Tay sure, many of you were first introduced to Randy Newman because of unarguably one of the funniest TV theme songs in sitcom history. The show wasn’t too bad, either. Very funny.

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Listen to Randy Newman's Short People | 1977

But Randy Newman is more than just a writer of hilarious sitcom theme songs. He’s a Singer/Songwriter whose satirical lyrics make you think and at least in one famous instance, made a lot of People speak as well.

In 1977, Randy Newman released a tune called Short People. “Short People” was widely misinterpreted by a public just beginning to experiment with the latest phenomenon in social sensitivity– political correctness. This new attitude had the unintended consequence of generating a great deal of publicity for the song and unwelcomed controversy for Randy Newman.

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At first blush, the song appears to be ridiculing of Little People, with phrases such as “nasty little feet,” “stubby little fingers” and “dirty little minds.”

Mr. Newman was compelled to publicly defend his use of a literary device, the figurative intent of the word “short” and to appear on many late night talk shows to explain the song’s intent which was to call attention to how silly and small bigotry looks, sounds and actually, in fact, is.

When asked whether he anticipated the irony of the lyrics would spark such a firestorm of criticism, Mr. Newman responded: “I didn’t. I thought, all you gotta do is listen. It’s not like it’s James Joyce. [Then] I realized the medium wasn’t great for that. People don’t listen to music like that…”

Newman went on to record other songs that examine and mock bigotry: “Rednecks” and “Half A Man.”

In a 2003 interview fur The Sunday Times Mr. Newman went on to respond further about people missing the point of his songs: “To write indirect songs with characters that aren’t yourself as the narrator is not the best way to achieve commercial success. I mean, irony, who’s got the time? But it’s what I do, and it’s what I can’t help but do. I couldn’t write like Elton John if I tried.”

People under the age of 30 will, doubtless, recognize the distinctive voice and banging, saloon-like piano playing of Randy Newman from all the Disney Pixar films he’s done the music fur, namely the Toy Story films.

Now that you’ve clicked on all the links to learn more about Randy Newman and all his impressive achievements in a long and remarkable career, I won’t keep you in suspense any longer. And so now… without any further ado, Songs On Saturday proudly presents ThatOne performing his soon-to-be hit (in his own mind) “Small Bulldogs!

Small bulldogs got no reason
Small bulldogs got no reason
Small bulldogs got no reason
To live

They got little legs
Corpulent behinds
They march around
With determined strides
They got little noses
Protruding bottom teeth
They got big fat cushions
On their plodding little feet Well we Don’t want no small Bulldogs
Don’t want no small Bulldogs
Don’t want no small bulldogs
‘Round here..!
Bulldogs are not the same
As you and I
(They’re cool and don’t lie)
Bulldogs are brothers
Hear this long, heavy sigh
It’s a wonderbull world! Small bulldogs got no buddies
Small bulldogs got no buddies
Small bulldogs got no buddies
To love
They got little stubby legs
Make ’em walk so slow
You got to pick ‘em up
And motivate their “Go!”
They got wagons & strollers
That go squeak, squeak, squeak
Make those purring noises
When they sleep, sleep, sleep
They got grubby little toe nails
Funny little minds
They grab you by the heart every time

Well we… don’t want no small Bulldogs
Don’t want no small Bulldogs
Don’t want no small bulldogs
‘Round here..!

Goodwill Energies I direct
Toward each and every one of you
Each and every day

“And there came to be evening and there came to be morning…”
That’s life today!
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♫ Happy HAPPY Joy Joy JOY!

In Cartoons, Children's Literacy, Dog Friendly Resturants, K-12 Education, Popular Culture, Thats' Life, Tv Show Theme Songs on March 24, 2011 at 9:00 AM
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♫ Happy Happy Joy Joy
Happy Happy Joy Joy
Happy Happy Joy Joy
Happy Happy Joy Joy
Happy Happy Joy Joy
Happy Happy Joy Joy
Happy Happy Joy Joy Joy

Now I know most of you, as a general practice, are not out and about after eight o’clock on a school night. Me, neither! But She almost NEVER turns down an opportunity to fraternize with fellow dog fanciers, so Tuesday night she made an exception and took me with Her to “Yappy” hour.

Okay. So what’s a “Yappy” hour you ask? Well, People sometimes like to get together after work to laugh and joke and unwind with each other  over drinks before they head home. They call this “Happy Hour.” “Yappy” Hour means they get to laugh and joke and unwind with each other over drinks in places that allow their dogs as well.

doggy menuThese dog friendly stores, parks, beaches, hotels and restaurants allow People to come in, shop, vacation and enjoy their dogs in public or in the company of their anipals. Some really fortunate People even work in dog friendly offices. Imagine! There are People who can bring their dogs to work with themYippee!!  Bark about joy!

This  restaurant even has a separate canine menu just for dogs.  I had the Hound Dog Heaven, a plate of ground hamburger. Yum mee!

The doggie diners were all friendly, well behaved, canine good citizens and their People were, too! Yappy Hour is also a fun and clever way to raise money fur animal charities or other events, certainly a bit more fun and palpable than the Sarah McLachlan, disgust and aw ads. Or the ubiquitous, angry shame and whine fests.

I had a FANTASTIC time! I met some really fun People and some great dogs! Sniff out a Yappy Hour in your neighborhood!

Goodwill Energies I direct
Toward each and every one of you
Each and every day!

“And there came to be evening and there came to be morning”

 

 


That’s life today!

The Buskers and Woofstock and ME!

In Animals and Pets, Books, BulldogNation, bulldogs, Children's Literacy, K-12 Education, Non-profit Charities, Pet Ambassador, Popular Culture, Television, Thats' Life, Tv Show Theme Songs, Volunteering, WORD Book of the WEEK, Writers and Writing on April 12, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Then on Saturday we drove down to San Diego for a day at Woofstock, an annual Festival for Dogs & People. The event took place at San Diego’s beautiful Balboa Park with all proceeds going to benefit Canine Companions for Independence.

Scripps Encinitas Pet Ambassador Volunteer Program animals and staff were on hand as well to support CCI and help educate and inform the public about the program at Scripps.

With Michaele Bookstore and Colleague

The 1960’s themed festival featured live music, munchies and lots of opportunity to shop for unique pet products. There were exciting demonstrations of Disc Dogs, Flyball, Canine Freestyle and of a  Leash Your Fitness boot camp workout for People and their dogs.

I saw working dogs in action. I got to play at the K9 Playground! We didn’t wear 60’s threads or compete in the Grooviest 60’s Costume contest or fish for prizes in the fun zone for kids, but we’re definitely going to do all That next year for sure! To help raise even more money, there was a silent auction of fun pet products!

Then there was the walk for Peace, Love, and Walk ‘n Roll (approx. 1.3 miles) to benefit Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). CCI is a national non-profit organization that enhances the quality of life for people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

The Walk registration fee included a cool WOOFSTOCK tie dye t-shirt, free Festival admission and a SWAG bag filled with great surprises! The walk preceded the WOOFSTOCK Festival and began at 9:00AM. We missed the walk (pout).  Oh well.  Next year.

This year, Walk registrants had the opportunity to raise funds for CCI and be rewarded based on donations collected. The top fundraiser will receive a beautiful portrait of their dog by artist Deirdre O’Byrne along with a copy of “A Big Little Life” signed by Dean Koontz! Walk registrants also qualified for a free pass to Disneyland® presented by Disney VolunTears, a corporate sponsor this year.

After That, it was on to Seaport Village for the Spring Busker Festival. Boy did I have a lot to learn, like What’s a busker? Well, a busker is a person who entertains people in public places while asking for money. Now you know what a busker is. In New York, we just call them street performers.  These artists and entertainers came to San Diego from all over the country to dazzle us with their unique, often even bizarre, talents.

Me. And Mango...

Mango and Dango

Email: mangoanddango@yahoo.com

Take Mango and Dango for instance. I met Mango (Megan Fontaine) as she was carrying her hoola hoop of FIRE preparing to set up for the performance. She laid eyes on me and I was immediately showered with goodwill energy. We both just happened to arrive at the performance site at the same time. For me it was love at first sight.

The Calypso Tumblers Rock!! are on Facebook

Mango and Dango are two high energy performance artists who pride themselves on their creative rapport with audiences. Specializing in circus and performance art, Mango and Dango combine old school circus techniques with creative character work, contemporary movement and energetic physical comedy. And she hoolas with a ring of fire.

We enjoyed the high energy tumbling antics of  the Calypso Tumblers. Are they tumblers, latter day break dancers or gymnasts with hijinks? Check out the video by clicking on the photo here and decide for yourself.

Last but not least, we got to visit with Jimmy Talksalot just moments after his amusing magic show That he taylored toward the kids in the audience, even enlisting a couple of them to help out with the act. For some reason, while I was scrolling through his blog, the theme to Gary Shandling’s Show kept looping about in my head. *It’s OK to indulge your inner weird, Kids.* Jimmy Talksalot— Not just a children’s clown show.

What a fun, fun, fun, exhausting, fun day I had in San Diego over the weekend.  If your entire weekend was only half as interesting as mine was on Saturday alone, then I would have to say you were fortunate, indeed.

Goodwill Energies I direct
Toward each and every one of you
Each and every day
Hangin’ wit da big dogs…

At Woofstock!

❝And there came to be evening and there came to be morning…❞

That's life today!

This is #bullDogNATION Radio

In Animals and Pets, BulldogNation, Cartoons, Comedy, Humor, Popular Culture, Television, Tv Show Theme Songs on March 28, 2010 at 6:55 PM

This past Saturday, I had a unique, fun and exciting opportunity to sit down with a very special guest.  Here is the complete transcript of  ThatOne interview.

This is #bullDogNATION radio. I’m ThatOne.

T1:  The satirical animated series “Family Guy” is well into its ninth season on Fox. My guest is one of the undisputed breakout stars of the series, Brian Griffin. Brian Welcome to #bullDogNATION radio.

Brian: It’s good to be here, ThatOne.

T1:  “Family Guy” is the story of a dog owning family residing in Quahog, Rhode Island. The family patriarch is lovable oaf, Peter Griffin (voiced by Seth MacFarlane), his loving wife, Lois (voiced by Alex Borstein) a former Miss Teen Rhode Island who comes from wealth and marries down into middle class; and their three kids:  sixteen year old Meg (Mila Kunis), who literally gets no respect, acceptance, attention or approval, thirteen year old Chris (Seth Green), rotund and pimply faced with a personality much like his father and who believes there’s an evil monkey hiding in his closet, and one year old Stewie, beyond precocious, a diabolically gifted toddler whose heterosexuality is hanging by a thread.

The subject matter is usually pretty adult, satirizing the right and the left, religion, politics, current events, the news, and pushing viewers to confront broader issues, such as racism, war, mob mentality, consumerism and religious fanaticism. Along with the satire, you get a lot of crude jokes about bodily functions or as Brian, the urbane family dog would put it:

Brian: (clears throat) Scatology.

(Soundbite of laughter)

In 2009, the show earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series, making Family Guy only the second show in television animated history to be honored with such a distinction.

The show, now in its 9th season is a runaway hit largely due to the shenanigans of my guest.  Sitting with me in the studio today is Brian Griffin.  Brian, great to have you with us.

Brian: That was a really long intro, That. But thanks. It’s great to be here in sunny San Diego. I love the #bullDogNATION, I love your blog.  I love the show, so thanks for having me.

T1: Brian, you’ve had to overcome a lot of painful personal obstacles. You were born in a puppy mill in Austin, Texas. You’re an orphan with siblings who are scattered about the country who you will probably never know. And for a long time you had to live by your wits on the street as a homeless dog.

Brian: Yeah, Peter was the one who found me. I was actually panhandling, washing car windows on the side of a highway exit. He picked me up there right off the street and brought me home, so yeah, things were really hard for me in the beginning and for a long time, too.

T1: Is that where you developed your anthropomorphic qualities, your facility with language and the ability to walk bipedally?

(Soundbite of laughter)

Brian: Well you do what you have to do to survive, you know.  You get a lot of goodwill from People.  And you know this, That. When you’re able to sort of distinguish yourself and stand out from the crowd.   Yeah, definitely walking upright makes People take notice. And a strong vocabulary is exceedingly helpful.  Extinquishes a lot of misunderstanding, I think. Words are great. Words are fun. I love the English language.

T1: And a lot of other different languages, too, I understand.  Let’s see, you speak.., you’re fluent in French, Tagalog, and  Spanish?

Brian: I’m a little ashamed to admit my Spanish is not all that great.  You would think living as I do in Los Angeles I would get a lot of opportunities to practice the language more, but no…  It’s something I’m working on, though.

T1:  And did you attend Brown University before or after you came to live with the Griffin family?

Brian: No, before. I didn’t complete the degree, though…

T1:  Oh no..?

Brian: Typical story, you know, one class short of graduating. It’s something I will do.  I will graduate college.  It’s still my goal.

T1:  What did you study?  What was your major there at Brown?

Brian: I love language, and the music and flow of words when they’re put together well, so naturally I studied writing.  I’m an avid reader and writer.

T1:  And at least very briefly, you worked as a writer for the New Yorker?

Brian: (laughs) Brief would be a generous way of putting that, yes.

T1: And right now, in addition to your role on The Family Guy and your many personal appearances promoting the show, you’re also writing a book?

Brian: I actually have completed a book and I’m working on a second book.  I’ve been at it for several years now. Everybody’s wondering if I’ll ever get it done.  It’s been kinda crazy…

T1: While not seen holding a regular job in Quahog, Brian, on the show you’re often depicted owning a Toyota Prius car, paying bills, and maintaining a credit card. In one episode you’ve even been a substitute teacher at Chris’ school, a taxi driver and a drug-sniffing dog for the Quahog police department. Let’s see, you also sold cars when the Griffin family thought Peter had died in the episode “Perfect Castaways?”

Brian: I had several jobs on the show. While living in Los Angeles the writers’ had me working as a waiter, a car wash attendant, a screenwriter, a pornographic film director…

T1: We’ll have to talk about ThatOne at another time.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Brian: My character is pretty intellectually ambidextrous. And the audience relies on me to be the keeper of the continuity if you will.

T1: Indeed.  It’s interesting you mention That.  In contrast to the other characters on the show, you actually can remember things from episode to episode.

Brian: Yeah, I think of myself as the Ferris Bueller of The Family Guy, only instead of breaking the third wall literally….

T1: Breaking the third wall.., that’s when the character suddenly breaks character while in character to address the audience…

Brian: Seth MacFarlane and Seth Green are pretty clever…

T1: The creators and producers of the show…

Brian: Yeah, so we don’t have characters suddenly addressing the audience or looking into the camera at the audience, like they do in The Office or Modern Family. My character either references or alludes to previous episodes.  Our audience really likes that.

T1: As the most sensible member of the Griffin family, Brian, you very often have to take on the role as the voice of reason or as a mediator during family arguments.

Brian: It’s the typical sitcom formula in that regard because even though Peter is my best friend, clearly we are not intellectual peers. Peter is the historical dumb dad.  It’s Brian’s job to show Peter how riddicules his plans are.  He accepts criticism from Brian, even when it’s harsh. They have a very pragmatic friendship, I would say.

T1: Yeah, and your having such rapier wit and a great sense of humor goes a long way, I’m sure….

Brian: Oh, absolutely.  Absolutely.

T1: So tell me a little bit about the real Brian. It’s interesting your name is also Brian Griffin in real life…

(Soundbite of laughter)

Brian: Yeah, a lot of people don’t realize That.

T1:   What makes Brian Griffin, the regular beagle at home, different from Brian Griffin on The Family Guy?  What does he like?  What doesn’t he like?

Brian: Our tastes are a lot alike, so it’s not that much of a stretch for me to play Brian. He has a sharp wit.  He’s defined himself.  He’s the dog he’s decided he is going to be. Not a peer group. Not a society. He decided who he is, how he behaves, and how he’s going to live his life. So he’s not wealthy.  It doesn’t mean he can’t appreciate the finer things in life. It doesn’t make him inauthentic or pretentious or phony in my book. He is who he believes he is.

T1:  Oh, I like That.  He is who he believes he is. He’s a middle class dog with upper class sensibilities…

Brian: …having come from utter and abject poverty and lived the life of a homeless, orphaned, abandoned dog. Yes. He has refined and cultured his tastes. He loves opera and jazz, has vocal ability– You know, being able to sing all four parts to a barbershop quartet is no mean feat.  That’s a unique talent, I would say.

T1: Umm.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Brian: Things I don’t like? I try to avoid this kind of list making.  I don’t really like summing myself up that way but if I were hard pressed to mention things I would definitely mention Ashlee Simpson, Coldplay, Jamie Foxx, Usher and Kevin Federline.  Justin Beiber, even.  John Mayer…

(Soundbite of laughter)

T1: We’re pretty tough, Brian, but we’re not really that tough.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Brian: You dragged it all outta me. That is One tough interviewer.

(Soundbite of laughter)

T1: We talked already about how your experience as a homeless orphan living on the streets shaped you.

Brian: Ummm, hmmm…

T1:  You’re an erudite, martini sipping, urbane, talking dog who chooses to walk on two feet like People. But what about the dog in you?

Brian: Ha ha  “Bow wow wow yippee yo yippee yay?”

(Soundbite of laughter)

Brian: Well in my more private moments, I lick myself with my tongue. I scratch with my hind leg. I’m completely colorblind. I don’t like the sound of toilet flushing or the vacuum cleaner. Umm, let’s see.., Oh, I have trouble standing in cars.  Dried pig’s ear is probably by far my favorite chew toy. I see you, too, have a similar preference for red collars…

(Soundbite of laughter)

T1: I do, and I like the rope toy that’s also supposed to floss your teeth.

(Soundbite of laughter)

T1: My guest today has been Brian Griffin star of the hit animated TV series The Family Guy currently enjoying its 9th season on Fox television. It’s a very funny show, one of my favorites. Brian, I want to congratulate you on the success of the show and wish you much continued success…

Brian: I’m enjoying the ride for however long it lasts.

T1:  Thank you very much for coming here and talking with us.

Brian: Cool. Thank you very much.

T1: And I want to close with a little clip of Brian in action from an episode of  The Family Guy, Bird is the Word!

You can watch full episodes of “Family Guy” by clicking on the any of the pictures of Brian on this post.

This is #bullDogNATION.

(Soundbite of music)

Goodwill Energies I direct
Toward each and every one of you
Each and every day

❝And there came to be evening and there came to be morning…❞

That's life today!

And The Envelope Goes To…

In Books, BullTwit!, Cartoons, Children's Literacy, Comedy, Film, History, Humor, K-12 Education, Music, Popular Culture, Television, Tv Show Theme Songs, Twitter on March 6, 2010 at 5:29 PM

The results of the First Bulldog Nation Twitter poll are in. One hundred twenty (120) BullTwits responded.  Ninety (90) chose Spike.  Thirty (30) chose Hector.

Hanna-Barbera’s Spike, the often gruff, occasionally dim-witted English bulldog who is aggressive around cats but transforms into a soft puddle of melted butter when it comes to mice and his son Tyke was preferred 3 to 1 over

Warner Bros/Merrie Melodies/Looney Tunes’s Hector, the physically buffed, droopy jowled, popular caricature of the English bulldog with the authoritative pigeon-toed gait, wearing his trademark black collar with silver studs.

If you were born anytime after 1970, odds are you voted for Hanna-Barbera’s Spike. Why? Because during the 1980’s and 90’s where you spent your impressionable youth, there was not much uncensored vintage Warner Bros or Hanna-Barbera on air for you to watch.

In the eighties, pressure was brought to bear on the industry to protect children from being exposed to too much sensory overload and inappropriate content. Vintage Tom & Jerry, (when creators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera were under contract with MGM cartoon studios from 1937 until it closed in 1959), with it’s frenetic pace, noisy, repetitive sound effects and physical slap-stick was deemed too violent.

Warner Bros/Merrie Melodies/Looney Tunes was deemed excessively violent and racially insensitive, sexist, sexually suggestive and just plain politically incorrect.

TV animation came under serious creative and financial attack after 1970 when both the quality of the animation and the material began to suffer. Cartoons were originally produced on film and released in theaters. TV’s small budgets prevented Hanna-Barbera and every other cartoon producer accustomed to working in full theatrical-quality animation from producing their best work.  And it showed.

To keep within TV’s tighter budgets, Hanna-Barbera modified the concept of  limited animation. Character designs were simplified and backgrounds and animation cycles (walks, runs, etc.) were regularly rehashed. You would see Tom and Jerry running as if in place past the same tree over and over again.

Only the parts of the body that needed to move at a given time (for example a mouth, an arm, a head) would be animated. The rest of the figure would remain on a static animation cel. Dialogue, music, and sound effects were emphasized over action.

What you got to see were sanitized versions of the classic cartoons and noisy, story starved stick drawings produced exclusively by HB for The Cartoon Network which launched in October, 1992 and later Boomerang or Kids WB.

The seventies and the eighties were miserable times for television animation.

That’s why when I posted this update on my Twitter

❝Who’s the better cartoon #bulldog?: Hanna-Barbera’s hard-nosed bully Spike in Tom & Jerry or Warner Bros Hector, the dopey but lovable protector of the parasol packing Granny in Sylvester & Tweety? #Bulldognation, YOU decide.❞

to my 300+ Twitter followers, I was not surprised by the depth and range of emotion that came out of the mere remembrance of these two beloved cartoon bulldogs and the fierce loyalty each of the animation studios engendered. You are either hooked on Hanna-Barbera or crazy for Looney Tunes. You either loved HB’s wacky, repetitive sound effects or were annoyed by them. You either loved having HB show the story in pictures or you appreciated scripted rapier wit and dialogue more. Rarely is there Mr. In-between.

Here’s Spike making his motion picture debut in Dog Trouble (1942):

Hanna and Barbera ultimately wrote and directed one hundred and fourteen Tom and Jerry cartoons at the MGM cartoon studio in Hollywood, California between 1940 and 1959, when the animation unit was closed. The original series is notable for having won the Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons) seven times.

But the good times would not last and by 1970, Her discerning eye noticed the decline in  the quality of the animation, the writing and the humor of the characters. Critics stated that Hanna-Barbera was taking on more work than it could handle and resorting to shortcuts only a children’s television audience would tolerate. Ouch!  Here. See for yourself.

Here’s Spike in The Kitten Sitters for The Cartoon Network (1992):

Can you name all the HB Stars in this picture?

❝Overture, curtain, lights!
This is it. The night of nights.
No more rehearsing or nursing a part.
We know every part by heart!
Overture, curtain, lights!
This is it. We’ll hit the heights!
And oh, what heights we’ll hit!
On with the show, this is it!
Tonight what heights we’ll hit!
On with the show, this is it!❞

The Warner Bros, Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies stable of cartoon animation. Need I say more? You know the characters: Bugs Bunny. Sylvester & Tweety. Road Runner & Wylie Coyote.  Foghorn Leghorn, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd,  Yosemite Sam, Pepé Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales…

You know the creative team players:  Leon Schlesinger, Friz FrelengTex AveryRobert Clampett, Chuck Jones, music director Carl Stalling and Mel Blanc, The Voice of  almost all of the Oscar winning cartoon stars.

A vintage Warner Bros/Merrie Melodies/Looney Toons animated short was (and still is today) a joy to the senses, with rich, vivid colors, strong lines, crisp, snappy, sophisticated dialogue, classical, popular, swing and jazz music performed by a then live orchestra and band, and hilarious stories and situations that often reflected the social, economic and political climate of those times and resonate in ours today.

John Lennon once made a facetious comment that the Beatles were bigger than Jesus. The same could be said of Warner Bros, Merrie Melodies and Looney Toons, which from 1929 until at least 1970, dominated the short cartoon genre in theaters.  They literally were bigger than Disney.

Here Hector makes his motion picture debut in A Hare Grows In Manhattan (1947)

His role was to protect Tweety from Sylvester, usually at Granny’s request. He typically does this through brute strength alone, but sometimes he outsmarts the cat. Hector’s slow, smoldering intelligence is his Achilles heel, however, as Sylvester is very often able to outwit him.

His most prominent role was as a regular cast member in the animated series The Sylvester and Tweety Show where he plays Granny’s loyal guardian.

Here’s Hector in action in  Satan’s Waitin’ (1954):

People always tell me I look like Spike, but it is really Hector they’re thinking of. Yeah. I look like Hector.  Well all-righty then.  I hope you all enjoyed your nostalgic cartoon trip down memory lane. And as always I leave you with…

Goodwill Energies I direct
Toward each and every one of you
Each and every day

❝And there came to be evening and there came to be morning…❞

That’s life today!