Then came JIMMY NELSON, DANNY O'DAY & FARFEL singing: "N-E-S-T-L-E-S. . ."
Friday, April 30, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
The camera would ped-up to reveal. . .
So thanks to Chuck I discovered these life-long, derby wearing friends.
I met him on Chuck's WNEW-TV 5 show - - THE LAUREL & HARDY FIX-IT SHOP. They'd screen the larry harmon Laurel & Hardy cartoons.
Paul and I discovered we had much in common, not only our love for puppets but also for Laurel & Hardy. I was chubby and he was a bone, so we went into full-on L&H mode, wrote an act or two and began performing in schools and Community Centers and the like.
We even had our own Billy Gilbert!
Our career as LAUREL & HARDY Jr. reached it's apex with several guest appearances on JOE FRANKLIN'S MEMORY LANE!
As the years past (and I lost weight!) I kept up my love for the boys by building my own Laurel & Hardy Puppets (circa 1974) and introducing new audiences to their antics:
Another of the wonderful things I owe to the inspiration I received from Chuck & Paul!
In 1965, Chuck - - along with Dr. John McCabe, Orson Bean, cartoonist Al Kilgore, and John Municino formed a small group in New York City to honor the legacy of Laurel & Hardy. They called it the SONS OF THE DESERT (after the Boys 1933 film). The Sons have grown to an International organization, and it is still going strong! They're everywheres I tells ya, so you can join, too!
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
I did all the art work for the sales kit on animation cels with ink, paint, photo-montage and collage. Worked my brains off on it, too. Ultimately the series didn't achieve lift-off - - though GOOWINS BALLOOWINS did! (http://bugsandballoons.com/).
Sometimes getting there is half the fun.
Just stumbled upon the art, posted below. Each scene represents a different function of listening and hearing.
Double-U Tee Eff? EL-OH-EL!
Here are Allynn's memories of THE ORIGIN OF SOUND TRAK - - or - - We Worked On A TV Series Together And All I Got Was These Drawings.
After doing my cable tv show for a few seasons, I figured it would be good to have a message... and since I studied (and believed in) Speech... hey why not a tv series on it. At that point I thought about Annie Siedler... she had been my main Speech teacher in college (Montclair State College - now "University", in NJ). For my final exam rather than write the information about Speech correction... I had an inspiration and wrote a Fairy Tale using the Speech Problems and corrections as good Knights and monsters. She gave me an "A"... it turned out (I didn't know at the time) she had written a successful children's speech correction book - "The Hungry Thing". We've been friends ever since.
I mentioned the idea of this tv series to her and she wanted to work on it with me. After we worked on an outline, she felt it was a good time to bring in her writing partner... Jan Slepian. Ann and Jan wrote a couple books together and jan has written a number of books on her own. We met a few times before i said we should bring you guys aboard ... since they had the book writing experience and you had the puppetry and tv background (where did I fit in?).Then we all worked on it for some good time/s....
We submitted the project to several places... Jan had a friendship with Maurice Sendak... I had met some tv producers in classes I had taken... you had your connections.....My memory was that the best reaction was that they liked the proposal, but they were looking for minority shows.
That's my memory.Allynn
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
OK, that's the Wikipedia version. However, it left out one of the creepiest puppet segments on television. Ever.
PADY BLACKWOOD's company was in charge of the puppets. DORRIS DOWLING sculpted and painted them, and OLGA FELGEMACHER did the animations, and was in charge of the puppetry. Olga also played EDGAR (shudder) and HENRY. Edgar's voice was redubbed by a kid, but Henry's sports O's Bil Baird coined "toy-voice".
Olga called them the "Village Of The Damned Puppets." Below is a scene - - you can see for yourself. Good night, children. Sleep welllll. . .
(that's Olga as Henry on the left)
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
Adventure in Telezonia (1947) was the second film produced for Bell Telephone.