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Hoyt Curtin’s Jug band Session

You may or may not know the name Hoyt Curtin, but there’s no question you’ve heard his work. So has anyone who has owned a television since 1960. Hoyt was the musical director for ... Continue Reading →
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High School Pranks with Joe Barbera

I can almost hear the voice of a reader somewhere out there saying, “Joe Barbera again?” Well, yes, actually. Out of the hundreds and hundreds of interviews in my files, I have ... Continue Reading →
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Eep-Opp-Ork…Uh-Oh!

It was the rock song that defined a generation. All right, it wasn’t really. Instead, Eep-Opp-Ork-Ah-Ah, which highlighted 1962’s A Date with Jet Screamer, the second-aired episode ... Continue Reading →
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Alex Toth: Out of Griping Comes Success

Like politics, animation sometimes makes strange bedfellows, particularly when creative visions and egos are involved. Back in the late 1990s, when I was regularly meeting with Joe ... Continue Reading →
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Ed Benedict and the Cartoon Revolution

The recent release of Disney’s Winnie the Pooh illustrates just how much the look of animation has changed over the past twenty years. Today, of course, we regard such changes as ... Continue Reading →
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The Case of the Copycat Concerto

It’s only August, but Oscar chatter is already starting to be heard.  This has reminded me of one particular Oscar-winning cartoon, around which revolves one of the few genuine mysteries ... Continue Reading →