Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

THE NEW TOON SNOOT BLOG

First, trying to adjust to this NEW FANGLED Blogger posting entry form...these young whippersnapper..when I was their age..ahem! Anyhow, as I'm known to be one of many internet fans of old cartoons from the 1930s to the 1960s and posting often, it has to happen but mine, and esxcuse the "elitist" title :-), is MY entry..in this, and it has the same style as this only I take a look at stuff like television cartoon specials, reissue prints and such..yeah, 10,000,000 blogs have this but in my own patented way, I will
try to in additon to my huge talent for palindrome, use mine for odd looks at various aspects, including the screen crfedits of many cartoons, including the television ones, before 1970..

So anyway..here is the link..here I MAY change the space to Pokey/blogpsot//more to come including blogs and OUTSIDE pages..yhes, I am expanding as a page posting icon..humnbly..hangs Pokey pony head smiling humbly..

Sunday, October 2, 2011

The Moon Boggles

THE MOON BOGGLES

Vocies:
DAL McKENNON, ?


1967.

Music:
CONZELMMANN and HAENSCH, D.M.LACKEY/G.KAUER

The more that a television frnachise gets more popular, the more a spinoff seems to be done or is done. Consider Pokey solo efforts, and this one, as the seal-like critters of the title did a few other episode,s and crossing over with a "Bela Lugosi" like diabolical scietnist, Dr.Zvegee [not seen in this episode], You might get the feeling that this one's done to promote hte "Boggles."[More recent: "Friends" into "Joey". That is so not happening.]

At the local Zoo, Gumby and Pokery are summoned by the recurring zookeeper seen in so many of these episodes, and have to catch the sea lion like Moon Boggles, who escaped form their zoo cage, with the freezing kind of Midas Touch--everything that they touch winds up in the deep freeze. Pokey's trying to catch time, but [to the tune of orchestrated chase cue with violins], with the net aorund a "Moon-Boggle", gets a free ride, a real drag. Gumby then hangs on, and BOTH get the freezing touch.

Seque to Gumby and Pokey at home, and the zookeeper pass to Gumby, to Pokey--"they were only catching some fresh air, that's why they got out". A real Boone Doggle I say. [You know one of the "Boggles" is a girl due to the ribbon.]

Excellent tinkling eerie stock music used in some other later 1960s Gumbys ["Dragon Daffy","Taile Tale","Grab Grabber Gumby" aka "A Clockwork Gumby", similiar to Bill Loose's eerie Ghost cues ghostwritten by light orchestral music legend [and composer of the famed "Holiday for Strings"] David Rose (Yowp's Blog), with gossamer, tinkly stylistic instruments, but clearly froma different music service, and yet unpegged down, is used during the open scene of the Moon Boggles and followed y Pokey. The chase music is similiar to composer Jack Shaindlin'sa familiar Augie/Snooper and Blab/Quick Draw "Mad Rushes" but are different cues. They're also used in other late 60s "Gumby's" ["Goo for Pokey" and "The Golden Gosling"].

The Moon Boggles crossed over with "Dr.Zveege" in "Hot Ice" [with the made doctor debuting in "Prickle's Problem" and also appearing without the "'Boggles" in
"Piano Rolling Blues".]

The Gumby League

THE GUMBY LEAGUE
[1967]
A CLOKEY PRODUCTION
Creator-Porudcer:
ART CLOKEY

Writers-Directors
ART CLOKEY
PETE KLEINOW
RAYMOND PECK


Cast
Gumby/Goo/NORMA MacMILLAN
Pokey/Prickle/Others/DAL McKENNON[?]

Music cues still rather hard to identify due to this beign late 60s.

Usually, an episode of this original show doesn't use a lot of variaitons on gags, thus, you don't see a lot of the
sports spoofs like other franchises [Porky Pig in Friz Freleng's 1940 "Porky's Baseball Broadcast", Yogi Bear in Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera's 1959 "Rah Rah Bear", and all the
Goofy shorts]. Usually, a more, linear [for lack of a better term] style of narrative was used throughout the series's duration..

However, this is an example...At the 1967 Gumbasia ball game...Gumby, Pokey, Prickle, Goo, professor Kapp, and the Blockheads, taking a leaf from the
classic Disney Goofy Jack Kinney shorts of the 40s and 50s like "Hockey Homicide", etc ., with dopplegangers of them, are on two opposing teams with each other.

Sufficient sporting music is played, including a bed from the open of the show's "The Rodeo King". It's rather repetivie to detial, but just the expected baseball and clay gags. Gumby gets a baseball while Pokey slides. A field set up for this is the background for this..

Prof.Kapp, Prickle, and Goo are in tuis..though not Nopey, Dr.Zveegee [would be a manager for the Blockheads], or the Moon Boggles or the others, a concept that WAS reivisted ten years later in 1970s in Hanna-Barbera's low point [one of too many during this and the ensuing decade ahead] "Scooby Doo's All Star Laffalympics", where various allstar HB characters..

BTW Does ANYBODY know the source for at least SOME of these 1967-68 cues? They may have appeared on two of the "S"'s : Selected Sound or Sonoton, but it escapes me.

The gimmick of many "Blockhead characters" recalls on the other side of good, Goofy in many classic 1940s-1950s Disney sports shorts.

Monday, September 19, 2011

RIP, EARL KRESS

Convention/broadcast host. Writer. Voice. Cartoon library music cue researcher. Earl Kress just died today on September 19,2011...he was one of the reason why yours truly, pkey, knew what cues shared with Hannap-Barbera he and Gumby trotted, raced, escaped blocked, and played aorund with Robots too..[along with those still alive like Don Yowp and elsewhere Paul Mandell].1951-12011.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Gumby does what...?

Put your favorite canned music cues be with G.Hormel or Bill Loose or the rockin' late 60s spy cues used...this in the news.
So now Gumby's a thieff??" What did he steal? Old stock footage or music cues? Old silent or cartoon jokes..no, it's just like those SpongeBob and Barney type scandals, in fact, read the above quoted GAC quote..

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Moon Boggles

THE MOON BOGGLES

Vocies:
DAL McKENNON, ?


1967.

Music:
CONZELMMANN and HAENSCH, D.M.LACKEY/G.KAUER

PLOT:Gumby and P{okey are hired by the recurrant Zookeeper to catch the rare escapees, tyhe Moon Boggles.First in a brief story arc (see below.)

The more that a television frnachise gets more popular, the more a spinoff seems to be done or is done. Consider Pokey solo efforts, and this one, as the seal-like critters of the title did a few other episode,s and crossing over with a "Bela Lugosi" like diabolical scietnist, Dr.Zvegee [not seen in this episode], You might get the feeling that this one's done to promote hte "Boggles."[More recent: "Friends" into "Joey". That is so not happening.]

At the local Zoo, Gumby and Pokery are summoned by the recurring zookeeper seen in so many of these episodes, and have to catch the sea lion like Moon Boggles, who escaped form their zoo cage, with the freezing kind of Midas Touch--everything that they touch winds up in the deep freeze. Pokey's trying to catch time, but [to the tune of orchestrated chase cue with violins], with the net aorund a "Moon-Boggle", gets a free ride, a real drag. Gumby then hangs on, and BOTH get the freezing touch.

Seque to Gumby and Pokey at home, and the zookeeper pass to Gumby, to Pokey--"they were only catching some fresh air, that's why they got out". A real Boone Doggle I say. [You know one of the "Boggles" is a girl due to the ribbon.]

Excellent tinkling stock music used in some other later 1960s Gumbys ["Dragon Daffy","Taile Tale","Grab Grabber Gumby" aka "A Clockwork Gumby", similiar to Bill Loose's eerie Ghost cues ghostwritten by light orchestral music legend [and composer of the famed "Holiday for Strings"] David Rose (Yowp's Blog), with gossamer, tinkly stylistic instruments, but clearly froma different music service, and yet unpegged down, is used during the open scene of the Moon Boggles and followed y Pokey. The chase music is similiar to composer Jack Shaindlin'sa familiar Augie/Snooper and Blab/Quick Draw "Mad Rushes" but are different cues. They're also used in other late 60s "Gumby's" ["Goo for Pokey" and "The Golden Gosling"].

The Moon Boggles crossed over with "Dr.Zveege" in "Hot Ice" [with the made doctor debuting in "Prickle's Problem" and also appearing without the "'Boggles" in
"Piano Rolling Blues".]

The variaiton on the "King Midas" idea, reworked with the famous consequences for the mainly Prickle Dino centric "Mystic Magic", here as a helpful [and shall we say, chilling, magic power], actually serves these characters well [but do moon boggles share sodas with two drinks without the freezing doing "A KING MIDAS" and freezing them over..]

In future posts, I might examine how the strange crossover these two seals had with a "Doctor Zveegee" may have meant to be a seperate series with them...

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Things that wrecked the 1988 revival

Back for one of the most neeeded posts to this or any other blog about 1950s-60s [or earlier] franchise...[not to mention to a much lesser extent, later, see fourth paragraph after this sentence.]

In the 1980s, when the Gumby series was revived, times and television had longed changed... background music type tastes, the situaitons for the characters,
etc. were examples of this.

But this served as an excuse to actually screw things up even more. In 1987, when the newly resusicated Clokey/Premavision [as
called by then] company had decided to renew the series, they made Gumby and firends into rock stars called The Gumby
's, completely changed parts of the designs of them [blue "fish" critter "Goo", especially, making herr vertical standing, instead of horizontal posing],
and even the underscore music, even for the newer episode,s due to the now familiar legal issues regarding the 1950s and 1960s-vintage music beds
already discussed here before, had all suffered as a result. [The music changing, for legal issues, also unfortunagtle yincluded sound effects and voices,
except for "Trapped on the Moon", as fellow fan Wiley207 has pointed on YouTube.]

In addition, this had also included longer episodes, adding unneccesary characters [a kid sister? a wolly mammoth?] and others.

Even crappy characters popular at the time like Strawberry Shortcake [as of June 2008] and others got a makeover, and I don't even
CARE for such stuff. John Kricfalusi's
excellent blog post here
made that clear ["The Science of not haivng his own ideas"].


The famed "Ren and Stimpy" mastermind also links to a news article, also from June 2008, that links to this issue of
"something with no integrity to being with", changed even more.(see link).

Unfortuntately, a movie was amde that gave Gumby a girlfriend Tara [who what's Goo? Chopped liver? Only I love that stuff]
-in "Gumby 1" [1995].

So now instead of significant adventures of Gumby going through books and stuff with well acted, and sounding soundtracks, were redone, and augmented
with longer, and generally, more "updated" adventures, that continued the 14-15 year old persona started in the 1960s but without the imagination..invention...
or ingenuity [all of this is just in my own humble opinion, of course] of the originals.

This is also, needless to point out now, by 2002 extended to the Rhino DVD releases titled "Gumby: 7 Disc set",
though Classic Media has restored these and released at least one ["The Gumby Essentials", the sole volume so far as of 2011[
with restored episodes 50s-60s, "Tree
Trouble","Too Loo","Rain Spirits","Robot Rumpus", and others, plus some 80s ones.

So now, we have gone to having the original soundtracks, but only for a handful so far [the DVD was released around 2006].


All of the above, of course, just my humble opinion [but the Jack C.Cookerly/Emil Cakdin/Bill Loose cues that APM used to have through CARLIN have been for a while removed...

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Hope for another DVD set (with MORE restored shorts)

A few years ago-----as many may recall-----Classic media put out "Gumby Essentails".
'It had 1980s shorts, but also restored (long unseen) versions with authenic soundtracks, and most importantly oriiginal lengths, of origiinal shorts. They were
1950s
Too Loo
Robot Rumpus
Rain Spirits
Gumby Racer
Gumby Crosses the Delaware
Ricochet Pete
Moon Trip and a few others. Hopefully the soundtrack rights CAM
get cleared up (I hope..I hope) so more can be released.

I'm hoping for
Haunted Hotdsog
Northland Follies
Foxy Box
Eggs and Trixie
Of Clay and Critters,espeically.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

How Not to Trap Lions/The Mocking Monkey

"HOW NOT TO TRAP LIONS/THE MOCKING MONKEY"
1956-1957
Produced, written, co-voiced, and directed by
ART CLOKEY

CAST
Gumby/NANCY WIBLE[?]
Pokey/[possibly] Other Lion/ART CLOKEY
Monkey/GINNY TYLER


MUSIC
[Syndicated series only]
Original Open title [title card]/BILL LOOSE & JOHN SEELY
Unknown flute music [heard in open scenes of WB's "A Bird in a Bonnett"][episode title]/PHILIP GREEN[?]
Sad, "soap-opera-y" trombone bone music [Richard the Lion, Gumby and Pokey @zoo]/PHILIP GREEN[?]
Unknown cue [car into book]/UNKNOWN
Comedy Movemement L-85/SPENCER MOORE [thanks to Yowp]
"Burlesque"[NOT The Christina Aguilera-Cher film, which is an excellent film btw][The scene of Gumby and Pokey ambushed]/JACK SHAINDLINB
[From the Langlois-FilmMusic(tm) library music production disks]
[Seperate 1962 "The Mokcing Monkey" open title] Unknown
"Jaunty Neutral Walker" aka [THANK you, Carlin Prod.Music] "On a Caresel" [Pokey and Gumby completing lion trap]/BILL LOOSE, EMIL CADKIN and JACK C.COOKERLY
"The Deserted Ruins" [Gumby and Pokey hear a rustling, busling sound in the nearby treetops, the monkey
[who made the sounds introduces herself, does animal imitations, lion roars]/PHILIP GREEN
"Eccentric Comedy Suite 300" [new lion appears,, Gumby makes his, uh, spiel](David Rose)/BILL LOOSE AND JOHN SEELY
"Burlesque" [everyone falls into the lion pit, lion asks who made the pit]/JACK SHAINDLIN [From the Langlois-FilmMusic discs.]
"Pleasant Neutral Foxtrot Alternate Version" also known as "Out for a Promenade"),here with alternate ending)(Jack Cookerly[Gumby and Pokey, blushing with awkwardness, rat each other out, monkey and Gumby swing on ropes and morph into the "The End" graphic)/BILL LOOSE, EMIL CADKIN and JACK C.COOKERLY
Standard Gumby closing (title)/JOHN SEELY and BILL LOOSE

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A Happy New year from this blog..Going into a another year, another post:
Shows always are trying try out characters, then write them off.. Richard, the lion who was intnded as a third buddy in the Gumby series [see "Lion Around/Lion Drive"], is seen all blue in the cage, as Dr.Gumby diagnoses loneliness for a playmate, maybe say, as Pokey assumes, another lion, so, though with misgivings at first, due to his and Pokey's lack of experience, Gumby agrees to the idea, and soon after going through the dark, darker, and darkest yet reaches of the jungle, Gumby and Pokey build a lion trap that they fall into. Soon, hearing a sound in the tree, the two friends see a monkey, who can copy differet animals [a la Marlon The Tacky Brady Kids Larry Storch Magic Bird in that darn Filmation Series] vocally, thus attracting a lion. When the lion comes, Gumby and Pokey hide, with the monkey accidentlaly self-exposed. But Gumby and Pokey get the lion to go back to the city zoo to "play with another lion:" [good old Richard-remember him?] but forget about the pit, that they fall into. Rachael Ray like cooking show music ("Out for a Promenade", as it's retititled by Carlin but with different coda), plays as the lion tries to flush out that wag who "dug this lion pit!" Why are, since Gumby knows why "Richard's so blue" [thanks to me for the cogent question to Gumby], Gumby and me turned red--as if I myself aren't..hmmmm..couldn't be EMBARRASMENT... Gumby and Monkey [voiced by Clokey and Disney regular Ginny Tyler, a native of Seattle, Washington, and host of the sixties syndicated version of the classic fifites "The Mickey Mouse Club", a.k.a. "The Annette Funicello Show"] both turn into the END graphic. Richard no longer appears but is referred to in "The Groobee", without name.The new lion looks very suitably ugly, with a voice [assumed Clokey's] wanting to know about what happened, why he's just falled into a pit. We don't even see much of Richard [again, remember? he'd be gone the earliest part of this..].
A familiar melodramtic trombone cue used by H-B, that is a guilty pleasure of mine, used in Augie Doggie shorts but which you may remember fondly from Jay Ward's "Fractured Fairy Tale" "The Ugly Duckling", the one that crosses the fairy tale with "A Star is Born", and a few Cookerly-Cadkin-Loose cues,. and in second half a host of familiar cues are used, but the first half is largely "Dramatic" B-Advneture cue,s apparently, I can hardly identifiy them..the open under the titles I've only heard ealsewhere in the Warner Bros. Tweet, Granny, and Sylvester short "A Bird in a Bonnett". I can't indentify its composer either.