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I Learned Something Today

Discussion in 'Platypus Comix' started by Peter Paltridge, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. Dsneybuf

    Dsneybuf Well-Known Member

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    I learned that Chris Wyatt, a writer for The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters, also produced Napoleon Dynamite. I guess that explains why Jon Heder voiced the Flex Fighters' first enemy (who I don't think sounds like Napoleon Dynamite).
     
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    twilicorn HER AIM IS GETTING BETTER

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    I learned that a Coca-Cola employee was fired for being engaged to a Pepsi employee in 1985 (this is as close as we'll get to a true real-life Romeo and Juliet story).
     
  3. Peter Paltridge

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    Wow. I've been looking for the answer to this one for a LONG time:

    There's an animated film out there that has a sequence where two people are underwater. One of them sees a sunken can with a label that has a picture of the can printed on it. This causes a Droste Effect of the can repeating itself into infinity. One of the people stares at the can and then the camera zooms into it, going into cans over and over and over and over.....

    I was convinced this bizarre visual happened in the Raggedy Ann and Andy movie. It would take Richard Williams to come up with something that trippy, right? But then I saw the entire movie again and the scene never turned up.

    Tonight I found out the name of the actual movie: "The Mouse And His Child." The people were mice, and the can was "Bonzo Dog Food." Also, apparently this is the one solitary scene from the film everybody remembers, myself included. Nothing else about the movie was memorable except for that can!

     
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    I think your confusion stems from the fact that both movies were released in the same year.
    Also, the book that inspired the movie was written by Russell Hoban, who also wrote the book Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas, which, incidentally, also was adapted in 1977, this time into a TV special. If there's anyone here who hasn't seen it, I strongly encourage you to check it out. Of course, it's nowhere near as trippy as The Mouse And His Child, but it's beautiful and has some really catchy songs that'll stick with you for a long time (in a good way, of course).
    And the dog food scene reminded me of a scene from Wander Over Yonder in which Wander takes a peek into the box he was supposed to deliver and sees a Droste image of himself that zooms in, sort of like in that movie, kicking off a Disney Acid Sequence. I referenced it in a YTP collab I took part in (the scene starts at 5:36):
     
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    Turns out there's a technical name for the art style used on so many consumer products in the 1980s (bold patterns, big shapes and bright colors). It's called the "Memphis Design" because it was popularized by the Italian design collective Memphis Milano. Who knew it had a name?
     
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    Today I learned that TV shows can't display web addresses during programming. And Nick was the reason the FCC made that rule.
     
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    That tweet says they were part of it, so it sounds like it wasn’t just them.
     
  9. Peter Paltridge

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    Today I learned THIS is finally happening! That took forever....
     
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    Uh, there's nothing there. Something must've gone wrong.
     
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    It's there for me. I think there's just no image available.
     
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    twilicorn HER AIM IS GETTING BETTER

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    I can't see the picture either, sadly. What is it?
     
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    "The Wizard" will be released on Blu-Ray on May 15th.
     
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    twilicorn HER AIM IS GETTING BETTER

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    ahhhhh that's awesome!!!
     
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    I learned that The Boxcar Children received a prequel a few years ago. Did you ever read it, Peter?
     
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    I learned today that the iTunes thumbnail for Fant4stic shows no one other than Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm.
     
  17. Peter Paltridge

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    This is the first I've ever heard of it, so no. It's worth noting that this is the first time they've given public credit to somebody other than Gertrude Warner for writing one of these stories. The additional books that came out in my youth went uncredited.
     
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    The moment you mentioned Gertrude Warner's name my mind immediately went to this edit you made to one of the Boxcar Children books a century ago:
    [​IMG]
     
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    In England, "public school" is just another word for a private school. But the Scots use the American definition.

    Received Pronunciation = "Public School" Pronunciation (=snobbish speech)
     
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