Friday, February 29, 2008

saving the pandas

The company I work for part time in the evenings manufactures milk replacer products for animals. One happy customer testimonial included some pictures of neglected panda cubs being nursed back to health using our product. And one who has a SERIOUS milk moustache!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Uno's a Winner

This year the Westminster dog show awarded top dog to a beagle. I guess this sort of decision does not happen every day. But I thought Uno deserved it, after watching the event on tv. So here is to the beagle, the unfancy family dog.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Knock knock knockin' on your Doraemon

Doraemon (ドラえもん?) is a Japanese manga series created by Fujiko F. Fujio (the pen name of Hiroshi Fujimoto) which later became an anime series and Asian franchise. The series is about a robotic cat named Doraemon, who travels back in time from the 22nd century to aid a schoolboy, Nobita Nobi.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A Pup and his Pop

Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy are Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters who debuted on The Quick Draw McGraw Show and appeared in their own segment of that show.

The segments centered around the misadventures of a father-and-son team. Doggie Daddy, a dog who spoke like entertainer Jimmy Durante, tried to do the best he could at raising his rambunctious son, Augie. Augie, who loved his father, would often refer to him as "dear old Dad." Their mutual admiration included Daddy gently chiding, "Augie, my son, my son," when he would disappoint his father; and when his son would say or do something that inspired pride, Daddy would turn to the audience and say with a grin, "Dat's my boy who said dat!"

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

not your typical game of cat and mouse

Tom and Jerry was a successful and long-running series of theatrical short subjects created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Hanna and Barbera ultimately wrote and directed one hundred fourteen Tom and Jerry cartoons at the MGM cartoon studio in Hollywood, California between 1940 and 1957 when the animation unit was closed down. The original series is notable for having won the Academy Awards for Best Short Subject (Cartoons) seven times, tieing it with Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies as the most-awarded theatrical animated series.

The plots of each short usually center on Tom's frustrated attempts to catch Jerry, and the mayhem and destruction that ensues. Since Tom rarely attempts to eat Jerry and because the pair actually seem to get along in some cartoon shorts (at least in the first minute or so), it is unclear why Tom chases Jerry so much. But some reasons given may include normal feline/murine enmity, duty according to his owner, Jerry's attempt at ruining a task that Tom is entrusted with, revenge, Jerry saving other potential prey (such as ducks, canaries, or goldfish from being eaten by Tom, or competition with another cat, among other reasons. Tom rarely succeeds in catching Jerry, mainly because of Jerry's craftiness and cunning abilities, but sometimes because of Tom's own stupidity. The shorts are famous for some of the most violent gags ever devised in theatrical animation.

Blast from the Cute past- Tom and Jerry for real!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Forgotten Cartoon Character Week

This is the Schmoo - Wikipedia has a wealth of data about this 70's creature - more than one would follows, "There is no evidence that "Shmoo" is derived from the Yiddish word "schmoe", itself a euphemism for schmuck.[1] The shmoo is in fact quite the opposite. Its name was most likely a pure creation of Capp's. The real or folk etymology of the word is not discussed in any of the five Shmoo comic books published in 1949-50, nor in any of the retrospective literature."

Friday, February 8, 2008

Near...FAR! NEAR!....far...

Grover is one of the most popular muppets from Sesame Street.

His character is multi-talented, taking on many different roles and professions throughout the series run. He's been a superhero and wonderful waiter, serving hamburgers to grumpy old gentlemen. He is self-described as a "cute, furry, adorable monster." Good call, Grover. One of his most famous skits is "Near, Far," in which he demonstrated the positional concepts until he fainted from exhaustion.

some info taken from wikipedia

Thursday, February 7, 2008

The year was 1983...

Fraggles are tiny humanoid creatures, about 22 inches tall, that come in a wide variety of colors and have tails that bear a tuft of fur on the end. They live in a system of caves called Fraggle Rock that are filled with all manner of creatures and features, and which seem to connect to at least two different worlds that exist in different dimensions of time and space. Fraggles live a very carefree life, spending most of their time playing, exploring, and generally enjoying themselves. They live on a diet of radishes and "doozer sticks" (see below). Fraggles have the ability to "share dreams"; if they touch their heads together before falling asleep, one can enter the dream of the other Fraggle. More than one Fraggle at a time can enter a single Fraggle's dream, provided all the participants' heads are touching.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

C is for Cookie

...and here's Cookie Monster, who makes cookie consumption a priority, as it should be.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Robin our hearts

Welcome to Muppet Week!
Here is Robin, Kermit the Frog's nephew, and perhaps one of the cutest of the muppets.