Sunday, December 18, 2022

K.A.C. 2022 - T - 07 Days ...


     One Week to go! We're giving JVB a day of rest, after cranking out So Many Variations of A Christmas Carol, the poor kid's seeing ghosts in his sleep! Instead, we have the return of our three little visitors from the North Pole ...

      But first, it's time for the 2022 edition of Christmas Food Fails, and boy, do we have some doozies this year! When 'Cheesecake Anuses' isn't the WORST thing on your list, you KNOW you're in trouble! Rather than show them to you, I'll let this joyful Christmas, 1901 cover of LIFE magazine lull you into a false sense of security ... whether you decide to chance breaking that joyful feeling of peace and joyfulness by clicking on the link below is TOTALLY on you!


     What did I just say? Didn't I WARN you about clicking on those? There, there, dry your eyes - here, have a tissue. I know what - let's sing a song to make you happy and get rid of those painful memories. Not just ANY Christmas song, though! Our special one that we sing ONLY on December 18th, one week from Christmas. Those of you who've been with us for a while know exactly what song I mean; for the others, it's time you were introduced to Hardrock, Coco and Joe!


From Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications comes this description of the perennial holiday earwig, which, fair warning, once heard, will NOT escape your head: 

     "On December 18, 1956, WGN-TV's "Garfield Goose and Friends" introduced Chicago area children to Santa Claus' three favorite elves, Hardrock, Coco and Joe. At two-feet-high, Hardrock drove Santa's sleigh while Coco navigated and Joe tagged along for fun. To create the animated short or "song cartoonette", Hill & Range Songs hired Centaur Productions. The company was established in the early 1950s by Wah Ming Chang, a sculptor in Walt Disney's Effects and Model Department who created the model of Pinocchio; and George Pal, a producer and Academy Award nominee. The shorts were produced in black-and-white using stop-motion animation, a cinematic process that brings figures or puppets to life by minutely reposing and photographing them frame-by-frame, resulting as fluid movement on screen."

     Click below for the Museum's copy of this timeless masterpiece - and sing along, over and over and over ...


      More tomorrow!

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