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TIDBITS REMEMBERS OUR FAVORITE
by Kathy Wolfe
This week, Tidbits continues reminiscing about our best-loved animated series. We hope we hit on your Saturday morning favorite!
Who knows how a cartoon with a dog named Too Much would have fared? Probably not as well as Scooby Doo, the name Hanna and Barbera opted to use for the lovable Great Dane. Originally, Daphne was to be known as Kelly, Fred as Geoff, Velma as Linda, and Shaggy as W.W. The program was slated to be called W-Whos S-S-Scared with a sheepdog named Too Much. As the CBS producer was review-ing the artwork, he was listening to a Frank Sinatra recording of Strangers in the Night, and the lyrics reminded him of Scooby-dooby-doo. The sheep-dog was axed and the Great Dane was in. Do you recognize the names of Lazy, Clumsy, Brainy, Harmony, Greedy and Jokey? No, theyre not part of the Seven Dwarfs, they are the Smurfs, those blue-hued creatures created by a Belgian car-toonist named Peyo. Although they were first seen in 1958, they didnt appear in North America until 1981 when the series was picked up by NBC. Papa Smurf and his crew won several Emmy Awards before their cancellation in 1990. Oh curses, foiled again! was the line regularly delivered by arch villain Snidely Whiplash on The Dudley Do-right Show. Canadian Mountie Do-right spent his time riding his horse backwards across the countryside, rescuing the fair damsel in distress Nell Fenwick, whom Snidely frequently lashed to the rail-road tracks.
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How many times has a catchy little theme song gotten stuck in your head? Heres a stroll down memory lane, remembering some of those car-toon jingles that we loved to hum. Many of us know that Spiderman does what-ever a spider can. But what comes after spins a web, any size? Its catches thieves just like flies! His superhuman strength is explained in verse two of the theme song. Listen, Bud. Hes got radioac-tive blood. The little blue Smurfs administered good advice when they sang to their viewers, Next time youre feeling blue, just let a smile begin, happy things will come to you. If you didnt know all the names of the Jetson family, they were given to you in the theme song, Meet George Jetson, Jane his wife, daughter Judy, his boy Elroy. A bear of very little brain lived deep in the Hundred-Acre Wood. This tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff was, of course, Winnie the Pooh, that willy nilly silly old bear. He was one tough Gazookus which hates all Palookas. He biffed em and buffed em and always out-roughed em. Who sang these words during the opening of his program? Popeye, of course! There were no words to sing along to for Jonny Quest. A 20-member jazz band, heavy on the drums, provided the music for this cartoon. When do you need to step aside or you might end up in a heap? That would be when youre on a highway and the Roadrunner goes Beep! Beep! He always says Hello and hes really glad to meetcha. The children all love him so. Who is he? Hes Casper the Friendly Ghost, created in the late 1930s and hitting the screen in 1950. He was strong as he can be. But he frequently forgot to watch out for that tree. He was George of the Jungle, a not-so-bright, loincloth-clad parody of Tarzan. The program aired for only 17 episodes in 1967. Words spoken over the final movement of Rossinis William Tell Overture provided the opening for the Lone Ranger series. The ani-mated version of the 1930s radio program aired from 1966 to 1968. Hi-Yo, Silver! Away! was the cry of this daring and resourceful masked rider of the Plains who led the fight for law and order in the early West along with his fearless Indian friend Tonto. The worlds most fearsome fighting team were really hip according to the theme song. These green heroes in a half-shell were the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael, named after four Renais-sance artists. They started battling crime from their home in the storm sewers of New York City in 1987. Josie and the Pussycats had no time for purrs and pats as they donned their long tails and ears for hats. This all-girl pop music group toured the word in their leopard-print leotards, encountering all sorts of adventures with miscellaneous villains. Each episode featured a Pussycats song played during the girls various chase scenes.
Hedy Lamarr was so breathtakingly beautiful, she was never expected to be much more than set dressing in most of her films. Throughout the 1940s, Lamarr was epitome of glamour and sex appeal and had one of the most recogniz-able faces in Hollywood. Her image dominated magazine covers, her misadventures made international news headlines and her hyper-sexualized roles seemed to mirror her own tumultuous life.Lamarr was born in Vienna in 1914, the pam-pered daughter of a Jewish banker. After several insignificant roles, she appeared in Ecstasy, a notorious Czech art film issued in 1933. It launched her acting career. In Hol-lywood, she eventually co-starred in several major productions that included Boom Town, White Cargo and Cecil B. DeMilles Samson and Delilah. Between her film projects, she managed to find time to marry six times and have a substantial number of well-publicized affairs. Ruth Barton, a lecturer in film studies at Trinity College in Dublin, has written a fascinating bi-ography about this rather elusive star. Her first challenge was to separate the real Hedy La-marr from the myths, an especially difficult task since much of what was reported about the actress during her lifetime -- even the facts published in her 1966 autobiography Ecstasy and Me -- are full of inaccuracies. Although a biographer can never really tell the complete story of a celebrity, Barton comes as close to the truth as we are likely to get.Lamarr was more than just a beautiful woman, Barton writes. Her talent for mathematics led her to co-develop spread-spectrum technology during World War II, an innovation that is still used today in mobile-phone and Wi-Fi commu-nications, as well as a radio-controlled torpedo-guidance system.
BOOKS -- Recommended ReadingHedy Lamarr: The Most Beautiful Woman in
Filmby Ruth Barton
(University of Kentucky Press, $29.95)Reviewed by Larry Cox
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Every Monday night, a parade of desperate in-dividuals enter the Harrisons pawn shop. Some have odd or interesting stuff to sell, like an antique barber chair or a rare coin or pinball machine, or vintage Army flamethrower. Others bring in things -- like the legendary Taj Mahal Treasure -- that make you ask, Why are these idiots trying to sell this at a pawn shop instead of auctioning it off at Christies? Its this bizarre mix of the mundane, odd and out-right mind-blowingly ridiculous that makes Pawn Stars one of the most entertaining reality shows on TV. The Season Two set contains all 32 epi-sodes and some bonus footage.
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TOP TEN MOVIES
1. Inception (PG-13) Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe2. Dinner for Schmucks (PG-13) Steve Carell, Paul Rudd3. Salt (PG-13) Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber4. Despicable Me (PG) animated5. Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (PG-13) James Marsden, Nick Nolte (voices)6. Charlie St. Cloud (PG-13) Zac Efron, Charlie Tahan7. Toy Story 3 (G) animated8. Grown Ups (PG-13) Adam Sandler, Kevin James9. The Sorcerers Apprentice (PG) Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel10. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (PG-13) Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson
TOP TEN VIDEO, DVD as of Aug. 7, 2010
Top 10 Video Rentals1. The Bounty Hunter (PG-13) Jennifer Aniston2. Hot Tub Time Machine (NR) John Cusack3. Brooklyns Finest (R) Richard Gere4. The Crazies (R) Timothy Olyphant5. Our Family Wedding (PG-13) Forest Whita-ker6. Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Light-ning Thief (PG) Pierce Brosnan7. The Book of Eli (R) Denzel Washington8. Shes Out of My League (R) Jay Baruchel9. When In Rome (PG-13) Kristen Bell10. Green Zone (R) Matt Damon
Top 9 DVD Sales1. The Bounty Hunter (PG-13) (Sony)2. Our Family Wedding (PG-13) (20th Century Fox)3. Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Light-ning Thief (PG) (20th Century Fox)4. Hot Tub Time Machine (NR) (20th Century Fox)5. Brooklyns Finest (R) (Anchor Bay)6. Avatar (PG-13) (2