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A Tribute to Beautiful Women Everywhere   Leave a comment


Posted November 1, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Latin Animals that Really have Rhythm   Leave a comment


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Posted September 16, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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The Slants   Leave a comment


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U.S. Diplomatic Delegation in Germany 2014, 3 757’s and 2 737’s

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Posted August 26, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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‘Russian Rhapsody’ Crazy Merrie Melodies Anti-Hitler Propoganda Cartoon   Leave a comment


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Depictions of Russia in American propaganda had some wild vacillation before the Cold War. The first Red Scare followed the Russian Revolution, and anti-communist sentiment really found purchase around 1919. Leftists in the US (many of them immigrants) became a force to be reckoned with, and bitter labor conflicts (plus some radical terrorism) seemed to suggest a Bolshevik revolution was imminent in the Americas. There’s the period however, during World War II, before Truman decided to wave his nuclear dick at Stalin, when Russians were still our Nazi-fighting Allies, and 1944’s Merrie Melodies production “Russian Rhapsody” is a fascinating artifact of that ambivalence America had towards the Soviets.

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Of course, the cartoon doesn’t quite portray Russians as “dignified.” Rather than some cartoon-friendly version of Red Army soldiers fighting Nazis in the snow, they’re literal “gremlins”—tiny things that are only really capable of sabotaging a plane. (The title was originally “Gremlins from the Kremlin,” but Disney was developing an animated version of Roald Dahl’s The Gremlins at the time and Roy Disney pressured Warner Brothers to change the name.) Regardless, the gremlins are clearly the good guys, whipping out a mask of Stalin to frighten Der Führer.

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In addition to being a really beautiful (and profoundly weird) piece of animation, “Russian Rhapsody” has some great dog whistles. The cartoon starts out with Hitler delivering a speech that’s a direct reference to a scene from Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will. As an inside joke, some of the gibberish German Hitler spouts is actually the names of animators and studio staff. The gremlin faces are actually based on caricatures of Warner Brothers legends like Chuck Jones, Robert Clampett, Friz Freleng, and Leon Schlesinger. The berserk musical score was provided by the great cartoon composer Carl Stalling.

Posted May 30, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Philosophical quotes by Bugs Bunny   Leave a comment


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Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out alive. – Bugs Bunny

OOH! Look at four-legged airplane! – Bugs Bunny

Carrots are devine… You get a dozen for a dime, It’s maaaa-gic! – Bugs Bunny

Eeeeeeh, watch me paste that pathetic palooka with a powerful, pachydermous, percussion pitch. – Bugs Bunny

What an embezzle! What an ultramaroon! – Bugs Bunny

I knew I shoulda taken that left turn at Albuquerque! – Bugs Bunny

Don’t think it hasn’t been a little slice of heaven…’cause it hasn’t! – Bugs Bunny

Well, what did you expect in an opera? A happy ending? – Bugs Bunny

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Oh, well, we almost had a romantic ending! – Bugs Bunny

My, I’ll bet you monsters lead innnnteresting lives. – Bugs Bunny

Of course you realize this means war! – Bugs Bunny

Gee, ain’t I a stinker? – Bugs Bunny

Here I go with the timid little woodland creature bit again. It’s shameful, but…ehhh, it’s a living. – Bugs Bunny

I bet you say that to all the wabbits. – Bugs Bunny

For shame, doc. Hunting rabbits with an elephant gun. Why don’t you shoot yourself an elephant? – Bugs Bunny

I know this defies the law of gravity, but I never studied law! – Bugs Bunny

Eh, what’s up, doc? – Bugs Bunny

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Posted May 24, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Calvin and Hobbes   2 comments


 

 

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Calvin and Hobbes is a daily comic strip that was written and illustrated by American cartoonist Bill Watterson, and syndicated from November 18, 1985, to December 31, 1995. It follows the humorous antics of Calvin, a precocious and adventurous six-year-old boy, and Hobbes, his sardonic stuffed tiger. The pair are named after John Calvin, a 16th-century French Reformation theologian, and Thomas Hobbes, a 17th-century English political philosopher.

 

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Posted February 22, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Are the NHL playoffs getting too rough? The Chinese think so.   Leave a comment


 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Posted April 21, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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