Sunday, January 12, 2014

Animation Fun Facts for Jan 12, 2014

Birthdays: Pilgrim leader John Winthrop, Charles Perrault (Mother Goose)-creator of Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast, John Hancock, Edmund Burke, John Singer Sargent, Jack London, "Smokin' Joe" Frazier, Tex Ritter, Martin Agronsky, Howard Stern is 59, Rush Limbaugh, Oliver Platt is 54, Wayne Wang, Tiffany, Kirstie Alley is 58,  Disney Animator John Sibley, John Lasseter is 57

1960-” The Scent of Mystery”- the first film in Smell-O-Vision.

1966- Holy Cult Classic ! The TV show "Batman" with Adam West and Burt Ward  premiered.

1971- “ ALL IN THE FAMILY” Norman Lear's TV sitcom about racism and the 60's,debuted. Based on a successful British show Steptoe and Son, it broke new ground for American sitcoms by frankly discussing race prejudice, menopause, rape and other taboo subjects. The first show featured the sound of a toilet flushing. The networks were so worried about its explosive content ABC rejected the show twice, and CBS ran the first episodes with a long apologetic disclaimer. Carrol O’Connor, the actor who played Archie Bunker, was so convinced the show would flop, he demanded as part of his contract a round trip plane ticket home. The show ran for 13 years, a bushel of Emmy Awards and made Archie Bunker a folk-hero.

1997-According to Arthur C. Clarkes 1968 book "2001, a Space Odyssey", the HAL-9000 computer was booted up today.

1995- Steven Speilberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen announced the name of their new partnership would be 'Dreamworks SKG'. Someone in Florida immediately bought the domain name “” and waited for their buyout offer.  I heard it was $5,000

2001- The Cohen Bros film Oh, Brother Where Art Thou? Goes into general release.

2004 Disney Studio announced it was closing down their Orlando Animation unit, responsible for films like Lilo & Stitch and Brother Bear.

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