Unboxing: Loot Crate September

This Loot Crate wasn’t to bad. I think my favorite part was the Goodfeathers from the Animaniacs figure. The Pinky and the Brain bag was cool, but I gave it away. Now the Flintstones bag clips were awesome and became rather useful hahaha. Sadly the Looney Tunes shirt was tie dye…. I have an undying hatred for tie dye… So my girlfriend took that shirt. Did like the Hall of Justice mouse pad, just need to find a use for it or I might re-gift it to someone.

Over the Crate was kinda meh.. I am looking for to October, there I “should” be getting my Skyrim Crate and the Darkness theme… SHOULD BE. We will see what Loot Crate will do.

Unboxing: Super Friends

*Update: I just found I got my Crates mixed up. It seems Loot Crate system is normally a month behind. This Crate is Super Friends theme. Not Saturday Morning Cartoons… Ugh, so I will change the title of this. August is the Saturday Morning theme. Then the darkness theme.. I just got the next DX Crate today and will post that shortly. Sorry for the mix up! That would explain some of my confusion while opening the Crate. Loot Crate does it again!

We now have the August Crate and the theme is Saturday Morning Cartoons(aka Super Friends)!! At first I was rather meh about the picks for this Crate. Looney Tunes, The Flintstones, Justice League, Pinky and the Brain, The Goodfeathers… While I did watch these as a kids growing up, they weren’t the ones I remember fondly. The ones I really remember were Ghostbusters, Ninja Turtles, Transformers, G.I. Joe. BUT! In the Loot Crate fashion, they shocked me with a rather great Crate.

Like I’ve stated in the past, I have this on going love/hate relationship with Loot Crate. So there are times where I don’t hold my breath for most Crates. But I was rather shocked by this month’s Crate.

Both the shirt and pant are quality and super comfortable. I rather enjoy the DC puzzle, might have to frame that later. The little Wonder Woman cards are a nice touch, the Toy Story bandana… I can take it or leave it. I’ll re-gift it to someone later haha. But over all it was not a bad Loot Crate and I just got the email of next month’s Crate:

Lights out! Go into the DARKNESS with premium pop culture collectibles and gear featuring Black Widow, Venom, Fallout and Beetlejuice!

Still waiting on my Skyrim Crate. That is the one I want the most, sadly it an every 3 months Crate.

Baseball Bugs Directed By Friz Freleng

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Baseball Bugs is a Warner Brothers Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon short released on February 2, 1946 starring Bugs Bunny. It had a similar theme to MGM’s 1944 Batty Baseball, which was directed by former WB cartoon director Tex Avery.

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Baseball Bugs was directed by Friz Freleng and written by Michael Maltese. Hawley Pratt and Paul Julian did the layout and backgrounds, while Manuel Perez, Ken Champin, Virgil Ross and Gerry Chiniquy headed the team of animators. Mel Blanc provided voice characterizations, with a cameo by Bea Benaderet as Lady Liberty and the screaming baseball, and Frank Graham uncredited as the stadium announcer and several of the Gas-House Gorillas. Carl W. Stalling was the music director.

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The cartoon’s title is a double play on words. “Bugs” was then a common nickname for someone who was considered to be crazy, erratic, or fanatical. In addition to its adjective form being the indirect inspiration for the Bunny’s name, the noun form was sometimes applied to sports fans. In keeping with the cartoon’s wackiness, certain anomalies are evident to the close observer, starting with the fact that the title card looks more like a softball than a baseball. Instead of Porky Pig and “That’s all, folks!”, the cartoon ends with one of Bugs’ rare closing appearances, popping through a drum, munching a carrot, announcing, “And dat’s de end!”. This version of the drum was also seen on the previous cartoon, Hare Tonic.

968full-baseball-bugs-screenshotBugs-Bunny-Baseball-BugsFactual errors: The home team is shown batting at the top of the inning.

Factual errors: Halfway through the cartoon, the scoreboard shows the Gas-House Gorillas after four innings with the following scores: 10 + 28 + 16 + 42 for a total of 96 points. Yet, in the bottom of the ninth, the emcee gives the score as “Gas-House Gorillas: 95 points. Bugs Bunny: 96.”

What do the signs behind Bugs say as he boos the visiting team?

“Cough your heart’s content” (a cigarette ad? cough drops?) “Maltese: Ace Dick” (a reference to the writer of this cartoon, Michael Maltese) “NOZ: 2 for 25”, “Filboid Studge”

What do the signs behind Bugs say when he first starts pitching?

“Manza Champagne”, “Lausbub’s Bread.”, “Finer Footwear: Ross Co.”

I don’t get the Statue of Liberty joke.

Bugs is forced to take an elevator to the top of the Umpire State building to catch a fly ball. The umpire and the guy who hit the ball follow him. Bugs catches it, and the umpire calls the guy out. “Out?” the player protests. The Statue of Liberty intervenes and with rapid-fire delivery, says, “That’s what the man said, you heard what he said, he said that!” Bea Benaderet, as the voice of Lady Liberty, is imitating the typical woman fan of the day. Audiences would have immediately recognized the type from their own experience and would have been surprised, and delighted, to hear the familiar speech patterns coming from the mouth of Lady Liberty. It’s also possible that this stereotype was already filtered through a familiar radio character. In that case, the gag would invoke both the real-life type and the radio character that crystallized the type in the public’s mind.

“Does your tobacco taste different lately?”

When a Gas-house Gorilla hits the wall, there’s a sign behind him that says, “Does your tobacco taste different lately?” There’s a fascinating story about the sign and its impact on baseball players in the 1945-’46 season. Now, most people today don’t know this, but the slogan ‘Does Your Tobacco Taste Different Lately?’ was the slogan of Sir Walter Raleigh pipe tobacco, manufactured by the Brown & Williamson Tobacco Company. Even though tobacco products were in short supply during and shortly after the end of the Second World War, Brown & Williamson wanted to a) remind people that they were still in the tobacco business; and b) there seemed to be a lack of sales of Sir Walter Raleigh among professional ball players. So, in addition to their slogan being read in newspapers and magazines and heard on Raleigh’s sponsored radio shows, B & W got the bright idea of mounting this slogan on the walls of 14 major ball parks (including the Polo Grounds) across the United States, and made sure that, whenever a ball player hit the wall with their slogan on it, the dazed player would look up at the words, ‘Does Your Tobacco Taste Different Lately?’, and slowly realize that it DID. Sales of Sir Walter Raleigh soared during the 1945-’46 season among professional baseball players…even those who DIDN’T smoke pipes!

Three-and-a-half years old.

The following films have a character who says, “I’m only three-and-a-half years old!,” a reference to the catchphrase of Lou Costello.

Falling Hare (1943). Bugs Bunny gets hit in the head with a wrench and babbles that he’s only three-and-a-half years old.

Baseball Bugs (1946). Variation: A baseball player from the home team, the Tea Totallers, says, “I’m only ninety-three-and-a-half years old!”

Big House Bunny (1950). Variation: Sam is a prison guard who refers to Bugs by his number: 777174. Bugs claims he’s only three-and-a-half.

Among the ads on the fence is one for “Mike Maltese, Ace Detective” featuring a picture of Michael Maltese (the writer of “Baseball Bugs”) with a fedora and a pistol.

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Geek Fallout Ep # 115: Top 5 Cartoon Characters

Geek Fallout Ep # 115: Top 5 Cartoon Characters

Geek Fallout.

The gang of the Geek Fallout podcast are back to discuss geek news and their choices for ‘Top 5 Cartoon Characters’!!! D’oh!

Past Post Link: Podcast Topic: Top 5 Cartoon Characters

At first I wanted to do just Looney Tunes & Hanna-Barbera only for this podcast. But after thinking about it and a talk with some of my fellow podcasters. I opened it up to every cartoon out there, plus…

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Geek Fallout Ep # 115: Top 5 Cartoon Characters

Geek Fallout Ep # 115: Top 5 Cartoon Characters

Geek Fallout.

The gang of the Geek Fallout podcast are back to discuss geek news and their choices for ‘Top 5 Cartoon Characters’!!! D’oh!

Past Post Link: Podcast Topic: Top 5 Cartoon Characters

At first I wanted to do just Looney Tunes & Hanna-Barbera only for this podcast. But after thinking about it and a talk with some of my fellow podcasters. I opened it up to every cartoon out there, plus…

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Geek Fallout Ep # 115: Top 5 Cartoon Characters

Geek Fallout.

The gang of the Geek Fallout podcast are back to discuss geek news and their choices for ‘Top 5 Cartoon Characters’!!! D’oh!

Past Post Link: Podcast Topic: Top 5 Cartoon Characters

At first I wanted to do just Looney Tunes & Hanna-Barbera only for this podcast. But after thinking about it and a talk with some of my fellow podcasters. I opened it up to every cartoon out there, plus there will less of a chance of us copying each other. So here we go!! This is the list I have put together, enjoy!

Podcast Topic: Top 5 Cartoon Characters

Podcast Topic: Top 5 Cartoon Characters

So coming up on the 2nd of February, I’ll be hosting the Geek Fallout Podcast. The Topic for this podcast is Top 5 Cartoon Characters! I just finished putting together my list of favorite toons and also gathered history/information on each toon. 🙂 Now like all pre-podcast posts, I’ll only give you a few of the items on the list.  You’ll have to just listen to the podcast to hear the last two…

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Podcast Topic: Top 5 Cartoon Characters

So coming up on the 2nd of February, I’ll be hosting the Geek Fallout Podcast. The Topic for this podcast is Top 5 Cartoon Characters! I just finished putting together my list of favorite toons and also gathered history/information on each toon. 🙂 Now like all pre-podcast posts, I’ll only give you a few of the items on the list.  You’ll have to just listen to the podcast to hear the last two !mmmmmwwwwahahahahahaha!FdxAPmK

At first I wanted to do just Looney Tunes & Hanna-Barbera only for this podcast. But after thinking about it and a talk with some of my fellow podcasters. I opened it up to every cartoon out there, plus there will less of a chance of us copying each other. So here we go!! This is the list I have put together, enjoy!

05: Marvin the Martian: After Bugs Bunny had begun to outwit Yosemite Sam.. Friz Freleng & director Chuck Jones decided to create the opposite type of character, one who was soft-spoken, but whose actions were incredibly destructive & legitimately dangerous. Marvin the Martian was the result! Marvin made his debut with 1948’s Haredevil Hare. Unlike the other Warner Bros. cartoon villains, Marvin can be actually evil at most points, and not just daft  like the others, he is also funny.

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The design for Marvin was based on a conception of the Roman God Mars. “That was the uniform that Mars wore that helmet and skirt. We thought putting it on this ant-like creature might be funny. But since he had no mouth, we had to convey that he was speaking totally through his movements. It demanded a kind of expressive body mechanics.”
Marvin was never named in the original shorts – he was called the Commander of Flying Saucer X-2 in The Hasty Hare in 1952. But only decades later, when the character attracted merchandising, the current name was selected.

04: Foghorn Leghorn:  Foghorn Leghorn was directly inspired by the popular character of Senator Claghorn. ASouthern politician played by Kenny Delmar who was a regular character on the Fred Allen radio show. The rooster adopted many of Claghorn’s catch phrases, such as “That’s a joke, ah say, that’s a joke, son.” Delmar had based the character of Claghorn upon a Texas rancher who was fond of saying this.
A leghorn is a breed of chicken, and foghorn describes the character’s loud, overbearing voice.

tumblr_ml96leMrmO1r34tn8o1_500According to Leonard Maltin the character’s voice was also patterned after a hard-of-hearing West Coast-only radio character from the 1930s, known simply as The Sheriff, on a radio program called Blue Monday Jamboree. The voice has similarities to that of another Mel Blanc voice: Yosemite Sam (a strictly Friz Freleng character).

03: Wile E. Coyote: Chuck Jones based Wile E. Coyote on a Mark Twain book called Roughing It. Which Twain described the coyote as “a long, slim, sick and sorry-looking skeleton” & “a living, breathing allegory of Want. He is always hungry.” Chuck Jones said he created the Coyote-Road Runner cartoons as a parody of traditional “cat and mouse” cartoons like MGM’s Tom and Jerry, which Jones would work on as a director later in his career. Jones modeled the Coyote’s appearance on fellow animator Ken Harris.

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The Coyote’s name of Wile E. is a play on the word “wily.” The “E” was said to stand for Ethelbert in one issue of a Looney Tunes comic book. The Coyote’s surname is routinely pronounced with a long “e”, but in one cartoon short, To Hare Is Human, Wile E. is heard pronouncing it with a diphthong ky-OH-tay. Early model sheets for the character prior to his initial appearance (in Fast and Furry-ous) identified him as “Don Coyote”, a play on Don Quixote.

Well I hope you enjoy this little list of cartoon characters as much as I did. I can’t wait till this podcast and hear everyone’s picks for the Top 5. Make you come by and give us a listen at Geek Fallout!

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