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Another Christmas perennial for me. "Fantasia" just turned 80 years old...its premiere being November 13, 1940. You cannot beat hand-drawn animation. And you've gotta love this 1969 re-release poster Disney designed to appeal to the hippies and counterculture crowd of the 1960s. Much like stoners were dropping acid while watching "2001: A Space Odyssey", I guess they were also getting high to "Fantasia". I wouldn't know anything about that...I was just 7 years old when my parents took us kids to see "Fantasia" for the first time at the Newport Beach Edwards Cinema. I didn't need drugs to become engrossed and enraptured by the film. I thought it was one of the most amazing sight and sound spectacles then and I still think so today.

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Clint's transition period from the Sergio Leone 'Spaghetti Westerns' to established Hollywood star via "Dirty Harry". Directed by his buddy Don Siegel. Inspiration for the "McCloud" TV series.

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8 hours ago, Strider said:

Another Christmas perennial for me. "Fantasia" just turned 80 years old...its premiere being November 13, 1940. You cannot beat hand-drawn animation. And you've gotta love this 1969 re-release poster Disney designed to appeal to the hippies and counterculture crowd of the 1960s. Much like stoners were dropping acid while watching "2001: A Space Odyssey", I guess they were also getting high to "Fantasia". I wouldn't know anything about that...I was just 7 years old when my parents took us kids to see "Fantasia" for the first time at the Newport Beach Edwards Cinema. I didn't need drugs to become engrossed and enraptured by the film. I thought it was one of the most amazing sight and sound spectacles then and I still think so today.

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Saw it in the theater in Vegas in '71. Best animation ever. Bach's toccata and Ave Maria are beautiful.

Watched this with a friend tonight. Love that style of animation.

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The film is notable for its extensive use of rotoscoping, a technique in which scenes are first shot in live-action, then traced onto animation cels. It uses a hybrid of traditional cel animation and rotoscoped live action footage.

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On 11/9/2020 at 3:59 AM, Strider said:

Liked the first two. But not the others.

Yeah, they seem to have went down the same route as the Alien films.

In the first two films a Terminator was a threat, after that it became less about characters and more about flashy scenes.

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9 hours ago, redrum said:

Saw it in the theater in Vegas in '71. Best animation ever. Bach's toccata and Ave Maria are beautiful.

Watched this with a friend tonight. Love that style of animation.

rotoscoping
 
The film is notable for its extensive use of rotoscoping, a technique in which scenes are first shot in live-action, then traced onto animation cels. It uses a hybrid of traditional cel animation and rotoscoped live action footage.

CLASSIC MOVIE POSTER The Lord of the Rings Animation | Etsy

Before that was his "Wizards"...a constant on the midnight-movie circuit in the late-'70s early-'80s. Mark Hamill's first film credit. 

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2 hours ago, Strider said:

R.I.P. Ann Reinking. First thing I noticed about Ann was her astonishingly long legs. The next was her distinctive, raspy voice.

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Love this movie!  And love Ann Reinking.  Huge loss.  She was an incredible talent. 

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Perfect for a Saturday night. Shame on me for forgetting that Bobby Keys shared the same birthday with Keith Richards. Born on December 18, 1943 in Lubbock, Texas and died on December 2, 2014 in Franklin, Tennessee.  In between was a hellraising wild ride from Buddy Holly to Leon Russell to the Rolling Stones and all points in between.

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Last night I watched duelling Bing Crosbys. "Holiday Inn" vs. "White Christmas". The original 1942 version of "White Christmas" that Irving Berlin wrote expressly for "Holiday Inn" and the later version sung in 1954's "White Christmas". Which movie is your favourite? I have gotta say that Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen (those gorgeous gams) tip the scales in favour of "White Christmas" for me. The "Sisters" song (both the gals scene and the guys scene) alone is worth the price of admission. The only down-note for me about "White Christmas" is that Rosemary Clooney's character is so quick to assume/judge and so wild in her mood swings that I need Dramamine to keep up.

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Definitely White Christmas!  One of my all-time favorites.  As much as I love Fred Astaire (and I do!), I'm not a big fan of Holiday Inn.  However, I never skip watching White Christmas at least once a year. 

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