The Rootie Tootie Thanksgiving Party

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 27, 2008 in Animation

On Thanksgiving Day of 1950 NBC presented The Rootie Tootie Thanksgiving Party which was sponsored by RCA. By December after the sponsor dropped out the show went by the name Rootie Kazootie. What’s impressive about this early piece of television history is that this special includes an appearance of both Kukla Fran and Ollie and Eleanor Roosevelt. The show lasted until 1954 and had an audience of between 2 and million kids which in turn inspired a line of comic books and other collectables. Read more…

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Life Magazine Photo Archives: Film Fanboy Heaven!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 19, 2008 in Cinema, Television

Walt Disney posing against landscape backdrop containing Mickey Mouse. 1950 photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt.

If you’re a classic film or TV fanboy you have to check out the LIFE photo archive hosted by Google — it’s like having a personal time machine to view film history. After spending a few hours I found a few gems that are worth sharing, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. Shown above is a 1950 photo of Walt Disney, and below is a 1968 photo of Stanley Kubrick on set of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

2001: A Space Odyssey - (L-R) Actors Keir Dullea & Gary Lockwood listening to director Stanley Kubrick on set of motion picture 2001: A Space Odyssey. 1968 photo by Dmitri Kessel

Orson Welles (C) rehearsing dance routine during rehearsal for movie Citizen Kane. 1940 photo by Peter Stackpole

How many times to you get to see a rehearsal for a scene in Citizen Kane? This photo is from 1940 and shows Orson Welles at the high point of his career. Read more…

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