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Thank you, Gary Powell!
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Posted on Jul 09 2008 by Greg
The immensely talented Gary Powell was kind enough to mention MOUSE TRACKS on his website. Gary is responsible for countless musical contributions to Disney records, and thus his work has delighted generations. It's a pleasure to shed as much light as possible on folks who offer so much to our entertainment experiences -- and Disney music legacy.






VIDEO: Backstage at The Muppet Show
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Posted on May 22 2008 by Greg
Click here to see rare behind the scenes footage from The Muppet Show, from the new Season Three DVD.



This clip was was originally seen in the documentary "Of Muppets and Men." You'll see Jim Henson stumbling over his lines at a script reading, plus appeances by Dave Goelz, Frank Oz, Bill Barretta, Steve Whitmire (who currently performs Kermit), Kevin Clash and of course, Raquel Welch.






The First, the Last & The Middle Chipmunks
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Posted on May 10 2008 by Greg
Good ol' iTunes. Until now, three important original Liberty albums by David Seville and The Chipmunks (one also guest starring the great June Foray) have been released so you can have them digitally -- and they sound fantastic.

The first one, LET'S ALL SING WITH THE CHIPMUNKS, was the first LP by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. and his speeded-up creations. This was the original cover:



but when the TV series THE ALVIN SHOW premiered, it was redesigned like this:



Another album, THE CHIPMUNK SONGBOOK, which was never reissued in its entirety until now, contained fourteen actual soundtrack songs from the show, with June Foray playing three characters:



And the very last Chimpunk LP in the original Liberty series, THE CHIPMUNKS GO THE MOVIES, contains songs from sixities family films like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins and The Jungle Book.



Ross Sr. passed away three years after this release and  it wasn't until the early 80's when Ross Jr. and his wife Janice Karman brought the group back with Chipmunk Punk.







SAVE! SAVE! SAVE! Hard cover books with DUST JACKETS!
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Posted on Apr 01 2008 by Greg
There are a limited amount of HARD COVER editions of MOUSE TRACKS available WITH A DUST JACKET at a special bargain price! It also includes a free Walt Disney Records mini poster.
$39.95
plus $5 shipping
The published hardcover of Mouse Tracks did not have a dust jacket, so one has been specially printed.
If you already have the hard cover edition and would like a dust jacket on its own, it's $9.95 plus $3 shipping.

To order, visit paypal.com, request the amount send along with the item selected, and have it sent to wonderproductions@hotmail.com.







Behind the Scenes at the Golden Age of Filmation
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Posted on Mar 13 2008 by Greg
There hasn't been much attention given to the quiet but significant wave of DVD sets featuring the animated and live-action work of the Filmation studios. Likely it's because Filmation is kind of polarizing among animation fans; their cartoons use recycled animation and some of their later work is on some "worst of" lists.

However, the influence of this studio cannot be denied and that's probably why Filmation cofounder Lou Scheimer was given the Windsor McCay award for lifetime acheivement (which also raised a hue and cry in some circles. The facts are that Filmation employed domestic artists as long as they could hold out during a time when others were outsourcing, gave many industry leaders their first chance in the business and created several iconic series including The Archies, Star Trek, Isis, Groovie Goolies, He-Man and Fat Albert.



Anyway, you can find a surprising quantity of these on DVD, and often the bonus material is worth the price alone. Mission: Magic" contains a 30-minute documentary called "The Magic of Filmation" that chronicles the history, including the Abbbott and Costello-style way they faked having a thriving studio to get the Superman series, with numerous interviews of such animation and TV veterans as Tim Sito and J. Michael Straczyniski. 


The Journey Back to Oz DVD has a fascinating commentary that reveals the strange way the film was funded, the Sinatra connection and how Journey was the film upon which the empire was built (who knew?).


And those of us who sighed over the visage of lovely JoAnna Cameron (above), guiding troubled teens to the straight and narrow as the mighty fine Isis will love the complete series, chock a block fill of extras and special footage. It really brought me back to those sugary cereal Saturday mornings of long past!







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