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"I am nothing without my elderberry wine."

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As you probably know,  the voice characterization of many cartoon characters were based on imitations of real-life actors or comedians.  This is a separate phenomenon from characters whose SHTICK (sometimes including voice but not necessarily) was based on existing comic actors or their roles such as how the characters in the Flintstones are translations of the ones in the live-action early sitcom The Honeymooners or George Jetson is Dagwood Bumstead or Archie Andrews is Mickey Rooney as Andy Hardy. Instead I am referring to instances where the voice characterization is simply lifted from an existing comedian's stage voice.  Yogi Bear was based on Art Carney (as Ed Norton on The Honeymooners). Snagglepuss on Bert Lahur (the Cowardly Lion in "The Wizard of Oz").  Deputy Dawg on Crazy Guggenheim. Secret Squirrel's Morocco Mole on Peter Lorre. Milton The Monster on Jim Neighbors' Gomer Pyle.  Huckleberry Hound on Andy Griffith in "No Time For Sergeants".  C

Pensive

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 I absolutely LOVE this film . You know that kind of movie where the killer hides on the edges, in the woods, slowly picking off the teenagers one by one, so that other ones don't catch on until it's too late? THIS IS NOT THAT KIND OF MOVIE. It is quite some time before anything "eventful" happens, at the half-way point in the film.  But I was fine with that.  I was enjoying getting to know the victims, er, I mean, characters.  On the one hand, they were very much Horror Movie Teens: the Jock, the Nice Guy, the Creepy Girl, the Jokester, the Coward,  the Stoner, et al.  But somehow these Lithuanian characters seemed much more real and less stereotypical than those in similar American films I've seen. And, boy, howdy, does it make up for lost time in the second half.  Barely 50 minutes in all I can think of is: "This would make an AWESOME boardgame."

Hot Take: Simlish

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 The first known song in Simlish is: "The Early Morning Singing Song" within "Good Morning, Starshine" from Act II of the musical HAIR . "Gliddy gloop glooby,  Nibby nabby nooby,  La La La, Lo Lo.  Sabba sibby sabba,  Nooby abba nabba  Le Le, Lo Lo.  Tooby ooby walla,  nooby abba nabba, Early morning singing song." In those days, Sims had cars.

How To Be Fabulous: Soap

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Like many skills and attributes, Being Fabulous seems mysterious and inaccessible from the outside or like some sort of magical inborn ability.  But, although such abilities are certainly aided by natural aptitude, Being Fabulous (like most of them) is much more a learned skill than people realize.   Because, in case you have never met one, babies are not fabulous. Amazing, perhaps, but not fabulous.  Some people say they SUCK, but I won't believe such a calumny until I see it in person. The world is not made of "wizards/gay people" and "muggles/straight people". It is made of people.  It's made of people who make choices designed to improve the aesthetics (and therefore the quality) of their immediate environment and experiences and those who do not. Your romantic and sexual preferences do not matter. So, this is the first of future posts that will simply EXPLAIN how to be fabulous.  And, mostly, it's a matter of how you approach things; it's about

Do Not Fail To Invite Her To The Ceremony

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What you see right before you are cursed to sleep a hundred years.

I'm a Scorpio

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Remember, it's the tail you have to watch out for because that's where the poison is.

Ovid's Metamorphosis

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"...then Athena transformed Ibis into a scarlet bird, saving her from destruction."