Gumby’s a Part of You

Written by Suzanne on October 12, 2011 – 9:30 am -

If you grew up in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s then you know Gumby. A little green slab of clay that turned into a pretty cool dude, he could jump into books, shape shift and do a lot of fun things. He also had a good heart and kind nature. It’s no wonder why I loved tuning in to see what he and his friends were up to.

There’s a lot of fun trivia to be found about Gumby via cyberspace. Did you know they tested audition reaction by showing Gumby for the first time on the Howdy Doody Show? Did you know that Art Clokey created Gumby just after finishing film school? I bet you knew that Art Clokey also created another one of my favorite TV shows, Davey & Goliath.

Click here to watch Art Clokey’s first stop motion clay animation, Gumbasia.

In honor of what would have been Art Clokey’s 90th birthday, Oct. 12, 2011, Google created a Google Doodle in the style of his Claymation characters.

Visit the official Gumby World site for all things Gumby & friends.

Are you a Gumby fan?

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Remembering Sherwood Shwartz

Written by Suzanne on July 12, 2011 – 2:10 pm -

Two shows I reference a lot are Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch. Both of these shows were created by writer/producer Sherwood Shwartz. He was 94 years old and passed away today.

What I like the best about Gilligan’s Island, besides the elaborate stuff they had made out of island materials, are the characters. Each role is unique and the group dynamic worked so well. It was such a kitschy campy show with nothing but fun. I wanted to leave on a 3 hour tour and be stranded with Ginger, Mary Ann, the Professer, the Howell’s, the Skipper, and of course Gilligan.

Watch Gilligan’s Island:

Ah the Brady Bunch. How many life lessons did we learn from the Brady Bunch? When it’s time to change we have to rearrange, who we are into what we’re gonna be.

Watch the Brady Bunch:

Find out more about show creator, writer & producer Sherwood Shwartz. Click here.

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Mildred Pierce

Written by Suzanne on March 29, 2011 – 5:37 pm -

Most of my favorite shows are on HBO. In the last few months, I’ve been anticipating the premiere of HBO’s latest mini-series, Mildred Pierce.

I’ve been fond of Kate Winslet ever since watching Titanic. Yes, I was one of those washed away by the Winslet/DiCaprio romance. I also liked a film from the 90′s called Hideous Kinky. Being the Depp fan that I am, one of my favorite films starring the Acadamy Award winning actress is of course, Finding Neverland.

I haven’t read the novel, Mildred Pierce (1941) or watched the 1945 film starring Joan Crawford. Have you?

Sadly, I didn’t set the DVR on Sunday night. Did you catch the Mildred Pierce mini-series on HBO? What did you think?

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Sarah Jessica Parker is 46

Written by Suzanne on March 25, 2011 – 11:03 am -

I don’t keep up with every celebrity birthday but I noticed Sarah Jessica Parker is 46. This got me thinking about the TV show Square Pegs that is now a distant far off memory.

Before she was a teen on a totally tubular series about teens, she was a child actress on Broadway playing Annie. Remember how every girl age 6-14 tried singing their best rendition of “I Don’t Need Anything But You”?

Her ballet training at a young age helped with her role as Janey Glenn in the 1985 movie, Girls Just Want to Have Fun.

These days we usually see Sarah Jessica Parker talking about her Sex and the City character Carrie Bradshaw.

Happy 46th birthday to Sarah Jessica Parker!

Take 5 minutes and watch a minisode of Square Pegs via the Minisode Network, click here.

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