During the evenings are best to interact with me personally. Normally, I spend all night and morning creating these blogs. You may even catch me at night, while blogging at the same time. It's really a matter of TIMING. Enjoy!
|Posted by Anna H. on September 17, 2017 at 3:30 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? As a quick update about that suspicious e-mail message, which was my supposed Webs "billing statement," Webs officially contacted me, last night. As, I already expected, that billing statement was fraudulent.
When I clicked on that "billing statement" e-mail message, it looked like Ransomware. In case you missed yesterday's Song Saturday, click on the following link:
Also, don't forget that Song Saturday AND Cartoon Sunday will be postponed, NEXT WEEKEND for my annual Q&A. Your questions are due SEPTEMBER 22ND. Here are the following details about this upcoming Q&A blog.
Let's continue where we left off yesterday with more Edgar Allan Poe. Nearly 2 years ago, I published 2 Cartoon Sunday blogs featuring Short Horror Stories by Edgar Allan Poe. An animated short of "The Tell-Tale Heart" was 1 of the 2, that I shared.
I am not re-sharing that particular story today. However, like I said ~ 2 years ago, Poe's "The Cask Of Amontillado" has been my favorite for the last 2 decades. Who DOESN'T love a good Revenge Story? You know I do.
While hunting for an animated short for "The Cask Of Amontillado" for Cartoon Sunday 2 years ago, I came across this creepy-looking video of Edgar Allan Poe "narrating" the story. Those of you, who NEVER watched this video, will know what I'm talking about, very soon.
Someone took 1 of Poe's portraits and turned it into some creepy CGI video. Imagine Edgar Allan Poe being animated to TALK. If you want to see it with your own 2 eyes, click on the Cartoon Sunday blog link below and listen to Poe "narrate" "The Cask Of Amontillado."
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|Posted by Anna H. on September 16, 2017 at 3:05 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? After signing back online yesterday, there was a message in my inbox supposedly from Webs. It was about a "billing statement" I needed to pay. Otherwise, this website would be "terminated" within 24 HOURS.
I could not help reacting to such an e-mail message. I built this website for free, while I was still helping my uncle with his own company, 4 years ago. This e-mail message led to me contacting Webs.
Webs replied back and said, that they will be investigating this suspicious message. The "billing statement" message has also been sent to other site owners.
Aside from the suspicious e-mail message supposedly from Webs, this weekend's blogs have an Edgar Allan Poe theme. If you have been friends with me for the last decade or so or have at least been a subscriber of mine within these last 4 years, you already know that I am an Edgar Allan Poe fan. A stereotypical Goth trait. Am I right?
Considering that there are a few songs written about legendary authors, I decided to search for songs written about Edgar Allan Poe. Lo and behold were at least several songs about him.
"My Lost Lenore" by the Symphonic Gothic Metal band, Tristania, really caught my ears. The name of this band sounds vaguely familiar. Tristania comes from Dalane, Norway.
If you have ever read ANY of Edgar Allan Poe's work, the name, Lenore should sound very familiar to you. This is especially if you loved reading his narrative poem, "The Raven."
In the 1845 poem, "The Raven," the character Lenore is assumed to be a deceased wife. Poe wrote a poem specifically titled, "Lenore," which was published 2 years before "The Raven," also.
After listening to Tristania's song, "My Lost Lenore," I instantly thought of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven." The song was written by Morten Veland. If you would like to read the lyrics to "My Lost Lenore," click on the link right HERE.
"My Lost Lenore" was released on Tristania's debut album Widow's Weeds in 1998. Wow! This album will turn 20 next year and I just discovered this song 2 days ago. Had I known about Tristania years ago, I would've included the band on my music playlist, when I hosted my radio show.
To make up for it, I am sharing this Symphonic Gothic Metal band with you today. Besides, it has been a while, since I last shared any Gothic Metal bands in a Song Saturday blog. Better late than never, right? Anyway, here is Tristania's "My Lost Lenore" for today's Song Saturday.
Tristania "My Lost Lenore" Widow's Weeds 
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|Posted by Anna H. on September 13, 2017 at 3:50 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Have you been enjoying the blogs I have been publishing lately? As you already know, I like to switch things up a bit when it comes to content. If you have been experiencing any technical difficulties lately, Webs has been doing "server maintenance."
In fact, there will be more server maintenance done AGAIN tomorrow night at 11:30/10:30 pm Central. Hopefully this server maintenance will not cause any problems for me, while working on Song Saturday and Cartoon Sunday.
Speaking of Song Saturday and Cartoon Sunday, both blogs will be postponed on September 23rd and 24th.
To celebrate It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns' 4th anniversary and the beginning of fall, I'll be working on the next Q&A. Song Saturday will resume on September 30th and Cartoon Sunday will resume October 1st.
On July 20th, I published a similar blog regarding Q&A's. However, I asked if more of you would be interested in me publishing a Q&A blog once a week.
Because no one expressed any interest in having Q&A blogs published regularly, it never came to fruition. These were the last 2 Q&A's I published 1-2 months ago:
The deadline for submitting your questions is by September 22nd. That would be next Friday. So far, a veteran subscriber already sent 3 questions for me to answer. I'll be working on my answers, shortly.
The preceding blogs should give you an idea of the types of questions to ask yours truly. Since Halloween is creeping around the corner, you can ask questions about Halloween and Horror. Those are only 2 examples.
In the meantime, think of at least 1 question you want to ask me. Then, post it in the comments section of this blog. Also, stay tuned for this weekend's Song Saturday and Cartoon Sunday!
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|Posted by Anna H. on September 10, 2017 at 12:40 PM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Trying to find the Action Supernatural Occult Detective Thriller Anime, Witch Hunter Robin last week was like struggling to pull teeth. After learning that Toonami is expanding their block again to now 4/3 am Central to re-air Cowboy Bebop for the gajillionth time, I became annoyed.
This latest news not only annoys more of us viewers because Cowboy Bebop has been replayed TOO many times, since the launch of Adult Swim in 2001, but also because Toonami wants to waste too much time pandering to certain fandoms.
Last month, Adult Swim's Toonami block acquired the rights to re-air Outlaw Star. I have been hearing about this particular series for years by its fans and how it needs to be put back on TV. Because I never had time to watch this series, when it was on TV, I had no comment about it.
After Adult Swim premiered the "uncut" version of Outlaw Star on their version of the Toonami block last month, I failed to see why it's had so much hype. I tried watching it but kept spacing out. Like I have said many times over the last 5 years, Adult Swim has overlooked many Anime over the last 16 years.
If Toonami wants to re-air older and more obscure Action Anime, why not show Action Anime titles, that younger viewers never had a chance to watch because their parents banned them from watching Adult Swim at night?
Even though I was a college student, when Adult Swim launched in September 2001, there were other shows I never had time to watch, since they aired during sleeping hours. Those hours were late at night and in the early morning.
Considering that the animated content was meant for ADULT viewers, Adult Swim always took over Cartoon Network late at night. Over the last several years, Adult Swim has been squeezed into the primetime slot. Therefore, it would be so much better to air shows at more reasonable times for their viewers to watch.
During the early Saturday evenings, Adult Swim airs the Dragon Ball franchise before re-airing them during the Toonami block. Giving this Anime franchise 2 HOURS to air on Saturday nights, while others only get 1 airing seems unfair to fans of other series.
Since earlier this year, I have sat through watching YouTube vlogs and reading online tantrums about Once Piece being replaced for Tokyo Ghoul. If Toonami did not waste time and money promoting the Dragon Ball franchise by giving it 2 HOURS, One Piece could've still aired on the block. Then, One Piece fans would not have spent MONTHS taking their anger and resentment out on Tokyo Ghoul and us fans.
Speaking of Tokyo Ghoul, this Horror Action Anime should be ending on September 30th. Considering that The Toonami Team is on that kick of re-airing older Action Anime, why not make Witch Hunter Robin Tokyo Ghoul's replacement to usher in Halloween?
Witch Hunter Robin English Dubbed Trailer (2003)
Witch Huner Robin may NOT be filled with Splatterpunk Horror Action like Tokyo Ghoul, however it does have supernatural and occult themes filled action. Witch Hunter Robin also has a history of airing once on Adult Swim, during 2004.
Witch Hunter Robin Adult Swim Promo (2004)
It was not until "binge watching" this series online 2 years later, that I was able to watch it. Like I said earlier, there were other shows I never had time to watch on Adult Swim years ago because other shows aired during times, when most people were sleeping.
During 2004, I was still a college student and had to be in bed for morning classes. As the voice actor for the character, Amon (Crispin Freeman) said, Witch Hunter Robin is "wonderfully gothic and romantic." The 2nd half of this Action Supernatural Occult Detective Thriller's scripts were adapted in English by Freeman as well.
At the beginning of this blog, I said that trying to find online streams of Witch Hunter Robin now is like struggling to pull out teeth. This is all due to Funimation's NEED to monopolize and control the Anime Industry.
Luckily, I was just able to find a site with streams of this Anime. Anyway, here is Witch Hunter Robin for today's Cartoon Sunday.
|Posted by Anna H. on September 9, 2017 at 4:50 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? On Thursday night for Throwback Thursday, I re-shared 2 older blogs regarding clowns around social media. Let's just say I managed to "trigger" some people's coulrophobia.
First I re-shared my Song Saturday blog, which featured Trippy The Clown's music video, "Shut Up." The image of Trippy which appeared after sharing it on World of Anime, frightened some. On the Anime based social media site, I talked to a few about Trippy's image and coulrophobia.
Because those same coulrophobics seemed interested in my blog about coulrophobia, I shared that blog after the Trippy The Clown blog. In the coulrophobia blog, there is a gif of a cute and friendly-looking Auguste Clown waving. That image frightened the same people, also.
If any of you are interested in learning about the fear of clowns, click on the following link.
Now that the 2017 remake of Stephen King's IT has been released in theaters as of yesterday, it would not surprise me if more coulrophobics became "triggered."
IT Remake Extended Trailer (2017)
After watching the remake's extended trailer above yesterday morning, it seems as if the remake of Stephen King's IT has potential to actually be a decent remake. As you already know, I am opposed to remakes and reboots 97% of the time.
The remake for Stephen King's IT seems like it has more jump scares and Splatterpunk Horror than the original film. Because this 2017 remake is an R-rated movie meant for theater viewers, the filmmaker had more flexibility to show more grisly content from King's novel.
Have I ever read Stephen King's novel, IT? No, I have not. However, I did watch the original TV movie that aired on ABC in 1990.
IT Classic Trailer (1990)
Before IT aired on TV, I will never forget picking up the TV Guide in my cousins' house to check the TV schedule and seeing ABC's advertisement of Tim Curry as Pennywise The Clown. As a little girl, I remember feeling somewhat scared.
Stephen King's IT contributed to people's extreme fear of clowns. Pennywise The Clown is normally a source of most people's coulrophobia.
It was not until 3 years ago, that I began conducting research and learning about such a strange phobia. My youngest aunt has a fear of clowns. Although, her fear is NOT as extreme as some people's coulrophobia.
When it comes to Stephen King's Horror novel, IT is supposedly more of a Coming-Of-Age Story about 7 children being terrorized by shapeshifter, that exploits their fears and phobias. This is in order to disguise itself, while hunting its prey.
This creepy shapeshifter the 7 children refer to as "It" mostly appears in the form of a clown named Pennywise, in order to lure its preferred prey of young children. In the novel, "It" takes the form of bats, leeches, werewolves, and sharks.
Meanwhile, this shapeshifter takes the shape of a serial killer named Pennywise The Dancing Clown, Mr. Robert "Bob" Gray, and Mrs. Kersh. Its true form is a giant female spider in the novel and original movie from 1990.
By me not seeing the 2017 remake of King's IT, I have no idea if the shapeshifter's real appearance is also a giant female spider or not. Past readers and viewers like some of us know that Its actual appearance is a GIANT spider, that shapeshifts into any child's worst fears, that traumatizes him/her into adulthood.
The staple themes in Stephen King's Horror novel are the power of memory, childhood trauma that is carried into adulthood, the hidden ugliness lurking behind a small-town quaintness, and overcoming evil through mutual trust and friendship.
Aside from King's Horror novel IT and the movies based on it, Richard Bellis composed the score to the original 1990 film. If you have not noticed lately, I have been sharing more music from Horror movies.
I cannot help emphasizing how much music sets the tone for TV shows and movies. This is especially when it's in regards to Horror films. The song I'm sharing with you today by Bellis is called "George Dies."
The story begins with George Denbrough sailing his paper sail boat. The paper sail boat sails down the storm drain. Shortly after George's boat flows down the drain, Pennywise The Clown appears and entices him with balloons and circus food.
IT "George Meets Pennywise" Scene (1990)
As writen in the novel and shown in the original movie made for TV, George OR "Georgie" declines Pennywise's offer and reaches for his sail boat. While George reaches for his boat, Pennywise grabs him, rips off the boy's arm, and kills him.
Combining Tim Curry's voice with that creepy music is enough to scare anybody watching this classic. Anyway, here is Richard Bellis' "George Dies" from the IT Soundtrack for today's Song Saturday.
Richard Bellis "George Dies" IT Soundtrack (1990)
|Posted by Anna H. on September 7, 2017 at 1:25 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Earlier this week, I meant to share this update after Labor Day. Considering that we celebrated the holiday on Monday, and my hectic schedule offline, I was forced to wait until now. As you already know, It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns has been taking longer to load. You are not the only person having these problems.
Before last week ended, I noticed there were loading issues on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns. Anytime webmasters AND website owners like yours truly begin to have problems, that's a serious problem for everyone.
The main page (my About page) and the Blog page take a much longer time to load. However, it seems as if the Testimonials page has been taking the LONGEST time to load.
In case you never visited the Testimonials page on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, that page has the LEAST amount of content on it. With very little on that page, you would assume that it would load the fastest. Apparently, this is not the case.
Judging by the looks of it, Webs is having technical difficulties with the server, again. Several times I contacted Webs' tech suppport. I contacted them at least TWICE last week and twice again, earlier this week.
After signing back into It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns on Tuesday night, I saw an alert across my page by Webs saying, that maintenance will be done on September 8th. Hopefully, maintenance will be OVER by the time I begin working on the next Song Saturday blog tomorrow night.
In the meantime, check the latest blog listing in case you missed it last week.
|Posted by Anna H. on September 3, 2017 at 11:35 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? How creepy was the theme song from The Amityville Horror Soundtrack, that I shared yesterday? If you ask yours truly, I feel haunted houses and paranormal activity are more terrifying than monsters, unless they are Gremlins.
We all know those cynics, who don't believe in ghosts or much of anything that can't be proven based on science. This may be difficult to believe, but science is NOT the answer to everything.
A few years ago, I started reminiscing about the Scooby-Doo franchise. In fact, I happened to be watching a Scooby-Doo TV series. As an adult, I realized just how incredibly cynical the overall franchise has been over the last 48 years.
Have you EVER noticed that every time the characters on Scooby-Doo had to solve supernatural and paranormal related mysteries, there were ALWAYS arguments to disprove that supernatural and paranormal phenomena existed?
Growing up as a little girl during the 1980's and '90s, I was annoyed by the cynicism. I understand, that CBS and Hanna-Barbera wanted to appease the parent watch groups, in order to prevent more protesting during the '60s, but they actually helped promote and validated cynicism.
I will even go as far as saying that CBS, Hanna-Barbera, and other companies caused the last 3-4 generations to grow up to be cynics, who have to disprove EVERYTHING, that doesn't fit their narrative about something being SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN.
Do you remember Charles Riborg Mann and George Ransom Twiss' book Physics? In the 1910 book, they asked: "When a tree falls in a lonely forest, and no animal is near by to hear it, does it make a sound? Why?"
The question was supposed to be about physical point of view. However, I believe it was a question made to validate and promote other people's denial of something OR someone's existence with more cynicism. This can ESPECIALLY be said about those, who refuse to acknowledge supernatural and paranormal phenomena.
Let's use the Scooby-Doo franchise as an example. In the original cartoon from 1969, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? Fred, Velma, and DAPHNE did NOT believe in ghosts and monsters. All 3 characters were ALWAYS validated by the end of each episode.
You may be saying, "Anna, you're overthinking this. It's only a cartoon." Scooby-Doo may be a cartoon, but it is a cartoon that has hidden messages in it. You really have to read between the lines so to say and pay close attention to the underlying messages.
You could argue that Hanna-Barbera did not want to scare children with supernatural and paranormal phenomena. At the same time, the characters and the writing in this cartoon appear as being cynical.
Anyone who believes in supernatural and paranormal phenomena are viewed as being crazy and delusional because cynics bought into George Berkeley's philosophical lies about "immaterialism."
Immaterialism in philosophy is basically the metaphysical denial of the existence of the material world. In other words, it's just your imagination; It's ALL in your head.
If some have not learned much of anything in today's blog, you should at least realize that just because you did not see or hear something or someone, does not mean that something or someone does NOT exist.
This next creepy story is another true pizza delivery story. It comes from YouTube's Mr. Nightmare. Mr. Nightmare's story was turned into an animation by Llama Arts.
In this paranormal story, Mr. Nightmare does his pizza delivery to a hidden house near the woods at night. Anyway, here is his true pizza delivery story for today's Cartoon Sunday. Let the cynicism begin!
Mr. Nightmare's True Pizza Delivery Horror Story (2016)
|Posted by Anna H. on September 2, 2017 at 4:50 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? It appears that some visitors and subscribers are really liking this festive background, now that Halloween is creeping around the corner. I got several oohs and ahs online yesterday. Thank you so much for liking the current scenery! After October, this scenery will return next September to usher in the fall, Halloween, and the 5th anniversary of It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
Aside from the latest scenery, it is Song Saturday. Originally, I meant to share this last April while house hunting last spring, but was side tracked with other issues at the time.
Last April, I went house hunting with my family and my grandmother wanted us to attend an open house for a house, that she and my mother found. After parking in front of that house, I instantly got creepy vibes from it. It was as if my whole body was humming The Amityville Horror Theme Song.
The Amityville Horror Trailer (1979)
Speaking of the 1979 Paranormal Horror film, it was based on Jay Anson's 1977 novel of the same name. If you have never watched the original movie, I recommend doing so. It should make you think twice about house hunting.
Like I said above, the house my family and I took a tour of last April instantly gave me creepy vibes to the extent that my entire body hummed The Amityville Horror Theme Song. Rather than it being painted white, it was a Lavender Blue color.
The overall exterior looked like an abandoned home on a cold and dreary-looking day with someone's ginormous, khaki shorts embedded into the backyard's grass. Who the hell flees a house leaving SHORTS behind and in the backyard? Come on! Was the house THAT haunted?
Regardless, that house creeped me out so much, I nicknamed it "The Amityville Horror House." It was already bad enough, that the house we've been living in for the last 17 years is currently haunted. Anytime someone left SHORTS behind in the backyard OF ALL places, there was no telling HOW haunted that Lavender Blue house was that we visited.
You may be in stitches from laughing at my description of that house, but the creepy vibes I got from it were INTENSE. There's no telling what happened in it. Somebody's corpse could've been buried in the backyard and the burier probably FORGOT to bury the shorts with the corpse.
To add to my unease, a mental institution was located literally 1 BLOCK AWAY from that creepy house. Call me "crazy" but there were too many red flags with that house and its location. Hypothetically speaking, if we were to live in "The Amityville Horror House," I would be getting less sleep than I have been over the last decade or so.
When it comes to the actual Amityville Horror House, Jay Anson's novel was based on the paranormal experiences that The Lutz Family endured in December 1975.
On November 13, 1974, which was 1 year EARLIER, Ronald DeFoe Jr. shot and killed 6 of his family members in a large, Dutch Colonial House, in the Amityville Village. This 5-bedroom house is situated on the south shore of Long Island, NY; It is in a suburban neighborhood in Amityville. The exact address of the murders is 112 Ocean Avenue.
In November 1975, which was literally 1 month before The Lutz Family moved into the house, Ronald DeFoe Jr. was convicted of 2nd degree murder. Meanwhile, The Lutz Family moved into the same house DeFoe killed his family in for $80,000.
That price was considered to be a so-called "bargain." The house was also still furnished, since the time of the murders.
The Lutz Family moved into the 5-bedroom Dutch Colonial House for 80 grand on December 19, 1975, then fled after 28 days of being terrorized by the paranormal activity stemming from the DeFoe murders.
While author Jay Anson documented The Amityville Horror, George and Kathy Lutz heavily supervised him. If ANYTHING, this real life story should make people think TWICE about house hunting on a bargain.
Anyway, since this blog heavily focuses on The Amityville Horror, here is the theme song for it composed by Lalo Schifirin for today's Song Saturday.
Lalo Schifrin "The Amityville Horror Main Title" The Amityville Horror Soundtrack (1979)
|Posted by Anna H. on September 1, 2017 at 2:00 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Is that gif above freaky or what? It looks like it can reach out and grab you! It is now September 1st, which means we have ONLY 22 more days, until the 4th anniversary of It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
I was REALLY looking forward to changing It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns' web interface design. After experimenting with other interfaces, I changed my mind.
Even though there were some unique interface designs, I did not want a blank center where the text to my blogs go. You may question, "Anna, what's the big deal about having a blank center?"
Having a blank center would make this website look partially nude and I don't want to always hunt for compatible designs to complete every scenery. Having a blank center is the equivalent of having a missing piece to a puzzle.
If I did change the web interface design, the About and this Blog page would be white with the scenery ONLY being on the sides. I dislike that appearance. Blogster has that same appearance, which was another reason WHY I quit blogging on Blogster, 3 years ago.
Whenever friends, acquaintances, entertainers, visitors, other bloggers, and authors visit It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, they instantly compliment the designs. Then, some of those same people want to build their own websites, if not PAY somebody else to build their websites for them.
I love having a web interface design, which fills the entire site like the interface design I have been using for the last 3 years. Even though I did NOT change this interface, I DID change the background scenery for Halloween.
You can expect this scenery to stay, until November 1st. It helps to usher in the fall season, while looking festive for Halloween. Because September 23rd will be the 4th anniversary of It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, you can expect another Q&A blog.
Yes, there were other Q&A blogs I published recently. I thought about publishing those types of blogs on a regular basis and asked if you would like to see more of those blogs.
Since it seemed like most of you were indifferent to having Q&A blogs published regularly, I quit publishing them during the week. However, this type of Q&A is published annually for the anniversary of It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
Therefore, if you have any more questions for yours truly (1-3 questions maximum), feel free to ask them in the comments section below.
Also, if subscribers would like to publish a testimonial on the Testimonials page, you are more than welcome to do so. Publishing a testimonial on the Testimonials page is more like publishing an online review. After submitting your testimonial, I can revise and edit it on my end considering that I am the webmaster of this website.
Having more testimonials helps generate MORE traffic to It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
|Posted by Anna H. on August 27, 2017 at 10:55 AM||comments (5)|
How's it going my gumdrops? How did you like yesterday's Song Saturday blog, which featured Rammstein? Most viewers have probably never seen those other videos by them, unless they watch YouTube.
MTV, MTV2, and Fuse TV only aired Rammstein's music videos for "Amerika," "Feuer Frei," and "Du Hast." "Amerika" was not included in yesterday's blog because it was already a long blog. I never saw those other music videos, that were shared, until working on yesterday's Song Saturday blog.
Hopefully, more of you enjoyed that blog because I spent a lot of time working on it. Aside from my blog about Rammstein, it is Cartoon Sunday.
After watching this Animated Horror Stop-Motion Short for today, it reminded me of a Creative Writing Class I had taken. While attending UW-Parkside 15 years ago, I took a Creative Writing- Poetry course. We learned about different types of poetry. This included creating our own story poems.
Because our Creative Writing professor wanted us to write our story poems based on a past excursion, I wrote about the time I shopped at the store, Circuit City and bought KoRn's Follow The Leader album.
Oh, how I miss the days of Circuit City. If only Best Buy had helpful and competent employees, quality electronics, and better organization. As I was saying, I wrote a story poem about shopping for KoRn's 3rd album. I wish I remembered how I wrote that story poem years ago. It's somewhere in 1 of my old roller backpacks.
Returning to the topic of today's Cartoon Sunday, I found a rare gem by Tim Burton. On October 1, 1982, the Gothic Horror filmmaker released the Animated Horror Stop-Motion Short, Vincent.
Tim Burton's Vincent was a story poem with a sing-songy rhyme scheme about the delusional 7-year-old boy, Vincent Malloy. It was also narrated by the late great Vincent Price.
I say that Vincent Malloy is a delusional 7-year-old boy for a reason. I may take it a step further by saying that he is quite morbid for his age. Not that I can really talk. When I was Vincent Malloy's age, I was a morbid little girl except I did not practice experiments on my pets like a mad scientist, in order to create zombies.
In hopes of creating a ravenous zombie dog, Vincent practices experiments on his dog, Abercrombie. The character also idolizes Vincent Price, is obsessed with the works of Edgar Allan Poe including Poe's "The Raven," believes he's some "tortured artist," and is deprived of the woman he loves.
Some of you may find my description of Vincent Malloy to be patronizing, but you really have to watch Vincent for yourself. This Animated Gothic Horror Short was filmed, when Tim Burton was still an animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Vincent was Burton's 2nd Disney Horror film. In 1980, he debuted with the British American Horror film, The Watcher In the Woods.
I enjoyed Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, the Pee-wee Herman franchise, and the first 3 Batman films. This may or may not come as a shock to you but I am not a huge Tim Burton fan.
Even though the Beetlejuice franchise, during the late 1980's and early 1990's contributed to me being a Goth little girl, I find a lot of his other work to be contrived.
As much as I enjoy watching SOME campy entertainment, there is a time and a place for campiness.
Years ago at James O'Barr's panel for The Crow, O'Barr said he was approached with the idea of having Tim Burton turn his comic book into a Broadway musical, starring Michael Jackson. As much as I like Michael Jackson, that SCREAMS laughingstock.
It made sense for James O'Barr to turn down the offer. The Crow comic book was not comedic; O'Barr's comic book was mostly about tragedy.
When something is TOO campy, it starts to look and feel contrived.
Anyway, to lighten the mood and to segue into the Halloween spirit early, here is Tim Burton's Vincent narrated by the late great Vincent Price, for today's Cartoon Sunday.
Vincent [Narrated By Vincent Price] (1982)