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Halloween Countdown: Monster Vitamins (Starring Vincent Price)

Posted in absurd, advertising, animation, halloween, monsters, music, video with tags , , , , , , , on October 14, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Vincent Price’s voice can make absolutely anything sound ominous with a twist of undeniable sophistication, as evidenced by this 1974 commercial for children’s vitamins.

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Some might say he “sold out” with product endorsements like these. But I think he knew how (comically) amazing various products would be with his iconic presence behind them. I like to believe he enjoyed the irony.

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If you’re feeling particularly masochistic today, you can listen to one side of the “Monster Vitamins Record.” But…you’ve been warned.

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The Bob Baker Marionette Theater

Posted in cats, kitsch, puppets, video with tags , , , on April 11, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I hope I’m able to get to Los Angeles and visit the The Bob Baker Marionette Theater before it closes down. This landmark theater, created in 1962 out of a run down old shop, may not be anything special on the outside…but has been described as a “giant velvet 1960’s Christmas present” on the inside.

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There is no stage, leaving little separation between the audience and the show (many guests sit on the floor). All of the marionettes have so much character, and the theater’s inventory now exceeds 3,000 of them according to a recent article.
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Has anyone visited this theater? What did you you think?
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The Bob Baker Marionette Theater

The Life of Death

Posted in animation, film, video with tags , , on March 3, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

*Sniff sniff* Oh…what…a cartoon made me a little misty-eyed? *Ahem* Of course not!

Check out Marsha Onderstijn’s beautiful hand drawn animation short about what happens when Death falls in love with life.

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Hallowvember: Octopus Eats a Pumpkin

Posted in halloween, sea, video with tags , , on November 6, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

The octopus is, in my opinion, perhaps the most magnificent creature on earth. Smart, mercurial…capable of crushing a jack o’ lantern in its own tentacles. Observe this lovely cephalopod celebrating Halloween.

Halloween Countdown: Vincent the Vegetable Vampire

Posted in absurd, halloween, music, music video, retro, undead with tags , , , , , , , on October 26, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I urge you to drop everything and watch the inimitable Morgan Freeman in the role of a vegetarian vampire (he starred in The Electric Company 45 years ago). Within 10 seconds, you’ll realize the combination deadpan delivery and exaggerated vaudevillian charm is nearly impossible to describe…but utterly fantastic.

I’ve actually never seen this show. Has anyone watched it?

Cringe Worthy Bible Rap

Posted in humor, music, video with tags , , on August 9, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I dare you to watch this slice of religious musical embarrassment without cringing. Also, pretend it’s 1984.

Yes, this is real. No, Run DMC and the Beastie Boys, they are not.

Time Lapse Red Sunset

Posted in music, nature, video with tags , , on April 16, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve always wanted to explore the possibility of living in the Bay area, and seeing this sunset…which aesthetically falls somewhere between the background of a motivational poster and a supernatural thriller where the sky rains blood…certainly sweetened the deal. Throw in a little ethereal Brian Eno, and you’ve got a great soundtrack, too.