This is not my artwork, but it’s a very important piece of artwork if you love Disney and especially Disney Afternoon.
This is the original pitch painting created by my good friend Tad Stones for ‘Kit Colby and the Rescue Rangers’, a new concept he took to Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg in the early development days of what became Disney Afternoon.
According to Tad, within 2 minutes Eisner said ‘take out that Kit guy, put the two chipmunks in instead’ and the rest is history.
As with any new show, it developed and evolved. Gadget got a little prettier, Monterey Jack got Kit’s dress sense and the Chinese cricket Chirp Sing thankfully didn’t survive long enough to age awkwardly into the PC era ;)
Camille the Chameleon was the idea of fellow Ducktales writer Jymn Magon.
This is an awesome painting and part of Disney television history and I thank Tad for his permission to upload it and share its story with y’all :)
"I lived in San Diego and the stories are based on things that happened to me as I was growing up," says The Weekenders executive producer Doug Langdale. "There’s an episode where the gang produce a radio show as part of a contest and that was something I did at school. And like Tino, the main character, I was the only child of a single parent."
The underlying theme of the series is friendship - its ups and downs, the compromises and sacrifices, and above all the sense of humor that it takes to keep four very different young people together.
"It’s about stuff that matters to kids around that age," Langdale says. "It’s also about stuff that matters to everyone," he quickly adds. "I always think that kids have largely the same concerns as adults except for, like, taxes."
Cover illustration for Anne of Green Gables by Claire Keane.
I’ve become skeptical of the unwritten rule that just because a boy and girl appear in the same feature, a romance must ensue. Rather, I want to portray a slightly different relationship, one where they two mutually inspire each other to live– if I’ m able to, then perhaps I’ll be closer to portraying a true expression of love.
[Professor Peter] Norton writes about a concerted campaign by the [car] industry in the 1920s to create the concept of “jaywalking” — “jay” meaning a country hick who doesn’t know not to wander into the street.
Ah wow. I thought a Smiths song would sound weird without Morrissey. It doesn’t. Johnny owns this performance. I regret passing up a chance to see him live.
Yeah, this is great.
The Christmas Singularity
The Christmas Singularity, noun, \ˈthē ˈkris-məs siŋ-gyə-ˈla-rə-tē\ 1.The theoretical point in time in which retailers will put their Christmas decorations out so early they will overlap with the previous year’s Christmas
According to The Nothnagelian Equation (y = -3x + 6291), this will occur in the year 2099
"Using painfully inferior products like binoculars just drains me. I barely start using them when I am just forced to give up out of sheer disappointment with life."