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Monday, June 28, 2010

I'm Dreaming of a.....

The sun is shining, the grass is green,
The orange and palm trees sway.
There's never been such a day
in Beverly Hills, L.A.
But it's June the twenty-eighth, —
And I am longing to be out West —

Ok, it doesn't rhyme, but it means what I mean to say - for this largely is the beginning of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, and though I am in the AC-free Danish summer, I would actually much rather be in L.A....

But all is money. I can hear it now! "Clink, clink, clank, clank, get the money to the bank..." And thus... up is Prod. 2521. Yes, you guessed it! The Small One!

Some of you may raise eyebrows! Some may raise noses! Well, you should have commented earlier - this is what you get for being quiet! I am certain that there will be some of you who will be particularly interested, though, and let's face it: while most all the earlier drafts feature artists who are not with us any longer, many of the ones who worked on this film are still around! Let's get their input! It may even get to be quite a lot more interesting than we at first expect!

Directed by Don Bluth, written by Vance Gerry and Pete Young based on a book by Charles Tazewell. Backgrounds by Jim Coleman and Daniela Bielecka. The film premiered on December 16th, 1978 with the 5th re-release of Pinocchio.

Having known the songs basically since 1978, they certainly grew on me, even though I always found Sean Marshall too, well, Californian. But I guess that is OK for Californians. It seems, though, looking at IMDb, that even THIS film has not escaped the PC Police! I read: "The Merchant's Song" lyrics have been altered. The original lyrics were "We simply cheat a little if we must". In the recent versions it was changed to "We work a little harder if we must". This is because the original lyrics are perceived to have Jewish stereotypes. These original lyrics are no longer present on the DVD versions of the film.
How do they make this stuff up?
Isn't what they did actually perpetuating the stereotypes? I mean - THEY (the PC Police) suggest that Jews cheat by making this alteration! Honestly! The original song was FINE! Actually, they have now put "working harder" on one line with crooks. What kind of a message is THAT to present to coming generations?
[Ergh! Just saw it on YouTube with these new lyrics! Yikes!]

IMDb also states that this film was originally to be directed by Dick Sebast. What's up with that?

Doesn't Bethleham (with an A) - sound like a town in England?
Anyway, The Small One it is! Then, if everyone is nice and comments here, I will follow it with The Rescuers...

(Eager readers will ask me "But... but how did we get from Melody Time and Johnny Appleseed to The Small One?" To which I answer: the original backing group for Bing Crosby's White Christmas were the Ken Darby Singers. Obscure enough for you?)

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Anonymous Zartok-35 says...

Cool! I always wanted to get a better idea of the differances between John Pomeroy and Gary Goldman.

Monday, June 28, 2010 at 2:29:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous John V. says...

"We're on our way to Bethleham, to Jerusel-ham, to Babel-ham, or any hammy hamlet we may see..."

Monday, June 28, 2010 at 3:56:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Yancy Leonard says...

good article

Monday, June 28, 2010 at 4:04:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Daniel says...

Thanks Hans. Great work as always :)

Monday, June 28, 2010 at 9:58:00 PM PDT  

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