Zeppelin vs. Pterodactyls: The Lost Cartoon, an animated short by Bob Northrup, 1942

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Zeppelin vs. Pterodactyls: The Lost Cartoon, 1942

An animated short by Bob Northrup

“A rare collaboration between Fleischer Studios and Ub Iwerks resulted in this cartoon, based on the moderately successful Republic Pictures “Zeppelin vs. Pterodactyls” cliffhanger serials. The cartoon was shelved for half a century due to a three way legal dispute between Republic, Fleischer and Iwerks….”

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Pulitzer Prize winning writer, and actor, Sam Shepard dies at 73

Pulitzer Prize winning writer, and actor, Sam Shepard dies at 73

Sam Shepard, author of 44 plays, books of short stories and memoirs, died at 73 from complications of ALS. Shepard, known as a versatile actor and director as well as a top writer, won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1979 for the play Buried Child.

According to the New York Times, Shepard was “One of the most important and influential writers of his generation.”

He was best known for his role as the young Chuck Yeager in the film “The Right Stuff,” for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, for Best Supporting Actor, in 1983. He also won six Obe Awards for his off-broadway work.

Shepard’s acting roles were gritty and masculine, his plays dark and populated by characters struggling in families at the margins of society.

Watch a clip of Sam Shepard as Test Pilot Chuck Yeager:

Learn more about the late Sam Shepard (The New York Times)

 

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The Stupidstitious Cat (Noveltoon), an animated short by Seymore Kneitel, 1946

The Stupidstitious Cat (Noveltoon), an animated short by by Seymore Kneitel, 1946

The Stupidstitious Cat (Noveltoon), 1946

An animated short by by Seymore Kneitel

“A very stupid and superstitious cat awakens and goes through his usual gyrations of ensuring he will not have an unlucky day, making sure he get out of the right side of the bed and other rituals, and then starts his search for breakfast. He captures Buzzy the Crow, places him between two slices of bread and prepares to eat him. But Buzzy, smarter than the average crow…” (IMDB)

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