Friday, December 18, 2009
TAGS January 06 & 07, 1994
01/06: Easy as one, two, tree.
01/07: That's my queue to leaf.
January 06: Monster reels in Connie (cardinal) for some holiday tree decorating fun in her first appearance. The mark of greatness some times isn't in the inspiration but the perseverance to complete the task.
The "Toy Soldier" movie in TAGS is the beloved animated feature based on Hans Christian Andersen's story, "The Steadfast Tin Soldier." It was, at the time, one of the few remaining classic fairy tales yet to be translated into a blown-out, musical, animated feature. In real life, the Disney company had approached the story several times in its history, but it wouldn't have their version make it to the silver screen until its inclusion as a segment in "Fantasia 2000" (1999). "Toy Soldier's" equivalent is "Beauty and the Beast."
January 07: The decorating team shown here in full force, not quite a defined assembly line, but every one has their part. Monster designs. Edie (squirrel, her 5th strip appearance) colors, "squee, squee." Polly (penguin, 16) colors some more, "squee." Checkov (dragon, 4) facilitates, "sniff, riiip." Murray (cheetah, 5) pastes, "spirth, spirth." Connie cuts, "clip". Nick (skunk, 8) has the very important job of untangling the strings of lights and popped corn. I don't know who's doing all that banging.