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Leonard Maltin

Hollywood’s Kiddie Connection

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 15, 2012 9:25 PM
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What do Jerry Lewis, Bugs Bunny, and Hopalong Cassidy have in common? They all recorded special material for an innovative kid-oriented Capitol Records series in the 1940s and ‘50s. This amazing output, perfectly timed for the baby boom of the post-World War II era, has now been exhaustively documented by Jack Mirtle in his self-published book 'The Capitol Records Childrens' Series: 1944 to 1956: The Complete Discography'.

Animation, Old And New

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 7, 2011 4:08 PM
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Whatever your taste in animation, a handful of new DVD and Blu-ray releases offer stimulating and even jubilant experiences. If you like edgy, experimental work I heartily recommend Nine Nation Animation from New Yorker Films, a compilation of recent short subjects that range from the odd to the sublime, and encompass a variety of filmmaking techniques. I’m especially drawn to the deadpan humor of Flatlife by Jonas Geirnaert of Belgium, in which we observe people in four apartments—two on one floor and two below— whose actions affect one another without really meaning to. Other films...

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