Pecos Bill by Brian Gleeson


Pecos Bill (1988)Blog 2 Info

Genre: Western / Humor / Adventure / Tall Tale

Year Published: 1988

Year Read: 2007

Series: Storybook Classics

Publisher: Rabbit Ears Books

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In the 80’s Rabbit Ears had made their trademark as one of the most popular series for children. “Pecos Bill” is no exception as this story won numerous Grammy Awards. With Robin Williams’ narration, Tim Raglin’s drawings, and Ry Cooder’s music, “Pecos Bill” is surely a story you will want to watch over and over again.

Blog 4 Pros

Robin Williams’ narration, Ry Cooder’s music and Tim Raglin’s illustrations are the true highlights of this story. First off, Robin Williams narrates with high-energy and a cowboy accent to boot. Whenever, Pecos Bill goes through any peril, Robin Williams is loud and excited about the situation as if he was there when Bill performed these spectacular acts. Next on the list is Ry Cooder’s country music. Ry Cooder’s solo guitar performance has provided the perfect mood for the story, going from a light and happy tune highlighting Pecos Bill’s early adventures to dark and intense when Pecos Bill goes against the cyclone, which Cooder’s music may have foreshadowed Pecos Bill’s disappearance from Texas in this scene. Finally, Tim Raglin’s colorful illustrations have greatly influence the mood of this story. Raglin’s drawings are colorful and rich as he greatly details the plains and the cyclone in fluent colors. Raglin also illustrates Pecos Bill’s life in a humorous way, such as, the scene where Pecos Bill is shown throwing around the rattlesnake like a lasso. Tim Raglin’s highlighted illustration was of Pecos Bill himself, as Pecos Bill is drawn with white, fluffy pants, a polka-dotted handkerchief, and suave red hair that make him have the appearance of a true hero.

Blog 6 Overall

“Pecos Bill” was considered to be Rabbit Ears finest half-hour story. Well, I think that they were right about that. “Pecos Bill” has everything that you would expect from a natural cowboy movie. The story has loads of adventure, comedy, romance, and suspense and each scene describing these genres is greatly enhanced by the narration, drawings and illustrations. “Pecos Bill” is loads of laughs and shocks and is a perfect film for the entire family.

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5 stars

 

Also reviewed at:  Rabbit Ears Book Blog

The Fool and the Flying Ship by Eric Metaxas


 

The Fool and the Flying Ship (1991)

Blog 2 Info

Genre: Surreal / Russia / Folktale / Traveling / Royalty

Year Published: 1991

Year Read: 1993

Series: We All Have Tales

Publisher: Rabbit Ears Books

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Rabbit Ears have created a wonderful series called We All Have Tales. The series had released a number of wonderful stories from around the world, but The Fool and the Flying Ship remained as my all-time favorite Rabbit Ears story. This story is based on Arthur Ransome’s classic Russian folktale, “The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship.” Of course, this version is funnier and more modern than the original Russian tale, thanks to the Russian voice talents of Robin Williams.

Blog 4 Pros

This is my most favorite story from the Rabbit Ears series because it is extremely funny, witty, and entertaining at the same time. Eric Metaxas’s writing is full of wit and humor and jokes that will have anyone laughing for a long time. My favorite part of the dialogue from this story was when the servant told the Tsar that there were peasants at the palace, but the Tsar thought that the servant was talking about pheasants. Robin Williams provided the voices for all the characters in the story in different Russian accents for each character, providing comedy relief from all characters. Also, I love the way how Henrik Drescher, the illustrator of this story, draws his characters with long and stringy limbs and weird attachments on their bodies, such as the Runner’s antlers on his head and the Sharpshooter’s popped out eyes.  The Klezmer Conservatory Band’s wacky European music is full of jazz and folk-like music that gives The Fool and the Flying Ship a very wacky and over-the-top feel to the story.

Blog 5 Cons

Parents should know that The Fool and the Flying Ship may be aimed at older kids and adults because the jokes in this story may not get through the younger audience. Some of the jokes, such as the one where the Sharpshooter talks about putting the flea, who had a bad cold, out of his misery and the Fool replies that it is the flea’s wife’s snoring that causes the flea to have a bad cold. The Sharpshooter than replies that the Flea’s wife is who he is aiming at. Many children may not get that the Sharpshooter is going to shoot the flea’s wife, although this joke is done very delicately and the Sharpshooter is never seen shooting the flea’s wife.

Blog 6 Overall

I think this story is going to be a favorite among both the adult audience and the younger audience for all time because of the story’s good humor and creative characters.

Blog 7 Awards

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6 stars

 

Also reviewed at: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

 

Rabbit Ears Productions Awards Ceremony!


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Hello! This is a little awards ceremony for the stories from Rabbit Ears Productions and everyone is free to come and vote here! Here are the categories and the stories that fit with these categories:

Best Actor

Danny Glover (How the Leopard Got His Spots, Brer Rabbit and the Wonderful Tar Baby, and Brer Rabbit and Boss Lion)

Robin Williams (The Fool and the Flying Ship and Pecos Bill)

Jack Nicholson (The Elephant’s Child, How the Camel Got His Hump, How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin)

Denzel Washington (John Henry and Anansi)

Raul Julia (The Monkey People)

Max Von Sydow (East of the Sun West of the Moon)

Morgan Freeman (Follow the Drinking Gourd and The Savior is Born)

 

 

Best Actress

Meryl Streep (The Velveteen Rabbit, The Tailor of Gloucester, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher, and The Night before Christmas)

 

Holly Hunter (The Three Billy Goats Gruff and the Three Little Pigs)

Whoopi Goldberg (Koi and the Kola Nuts)

Tracey Ullman (Puss in Boots)

Glenn Close (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and The Emperor and the Nightingale)

Meg Ryan (Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks)

Kelly McGillis (Thumbelina and Noah and the Ark)

 

 

Best Illustrator

Robert Van Nutt (The Emperor and the Nightingale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Firebird, The Savior is Born)

 

David Jorgensen (The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher, The Velveteen Rabbit, The Three Little Pigs and The Three Billy Goats Gruff)

Henrik Drescher (Brer Rabbit and the Wonderful Tar Baby and The Fool and the Flying Ship)

Tim Raglin (Pecos Bill, The Elephant’s Child, How the Camel Got His Hump and How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin)

David Johnson (The Bremen Town Musicians, The Boy Who Drew Cats and Thumbelina)

Diana Bryan (The Fisherman and his Wife and The Monkey People)

Rick Meyerowitz (Rip Van Winkle and Paul Bunyan)

 

Best Musician

B.B. King (John Henry)

 

Bobby McFerrin (The Elephant’s Child, How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin and How the Camel Got His Hump)

Dr. John (Brer Rabbit and Boss Lion)

Taj Mahal (Brer Rabbit and the Wonderful Tar Baby and Follow the Drinking Gourd)

Lee Ritenour (The Monkey People)

Art Lande (Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and the Three Little Pigs)

Lyle Mays (The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher and East of the Sun West of the Moon)

 

 

Best Writing

Eric Metaxas (The Fool and the Flying Ship)

 

Brian Gleeson (Pecos Bill)

Rudyard Kipling (How the Camel Got His Hump and How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin)

Margery Williams (The Velveteen Rabbit)

Beatrix Potter (The Tale of Peter Rabbit)

Bernardine Connelly (Follow the Drinking Gourd)

Brad Kessler (John Henry)

 

 

Best Ending Music

Paul Bunyan

 

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Brer Rabbit and Boss Lion

The Monkey People

Goldilocks

The Talking Eggs

 

 

Most Bizarre Illustrations

The Fool and the Flying Ship

 

Brer Rabbit and the Wonderful Tar Baby

The Breman Town Musicians

 

 

Saddest Scene

The Velveteen Rabbit about to be burned from “The Velveteen Rabbit”

John Henry’s death from “John Henry”

Pecos Bill’s disappearance in “Pecos Bill”

 

 

Scariest Scene

Icabod Crane being chased by the Headless Horseman from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

 

The storm hitting the countryside from “The Fisherman and his Wife”

The folks from Brer Village being eaten by Boss Lion from “Brer Rabbit and Boss Lion”

Rumpelstiltskin taking off his mask and showing his skeletal face from “Rumpelstiltskin”

 

 

Most Amazing Scene

Pecos Bill riding the Cyclone from “Pecos Bill”

 

The Headless Horseman chasing Icabod from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

Brer Rabbit tricking Boss Lion to fall in the well from “Brer Rabbit and Boss Lion”

The Puffer pulling the land apart in “The Fool and the Flying Ship”

The girl riding with the North Wind in “East of the Sun West of the Moon”

 

Most Hilarious Story

The Fool and the Flying Ship

 

The Three Billy Goats Gruff and the Three Little Pigs

Pecos Bill

Puss in Boots

Anansi

Jack and the Beanstalk

 

Most Heartwarming Story

The Velveteen Rabbit

 

East of the Sun West of the Moon

A Gingerbread Christmas

The Night Before Christmas

Thumbelina

The Firebird

 

 

Most Dramatic Story

East of the Sun West of the Moon

 

Follow the Drinking Gourd

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Rumpelstiltskin

Brer Rabbit and Boss Lion

 

 

Most Romantic Story

East of the Sun West of the Moon

 

The Firebird

Thumbelina

 

Scariest Story

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Boy Who Drew Cats

The Fisherman and his Wife

 

Best Male Character

Pecos Bill from “Pecos Bill”

 

John Henry from “John Henry”

Brer Rabbit from “Brer Rabbit and Boss Lion”

The Fool from “The Fool and the Flying Ship”

Stormalong from “Stormalong”

Koi from “Koi and the Kola Nuts”

Paul Bunyan from “Paul Bunyan”

 

 

Best Female Character

Una from “Finn McCoul”

 

The Girl from “East of the Sun West of the Moon”

Princess Scargo from “Princess Scargo and the Birthday Pumpkin”

Anne Oakley from “Anne Oakley”

The Miller’s Daughter from “Rumpelstiltskin”

Sacajawea from “The Song of Sacajawea”

Mary from “Follow the Drinking Gourd”

 

 

Best Storybook Classics Story

Pecos Bill

 

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Emperor and the Nightingale

How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin and How the Camel Got His Hump

The Elephant’s Child

The Velveteen Rabbit

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

The Fisherman and his Wife

Paul Bunyan

The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Three Little Pigs

 

 

Best We All Have Tales Story

The Fool and the Flying Ship

 

East of the Sun West of the Moon

Anansi

East of the Sun West of the Moon

Jack and the Beanstalk

King Midas and the Golden Touch

Koi and the Kola Nuts

Finn McCoul

Puss in Boots

Rumpelstiltskin

 

 

Best American Heroes and Legends Story

John Henry

Brer Rabbit and Boss Lion

Follow the Drinking Gourd

Davy Crockett

Anne Oakley

The Song of Sacajawea

Princess Scargo and the Birthday Pumpkin

Mose the Fireman

Rip Van Winkle

Stormalong

 

 

Worst Story

Depends on you

 

Story you like to make into a TV series

Depends on you

 

Best Story Overall

Pecos Bill

 

The Velveteen Rabbit

East of the Sun West of the Moon

John Henry

How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin and How the Camel Got His Hump

The Fool and the Flying Ship

Brer Rabbit and Boss Lion

Follow the Drinking Gourd

The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Three Little Pigs

The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher and the Tale of Peter Rabbit

 

RULES:

:)You do not have to choose the stories from this list. These stories are just some suggestions for each category and you can list the stories that you remember that were your favorites.

:)Choose only ONE winner for each category and then list ONE runner up for each category.  The runner ups will be mentioned in the honorable mentions on the video.

:)This will be featured on the “Rabbit Ears Productions Awards Ceremony” Video, so look onto this site and YouTube for the news!

:)Have fun!!!

 

Ravi Shankar dies at 92.


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Hello everyone.  Very sad news today as famed musician Ravi Shankar, who also provided the music for The Tiger and the Brahmin many years ago, had died at the age of 92 on December 11, 2012.  May he rest in peace as being one of the most inspirational musicians around the world.

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This blog site is dedicated to the famous Rabbit Ears Productions (or known as Rabbit Ears Entertainment on the newest website). Rabbit Ears Productions began in 1985 with the first story “The Velveteen Rabbit,” narrated by Meryl Streep. The productions features stories that are well known around the world including Pecos Bill, The Three Little Pigs, Brer Rabbit and the Wonderful Tar Baby, The Fool and the Flying Ship, and Rumpelstiltskin and each story is narrated by a well-known celebrity such as Robin Williams, Meryl Streep, Danny Glover, Denzel Washington, Cher, and Jack Nicholson. Also, each story features music from well known artists such as UB40, Lyle Mays, Art Lande, B.B. King, The Klezmer Conservatory Band, and Bobby McFerrin and also has beautiful illustrations from famous artists such as Henrik Drescher, Barry Jackson, Tim Raglin, David Jorgensen, and Diana Bryan. These stories are also broken up into five series which are the Storybook Classics, which are full of favorite preschool stories such as “The Three Little Pigs. We All Have Tales are stories from around the world such as stories from Japan, Africa, Russia, Scandanavia, England, France, and Ireland. American Heroes and Legends are stories that are famous folktales from America such as John Henry and Anne Oakley. The Greatest Stories Ever Told are stories from the Bible and Holiday Classics are stories about Christmas or Halloween. Together, these three elements combine to make extremely unique stories that the whole family will greatly enjoy for many, many years!

Rabbit Ears Productions is also famous for winning numerous awards for its unique storytelling including, the Parents’ Choice Award, the Grammy Award, and New York Festivals awards and they richly deserve those honors as these stories are something that children will always cherished. Currently, in 2006, Rabbit Ears Entertainment began returning Rabbit Ears DVDs and CDs to the market after Rabbit Ears went into a ten year hiatus after 1997. Even after that, Rabbit Ears has remained to be one of the most beloved series ever created and has still went on winning numerous honors year after year.

 

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