Top Ten Tuesday #2: My Top 10 Rabbit Ears Stories


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week there’s a different Top Ten list. It’s a great way to find and connect with other awesome bloggers.

So today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is my top 10 favorite Rabbit Ears Stories!

So, here’s my top 10 Favorite Rabbit Ears Stories!

East of the Sun West of the Moon

10. East of the Sun West of the Moon: In this old Scandinavian tale, a young girl ends up staying with a cursed prince who was turned into a bear and when she accidentally broke her promise to the cursed prince, the young girl resolves to rescue her prince from the evil Troll Queen! Max Von Sydow’s narration was brilliant in this story as he narrated in a solemn yet dramatic voice that really brought so much tension to this story. Vivienne Flescher’s artwork is gorgeous to look at, especially of the image of the girl having long wavy blond hair that really makes her character shine in this story.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

9. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Washington Irving’s most frightening tale comes to life as Ichabod Crane tries to win the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, but must face the frightening Headless Horseman! Glenn Close is back as her narration, just like in “the Emperor and the Nightingale,” her narration is smooth and gives so much serenity to this story and so much horror in this story during the frightening parts. Robert Van Nutt’s artwork is as usual gorgeous to look at, especially during the scenes where Ichabod Crane is being chased by the Headless Horseman!

Princess Scargo and the Birthday Pumpkin

8. Princess Scargo and the Birthday Pumpkin: In this classic Native American tale, Princess Scargo realizes that she must sacrifice her most precious gift in order to save her tribe from a drought that plagued the land. Geena Davis’ narration is smooth and really brings so much calmness and quiet intensity to this story. Karen Barbour’s artwork truly captures the artwork normally shown in many Native American stories and it really brings the story to life!

Brer Rabbit and Boss Lion

7. Brer Rabbit and Boss Lion: The tale of Brer Rabbit going up against the village terror, Boss Lion, is definitely one story that I just have to watch over and over again! Danny Glover’s narration is fantastic as he brings so much humor and terror to the story with his energetic narration! Bill Mayer’s artwork really brings the intensity and exaggeration to the story as all the characters have exaggerated limbs and wide mouths that really show their horrified or excited expressions!

The Emperor and the Nightingale

6. The Emperor and the Nightingale: I have always loved Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of a proud Emperor who realizes that true beauty doesn’t always come from a person’s appearance as he learns the hard way about nearly ditching the real Nightingale for a mechanical one. Glenn Close’s narration is gentle and it really brings so much beauty to this ancient Chinese fairy tale. Robert Van Nutt’s artwork really brings out the beauty of the land of China as the wildlife is drawn in intricate detail!

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

5. The Three Billy Goats Gruff and the Three Little Pigs: I have always loved the stories of “The Three Little Pigs” and the “Three Billy Goats Gruff,” so it was a treat to see these classics come to life with Holly Hunter’s hilarious narration and David Jorgensen’s beautiful yet hilarious artwork! I just loved the way that Holly Hunter voiced all the characters in these stories, especially of the wolf in “the Three Little Pigs” as he sounds like a hipper version of the Big Bad Wolf we all know and love!

How the Camel Got His HumpHow the Rhinoceros Got His Skin

4. How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin and How the Camel Got His Hump: This is easily one of the most unusual yet creative retellings I had ever heard of Rudyard Kipling’s famous “Just So Stories!” The fact that both stories deal with characters that are rude or are too vain towards other people and they get their just desserts was brilliantly told as I found myself realizing the consequences of being too vain or too rude. Jack Nicholson’s narrating is pretty much butter on this tale as his voice is so smooth and it brings so much serenity to these tales! Tim Raglin’s artwork is colorful and they really depict the animals so well, especially with the Camel having purple bags under his eyes, which shows his vain nature.

John Henry

3. John Henry: The story of a strong and confident steel driver going up against a steam drill towards the end of the story has always resonated with me as I loved John Henry’s eternal optimism throughout this story! Denzel Washington has done a brilliant job at narrating this story as his voice is full of wonder and excitement, which really got me invested into the characters. Barry Jackson’s artwork is truly amazing as the characters look somewhat humorous whenever they look in awe at John Henry’s astonishing feats.

Pecos Bill

2. Pecos Bill: The adventures of the world’s greatest Cowboy, Pecos Bill, is told hilariously and brilliantly by none other than Robin Williams! The story itself was both funny and dramatic at the same time as we see Pecos Bill go on various adventures such as fighting a cougar single handedly and then lassoing a tornado! Robin Williams’ narration was hilarious as he truly gets into his role as the narrator of this story by having a boisterous Western accent that really brought this story to life. Tim Raglin’s artwork really brought this story to life as the characters are colorful to look at!

The Fool and the Flying Ship

1. The Fool and the Flying Ship: This is absolutely my most favorite title out of the entire Rabbit Ears series as it was filled with great humor and creative moments! Robin Williams was awesome in this story as he gives each character a distinctive voice and the artwork by Henrik Drescher was a true treat as the characters may look a bit odd, but they are fun and creative to look at! The Russian folktale about a simple peasant who ends up getting help from several men who have strange super human abilities to earn the Tsar’s daughter’s hand in marriage has been brought to life in a brilliant and hilarious light in this memorable version of the ancient folktale!

So, what are your favorite Rabbit Ears Stories? Please feel free to comment!

Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Top Ten Tuesday #1: Top 10 Rabbit Ears Male Characters


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week there’s a different Top Ten list. It’s a great way to find and connect with other awesome bloggers.

So today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is my top 10 Male Characters from various Rabbit Ears Productions stories!

So, here’s my top 10 Male Characters from Rabbit Ears Productions!

Top Ten Tuesday Rabbit Ears Males

10.  The Tin Soldier from “The Steadfast Tin Soldier”

Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale of a toy steadfast tin soldier going through an adventurous journey after he is knocked out of the window has always rang on in my heart for years!  Honestly, everything about this character was fantastic, especially when the toy soldier remained calm through all the troublesome situations it gets itself into!

9. Joseph from “Joseph and his Brothers”

The classic Bible story about Joseph being sold into slavery by his merciless brothers has always affected me in more ways than one.  But, I had always loved the fact that Joseph had managed to survive through this ordeal through his faith in God and his determination to free himself.

8. Finn McCoul from “Finn McCoul”

The tale of an Irish giant who tries to find a way to outsmart a larger and meaner giant (with  help from  his wife) has always made me roll on the ground with laughter and I just loved the way that Finn and his Wife managed to outwit the giant Cucullin through a less violent method!

7. Jack from “Jack and the Beanstalk”

“Jack and the Beanstalk” has always been one of my favorite fairy tales and Jack’s character in this version of the famous fairy tale has always had me laughing with glee with his smart remarks and his clever ways of tricking the ogre!

6. Koi from “Koi and the Kola Nuts”

Koi from “Koi and the Kola Nuts” is a fantastic character who is full of determination to prove to everyone that he is the son of a Chief and I just loved the way that he helps out various animal friends throughout the story, which would soon prove that his kindness would not go unrewarded!

Top Ten Tuesday Rabbit Ears Males 2

5. Stormalong from “Stormalong”

Stormalong was quite an unusual character as he goes on wild adventures and shows the true meaning of being dedicated to  life as a sailor!

4. Paul Bunyan from “Paul Bunyan”

Paul Bunyan is a truly fantastic character who shows much determination and perseverance in his role in the logging industry and it was fantastic seeing his smiling face as he works hard to complete the requirements requested of him!

3. The Fool from “The Fool and the Flying Ship”

The Fool was such an interesting and hilarious character as he would prove how determined he was in pursuing the Tsar’s daughter for his wife.  I also loved his relationship with the other characters who accompanied him on his journey as they were hilarious to look at and it really showed how kindhearted the Fool really is!

2. John Henry from “John Henry”

John Henry was such an amazing character as he  beats the steam drill using his confidence and determination to win the race! That is one of the main reasons why this character has become a favorite of mine in the Rabbit Ears stories!

1. Pecos Bill from “Pecos Bill”

Pecos Bill is easily my most favorite male character in the entire Rabbit Ears franchise as he practically has everything!  He is funny, charming and adventurous and it was those personalities that really made me love him!  And he also fought a cyclone!  How awesome is that?

 

Posted on Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Cosgrove Hall Research


A great research on the British Animation Company, Cosgrove Hall!

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I don’t know if it’s because I grew up with them but as far as I’m concerned the 80s and early 90s will always be the best era for children’s television, especially with British animation. Shows like Superted and The Trap Door, even the ones for younger kids like Postman Pat, I could still happily watch today.

I considered quite a few different animators and studios when thinking about who I wanted to research. I thought it would be lazy of me to do someone glaringly obvious like Disney or Pixar; they’re companies that I could write quite a lot about without necessarily having to do too much research. I wanted a company I didn’t know too much about but also one whose work I was familiar with and enjoyed. I chose Cosgrove Hall. I remember it having quite a big impact on my childhood, which is strange when I…

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Cowgirls, Cowboys and Cowcookies…


Lit for Kids great list for books!

Lit For Kids

posted by Meghan

There are some obsessions that we only seem to have in childhood.  Dinosaurs, knights/princesses, trucks, cowboys – all seem to be things that we could not be passionate about as kids, but all but forget about as adults. (Ok, except the princess thing, which almost every woman I know secretly wants to turn into, and maybe the love of trucks turns to cars, specifically BMW’s and yes, I’m talking to you, honey.)  I guess because there aren’t all that many job listings for paleontologists or cowboys.  But as kids… ah, the fantasies abound.  And so, we bring you our favorite cowboys, cowgirls, and other assorted stetson- wearing creatures.

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Giddy Up, Cowgirlby Jarret Krosoczka

Krosoczka is a huge favorite of ours, and this simple book is no exception.  Cowgirl is a big help to her Momma, in her own way, which any parent of a…

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