Archive for November, 2009

This poster advertising the 1941 film version of Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde served as an inspiration to the look of Batman’s arch villain Two Face, who debuted that year.

The 1931 film version of Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde is said to have influenced the character as well, in the way Two Face would behave. Apparently Bill Finger used Frederic March’s performance as a template for the character’s actions.

I will do a review of both of these films in the next couple of weeks are see how they compare with each other.


Posted: November 27, 2009 in Advertising

I do like this poster, especially the artwork, the only problem is that it is advertising cigarettes.

This cartoon from early 1932 featuring a robot that bears a very slight resemblance to a certain monster who made his debut a year earlier in Frankenstein.

A Disney Christmas Gift

Posted: November 27, 2009 in Animation, Christmas, Disney
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Here is a Christmas special from The Wonderful World Of Disney that aired way back in 1982. It features lots of Christmassy clips from old cartoons.

It would be great if Disney could air something like this again, but it seems that the current regime don’t really care about the Disney Company’s past, only about how to make money with their tween related programming.

Kevin Andrews

Posted: November 27, 2009 in Australian Politics

I found it hilarious that Kevin Andrews was challenging to be the leader of the federal Liberal Party. Does he really think that he’s a guy who can be a future leader of Australia. To me his ideas are much like his hairstyle in that they have not changed since the mid-70s. This is the guy who was responsible for Work Choices, caused the Mohammed Haneef crisis, played the race card before the 2007 election and does not believe in climate change. Yep Kevin, you are the future of Australia.

Alvin & the Chipmunks

Posted: November 27, 2009 in Animation, Christmas

Christmas is getting nearer.


Even a man who is pure in heart
and says his prayers by night
may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms
and the autumn moon is bright.

As a kid I was extremely scared of this movie and werewolves in particular. Even now I have a strange attraction/repulsion to werewolves and werewolf movies. The Wolfman is a classic Universal horror movie from 1941 starring Lon Chaney Jr. as Lawrence Talbot, the man who is unfortunately bitten by a werewolf. Having just watched this yesterday I would say that it is not so much as horror movie, as there are really no instances of tension or horror, however it does work as a great psychological study of a man who is tormented by the things he will do when the moon is full and he changes into a werewolf.

The screenplay was written by Curt Siodmak, a German Jew who fled the Nazi atrocities of the 1930s for America. He is the person responsible for many of the traditions that are today associated with the werewolf legend, such as the transformation at the full moon, the werewolves victim being marked by a pentagram and that the only way to kill a werewolf is with silver. According to the excellent documentary that accompanied the DVD Siodmak wrote The Wolfman as an allegory to the genocide occurring in Europe at the time and how even the nicest of men could become beasts if the conditions were right.

Then there is the performance of Lon Chaney Jr, as Larry Talbot, the man who must carry the terrible curse of the werewolf. His acting seems quite over the top and hammy here but it does add to the fun of the film. The Wolfman became Chaney’s signature role and makes this movie a lot of fun to watch.

Perhaps the most iconic advertising campaign of all would be Coca Cola’s use of Santa Claus to advertise their product. In December every year for three decades Artist Haddom Sundblom would paint Santa Claus taking time out from his busy Christmas Eve schedule to down an ice cold Coke.


With Christmas fast approaching and Kraft making a hostile bid to take over the iconic British chocolate brand Cadbury, I thought it would be interesting to look at how Cadbury used another icon, Santa Claus, to advertise their chocolate brand in the 1920s.


I believe this is from a decade or so before Coca Cola and Haddom Sundblom used Santa to advertise the ‘pause that refreshes’. Note how Santa’s sack has a Union Jack emblazed on it, to emphasise the British-ness of the product.


Here is the 1928 movie that inspired the creation of the Joker from Batman. This is also the first film in which Jack Pierce does the make up, including that for Conrad Veidt’s character.

To be honest I always thought that the Lon Chaney film Laugh Clown Laugh served as the inspiration for the Joker, until I saw this. Perhaps it was because Chaney was slated for the role that eventually went to Veidt. Chaney had signed a contract with MGM which meant that he could not work on this Universal film. Chaney also appeared as a clown in the earlier movie He Who Gets Slapped.