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Animation & Cartoons
Jul 14, 2022 Rankin/Bass Productions

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Rather than adapt a later or create a new Oz story, this production has Dorothy still in posession of the shoes, and she clings to an apple tree during a tornado which takes her back to Oz. The Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Lion (using the names created for the nearly-abstract television series, Tales of the Wizard of Oz, from which this was derived) have had their MGM gifts destroyed by the restored Wicked Witch, and the four proceed to the Wizard for help, who is ineffectual as usual.
Topics: Animation, L. Frank Baum, Oz (Imaginary place), Fantasy, 1960s
Animation & Cartoons
Jul 2, 2022 Rankin/Bass Productions

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The Ballad of Smokey the Bear tells the story, or a story of Smokey the Bear. The premise has Smokey’s big brother, voiced by James Cagney, telling the story of how his brother got his name. It’s a long winded and rambling tale that has very little Smokey and a great deal of a cranky Jimmy. The story has the animals trying to find out who set a forest fire and is poisoning the water. Its not giving anything away to say it’s an escaped circus gorilla that smokes cigars.
Topics: Animation, Smokey the Bear, Forest Fires, James Cagney, 1960s, Fire Prevention, Johnny Marks
Animation & Cartoons
Feb 25, 2022 Toei Animation

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A young boy meets the famous Lemuel Gulliver, who has just built a rocket ship that will take him exploring outer space. The boy joins him, and the two of them go to the Star of Hope, where they find a civilization that is threatened by evil robots.
Topics: Anime, Animation, Jonathan Swift, Science Fiction, 1960s, Hayao Miyazaki