Sunday, April 27, 2008

Old School Disney

Charlie the Lonesome Cougar was released in 1967. I remember seeing this movie on The Wonderful World of Disney, of course in 67 I was only a year old, so it must have been rerun in the 70's. Ahhhh how I miss the 70's, our nations bicentenial, classic rock and roll, and my first Disney vacation. But let's get back on topic here.

As a live action film "Charlie" is a good example of what first attracted me to Disney. The Wonderful World of Disney showed many live action films such as Davy Crockett and The Hound Who Thought He Was A Racoon. These films held true to visual stylings established early on in films like the Real Life Adventure series.

Early Disney live action movies have always been special to me. I can't truly put it into words, but there is a kindly level of humor in them that I have always liked.
To be sure, some films such as The Strongest Man In The World, The Shaggy Dog, Super Dad, Blackbeards Ghost, and The Ugly Dachsund seem a bit formulaic today. But these films are like an old friend who never fails to put a smile on your face while touching your heart.

One of the endearing things about "Charlie" is the narration of Rex Allen. Rex did voice work for a number of Disney titles. I looked for a clip of Rex Allen that was related to Disney with no luck. I did find a nice Campbells Soup ad though and here it is. I hope that once you hear Rex speak, you may recall his voice.

Here is a link with a nice review of the film.

And now to answer the other two questions that are hanging out there. Our pal Charlie caught the the scent of milk in the air and surprised our farmer friend while he was feeding his cats. Old Charlie just walked into the barn and mimicked the kittens.

As for the county. Well that would be Carbon County. If there is any meaning behind that name I am not aware of it. But I like the way it sounds.

Training: None tonight. Tomorrow marks the begining of my early week. (Help me out Rae, you know this is always a rough one for me.) I will be working 5am-2pm so after this blog is updated I am going to bed. My foot is feeling better so my goal is to get out tomorrow after work, and do 6-10 if the foot holds up. I think it will.

So do any of you have a favorite Old School Disney film?


Matt said...

I remember watching alot of these back when the Disney Channel had the "Vault Disney" segments during the 90's. I wish they would go back to showing them again. But, I'm not going to start another rant on your blog, so I'll stop there!

P.S. My two favorite Classic Live Action Movies are "Darby O'Gill and the Little People" and "The Swiss Family Robinson".

MikeF. said...

Good luck with the early shift and to answer your other trivia on the top right of your blog. The voice actor is the late great Thurl Arthur Ravenscroft.

Rae! said...

The apple dumpling gang. I watched those all the time.
Training here wow is has become hard. raelt mornings not quite early evenings. And drama.

Joggerblogger said...

Gotta love the old Disney movies - I'm a 71r myself and can remember waiting in line in foggy London town to watch these classics

The Cat From Outer Space:

One of Our Dinosaurs Is Mising:

Them were the days I tell ya ;-)