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Cap'n's Cabaret #109: Cartoons, Cartoons Everywhere!

Animation has exploded onto the sivler screen like never before!

It's everywhere, folks, with shorts from every studio you care to name.

There's hardly a movie on the silver screen that doesn't feature an animated short beforehand alongside the newsreel.

Warner Brothers,…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on January 25, 2014 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #108: Loonie Tunes and Merrie Melodies!

The Warner Brothers have entered the animation game with some unforgettable characters of their own!

Taking on Disney's Silly Symphonies head on, the Warners have launched a two-pronged animated offensive with Loonie Tunes and Merrie Melodies. A product of the dream team of Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising, these silly music-driven shorts are sure to get your gut shaking and your feet tapping.

And boy have they taken the animated world by…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on January 18, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Mikhail Kalashnikov dies at 94

[image from AP]

He was a jovial man, fond of literature and poetry.  He was a peaceful man by nature, but became forever associated with war.  He was a natural tinkerer who as a child obsessively disassembled and reassembled anything mechanical.  Born Nov 10, 1919 to a middle-wealth "Kulak" agricultural family (a group specifically…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on January 13, 2014 at 9:06am — 7 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #107: Look Who's Talking!

Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks are back, and this time with sound!

Yes, folks, the new "talkie" revolution which began with last year's The Jazz Singer has spread to the world of animation.

And this time it takes the form of a cute and …

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Added by Cap'n Tony on January 11, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Google Honors Zora Neale Hurston

Today's Google Doodle honors the 123rd Birthday of Diesel Era writer and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston.

As an anthropologist, folklore researcher, and writer she introduced the world to much of the folklore and beliefs of African America, including the Caribbean.  It is she whom you can thank for Vodou and Zombies entering the public lexicon…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on January 7, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Dieselpunk cliffhanger webserial "Constitutionens Voktere" now has a website!

Hi dieselpunkers.

I just wanted to share with you our new website for the dieselpunk/ retro sci-fi cliffhanger action comedy webserial "Constitutionens Voktere"/"Guardians of the Constitution", a series of short films that have been featured here before.

voktere.blogspot.no…

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Added by J. Fjeld Jr. on January 6, 2014 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

The Nessie Microphone by Blue

The other day I got my Nessie microphone from Blue. The Nessie is an entry level $99 USB cardioid (unidirectional) mic with a built in shock mount, pop filter, serpentine neck, and non latency headphone jack. What all of that means is that it is probably the best entry level USB microphone you can get for the price. It's aimed at podcasters, folks who do presentation voice overs, and people who want their Skype chats to sound really…

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Added by Scott on January 5, 2014 at 12:48pm — 3 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #106: Boop-Oop-a-Doop!

Animation is taking an adult turn here at the Cabaret as new cartoon sensation Betty Boop heats up the screen!

Boop-Oop-a-Doop! 

Max Fleisher has done it again, folks!  The man who brought you Koko the Clown is tackling the Flapper phenomenon head-on with a jazz…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on January 4, 2014 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

If 2014 Has Come Too Fast For You, Jump Into The Pilsner's Picks Time Machine!

Happy New Year, Dieselpunkers, and here's a little New Year's present from the world's oldest and creakiest New Year's Baby— me.



Yes, it's the January 2014 Pilsner's Picks, and it's getting harder and harder nowadays to find those steel needles for the old Orthophonic Victrola. In any case, here's a little hot music to warm up the house on these cold winter days.…



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Added by Pilsner Panther on January 2, 2014 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Happy New Year 1934

Excerpt from Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI by Bryan Burrough


The year was over, the new federal "War on Crime" almost six months old.

In retrospect, as eventful as it was, 1933 served only as a prelude, a kind of extended training session, for the FBI and the nation. Despite the efforts of Attorney General Homer Cummings to make crime a national issue, to this point it remained a regional phenomenon; while…

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Added by Tome Wilson on December 31, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #105: A Little New Year's Luck!

Move over, Felix, because here comes the latest crazy cartoon critter, just in time to bring a little Luck to your New Year!   

The product of Walter Disney and Ub Iwerks working for Universal, this lovable little scamp with his big smile, black ears, and two-button pants is sure to become an icon of animation that will make Disney and Iwerks household…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on December 28, 2013 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Richard Williams' A Christmas Carol (1971)

Richard Williams' A Christmas Carol

Animated by hand in a dark Victorian style, this Dickens Christmas classic has almost fallen into obscurity due to age. It was directed by Richard Williams (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), produced by Chuck Jones (Warner Bros, Looney Tunes, The Grinch, etc.), and primarily drawn by Ken Harris. It tells the familiar tale of Scrooge, but lights it in the gaslamp style of Victorian ghost stories (which it is). In…

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Added by Tome Wilson on December 24, 2013 at 7:17pm — 2 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #104: A Crazy Cartoon Cocktail Christmas!

It's a high tech Christmas this year at the Cabaret, my friends, as we experience the great techological advances that are driving the world via the medium of Animation!

Yes, folks, for tonight's Yuletide we will light up the projector rather than the Yule Log and watch some of the latest in cartoon animation, this time aimed at the Christmas…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on December 21, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Dark Horse has officially declared March 22nd, 2014 to be Hellboy Day

Dark Horse has officially declared March 22nd, 2014 to be Hellboy Day! The day marks the 20th anniversary of Mike Mignola’s creation and the release of “Hellboy: Seed of Destruction” #1. I can hardly believe it’s already been 20 years.

Hellboy Day will be celebrated by comic shops across America who will be offering some sweet promotional swag and offering sales on Hellboy and BPRD books. If that wasn’t enough, Dark Horse is also releasing look the “20 Years of Hellboy” hardcover…

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Added by Tome Wilson on December 17, 2013 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Cap'n's Cabaret #103: Clowning Around...

Out of the inkwell and into your heart, it's Koko the Clown!

Yes, Max Fleischer, the new master of animation, is stunning the world with new and exciting animation techniques in his Out of the Inkwell series, and capturing its heart through his lovable Koko the Clown.

Thanks to his amazing "rotoscoping" process, which carefully overlays each image being drawn onto a corresponding motion picture still, Fleisher is able to capture the realistic movement…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on December 14, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Two-Fisted Tuesday - The Barbara James Matter

Welcome to Two-Fisted Tuesdays, where we throw on our trench coats, don our fedoras, and walk down the mean streets of classic crime fiction.


Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was a crime drama that ran for over 12 years during the golden age of radio. The main character, Johnny Dollar, was a smart, tough, wisecracking insurance detective who tossed silver-dollar tips to waiters and bellhops. While always a friend of…

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Added by Tome Wilson on December 10, 2013 at 12:22pm — No Comments

It's new music day on Dieselpunks!

It's new music day on Dieselpunks!

Along with a brand new five-hour setlist of dieselpunk music on the jukebox, we also added over 40 new music videos to the site. Stop by our audio speakeasy and fill your ears. We'll pick up the tab.

Where to start...

  • In the Music Group area of Dieselpunks…

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Added by Tome Wilson on December 9, 2013 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #102: Oh, that Cat!

Welcome once again, folks, to the Cap'n's Cartoon Cabaret!  Today the Cabaret has gone to the cats...Felix the Cat, to be specific!

Yes, Mr. Sullivan's feisty, precocious kitty is tearing up the silver screen at the moment, and today the Cabaret features a double feature of original works, including "Felix's" first appearance (as "Master Tom") in…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on December 7, 2013 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Christmas Comes But Once A Year, Bringing Pilsner's Picks, and Cheer!

...Or something like that. Ho ho ho, folks, now it's the moment you've all been waiting for (or maybe dreading), the annual Holiday Edition of Pilsner's Picks has arrived!



If you've never heard the immortal Ozzie and Harriet's equally immortal rendition of "Jingle Bells," then believe me— you've never heard it. So now's your chance; other than that I'll say no more,…
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Added by Pilsner Panther on December 1, 2013 at 8:41pm — No Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #101: Feeling Animated?

It's a new revolution in art: Animated Drawings!! 

Ain't it amazing what the new flicker pics can do today?  For the past few years we've gotten to see new and amazing things done with the motion picture camera including amazing cut-scene effects that let you heighten dramatic tension, and we've seen…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on November 30, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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