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The Art of Mr. Peabody and Sherman

The Art of Mr. Peabody and Sherman cover art.

Review by Van Beydler - 3-D Review Online Magazine Editor

The Art of Mr. Peabody and Sherman, a new book published by Insight Editions, brought back many fond memories for me. I was a child in the 1960's. I grew up watching the classic cartoons of that era. Among my favorites was The Bullwinkle Show, also known as Rocky and His Friends. How much did I like this show as a kid? So much so that I asked my mother to name my brother Bullwinkle when he was about to be born.

Rocky and His Friends was a cartoon variety show. Rocky and Bullwinkle were joined by the likes of Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Dudley Do-Right and Fractured Fairy Tales.

Before Marty McFly went back to the future in a Delorean, before The Terminator took a time trip through Skynet, before Captain Kirk and the crew of the starship Enterprise bounced back and forth in time, there was Mr. Peabody and Sherman. The time travelling smartest dog in the world and his pet boy!

Mr. Peabody and Sherman's cartoon adventures always ended in a horrible pun, based on the time travelling adventure they had just taken. I love a good pun to this day and I now think I must have been influenced by Mr. Peabody and Sherman's word plays. With the popularity of Mr. Peabody and Sherman, it is no wonder that Dreamworks Animation has produced a new full length 3-D film based on the characters created by Jay Ward more than 50 years ago.

The Art of Mr. Peabody and Sherman written by Jerry Beck will delight old fans and introduce the characters to a new generation. The preface by Tiffany Ward, daughter of Jay Ward and president of Ward Productions and Bullwinkle Studios, gives a heartfelt look at her father's work. I only wish the book had included a few of the graphics she referenced, such as the funny Operation Loudmouth one-sheet posters Ward created and sent out to promote his shows and ideas.

The companion book to the 3-D film Mr. Peabody and Sherman is loaded with concept art, final production images and some gems that never made it to the screen. The art showing the stylish 1960's pad Mr. Peabody and Sherman live in is simply an Austin Powers/Derek Flint/James Bond dream. The art captures the style of the 1960s the filmmakers strived to achieve with great success.

There are a few visual jokes thown in for good measure including art of some Quechua statues that look like a strangely familiar canine and human child and an image of our two heroes waiting for the big bang to take place, with them standing in the dark with cartoon balloon captions delivering the punchline.

See the development of the main characters, Peabody's world, travels to France, Egypt, Florence, Troy and more scenes from the movie in this wonderful WABAC book!

The Art of Mr. Peabody and Sherman is available at Amazon.

The Art of Mr. Peabody and Sherman receives a "Must See 3-D™ Editor's Choice Award".

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Godzilla 3-D Poster Art

Godzilla 3-D 2014 poster art.

Here is the poster art for Godzilla 3-D set for release in U.S. theatres on May 16, 2014. The film is an epic rebirth for Toho's iconic Godzilla. This spectacular 3-D adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world's most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

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Life in 3-D Symposium

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Life in 3-D is a one day symposium at the University of Edinburgh that brings together otherwise independent practitioners and academics currently working on 3-D from technological and creative perspectives.

The symposium will run in parallel with a 3-D season at Edinburgh Filmhouse, during which a number of feature films and a selection of shorts will be shown.

In this research initiative, the term 3-D refers to stereo vision and surround sound. The event provides a unique opportunity to share knowledge and expertise, showcase work in progress and discuss how 3-D is used in the industry and academia.

The event and 3-D season aim to bridge between current practices and future directions of 3-D.

Life in 3-D is an interdisciplinary initiative funded by Edinburgh College of Art and ESALA MSc in Design programs and supported by Edinburgh Filmhouse.

Organizers asked for those interested to submit a short 3-D film for the Life in 3-D Symposium. The deadline to submit a film was Feb. 16, 2014. Selected S3D films will be screened May 7 and 8, 2014 at Edinburgh Filmhouse during the Life in 3-D Season, as part of the symposium.

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Argento's Dracula 3-D Blu-ray

Argento's Dracula 3-D Blu-ray cover art.
Cover art for Argento's Dracula 3-D Blu-ray

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Station Six Sahara Lenticular Card (1962)

Station Six-Sahara Carroll Baker lenticular.

Here is the rarely seen promotional lenticular card from the 1962 motion picture State Six-Sahara. This vintage lenticular Vari Vue movie card featues at least one pose of the lovely Carroll Baker that is the same one on the film's one-sheet movie poster. In this lenticular Carroll swings and sways her hips. The bottom line on the back reads Vari Vue patent no 2 815 310 Mount Vernon N.Y. Made in U.S.A. The card measures 1 1/2 inches wide by 2 1/2 inches long.

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Viy 3-D set to Break Russian Boxoffice Records for a 3-D Film

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Oleg Stephcehnko's adaptation of the classic Russian story Viy grossed $17 million at the box office and is reportedly on track for a record opening for a 3-D film in the country.

A faithful adaptation of Nikolay Gogol's famous novel, starring an international cast that includes Jason Flemyng and Charles Dance as well as Russia’s Alexey Chadov, the film opened to $2.5 million, adding $3.2 million on its second day of release and $6 million the next day.

The novel was filmed before in 1967 by Georgy Kropachev and Konstantin Ershov. The new film, shot on location in the Czech Republic, reprises the classic story of an ancient evil force awoken deep in the bowels of a monastery after the death of a beautiful maiden.

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P.T. Barnum sideshow tent stereoview.

A stereoview showing human oddities in the interior of a P.T. Barnum sideshow tent sold for $2,550 with 27 bids. According the the seller, "this is an exceptionally rare and historically important, original 1872 or 1873, stereoview photograph of the interior of the sideshow tent at P.T. Barnum's Circus, known at the time as P. T. Barnum's Great Traveling Exposition and World's Fair, taken in the second or third year after Barnum first took his Greatest Show on Earth to the road with some of the most famous circus sideshow performers on stage." The seller continued, "We believe this to be among the earliest (if not the earliest), original photographic image of Barnum's Circus and certainly the very earliest image of the interior of a circus sideshow tent. Its importance can not be overestimated and viewing it literally sends a shudder up and down the spine of any true circus historian."

The stereoview carries no photographer's imprint nor any printed title but does have a period, written inscription that reads "Modern Greece With Variations". The seller wrote, "The view came to us with four other stereoviews in the same handwriting, each of which identified the view as being from the "World's Fair". We realized this view and four other matching ones, which we acquired at the same time, were circus images and that's when the light bulb went on. We knew in 1872 and 1873 P.T. Barnum's Traveling Circus went under the name of P. T. Barnum's Great Traveling Exposition and World's Fair. It became obvious the stereoview was likely an image taken at P.T. Barnum’s Circus! After we began to identify ther sideshow performers pictured in this stereoview there was no doubt these photographs were from Barnum's Circus."

Close up of the right side of the  P. T. Barnum stereoview.

This P.T. Barnum Circus sideshow tent interior stereoview features a number of the most famous "human oddities" displayed by Barnum in the mid-19th century. Pictured are:

  • Zip the What is It?
  • Annie Jones the bearded child
  • John Hanson Craig - The Kentucky Fat Boy and Mary Powers - The Kentucky Giantess

All of these performers were with Barnum in the early 1870's. There is also an albino woman the seller was unable to identify and a black woman with a "Circassian" type hair style.

The stereoview pictures the human oddities seated on a stage within a circus tent. Most just sit displaying themselves but the Kentucky Fat Boy is playing a violin. At the right, in the background, there are two circus employees, possibly sideshow "barkers" or perhaps "canvasmen" who have come into the tent.

In 1871 William Cameron Coup and Dan Castello convinced P.T. Barnum to enter the circus business for the first time. Coup and Castello formed a huge wagon show that opened April 10 on the Fulton Ave. & Hoyt St. lot in Brooklyn, New York. The circus then moved overland, but in 1871 traveled no further west than Niagara Falls, NY. 1872 was the landmark year not only for Barnum’s Circus but for the circus in America as a whole. Cameron Coup put P. T. Barnum’s Circus on rails and revolutionized the circus business.

It should be remembered that Barnum was 60 years old in 1871 when P.T. Barnum's Grand Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan, and Circus made its debut. At the time, it was the largest circus venue in American history. "We ought to have a big show," Barnum said. "The public expects it, and will appreciate it." Appreciate it they did. Barnum grossed $400,000 in his first year of operation. By 1872, Barnum was already referring to his enterprise as "The Greatest Show On Earth" and it was! P.T. Barnum's Traveling World's Fair, Great Roman Hippodrome and Greatest Show On Earth covered five acres and accommodated 10,000 seated patrons at a time. The photograph offered here is one of only a handful of real photo image of Barnum’s first, massive circus and this image is an immensely important piece of American circus history. As a view of the interior of the circus sideshow tent, it is a unique view of the most mysterious and mystical attraction of the American circus of the mid 19th century.

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