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I'm sure I remember reading about the Disney Studio tying itself in knots over whether the water Nymphs in Fantasia should be drawn with nipples or not.
This reminds me of the effort and cost the producers of the recent 'cats' movie went to, after originally CGIing cats butts onto every character and not keeping the originals, having to re-edit to CGI the cat butts back out again at great expence
 

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I'm sure I remember reading about the Disney Studio tying itself in knots over whether the water Nymphs in Fantasia should be drawn with nipples or not.
At least one of the fairies/sprites in the Nutcracker Suite winter segment has them, and so do the harpies in the Night on Bald Mountain sequence, all blink-and-miss-it moments that could well be the residue of that. Caught me quite off guard when I finally noticed myself, and helped reinforce the notion that Walt himself wasn't quite as 'squeaky clean' as the Disney brand is painted to be.

This reminds me of the effort and cost the producers of the recent 'cats' movie went to, after originally CGIing cats butts onto every character and not keeping the originals, having to re-edit to CGI the cat butts back out again at great expence
First I've heard of this, but considering how messy and poorly-judged that film was, wouldn't surprise me one bit.

PS: Found the Ship in a Bottle episode of Bagpuss on Youtube, and as soon as the music started and I heard Oliver Postgate's voice the emotions kicked in. How many childhoods did that man enrich?
 

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Never forget that Episode 1 of Bagpuss contains multiple drawings of mermaids with no tops on.

Thats right - mermaid tits....and Bagpuss was a sea captain, so you do the maths.

Love the bun with a cherry on it. Nice touch.
 

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I was having a chat with an American chum that ended up with me saying that Postman Pat was the Postmaster General. All well and good but I then went on to describe Pat's deviant sexual tendenceies, slaking his vile, libidinous lusts in a threeway with Fireman Sam and Bob the Builder. Professor Yaffle filmed the whole thing and put it on PornHub. This was nonsense of course, it was Great Uncle Bulgaria who filmed it but Wombles are as litigious at the Scientologists so I blamed it on Professor Yaffle instead.
 

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Aye, he was a bugger for that, was Russell.

I'm not quite at his level. Here's Postgate himself:
Oliver Postgate said:
On Professor Yaffle:
"The only one we had trouble with was Professor Yaffle, because Peter [originally] thought of 'Professor Bogwood', who was a rather drab, very dark character, very sort of nondescript, too nondescript actually, he was so dull. And I remembered a philosopher [I met] when I was young, Bertrand Russell, I remembered him as being [does the voice…] very, very dry with a very thin voice;
 
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The other day when I dusted a candle and the glass bowl it sits in I noticed that one of the two little decorative plastic leaves that I keep in the same bowl was missing. This bowl sits on a small table in my upstairs hallway and I never touch it except to dust it (and I live alone) so I couldn’t figure out what had happened to it, but after a search around the table I put it out of mind.

The next morning the little leaf was lying on the table right in front of the bowl. Just another random item relocation in my house. I was lucky this time, they usually don’t reappear in such close proximity to where they belong.
 

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At least one of the fairies/sprites in the Nutcracker Suite winter segment has them, and so do the harpies in the Night on Bald Mountain sequence, all blink-and-miss-it moments that could well be the residue of that. Caught me quite off guard when I finally noticed myself, and helped reinforce the notion that Walt himself wasn't quite as 'squeaky clean' as the Disney brand is painted to be.



First I've heard of this, but considering how messy and poorly-judged that film was, wouldn't surprise me one bit.

PS: Found the Ship in a Bottle episode of Bagpuss on Youtube, and as soon as the music started and I heard Oliver Postgate's voice the emotions kicked in. How many childhoods did that man enrich?
Fantasia was a thing unto itself. I remember reading an article a long time ago that said something like that the creative work had more or less gotten away from the studio and they really didn't keep track of it until it was done and too expensive to change. It was part of a project to educate the people by doing animation to classical music and we see just how long that project lasted. It also had a strong possibility of offending Christians, so probably not Walt's favorite. It's really still nice to watch. Disney for a long time had two production companies, WD Productions did all the family movies but also ran Buena Vista that tended to do films with horror, sex, violence, etc and was the non-union arm. I think Buena Vista is gone, they figure at this point no one cares.
 

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I was having a chat with an American chum that ended up with me saying that Postman Pat was the Postmaster General. All well and good but I then went on to describe Pat's deviant sexual tendenceies, slaking his vile, libidinous lusts in a threeway with Fireman Sam and Bob the Builder. Professor Yaffle filmed the whole thing and put it on PornHub. This was nonsense of course, it was Great Uncle Bulgaria who filmed it but Wombles are as litigious at the Scientologists so I blamed it on Professor Yaffle instead.
Have you ever noticed how nearly all the children in Postman Pat have red hair? And how Pat is the only man in the village with red hair?
 

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:botp:...no, really.

I had a strange mental episode today. I had just taken a late morning shower, and the TV was on, playing one of those real-life rescue reenactment shows. A name was mentioned, and while I can't remember it now, it got me to thinking about Peter Watts - both the character from the show Millennium and the similarly named road manager and sound engineer whose voice and laughter can be heard on Dark Side of the Moon (and coincidentally father of Naomi Watts). As I looked in the mirror, a rush of thoughts ran through my head, which I find it difficult to explain. It was like I was suddenly aware of a situation like the multiple-realities explanation for the Mandela effect, and there was a LOT of information in my head about it, but I had difficulty accessing it. It was much like a recurring dream, where there is familiarity, but layers of old memories that may be slightly different. The feeling slowly dissipated, as did the exact memories I was in touch with - again like a dream.

I was definitely awake, and in fact last night I had the most complete sleep I've had in days.
 

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As some of you know, I am working in a call centre.
The company has about 1 million customer accounts in it's database.
Until today I had yet to work on an account of anyone I know, or anyone famous etc.

Today I happened to see not one but two names of people I know in the database, both old friends.
 

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As some of you know, I am working in a call centre.
The company has about 1 million customer accounts in it's database.
Until today I had yet to work on an account of anyone I know, or anyone famous etc.

Today I happened to see not one but two names of people I know in the database, both old friends.
And, today, having posted the above yesterday, I had a call about the account of a world famous snooker player.
The caller was a relative of his, as he would be just a little bit busy with matters in Sheffield right now.
 

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... A name was mentioned, and while I can't remember it now, it got me to thinking about Peter Watts - both the character from the show Millennium...
One other bit of very minor strangeness around the name Peter Watts is that the actor who played him, Terry O'Quinn, also played at least 2 other characters in the X-Files universe. It's a bit weird, having recently re-watched all of Millennium, and then started back on the X-Files, to see the same faces pop up in different roles. Not just O'Quinn, either.
 

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One other bit of very minor strangeness around the name Peter Watts is that the actor who played him, Terry O'Quinn, also played at least 2 other characters in the X-Files universe. It's a bit weird, having recently re-watched all of Millennium, and then started back on the X-Files, to see the same faces pop up in different roles. Not just O'Quinn, either.
This is quite common in TV shows that go on for a while. I find it less jarring than when different actors play the same role, as did happen in The X-Files, although I am not an advocate of retiring a character when the actor dies or is otherwise not available.

Some actors who played multiple characters in the same show:
  • Al "Grampa Munster" Lewis, who started as a criminal on Car 54, Where Are You?, but later landed a regular role as Officer Schnauser.
  • Carl Reiner, who played several roles on The Dick Van Dyke Show before showing his face as the actor playing Alan Brady.
  • Mark Lenard, who played a Romulan commander on Star Trek, only to return in essentially the same alien makeup as Spock's father. There are a lot of examples in Star Trek, and many more if you consider all the Trek shows together.
  • One of my favorite examples is Patrick Bristow, who appeared in multiple episodes of the long-forgotten sitcom The Second Half. He played the live action version of The Simpsons' pimple-faced kid, showing up whenever the main character had to face a clerk or customer service employee.
Oooh. This is bringing back that creepy Mandela effect feeling again.
 

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One other bit of very minor strangeness around the name Peter Watts is that the actor who played him, Terry O'Quinn, also played at least 2 other characters in the X-Files universe. It's a bit weird, having recently re-watched all of Millennium, and then started back on the X-Files, to see the same faces pop up in different roles. Not just O'Quinn, either.
True of many long-running shows. They like to work with people who are talented/competent/no trouble or may be just someone's friend, but they generally have casting guidelines as to how long it has to be between engagements. Very frequent in the Treks and the Stargates. Some shows that film outside of LA or NY just have a limited number of local artists to choose from. And if their appearances are shrouded in latex they can be infinite.
 
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One other bit of very minor strangeness around the name Peter Watts is that the actor who played him, Terry O'Quinn, also played at least 2 other characters in the X-Files universe. It's a bit weird, having recently re-watched all of Millennium, and then started back on the X-Files, to see the same faces pop up in different roles. Not just O'Quinn, either.
Colin Baker famously played a different Time Lord in an episode of Peter Davidsons incarnation of Dr Who, before taking on the main role after Davidson.
Here is an article about other reusable actors in Dr Who.

https://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2012/01/doctor-who-and-the-reusable-actors-parts-1-10
 

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My dad appeared in many different Dr Who episodes during the 70s.
He was a crowd-scene actor as variously a soldier, ambulanceman, fireman, postman, policeman....etc etc
 

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My dad appeared in many different Dr Who episodes during the 70s.
He was a crowd-scene actor as variously a soldier, ambulanceman, fireman, postman, policeman....etc etc
My uncle also appeared in an episode of Dr Who as a forklift driver, he worked for Lansing as a demonstrator at the time, when the bbc sold the rights to the US he got a royalty cheque for £5 which he had framed :)
 

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This reminds me of a friend who worked as an extra. He was in the background of a department store scene in Crocodile Dundee II, and told me there were, in fact, very few extras: they simply walked to the end of an aisle, rounded the corner, and walked back. He became friendly with a woman who was walking in the opposite direction, as they greeted each other when they passed in the middle.

Another person I knew was in an office scene in Tootsie. Unfortunately, when the film was cropped for TV and VHS (as was common back then) she was totally eliminated.

I fear we're straying way off topic. Oh, well.
 

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As some of you know, I am working in a call centre.
The company has about 1 million customer accounts in it's database.
Until today I had yet to work on an account of anyone I know, or anyone famous etc.

Today I happened to see not one but two names of people I know in the database, both old friends.
A couple I used to know in Burton On Trent used to run an online and telephone escort agency for men wanting to hook up with transsexual/pre ops .. I was round theirs one day and someone very famous in the UK phoned up because he wanted to hook up with his favourite date, a pre op called Kylie. I saw the celebrity's credit card details and everything :) .. he's still on TV almost every day but I'm not going to name him out of respect for his privacy .. he's someone almost everyone likes anyway.
 

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The last discussions here are strange, if nothing else... :yellowc:
 
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