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Sunday, April 18, 2021

How The Royal Family Used TV To Change Their Image (And How TV Pushed Ba...


Rare Roger Law ( Spitting Image ) Interview from 1992. Also footage of Spitting Image caricaturist Pablo Bach. #SpittingImage #SpittingImagePuppets #RogerLaw #PabloBach #Caricature #Caricatures #satirist #satirists #puppetry #politicalsatire

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Let The Show Go On... ( Regardless ) ( 2021 ) by Erica Crooks


Let The Show Go On… ( Regardless ) ( 2021 ) by Erica Crooks


Puppetry Short Film Submission for The 48hr Puppet Film Project ( LA Guild of Puppetry )


Featuring the cast from The Erica Crooks Show.


Barney The Hand and his performance arts friends rent a community theater venue to put on a theatrical production with.

Unfortunately they soon discover that the owner has taken advantage of them and commits hate crime against them.

While taking a walk to the craft store to calm his nerves, he meets a like minded artist who shares his wisdom about artistic expression and life.


The film was a submission to the 48hr Puppet Film Project ( 2021 ) .

From start to finish April 9th - April 11th 6pm PT / 9pm ET.

Inspired by the ideas of

Theme: GRATITUDE

Object: WOOD

Action: LAUGHING


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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The real Trial of the Chicago 7, 1969


Harpo Marxist / John Lennonist = What Abbie Hoffman calls Anarchism #abbiehoffman #yippies #theyippies #60s #1960s #leftist #leftists #anticapitalist #anticapitalism #youthinternationalparty #theyouthinternationalparty

Sesame Street: I Wish I Had A Friend to Play With Song


The trailer to the Street Gang documentary ( coming out May 7th ) featured a behind the scenes look at this 1980s classic. :)

Street Gang - Official Trailer


May 7th

Monday, April 5, 2021

Rare Spitting Image John Cole Promo ( 1986 )

Rare Spitting Image John Cole Promo ( 1986 )
https://youtu.be/CL6BJ9sQaN0?t=260
#SpittingImage #SpittingImagePuppets #RogerLaw #IanHislop #satire #caricature #caricatures #puppetry #ChrisBarrie #80s #1980s

Friday, April 2, 2021

Spitting Image (1984) - Series 1, Episode 12 | Full Episode


The legendary final episode of series 1 of Spitting Image ( 1984 ) has been uploaded. This was originally intended to be the last and final episode of the show. The show would continue until 1996 with 12 years and 18 series, and then returning in 2020 with two series. The second series of Britbox Spitting Image starts this fall. Britbox Spitting Image is even more distant from 1980s Spitting Image than 1990s Spitting Image is. 

This features Sting singing the Spitting Image parody lyrics for "Every Breath You Take" which they called "Every Bomb You Drop".
This would be one of the biggest highlights of Spitting Image history.

#spittingimage #spittingimagepuppets #rogerlaw #sting #satire #satirists #ianhislop #nicknewman #leftist #leftism #1980s #80s

Sunday, March 21, 2021

30 Years of Spitting Image joining Phil Collins and Genesis with The Land of Confusion music video in 1986

30 Years of Spitting Image joining Phil Collins and Genesis with The Land of Confusion music video in 1986. 



Yes, Spitting Image is a show ( 1984 - 1996 ) ( 2020 - current ) 


And the Genesis Land of Confusion Spitting Image music video happened because Spitting Image satirized Phil Collins https://spittingimage.fandom.com/wiki/Hello,_You_Must_Be_Going  . And that didn't stop Spitting Image from doing it after the music video either.


The other puppets for the band members of Genesis would be recycled as stock puppets through out the rest of the show's original run.


#spittingimage #spittingimageat30 #spittingimagepuppets #rogerlaw #spittingimage30 #landofconfusion #caricature #Genesis #PhilCollins

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Peter Harris: Tributes for one of TV's best loved directors | ITV News


Louise Gold & Steve Nallon interviewed for a tribute to The Muppet Show & Spitting Image director Peter Harris. #peterharris #peterharrisrip #themuppetshow #muppetshow #muppetshow45 #themuppetshow45 #spittingimage #spittingimageat30 #spittingimage30 #spittingimagepuppets #rogerlaw #itv #britishtelevision #film #television #televisionprododuction #production #televisiondirector #director

Monday, March 15, 2021

Pepe Le Pew has been retired / fired / CANCELED by CANCEL CULTURE ( satire )




It's sad that Pepe Le Pew has been officially announced as retired / banned by Warner Bros. He's a satirical character. He's a romantic who's probably watched many romantic movies and read many romance novels but lacks experience in relationships and no one ever told him about boundaries, consent, respect, etc.

Today's culture seems different. Satire & Slapstick Comedy doesn't seem to be as popular as it used to be.
I love it because I feel artistically and creatively that it relates to this quote.
" Art Should Disturb The Comfortable And Comfort The Disturbed. "

I don't think any of this reinforces crime and abuse. It's satire. But culture is different now. It's very commodity focused rather than about life in my opinion.

Not everything is for everyone, not everyone can find this kind of humor healing. We all heal differently. Spiritually, through music, etc.

The world needs love, but we live in a world of hate, fear, sadness & pain unfortunately.

I don't think reform, commodifying, trusting people in power is going to solve anything. Fred Hampton talked about Class Conscious. The root cause of all political problems has the same pattern which is hierarchical power over others. If people got along horizontally socially, the world would be a better place. And when people live happier lives, people can laugh more. :)
Still, satire sometimes needs to do it's duty because that's what satire does. And satire is often a misunderstood art form.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Cancel Culture on Pepe Le Pew & Miss Piggy





It's been an interesting week. I was wondering how would Miss Piggy & Pepe Le Pew respond to the Cancel Culture controversies surrounding them. ;) I'm very happy that the originals are available on the streaming services but unfortunately there's people reacting to them negatively. There's this strong demand for "positive media representation" in characters. And to me, this explains why many favorites in pop culture history aren't as good as the originals in my opinion. Many comedy characters were satirical. But today, people think such characters are negatively reinforcing crime & abuse. And unfortunately, it's nothing new because satire has always been controversial & misunderstood. And the thing is satire and slapstick comedy has been apart of cartoons and puppetry just as long as the art form's existence in history. To me, it's artist tradition. I wish there was more cultural appreciation. But instead, art is looked at as a commodity, instead of what art and entertainment really is about. A reflection on life and the hard working, creative and talented people behind it as well as the fun and love they put into what they love to do. :)

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Stephen Fry, Jonathan Ross and Spitting Image - Hysteria! Hysteria! Hysteria! ( 1988 )


Spitting Image victim Stephen Fry presents Spitting Image victims to their Spitting Images in rare appearance from 1988. Well, isn't most things from the original Spitting Image rare now a days. #SpittingImage #SpittingImagePuppets #RogerLaw #caricature #caricatures #antiestablishment #satire

Monday, March 8, 2021

Remembering Emma Goldman on International Woman's Day


One of the most inspirational political philosophers, and feminists in not only American history but world history, and she's rarely ever talked about. Probably because she was thrown out of America. Probably because she was an Anarchist. Probably because she was a truth teller. Probably because she was a woman who spoke out her mind because she knew in her heart and in her intuition that it was the right thing to do even if she was standing alone at times. Remembering Emma Goldman.

HAPPY 25th Anniversary to The Muppet Show of the 1990s " Muppets Tonight " !


HAPPY 25th Anniversary to The Muppet Show of the 1990s " Muppets Tonight " ! #MuppetsTonight #MuppetsTonight25 #Muppets #BrianHenson #JimHensonProductions #1990s #90s

Thursday, March 4, 2021

September 20, 1987: MAD Magazine turns 60!

ITV - Spitting Image Promo 1989.


What Footballers think of " Spitting Image " featuring Jon Glover ( Spitting Image promo 1989 ) ( Unfortunately the video / audio quality is basically someone recording their monitor but it's still rare. Isn't most things from the original Spitting Image. ) #SpittingImage #JonGlover

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Spitting Image : Neil Kinnock & Roy Hattersley ( 1988 Telethon ITV promo )


Spitting Image : Neil Kinnock & Roy Hattersley ( 1988 Telethon ITV promo )
#spittingimage #spittingimagepuppets #rogerlaw #chrisbarrie #stevenallon 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Erica Crooks Shorts ( 2007 - 2018 ) Trailer


Erica Crooks Short Films ( 2007 - 2018 ) Trailer

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Should The Left And Right Unite?

Monday, February 22, 2021

The Muppet Show Disney+ Disclaimer Controversy


( The following contains commentary on the controversy and contains no copyright material ) .

Fans of Jim Henson's Muppets & many Pop Culture fans alike were exited and pleased with The Walt Disney Company's decision to upload The Muppet Show to Disney+ recently. Especially when it's been between 10 - 15 years since the original release of The Muppet Show DVDs and over a decade wait for a release of The Muppet Show seasons 4 & 5. 

Unfortunately ( at the time of the recording of this blog video ) several songs have been edited out due to not clearing the copyright in time as well as two episodes are missing from Season 5 which are the Brooke Shields episode ( aka Alice In Wonderland themed episode ) and the Chris Langham episode. Despite the fact that the Chris Langham episode is one of the funniest episodes of The Muppet Show ever produced and Chris Langham being a writer of The Muppet Show from seasons 3 - 5, a writer for The Muppet Show special " The Muppets Go To The Movies " as well as writing and appearing on The Jim Henson Hour's MuppeTelevision, as well as appearing in an episode of Bottom and playing the role of Leftist George Orwell in a Dramatic Documentary based on actual writings and interviews of Leftist George Orwell, Chris Langham unfortunately has committed abuse crimes against humanity which has since damaged his reputation.

Disney+ has also added the following disclaimer on The Muppet Show.

" “ Content Advisory

This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or culture. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge it’s harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together.

Disney is committed to created stories with inspirational and aspirational themes
That reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the globe.

To learn more about how stories have impacted society visit : www.Disney.com/StoriesMatter “ "

Many people understand due to cultural prejudices that were a product of the society at the time the 40 - 45 year old episodes of The Muppet Show were produced.

On the other hand, there has been many reactionary rages against the disclaimer which seem very right wing in the negative and false beliefs that Political Correctness & Social Justices ruins comedy and violates Free Speech.

Fox has even called The Muppets " Communist ".

Ironically the right hasn't complained about the many political satires against right wing politics including Sam The Eagle and The Villains of The Muppet Musicians of Bremen. 

And even though The Muppets and the people behind them aren't specifically " Communist ",
there are strong themes of community solidarity & direct action through out the history of The Muppets.
Especially the fact that on Fraggle Rock, Fraggles lead themselves and the rulers of the universe " The Gorgs " are so full of their own Ego to bother Governing anyone or anything.

However, what if the vaguely and strangely worded disclaimer also means that The Muppets themselves are considered " negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people " which explains why the new stuff under the " Disney's Muppets " name is very different from " Jim Henson's Muppets " from the 1970s.

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Jim Henson is an INFP

 One of my favorite parts about Jim Henson : The Biography by Brian Jay Jones is how it mentions that Jim Henson took the MBTI ( Myers Briggs Personality Test ) & resulted as " Idealist " ( aka INFP ) . As an INFP myself, I find this accurate. :) 

Check out Jim Henson : The Biography by Brian Jay Jones right here.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0345526112/

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Saturday, January 23, 2021

" Sanford and Son" The BEST of Julio Part 2


Gregory Sierra RIP
( Julio Fuentes from Sanford and Son ) 
#GregorySierra #GregorySierraRIP #Julio #JulioFuentes #SandfordandSon #70s #1970s

RIP Gregory Sierra -The Best of Julio Part 1


Gregory Sierra RIP
( Julio Fuentes from Sanford and Son ) 
#GregorySierra #GregorySierraRIP #Julio #JulioFuentes #SandfordandSon #70s #1970s

Thursday, January 21, 2021

What? 10 Years Old Already?? Thank You For Watching! | Rachel Maddow | M...


Ok Trump is out and Biden is in, NOW make The Rachel Maddow Show Funny Again ! #rachelmaddow #therachelmaddowshow #rachelmaddowshow

Sunday, January 10, 2021

1984 (9/11) Movie CLIP - Vision of the Future (1984) HD


" If I had understood the situation a bit better I should probably have joined the Anarchists. " _ George Orwell ( George Orwell was a Leftist. He was also INFP. )  #1984isHere #Anarchist #Anarchism #Leftist #Leftism #Orwell #Orwellian #infp #infps #NineteenEightyFour

Friday, January 8, 2021

Spitting Image (1984) - Series 1, Episode 4 | Full Episode


Warning : contains material that was a product of it's time. #SpittingImage #SpittingImagePuppets #RogerLaw #IanHislop

The Erica Crooks Show ( 2021 ) Trump knew what he was doing


WARNING : This program is intended for mature audiences only. The following film is a work of satirical fiction. Any similarity to anyone , anywhere or anything beyond parody and satire is coincidental and unintentional.

The following film might contain depictions that were a product of it's time, which might not relate to today's view of society.

_ This film contains the original sound levels so sound volume may vary .


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The Tube Midsummer Night 1984 / Spitting Image Puppets