Actor Albert Finney Dies at 82!

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The English actor, Albert Finney, has sadly passed away at the age of 82! Mr. Finney (1936-2019) was most famous for his roles in Tom Jones, Scrooge, Annie, Big Fish, Skyfall, and my favorite performance of his in one of my favorite films, Murder on the Orient Express!

In terms of animation, he voiced the character of Mr. Everglot in Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride.

He shall be missed!

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Actor Michael Ansara Dies at 91!

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Actor Michael Ansara (1922-2013) has died at the age of 91! Once married to Barbara Eden of “I Dream of Jeannie” fame, the actor was famously known as Commander Kang on three “Star Trek” series,

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Cochise in “Broken Arrow”,

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and Abu Sufyan in “The Message”, a film about the story of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.

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In terms of animation, Mr. Ansara has lent his voice many time. His most famous animated role would probably be Mr. Freeze in “Batman: The Animated Series” and its many spinoffs.

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This is an actor that many of us will be remembering, and I’m no exception!

Film Critic Roger Ebert Dies at 70!

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Beloved film critic, Roger Ebert (1942-2013), known for his thumbs-up/thumbs-down film reviews as well as for his partnership with Gene Siskel has died today at the age of 70! He’s the first celebrity to die this year whom I was a fan of!

Fun Fact: He and his professional partner Gene Siskel lent their voices and likenesses to an episode of “The Critic”.

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He will be greatly missed and his death is a big thumbs-down!

Singer Patty Andrews Dies at 94!

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Singer Patty Andrews of the famed “Andrews Sisters” has passed away sadly at the age of 94! Patty Andrews (1918-2013) died at her home in California due to natural causes.

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Patty, along with her sisters LaVerne and Maxine (who predeceased Patty), were popular singers in the ’30s and ’40s. They even made appearances as themselves in films such as “Buck Privates” and “In the Navy”, both starring the comedic duo of Abbott and Costello.

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There also is a connection between them and Disney animation. They sang the “Johnnie Fedora and Alice Bluebonnet”¬†and “Little Toot” segments from Disney’s “Make Mine Music” and “Melody Time”, respectively!

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In the end, many old-timers and young folk are sure to mourn the loss of the last of the Andrews Sisters!

Disney Canon-Forgotten/Minor Characters #5: Bambi and Faline’s Twins

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We arrive at Walt Disney’s 5th animated classic, “Bambi”! Released in 1942, it originally didn’t fare well in the box office due to the fact that it was released during WWII. But, the film has gone on to become a financial success due to many re-releases. It also received mixed critical reviews when it came out; but now is considered a classic and has even been selected by the National Film Registry to be preserved in its collection of films deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

The story is well-known. It’s a sort of coming-of-age story of a deer named Bambi from his birth into adulthood. The film was Disney’s foray into a more realistic animation approach and taught valuable life lessons and emotions along the way. Now, I have to say that this film is one of the most memorable of the Disney classics in terms of its characters. I honestly couldn’t find any character who was forgotten/minor in this film. Everybody knows Bambi, his mother, Faline, her mother, Thumper and Family, Flower and Family, Friend Owl, Bambi’s father, Bambi’s rival, Man, and even the background animals! So far, this has been the hardest decision for me to make in this project, so I had to go with the last characters to be introduced in this film: Bambi and Faline’s twins! More