Friday, October 30, 2009

Here He Comes to Save the Day in January

Paramount Home Entertainment will be releasing Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures on Jan. 5th, 2010! A 3-disc set featuring the entire series plus extras galore.
Commentaries by the show's creators, original Terry Toons Cartoons and a featurette covering the re-making of the classic cartoon superhero for this '80s Saturday morning series.
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Monday, October 19, 2009

Trail Mix-Up Inside Gags

The final Roger Rabbit theatrical short, "Trail Mix-Up" (1993) directed by Barry Cook, is full of inside jokes and I've always liked searching for them.
What kind of underwear does Roger wear? For some reason it's revealed here. Those extra "tents" in the background are a nice touch.The props from "Somethin's Cookin'" (1988), the opening short in the original film, make an appearance along with Warner Bros' ACME company logo changed slightly to avoid a law suit.Some nice cameos hiding within the animation itself:A tribute of sorts to the previous director of "Tummy Trouble" (1989) and "Roller coaster Rabbit" (1990), Rob Minkoff.Seems that Mrs. Herman stopped for break while hunting.After being stung several times, Roger spits out some hitchhiking bees. This one seems to be a caricature of one of the animators?There's Disney's mouse.The Genie from "Aladdin" (1992).Evinrube the dragonfly from "The Rescuers" (1977).TinkerBell from "Peter Pan" (1953).Looks like more than one Disney character went through the saw mill. ("Pinocchio"(1940))The 1996 release of "The Best of Roger Rabbit" VHS tape, which included all three shorts, "Trail Mix-Up" included gags that were "edited" for the 2003 release of the Vista Series DVD. Wish I hadn't sold it at a garage sale.
Roger rushes by a sexy poster featuring Jessica(?) riding a long saw. The first sign reads "Watch Your Tool". Both signs were quite visible on the VHS version.When both Baby Herman and Roger fly by the screen, Baby has Mickey Mouse pupils while Roger has skull & Crossbones pupils. That gag got covered up on the DVD. Why? Who knows?Does anyone know who's featured on this wanted poster?A nice Disney Park Attraction advertisement.I guess that's the end of Mrs. Herman. She was pretty mean-spirited anyway.Raoul J. Raoul is the governor of South Dakota. He was the fictional director of the first Roger Rabbit cartoon, "Somethin's Cookin'".I'm not sure if there are anymore hidden gags in the cartoon, but let's watch it anyway. A nice send-off short for a very funny rabbit.