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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Pinocchio in Outer Space

Well, 1960's tots loved outer space... and Pinocchio was a well-known character whose rights dwelled within the public domain... I guess this combo of ideas seemed like an obvious choice. A real seat-filler. Plus, it featured Mr. Arnold Stang (the voice of Hanna-Barberra's"Top Cat") as the voice of Nurtle the Turtle (created just for this production, I'm guessing).

Arnold Stang:
"One of the most recognizable character actors in the history of film, he is most likely remembered by latter generations for his equally recognizable voice. Small, slight, bespectacled with horn-rimmed glasses, bulgy eyes and a voice that was a sort of high-pitched nasally, gargly yodel, he was cast most often as impish, nerdy types. He was born on September 28, 1925 in Chelsea, Massachusetts and grew up there in the Boston area. He began his show business career at the age of 10 when he successfully auditioned for radio's "Horn and Hardart's Children's Hour." He has worked in every area of the entertainment industry starting in radio, the transition to television in its early years, theatre productions on Broadway which led to films...both live and animated and commercials."