On Variety Show Saturday

I wanted to try something different for today. Besides, I don’t want to mess up a Saturday Morning Classic Cartoon post!

Because I haven’t tried the time/scheduled post function, this weekend is a good time to try. Therefore, wherever you are at whatever time, and no matter the mood, there’s probably something below to strike your fancy.  Watch as many as you want. Return at different part of your day. Nonetheless, but I want to know: What did you watch?

For those needing the Saturday morning cartoon fix, watch one of the all-time, great introductions

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One of my favorite overtures, the very moving Festive Overture

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Get some energy with Riverdance

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Perhaps you prefer a graceful trip around the dance floor

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Enjoy the pleasant tones of a choir and orchestra version of Call Me Maybe

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Jump on for a quick tour of the city of my birth

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Nothing like job interview tips from a hyper comic

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Maybe you want the soothing, mystical sounds of handbells

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Grins from Squirrels and Gangnam Style

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A great training video for learning how to twirl your tassels

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For those who have the time an interest, here is a Cincinnati tradition on Labor Day – a sensational 30-minute fireworks display choreographed to music

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83 thoughts on “On Variety Show Saturday

    • Bulldog,
      You must be a dancing rabbit! Then again, there were episodes of Bugs dancing …. and I especially recall the one with Yosemite Sam forcing him to dance by firing bullets! 🙂 Thanks for visiting and letting me know your favorites. Feel free to come back during the weekend for a different mood.

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    • Cuttlefish,
      That character is Hippety Hopper. Although I have done posts on many of the characters in the line, he/she is one that I haven’t done yet. Meanwhile, Eventually I will honor all these, and then have a post honoring the entire line of characters. Good question … and thanks for commenting.

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    • Carrie,
      There is no question that Bugs Bunny is one of the all-time best cartoon characters – and one that I have yet to honor on Saturday morning. But I will sometime. Thanks for visiting.

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  1. Wonderful collection! I actually watched many of them.

    Riverdance, loved it. Saw this live a couple of times, such fun.

    Such a fun tour of your birthplace, thanks.

    Job Interviews, hate them but could have used this as a booster a few times. Tassel Twirling, another job interview? Actually I heard spirit gum works better.

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  2. I love your city, I went there last year, really nice place.
    I was going to write a “smart” comment about riverdance and the overture, but then I watched the last video and couldn’t stop laughing, the lady narrating the video was hilarious and I learnt that even guys can work the tassel.
    Thanks for the laugh.

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    • Mouse,
      My wife and I are in a church handbell choir, so I do handbell posts. For a church choir, we do well, and we play quite a variety. We played the one in this post several years ago. I found to be very interesting. Here’s one of the fast paced ones we played last year. The first link is by a select group in Atlanta, while the second link leads you to us playing it last spring.
      https://afrankangle.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/on-cymbals-and-drums/
      https://afrankangle.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/opinions-in-the-shorts-vol-140/

      Meanwhile, squirrel references to the campaign is being very nice. Thanks for sharing.

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      • Thanks for the links to the performances. Our group in school was actually an honor guard part of the marching girls’s drill squad – we played school songs at each game (both team’s) among other stuff. We each had 2 bells (mine were big and deep tones – but not the giant ones) and we were responsible for them – like pets. Treated them like glass as they were so expensive. We were never allowed them to crash/touch each other and were put down very gently…we could have never hit them with anything – even padded.
        Loved the performances and arrangements – bell music is so beautiful (nothing better for Christmas songs) and fun – you can feel the vibration as the notes play. Most people don’t realize all the techniques and skills involved. Thanks again!

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        • Thanks for visiting the links. A) handbells are expensive and require care … B) handbell music has a variety of techniques.

          This particular piece was the most difficult piece we’ve played. On a level of difficulty, it was a 9 of 12. (Handbell music is rated by difficulty). Meanwhile, we’ve started practicing some of the Christmas music.

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  3. I will be back, Frank! I’m just getting started on my Saturday and will take a nice break later and probably watch them all! I’ll let you know. I just whoed my husband this morning a YouTube Produced from Azusa Pacific University (where I work) advertising their on-line presence using the song, “Call Me Maybe.” I found it clever and entertaining, so I’ll probably start with “Call Me Maybe” orchestrated! And I can’t resist squirrels Gagnum Style…I’ll be back! Enjoy your day!

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  4. I love a good Bugs Bunny cartoon, and the overture with him and Daffy Duck is a classic. But I think my favorite of all your offerings this morning is the lesson on how to twirl your tassels. I didn’t know you were born in Trieste. I’ve heard it’s a beautiful city. Very different from Cincinnati, but beautiful nonetheless.

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  5. Wow… great selection of clips here, Frank!
    I watched the Bugs Bunny clip – always a fan of cartoons; Riverdance took me back to the night I saw it live at the Eurovision – can’t believe that was eighteen years ago; and those dancing squirrels were very funny indeed!
    Great post!

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  6. lol! I couldn’t resist the squirrels (I can never resist squirrels), even if I’m over the Gangham style thing. Call Me Maybe for choir and orchestra was too much of a curiosity for me to pass up although it will mean having that song playing in my head for another week or so. lol! I shoulda’ watched Bugs and pals. 🙂

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  7. First I went back to Trieste, which I loved.

    Then I went back to high school with Bugs and Daffy. To the night of the senior talent show, when two guys were dressed hilariously as Bugs and Daffy, doing the tap dance. I was working the lights and flirting with the real techies. Bugs and Daffy were heard, but often not seen!

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  8. That was quite an inspired selection Frank! I watched Bugs (shot straight back to my childhood), Choir (impressive), Trieste (lovely), Comic (profound), Squirrels (goofiness you’ve shared with me before that I still like) and Tassels (thought provoking). Couldn’t do the dancing videos since I’ve recently recovered from a knee injury and I’m just not in the mood for mellow sounds like your beloved handbells. Overall though, excellent!

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    • Lame,
      Wow … you surely went for the entertainment value in this post! And as you know now, I had to start and include a cartoon bit to soften the blow of not having a classic cartoon post. Thanks for the visiting and the feedback … and glad you found comic Greg Hahn to be profound. 🙂

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  9. Glad you didn’t break with tradition completely and included a little bit of Bugs. The comedian guy was pretty good too I thought, but why, oh why oh why did you not put a warning up front on the tassel twirling video. What happened at the end was horrific!!!

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    • Fasab,
      I just knew I had to include a cartoon bit of some kind. The comedian, Greg Hahn, cracks me up with his hyper nature. Now that tassel video, well … to me it is a classic … and the ending helps make it! I’m glad it through you for a loop. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

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    • Ritika,
      Welcome first-time commenter … and all the way from India! Given the video here, your “follow you maybe” comment was very clever. 🙂 Just to let you know, my Monday post’s are designed to recap the weekend and start the week with a smile. Hope to see you then and thanks for visiting.

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  10. Aw dang! Here, with it being your cartoon post and all, I was hoping for a review of the Banana Splits! Oh well, lots of good stuff there anyways. Now, for the ultimate challenge, how about trying to combine YOUR love of cartoons and MY Trekkie status, and do a review of the Star Trek Animated series? 😀

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    • Renee,
      Glad you enjoyed this post. A more typical Saturday routine is honoring a classic cartoon character, but this week I tried something different (for me) … and it seems to be positively received. Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour was one of my favorites! Meanwhile, although I was born in Trieste, I left there at the ripe age of 3 months. Although I have returned, that was many years ago, so I do look forward to my next visit. If you are interested, here’s a past post about Trieste with a more videos. https://afrankangle.wordpress.com/2011/05/04/thank-you-elsa-for-your-trieste-story/

      Thanks for visiting.

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  12. Guess what I am doing instead of watching the debates? I’m watching (have watched) all of your carefully chosen clips for my entertainment. I couldn’t check them out this weekend but I thought why not tonight because my nerves are shot? I too will be glad when the political season is over, so I’ve set my mind to watching squirrels dance Gangnam style. Oy! Thanks, Frank, for giving us something to momentarily distract us. Cheers!

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    • E-Tom,
      Brilliant use of this post! Wow … Too bad I have to remember the idea for debate entertainment for 4 years! Meanwhile, my new post is about to go live … in a matter of minutes. Thanks for commenting.

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  13. Always loved Bugs – grew up with him. I also watched the Gangnam style squirrels (cute)…I had Never heard of Gangnam style until I watched a video on Guapo’s site not too long ago.

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