Photos of the Day: Tiny Tots in Serious Peril!

Baby Discovered Hanging Under Bus

The Appalling End of Howdy Doody

The Beheaded Plat du Jour

The Tragic Remains of Forgotten Childhood

Kidnapped Barbie Found Under Virgin Mary’s Bush

Very Dirty Barbie

Photos of the Day: Tiny Tots in Serious Peril!

Photography by: Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

Pixar’s One Man Band

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One Man Band: The Saga of Two One-Man-Bands and a Humble Peasant Girl

One Man Band: The Saga of Two One-Man-Bands and a Humble Peasant Girl

One Man Band is a 2005 Pixar animated short film, which was nominated for the 2006 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. In this animated short, a street musician who plays multiple brass instruments tries to get a humble little peasant girl to tip him a coin. But then another musician steps into the scene with orchestral instruments, and they instantly become rivals, fighting over the poor little girl’s coin until she accidentally drops it into a sewer-drain. The girl starts to cry and is then becomes angered by the two musicians having caused her to lose it, and demands that the two one-man-bands come up with a replacement for her coin. When they reveal that they are poor and broke, she takes one of the little violins from the orchestra one-man-band, re-tunes it and plays like a true virtuoso. A rich man happens to pass by and is so pleased with her performance that he rewards her with a large bag of golden coins. She takes out two coins for the one-man-bands and tosses them up into the top of a fountain, leaving the two musicians awkwardly scrambling in vain to reach the top in an attempt to grab the coins.

One Man Band: The Saga of Two One-Man-Bands and a Humble Peasant Girl

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Little Alma: An Unexpectedly Ghoulish Holiday Film!

Little Alma: An Unexpectedly Ghoulish Holiday Film!

Alma is an award winning 5-minute short animation that’s a delightful, but very creepy little film.  In this wintry Christmas-like film, the little girl Alma skips her merry way through the snow-covered streets of a small, quaint village.  Attracted to a strange life-like doll in an antique doll shop window, Anna finds herself drawn into the shop like a moth to a flame.  Now, I won’t tell you what actually happens inside of that dark and scary store, but let’s just say that things don’t work out too well for the shop’s cute little dolls!

Little Alma: An Unexpectedly Ghoulish Holiday Film!

(Most Fun to Watch in Full-Screen Mode)

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Partly Cloudy: A Lonely Cloud Creates Hazardous Babies for His Stork-Partner

Partly Cloudy: A Lonely Cloud Creates Hazardous Babies for His Stork-Partner

Partly Cloudy is a delightful animated short film by Pixar Animation Studios, which was named as one of 10 films to advance in the voting process for the “Animated Short Films” category for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.  The list is international, with movies representing production companies from Australia, France, America, Canada and other countries.

In Partly Cloudy, the storks get their babies from way up high in the stratosphere, where cloud people sculpt babies from clouds and bring them to life.  However, in this story there is a real dilemma.  Gus, a lonely and insecure gray cloud, is a master at creating “dangerous” babies: crocodiles, porcupines, rams and even much worse.  Gus’s beloved creations are truly works of art, but they’re more than a handful for his loyal delivery-stork partner, Peck.  As Gus’s creations become more and more rambunctious, Peck’s job gets harder and harder.  How on earth will Peck manage to handle both his hazardous cargo and his friend’s fiery temperament?

Partly Cloudy: A Lonely Cloud Creates Hazardous Babies for His Stork-Partner

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Presto: The Chaotically Witty Man vs. Rabbit “Carrot War”

Presto: The Chaotically Witty Man vs. Rabbit “Carrot War”

Presto is a 2009 Academy Awards Nominee for the Best Animated Short Film. The film’s story line is a salute to the classic screen comedies of the silent era, where a forgetful magician named Presto is undone by the forces of nature, in this case his toothy white rabbit collaborator. When the rabbit angrily takes charge of the magic act, delirious chaos is unleashed on stage. Presto is the one nominee that most incorporates the charm of old-fashioned cartoons, both cinematically and because of its childlike sensibilities.

In Presto, a late 1900s illusionist named Presto DiGiotagione is renowned for his special hat trick, in which he pulls his rabbit Alec out of his formal top hat. The short film begins with a view of Alec who has been left to languish in a locked cage looking hungry and unhappy, yet unable to eat a nearby carrot that is just out of reach. After Presto returns from eating a meal, he gets ready to practice his act with Alec. It turns out that Presto’s top hat is magically connected to a wizard’s hat that is kept backstage with Alec. Ordinarily, when Presto reached into his top hat, his hand would magically appear from out of the wizard’s hat, allowing him to grab Alec and pull him out of the top hat.

Presto had intended to feed Alec the carrot, but realizing that he was already late for the show’s beginning, he rushed off onto the stage without doing it. At that point, Alec began to plot his revenge against the overbearing and cruel magician. Alec decides that he can’t take Presto’s abuse any longer and rebels by giving the magician a big dose of his own mean-spirited medicine. He cleverly turns the hat’s magic against his master in a number of painful and humiliating ways, including: having Presto get attacked by a ladder, get electrocuted, be thrown to the rafters and having his clothes torn off (among other comic tortures).

The audience that had come to see a magic show finds all of these antics uproariously funny, responding with wild applause for both Alec and Presto. All is seemingly forgiven by the end of the film, when Presto gives Alec the carrot (and many more), as well as second billing on the poster advertisements for the show.

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Presto: The Chaotically Witty Man vs. Rabbit “Carrot War”

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