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December 18th, 2004


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07:05 pm - well this is one wise man who's keeping his froggy hat
In case you hadn't joined the cat_town community yet, I just wanted to point y'all to the second yearly, er, airing of The Cat Town Christmas Special. (9MB MP3, right-click save-as)

The special was made last year when I was housebound on Christmas Eve, or maybe the morning before Christmas Eve, and I was sick, and I was bored, and I was compulsively eating dry pasta like there was no tomorrow (Barilla bowties was my poison of choice, though I had some kind of spirally shape as well, cause I remember sticking them in my mouth to help with the voice of Puppet Cat Linus.) As things were getting late I sought the help of some West Coast friends; Kari Smith phoned in her lines for Blanche all the way across the country in Oregon (and I asked Doug to be the Catnip Bus so he'd have something to do with the microphone, too. Keeps him out of trouble.)

I was originally going to make a Flash animation, but I was getting really tired after mixing most of the audio and so I decided it was time to hit the friendly green bottle of NyQuil doom, so I just made the audio and that was that. The awkward pauses between some of the lines was more of a visual joke, as the early Charlie Brown specials always did seem kinda stilted with the vocal pacing. This was mostly due to the fact that they often had to give the kids their lines chopped up in easy-to-read takes. (The cats in the animation would've spent the awkward pauses just staring back and forth at each other.)

And yeah, I didn't see the "Hey Ya Charlie Brown" animation until a week or so after I made the special, and I thought it was frickin' hilarious that two random Internet people had the same bizarre idea to meld Outkast and Peanuts; the end products were different but pretty good all the same.

And that's the end of my show. Bomp.

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From:weds
Date:December 19th, 2004 01:19 am (UTC)
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This was mostly due to the fact that they often had to give the kids their lines chopped up in easy-to-read takes.

When I was a little kid, I always felt bad that I couldn't get my voice to do that choppy sort of thing Sally's did. (It also confused me that they didn't continue to have her sound like that in subsequent shows.) Then I learned why she sounded like that. Man.
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From:rabswom
Date:December 19th, 2004 02:14 am (UTC)
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Why did she sound like that?
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From:weds
Date:December 19th, 2004 04:04 am (UTC)
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The chunks were so small that they had to splice her sentences together. They did it poorly.
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From:derspatchel
Date:December 19th, 2004 04:08 am (UTC)
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I'd originally tried doing the Mayor's lines like that for added bonus humor, like this:

Oh, honestly!
What's the point of feeling this way
If I can't explain
How I feel?

...but it really came out sounding terrible and I was afraid nobody'd get the joke, so in the end he mostly had his lines in full-on coherent sentences.
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From:derspatchel
Date:December 19th, 2004 04:12 am (UTC)
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(And now that I look at the lines written out like that, I see that I've channeled Rod McKuen. Oh, hell. I hate when that happens.)
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From:cheezdanish
Date:December 19th, 2004 02:08 am (UTC)
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You know, it's funny, but I never needed to have my lines chopped up. G'wan. Go listen to Happy New Year Charlie Brown. I defy you to find ONE pause. :D
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From:rabswom
Date:December 19th, 2004 02:15 am (UTC)
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i love cat town.

merry christmas, spatch.
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From:rabswom
Date:December 19th, 2004 02:22 am (UTC)
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When I downloaded this, it ended up in my playlist in front of Waylon Jennings, "Walk the Line." And when it ends, there's kind of this seamless transition into "Walk The Line" and, I don't know why, but it just seems like it belongs there. Hee.
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From:luckimunki
Date:December 19th, 2004 03:32 am (UTC)
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Can I request that you make the flash animation? It's great without it, but I just think a flash animation would add a whole new level of cool.
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From:hyperina
Date:December 19th, 2004 10:26 am (UTC)
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good grief

you all sound so different from what i thought you all would sound like
except for red, maybe
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From:giantfightbot
Date:December 20th, 2004 12:30 am (UTC)
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It was an honor to be the catnip bus.

Whoa.

I kept craving Zingers the entire time we recorded dialogue.
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From:fancycwabs
Date:December 20th, 2004 01:32 am (UTC)
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I was just thinking the other day how much I'd enjoy watching A CAT TOWN CHRISTMAS CAROL, with Ebeneezer Scrooge Cat visited by three spirits in animal hats. But I'd probably have to give you some dreaded pneumonia to give you the time to do it, so it's not worth it.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 20th, 2004 06:37 pm (UTC)

Keith

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Spatch, that was really cool. Super thumbs up to all involved!

And you've got the NPR snappy patter down. Hell, you sound more professional than most professionals I've heard. Why aren't you doing radio?
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From:lentilstew
Date:December 21st, 2004 08:39 am (UTC)
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This morning, I was trying to sleep, but one of the cats decided to dance on the computer desk. In the process, he must have stepped on the enter key, because I awoke to The Cat Town Christmas Special.

Maybe it was planned that way...

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