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Remembrance of Things Pastel

Have you ever thought of something fleeting from your childhood, then spent hours trying to track it down? For some ungodly reason, I recalled these cool in-house promos for some theater chain (AMC?) which I remember seeing in the late ’70s/early ’80s. It was animated with these spacey optical effects showing a guy in a movie seat. A re-recorded version of Steely Dan’s “Everyone’s Gone to the Movies” played on the soundtrack (an odd choice considering the lyrics). Alas, I can find nothing on the web about this — not even a peep from a fellow nostalgic weblogger. Anybody else remember this?

That also led me to try and find info on a Saturday Morning TV show I used to watch during the same period — a short-lived live action/animated show with some generic sounding title about people who worked in an animation studio. Probably it was a crappy show, but at the time I loved it because I wanted to be an animator when I grew up and it was cool to see people (even silly, broadly drawn characters) who enjoyed doing that for a living.

6 Thoughts on “Remembrance of Things Pastel

  1. Meyer on April 4, 2006 at 8:30 pm said:

    “Drawing Power.”

    That took a LONG time to figure out. If I hadn’t remembered that it came out the same year “Shirt Tales” did, I’d have never narrowed it down.

  2. Meyer on April 4, 2006 at 8:31 pm said:

    Worse yet, it wasn’t the same year. Close enough for google, though.

  3. Nancy on April 5, 2006 at 6:04 am said:

    What a horribly creepy song!!

    Rockets past “Born in the USA” to the top of the “misused in advertising because no one really listens to the words” song list!

  4. Lara on April 5, 2006 at 7:03 am said:

    Is the show about animators “The Duck Factory”? I think Jim Carrey was on it…

  5. Christopher on April 5, 2006 at 8:57 am said:

    Could the kid’s television show be that one that had Jim Carrey in it — The Duck Factory?

  6. “Drawing Power” is correct! Thank you, Meyer. The cast had an older guy, a foxy black girl and a goofy guy (who wasn’t Jim Carrey). Lara and Christopher are forgiven for confusing it with “The Duck Factory”.

    More here. Only 12 episodes!

    And yes, Nancy, that is kind of a creepy song to use in a commercial. They only used the main chorus lyric, and the arrangement was real groovy as I recall.

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