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Rik Tod Johnson
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Writer, editor, and blogger. Pizza & hot sauce maniac. Available for hire.
Writer, editor, and blogger. Pizza & hot sauce maniac. Available for hire.

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As a kid, I ran into The Great Toy Robbery on several occasions. Then it disappeared from my life for over 25 years. To make sure you no longer miss out on this incredibly fun and silly Canadian Xmas short, I have made this personal favorite my next Christmas cartoon selection this year.

Santa goes to the old west and is robbed of his sack full of goodies by a trio of fiendish villains. Is it up to a white-hatted cowboy hero to save the day?

It's a marvelous twist on Western conventions, and you can read about my history with the cartoon, a complete synopsis, and even watch the film by visiting my animation blog, Cinema 4: Cel Bloc at https://cinema4celbloc.blogspot.com/2017/12/its-very-special-cel-bloc-xmas-great.html.
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OK, so it's a few days later than I planned. Nonetheless, here is my second cartoon for the winter holiday season, Mighty Mouse in A Cold Romance (1949). It's good ol' cliffhanger hijinks in an operetta style as Mighty battles the evil Oil Can Harry in the frozen north for the hand of Pearl Pureheart. All this, and plenty of jokes about sled dogs, walruses, gold mining operations, and fur seals.

Check it out on my animation blog, Cinema 4: Cel Bloc, at https://cinema4celbloc.blogspot.com/2017/12/its-very-special-cel-bloc-xmas-cold.html.

And if anyone can figure out what the word is that Pearl sings in two parts of the cartoon, I would be eternally grateful. Or if you just happen to know any slang for a helicopter or autogyro from the 1940s that might fit into the rhyme scheme, we might be able to figure it out. Thanks in advance if you can help!
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As promised, the first of my Christmas cartoons for the 2017 holiday season is Christmas Comes but Once a Year, a 1936 Max Fleischer Color Classic starring Grampy (aka Prof. Grampy – Inventor). Lots of the ol' "Xmas atmos," as Blackadder would say, with Grampy posing as Santa Claus and using his engineering skills to stop an orphanage of kids from whining and crying.

Of course, Grampy breaks into the orphanage to do all of this, so there are some possibly sticky legal issues involved. But you can find out for yourself by visiting my article at https://cinema4celbloc.blogspot.com/2017/12/its-very-special-cel-bloc-xmas.html.

And Merry Christmas, everybody!
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Once again, I plan to post throughout December about numerous cartoons related to either the holiday season or winter-related activities. My first post will go up tomorrow on the Cinema 4: Cel Bloc, and we shall get to that in less than 24 hours, but for now, I wanted to post a small preview of the coming month's films and also give my readers easier access to the Christmas films I have posted in past years.

Check it out at https://cinema4celbloc.blogspot.com/2017/11/its-very-special-cel-bloc-xmas-once.html.

And I hope to see you all throughout December on the Cinema 4: Cel Bloc!
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It's a special Thanksgiving edition of Cinema 4: Cel Bloc today with a food-oriented Woody Woodpecker classic called Pantry Panic (1941). By "food-oriented," I mean that Woody and a cat are both starving in the middle of winter and completely murderous in their intent towards each other. And then it has one crazily gruesome ending to it that has to be seen to be believed.

You can read about the cartoon at my blog, and if you have not seen the film, you can even watch it there too. Visit: https://cinema4celbloc.blogspot.com/2017/11/thanksgiving-special-pantry-panic-1941.html.

Happy Thanksgiving, one and all!
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My final #cartoon  for Countdown to #Halloween  this year is Walt Disney's Trick or Treat, a film that I feel is the greatest Halloween cartoon ever made. Absolutely my favorite Halloween treat.

If you have never seen this classic, this is your chance... and on Halloween as well. You can watch it on my site after you read about it (or before if you wish). Check it out on my animation blog, Cinema 4: Cel Bloc at https://cinema4celbloc.blogspot.com/2017/10/countdown-to-halloween-trick-or-treat.html.

Trick or treat! Wack! Wack!
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My next Countdown to #Halloween   #cartoon  is "Merry-Go-Pumpkin," a 1988 Gumby short. Gumby and his pals go to a theme park called PumpkinLand and everything goes berserk. Chock full of pumpkin action, mischief from those infernal Blockheads, and Pokey quite literally eating himself into the shape of a mutant pumpkin.

Check it out on my animation blog, Cinema 4: Cel Bloc, at https://cinema4celbloc.blogspot.com/2017/10/countdown-to-halloween-merrygopumpkin.html.
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My latest #cartoon  offering for Countdown to #Halloween  is an Inspector short from 1968 called Cherche le Phantom. The Inspector and Sergeant Deux-Deux do battle with a monstrous creature haunting the Paris Opera House at the same time they have to capture an escaped gorilla from the zoo. How do you think this will all turn out?

Check it out on my #animation  blog, Cinema 4: Cel Bloc at https://cinema4celbloc.blogspot.com/2017/10/countdown-to-halloween-cherche-le.html.
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My next Countdown to Halloween cartoon is the 1944 Gandy Goose and Sourpuss short from Terrytoons named The Ghost Town. Tons of cowboy ghosts, skeletons, and horse-devouring vulture. What do you get after a vulture in a ghost town devours your horse? That's right... A ghost horse. So you also have ghost horses in this place as well.

It's a surprisingly nifty little short for the Halloween season and you can both read about it and watch it on my animation blog, Cinema 4: Cel Bloc.

https://cinema4celbloc.blogspot.com/2017/10/countdown-to-halloween-ghost-town-1944.html.
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My latest Countdown to Halloween cartoon is a 1931 Tom and Jerry haunted house adventure called Wot a Night. The Tom and Jerry in question are not the super-famous cat and mouse team but an earlier human duo who starred in a short series by Van Beuren Studios.

I have covered several films in this Tom and Jerry series on my animation site, Cinema 4: Cel Bloc. To read about this cartoon, and to watch it as well, visit my site at https://cinema4celbloc.blogspot.com/2017/10/countdown-to-halloween-wot-night-1931.html.

And if you like what you see, feel free to leave a comment as well. I would love to hear from fellow animation fans. Especially Halloween animation fans...
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