American Bandito Pop-Culture Roadshow Feb 21, 2020

all right so I’m back again for another
one of my pop-culture roadshow things where I talk about toys and pop-culture
items that I’ve collected over the years and some recently and find out a little
bit more about them to kind of learn something or other. Yeah. First up I have
this pee-wee Herman from 1989 shirt. It’s in great condition and it’s
actually got the pee-wee Herman custom label on it and I never thought about
who did this artwork because it was very distinctive. So I looked it up and the
person who did the artwork for this is a guy by the name of Gary Panter. He was
very much involved in painting, design, comics. He drew posters and flyers for
The Germs, The Screamers, he did the artwork for the very first self-titled
Red Hot Chili Peppers album which was called Red Hot Chili Peppers.
And then he also began working with pee-wee Herman and he helped design the sets and the puppets and of course did artwork for clothing and other such
things. This one’s interesting because it’s just a random, my ants are loose. Ahh!
And then there’s a bunch of ants drawn all over the shirt. He had comic books he
created his alter-ego which is called Jimbo. He’s a punk
nuclear hillbilly character. He did a bunch of books for that like seven
issues of that comic book. And then Gary Panter also after that decided that he
wanted to begin working in light shows. So he created, in his studio, he decided to
start doing interactive psychedelic light shows in his own studio and invite
people in and they would be immersed in these psychedelic light shows. So that is
what I learned about Gary Panter the person who did this pee-wee Herman
shirt. This is going to go off today to one of the supporters of my American
Bandito podcast. They bought it on my eBay page to help support the show so
thank you for that! MARY POPPINS the original
soundtrack it’s one of those ones that opens up tells the story or the synopsis
of the movie and then all this on the back. Now I decided, I know there was a
movie about, you know there was the Mr. Banks with, wait was it called Mr. Banks
with Tom Hanks? Mr. Banks with Tom Hanks. Yes! That’s what it was! Which was about the Banks family or the making of Mary Poppins? I didn’t see it. So I looked up
Mary Poppins anyway. Walt Disney in the let’s say 1940s I believe it was, his
daughter’s favorite book was Mary Poppins which was written by the author
P L Travers. He promised his daughter that he would make a motion picture
movie of Mary Poppins for her. Now that was, he told her that in 1940. The movie
didn’t come out until like 1964. So what took so long? Well apparently it had
taken them that long because P L Travers did not want to sell the rights
to her story. Especially to Walt Disney. She said that she didn’t want to sell it
to a studio that would over glamorize and sentimentalize her work. Not entirely
sure what that means? But then what happened was is the 1960s came along and the royalties from Mary Poppins books that she wrote started to dry up. She got
one over, 1. by being offered $100,000 for the movie rights and 2. she got to be
involved in the production of it. And apparently she was swayed by the guys
that wrote the soundtrack. I forget their names I want to say the Sherman Brothers I believe? Wrote… Wait I can look right down here can’t I. Yes, Richard Sherman and Robert Sherman. Got the thing right next to me, of course I can look that up.
She was swayed by the way that they wrote the song, something where the
woman’s holding on to the birds in the movie, feed the birds. Now miss Mrs.
Travers, which apparently once she started working on the set she demanded
that she be called Mrs. Travers, so I mean yeah go for it, damn I love it! Taking over! There are recordings online of her actually in the
meetings because she wanted to record every meeting to make sure that she
could say, this is what she told them to do if they didn’t do it. And these became
known internally as the “no-no-no” recordings. Because she would tell them
“no-no-no” each time she disagreed with them in these recordings. And in these
meetings about the movie she was granted final script approval but was not given
any editing rights whatsoever to the movie. And what’s funny is this,
apparently, she turned to Walt Disney after the first screening of the
premiere of the movie, she turned to Walt Disney and said, so when do we start
editing the film? And it was like, that is the film. So she was apparently very
angry about that. Among her dislikes where the animated
sequences, the Banks family home, which was a weird thing to be upset about, the
shift in the time period from what it was in the book and Mary Poppins
attractive appearance, Dick Van Dyke being cast and she also said she
disliked the songs penned by the Sherman Brothers. So she kind of just hated the
whole thing. I guess that was a very succinct way of saying I didn’t like any
of it. That was what I learned about Mary Poppins and again this is something that
I’m shipping off today to one of the podcast subscribers so thank you for
that! I got a bunch of these illustrated books from the 50s 60s and 70s. But the
thing about them is is a lot of them are by what turns out to be famous like
illustrators like the artwork in them is amazing so this one here is actually for
Yogi Bear by hanna-barbera it is from 1965 now the interesting thing about
this as I was listing these I was marking down a lot of the illustrators
and the authors of these and this one kept coming up arts Eden his style is
really cool but it’s kind of off-brand like here’s a picture of yogi that does
not really look like yogi it’s I don’t know it’s it’s just a little bit
everything’s a little bit off there tastic and done very well he entered the
field of illustration doing corporate and advertising work at first some of
his largest companies were Philip Morris General Motors Hearst publications those
were his clients that means he was working freelance they were his clients
that’s amazing I love that but book illustration is parently where he really
got a lot of his work and really was able to experiment with his style his
first book was three mice a rat by Margaret wise Brown she’s the one that
wrote it and that was in 1950 so that the first book he put out was in 1950
this one was in 1965 kid illustrated over three hundred books in his lifetime
but the final book that he did was in 1999 very last book that he made was a
book called the train to Timbuktu which was also the last book that was authored
by the person who wrote his first book which was Mary or Margaret wise Brown
and that was the last book that he put out he worked mainly in watercolor so
the style that I thought was more like cutouts these are apparently watercolors
or goo-goo wash which I only just learned his pronouncing gouache I
thought it was pronounced Ghosh a lot of the books he did were just regular
storybooks for like nursery rhymes and stuff but when he did the like
hanna-barbera or Disney stuff while it was still cool it always seemed a little
off brand I’m not entirely sure why they didn’t have the hanna-barbera artists to
do these children’s books still really cool so that is also another thing
that’s going off today – one of the American Bandido podcast subscribers
yogi bear Takes make a shoe this 45 record of fun day School songs
on Peter Pan records now this record is from 1965 decided to look up Peter Pan
records because I remember Peter Pan records now they the stuff I remember
about him is not that they were children’s sing-along books but that
they were storybooks like they would be things where it was like recreations of
stories it turns out they did all those things Peter Pan Records was originally
a plastics factory it began in the 1920s as a plastic manufacturer for the
garment industry it was called synthetic plastics company and they decided to
expand their repertoire one time and include products such as dice poker
chips and plastic molded products they discovered that they could press their
plastic left over plastic and other things melt down and press it into
phonograph records so why not take it one further and him and his brother
decided that they would make these records they started to produce them and
then they were like why don’t we just make our own children’s records so they
actually hired a band called the care leaders who sang most of the songs then
they had a band that was known as and it’s even written on here the Peter Pan
Orchestra that played the background music so a lot of their songs were
recorded by the same people they would go in and just do children’s songs
record them press them put them in little packages like this and sell them
later on they started doing story books they also created subsidiary labels and
eventually in the 1970s they created power records but those are the ones
were like if you had a Superman record or a spider-man record or batman record
and it would read along one of the stories that was power records which
originally was Peter Pan records or it was a subsidiary of it so and they’re
still around making this stuff today they’ve moved out apparently in to video
and DVD and making children’s stuff till still to this day so that is Peter Pan
Records and this is the 45 sunday-school songs
going out today so that is all I have for today those are the things that I
learned about some of this stuff that I have here and that’s it so on

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