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‘Chicken Little’ – A Children’s Story Or 1943 War Propaganda? (Original Film Version)

You will be absolutely amazed at the not-so-subtle message in this original Disney children’s cartoon of ‘Chicken Little’.

It even includes a scene with Foxy Loxy reading a copy of – brace yourself – ‘Mein Kampf’ – No. That’s not a joke. See for yourself. (1943 – Chicken Little)

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A Christmas Carol (1910) – Ebenezer Scrooge Played by Tom Ricketts – One Of The Earliest Versions of This Charles Dickens Classic

The actor playing Ebenezer Scrooge in this FIRST AMERICAN adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol is Thomas B. Ricketts.

(January 15, 1853 – January 19, 1939) Ricketts was a London-born American stage and film actor and director who was a pioneer in the film industry. He also directed one of the first motion pictures ever made in Hollywood.

After directing scores of silent films, including the first film to be released by Universal Pictures, Ricketts became a prominent character actor.


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High School English Lessons Still Apply – Structure = Introduction, Body & Conclusion

High School English Lessons Still Apply 

Structure = Introduction, Body & Conclusion

We were all taught in English class of the importance of having an introduction, a body and a conclusion in our essays.

This is still the most basic of principles when writing a story… whether that story is fiction or nonfiction.

This is also known as the 3 Act Story structure.

Here is a very simple chart used in film story structure…

introduction body and conclusion


The above image is for a basic screenplay, but this principle can be used for many types of writings.

Even with a blog post or article you can use the same introduction, a body and a conclusion principle.

You could also use the introduction, body and conclusion approach for essays, assignments, cover letters, resumes and pretty much any other type of writing.

Even technical writing. Perhaps even more so with technical writing like medical or financial reports because the information needs to be set out as clearly as possible. The reader will be looking and scanning for particular pieces of information and how they fit together. So, it needs to be presented efficiently. 

Here’s an example of how the introduction, a body and a conclusion principle can be used outside of a story line:

  1. For the introduction discuss the topic and set up the points you want to tell people about.  
  2. Then expand on the points you made in the introduction… perhaps with bullet points included
  3. Lastly, you sum it up by telling the reader what you just told them in a concise manner.  


Having an introduction, body and conclusion, is also a writing principle for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd act in a novel, play or screenplay.


In the introduction section, make sure you’ve made your points early so your reader can begin the step by step psychological process of taking in information.

This ‘intake’ process is universal.

The steps are almost identical for all human beings. It’s been this way from the beginning of time.


Next, in the body of the writing, fill in the details of the points/information you gave them in the introduction.

Continue to flesh out that information until your points/story are made. For a post/article you could even add a call to action here.

For storytelling, the ‘body’ is the part where you want to include the “climax” of the story. There always needs to be a ‘do or die’ moment on the body of the story. Sometimes there is another high point near the end, but there really should be a climax in the body of the story.

So when tackling any type of writing you can always start with the basic principle of introduction, body and conclusion.

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The Very First Known ANIMATION – Émile Cohl’s ‘Fantasmagorie’ (1908) It’s FUNNY! (VIDEO)

I love knowing pieces of entertainment industry history and this is a special one.

French caricaturist, cartoonist and animator Émile Cohl, created the first known animated film, Fantasmagorie.

Available in the public domain here:

One of the earliest examples of hand-drawn animation is Fantasmagorie and widely considered the very first animated cartoon.

The animation may look like it was created on a blackboard, but it’s not. It’s written on paper. The blackboard effect was achieved by shooting each of the 700 drawings onto negative film.

The title is a reference to the “fantasmograph”, a mid-19th century variant of the magic lantern that projected ghostly images on to surrounding walls.

I hope you enjoy this bit of entertainment history.


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Writer Tips by Margaret Atwood Author of “The Handmaid’s Tale” {Video}

Margaret Atwood is the author of the novel … The Handmaid’s Tale. She wrote it in the 1980s.

Yes, Atwood’s the original creator of Offred and Serena our beloved heroine and semi-villain… or at least the wife of the villain.

In the video below Margaret Atwood speaks about her Creative Process to Big Think.

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Margaret Atwood Writing Quote:

“For the author, it’s not a question of sitting around and wondering what to write; it’s a question of deciding which of the “far-fetched and absurd” ideas she’s going to try to tackle.”


MARGARET ATWOOD: Margaret Atwood is a Canadian novelist, poet, and essayist. She’s well known for novel turned hit TV series; The Handmaid’s Tale 

Best known for her novels, Atwood has a knack for creating strong, enigmatic female characters. It’s noted that telling open-ended stories is how this author excels. 

The reader understands they’ve  been handed a challenge to use their imagination as to how the continues after it ‘ends.’ Atwood expertly dissects contemporary urban life and sexual politics, yet manages to keep her stories relevant for decades.

She’s among the most-honored authors of fiction in recent history with many awards under her belt.

Atwood won the Arthur C. Clark Award for The Handmaid’s Tale.

Her novel Cat’s Eye, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

Alias Grace, won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy.

Her book The Blind Assassin, was the winner of the 2000 Booker Prize.

Lastly, Oryx and Crake was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2003.

The Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature was awarded to Atwood  in 2008.

Her most recent novel is The Year of the Flood.

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