Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Bedtime for Bonzo

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Really?  That's what I'm covering?

I first saw this film (and last saw this film) at a drive-in, the summer after Ronald Reagan was elected president, because I guess they thought it would be funny.  I was eight years old at the time, and it was the first I had learned our president was once an actor.  It really blew my mind.

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TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME 3: DANSE MACABRE “THE FAMOUS APE” (SHORT STORY BY CHRIS ROBERSON)
Release Date: 2007 (Setting is unknown and questionable)
Series: Tales of the Shadowmen
Horror Crosses: Island of Doctor Moreau
Non-Horror Crosses: Nyoka the Jungle Girl; Babar; Curious George; The Flash; Zembla; A Report to an Academy; Kaspa the Lion Man; Ka-Zar; Jann of the Jungle; Tarzan; Bedtime for Bonzo; His Monkey Wife; Speed Racer; Magilla Gorilla; Grape Ape; Tintin
The Story: Dr. Moreau continues his experiments in African jungles.

Notes: This story explains several anthropomorphic cartoon characters and seemingly more than usually intelligent animals as being the experiments of Moreau. This story also unintentionally provides a lead-in to the Tarzan animated episode where Taran meets a descendant of Moreau in the jungle. Several jungle heroes appear along with famous animals. In regards to bringing in Hanna-Barbera characters, it may be true that the events of the original Magilla Gorilla and Grape Ape cartoons actually happened as seen on TV in the Horror Universe, but this doesn’t bring in all the rest of the Hanna-Barbera stock of cartoon characters.

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1951--BEDTIME FOR BONZO--A psych professor is trying to teach morals to a chimp as an experiment in nurture versus nature. Prof. Hans Neumann mentions seeing an invisible six-foot rabbit, who is clearly HARVEY!!!!  

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1952--BONZO GOES TO COLLEGE--Since the events of the last film, Bonzo has learned how to read, and ended up in a circus, where he escapes and is taken in by a college football coach.

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1988 to 1991--SPITTING IMAGE--Bonzo, now deceased and stuffed, ends up in the possession of President Reagan.

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