Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Debate 2

I thought McCain and Obama both did reasonably well. The MSM will do a dissection I'm sure. From my POV there was no "winner" or "loser" last night. A funny thing happened while the debate was on... we were babysitting our neighbor's 3-year old daughter. Around 9, we packed up her little bag of stuff in anticipation that the neighbors would soon be home (they went to a wake)... When Barack Obama appeared on the TV screen, the little girl would touch the screen, say "George," and try to plant a kiss on the electronic image of Barack. I mentioned this to the neighbor, who laughed and said "she thinks Obama is 'Curious George'" --- that got me thinking about the old "Popeye" movie starring Robin Williams as the one-eyed sailor. The moviemakers picked a good bunch of "real life" doubles. And they basically made the movie a "live-action cartoon." While film and TV have tried to cast living actors who resemble established characters, it's very difficult.

Old-timers will remember "Captain Kangaroo" a CBS Network TV children's staple. The young man who played the Captain was heavily made up when he began doing the show. By the time it had reached the end of it's long run, Bob Keeshan, without make-up, looked in real life (as opposed to "reel life"??) exactly like the "Captain Kangaroo" character!!!

Jay North was believable as "Dennis the Menace" but which actor do you think best portrayed "The Batman"??? Christopher Reeve was a natural as "Superman" because he looked so much like the comic-book character, unlike 50s TV Superman George Reeves. BUT Reeve's co-stars who assumed the personnas of Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen for me will always be the "real" Lois and Jimmy.

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