The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Ink & Paint Set #9

The Ritz Brothers in The Autograph Hound
(Jack King, Disney, 1939)


Richard Gibson said...

This series reminds me of a film 'Mr Hoppity Goes to town' which I saw when I was about 8 or 9 and have never seen again. Is it available?

swac said...

I thought it had become public domain like Gulliver's Travels, but I never see it around the usual bargain bins.

I have some sheet music from it somewhere...

Brent McKee said...

I can't find it listed under either of its titles Hoppity Goes To Town or Mr. Bug Goes To Town On the whole it was the better of the two Fleischer features (less rotoscoping), although that really isn't saying all that much.

Richard Gibson said...

I just checked it out on and half of the reviewers are from England. Seems it's quite popular here but hasn't been seen since around 1982.
I remember it fondly.