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Heavy Metal

February 6th, 2007

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Today’s Just Plain Weird Week installment, “It’s A Bird,” comes direct from our Wotthehell Department. It’s the story of a guy looking for a metal eating bird, using a worm dipped in aluminum paint as bait. Sounds plausible.

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We owe this early 30’s bit of whimsy to the imagination of circus performer turned sign painter turned pioneer animator turned silent movie comedian turned sporadically employed Renaissance man, Charley Bowers. For decades, the guy was a footnote to a footnote in cinema history, but his odd mixture of live action comedy and goofball puppet animation has been somewhat re-discovered in recent years. What else? Oh, yeah — his character designs look like they were a big inspiration to Dr. Seuss.

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Dave Kirwan

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