This moving collage of wind-up toys is magical

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I have nightmares like that. Thanks…

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And the music is Hank Williams, Jambalaya. Of all songs …

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My grandma had that “Charley Weaver Bartender” toy (actually battery-powered); you can’t see in the video, but when he raised the glass to “drink”, not only did his nose light up, but smoke came out of his ears.

(The Charley Weaver character was the invention of Cliff Arquette, grandfather of Rosanna and her siblings, and appeared on many television programs in the '50s and '60s, before settling into his accustomed spot in the lower left corner on Hollywood Squares.)

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That was a truly wonderful thing.

And I loved the soundtrack, especially.

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damn i really want one of those Charley Weaver, Bartender toys now for our bar. that’s even better than the Drinky Birds we have now. i bet if you can find them, they are expensive.

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As an enjoyer of things bearish, I loved the reading bear and the one who cleaned its glasses.

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If your willing, perhaps we can work out a deal…

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I got some strong Cyriak vibes when the pair of dogs walked in and reversed at 2:02!

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seriously. it’s so great.
are you serious? a working one? i’m all ears.

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Watching it I continually flip flopped between enjoyment and pre-terror for the nightmares it’s going to induce tonight. But I found the soundtrack lovely, one more thing that will come back to haunt me.

Why scrimp and save? There’s a 30 minute video with the wind up toys in a real parade, and flying in space, robots marching through town, the works

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I’ve been re-reading Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, and this fits very well with the feeling of kitsch Americana that suffuses the first half of the book.

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I do that every few years…

Just before the Plague Times, I saw one of these in a local antique/junk store. I hope he finds a good home.

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That was neat! And only a few capable of being possessed by a demon.

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I failed to see any that couldn’t be.

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Not the turtle or bartender. Everything else is fair game per my copy of the handbook.