Thursday, December 24, 2009

Cookies! "AWWWWM-num-num-num-num..."

The word ‘cookie’ is derived from the Dutch word ‘koekje’, which meant “small or little cake.

In 1966, Henson drew three monsters who appeared in a General Foods commercial that featured three crunchy snack foods: Wheels, Crowns and Flutes. Each snack was represented by a different monster. The Wheel-Stealer was a short, fuzzy monster with wonky eyes and sharply pointed teeth. The Flute-Snatcher was a speed demon with a long, sharp nose and windblown hair. The Crown-Grabber was a hulk of a monster with a Boris Karloff accent and teeth that resembled giant knitting needles.

"These monsters had insatiable appetites for the snack foods they were named after. Each time the Muppet narrator, a human-looking fellow, fixes himself a tray of Wheels, Flutes and Crowns, they disappear before he can eat them. One by one, the monsters sneak in and zoom away with the snacks. Frustrated and peckish, the narrator warns viewers that these pesky monsters could be disguised as someone in your own home, at which point the monsters briefly turn into people and then dissolve back to monsters again."

As it turns out, these commercials were never aired—but all three monsters had a future in the Muppet cast. The Crown-Grabber was used in an Ed Sullivan Show sketch, in which he ruins a girl's beautiful day. Known from then on as the Beautiful Day Monster, he made a number of appearances on Sesame Street and The Muppet Show. The Flute-Snatcher turned into Snake Frackle, a background monster from The Great Santa Claus Switch and The Muppet Show.

And then there's the Wheel-Stealer, who was destined for greater things.

In 1967, Henson used the Wheel-Stealer puppet for an IBM training film called "The Coffee Break Machine." In the sketch, the monster (with pointed fangs) devoured a complex machine as the machine described its purpose and construction. His greed gets the better of him, however, as the machine's recording continues (within his stomach), announcing that it is wired to self-destruct. The monster promptly explodes. This sketch was also performed in October 1967 on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Two years later, Henson pulled the puppet out of the box again for three commercials selling Munchos, a Frito-Lay potato chip. This time, the puppet was called Arnold. After the three ads were produced, Henson had the opportunity to renew the contract. He chose not to, because at that point he was working on Sesame Street.

Additional trivias:
Cookie Monster's birthday is November 2nd.
Unlike most other Muppets of Sesame Street, Cookie Monster has four fingers and a thumb.

The Metro Manila Film Festival

The Metro Manila Film Festival (it was first named as Metropolitan Film Festival) premiered on September 21, 1975 and the first film that was awarded Best Picture was Augusto Buenaventura’s Diligan mo ng Hamog ang Uhaw na Lupa.

Former Philippine President Joseph Estrada won the Best Actor while Charito Solis won the Best Actress Award for Araw Araw, Gabi-Gabi.

In 1977, Metropolitan Film Festival was changed to Metro Manila Film Festival and Celso Ad Castillio’s Burlesk Queen copped 95% of all awards including a Best Actress win for Vilma Santos (now the governor of Batangas).

For most awards, they are: Nora Aunor (7 awards), Christopher De Leon (6 awards) and Vilma Santos (4 awards).

Fernando Poe Jr. never won an acting/director awards on his Panday series.

Sharron Cuneta grabbed the Best Acting Award in Crying Ladies while Maricel Soriano bagged 2 Best Actress Awards.

Sunday, November 29, 2009


"ROSEBUD" was CITIZEN KANE'S last word on his deathbead in the movie Citizen Kane made in 1941. ROSEBUD was a SLED he had as a child and the frame of the story of the movie was searching for the meaning his last word.

Go Joe!!!

In 1964, HASBRO introduced an 11 1/2-inch doll called G.I. JOE, with 21 movable parts to "move G.I.JOE into action positions"..."America's Movable Fighting Man"....'fighting man from head to toe...on the land...on the the air...' First-year sales for the doll and his equipment reached $10 million.

Beatles Trivia

The Beatles got their name from a line in the movie "The Wild Ones". Lee Marvin's character had a line in the movie where he referred to the women in the gang as "beetles." The Beatles changed the 'ee' to 'ea' so it was like the musical term 'beat'.

The BEATLES won a GRAMMY in 1964 for "BEST NEW ARTIST".

The BEATLES's movie HELP was originally titled "Eight arms to hold you".

The BEATLES played Shea Stadium in New York City on August 15, 1965 playing for 35 minutes and sang 12 songs in front of 56,000 fans. They were paid $160,000.

The BEATLES movie "A Hard Day's Night" won TWO Academy Awards.

The BEATLES gave The ROLLING STONES their first hit single "I WANNA BE YOUR MAN".

Before he was a BEATLE, JOHN LENNON was the leader of the group called THE QUARRYMEN, named after The QUARRY BANK GRAMMAR SCHOOL located in Woolton, England.

More Beatles fact @ Beatles Fact!

First test Tube baby

The first TEST TUBE BABY born in the United States on December 28, 1981 is Elizabeth Jordan Carr.