Category:
Fantasy

The Land of Oz Playground

Alas, for human failure:

The Land of Oz playground was located within the Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks War Memorial Park located at 14201 Huston Street in Sherman Oaks. Planning for the playground, which broke ground on November 27, 1964, began as a joint venture between the Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Department, the Van Nuys Junior Chamber of Commerce, and the Valley Children's Play Park Association. However, lack of funding for the 'Wizard of Oz' themed playground caused construction to drag on for more than a decade. In the end, the city withdrew further support for the failed project which was left incomplete and with only a few structures standing, the 'Over the Rainbow' bridge and 'Munchkinland' castle. Over the years, with no funding for maintenance or security, the play area and its structures fell victim to gang and drug activity, vandalism, and decay and were demolished in the late 1980's.






Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 25, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Disasters, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Government, Fantasy, 1960s

The Egg



Posted By: Paul - Fri Dec 30, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Fantasy, Stop-motion Animation, 1970s, North America

Lou Bunin’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND





It's harder to be more surreal than the original, but this mixed live-actor stop-motion version by Lou Bunin tries hard.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Sep 24, 2016 - Comments (0)
Category: Surrealism, Books, Fantasy, Stop-motion Animation, 1940s

Happy



Wikipedia article here.

Another, lesser-known, candidate for "Worst TV Show Ever." As a critic said at the time:

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Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 17, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Television, Babies and Toddlers, Fantasy, 1960s

Pinocchio In Africa





Not expecting Disney to film this sequel any time soon.

Full text here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 28, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Puppets and Automatons, Racism, Fantasy, 1910s, Africa, Europe

Blood is Money



Man, those are some weird-ass non-Western horror/fantasy tropes from Nollywood.

Caution: lots of fake gore and quick glimpse of the butts of naked corpses.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 20, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Horror, Scary Criminals, Surrealism, Foreign Customs, Fantasy, Africa

The Certainty of a Future Life In Mars

Did you know that when you die, your soul goes to a new life on Mars?

You can read all about it right here.

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Here's what happens when the new soul first arrives.

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Here's a little scholarly perspective.

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Source.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Mar 24, 2014 - Comments (7)
Category: Death, Religion, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Space Travel, 1900s

Jasper and the Haunted House



What else but "Spooks Gooseberry Pie?"

Learn more here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Aug 23, 2013 - Comments (3)
Category: Food, Stereotypes and Cliches, Fantasy, Stop-motion Animation, 1940s

Murad Cigarette Ads

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[Click either to enlarge]

Surely one of the most gorgeously over-the-top ad campaigns for any cigarette was the long-running series for Murad brand. What a realm of fantasy!

Read a small history of the brand and see a large gallery of images here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 12, 2013 - Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Fantasy, Smoking and Tobacco, Middle East, Twentieth Century

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