-- Posted by Frostbyte on 6:42 am on Jan. 13, 2009
I am looking for a name of an old movie series from pbs (I believe). It was about this boy who gets sent to his grandfather. His grandfather is using his ship for whaling expodition. They are trying to identify whales by the markings on their tails.
-- Posted by marksmith on 3:57 am on Feb. 27, 2011
Wicked and Whimsical: Edward Gorey's Vision
Swooning heroines in long gowns, sinister men in bowler hats and handlebar mustaches, dark figures playing croquet in a rainstorm -- these are some of the unforgettable cartoon images that open and close each week's episode of MYSTERY! And they're all mysterious escapees from the whimsically wicked world of Edward Gorey.
From the very first episode, Gorey's incredibly imaginative imagery, animated by Derek Lamb, has given the series is signature look. His skulking characters may seem to be up to no good, but look more closely and you'll probably realize Gorey is winking at you, like that skull in the tombstone in the opening credits. The message well may be: Enjoy what follows, but take it seriously at your peril.
One of America's most eclectic -- and eccentric -- creative artists, Gorey was a writer who illustrated his ideas in a variety of mediums and wasn't necessarily particular as to what form they took. Starting in the early 1950s, he published more than 70 books of drawings such as The Beastly Baby and The Curious Sofa which brought his often macabre literary ideas to life. His illustrated versions of other people's work, including T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, are perennial bestsellers. A major retrospective of his work, The World of Edward Gorey, by Clifford Ross and Karen Wilkin, was published in 1996. His 1978 set designs for the Broadway revival of Dracula set him off as a stage designer, and his costumes for that show earned him a Tony award. His rare excursions into animation, including the short series of "Fantods" he did for MYSTERY!, have added to his enormous cult reputation. When he was in his late sixties, Gorey produced, wrote, directed, and occasionally even acted in his own community theater productions in the Cape Cod area, where he lived and worked in his later years.