Re: a message from Courtney thru me

From: chance <>
Date: Mon, 8 Jan 1996 23:37:13 -0800

>like the subject heading says, this is *Courtney's* message, I'm just
>sending it to you for her.
>Me again! I just *love* sending E-mail,don't you?
>Hey,Chance! If you still have any copies of Animato!,please inform Terra.
>I really like the SWAT Kats issue.
>>She keeps taking *my* copy and reading it over and over and over...
>Noway,Terra! You liar!
>>I am ***NOT*** lying!!!! Ya gotta belive me!!!<

I ordered ten of those for the Katfans, and they went so fast I scrounged up a five more.
They went faster than the original ten. Mark Lungo (the author) has gotten mail from odd
places thanking him for writing *anything* about the Kats in the absence of anything from
the Dark Forces of Tedco, and "Animato!" even posted a followup piece (?) in the next
issue's "Letters" page.

This article had a rocky start, too. First off, Mark arranged to get interviews with H-B
personnel that worked on the show (and ex-staffers toiling elsewhere), but when it came
time to go to press, many of these individuals expressed reservations about having their
names attached to the quotes (there was an earlier warning to some employees about
leaking information, and this is how it showed up, I guess). Anyway, Mark Lungo forwarded
a copy of it to Turner Public Relations after they expressed concerns that "it would make us
look bad", and they found out that the only mention of the cancellation whatsoever was Mark's
unmistakably pointed disclaimer:

"It isn't the function of this article to comment on the skills of the Hanna-Barbera (Turner)
 marketing staff, or the logic of punishing the SwatKats artists for mistakes made by
 other people."

Turner didn't see anything wrong with the quotes, as they simply helped illustrate how good
ingredients make for a good product. Still, two Hanna-Barberians in the production end
of things feared the guillotine, and their remarks were left unattributed or excised altogether.
Still, the Animato! issue in which the article appears is fraught with H-B irony anyway, as
Mark's caustic indictment of the Turner management appears bookended with Mike Dobb's
trashing of the World Premiere Toons, and a Hanna-Barbera ad "thanking Animato! readers --
We love you too!". Heh.

You guys can try and get a copy of this mag right from the publisher ($4.50 US plus postage),
or read the article in its entirety on I'm not really in the financial position to order
any more for the fans as yet - but I plan on getting a stock later on.

"Dedicated to the indomitable spirit of the sled dogs that relayed
 antitoxin six hundred miles over rough ice, across treacherous waters,
 through Arctic blizzards from Nenana to the relief of stricken Nome in
 the winter of 1925. Endurance, Fidelity, Intelligence." -- "Balto"

Received on Tue Jan 09 1996 - 03:52:53 PST

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