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Van Beuren Aesop's Fables Cartoon - Circus Capers (1930)

Published on Jul 11, 2013 One of at least two 1930 Aesop's Fables cartoons that featured a male-and-female couple of mice. The duo's resemblance to Walt Disney's Mickey and Minnie Mouse was too close for comfort, which prompted Disney to take legal action against the Van Beuren Studio.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

RUSSELL BROS FAMILY FUN CIRCUS

I finally found something else about the Russell Bros Circus, 2009
This small family type show is getting a fine reputation on the West Coast.
Playing fairs as a free attraction.
RUSSELL BROTHERS FAMILY FUN CIRCUS
It's kind of like an old cliche. Kid sees the circus and loves it. Kid runs away to join the circus. Kid grows up and becomes the ringmaster!
But for Edward Russell, it's been the story of his life. "When I was a kid I always wanted to do this," said the 73 year old owner of Russell Brothers Circus. "One summer I went and did it, and I never went back. I ran a side show and introduced all the odd, unusual and bizarre acts."
Viewers see a magician, a disappearing dove named Hugo Birdini, a man completes a handstand on several stacked and wobbly chairs, a trick called "Temple Benares" that involves a disappearing man and numerous swords, and a amusing clown named Bingo who can balance a circling saucer on a thin stick.
Of course that isn't the entire show. Kids cheer on each new trick to come.
Silver Dollar Fair, Chico, CA
Last Week of May 2009


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