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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.

Friday, February 10, 2012

David Maas on "The Windy City Circus: A Circus With A Purpose"


by Michael J. Robert

from: chicago.gopride.com

Thu. February 9, 2012

Chicago is getting its very own circus! "The Windy City Circus: A Circus With A Purpose", is a new non-for-profit event put together by David and Diana Maas, best known for their world famous Quick Change routine, which has been showcased on numerous television shows including America's Got Talent and The Oprah Winfrey Show. The performances will benefit different charities and for their premier, will be located at Navy Pier. I talked with David Maas about the how this idea came to fruition and the challenges of putting together a production of this size. MJR: (Michael J. Roberts) The Windy City Circus sounds like it is going to be amazing. What made you decide that you wanted to produce a circus?
DM: (David Maas) Well Michael, my wife and I were born on a truck so they say and have the circus running through our veins. We were born and raised with a background of entertainment. My father was a musician and my mother was a singer and dancer. My wife, Diana, came from the Moscow State Circus, where her brother to this very day is still a director. When my wife and met we put together the Quick Change act and became so popular all over the world, we decided we needed to be centrally located. We signed a long term contract with the M.B.A. and we decided to make Chicago our base. We spent many years in New York City with the Big Apple Circus but we thought this was a marvelous opportunity to start some like this that has never, ever been done and do it in the Chicagoland area. Of course Ringling Bros. and Cirque du Solei
comes through but there has been nothing with a concept of ‘Chicago'. Then added to the fact that it could be a non-for-profit that will give back to the community, it will be something that will belong to Chicago itself.read more:http://chicago.gopride.com/news/interview.cfm/articleid/335025

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