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The top earning Saturday Night Live cast members

As we head into the 40th season of SNL, let’s take a step back and see how much of an influence Lorne Michaels and gang have had on the economy.

What? The economy?

Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests
Live From New York:
The Complete, Uncensored History of
Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests


This was the very first Photoshopped image

In today’s technology age, it’s easy to identify the history of certain things.

The first phonebook?  Hard to know.  The first wristwatch? Questionable.

The origin of the sandwich? We know the (supposed) story, but we aren’t able to pinpoint the exact ingredients or date that the sandwich was invented.


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The real names of fictional characters

As you get closer to the birth of your new baby, you may start to wonder whether you should stick with a name from one of those baby books, or whether you should go off the beaten path and name your child after, let’s say, your favorite character.

Some people have done this successfully, such as Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller who (with his wife’s blessing, we assume) decided to name his daughter Moxie Crimefighter.  Who can’t say that a crimefighter isn’t a favorite character somewhere along the way?

But let’s say that you have more personal favorites from the world of books, games, food products, or other marketing.  Why wouldn’t you want to name your child after one of those characters… if ONLY YOU KNEW WHAT THEIR REAL NAMES WERE?!?!?

Poppin' Fresh - the Pillsbury Doughboy
Poppin’ Fresh – the Pillsbury Doughboy

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Learn how to tell a story, the Pixar way

A few months back, Web Watch told you about how Hemingway chose to write: be as concise as possible, don’t say in six words what you say in five.

Storytelling – whether it be written or verbal, for fun or for profit – is not something that comes naturally to everyone.  It’s another reason why public speaking can be so difficult, as well.  People naturally like to wander in their conversations, and becoming laser-focused on what you’re trying to say is a skillset that not everyone has.

Why take 20 minutes to tell a story when you can say the same thing in five minutes?  You can always expand on what you’re talking about, especially as part of a continued conversation.  But don’t give everything away on your own – your audience will become quickly bored.

So what should you do?

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Video Fun: Disney and Pixar Movies remixed into Pop Music

Innovate the Pixar Way: Business Lessons from the World's Most Creative Corporate Playground
Innovate the Pixar Way:
Business Lessons from the World’s Most Creative Corporate Playground

Web Watch is always amazed at the creativity that the Internet has sparked.

Maybe that creativity and innovation has always been there, but the Internet has certainly made finding these things more exciting and accessible to all.

So when we stumbled upon this remix of audio clips from the FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR, we thought that we’d take a look to see what else POGOMIX has done.

And that’s when we discovered this treasure trove of audio remixes from various DISNEY and PIXAR films.   Watch below, and enjoy…

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Why are animated FILMS never nominated for Best Director or acting awards?

Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3

It’s a completely legitimate question, especially as Pixar continues its stellar run of high-quality animated entertainment.

There’s a reason why TOY STORY 3 is nominated for Best Picture this year.  There’s a reason why UP was nominated for Best Picture last year.  There’s a reason why WALL-E‘s lack of a Best Picture nomination forced the Academy to increase the number of eligible Best Picture nominees from five to 10, thus ensuring that there would be 5 more chances for an animated film to lose any chance of ever winning a Best Picture award of its own outside of the animation categories.

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Video Fun: “Premakes” – old-school movie trailers for modern films

Disney/Pixar's UP
Disney/Pixar’s UP

By now, Web Watch hopes that you’ve seen Disney/Pixar’s UP.

Hopefully, you’ve shown it to your parents.  If you haven’t, and have had difficulty explaining to your parents why they should want to watch an animated film, perhaps you should show them this PREMAKE, a movie trailer using old video clips done in a style as if the new film had been made decades ago.

Perhaps it’s a bit hard to explain.  It’s what the trailers would look like if these films had been made in the 1950’s. Does that make sense?

Why don’t you watch this clip and you’ll see what we mean:

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One family’s quest to go one year without Disney

Mousetrapped: a Year and a Bit in Orlando
Mousetrapped: A Year and a Bit in Orlando

Web Watch has to admire people like Lisa Ray.

Lisa has strong convictions and a big stick-to-it attitude that isn’t often seen elsewhere.  She really does mean what she says, and says what she means.  Good for her.

Lisa, the founder of PARENTS FOR ETHICAL MARKETING, was upset at how the Disney corporation handled a refund request for the Baby Einstein line of early-learning DVDs.  Her reaction to those events (already documented elsewhere) led her to comment to her family, “I wish we could boycott Disney. But I don’t think we can. They’re too big.”

This got her 12-year-old daughter thinking, and she suggested that maybe they could go a year without Disney.

Lisa liked this idea so much, she decided that was exactly what she and her family were going to do: go A YEAR WITHOUT DISNEY.