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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Tom and Jerry: The Wizard of OZ

The advantage of telling a reestablished story with beloved and familiar characters is you do not have to do much “new” writing. Everyone knows what happened to Dorothy. We are all familiar with Tom and Jerry. So as a result you can mixthings up. This 2011 Cartoon Network feature puts together the Hanna Barabara charters we all grew up with and combines the likeness and creativity style of Animaniacs ; along with the titular characters of Tom and Jerry. Deputy Dog, Heckel and Jeckel and that really annoying little grey mouse that was the “Cousin Oliver” Tom and Jerry cartoons are all along for the ride. While this animated adventure did not involve jumping any sharks, Tom and Jerry did have to endure one very perstient snapping alligator. The story worked however and the good triumphed in the end. This was the perfect way to start Thanksgiving Day, on a high note. (Especially since I did not get much sleep last night.) Grade T (for Thanksgiving)

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A note from an editor!

Hi Matthew,

Thank you for the time and effort you put into this piece, especially on a Saturday morning. I can tell you definitely took good notes of everything that was going on during the event!

We still have some work to do before this piece is ready to print. Your piece has a lot of information, but it doesn’t sound like a news article. What was the point of his speech/presentation? Why was he addressing this audience? What is Vanguard? What does the company do – who does it serve? You spend a lot of time narrating (for example, how he was injured), but did not report on the purpose of the event. You can maybe mention his appearance/joking about it in a sentence or two, but do not take several paragraphs to do so. Also, I like how you mentioned where the name “Vanguard” comes from.

There are a lot of spelling errors in this piece – make sure you proof read each sentence carefully.

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Ten Most pathetic movie stars that still have careers.

(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

10. John Claude Van dahm