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Video Sunday: For a Nancy Drew fan it was a dream come true

When I worked in the Jefferson Market Library, round about five years ago, we showed filmstrips every Thursday.  Now these were actual strips of film.  Films that had been in the library’s collection for who knows how many decades.  So in 2005 I was typing out carbons (true) and sending them to our central media library to request films that I had watched in my own youth.  Films like that old Homer Price live action film about the donut machine and the one with the witches and the pancakes.  But my favorite to show around Valentine’s Day was The Marzipan Pig.  It’s funny that so close on the heels of my interview with Russell Hoban I have actually located a snippet of the film made from this picture book, but located it I have.  If the narrator’s voice is driving you crazy, I’ll clear it up.  That’s Tim Curry.  It makes for a strange little picture book, but a lovely one.  You can also see a snippet of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers too, if you like.

As for this next one, Colin Farrell and Rihanna should only WISH they were this talented.  Go, Danny boy, go go go!

Thanks to bookshelves doom for the link.

This next one is fun for anyone interested in hidden treasures and library news.  Or San Antonio for that matter.  Apologies for the ad at the start.

Thanks to AL Direct for the link.

Also library-related, I had heard of these homemade web animations sweeping the . . . . web (note to self: come up with more one-syllable terms to describe internet) but I’d only ever seen the ones made for authors.  This one is for library students.  Library martyrs of the world, unite.

Thanks to GreenBeanTeenQueen for the link!

Finally, for our off-topic healthy goodness, it’s not the first time we’ve seen this kind of yeast-related animation come to light, but it’s certainly one of the more sophisticated offerings.  Remember, this is stop animation you’re viewing.  The images were created with a laser cutter.

Good old, OK Go.  Right time of year for this song too.  Thanks to Dan McCoy for the link.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Love these! I’d seen The Elements earlier this week – it’s awesome! & Tim Curry – yay! All good!

  2. You know I’m going to have to peek if you write “Nancy Drew”. I know a person named Nancy Drew for reals. She’s an artist from the Brooklyn scene.

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      As artist names go, that may be one of the best. I hope she does a lot of installations with sporty roadsters and magnifying glasses.

  3. JMyersbook says:

    Ah, the convergence of the Universe… To hear another dead-pan animation (in the spirit of Hurts So Good) that cracked me up, this morning, go and listen to “What Is A Speech Team,” here:

  4. LOL! I have all of Tom Lehrer’s records–yes, in vinyl!–and so I just HAD to put up both the Radcliffe and Lehrer versions on my website. Thank you for this!

  5. I can’t believe you mentioned the witches (wasn’t it one witch?) and the pancakes! I told my college roommate about that movie once, and she thought I was nuts. My husband is the only other person I know who remembers that film. Such fond memories of elementary school…