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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Follow Up to Last Week's Aristocrats(?) / Gay Purr-ee





Last week I posted a set of punch-out / stand up figures that can be seen here.  I was uncertain what the set represented, mainly because I was missing an important element - the cover!  I was amazed at the response I received to the post and would like to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who left a comment and/or helped me solve the mystery.

I now know that the set comes from a movie called 'Gay Purr-ee'.  It was released in 1962 and featured the voice talent of Judy Garland in her only animated film role.  This Wikipedia entry fills in all the other details for anyone who would like more info on the film.

    
The cover picture was emailed to me by Sally in Australia.  It was originally given to her by Bobe who lives in the Ozark Mountains in the USA.  I had no direct contact with Bobe but she very kindly agreed to my using the scan of the cover to round off my original post.

I had never heard of Gay Purr-ee before and would have been too young to see the film in 1962 when it was released.  I think the distributors (it was produced by United Productions of America and released by Warner Bros.) must have spotted an opportunity when Disney brought out the Aristocrats in 1970.  There are many similarities between the two - besides both being set in Paris near the turn of the 20th century, the two lead characters are extremely similar. I wouldn't imagine I was told the set was the Aristocrats, but I think I inadvertently confused the two together, especially as this book was given to me (brand new) in 1970.

I'd like to dedicate this post to everyone who contributed comments, suggestions and information in the original post. The best way I can think of doing so is to link back to all your blogs:


Corissia at 2BeAPaperDoll






Also thanks to Nora for the lovely comment and Sally for all the emails - I don't have blogs for either of you but wanted to include you in the list.

(Thanks also Retha for the link to your group - I will definitely be visiting soon!)

There are times when blogging can be such a rewarding experience and realising there are such great people out there has (for me) been one of the highlights!

        

6 comments:

GardenofDaisies said...

Glad the mystery was solved. I had not heard of that film either. Yes, one of the most wonderful things about blogging is the community of friends who are always so willing to help out. :-)

CraveCute said...

How wonderful to be able to share the cover with us. I don't remember the Gay Purr-ee title at all. How interesting to find out the entire story about this. Thanks to you, Bobe and Sally! ~Diane~

Roger Lawrence said...

I've never heard of that film. I must make an effort to find it. My daughter would love it.

Barbara said...

Hi Sharon, aren’t folks grand! I’m so glad you managed to complete the story. I don’t really know why but this set keeps reminding me of Lady and the tramp and the picture of the love-struck dogs eating spaghetti! There must be some similarities of colour or setting. Thanks so much for mentioning me in your post, sorry it took a while to comment we’ve been up to London for a couple of days to visit the Olympics (don’t tell Roger!!)

Corissia said...

We would love to see you in group, Sally, Retha, Bobe & I all belong to the same one. Thanks for the link, I guess that means I need to prioritize posting something asap huh? Anyway, don't know if I mentioned it, but I really enjoy reading your blog. I think you're linked from mine already, I'll fix it if I'm wrong.

Donna Yates said...

Sharon, you are so sweet! Thank you for the mention. Glad you received help on uncovering the true story of those cute pop-ups.

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