Sunday, April 18, 2010

Simon says: Rest in peace

Mark Evanier reports that legendary vocal artist “Captain” Allen Swift has passed away at the age of 86. One of the most prolific vocal talents of any generation, he’s probably best known for his work with Total Television—providing the Lionel Barrymore-like tones of Simon Bar Sinister on Underdog and the Ronald Colman-inspired Odie Cologne of King Leonardo and His Short Subjects (he was also Itchy Brother and Tooter Turtle). Other productions he worked on include The New Casper Cartoon Show, Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales, The Beagles (a parody on some British rock ‘n’ roll group—I read somewhere that this TV series no longer has any existing prints) and Diver Dan. He also voiced many of the characters in the cult cartoon flick Mad Monster Party? (1967) and guest-starred (in the flesh) on TV shows like The Equalizer, Crime Story, Kate & Allie and Law & Order.

(Update: My good friend Andrew Leal of Spanish Popeye fame has posted a nice tribute to Mr. Swift here.)

Meanwhile, the cinematic world has lost one of its legendary and most talented film editors in Dede Allen, who has also died at 86; despite being the first film editor—male or female—to earn sole credit on a film for her work she was never awarded an Oscar during her long career…even though she was nominated thrice for Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Reds (1981) and Wonder Boys (2000). She edited such seminal films as The Hustler (1961) and Bonnie and Clyde (1967), and some other TDOY faves in which she wielded scissors include Odds Against Tomorrow (1959), Alice's Restaurant (1969), Little Big Man (1970) and Night Moves (1975).

R.I.P, Allen and Dede. You both will be missed.

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Tom said...

She also edited "The Breakfast Club", another classic.

The Academy needs to start giving out more Honorary Oscars every year.

Jeff Overturf said...

I hate to hear of people who contributed so much but had little acknowledgement or celebrity pass.

But then again, these were people that added greatly to things with the work they did...and knowing they did a great job was the only reward they wanted.

I can live with that.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

She also edited "The Breakfast Club", another classic.

We do not use "The Breakfast Club" and "classic" in the same sentence around TDOY, Tom. It simply isn't done. :-)