The Fabulous Baron Munchausen [aka Baron Prášil ] (1961) Czechoslovakian animator Karel Zeman combines live action with puppets and animation to create a highly stylized picture about the outrageous lies of Baron Munchausen. Influenced by the engravings of Gustave Doré, in the tradition of Ray Harryhausen, Zeman’s fantasy world revels in a childlike delight and good humor that never succumbs to Disney realism. The result is an experience quite uncanny, since you are always aware that this is both real [actual actors] and unreal [irrational images]. Restored in a beautiful Blu-Ray by SECOND RUN, this is a “must” for all fans of animation.
Where have all the extinct species gone?
The ivory-billed woodpecker hides
In the Big Woods of eastern Arkansas.
Where is the West African Black Rhinoceros?
Where is the Pyrenean Ibex of Iberia?
Even passenger pigeons no longer carry messages.
The Caribbean Monk Seal has no prayers
And Tasmanian Tigers have been wiped out.
Human development destroyed Tecopa pupfish.
What about species that are now threatened?
The ghost orchid may soon become a ghost
Among Great Basin bristlecone pine.
Spoon-billed sandpipers skirt the shore,
While inland Liben lark dart about
Rocky shores where Chinese-crested terns perch.
Freshwater fish, like red-finned blue eyes,
Or damsel fish in the Galapagos,
Might go the way of Angel sharks.
Pallid sturgeon have lost their spawning habitat.
Arkansas Wildlife Services struggle to preserve
Benton County Cave and Hell Creek crayfish.
But Arkansas catfish farms can barely survive.
With hurricanes. earthquakes, and tornadoes,
What will be the fate of the Anthropocene?
[Disposable Poem September 21, 2017]