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    Bob Homme/The Friendly Giant

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    proutporut Bob Homme/The Friendly Giant

    Message par Carl Fiset le Ven 26 Jan - 12:36

    Ce nom vous dira rien probablement mais il était l'homme (sans vouloir faire de jeu de mots) derrière le Gentil Géant de l'émission Friendly Giant à la CBC le matin. Voici sa bio:

    http://archives.cbc.ca/days_to_remember/

    Friendly Giant


    A guitar-playing chicken hangs in a sack on a castle wall while a giraffe with blue spots sticks his head in through a nearby window. They are, of course, Rusty and Jerome, there at the invitation of Friendly Giant, an affable father figure in a medieval costume. Together the three were some of the most enduring characters in the history of CBC children's programming.

    Friendly GiantA creation of Bob Homme, the program began at a small commercial TV station in Wisconsin in 1954. Four years later Homme moved the show north to Canada and the CBC. Originally there were two puppeteers - one each for Rusty and Jerome - but soon Rod Coneybeare, a CBC radio veteran, was operating both.

    For 26 years, young viewers were greeted by the harp-and-tin-whistle tune "Early One Morning" as Friendly (played by Homme) lowered the drawbridge on the miniature castle. He would invite them to have a seat: "One little chair for one of you, and a bigger chair for two to curl up in, and for someone who likes to rock, a rocking chair in the middle." Then: "Look up, look wa-a-ay up…" and there was Friendly, soon joined by Rusty and Jerome. The rest of the show's 15 minutes were occupied by gentle chat among the trio, followed by a story or a musical performance. Friendly played the recorder, Rusty was on harp or guitar, and Jerome sang. Each week a pair of puppet cats - Angie and Fiddle, the Jazz Cats - also performed.

    In 1984 the federal government made considerable cuts to the CBC budget. Friendly Giant was cancelled shortly thereafter, though CBC executives said it wasn't related to the cuts. Bob Homme passed away in May 2000 at age 81.
    C'était une émission que j'ai écouté religieusement étant jeune qui passait tout juste après le Quebec Scholastic Telecast (quelque chose du genre).



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    proutporut Re: Bob Homme/The Friendly Giant

    Message par Carl Fiset le Ven 26 Jan - 12:40

    L'émission a débuté en 1958 pour se terminer en 1985.



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    proutporut Re: Bob Homme/The Friendly Giant

    Message par Carl Fiset le Ven 26 Jan - 13:04

    Autre texte sur www.wikkipedia.ca

    The short, 15 minute show was perhaps most famous for its opening sequence. Each episode would begin with the camera panning over a detailed, animated model of part of a village as Friendly could be heard observing the goings on in the town below. Suddenly, his giant boot would come into view and Friendly would ask the viewers to "Look up, look waaaaay up!" and the Giant would invite everyone to come visit his castle. The traditional tune Early One Morning would be heard being played on the Giant's recorder, while the camera slowly zoomed into the Giant's castle, whose drawbridge and doors opened wide in welcome. Once inside, The Friendly Giant would put out miniature furniture for his viewers beside his feet (with only his feet and hands visible), saying, "One little chair for one of you, and a bigger chair for two more to curl up in, and for someone who likes to rock, a rocking chair in the middle." Typically Jerome the Giraffe would visit by poking his head through a high window, and Rusty the Rooster would emerge from his small bag hanging from the wall adjacent to the window.

    The rest of the show focused on gentle, humorous chat between Friendly, Rusty and Jerome, followed by a story or a musical performance. When extra instrumentation was needed, a pair of otherwise silent puppet cats - Angie and Fiddle, the Jazz Cats - joined in. At the show's conclusion, Friendly would put his miniature furniture away and his large, kindly hand would wave goodbye as the camera would zoom out and the castle's drawbridge would be raised; as a silvery moon rose into the sky a cow would jump over it. Once, when the cow failed to make an appearance, the CBC was inundated with phone calls from disappointed viewers. (On occasion, often for episodes devoted to musical performances, episodes would take place completely at night.)

    The shows were largely ad lib-bed, typically based around a one-page plot summary for each episode. This gave the show an added spontaneity uncommon to most children's shows, though the series was marked by a go-slow, gentle nature. The simple repetition of its main elements from show to show put it fundamentally at odds with the bolder, ever-changing nature of such shows as Sesame Street.

    Little was made of the fact that Rusty, Jerome and the cat musicians must have been gargantuan in scale in order to converse with Friendly, and a running joke in the series involved the endless supply of items Rusty was able to keep in his bag.
    The Friendly Giant's model castle, used during the opening sequence, currently on view at the CBC Museum in Toronto
    The Friendly Giant's model castle, used during the opening sequence, currently on view at the CBC Museum in Toronto

    Cancellation

    In 1984 the Canadian federal government made deep cuts into the CBC budget, and The Friendly Giant was cancelled soon afterwards, though CBC executives insisted that the show's passing was unrelated to the cuts. It was commonly thought at the time that the move was intended to create enough public outrage that the government funding cuts to the CBC would be reversed. While there was strong public sentiment to keep the show on the air, the funding cuts were not reversed, and no new shows were made. It aired regularly for years afterwards as repeats.

    The show's replacement, Fred Penner's Place, has been referred to by some people as "the Giant Killer".

    By the time the show ended, more than 3,000 episodes of the show had been produced.

    Aftermath

    The star of the show, Robert Homme, was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1998. He died on May 2, 2000, at the age of 81 of prostate cancer.

    Approximately 850 episodes of the show are currently held in the CBC's archive, including kinescopes of the earliest episodes.

    Many of the props, costumes and puppets from the show are on display at the CBC Museum as part of an exhibit called Growing Up with CBC in Toronto.

    The Friendly Giant was honoured as a Masterwork by the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust in 2005.
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    proutporut Re: Bob Homme/The Friendly Giant

    Message par Carl Fiset le Lun 10 Mar - 23:45

    Le début, la fin et un extrait d'une émission:



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    proutporut Re: Bob Homme/The Friendly Giant

    Message par Carl Fiset le Lun 20 Déc - 14:55

    Source : http://www.flickr.com/photos/tod/2032502/
    Friendly Giant Castle REVEALED!

    Turns out, it's not a castle at all! It was a miniature, with two very small motors pulling on fishing wire. Now they'll tell us the giant wasn't even a real giant!







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    Message par Carl Fiset le Lun 20 Déc - 15:14





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