Saturday, August 22, 2020

They Seek Him Here

Kicked off a sunny, hazy morning with breakfast and Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. Daniel and Prince Wednesday are making a backdrop for the school's beach party when "Prince Wednesday's Accident" results in him spilling yellow paint on himself and the floor. Teacher Harriett helps him clean up and reminds him that accidents happen. Music Man Stan is delighted to let Daniel and his daughter Miss Elaina play with his childhood kite, but "Daniel and Miss Elaina's Kite Accident" ends with it getting ripped in a bush. Stan finally helps the kids make a new one that'll really fly.

Switched to The Adventures of Paddington Bear at Hulu while getting ready for work. "Paddington Hits Out" when he's the caddy for grumpy Mr. Curry at the golf course. He does even better when he ends up having to replace him. "Ranger Paddington" is on the lookout for poachers who might want to steal his breakfast eggs, but an ostrich sends him on the track of actual poachers. "Paddington's Puzzle" is made from the painting Mr. Curry left on the sidewalk. When it turns out to be one of Mr. Curry's favorite paintings, Paddington tries to make amends.

Headed off to work shortly after the cartoon ended. The Acme got pretty busy around noon, but before and after that, it was the same on-and-off steady it's been all week. Maybe it's just as well. There were three carts loaded to the brims with candy that needed to be shelved. Shelved packs and plastic containers of gum that I could carry between customers.

Went straight home after work and into writing. Malade's stone spell has turned almost everyone into a statue, including Sir (Bert) Convy, Orson (Bean) the troll, Little Sarah (Kennedy) Riding Hood, and Gary (Burghoff) Scarlet. Charles, Brett, Betty, Richard, and Lee dodged the spell by hiding under a table...but they can't stay there forever....

Broke for leftovers for dinner at 6:30. Made Coconut-Caramel No-Bake Cookies and Poohberry Muffins (blueberry muffin recipe from The Winnie the Pooh Cookbook) while watching the 1982 British version of The Scarlet Pimpernel, my favorite movie retelling of my favorite novel.

French actress Margurite St. Just (Jane Seymour) marries Sir Percy Blakeny (Anthony Andrews), a handsome but seemingly foolish young British aristocrat, finding him to be fascinating under his foppish persona. He's really the Scarlet Pimpernel, the leader of a band of daring young Englishmen who rescued doomed French nobles from the guillotine. Paul Chauvelain (Ian McKellen), a spy for the Committee of Public Safety, has made it his personal goal to track down and eliminate this menace from across the English Channel. Margurite wishes her lazy husband would show half that man's daring and bravery...until she discovers his secret, and learns what her brother Armand (Malcom Jamieson) is up to in Paris. Now it's a race against time, as the Scarlet Pimpernel and his men try to rescue the little son of Marie Antoinette from his jailers, and Margurite tries to warn her husband of Chauvelain's treachery.

I can't believe this sumptuous film was made for British television. Seymour and Andrews make a wonderfully witty and charming couple, and McKellen has a great deal of fun as the villain determined to track "that damned elusive Pimpernel" down. The stunning, period-accurate costumes won an Emmy in 1982. Highly recommended if you're a fan of the Pimpernel novels too, or just love a good swashbuckler.

Finished the night online with Camp Rock. I go into further detail on this 2008 Disney Channel vehicle for Demi Lovato and The Jonas Brothers at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog.

Musicals On TV - Camp Rock

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