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R.I.P. David Langston Smyrl (Mr. Handford)

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by DePingPong, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    I found this article on The Hollywood Reporter:
    These are really strange (and disturbing). I'm surprised they got away with a pedophile joke, an attempted suicide and a mention of breastfeeding all in one cartoon.
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  2. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Well, again, this is Ralph Bakshi, lol.
    And these are the edited versions . . . apparently the original versions that Bakshi submitted had even more questionable content that they edited out, prompting him to disown both shorts and vow to never work with Cartoon Network again.
  3. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Ah, I see. So that's what caused him to disown the network.
    Either way, David Smyrl has a great voice.
  4. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I agree; as I said, listening to him narrate those cartoons, and also hearing his voice in those TCM promos, I really think he could have done movie trailers and such, I think that could have been a real sweet gig for him.

    Reading the article and reading about how much he enjoyed being on the show and working with the kids and such, I'm kind of curious as to the reason behind his departure.
  5. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    I've been really curious about that as well. I also wonder why Leonard Jackson left the role.
  6. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Oh, so we lost both Mr. Hanford's? I heard about David's passing, but I didn't know about Leonard's. Sad that everyone who previously owned Hooper's store before Alan has passed on. Oh, well. R.I.P. Mr. Smyrl.

    You really should finish that story sometime, Snowth. They never really did 'splain on the show what happened to Mr. Hanford. They just happened to say that Alan was the new owner, so it would be nice to hear about what really happened there.

    Thanks for sharing, but if we're talking about David here, we might want to watch this one as a tribute:

    That's the one I watched the other day when I first heard the news.

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