Friday, July 29, 2011

A horse is a horse of course and I wouldn’t want it any other way for PPF


11 X 14 ACRYLIC



One of my favorite TV shows as a kid and even as an adult was a show called Mr. Ed. 

The idea for the show was taken from short stories written by Walter R. Brooks and featured a talking horse.  Of course this horse would only talk to his owner, Wilbur Post and since this horse was a bit of a troublemaker quite a few mishaps ensued.

We all know Mr. Ed as a Palomino (His real name was Bamboo Harvester) but how many of us know that the pilot featured a chestnut gelding?  And how in the world did he manage to move his lips on cue in the days before computer animation?  One story was that they applied peanut butter to his gums and moving his lips was an attempt to remove it.  In reality they did it by putting a piece of nylon thread in his mouth—at first.  Eventually Ed actually learned to move his lips on the cue of his trainer with no thread at all.  Horses are amazingly smart animals!

And what of the voice of Ed?  Who brought Mr. Ed’s voice to life? The credits don’t mention anyone but Mr. Ed. The mystery voice actually belonged to a B cowboy movie actor named Rocky Lane…never, ever credited!

Mr. Ed (Bamboo Harvester) reportedly died in 1970 but mystery surrounds his death.  Ed has become the equine version of Elvis.  Did someone give him a tranquilizer by mistake?  Did they euthanize him? Was it really him that died in 1979 or a horse used for still photographs?  Have you seen Mr. Ed? 

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40 comments:

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Fun post! I loved this show as a kid!

craftattack said...

Love your horse painting, and I remember Mr Ed very well! Thanks for bringing back the nice memories! Valerie

Heather said...

Happy Friday - i love your horse painting....and I like the coffee post and drawing below, too!
enjoy your day! xo

maddyrose said...

I love this painting and I never missed and episode of Mr Ed. Where in the world did you find out all of this amazing info?

Faye said...

Beautiful painting and thanks for the walk down memory lane with Mr. Ed. I had no idea who did the voice. You sound like a Mr. Ed expert. It was a nice, wholesome show.

Cowgirl Red said...

Loved, loved, loved Mr. Ed . And the little half door he stuck his head over. Would you consider doing a painting of my horse, Paint. (that's really his name). ? Terah.

Judy Adamson said...

Of course, we didn't have Mr Ed here in the UK, as far as I know. But you've given us such a good pen picture, Crystal, I feel I can imagine it pretty accurately! The bit about the peanut butter really made me laugh. Pity it's not true!

NatashaMay said...

I always wandered how they did that. :) Thanks for the info. The painting looks magnificent!

Jenn said...

Your painting is gorgeous!!! I liked Mr. Ed too!! Thanks for sharing all the tidbits!! :)

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Wow..gorgeous painting..such talent...beautiful!! And wow..thanks for the intriguing mysterious story..wild! Happy PPF..another fantastic creation!!
Victoria

Darla said...

You do a wonderful job drawing and painting horses. Your post was very informative. I never knew all of that about Mr. Ed. Thanks

Geckostone said...

I loved Mr Ed too! Thanks for all the trivia on him!!!! Your painting is beautiful!!!!

Magic Love Crow said...

I loved Mr Ed ;o) Great post and beautiful painting ;o) Have a great day!

EVA said...

Your Mr. Ed is wonderful!

Hmm they've redone my favourite Martian, surely its time for a Mr. Ed remake!

jamberry_song said...

Such a beautiful painting! You're really so good at painting horses, Crystal. :) This show used to be on Nick at Night really really late, and my sister and I would stay up during the summer (no school, yeah!) to see Zorro on Disney and then Mr. Ed on Nick at Night just after. They never showed the episodes in order, so one night they broadcast this one show and it was a completely different horse. We were like, "What the...?!?!!?! That's not Mr. Ed!" and we thought maybe the horse was sick that day during filming or something. I never had any idea that there was so much mystery surrounding the show. I learned a lot about it today! Thanks for sharing these informative tidbits. :D

Heather said...

That brought back so many memories. Thanks! Thanks for the tidbits also. Very interesting. Your painting is awesome as usual!!Happy PPF!

Marlene said...

Love the painting, he is gorgeous. I also watched and loved Mr. Ed. Thank you for all the fun facts, which I did not know.

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Now I´m humming the show´s song..."Caballo como él no hay dos, no hay dos. Solo Mr.Ed tiene bella voz" *giggle* Thanks for the happy memory. :)

Jehanne's doodles said...

I don't think I have ever watch Mr. Ed but do recall the name and that it was horse:)
This is a fantastic painting of a horse. I wonder- do you have horses?
Hope you have a great Saturday :)
Cheers

- T.W - said...

That is one beautiful horse! O_O
And acrylics aren't exactly my best friends, so I'm really impressed by your awesome skills in the medium!

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Mr Ed was one of my favorite shows when I was growing up- Willlburrrr.....;)
I LOVER this painting- you are so talented! And thanks for the smile!
Happy PPF (a day late ;))
Stephanie

Denni said...

What a beautiful painting! This one should be entered in a show. Amazing work!
I had no idea there were so many Mr. Ed fans.
Of course, being an avid animal lover, this was my favorite show as a kid. It's pretty good that they could film a whole show with a horse looking out of a stall!

*jean* said...

oo another horse girl!! i LOVED horses when i was younger and they were all i could think about, draw and dream about...LOVED mr. ed. and wilbur and yes, even his perfect wife...i always wanted her to be my mother...your painting is stunning! nice to meet you!

Kristin Dudish said...

This is such a fascinating post... so many interesting facts! I love that he is the "equine Elvis"! ha! (I think I might have seen him just the other day! hee hee)

I think your horse painting is marvelous - I love the deep brown set against the beautiful blue sky :)

xo
Kristin

Roban Studio said...

That was my favorite TV show too. I love your horse painting! You are soooo talented! Happy PPF! :-) Thanks for stopping by to visit me.

Julie said...

You always have such interesting posts, always a joy to read. I loved Mr Ed and love your painting!

SHERI C said...

BEEEE-U-TEEEE-FUL horse!!!!

Nicola said...

Gorgeous painting!!! Loving all that detail!! I had never that story about Mr Ed before!!! Very interesting!!! hope you're having a great weekend :0)

Joni Nickrent said...

Beautiful painting...I have such a hard time with horses. You've captured every detail perfectly! POP ART MINIS

Pointy Pix said...

I loved Mr Ed! They just don't make programmes like that any more! This painting is outstanding - the detail is amazing!

Terrie said...

Fun post - great horse! I think horses (any animal) are incredibly difficult to draw well but you make it seem doable - so pretty.

Daniella said...

I had no idea that the death of Mr. Ed was such a mystery!! Right up there with Elvis and James Dean! Shocking!!!! I will let you know if I see Mr. Ed and Jim Morrison!!!
I think I told you I'd love to be included in your blogaversary giveaway!
YOU are awesome!!
xxDaniella

Annabelle said...

Oh this was a fun post! How interesting about Mr. Ed....love it all! Your painting is exquisite!
You are a wonderful talented artist!

Enjoyed the post very much...thanks for the laughs.

Annabelle

Dawn said...

You sure know how to paint a horse and make people smile ;0) Dxx

Catherine Denton said...

Wow, that's amazing that the horse learned to move his lips on cue. I think it's sad though that the actor never had his name credited.

Thanks for this post. I love learning history tidbits!
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Maggie said...

Wonderful painting, and very interesting story about everyone's favorite talking horse. I also used to enjoy watching Mr. Ed. Of course, of course.

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

I loved Mr Ed also. He was by the saddlebred stallion The Harvester who was shown in parade horse classes in California.

Carrie Wachter~Martinez said...

Your horses are just amazing! This one stands out beautifully from the blue sky. Lovely!

angelself said...

Fabulous Palomino, Crystal! Yes, Mr Ed was such a fun show. Thanks for the memories =) Kathryn

Carrie'sCreations said...

This is fabulous!!!! Just love it! It feels very contemporary with the cool blue sky as the background and the way you've cropped it.

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