Friday, November 18, 2011
What's the REAL reason for historians's hysterical misinformation??
A post on the legendary Joel Whitburn's music stastistics Record Research/Billboard books on here
http://bsnpubs.websitetoolbox.com/post/Whitburn-mistake-5552011?pid=1271091327[ and a few entries in his famed Billboard Record Research books that turned out to be red herrings has instigigateed this topic.
We all know that the kids stuff rep of cartoons, sweet or violent, got the shorts tarred in America thru the 1960s.
We also know that skimpy credits led to wrong credits [five words: "Voice Characterizations by Mel Blanc." And this "Film Editor" Treg Brown.The contractual or idiosyncratic practices. Short subjects like the Three Stooges at Columbia, which, showing the studio's own cheapness, only listed the stars, ntot he character actors/leading ladies of the live Stooges, so it wasn't just cartoon shorts with skimpy credits, likely stock-cues and sound effects on TV shows of the 1950s never got credited for the most part..]
Of course, then, it was okay, to deny credit for legal and contractual or other reasons, or to give somewhat undersating credits, this extending to not mentioning outisde "Now Hear This", 1963, that Treg Brown did SOUND EFFECTS, as well.
It seems any kinds of reason emrge from Jeff Lenburg: Example: "'Snoopy Come Home'  ended tragically".[Not verbatim]. Many miscredits in the Lenburg books and in others. The usually accurate Graham Webb has, despite what animation fan "Sogturtle" has said in the old Termite Terrace Trading Post, wound up sadly wrong on voice credits. Not all, but a handful.
All of this, of course, due to sloppy research, in short, or l.ack of interest, just wanting to show a hatrred or boredom of the subject [I know how that can be ] so as not to give any accurate data on the topic
BUT there is another, LEGITIMATE reason, getting back to showbiz, to animation, for having WRONG information. The attempt to stop plagiarism. [The link above at the start of this post would be the case, if you wind up at "Whitburn Mistake"].
Many showbiz historians apparently have admitted to using false info to keep their books, in short, disctinctive, to track down those who would run off with the information.
[Keith Scott may take note here regaridng Graham Webb, that guesswork-both men certainly liked the cartoons, so ignorance wasn't a factor here!-may have not been the only reason for incorrect information in that Webb "The Animated Film Encyclopedia',2000, McFarlane Press].