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CONTENTS
Bunville
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          In 1983, after twenty years of hibernation sheltered from reality in the cloistered halls of Colorforms, “The Weenies” were my introduction to the high stakes world of Toy Invention.  Now, at this late date, should I allow the World to see this cornucopia of artwork that ultimately went to waste?  Time is flying faster these days and with each fleeting hour I realize that it may be now or never.  So with a certain amount of trepidation I’ve decided to open up Pandora’s box.

         
Pandora’s boxes, I should say, for throughout this enormous schoolhouse Weenies stuff is everywhere.  Even after 30 years, huge portfolios still lean against the walls, boxes of every size and shape, some marked Weenies, some with no markings at all, are stashed in the basement or stored under the floor upstairs.  I’ve been moving these around and ignoring them since 1985.  Now, I will seek them out and add their contents to this website, one page at a time.

         
What memories do these boxes hide?  Many pleasant ones, I hope, and also the lingering pain of a heartbreaking ending.  But, most of all, they contain vast quantities of artwork.  No project "KISCOM" ever dared to undertake, before or since, has generated so much art.  And all of it was pretty Great!  But, none of it was decreed by Fate to ever see the light of day. 

         
Meanwhile, my partners believe that even after all these years, of all the projects we ever did, the Weenies still have viability today.  So, I’ll attempt to put them on display.  And if you choose to follow me, I’ll lead you on a Guided Tour of “Bunville” to explore the Secret World of Weenies.
 
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THE PROLOGUE
The Golden Age of Colorforms Comes To An End
THE BEGINNING
KISCOM and The WEENIES Begin
THE CHARACTERS
Playing Walt Disney
DUMBO'S FEATHER
Mel Gets A New Partner
THE PRESENTATION
What The Buyer, Coleco Saw
THE STYLE BOOK
A Crash Course In Animation
Thumbnail SKETCHES
In, Over My Head
A VISIT TO COLECO
Previewing The Prototypes
LOTS OF PRODUCTS
A Cornucopia of Art Overkill
CREATIVE LICENSE
The "Helmsley Palace" Presentation
THE TV SPECIAL
TV Or Not TV? Read It, And Weep
THE ADAM BOMBS
Bunville Is Wiped Out
REINCARNATION
A Second Chance
ADDENDUM
Odds And Ends
THE LOST DRAWINGS
Desperation As Inspiration
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