The nearby lake, a few days ago. I guarantee you that the colors are different and the leaves are fewer: an industrious wind has scoured the weak.

Last Monday I showed you a detail from a movie called Sea Level 2. Leave us examine the entire box.

Looks Nemoesque, of course. All the archetypes. The Eel gang at the bottom. The cranky old octopus who probably has a good heart, once you get to know him! The plucky Dolphin and the plucky Girl Dolphin. In the back, the half-rendered Obligatory Shark.

What did the original look like?

Family approved by an unfamiliar logo! The Obligatory Shark had lots of teeth, the turtle is a bit more prominent. It seems rather shark-centric.

This led me on a quest to see if there were another DVD-only kids movies that ripped the holy smokin’ hell out of Nemo. Well:

That’s rather blatant. IMDB synop:

When a mysterious black goop reaches his idyllic undersea town, a brave and selfless parrot fish must cross the ocean to find its source and fix it before his coral reef is destroyed.

Somehow I think Mankind is to blame.

In the “smaller budget” department:

Just ghastly. IMDB:

After losing everything, a young fish, Pi, goes to live with his family on the Reef. There he meets the love of his life but finds that she already has the unwanted affections of a bully shark. He must follow his destiny to save her and rid the Reef of this menace for good.

The movie is also known as “The Reef.” The reviews hover around one star. Out of ten.

But that didn’t stop them!

The Obligatory Shark seems to have RADICAL HAIR now; he must be comic relief. Everyone seems to be having fun except our hero, who was stopped in mid-laugh by a sudden image of his own imminent death.

Review: “The movie is too long and when I was watching it, I stopped watching it in the middle of the movie, So did my son.”

Let's see, what else is there OH MY - GOD


A constantly picked-on aquarium fish escapes her yacht home, unaware of the dangers that await her in the open ocean. With the help of other misfit sea creatures, she learns not only how to brave the perils of the deep, but how to be true to herself. She also finds Nemo.

“Hello, Izzy Entertainment, how may I direct your call? Legal department? One moment.”

Review: “Amazing plot, amazing characters, it was made by an amazing company and amazing animation.” Uh huh, totally not from someone connected with the movie.

Another: “If this movie has not asked for copyright, then good god burn all the copies of this movie in hell. This is a very unoriginal movie, its a complete waste of your time, and shows how insensitive humanity can be.”

What WW1 suggested, “Izzy’s Way Home” confirms!

This box is misleading:

It’s animated, not computer-animated. Also bad.

When little fish Kevin is swept up in a net and taken from his home in the vast oceans to the small glass fish tank of a restaurant, he must find a way to escape and make his way back home.

Can't imagine how that turns out, or whether they learn things along the way. Finally:

The bottom of the picture tells you we’re in a Wall-E crossover.

In 2100, when humanity has abandoned the earth, a colony of extravagant creatures still thrives in the deepest abyss of the ocean. Deep, an adventurous "dumbo" octopus and the last one of his kind lives there with his two unconditional friends: Evo, a nerdy and clumsy angler fish, and Alice, a neurotic deep-sea shrimp. When an accident destroys their home, the guardian of the abyss, The Kraken, will send Deep and his friends on a perilous journey to find a new home. In their mission, they will be joined by Maura -a voracious moray eel- and together they will travel to amazing places like the submerged city of New York, the Titanic or the Arctic, facing formidable enemies and hilarious situations. Will they be able to bring the oceans back to their former glory?

Yeah no doubt everyone stood up and cheered


This film makes a mockery of what looks like the titanic's sunken Ship, complete with grand staircase and dead bodies, not suitable for children, I cannot wrote a review further as from there I turned it off. Highly disrespectful and infuriating. Once deep has trapped his entire colony in a lava pit he seems completely unfazed and continues to laugh and take his sweet time. Boring

I'm sure there are ten more.








Our second trip to town. There's so much; I could poke around this town forever. Perhaps locals thing I'm nuts. Sorry; it's interesting.


Here’s an old citizen:


  STEWART. 1910.

Around the corner:


A civic building of no distinguishing qualities whatsoever.

Ghastly, to be honest. The top two floors look like they're clawing the life out of the bottom floor.

I’m sorry, I didn’t catch that - what is the theater called?


Opened in 1948, so thus it always was; no grand ornate facade was stripped to put up that modern brick wall.

Ghost sign and scoured brick to recall a better day.

I mean, this one had to have a better day.

A severe civic building that exudes importance and authority:

I don’t know why it’s lifting its skirt like that on the corner.

A remnant tooth in an otherwise vacant mouth, with an urban-renewal-era building in the back. Reminds me of the Fargo Civic Center.

More urban renewal junk. Seldom used, never loved, showing its age. Brutal and indifferent.

This stuff never worked.

Downtown bunker malls. So many towns tried. Ninety-nine point nine percent of them failed, and left these blunt dull beasts in the middle of downtown.


An old office building, once the Pride Of, with that common odd touch at the top: you know, this has gone so well, let’s add another floor.

It’s the Manhattan Building. Named after . . . a city in Kansas?

Wikipedia says it was "initially intended as the home of the Manhattan Construction Company, reportedly Oklahoma's first incorporated business."

Around the other side, the vista’s a bit less impressive.

Ask yourself: hotel or office building? And why?

Hotel, of course. And why?

The little windows. That’s the bathroom. And it had lots of them. Wikipedia:

After it opened, the Severs Hotel was considered the finest hotel in the Southwestern United States. It had 216 rooms, 146 of which had private bathrooms, rather uncommon at that time. Among its amenities was a chilled water plant that circulated ice water to all of the rooms. The kitchen had an electric refrigeration system, also considered unique at that time and place.


A view unchanged for sixty years, or longer:

The Surety.


The Surety Building was constructed in 1910 in downtown Muskogee, at the corner of Broadway and Third Street by the Southern Surety Company. The approximate cost was $325,000. It was the first building in Eastern Oklahoma to be considered a skyscraper.

And today it is . . . well, you know.

Hey, where’s the OUMB? Next week, my friends.

That'll do; see you around. Motels await!





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