There’s a “Mr. Ed” Movie in the Works
Some of you young sprouts probably have no idea what I’m talking about. Let me explain:
“Mr. Ed” was a cheesy sitcom about a talking horse that aired from 1961 to 1966. And that’s about it. Sorry if I got your hopes up.
The only thing we know about the movie is that they’ll be using a REAL horse, but they’ll use computer animation to make his mouth move.
In the original, Mr. Ed was played by a horse named Bamboo Harvester. And the way they made him look like he was talking was by putting a nylon string in his mouth.
The horse would move his mouth and tongue around, trying to work the string out and a voice actor added his dialogue. Mostly harmless, but kind of cruel when you think about it.
Ed’s human co-star, Alan Young, once claimed that after the first season, Ed didn’t need the string anymore, because he had learned to move his mouth whenever Young stopped talking.
Check out the CLASSIC “Mr. Ed” theme song and opening credits here:
And here’s a clip from an episode in which Mr. Ed messes with Clint Eastwood. He comes in at about the 4:55 mark:
One last note on Mr. Ed: According to the VERY ACCURATE folks at Wikipedia, Bamboo Harvester was euthanized due to a variety of health problems in 1970, and buried on a farm in Oklahoma.
But Alan Young claims that he was actually killed by ACCIDENT with TRANQUILIZERS.
Supposedly, Bamboo Harvester’s owner/trainer was out of town, and a temporary caregiver saw him in distress. So he administered tranquilizers and the horse DIED.
Is that an eerie Michael Jackson parallel? Is it just a coincidence that they announced this remake in the middle of the Conrad Murray trial? Discuss.