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Date: Thu, 5 Nov 1998 18:18:28 -0500 (EST)
From: Larry Moss <moss@fooledya.com>
To: Balloon Twister List <balloon@balloonhq.com>
Subject: Video Review: Creatures from the Bottom of my Mind

I recently received a review copy of Uncle Curt's (Curtis Robins) new video
"Creatures from the Bottom of My Mind".  The title immediately brought to
mind an image that could have been from the Far Side comic strip of walking
balloon creatures in various shapes and sizes.  It certainly got my
attention.  As it happens, it has nothing to do with living balloon animals
taking over the world.  But, when I got over that disappointment, I did
still find the tape worth watching for its intended, although less
intriguing, educational value.

The highlights of the tape include an owl, in two different forms, and a
seven balloon praying mantis that's large enough and interesting enough to
have fit in my balloon animal domination of the world scenario described
above.  (Well, maybe not that interesting, but I wanted to make sure you
were still reading.)  The rest of the tape contains some ideas that would
be most useful to someone that doesn't already do anything in the Halloween
kind of spirit that needs a collection of examples in one place.  Other
than the praying mantis and the owl, none of these are going to win you
awards, but they are workable, large and attention-grabbing, and mostly
quick to construct.

The video quality was acceptable to watch, but there were some
disappointing things that unfortunately need to be mentioned.  The shirt
that Uncle Curt wore was so loud that distinguishing a balloon from it's
background was often difficult.  In addition, the closeups were rarely
close enough to gain anything useful from the camera.  None of this means
that you can't learn from the video.  You can, and I did.  It just might
require a bit of effort on your part.  This is not a video that you'll sit
back and watch for enjoyment on a lazy afternoon.

In short, I say get it if you want to see a wonderful owl, or if you don't
already do a variety of Halloween-type creations.  It's a good starting
point for that kind of work.

details:

Creatures from the Bottom of my Mind
Format: VHS
Runnin time: 1 hour
Published by:
  UNCLE CURT & HUGS
  3532 Jefferson Landing Road
  Powhatan, VA  23139
  USA
  unclecurt@alcnet.com
List Price: $30

contents:
a skull made from a 9" round balloon
three monkey skulls, made from bits of 260's
a skeleton, five feet tall
a spider hat, (can be an ant with one less pair of legs) also a bug hat
from our book is shown.
a spider using a 9" round balloon and four 260's
Medusa
Frankenstien's monster and bride
a flying ghost (on a stick, nice sized too)
a cute little jumping ghost (ALA the incredible flying vampire mouse of
doom)
an eyeball
a one balloon owl
a multi balloon owl (this one will win trophies!)
a mute-ant (Mutant) hat
a seven balloon preying mantis  This one took a first place trophy already.