A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time


October 12, 2020

Kier-La talks to Nelvana co-founder Clive A. Smith and musician/songwriter John Sebastian about the 1978 Canadian Halloween special from which this podcast derives its name, as well as delving into Nelvana's early years and their ill-fated feature, Rock and Rule.


Written, edited and hosted by: Kier-La Janisse
Special Guests: Clive Smith and John Sebastian

Clips from:
The Devil and Daniel Mouse ©1978 Nelvana Limited
Mr. Pencil Draws the Line ©1975 Nelvana Limited
A Cosmic Christmas ©1977 Nelvana Limited
Inside Out ©1972 National Instructional Television Center
How We Made The Devil and Daniel Mouse ©1978 Nelvana Limited
White Line Fever ©1975 Columbia Pictures Industries 
Rock and Rule ©1983 Nelvana Limited
Inspector Gadget ©1983 DHX Media

Excerpt from "Welcome Back" ©1976 Reprise Records

Episode adapted from Kier-La Janisse's book chapter in The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul, edited by Gina Freitag and Andre Loiselle, University of Toronto Press, 2014.

Incidental music: Robert Farmer, "Why Seeming so Fast but so Deadly Slow" from freemusicarchive.org 

Special Thanks to Amanda Reyes and Bill Ackerman

Theme Song: "Hot Fudge Holy Moley" from WXYZ-TV's The Hot Fudge Show (1974-1980)
Logo by Sinead Yau at Mojo Valley


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