Who Sings “Marie” in Lorax “Let it Grow”

I just took the kids to see “The Lorax,” and I had purchased “Let it Grow” from the soundtrack (via my iPhone) before we had walked out the theater.

Zac Efron and Taylor Swift aside, that gospel song was stolen by young “Marie.”

“My name’s Marie and I am THREE… I would really like to see a tree… la, la, la, la, la, la, la, lee…”

It turns out that adorable voice belongs to Clara Titman who is the 4-year-old daughter of Monique Donnelly. Monique’s voice can also be heard in the film, including one in the singing fishes. You’ll also hear her in Happy Feet 2 and the latest Diary of the Wimpy Kids film. 

Brilliant singing all around in “The Lorax,” including The Office’s Ed Helms (who also played guitar for the film).Lorax voices

iJustine Gets Killed in Criminal Minds: Episode “Middle Man” (season 6)

I’m a huge fan of iJustine (Justine Ezarik), and we did a video a few years ago when (believe it or not) I had twice the subscribers as her. Now she’s appearing in Fast Company and on a recent episode of Criminal Minds (the episode is called “Middle Man”) so I’m exploiting it of course.

The video below is a mosh-up of an older video we did, joined by some very brief footage from the Criminal Minds episode I opeI hope CBS will consider fair use (iJustine didn’t authorize this). Now some links…
Justine is also profiled in my book, so go buy it, damnit. It’s not as entertaining as watching her get killed in a corn field, but whatever.

Revver 3.0 Launches With “Quilty”

revver quiltyTwo years ago I discovered Revver (the pioneer of creator ad-sharing via video), and she’s growing up. Here’s a Revver blog announcing the new Revver, which includes the ability of viewers to finally comment.

Revver has always suffered from low views relative to larger sites, and the new “Quilty” (see Revver homepage) addresses that. It’s an addictive-like series of thumbnails that rotate and provide instant access to quality content. Not sure if this is editorial or viewer populated, but I assume a blend.

The gulf between sites like Revver and the market leader (YouTube) is widening despite the better quality/crap ratio on Revver. And, until recently, Revver was dense with Adsense and “house” advertisements, which makes me worry about its longevity.

But Revver’s model is unique, the technology is innovative and it has a quirky, creator-friendly soul. And a monkey. Don’t underestimate the monkey.