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"Casino" - Producer's Notes

Click & Clack get an idea for a new get-rich quick scheme when a Canadian archaeologist informs them they may be descended from a long lost tribe of Massachusetts Indians. We roll the dice as Sal the cashier comes into her own.
DIRECTOR'S NOTES: Dennis Machingan was played by veteran actor August Schellenburg. The Native-American star has been seen in many films, including Bruce Beresford's "Black Robe" (1991) and HBO's "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee."

- Barbara Rosenblat, who is Sal, featured in this episode, has a long career in movies, including "Little Shop of Horrors" (1986), "Law & Order", and on Broadway on the hit show "Talk Radio."

- Fans of the show may recognize some figures from earlier shows in the crowd of our casino. Sister Gwendy from "Gigantic Motors", Anna Maria Disturbi di Stomacho from "Pasta Wars", the gambler from "A Pocketful of Motor Oil." All part of the Car Talk Repertory Company.

- Geoff Groth, winner of our national contest to name the show, won a cameo apprearance and is on the episode. We welcome him to the Cartoon Pantheon of Fame!
FOCUS ON: ELISSA MEYERS - Casting Director.

QUESTION: What was special about casting voices for Click & Clack, a cartoon, as opposed to other types of programs?

ELISSA: Casting for an animated series is not that different from casting anything else, except that you need the depth and passion to be transferred into a voice more so than any kind of visual look or body movement. The more skilled actors from the stage and screen who enjoy finding the character and then fleshing it out, made for the best voices. Simultaneously while we were working on Click & Clack's As the Wrench Turns, we were also doing a soundtrack for Rogers & Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music." And again, although your focus was on their voice, the actors really had to create it. Their energy made you envision the character as you closed your eyes. It made me think about how the Click & Clack animators were going to bring those voices to life with pictures. One of the things that makes my job so interesting after all these years, is taking an actor and putting them into a completely different situation, and seeing how he or she can make it work. I can't wait for Season 2!