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Bill Cosby's classic comedy bit becomes a full-length cartoon Plus: Garth Brooks aims for the Beatles

Bill Cosby will be teaming with MGM to create an animated feature based on his famous comedy routine "Noah." In the biblical bit from his 1963 debut album, Cosby re-creates God's first conversation with a skeptical Noah, warning him about the impending flood and offering instructions on stocking an ark. (God: "It's the Lord, Noah." Noah: "Right. Who is this, really?") Cosby will cowrite, executive-produce and do many of the voices for the film.

Perhaps Cosby's deal will cause animators to start listening to other classic comedy records for inspiration. If so, EW Online suggests ways to Disney-fy the following vintage bits:

Cheech and Chong's "Dave's Not Here": Turn the two stoners into cuddly chipmunks. Then have one lock the other out of his oak tree while loopy on tree sap. You'll teach the kids an important lesson about taking all things in moderation.

George Carlin's "Seven Dirty Words": Send Dinky the DJ on a journey of self-discovery through Vulgarville when his boss, Mr. FCC, fires him from his radio station job.

Bob Newhart's "The Button-Down Mind": Although having a cartoon Bob perform monologues might not seem like a child-pleaser, hearing Newhart's stutter echo through THX digital sound is sure to enthrall the tots! If it worked for Max Headroom, it can work for Bob.

GARTH BROOKS TAKES ON THE BEATLES

In its first week, Garth Brooks' six-CD boxed set, "The Limited Series," sold 372,000 copies to safely land at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Brooks' collection marks only the second time that a boxed set has debuted at the top slot, after Bruce Springsteen's 1986 live set.

"Limited"'s accomplishment is a tribute to Brooks' marketing savvy. The set, which contains the singer's first six albums plus one bonus track on each disc, was released with a warning to his fans: Only 2.5 million copies of the collection would be made, and Brooks was taking his first six albums off the market in their individual packages. Panicked Brooks devotees, most of whom have his first albums on cassette, rushed to the stores. "He's creating a mild hysteria for something his fans already have," says Entertainment Weekly music critic David Browne.

Because of its low price (high $20 to low $30 range), the collection won't be a financial record breaker. But that's not the point for Garth. "He's obsessed with surpassing the Beatles, who have sold around 105 million records, and he's sold 67 million," says Browne. When totaling records toward platinum status, the Recording Industry Association of America counts shipments, not actual sales, and counts each six-CD set as six separate shipments. "He's shipped 2.5 million units, which counts as 15 million," says Browne. "So that puts him around 82 million albums for his career."

Originally posted May 18, 1998
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