Five Things – 02.22.16 – Through A Field Of Colossal Mushrooms

Hulk Hogan’s Rock n’ Wrestling 

It should come as no surprise that the World Wrestling Federation universe extended to the world of Saturday Morning cartoons in the 1980s.  If it existed in the world in 1985 and it was even moderately popular,it seems,  there was a cartoon of it.

Rock n' Wrestling

Hulk Hogan’s Rock n’ Wrestling was a 30 minute show that took the good vs evil personas of kids’ favorite wrestlers and played them out in the real world.  The “good guys” were led by Hulk and featured Junkyard Dog, Andre the Giant, Captain Lou Albano, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, Hillbilly Jim, and Tito Santana.

JYD and Andre Hulk

The “bad guys” were led by Rowdy Roddy Piper and featured the Iron Sheik, The Fabulous Moolah, Mr. Fuji, and others.

Villains

Due to the slow nature of animation, the cartoon quickly came out of sync with the realtime events of the wrestling world; good guys would become bad guys in the ring, but remained good guys in the cartoon.  There were also live action segments featuring the wrestlers themselves – they did not voice the characters, and those who did voice them did a pretty awful job.  Offensive at times!

Here’s one of the cartoons:

Here’s one of the live action segments, featuring Andre the Giant.

Here’s a weird interstitial:

 

 

On The 8th Day

This chilling 1984 documentary produced by the BBC explores the concept of nuclear winter, the impact of nuclear war on the Earth’s ecology.

8th Day

The flat, forward tone of the narrator really offsets the horrors the film examines. The graphics, fonts, and footage used throughout are amazing.

Warhead

Check it out, and then go hug your family.

Talking Cabbage Patch Kids

Equally chilling is the face this doll makes when “talking”.  Still, I can only imagine how this slight technological development melted many Cabbage Patch Kids’ fans’ minds when it came out.

 

Millipede Poster

Amazing artwork for a…less than amazing game.  Should have just called it Centipede II.

Millipede

 

Crispy Critters

Indubitably? Indubitably.

 

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