Five Things – 5.28.12

1.  Big Blue Marble – Another PBS kid’s classic from the 1970s, Big Blue Marble focused on teaching children about the world around them with an emphasis on intercultural communication.

Big Blue Marble Intro


The show had a mix of cartoon and live action shorts, featuring real children’s lives in both the US and abroad.  The host, Bluey, also encouraged kids to join a pen-pal club that enabled them to keep in touch with each other all over the world.  So much about this show just drips with good design:

Where in the World

Here’s the intro – so seventies!



2.  NES Toys R Us commercial – I never had this issue finding Nintendo games, but I guess it’s good to know that Toys R Us would have had me covered in any case.


3.  His and Her Spaceman Books – File this one under Ideas I Wish I’d Had.  Dreamsofspace shares this book from 1961 that featured kids dressed up for different dreams and professions.  The spaceman pages are pretty jaw-dropping.


1961 Spaceman Boy


4.  Matrix Lobby remake – A terrific shot for shot remake of the lobby scene from The Matrix, reaplacing the actors with old action figures (an improvement in some cases):


5.  The Little Prince –

The Little Prince


“Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.”