Five Things – 12.5.16 – I Can’t Sell It To You

Deck the Halls With Wacky Walls Wacky Wall Walkers were a very popular toy for a brief period in the early 1980s.  They were these rubber octopi that were sticky; you threw them against the wall and they would slowly “walk” down until the adhesive gave out and they just fell to the floor.  Super popular…

Five Things – 07.25.16 – World’s Tiniest Engineers

Ghostbusters No, not that one. In 1975 Filmation had a live-action series about a couple of guys and a gorilla who hunted ghosts.  It was about as different from the 1984 movie that would come as you could imagine; it was aimed directly at children and focused on slapstick rather than actual paranormal enthusiasm for…

Five Things – 05.23.16 – Dare You Let It In Your Library?

The Stephen King Library Stephen King’s pretty well-regarded nowadays, but in the 1980s and 1990s he had a polarizing level of fame. While he had a dedicated fanbase, he tended to be regarded in the mainstream as a shlocky horror writer who put out a new book every week and opinion of him was formed on whether…

Five Things – 04.25.16 – I’ll Be Bigger Than Ollie North

1987 NBC Saturday Morning Preview ALF hosts this Friday Night preview of NBC Saturday Morning lineup featuring, well, ALF. The premises for these specials are always so ridiculous, and this one’s no different: The special begins in the Tanner family garage, where ALF is on the phone with his agent regarding his new prequel cartoon series….

Five Things – 03.28.16 – It’s That Party Line Piggy

Adventure in Telezonia This 1950 film teaches kids how to use the phone correctly, politely, and efficiently. And if in the process of learning a kid picks up some nightmare fuel along the way, so what? The film is produced by and features the Bil Baird marionette puppets as the residents of Telezonia, but I’m getting…

Five Things – 02.29.16 – I Swear By My Tattoo

Saturday Morning Sneak Peek  Well, they called it what it was. No razzle, no dazzle, no confusion. Also, this was apparently before drop-shadow was invented. Avery Schreiber and Jack Burns host this 1973 ABC special, under the premise that the comedy duo is setting up a surprise party for Schreiber’s nephew.  Burns pulls some strings…

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. Hulk Hogan’s Rock n’ Wrestling was…

Five Things – 11.23.15 – An Attractive Customer Is Courteously Assisted

1. Boosting is a Business – Here’s a 1950 informational film detailing various techniques used by “professional” shoplifters.  The tactics used range from pedestrian “grab-and-put-it-in-your-pocket” theft to coordinated operations involving multiple people  Beyond the actual shoplifting there’s a lot to love about this film: the locations, the fashions, and the little slice-of-life glimpes you get…

Five Things – 10.5.12 – Air Supply’s, Like, Going On

 CBS 1983 Saturday Morning Preview – I love these things.  I know I’m stating the obvious if you’ve read more than a few of the posts here, but it’s true.  There’s something special about them – these shows that were hastily created to talk about other shows, using some of the star power leverage of…