Five Things – 06.22.15 – You Mean Am I Young Enough?

1. Disney’s Captain EO Grand Opening Special – Disney had a habit of producing huge, celebrity-laden prime time television specials around events happening at their theme parks.  Any park’s opening got a special, and big name rides like Splash Mountain got them, too.  They’re all amazing, every last one.  They’re the perfect balance of cringe…

Five Things – 06.15.15 – I’m Doing Business And I Am In The Dough

1.  The Drak Pack – What if Dracula, the Wolfman and Frankenstein’s Monster had kids? I can buy Dracula and maybe Wolfman, but I have a hard time seeing how that was possible with Frankenstein’s Monster.  What if the descendants of those monsters inherited their powers? Medium believable. What if those kids were ashamed of the menace…

Five Things – 05.11.15 – Hey Birds! Here Are Cookies!

1.  Benji, Zax, and the Alien Prince – Really not sure how this idea came to be.  In 1983, the Benji franchise was in the sweet spot of its popularity – that movie star dog could do no wrong.  He’s like Lassie, but interesting! Sort of.  Hanna-Barbera took on the task of pulling Benji from the big screen and putting…

Five Things – 05.04.15- I Got A Creepy Crawly Halloween Thing

1. Hardees Mascots – It made sense that Hardees would want to get into some cartoon mascots to dial up their kids’ business; after all, McDonalds was practically printing money with their Mcdonaldland characters and their Happy Meals.  These characters came out in the early 1970s, and it feels like they maybe could have spent a…

Five Things – 09.08.14

1.Nightmare Cafe – Here’s Nightmare Cafe, a short-lived Wes Craven fantasy/horror-ish series that aired on NBC for about four months in 1992. Starring Robert Englund as Blackie, the Cafe’s owner, the show centered around the titular cafe, a sort of nexus in the ether which had portals to just about anywhere. This made for pretty convenient storytelling, and the…

Five Things – 08.04.14

1.  Can Animals Think – No question mark here! This 1950 educational film is bluntly titled “Can Animals Think” and spends about 10 minutes pondering this eternally obvious subject.  His running commentary is pretty great, though – it’s as if the narrator is seeing this film for the first time along with the rest of…

Five Things – 07.28.14

1.  The Mastery of Space  – Here’s a beautiful 1962 documentary produced by NASA about the Mercury program.  The fonts used and the static design elements are fantastic, and the actual space footage, test-footage on Earth and spaceflight animations are pretty great, too. It’s kind of hard to tell who the intended audience for this…

Five Things – 3.4.13

1.  Saturday Supercade – At the peak of the 1980’s video game mountain, CBS tried to cash in with a block called Saturday Supercade. Airing on Saturday mornings, the block was made up of several smaller series that each took a video game property and turned it into an ongoing storyline.  Whether the material lent…

Five Things – 2.4.13

1.  Super Simon – The last time I shared a Simon commercial, we saw how they positioned it as the must-have device for dominance on the playground.  In 1978, Milton Bradley came out with Super Simon, a device that looks like it was ripped right off of Carl Sagan’s ship in Cosmos.      Super Simon…