PEZ on Entertainment Tonight in 1993

Thanks to YouTube user Neato Coolville for uploading this video from Entertainment Tonight in 1993. The segment is about collecting PEZ and features a couple of collectors and the president of PEZ (at the time), Scott McWhinnie.

I’ve been collecting PEZ since early 2000, and I have yet to get a collection like some of the ones featured. Heck, even my 4 year old is collecting PEZ (though I think it’s because Daddy is doing it and she gets candy with it…actually, it’s probably more about the candy!).

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Pica Pic: Retro Handheld Gaming

I happen to be browsing through my Favorites folder in my internet browser, and I came across this site:

http://www.pica-pic.com

The site is created by a company called Hipopotam Studios. It features 26 games recreated in Flash and controlled by your keyboard. Some of the games listed are Donkey Kong, Parachute, Zelda, and The Terminator.

I remember when I was a kid, I had a Handheld Football and Handheld Baseball game, and then when I was in junior high I had an Altered Beast Game Watch by Tiger Electronics. Something about playing such a simple style game makes me wish we still had those games around now. Until I can find playable Tiger Electronic games or videogame watches again, I have this site. Definitely worth checking out!

Swamp Thing Public Service Announcement

I love bad cinema. I also love movies based off of comics and cartoons. When I have the ability to combine the two, it makes for some interesting adventures (or torture…sometimes I get the two mixed up).

I was watching The Return of Swamp Thing (1989) on DVD the other day (there was nothing on TV and it had been years since I watched it), and I decided that I would check out the special features. I’m glad that I did, for I had found one of the greatest hidden treasures that such a horrible movie could give me…Swamp Thing in a PSA for Greenpeace.

I think the greatest part is the pun at the end. I can’t help but laugh each time I watch this. It’s so horrible.

Thanks to YouTube user Quackerson for the upload.

Comic Strip Serials: The Phantom

The Phantom

Based off of the Lee Falk comic strip, The Phantom graced the silver screen in serial form in 1943. Tom Tyler, who also portrayed Captain Marvel in 1941, was cast as “The Ghost Who Walks” by Columbia Pictures. The serial also stars Jeanne Bates as Diana Palmer (The Phantom’s love interest) and Ace the Wonder Dog as “Devil” (which is actually a wolf in the comic version.

The plot deals with Professor Davidson (played by Frank Shannon) and his daughter (Bates) who are searching for the Lost City of Zoloz, which has been rumored to be filled with hidden treasures. Two criminals look to stop the expedition, one being Singapore Smith (played by Joe Devlin), who wants the treasure for himself, and the evil Dr. Max Bremmer (portrayed by Kenneth MacDonald), who wants to turn the land into a secret air base for his unnamed country. The Phantom (who is also Palmer’s fiance, Geoffrey Prescott) dons the mantle of the Phantom and thwarts the evil plans of the two men at every turn.

Amazon sells the DVD here, and if you like serials based off of comic heroes, this is definitely one to watch. The interesting thing about the DVD release is that when they were gathering the movie together, Chapter 11’s audio track was badly damaged. Rather than leaving it as is and having the production quality suffer for it, they hired actors to recreate some of the voices. They did a decent job at replicating the audio tracks and it barely takes away from the actual film.

Below is the first chapter of this fantastic serial, and if you want more, head over to vladsvintagevids YouTube channel for more of The Phantom and other serial movies.

Thanks to vladsvintagevids for the video and Amazon for the poster.

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Get It Before It’s Gone – “DC Super Heroes: The Filmation Years”

In 1966, Filmation Animation Studios was given the rights to DC Comics library of characters, starting with Superman. They created a cartoon series based on the character, which was quite popular at the time. A year later, Aquaman shared the spotlight with Superman, and allowed other DC Comics characters to be shown, which have been collected in Warner Bros. DVD collection, “DC Super Heroes: The Filmation Adventures”.

*Video courtesy of TheSuperHeroNetwork

This DVD set, created in 2008, showcases cartoons starring characters The Atom, Green Lantern, The Flash, Hawkman, the Justice League of America and The Teen Titans. Each character and team had three episodes created for each one, running about seven minutes in length.

Some of the voice actors that worked on the show were Pat Harrington Jr. (Schneider from “One Day at a Time”) as The Atom, Gerald Mohr (“Mr. Fantastic” on the 1960s “Fantasic Four” cartoon) as Green Lantern, and Vic Perrin (original narrator for “The Outer Limits”) as Hawkman.

This DVD set also includes the documentary, “Animation Maverick: The Lou Scheimer Story” about the founder of Filmation. It also gives some insight into not only how Filmation got started, but how life was under the independent animation company. It runs about 35-40 minutes, and is well worth taking a look for those people interested in animation history.

Right now you can get this set for $7.25 through Amazon, which is over 70% off the list price! If you like quick cartoons, or if you’re a DC Comics fan, this is a fantastic set and should not be overlooked.

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Remember The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers?

THE ADVENTURES OF THE GALAXY RANGERS came out in syndication in 1986. And I never saw it until 2011. I can’t believe I missed this gem of entertainment! This show had it all! Cowboys and Aliens! Spaceships! Strange Planets! 80s rock ballads (no, seriously, it had 80s rock ballads!)

The show was produced by Koch Entertainment, but the animation was done by TMS (Tokyo Movie Shinsha) Entertainment, the same animation studio responsible for the movie AKIRA. It starred such voices as Jerry Orbach (LAW & ORDER, DISNEY’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST), Earl Hammond (THUNDERCATS, SILVERHAWKS), and Corrine Orr (SPEED RACER, ULTRAMAN). It ran for 65 episodes and it’s mix of computer animation and cartoon animation was revolutionary for it’s time.

The 65 episodes were originally not played in order. In fact, it wasn’t until the release of the DVD sets that they finally presented the cartoons in chronological order. Also, the series was quite a struggle at times, because there were three animation groups out of TMS Entertainment that presented three different quality levels of animation. At times, the animation would look fantastic, and other episodes the animation was a little sloppy. The other interesting fact about the series is that the animation was done first, and then the voices were recorded, where most other audio for cartoons are recorded first and then the animation is created to synch up with the voices.

Wanna watch the episodes for free? Go to Hulu or click here. Or, buy the series on DVD from Amazon here. I seriously cannot in words recommend this series more highly than I am right now. It’s an awesome piece of cartoon entertainment.

Here’s one of their music videos featuring the song that they used for their opening, entitled “No Guts, No Glory”:

Thanks to kochvision for the intro and MightyHedgehog for the music video.