1970’s PSA Ad Featuring Peter Pumpkin

This Peter Pumpkin PSA is a great example of how many retro treats remain to be discovered. I stumbled upon this late 70s TV commercial thanks to attempting to find a monster related ad. There is something special about these animated public service announcements from back in the day.

I suppose it might be the lightness – the jovial character of Peter Pumpkin even. While getting across very important safety tips for even kids today it remains upbeat. Fun.

You certainly have no need to take my word for it. Set aside the mere 30 seconds it takes to watch it for yourself!


This PSA featuring Peter Pumpkin was something of a mystery.

I am being totally honest. You might have noticed from the video it is listed as being from 1985. Back in 2011 though a forum user calling themselves Gobby Gruesome was asking for help finding the ad on the Halloween Forums. They totally recalled the appearance of Peter Pumpkin and what he was getting across to kids but not the exact year.

Thankfully someone came across Robatsea2009’s upload on YouTube and set Gobby Gruesome’s mind to ease. This caused quite a few comments on the video itself and it looks like this ad probably debuted around 1978. For myself this is actually the first time I’ve ever seen this PSA, although I certainly remember a 1977 ad that stood out. I still swear that the narrator for that PSA is Carrie Fisher!

I might add that if the name Gobby Gruesome sounds familiar it is because of the Flintstones. Gobby is the child of none other than the Gruesomes – those spooky neighbors of the famous animated family. Why not take a couple of minutes to see how Gobby’s pet spider gets along with Fred Flintstone?

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Self Defense...For Cowards

Toon In: Self Defense…For Cowards (1962)

Welcome back friends to another installment of Toon In, this week we have an offering from Gene Deitch entitled Self Defense…for Cowards that was originally released back in 1962. This short is actually an adaptation of Alice McGrath’s 1961 book with the full title Self-Defense For Cowards: A Guide To Non-Combative Action For The Rational, Resourceful Man.
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Why You Should Know Gene Deitch
I would hazard a guess that Gene Deitch is certainly not a household name for fans of classic animation. Not as recognizable as the likes of Chuck Jones, Tex Avery, or Ub Iwerks to name a few but I feel you will know of a few classic animated short series that he had a hand in. Like the UPA Popeye television series or Krazy Kat and about a dozen of the Tom and Jerry theatrical shorts.
Self Defense for Cowards - Gene Deitch
Gene Deitch also was responsible for directing a previous Toon In entry that I shared back in April, the Oscar nominated anti-war short Munro – as well as the interesting adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
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So Why Is Self Defense…for Cowards Important?
I am very glad you asked that question. For one thing Self Defense…for Cowards was nominated for the 1962 Oscar for Best Short Subject, Cartoons. More importantly though is the fact that the short is incredibly funny. While I thankfully have only found myself in some of the same situations as the protagonist – I feel we can all relate to these situations in way or another.

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The short was produced by Rembrandt Films which was originally founded in 1949 by William L. Snyder. Gene Deitch actually left America to move to Prague in Czechoslovakia to join Snyder’s animation studio. Deitch had been let go from his position at Terry Toons in 1958 and this was after he had helped deliver the Academy Award nominated short Sidney’s Family Tree.

So perhaps Gene Deitch knew a thing or two about bullies himself?

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New Trailer For Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders Is Simply Fantastic!

Starting digitally on October 11, there will be many Bat-fans like myself shouting at their television sets “To the Batmobile!” as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders – a return to the rather brighter and fun Batman 1966 universe.

Images courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Images courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Of course as I mentioned when Warner Bros. released the teaser trailer for the upcoming animated film a couple of weeks back, the real treat is getting to hear Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar return to those characters they made so famous on TV.

From the Press Release:
“Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment take Batman fans on a journey into the iconic past with the full-length animated Batman feature film – Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. The film features the vocal performances of Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman). Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available November 1, 2016 on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD. Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available to own on Digital HD starting October 11, 2016.

It’s back to the 1960s as Batman and Robin spring into action when Gotham City is threatened by a quartet of Batman’s most fiendish foes – Penguin, The Joker, Riddler and Catwoman. The four Super-Villains have combined their wicked talents to hatch a plot so nefarious that the Dynamic Duo will need to go to outer space (and back) to foil their arch enemies and restore order in Gotham City. It’s a truly fantastic adventure that will pit good against evil, good against good, evil against evil…and feature two words that exponentially raise the stakes for both sides: Replicator Ray. Holy Multiplication Tables!

Adam West steps behind the microphone to bring Batman to fully animated fruition. Burt Ward joins the fun as Batman’s sidekick, Robin, giving The Boy Wonder his voice in animated form. And Julie Newmar, star of stage (Tony Award winner for The Marriage-Go-Round) and screen (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), dons her feline ears to bring Catwoman to life.

Rick Morales (LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Cosmic Clash) directs from a script by Michael Jelenic (Teen Titans Go!) and James Tucker (Justice League vs. Teen Titans).. Tucker and Jelenic also serve as Supervising Producer and Producer, respectively, on the film. Sam Register is Executive Producer. Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are Executive Producers.”

There is no word yet however if the animated version of Cesar Romero’s Joker will have his “hidden” mustache…

[Videos Via] Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

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Are You Well Prepared For Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders?!

Holy Cow! Talk about some news that will get most retro fans snapping their fingers in anticipation – DC Comics and Warner Bros. are releasing Batman: Return of the Caped Crusader later this year! It is an animated feature that is set in the groovy Batman ’66 universe and most importantly of all it features the return of Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar lending their vocal talents to the characters of Batman, Robin, and Catwoman – roles they helped make a household name back in the day.

Batman - Return of the Caped Crusaders

While there isn’t an awful lot of information right now – thanks to this teaser trailer released yesterday we do know that the Dynamic Duo will not just be protecting the citizens of Gotham City in this feature film but also venturing into outer space. It will be available digitally starting on October 11…and I will definitely be picking it up and giving you a review…and on DVD and Blu-ray starting on November 1st.

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Robin Williams - Walter Cronkite

Do You Remember Disney’s Animation Studio Tour with Robin Williams?

Image courtesy of the Disney Wikia.

Image courtesy of the Disney Wikia.

If you visited Disney MGM Studios back in 1989, this is the sign you would have seen as you entered the park.

I remember going to Walt Disney World and Disney’s MGM Studios shortly after it opened back in 1989. It was exciting to visit a new Walt Disney World park that was based around movies. It even had a working Animation Studio.

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Image courtesy of WDW News Today.

I loved visiting The Magic of Disney Animation attraction where you got to see how animation was done and where you could see actual animators working on an upcoming Disney animated movie.

At the entrance, while waiting for the attraction, guests could see Animation art and awards.

To start the tour, guests were seated in a large auditorium to watch a short feature. Walter Cronkite interviewed Robin Williams who was posing as a guest at Walt Disney World. Robin then proceeded to talk about his favorite Disney animated movie.

Here’s a video of the History of the Disney MGM Studios that includes this clip with Robin Williams and Walter Cronkite. Walter Cronkite appears about 2 minutes and 40 seconds into the video.

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This attraction used Robin Williams to show how cartoons were created. It was a great way to start the animation studios tour. Robin became one of the Lost Boys with Peter Pan and became the star of Back To Neverland.

Image courtesy of the Lasertime Podcast.

Image courtesy of the Lasertime Podcast.

After this film, guests walked through a hallway where they could look through glass windows and see real animators working on the next Disney animated move. After that, guests saw a video of animators talking about the joy of animation and then they entered the Disney Classic Theatre to see clips from past and future Disney animated features.

Finally, as with all good Disney attractions, everyone exited through the gift shop.

This studio produced some great animation: Roger Rabbit shorts: Roller Coaster Rabbit and Trail Mix-Up, the Be Our Guest sequence from Beauty and the Beast , Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, and Brother Bear.

Unfortunately, the working Disney Animation Studio was closed in 2004. The Magic of Disney Animation Attraction later evolved and added The Animation Academy where a Disney animator would show guests how to draw a Disney character. My family got to do this and really enjoyed it. Our drawings did not look like the animator’s version, but they were fun to do.

The attraction closed on July 12th, 2015.

I’m a big fan of the Disney Animated Movies and Disney characters so I feature them regularly on my blog, Between the Pages. Check out these amazing Disney Cakes.

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Thank you for Being a (Super) Friend!

Confession time!

I have been a Golden Girls fan since I was very young. You can say whatever you want about this, but I love the show. It doesn’t feel dated in any way. Older ladies who like cheesecake, bitch about exes, and deal with realistic things in a realistic way? This show did it all, and it was funny to boot. You’d want any of these lovely ladies to be your grandma, and hope that your mother can be as delightfully salty as Dorothy when she reaches that age. Heck, I hope my mom and I can be like Dorothy and Sophia when we’re old. Sans a man like Stanley Zbornak in my life.

A few months ago, my friend Samantha (whom I want to give credit for finding this gem) shared a video on my Facebook timeline of a quite unconventional approach to The Golden Girls, complete with capes and tights.

No, this is not some sick and twisted encounter with Blanche Devereaux, it is a crossover of the Superfriends characters and The Golden Girls!

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And it is incredible. Just press play, and get lost in the epic of all of this!

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The re-imagining of some of DC’s Finest in Middle Age, living in Miami, is the creation of Kevin Bapp, who animated and concepted this fine piece of epic. You’ve got it all –

Batman Zbornak…

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Aquaman Nylund, who is actually from St. Olaflantis (that’s a place, you know!)…

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Superman Devereaux…

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and, of course, Robin Petrillo.

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“Picture it, the Circus!”

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I love the animation of this, it is so incredible. But there is one thing that has almost made me choke…twice.

Superman Devereaux

OH MY GOD, I can’t unsee that. And why would I want to?!

Even the Invisible Jet makes a cameo!

Invisible Jet

I could watch that all day long.

Heck, if laughing were avoidable, I’d watch THIS all day…

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Thank you, Kevin Bapp, for being a fine human being.

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So…Allison admitted to being a Golden Girls fan. What can she say, the Girls are her Homegirls, and this is the show she’s been watching the longest in her 33 years. If you like what you’ve seen here (and her made GIPHY skills), you can find her on her blog, Allison’s Written Words, where she has other gems like this just floating around. You can follow her blog on Facebook, and she’s also on Twitter @AllisonGeeksOut.

Superman Devereaux

She’d love to walk “The Superman Devereaux.”

PS: Allison wrote something else about The Golden Girls a few months ago. She’d love for you to read it, in case you missed it the first time!

Skeletor - Beast Man

First New He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe Cartoon In 31 Years?!

The last Filmation episode of the classic He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was entitled The Cold Zone and aired back on November 21, 1985. It’s been almost 31 years since we’ve last had a look at He-Man and the Masters of the Universe in that retro animated style but thanks to those mad geniuses over at Super7 we are about to get our chance to see a new bit of animation with…

[Via] Super7’s Store Channel
Of course if you watched that video you will noticed that the “bad” news is you can only see this at the San Diego Comic-Con next week…until it’s released on August 1st on iTunes and Google Play for those us that can’t make the trek to see it.

That isn’t the only thing Masters of the Universe related from Super7 at the Comic-Con this year, not by a long shot. First of all you will need this nifty Power Token to gain entry into Skeletor’s Lair…

All images courtesy of Super7.

All images courtesy of Super7.

…where you can grab Super7’s Masters of the Universe M.U.S.C.L.E. Multi-Color Trash Can Assortment…
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…or the exclusive San Diego Comic-Con 24 figure pack!
MUSCLE - Masters of the Universe - Super7
There isn’t a whole lot of information from the Super7 camp on the Masters of the Universe cartoon just yet…or even if it’s a cartoon or just a bit of short animation. At least we do know that Beast Man, Mer-Man, and of course Skeletor will be in it and there are rumors from Super7 that the dastardly villain is going to try and take over Comic-Con!