Use the Power of the Fur, Hello Kitty!

Oh yes, this is a Hello Kitty-themed article!

Taken by the author, May 2014.

May the Fourth Be With You…

…and also with you.

Couldn’t resist!

First of all, a very happy May the 4th to all of you. May the fourth be with you always!

On the fly, I was asked by the wonderful Vic Sage if I had anything Star Wars to contribute. Now, I could celebrate the day in my usual way by watching the commercials from the trainwreck known as the Star Wars Holiday Special, given the incredible RiffTrax treatment, but I wrote about that last year.

I can also regale you with pictures (see Exhibit A above) that I’ve taken of my various Star Wars-themed toys for previous May the 4th celebrations…

From 2015

I could do all this (and I sorta have), but I’d be remiss if I didn’t share with you this one particular gem I found a few years ago during my Hello Kitty collecting days.

Cat Wars…We’re Talking About CAT WARS!

You’ll never get this old Saturday Night Live reference out of your head!

This little segment is from the 1987 cartoon Hello Kitty’s Furry Tale Theater, which parodied various popular movies, as well as fairy tales and well-known stories. It seems that in 1987, Star Wars was a relevant aspect of pop culture (as was E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, for some reason), so of course, they parodied it.

In this segment, Kitty plays Princess Leia, while her friends Tuxedo Sam, Chip, and My Melody take on the roles of Luke Skywalker, C3PO, and R2-D2-inspired characters, respectively. Kitty’s father, Papa Kitty, takes on the role of the Obi-Wan Kenobi-type, while antagonistic Catnip fits in nicely as Darth Vader.

Yes, I’ve seen this before. I also know my Sanrio characters. I’m just that kind of geek. :-)

There’s also The Fur (The Force), and a bit of an itchy situation.

Go on and click play, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

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Brady Kids

The Lone Ranger Meets The Brady Kids


I have been a fan of the Lone Ranger for as long as I can remember. I used to watch re-runs of the TV show as a kid. I enjoyed watching Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger and Jay Silverheels as Tonto. I’ve seen some of the Lone Ranger movies, and listened to many of the old radio shows.

Thrill to the audio adventures of The Lone Ranger in The Town With No Guns

One of the coolest things about the radio show is that occasionally the Lone Ranger and Tonto would team-up with famous figures from the days of the wild west. These team-ups featured everyone from Annie Oakley to Teddy Roosevelt.

Recently, I saw an ad on Twitter that had the Lone Ranger team-up with the characters from another TV show that I used to watch as a kid – The Brady Bunch.
Lone Ranger

This has to be one of the most unique Lone Ranger team-ups where the Lone Ranger and Tonto meet the Brady Bunch kids in this episode of The Brady Kids entitled Long Gone Silver.

[Via] Brady the Kids

Please take a look at Between the Pages to see amazing pop culture cakes and a neat Johnny Depp version of a Tonto Cake.

Popeye

Toon In: Popeye – Cookin’ With Gags (1955)

Welcome back, friends, to a new Toon In. This week we have Popeye the Sailor in a 1955 Associated Artists Production short entitled Cookin’ With Gags. An appropriate selection I think you will certainly agree as today is April 1st.

When I was growing up, I would watched quite a bit of A.A.P. Popeye cartoons. Whiling way the hours until it was time to race down to the bus stop. This was possible in fact thanks to the block programming by TBS in the early 80s.

Besides the likes of Popeye, that TBS block of cartoons would generally include Looney Tunes. As well as the King Features Syndicate characters Krazy Kat, Beetle Bailey, and even Snuffy Smith and Barney Google.

[Via] Angel Casusol

I think you Toon In fans might find it interesting that both Snuffy and Barney, were voiced by none other than Paul Frees. Of course you should recognize Paul’s distinct voice from his work on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show and myriad Rankin/Bass specials. Of course he was also well known for voicing animated features and shorts for Walt Disney!

Read: Mars And Beyond (1957)

I apologize, friends. As usual I have let my train of thought run away with me. In our offering today, we find Popeye attempting to remain calm while attending a picnic with Bluto and Olive Oyl. The pranks range from the common industrial spring on an axe.
Popeye

To the addition of pouring gasoline on an open flame.

While it may indeed be April Fools Day, there is however only so much a Sailor Man can take. Will Popeye be able to thwart Bluto with a prank of his own? Furthermore will Olive Oyl see that she is being rather mean to our favorite Sailor Man? Toon In and let’s find out together!

[Via] Just For Fun

Droids

1985’s Star Wars: Droids Gets An Updated Intro?

Well, friends. In all honesty Star Wars: Droids has received a fan made update to the classic 1985 intro. With Al Scott’s student work placing this during the time of 2015’s The Force Awakens. Having said that it of course means that BB-8 is now tagging along with C-3P0 and R2-D2!
Droids

I stumbled across this video the other day although in fact it was released back in May of 2016. I really like what Al was able to accomplish with his reimagining for the Droids opening. Using the legendary “Trouble Again” theme song by The Police’s Stewart Copeland works rather well with the threats to the Droids by Captain Phasma and the First Order as well as Unkar Plutt.

Moreover I truly wish that Disney might think about resurrecting the ’85 television series. I believe that with the popularity of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and of course Star Wars Rebels – it’s time for a return to Star Wars: Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3P0…and BB-8.

From his YouTube Page, Al said of the student project:
“…this is a contemporary reimagining of the cartoon “DROIDS” from the 1980’s! This newly imagined version of “Droids!” follows the day to day adventures of C3P0, R2-D2, and BB-8 as they constantly find themselves in trouble again avoiding the First Order, Bounty Hunters, Scavengers, and helping the noble Resistance further their cause across the galaxy!


Now while it’s nice to think about what a new animated series might be like. I would be remiss to not mention how much of a fan I was of the 1985 show. Certainly that puts me in the miniority as many fans of Star Wars seem to not look at the show as fondly as I do. Then again I also am a huge fan of the Droids that populate the movies, comics, animated series, and games. Even in my youth there were cases where I cared more about R2 or even the likes of 2-1B than Chewbacca.

I hope all of this has got you thinking about the 1985 animated series now. Which has yet to receive a DVD or Blu-Ray release, by the way. Because the Retroist has you covered with episode 59 of his podcast – in which he is joined by R2!
Retroist Star Wars Droids Podcast

These Itty Bittys Have Got the Touch!

These Itty Bittys are also “more than meets the eye.”

You’ve got your cheesy jokes, I’ve got mine.

Random Visit

I was at the mall recently, which isn’t much of a stretch, being female and all. My mall visits wouldn’t be complete without a quick stop in Hallmark. I usually try to avoid the store unless I am buying a gift, because I’m always bound to find something I don’t need, but really need to have.

For the uninitiated among us, that’s an impulse buy. The only difference between myself and most women is that other women usually splurge on shoes, clothes, and purses. My impulse buys are usually of the fun variety. And if that isn’t geek enough, nothing is.

Anyways, shopping…

I’ve been collecting in dribs and drabs from Hallmark’s Itty Bitty collection, ever since I bought my mom a Mickey Mouse Itty Bitty as part of her birthday gift in 2014. Since then, I’ve collected a few myself.

Someone will construct fan fiction around this photo.

What had started (at least, as far as I can recall) as Disney characters soon became characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, DC Comics, The Muppets, Rainbow Brite, Star Wars, and various other licensed properties and classic films, soon gave way to these “robots in disguise,” disguised here as mini plushies…

“Itty Bitty” Robots In Disguise

That’s right, the Autobots and Decepticons continue to fight in their newest form, and, well…they’re cute.

“Cute” and “Transformers.” Not really something you’d normally see in the same sentence, right? Well, for this purpose, you’re seeing it!

These adorable additions to the Itty Bitty line are, in fact, smiling Transformers characters – Hallmark is offering up a few of the most important characters…

That’s right – Bumblebee, Megatron, Optimus Prime, and Soundwave. All plush, all tiny, and (almost all) smiling. It is mind-blowing yet not surprising for these little toys, since (with a few minor exceptions) they all smile.

When I was shopping on the particular day I came across these, I had spotted Ant-Man in one of the various bins holding the Itty Bittys. I only meant for him to be an impulse buy.

And Optimus Prime was smiling up at me, and he melted my heart.

To steal a line from Star Wars (and reconfigure it slightly), he was the robot I wanted.

To steal another movie line (this time from Jerry Maguire), he had me at hello.

It was an impulse buy that more than met the eye, the wallet, and the happiness factor.

Those are the best kinds of impulse buys. :-)

Be sure to take a look at the rest of Hallmark’s Itty Bitty collection, which now includes pretty much anything you can think of, and a few fun surprises and treats thrown in.

Including Clark Kent.