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Muppet Guys Talking Is Finally Getting Released!

Well, to be honest about it, Muppet Guys Talking has already been released. It actually was released on March 12, 2017 for the South by Southwest Film Festival. Now though it’s going to be released for all of us to see, by way of the Muppet Guys Talking site on March 16th!

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Just as a bit of trivia you might want to know of course, the original title for Muppet Guys Talking was in fact entitled Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched. That is certainly a mouthful, right?
Muppet Guys Talking - SXSW 2017

Over these many years that I have been fortunate enough to share my interests on The Retroist. I have continuously shared my love of the work and creations of Jim Henson. Now we have this amazing opportunity to listen to five of the Muppet performers share their memories. Not on just on how Henson led his team of performers but personal tales of how they helped to develop a legacy that is still relevant today.

In Muppet Guys Talking we will hear from Frank Oz, the creator of Miss Piggy, Grover, Animal, and Bert to name a few.

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Also in the documentary is Fran Brill, the talent behind characters such as Prairie Dawn, Betty Lou, and Polly Darton.
Muppet Guys Talking - Polly Darton

The late and great Jerry Nelson is featured in Muppet Guys Talking too. Gobo Fraggle, Count Von Count, as well as Emmett Otter were a few of his creations.

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Bill Barretta is part of the group in the documentary, getting his start with The Muppets backin 1991. He has helped to bring to life Bobo the Bear, Earl Sinclair, and of course Pepe the King Prawn.
Muppet Guys Talking - Pepe the King Prawn

Last but certainly not least in Muppet Guys Talking is Dave Goelz. The performer behind such characters as Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beauregard, as well as the one and only the Great Gonzo!

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So make sure to take a moment out of your busy schedule, go visit Muppet Guys Talking. Let us all prepare to be informed and entertained by the legends in the interview. Furthermore I would be willing to bet we will frequently be moved by the discussions too.

To tide us over until the Muppet Guys Talking documentary goes live. How about we listen to Frank Oz and producer Victoria Labalme talk about how the idea got started.

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Are You Ready For ReBoot: The Guardian Code?

ReBoot blew me away when it debuted on ABC one Saturday morning in 1994. With my love of all things video games and computer related, Mainframe Entertainment, Alliance Communications and BLT Productions certainly captured my attention. In that year I was working a full time job but I made sure I was up and watching ReBoot every week. Which is why of course the news of a…reboot… took me by surprise. As well as the fact that ReBoot: The Guardian Code is totally going live on Netflix on March 30th!
ReBoot: The Guardian Code - Mainframe

When I think about the original series, I generally recall the humor and winks to popular culture the show managed to include in almost every episode. Whether that be throwbacks to the popular video games of the day. Or even film franchises such as the James Bond series, including a fantastic song intro from the third episode of Season three. Firewall!

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Granted the animation might seem a little dated by today’s standards. I can assure you though it was pretty amazing stuff back in ’94. Of course it was the characters and story line that made so many fans. I think it is safe to say that the show borrowed a few elements from the likes of 1982’s TRON. A lone Guardian named Bob, whose mission was to protect the inhabitants of a city called Mainframe. Not just from the wicked deeds of Megabyte and his Sister, Hexadecimal. But from those of us playing video games, the Users.

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Now then, we have a new series. Entitled Reboot: The Guardian Code. Immediately upon watching it I paused the official trailer. Some things have certainly changed in this updated version…like it has live action elements!
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That took me quite but surprise. Granted this show is being aimed at an audience younger than myself. I will admit I am okay with this as it also appears to possibly have ties to the original series. At the very least it looks like Megabyte has been resurrected by the series’ mysterious villain.
ReBoot: The Guardian Code - Megabyte

Much like the first series did with borrowing elements of TRON it seems that ReBoot: The Guardian Code will do the same. Although in this case it is a mix of TRON: Legacy, Pacific Rim and even Ready Player One.
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Which seems quite appropriate, friends. As Ready Player One of course hits theaters on March 30th. Which I am sure that Netflix is very well aware of. Will it be any good? I have no idea but I am certainly going to at least give it a chance. Things always change and I for one won’t begrudge a new generation their own joy of being introduced to ReBoot.

I’ve talked a bit about the first series, so without further ado, check out the trailer for ReBoot: The Guardian Code!

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Remember The 1979 Inflatable Cylon Chair?!

First of all I will say this. As a kid I didn’t even remotely realize an inflatable Cylon chair had been made. Which is curious as one thing that immediately captured my attention on Battlestar Galactica were the Cylons. In fact we know the inflatable Cylon chair was made but more on that later.

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While I of course loved 1978’s Battlestar Galactica as a kid. I never obtained that many toys that were produced for the TV series. In all honesty there was another space epic whose toys I was contanstly clamoring for. Of course I am referring to Star Wars, naturally. However that doesn’t mean I didn’t keep any eye on the Battlestar Galactica toys when visiting our local stores. I certainly do not recall seeing any commercials or ads for the inflatable Cyclon chair though!

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Now then, just the other day I was flipping through some old science fiction magazines. A fan of the arcade happened to bring them in, it was slow enough that I could flip through them while we talked. When I came across a little article on then upcoming toys being released featuring the Battlestar Galactica property, I did a double take. There in black and white was the image for the inflatable Cylon chair.
Inflatable Cylon Chair

On the other hand, a quick internet search didn’t exactly lead me to used chairs on eBay. Thankfully however another site had something to offer. That of course was the always knowledgeable Plaid Stallions site. Furthermore, Plaid Stallions offered a scan from a GLJ toy catalog. On the site it was explained that while the inflatable Cylon chair was indeed produced, they doubted the vehicles were made and the Cylon Centurion Bop Bag was released as a Shogun Warrior version.

Speaking of GLJ, the company responsible for the inflatable Cylon chair. They weren’t strangers to the marketing the likes of the Shogun Warriors. As is quite evident from this Great Mazinger watch.
Inflatable Cylon Chair - GLJ Shogun Warriors Watch

In addition they certainly produced inflatable chairs and Bop Bags for other famous licenses. Such as Raggedy Ann & Andy, in this case it was an inflatable love seat. Or for those future super-villains in training you could land a few punches on the Amazing Spider-Man!
Inflatable Cylon Chair - GLJ Raggedy Anne and Raggedy Andy

Inflatable Cyclon Chair - GLJ - The Amazing Spider Man Bop Bag

While I may not have been lucky enough to receive the inflatable Cylon chair in my youth. At least I can take comfort in obtaining a gold-colored Cylon Centurian Leader!

Inflatable Cylon Chair - Gold Cylon

Seriously though, I truly want to thank Plaid Stallions for the GLJ catalog page. Make sure you hop on over by clicking the link to check out even more products that were offered!

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The Prisoner Comic Is Finally Being Released!

Friends, the Hollywood Reporter yesterday dropped some huge news for us fans of The Prisoner. Thanks to Titan Comics we will soon be able to enjoy a new comic series. A Prisoner comic that is indeed set in the universe of the cult classic TV show. However, thanks again to Titan Comics, we are going to be able to read Jack Kirby’s vision of The Prisoner.
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Sort of. As a matter of fact Steve Englehart (Doctor Strange) as well as Gil Kane (Green Lantern) had started to create a comic series in 1976. It was Stan Lee who felt the project was better suited to the legendary Jack Kirby. Although having said that it was of course Lee who eventually decided to cancel the project before it was even published.
Prisoner comic - Jack Kirby

Jack Kirby had crafted only the single issue before it had been cancelled. As a fan of The Prisoner as well as Jack Kirby. The fact I couldn’t get my hands on this work was maddening to say the least.
Prisoner comic - Kirby - Marvel

Now having said that, it is quite true that pages have been shared in the past. But not the actual full and inked Prisoner comic. Which is why the release of The Prisoner: Original Art Edition is such an amazing book. Not only are we going to get Kirby’s Prisoner comic but the script by Englehart and 18 pages of Gil Kane’s artwork.
Prisoner comic - Original Art Edition

I truly cannot think of a better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Prisoner‘s U.S. debut. I mean we have The Prisoner: Original Art Edition in addition to that new Prisoner comic series, right? The art will be handled by Colin Lorimer (The Hunt) with the writing by Peter Milligan (Shade, the Changing Man). In fact Milligan had this to say in the Titan Comics press release:

“For a story where all is ambiguous, it’s hardly surprising that everyone takes from The Prisoner something different; like most people I had my own theories, my own twisted notions – mostly Kafkaesque and existential – of what was really going on in those mock Italianate dwellings. Personally the stranger and more baffling it was the better it suited me,” Peter Milligan said in a statement. “So what an honor it is now, thanks to Titan Comics, to be writing Number 6’s successor into that enigmatic and beguiling world.”

I can assure you I will be making a post or two concerning the 50th anniversary on June 1st.

Actually, did you know that DC Comics released an official sequel Prisoner comic?

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Totally true, friends. It was a 4-book Prestige format mini-series that was released in October of 1988. It followed an agent who resigns from her post at MI-5. Much like Patrick McGoohan’s character of Number 6 in The Prisoner, she has given no reason for quitting. Going on a sailing trip around the world, the young woman finds herself stranded on a seemingly deserted island. However…she is of course the new arrival at the Village. The series takes place 20 years after the end of the original television show. Things in the Village have not improved for the better.
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Perhaps with the new Prisoner comic being released this might see a new release too?

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Tina Yothers sing “Baby I’m Back In Love Again” on Family Ties

Sometimes I find myself singing a song that I cannot for the life of me place. Over the years, I have learned that most of these songs are either jingles from old commercials or phantom songs recorded for TV episodes. Last weekend I found myself singing “Baby I’m Back In Love Again” as sung by Tina Yothers in the “Band on the Run” episode of Family Ties.

It is a peppy little song and Yothers does a pretty good job on it. It sort of has a watered down early Madonna/Go-Gos vibe and while not the most memorable phantom sitcom pop song, it has managed to stick with me for many years.

“Band on the Run” is from the 5th season of Family Ties. In it, Jennifer starts a band and auditions to play at the Leland College Dance. Their band is chosen, and Alex sees it as a money-making proposition and becomes their manager. Naturally Alex has very little talent for managing a “modern” band and wacky hijinks ensue.

It culminates in the band casting off Alex’s notions and performing their song to much acclaim.

Watch Tina Yothers sing “Baby I’m Back In Love Again” on Family Ties

Check out those Mtv style shots! This is not you parent’s episode of Family Ties!

For you eagle-eyed watchers, that is Christina Applegate and Rain Phoenix making cameos as members of the band. Sadly neither of them have much dialogue, but it is interesting to see a pre-Married with Children Applegate. She would land her career making role just a few months after this episode would air.

A longer version of the song got a release, in an attempt to maybe start a pop career for Yothers. Sadly it did not set the world on fire and the song did not get much play. Although, Yothers did go on Solid Gold to perform it (still trying to track that down).

Listen to the full verion of “Baby I’m Back in Love Again” by Tina Yothers