Norman Normal - Title Card

Toon In: Paul Stookey’s Norman Normal (1968)

Friends, Norman Normal is a different offering for Toon In. For one thing it happened to be scored by none other than Paul Stookey. Indeed, the very same Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul, and Mary. In fact it was co-produced, co-written and even features voice work by Stookey as well. Norman Normal also is one of the lesser seen Warner Bros. animated shorts.

[Via] John 1948Ten

I mention that Norman Normal hasn’t been seen by many. That could be because it was released as a cartoon special for it’s adult sensibilities. Nothing to worry about of course in regards to language or the like. It is because it follows Norman as he basically confronts the issues of life that are weighing heavily on his mind.
Norman Normal

Our main protagonist in Norman Normal is a ball bearing salesman. Right off the bat he shares with us, thanks to the many doors in his mind, an ethical quandary concerning his Boss. Who by the way is voiced by Stookey as well, actually most of the characters that Norman encounters are voiced by the singer-songwriter.
Norman Normal - Boss

While his Boss wants him to land a new client by getting him to drink too much, we see that Norman Normal is thankfully of stronger morale character. Not that he isn’t finding himself confused by what is expected of him. So he decides to visit his Father to seek advice. I will naturally leave it to you to decide if he has been given sage advice or not.
Norman Normal - Father

Finally we get a chance to visit Norman at a company party. Where as you can probably guess, things aren’t exactly peachy-keen. On display is more of personal issues of others that they try to foist on their co-worker.
Norman Normal - Party

The part of Norman Normal is voiced by Dave Dixon. It really is an interesting animated short. Certainly worthy of your six minutes of time. While it was originally released on February 3, 1968 there are still powerful as well as relatable messages within it.

Now, settle back and dive into Norman Normal!


Stark Trek II - Book and Record

Retro Records: Star Trek II – The Wrath Of Khan

Audio, the final frontier. These are the continuing voyages of Retro Records and this time we have Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan! In truth I had an interesting time trying to nail down when this was released. I have found sites that claimed it came out in 1985. Others purported however that is was 1984. Since of course I couldn’t see the inside of the book itself I had to keep looking. Finally I did indeed come across the correct information and Buena Vista’s adaptation of 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan looks like it was published in 1983.

I have mentioned in the past how much time I spent alone as a child. While there were neighborhood kids to play with when visiting my Grandparents. I mostly entertained myself when at home with my books and toys. Granted the Atari 2600 and a subscription to the Buena Vista book and record club went a long way to helping too.

With this adaptation of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, you can safely assume they have streamlined the film a bit. Of course they have also toned down quite a bit of the death count from the movie. Which is totally understandable considering the age of their target audience. That doesn’t mean they don’t take the opportunity to show off a mortally wounded Khan!
Star Trek II - Wrath of Khan - Khan

Honestly this 1983 adaptation does a fine job of presenting the overall story from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Although I am going to have to bring up that the impersonation of Admiral James T. Kirk…is odd to my ears.
Star Trek II - Wrath of Khan - Page 1

This is the first Buena Vista book and record that I have noticed they colored out a background character’s face. Seriously, what is going on back there? Did Scotty accept an trainee from Ariannus – maybe another mutation?
Star Trek II - Wrath of Khan - Scotty

Most importantly of all, Buena Vista managed to capture the excitement of the movie. Yet again while not showing us all of the poor crew members of the Enterprise that were hurt and killed during the epic space duel. You still however get that thrill as well as the tension of the film itself. Thanks to not just the narration but the chosen photos used throughout the book.
Star Trek II - Wrath of Khan - Chekov

Grab your favorite snack and beverage. Relax and travel back to 1983 as we listen and read Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

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Since we are on the topic of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. How can we pass up a moment to not listen to that epic theme from the late and great James Horner?

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Retroist 9 to 5 Podcast

Retroist 9 to 5 Podcast

On today’s show I talk about the eighties comedy classic, 9 to 5. I start off talking about how I would lay around listening to Dolly Parton, much to my sister’s confusion. If only she had joined me, she would have been much happier, but she was just too much of a punk.

A lot to say about this film in a short amount of time. I talk about the production, the director, writers, musical, tv series and Broadway musical. This is a very talented cast, so it was difficult to just not spend an episode praising them. I manage to keep my praise to a low roar, but I think my fandom is pretty apparent.

9 to 5 was huge hit when it came out. It dominated the box office, only being beaten by one film, The Empire Strikes Back. If you haven’t seen the film or have not seen it in a while, I hope this show will help persuade you to check it out.

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Downfall - Milton Bradley

Did You Play Milton Bradley’s Downfall?

Downfall is a game of many names, friends. As well as being offered in many countries since it was first published in 1970. While I will certainly admit that I have no recollection of this particular game. The play mechanics have me absolutely captivated. Apparently it was picked up by Hasbro and is being produced today under the name New Downfall.

Downfall - New Downfall

The design might be a little different but the gameplay certainly remains the same.

While as you can plainly see from the box art, Downfall was a Milton Bradley game. I have however found a version by Whitman that definitely has the groovy vibe of the 1960s. Having said that this game was indeed released in 1970.
Downfall - Whitman - Front of Box
Downfall - Whitman

Now obviously Downfall is known by different names in other countries. Such as Nouveau Dix de Chute, Dix de Chute, Slotter, Cascadix, and Combi 5-2-5 to name a few. For myself though I am partial to the Dutch version of Onderuit! as well as it’s grim commercial!

[Via] The Toys Channel

That is some Hangman level of creepiness there, all it needed was Vincent Price, in place of the child. Now the point of Downfall is to take your ten numbered discs and get them to the bottom…in order. This is accomplished by turning one of the five dials on the “board”. Although each Player naturally cannot see the other side of the board, which means they have no clue if their opponent’s turn will hinder or aid them.

Downfall really seems to offer an amazing amount of strategy to the Players. I might have to keep my eyes peeled on eBay to add this game to my collection. Also of interest was how Milton Bradley made sure to show it was fun for the whole Family. With at least two different covers!
Downfall - Milton Bradley - Box B

Downfall - Box A

If I am being totally honest though, I truly love the Japanese version of Downfall by Whitman


Downfall - Whitman - Japanese

Now then, how about the German Commercial forDownfall aka Slotter? Definitely looks like there is a hesit going on!

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Bill & Ted - Movie Poster

Check Out Bill & Ted’s Original Script Pages!

Friends, surely we can agree that 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is a masterpiece. Or at the very least we can meet in the middle and admit that both Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves really delivered stand out characters. Thanks of course to the script by both Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson. Which is why it was such a joy the other day when Solomon totally revealed a few pages of their handwritten script for Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure!

Real quick, in case you didn’t know. Ed Solomon has written for a lot of great films as well as TV shows. Just a few of the projects he has written for include It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, Men in Black, Mom and Dad Save the World as well as the Now You See Me series.
Bill & Ted - Ed Solomon

Chris Matheson most certainly comes from a Family with a legacy for writing. As he is the Son of the late and great Richard Matheson and brother to Richard Christian Matheson. His eldest brother like his Father, has written numerous horror stories as well as working in TV and film. Now Chris not only co-wrote Bill & Ted’s Exellent Adventure but the 1991 sequel and even some episodes of the animated series. In addition to writing the script for 1995’s The Goofy Movie!

[Via] Sheldon Williamson

I need to give a huge thank you to io9 for the heads up on the original script pages for Bill & Ted that Solomon shared. On the writer’s Twitter account he offered five handwritten pages with commentary:
“I promised this to some people a while ago (sorry for the delay, had to get them down from storage again). These are very first pages from the original, hand-written draft of Bill & Ted, written in a coffee shop by Chris Matheson & me in what now seems like another life. 1/”
Bill & Ted - Ed Solomon - Script Page 1

“Writing it was never anything other than a pure joy. It was hard, when in the mindset of these guys, not to feel the kind of ebullience and generosity of spirit that they embody. And we knew absolutely nothing about so-called “rules” of writing. 2/”
Bill & Ted - Ed Solomon - Script Page 2

“We were guided by one thing: what made us laugh? I remember at one point looking across the table from each other and saying “Maybe someday somebody might even READ this script!” We had NO idea that they’d be so beautifully embodied by the great @alxwinter and Keanu Reeves. 3/”
Bill & Ted - Ed Solomon - Script Page 3

“And of course, George Carlin, who we all so dearly miss. To me, the fans of this movie are like family. We never thought it would even get MADE, let alone find a home with people. 4/”
Bill & Ted - Ed Solomon - Script Page 4

“Chris and I have often said to each other: if all we did in our career was put the phrase “Be Excellent To Each Other” out into the world, that wouldn’t be such a bad thing. Sometimes when work is tough, or things don’t land the way I’d hoped, I think about that and feel ok. 5/5″
Bill & Ted - Ed Solomon - Script Page 5

Ed Solomon is of course correct. That is an absolutely exceptional comment to have put out in the world. One to remember as well, friends.

You’ve had a chance to glance at the original script pages for Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. So “Party On” with the mall sequence from the film!

[Via] Zachary Ruetz