I think it is more than fair to say that Kenner went all in with Alien in 1979. For example last month I shared the stunning revelation they had produced a board game based on the film. While Ridley Scott’s sci-/horror movie is a masterpiece it was an R rated feature as well. So you might be able to picture my confusion when I learned Kenner had in addition released the “Alien Terror” movie viewer.
In this case “Alien Terror” is an abridged version of the 1979 movie. In fact it is so short that in all honesty if you hadn’t seen the movie it wouldn’t make any sense. Of course there is only so much that Kenner could share from Alien with kids, right?
By all means, try to convince me this movie cartridge didn’t cause a few nightmares in 1979.
With this in mind – try to remember that Kenner had certainly found success with their line of movie viewers. Beginning in 1975 when they released film catridges and viewers for Snoopy, The Six Million Dollar Man, and The Bionic Woman.
Especially successful for Kenner was the Star Wars movie viewer and cartridges set in 1977. On the other hand there were only four film cartridges produced for that series, plus a fifth that was included with the set.
Many fans have wondered why Kenner didn’t continue with the line. Because of this mystery some people feel that perhaps 20th Century Fox stepped in and asked Kenner to cease production. For fear of cutting into the profits of repeat viewings in the theater.
Now that we’ve taken a look at 1979’s “Alien Terror” why not check out Snoopy Meets the Red Baron?
This film cartridge comes from the Fisher Price Movie Viewer line. It did better than Kenner, lasting until the middle of the 1980s. Thanks to the many licensing agreements with the likes of Walt Disney, Marvel, Hasbro and many more.
You don’t really need me to write anything here – this comic-advert sells the idea of its Snoopy bi-plane perfectly, and had I seen this in my youth, you can bet I would have badgered my parents for a kit of my own! Perhaps the two young boys should explain…
Wow! What a great new kit from Monogram. Snoopy in his Sopwith Camel. Comes with a battery-powered propeller you flip to start like a real plane. Easy and fun to build. Just snaps together so you don’t need glue.
Meer minutes later and they have themselves a groovy pre-painted plane where they can write comments like “Curse you, Red Baron” and let’s not forget the Doghouse Display Stand! Here’s a couple more images of this great looking toy:
When I was a kid, my mother, father, and sister all enjoyed assembling jigsaw puzzles. Everybody in my family enjoyed working jigsaw puzzles but me. I found them exceedingly frustrating to solve and greatly preferred making up stories about the people in the puzzles than actually putting them together. This Snoopy Jigsaw Puzzle looks like it would be filled with good stories.
Even if I did enjoy solving jigsaw puzzles, I’m not sure I would buy one from a thrift store — every step of the way I would convince myself that pieces were missing. That being said, I did enjoy the artwork on this one. I’m not sure there are 1,000 versions of Snoopy in this picture, but there are more than I’ve seen in any one place.
For some reason, all these dogs are making me want to eat a Sno-Cone.
Update: Ever since Rob O’Hara wrote this post, I have kept my eyes open for this puzzle. I am happy to announce that I finally got my hands on a copy courtesy of the Retroist’s very own metagirl and have solved it.
It was a really interesting puzzle, even though it was missing a couple of pieces. They were cut at all sorts of weird angles, so it was difficult to do the border first.
Still it was fun to just put Snoopy faces together and watch it fill out face by face. Here are a couple of my favorite images from the puzzle in a gallery. Hula Snoopy is by far my favorite. Yet, she was the most difficult to put together. It wasn’t until the last few minutes that I was able to find all the white pieces that would finish her.
Click to view a larger Snoopy in the Snoopy Jigsaw Puzzle
I would rate this puzzle a solid A. If you like jigsaw puzzles and Snoopy, I think this is worth picking up, even if it is missing a handful of pieces.
Everybody here at Retroist.com remembers and loves the animated Peanuts specials. But how many of us remember the live-action Peanuts special? There was one. It was called The Big Stuffed Dog.
Notice that it is called a “Peanuts” special on the movie art.
The Big Stuffed Dog was apparently an NBC special movie event from 1981, which is close to the boundary of my memory. I remember seeing it once. Only once. But it apparently made an impression on me. Though I can’t remember much of the plot, I do know that it involved a large Snoopy stuffed doll that got separated from its owner, a little boy. I think the climax involved the doll being fished from a river. I know, though, that I was heartbroken by the thought that the doll was lost and the boy might not get him back and rejoicing when they were finally reunited.
Unfortunately, there are only a few VHS copies of this movie floating around, and they are selling for more than I’m willing to pay. The only thing I could find on YouTube was this short promo:
So if you know where I can get this for cheap, please forward the info. I’d love to see the Snoopy doll fished from the river again.