Kenner Easy-Show Movie Projector Commercial (1972)

I’ve mentioned once or twice how even as child I was fascinated by film. This interest was spurred on by the Fisher Price Movie Viewer and Theater Viewer that I received for Christmas in 1978! Even with my love of all things related to Cinema…I guess being an infant made me too young to take notice of the Kenner Easy-Show Movie Projector when it came out in 1972, but looking at this commercial I think I’m going to have to try and obtain one of them for my collection.

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I’m not sure if I’d rather have the Motormouse and Autocat cartoon or Wacky Races for that projector.


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7 thoughts on “Kenner Easy-Show Movie Projector Commercial (1972)

  1. Robert says:

    Ten years before this, I had the original E-Z Show Projector – which only ran strips of individual slides. As i recall, most of them were based on long-forgotten tv westerns circa 1959-1962.

  2. Drahken says:

    Kinda reminds me of the old filmstrip viewers at the library.
    I probably would have liked it, but it came out a few years before I was born & doesn’t seem to have had a long shelf life.
    Out of those 2 choices, I would definitely choose autocat, I never liked wacky races much.

  3. I actually found one of the Kenner filmstrip projectors at a local flea market! It’s only strip looked well worn and a little damaged, it was Huckleberry Hound. I would have dropped the $50 for it…but my Retro-Sense was warning me to not pick it up. Kenner used that design on the Star Wars slide projectors as well.

  4. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Great product for then-budding movie fans.

    From the recesses of my memory, where fresh-smelling plush teddies and sharp-edged metal toys still reside, there’s a flash of me seeing Archie on that box and feeling a world of ‘want it’ swell up inside my tiny jolted brain.

    Other than that recollection, I might’ve got the slide projector version for Christmas instead (as spotted in family Super 8mm from the period), after my articulate argument for an act of immediate possession flopped from a being composed only of flailing arms and gutteral vowels of desire.

    Ah, but the Fisher-Price handheld would soothe that need, a few years onward.

  5. I totally understood the desire to pull the film out of those carts, Patrick! It was Star Wars! It was film!

    A little know fact…I suppose. The Kenner Star Wars carts would fit in the Kenner Snoopy Drive-In, it was a little tight but wouldn’t crack the cart case…but the image was reversed.

    I remember sitting at the breakfast table at my Grandparents house one Sunday morning examining the Snoopy cart and the Star Wars carts…you could hear the squeaky wheels in my brain rotating.

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