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03 May 2002 @ 06:47 am
Three Fingers of Nostalgia, Please  

So, I got back from Japan house about two hours ago, after I finished watching The Dark Crystal with Slivey, who, at the tender age of 22, has never seen it before. But you know what? I hadn't seen it in, perhaps too long. It's not The Neverending Story - that was my first mental mistake.

For somebody trying to shed their inner conception of dualism, it's a hard movie to watch. For somebody trying to re-kindle the awe and wonder of being five and having the world be a fantastically wonderful place where all you needed were a couple sticks and you could be knights and wizards, it was like The Godfather . For film buffs. Or mafiosos. Or something.

I'm getting old. There was a time in my life when entertainment was five things - Saturday morning cartoons, books, the after-school robot hour, Nintendo, and story-time / Lego time with Mom/Dad. There are people at Mac who don't remember The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin, Fluppies, Winnie the Pooh, Pound Puppies, Transformers, Voltron, He-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rainbow Brite, G.I. Joe, Snorks, Garfield and Friends, Pinwheel, David the Gnome, Care Bears, Ducktales, shit, I could keep going for a long time. People who never saw The Secret of N.I.M.H., The Neverending Story, Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal; people who never played Castlevania, Zelda, Metroid, Deadly Towers, or Mega Man. Remember those little jelly shoes that girls wore in first and second grade for presumably no reason? Those bookmarks-what-snap-around-your-wrist things? When kids had lunchboxes? When you drew pictures of anything and everything if you ever got your hands on that crayon set with the built-in sharpener and more than 24 colors? When you made weapons out of legos during recess, and the teacher didn't care, because she didn't know what a sai was, because she wasn't a Turtles fan.

Remember running around the playground "playing Transformers?" This was apparently a game that everybody within fifty miles of home knew how to play - you argued about who got to be Optimus Prime, and then you all pretended to be Transformers, and "made the noises", and tried not to Transform too much, because that would be pretentious - even for a five-year-old.

Maybe you don't - but I sure as hell do. Hmmm.

 
 
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la femme stygiangunn on May 3rd, 2002 06:39 am (UTC)
The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin: Creepy
Fluppies: I don't remember this
Winnie the Pooh: yep yep yep
Pound Puppies: Meh.
Transformers: They're more than meets the eye
Voltron: I don't know this one
He-Man: We didn't play Transformers. We played He-man sometimes, StarWars most often. Bumper always wanted to be Skeletor and Luke.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shrug.
Rainbow Brite: My mother bought me Rainbow Brite cereal once. Once. It was so sugary I went berzerk, and she hid it on the top shelf, never to be eaten again.
G.I. Joe: Because knowing is half the battle. I found one of Bumper's G.I. Joe figures that got half-eaten by some neighborhood dog. I buried it in their sandbox, DJ found it the next day and cried.
Snorks: What the hell is snorks? I think you're making this shit up.
Garfield and Friends: Meh... it was alright. That egg with legs was creepy. How did it eat?
Pinwheel: Only if you had cable. Which I didn't.
David the Gnome: Okay. This was fuckin' creepy. 70's style animation, ugly gnomes with creepy oily voices.
Care Bears: Yeah....
Ducktales: Wooo-Ooo!
The Secret of N.I.M.H.: I have never made it all the way through this movie. I always and without fail, fall asleep.
The Neverending Story: YurtGirl used to sing "The Neverending stooooooooory, on and on and on, the neverending stooooooooory, on and on and on, the neverending stooooooooooooory, on and on and on..." because she didn't know any of the other words. Some of her renditions lasted several hours.
Labyrinth: I didn't see this or know of its existance until college.
The Dark Crystal: Ditto.
Castlevania: Mrph?
Zelda: College. "I'm the fairy up your ass! You've gotta listen to me!"
Metroid: Mrph?
Deadly Towers: Hrmph?
Mega Man: Brph?

I'll assume that you didn't miss some of them, but that you didn't want to list all of them here.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on May 3rd, 2002 08:16 am (UTC)
Fluppies were the puppies that looked like their fur was made out of yarn - they had crystals that let them teleport between different worlds. Snorks were perhaps the best of the "aquatic-themed" saturday morning cartoons - they all snorkels coming out of the back of their heads, and used the word "Snork" like it was "Smurf" - in retrospect, they were a blatant rip-off of the Smurfs, but rather well done. (I swear, I'm not making this shit up) Voltron was made out of five mechanical lions - like the Power Rangers, only animated, first, and better. (Ask Phil)
The past is prologue: ratnemoren on May 3rd, 2002 10:30 am (UTC)
I remember Snorks!

Howz'bout the Popples? and Wuzzles?
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on May 3rd, 2002 11:30 am (UTC)
Yes, those too
I actually had the moose/kangaroo Wuzzle and about three Popples when I was a kid - but I was a spoiled brat. On the other hand, we didn't get the Popple show on TV (like my relatives in Beaver Dam and Madison), so we had to rent the videos from some place that turned into a Radio Shack. And if anybody can remember the name of the Saban cartoon/anime on Nickelodeon that had penguins and koalas in it, and wasn't The Noozles , I would be extremely pleased.
The past is prologue: LJ1nemoren on May 3rd, 2002 03:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Yes, those too
I don't really remember watching the shows too much. Or having too many of the liscensed toys. I do remember:

- we had these Snorkels whistle keychains (pretty clever- you blew in the snorkel bit)

-my grandmother took us to the Rainbow Brite movie. And I had a "shy Violet" doll.

-I got a Popples jigsaw puzzle in a classroom gift exchange one year.

-Bailey had a Popple, which sorta floated around the apartment last semester.
Yes, literally.

We did, however, have a few poseable care bears, a full complement of Strawberry Shortcake junk, A buncha My Little Ponies, and I had all of the Flower Dolls.

This is kind of exhausting. I'm trying to remember all the plastic crap that was the first to go.

I still have a Paddington Bear, and I think we kept a bunch of the Barbie Dolls and Glamour Dolls (like Barbie, but ¼ size, like GI Joe).

Anybody have those model Hess trucks, or diecast John Deere tractors? We had a full box of Matchbox cars, too.
A Carnot engine of self-loathingcalypsomatic on May 3rd, 2002 08:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Yes, those too
I fucking remember that koala show! But I can't remember what it's called! That show was AWESOME!
If it's the one I'm thinking of. Maybe. I don't remember any penguins, but the rest of it matches up. Otherwise, I'm not going through the list of what I remember.
masui on May 3rd, 2002 08:56 am (UTC)
The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin: what a marketing craze!

Fluppies: floppy AND fuzzy!

Winnie the Pooh: sad to say...but it's not so old skool anymore. they keep rehashing it. pooh's corner tho...

Pound Puppies: AND the kittens!

Transformers: fucking voltron rip off

Voltron: I shall form the head

He-Man: by the power of grey skull. Sheee RAAAA!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
Splinter taught them to be ninja teens (He's a radical rat!)
Leonardo leads, Donatello does machines (That's a fact, Jack!)
Raphael is cool but crude (Gimme a break!)
Michaelangelo is a party dude (Party!)

Rainbow Brite: the absence of color frightens me

G.I. Joe: for all your real american hero needs

Snorks: you've got me doc

Garfield and Friends: everytime he kicked odie into next week it filled my little heart with glee

David the Gnome: the only palatable thing on nik jr.

Care Bears: strong memory of seeing the first movie in the theatre

Ducktales: I have this theme song in DUTCH~!

The Secret of N.I.M.H.: I'll be typical and say I liked the book better

The Neverending Story: not seen

Labyrinth: um, down?

The Dark Crystal: not seen

Zelda: Link is hot

Deadly Towers: ooh, the prince, in all his profile glory

Mega Man: once, Flombert's mother and I sat through Flombert and his brothers brainstorming the list of hte bosses IN ORDER for the WHOLE SERIES. we mostly just pitied eachother


my two cents
You can't do that on fucking television
AND
thundercats: HO!




la femme stygiangunn on May 3rd, 2002 09:05 am (UTC)
I have one thing to say to that.
I'll get you next time, Gadget!
(Anonymous) on May 3rd, 2002 08:16 am (UTC)
Damn, I knew I was getting old already when my little brother got his temps. This just seals the deal though. I remember everything on that list but 3 things: Fluppies, Pinwheel, David the Gnome. I vaguely remember hearing about the Secrets of NIMH, but never saw it. Hmmm, I wonder if my old Voltron and Transformers are still around in that pile of stuff back home. Sigh... nostalgia indeed.
masui on May 3rd, 2002 08:58 am (UTC)
i can't help myselt
Strawberry Shortcake: ha cha cha cha, he cha cha cha, ha cha cha cha

masui on May 3rd, 2002 09:10 am (UTC)
transformers games
non sequitor- i'm suddenly reminded of those little toy cars that you could crash into walls and magically they would have "dents" in them...but then you flip the panel and they were good as new...


yeah...your transformer game sounds familiar. only we did it for thundercats in Kid's Club after school. I seem to remember that I was wearing a really terrible wig to make my self look more cheetah like (ahem). Unfortunately I wasn't the only one wearing that wig on a regular basis. My only encounter with head lice. THAT memory is strongly tied to Necco wafers which I would suck on in the shower as I would cry from the awful smell (of the shampoo) and the awful itch. blegh. don't care much for wigs to this day. didn't like hats for a really really long time. not much for wearing other people's either.
Abra SWcloudscudding on May 3rd, 2002 09:50 am (UTC)
Who/what?
Who/what? Don't recall most of that...but then, I have an excuse for being pop-culturally illiterate. After all, I was out of the country/TV-less for most of growing up.

I do remember jellies. I liked the diamond-shaped tan marks they left on my feet at the end of the summer. I hated the pink ones, though.
The past is prologuenemoren on May 3rd, 2002 10:35 am (UTC)
Re: Who/what?
I loved jellies. Except the toe sprats always broke first, so the front of your shoe would flop around like a hobo's.

One time when I was mebbe five or six, my sister and I were running around on my grandmother's property, down by the duck pond. I have no recollection why, but something led to the kicking of one of my shoes smack into the middle of the duck pond.
My uncle and father were dispatched to collect it.
I remember watching them wading around up to their knees in marshy duckwater, feeling slightly amused and slightly guilty, and somewhat worried for the preservation of my shoes.

And I still have a snap bracelet. A red one.
Actually, I still have jellies too, somewhere back in PA; they were a Christmas gift from my sister six or seven years ago.
Moxie Crimefighter: roxydrowdancer on May 3rd, 2002 01:56 pm (UTC)
ar!
< conniption >[requisite screaming by techinical young'un who knows all these things and is sick of being thought ignorant in the intricacies of fluppie dogs and the horrible blisters that only those fucking ass-cool jelly shoes could give you!] arr! we all know it is merely the uncool, not the young who know nothing of these things, MISTER GRUMPY-HEAD!< /conniption >
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on May 3rd, 2002 03:28 pm (UTC)
Re: ar!
I'm just being nostalgic, fish - no need to drive the stake into my heart so early in the game. You haven't even got to the mini-bosses yet. I don't think you're ignorant - I'm just waiting for all of these shows to come out on DVD, so I can show them to my kids. Sigh.
Moxie Crimefighterdrowdancer on May 5th, 2002 01:39 pm (UTC)
Re: ar!
it's one of those things that has to be said by the maligned party, whether or not the maligner needs to be maligned by the malignee or whether the malignee really needs in his/her maligned heart to malign right back. just one of *those* things.

MALIGN MALIGN MALIGN!!
Oυτιςerragal on May 3rd, 2002 04:09 pm (UTC)
The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin: Never saw the show but the animatronic bear was sure creepy.
Fluppies: Ye got me... one of the two on this list I don't know.
Winnie the Pooh: T I double-Guh Err
Pound Puppies: My cat used to beat them up when he was a little kitten.
Transformers: Robots in disguise!
Voltron: I'll form the ass!
He-Man: Man, remember the snake He-man action figure that was a squirt gun?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: It's all about the comic book.
Rainbow Brite: I agree with Cole... sickeningly sweet. Oh, they made a cereal for that show?
G.I. Joe: It's a good thing the guys in the cartoon didn't loose their thumbs half as often as the toys. You'd think Cobra had a monopoly on thumb screws or something.
Snorks: Man I remember the snorks. Much better than Jabberjaw for underwater hijinks.
Garfield and Friends: On occaision this show rose to that special occaision.
Pinwheel: What the fuck is this? Ok there's the second one I don't know.
David the Gnome: Heh... he's like a pocket sized Dr. Doolittle.
Care Bears: That whole "beams out of stomachs" thing kinda weirded me out.
Ducktales: Quality programming.
The Secret of N.I.M.H.: Brutus rocks! So does The Great Owl.
The Neverending Story: The first was pretty good... avoid the second please.
Labyrinth: This is one of my favorites!
The Dark Crystal: Ditto. Sure creeped me out as a kid... but it was so cool.
Castlevania: It's all about the boomerangs and the flaming whips!
Zelda: The first and second ones really didn't enthrall me all that much... not to say I didn't spend inordinate amounts of time on them...
Metroid: ...but the time I spent on Zelda is nothing compared to this one.
Deadly Towers: Ok I lied... there are three I'm unaware of. eh?Mega Man: Aww yeah... I'm gonna kick your ass and take your special powers biatch.

Man... got me thinking.
Danger Mouse!
Thundercats and Silverhawks
Gummi Bears
The Muppet Show!!
Fraggle Rock
Go-bots - Transformers slower kid brother

The only game that comes to mind right off is...
Shadowgate!

oh wait...AWWWW YEAH.
Legend of Kage!
Screen shot of 'Legend Of Kage, The'
here's a review I found online
"Anyone with half a brain cell can see that this game really has one goal: Kill them before they kill you. You start out on the ground, with ninjas jumping out of trees and throwing stars at you. All right, now that may sound pretty cool, but you have to remember, this is pre-rendering days, so everything is either palette swapped, or it all looks the same! The trees look the same, the ninjas look the same, and at one point, you may think that the only thing moving is the background, cause you're sure not getting anywhere. There are no bosses, and there is no story line advancement, you're just a lone ninja hunter hacking away at the seemingly endless supply of enemies that will eventually overtake you!"
This was the first Nintendo game I ever owned. It fucking rules!
King of the Voidabaddonx99 on May 5th, 2002 07:38 pm (UTC)
Dude, I remeber most of that shit, sans about 3 or 4 of the shows, and 1 or 2 of the games, seeing as I never had a nintendo as a kid but my next-door neighbors did. I remeber getting the complete voltron set for christmas one year. I was so happy. And, keep in mind, I'm only 19, only slightly older then some of these people you're sorta wishing knew about this stuff. Hey, how about James Bond, Jr. where, for some reason, he's James Bond Jr. when James Bond is his uncle?