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The Blue Lagoon

Henry De Vere Stacpoole’s 1908 romantic novel about two young children shipwrecked on a deserted island was brought to life with stunning cinematography, in the film adaptation of The Blue Lagoon. Released in 1980, and starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins, it was (perhaps surprisingly) the third film adaptation of the book (the first two occurring in 1923 and 1949). A an intriguing tale of young love, free from society’s constraints, The Blue Lagoon, despite some controversy, proved a success at the box office and still fondly remembered. Continue reading...

Life Cereal

Life

When it first debuted, there wasn't anything particularly notable about Life cereal. Containing little squares of whole grain oats, it sold fairly well as a healthy alternative within a vast sea of sugar-laden breakfast foods. Kids might never have noticed it all, were it not for a very notable moppet named Mikey who was a profoundly picky eater. Thanks to him, and the power of television advertising, Life would eventually earn a place in pop culture history. Continue reading...

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Fisher-Price Little People

For four decades, the little known toy company started by Herman Fisher, Irving Price, and Helen Schelle made whimsical wooden toys in relative obscurity. Shortly after their beginnings in 1930, Fisher-Price (as they called themselves) released the Woodsey Cart, a small animal-drawn wagon with a small wooden driver. The driver had a round head and cylindrical body and was fastened to his seat. Continue reading...

Married With Children

Married with Children

From the Cleavers to the Brady clan, the stereotypical sitcom family has typically been portrayed as one of angelic faces and dinner table chats. They are perfect in a way that most families could never hope to achieve in real life. Then came the Bundy family, offering a different kind of clan – a conniving, acid-tongued group of misfits that gave new meaning to the term “dysfunctional.” It wasn’t that they didn’t love each other; they just had an odd (and often hysterical) way of showing it, on the enormously popular sitcom, Married with Children. Continue reading...

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The Aristocats

For their first animated feature without Walt at the helm, Disney introduced audiences to a lovable collection of felines in the 1971 film, The Aristocats. Featuring an all-star cast of voices including Eva Gabor, Phil Harris. Scatman Crothers and Sterling Holloway, this entertaining romp through Paris and the surrounding countryside proved that, with or without their leader, the Disney name would remain synonymous with quality animated films. Continue reading...

Gold Mine

Gold Mine

The art of creative packaging has sold a lot of candy to a lot of kids. Find a unique way to market your confection and you could be looking at a gold mine of profits. Perhaps that was the inspiration for Gold Mine gum, little golden nuggets of chewy goodness, cleverly packaged in a burlap sack. Continue reading...

Colorforms

Colorforms

"They stick like magic!"Actually, magic had very little to do with what made a Colorform stick, rather it was just the adhesive quality of the thinly-cut plastic. The real magic lay in their ability to encourage the imagination. Colorforms were mere props, whether they resembled geometric shapes or a sitcom star. The box provided the stage; it was up to you to choose and arrange the props and, most importantly, concoct the story. Perfect for rainy days and long car trips, generations of kids have created millions of Colorform settings over the years. Continue reading...

Dragon's Lair

Dragon’s Lair

It was enough to make your toes curl and clutch your quarters tightly in your pocket. In a sea of arcade games featuring bitmap characters and crude backgrounds, Dragon's Lair looked like a full-fledged animated movie. Released in 1983, its innovative gameplay would earn it a rightful place in arcade game history, fondly remembered by anyone who ever shelled out 50 cents to see how the enchanting story of knight versus dragon played out. Continue reading...