Mission: Magic

Mission: Magic

If an association with The Brady Bunch was good enough for Davy Jones, why couldn’t another emerging teen idol use the power of Brady to spark some increased career exposure. In the case of Mission: Magic, Australian singer Rick Springfield lent his likeness, name and music to this animated Saturday morning series, an offshoot of The Brady Kids, to conjure up a little extra name recognition with record-buying youngsters. Continue reading...

Donnie and Marie

Donny and Marie

She was a little bit country, he was a little bit rock and roll, and they became one of the most successful brother/sister teams in entertainment history. Their wholesome mugs appeared regularly on television through the latter half of the 70s, and their wholesome music across the nation's radio stations. Make no mistake, Donny and Marie made their mark, and then some. Continue reading...

Colecovision

ColecoVision

Perhaps one the most ambitious home video game systems ever contrived, ColecoVision took the world by storm in the early 80s, offering an enthusiastic public seemingly everything under the sun. Unfortunately, the only thing quicker than its ascent was its decline due to promises not kept. For the couple of years it was around though, ColecoVision made quite the mark, and is still fondly remembered to this day. Continue reading...

Violet Crumble

Violet Crumble

When you think of Australian foods that have made an impact in the States, your list might be limited to Foster's Beer, shrimps on the barbie, and perhaps a strange concoction known as Vegamite. Less easy to remember, but equally worthy of mention, is a tasty candy bar that emerged in the 80s called Violet Crumble. A unique confection sold in a shiny purple wrapper, the candy bar might not have given Snickers a run for their money, but they remain fondly remembered by many for being different, and delicious. Continue reading...

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Robin Hood

Sly like a fox, that Robin Hood was. So, when Disney decided to bring the epic adventure to the big screen in animated form, they indeed gave the role to an anthropomorphic fox. And they found critters to play each of the famous roles. Marian was also a fox, Prince John and King Richard became lions. Little John was now a bear, Friar Tuck was a badger, and the sinister Sheriff of Nottingham was a wolf - in Walt Disney’s classic 1973 film, Robin Hood. Continue reading...

Hey Arnold!

Hey Arnold!

Life is hard enough when you are ten-year-old boy, even harder when you are forced to live with your grandparents, and inconceivable when you have a head shaped like a football. Such were the tribulations of Arnold, an orphaned fourth grader and star of the long running Nickelodeon animated series, Hey Arnold! Continue reading...

View Master

View-Master

Sure, there have been plenty of technological breakthroughs over the years that make something like a View-Master seem more than a bit antiquated. But there is such a simplistic charm to this little plastic box that allowed the young mind to travel to faraway lands, once visited or never before explored, and see them in all of their three-dimensional splendor. Everyone who has experienced the pleasure of a View-Master distinctly remembers the little lever and the clicking sound it made when advancing to the next frame. And any tourist of earlier decades can remember a time when seemingly every destination, not to mention every department and toy store, displayed racks containing hundreds of little discs. Today, we look at the history of, and our fascination with, the View-Master. Continue reading...

Krofft Supershow

Krofft Supershow

Adults of the 70s had a plethora of variety shows to keep them entertained, from Sonny and Cher to Donnie and Marie. It only made sense that the kids might prefer a pint-sized version. Debuting in 1976 on ABC’s Saturday morning lineup, Krofft Supershow was a live-action variety show produced by brothers Sid and Marty Krofft that featured both musical entertainment and a number of adventure based segments to ensure that there was something for every young viewer to enjoy. Continue reading...