Speed Buggy

Speed Buggy

The public has always shown affection towards cars that have the ability to converse. As a result, sitcoms, action shows and family films have repeatedly used some form of chatty chassis to delight viewers. It was only a matter of time before kids had some talking transportation on Saturday mornings to enjoy, thanks to the creative minds at Hanna-Barbera and the animated Speed Buggy. Continue reading...

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The Jungle Book

With a cast of colorful characters, and a soundtrack so memorable it could stick in the subconscious like glue, The Jungle Book is not only a timeless classic in the illustrious history of beloved films by Walt Disney, it is also one of the last films that he would oversee. Released in 1967, Disney's Midas touch is evident throughout this rather loose adaptation of the “Mowgli” stories, written by author Rudyard Kipling. Continue reading...

We are the World

We Are the World

In the late evening on January 28, 1986, a collective group of some of the most recognized musical artists in the world left the American Music Awards festivities and congregated under a shroud of secrecy at A&M studios in Hollywood. The result of this unparalleled collaborative effort was “We Are the World,” a song written to raise money for the victims of famine in Africa. The resulting single, released on March 7th of the same year, would go on to sell 20 million copies, raising significant money for the cause and becoming one of the best remembered songs of the 80s. Continue reading...

Model Rockets

Model Rockets

Kids have loved building models of transportation vehicles for generations, but many of these creations, too delicate to actually play with, end up gathering dust on a shelf. When model rockets arrived on the scene in 1960, however, they offered a far more exciting experience. Finally, a model that could perform as it was intended, soaring ferociously towards the heavens, only to safely return to earth, thanks to a handy parachute hidden within the nosecone. As a result, model rocketry has grown into an enormous hobby, beloved by millions of former kids, who have since introduced this educational pastime to their own offspring. Continue reading...

Deely Bobbers

Deely Bobbers

In the early 80s, followers of fashion seemingly borrowed from My Favorite Martian for a fresh new look – that of glittery antennae-shaped balls in all their bouncing glory. It was a fad that knew no boundaries, neither gender, nor age. Heads of young and old alike danced, skated, and strolled around town, seemingly ready to pick up signals from faraway planets. Continue reading...

Laverne and Shirley

Laverne and Shirley

Any successful television series is likely to have a spin-off or two, and the enormously popular Happy Days was no exception. But, while most spin-offs are lucky if they last a full season, this time lightning struck twice. Following the lives of two lovable brewery workers who lived in 1950s-era Milwaukee, Laverne and Shirley won the hearts of television viewers almost immediately and enjoyed a longevity that few spin-offs have ever managed to achieve. Continue reading...

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The Brave Little Toaster

When it comes to learning life lessons, one seldom looks towards household appliances to lead the way. But that’s precisely what author Thomas M. Disch did when he wrote The Brave Little Toaster in 1980. Seven years later, a group of former Disney employees would bring his touching tale to the big screen. Continue reading...

Slinky

Slinky

Everyone knows the Slinky. Beloved by children and physics teachers alike, this toy debuted in 1945 and has yet to ever slink away. Odds are good that every kid had at least one Slinky during their lifetime and if they didn’t actually own one, they’ve certainly played with one owned by somebody else. How did a simple metal coil become such a childhood icon? Let's take a look back at this marvelous toy and find out. Continue reading...