Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Years before theater audiences were introduced to a friendly little alien with a glowing finger and a penchant for Reece's Pieces, director Steven Spielberg offered another compelling tale about visitors from another planet. Having recently put his name on the map with a little summer blockbuster called Jaws, he would switch to the science fiction genre in 1977. The result was Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and audiences would never look at the skies (or a clump of mashed potatoes, for that matter) in quite the same way. Continue reading...

Gauntlet arcade game

Gauntlet

Roleplay and dungeons gained much popularity in the 1980s and naturally, arcade games cashed in on the trend. Being one of the first games to accommodate from one to four simultaneous players, Gauntlet featured a sprawling set of mazes through which the characters wandered and slew monsters. The arcade community embraced the game with open arms and filled each machine with a steady supply of quarters. Continue reading...

Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine was neither the first film to feature the Fab Four, nor the first time we saw them in animated form, but that didn't stop it from becoming a beloved classic. Released in 1968, With its decidedly psychedelic look and a score that included a collection of some of the band's best music, Yellow Submarine took us on an unforgettable journey - all the while imparting the peaceful message that "all you need is love." Continue reading...

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

With rare exception, longevity isn't a word often associated with Saturday morning cartoons. Most only last a couple of years at best. Put comedian/educator Bill Cosby at the helm, however, and you have a recipe for success. Such was the case with Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, a beloved series and a staple of Saturday mornings for over a decade. Continue reading...

Power Wheels

Power Wheels

In the world of 70s kid-friendly transportation, there was the Big Wheel and the Green Machine, both of which relied on plenty of pedal-power to from here to there. In the decades that followed, kids expended a few less calories, thanks to the far more plush, battery-powered vehicles known as Power Wheels. The streets would never be the same. Continue reading...

Diff'rent Strokes

Diff’rent Strokes

Despite the curious mid-word contraction, Diff’rent Strokes certainly made its mark in sitcom history, appealing to a wide audience during its original run in the late 70s-early 80s and during syndication later on. Thanks to a cherubic young star, and aided by an incredibly catchy theme song, the series was immensely popular and still resonates in pop culture today. Continue reading...

Motor Boat Cruise

Motor Boat Cruise

It was a proposition sure to widen to eyes of any little tyke with nautical aspirations, an opportunity to navigate their very own motorboat, and skillfully navigate through treacherous boulders and hairpin turns with the skill of a seasoned sailor. And, for over three decades, Disneyland's Motor Boat Cruise provided countless voyages for millions of delighted kids. Continue reading...

Willow

Willow

It was a little bit Star Wars, a little bit J.R.R. Tolkien, and a whole lot of little people. Willow, released in 1988, was what fantasy lovers fantasize about: magic, swords, dragons, and a cast of cheerable heroes, hissable villains, and loveable rogues. Continue reading...