A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas

It’s virtually impossible to avoid the tidal wave of commercialism that accompanies each holiday season, sending shoppers scurrying to the nearest department store to empty their wallets. To provide some balance, a quaint little cartoon airs each year, serving as a reminder that other aspects of Christmas might be more worthy of celebration. Continue reading...

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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

Few holiday specials are as well remembered and beloved as the collection of stop-animation offerings from Rankin/Bass Productions that originated in the 60s and 70s. Today, we look back at the 1970 classic, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, a charming tale that taught many of us the evolution of the big jolly guy in the red suit. Continue reading...

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Miracle on 34th Street

For anyone, young or old, who ever doubted the existence of Santa Claus, those doubts were summarily laid to rest in the immortal 1947 holiday classic, Miracle on 34th Street. Only the most jaded scrooge could have a heart impervious to the charm that has made this a tradition holiday favorite ever since its original release. Continue reading...

Tony the Tiger

Tony the Tiger

Extolling the virtues of Frosted Flakes for over half a decade, Tony the Tiger has exclaimed his way into the hearts of kids and adults everywhere with his exuberant expression, “They’re Grrrreat!” But Tony did more than that, he taught every kid a lesson along the way – the importance of having a balanced breakfast every morning. Continue reading...

Blip

Blip

When Atari released Pong in 1972, the instant popularity of this electronic version of table tennis would give birth to an entire video game industry. But what if you wanted to play this game on a road trip or in a school cafeteria? The solution was a small handheld alternative called Blip. Released by Tomy in 1977, Blip was portable and provided quite a challenge - and, although it wasn't technically a video game, it sure looked like one. Continue reading...

Candy Canes

Candy Canes

They are the quintessential Christmas confection, a traditional treat beloved the world over. One glimpse of their prominent red and white stripes is all it takes to recognize them as candy canes, the sweet that has put kids in the holiday spirit for well over three hundred years. Continue reading...

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Ask any random group of people what their favorite holiday television show is and you will get more than a few votes for How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Based on a children’s book written in 1957 by Theodor Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss), his characters were brought to life (in animated form) on television for the first time during the 1966 holiday. Over 40 years later, there are no signs of diminished popularity. Continue reading...

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Lethal Weapon

Considered to be the flagship of the "buddy cop" action/comedy genre, the Lethal Weapon series has become one of the most popular action franchises of all times, beginning with this 1987 Richard Donner film starring Mel Gibson as Martin Riggs and Danny Glover as his by-the-book partner. Continue reading...