Home Alone

Home Alone

When it came right down to it, Kevin McCallister had a few more sadistic tendencies than your average kid. And it turns out, we rather like that in a young hero, especially during the season of giving. Make no mistake, Kevin had plenty to give, in the way of bowling balls, staple guns and blow torches – all in the name of protecting his beloved family home. His entertaining antics and precocious demeanor won the hearts of the millions who made 1990’s Home Alone one of the most successful movies of all time. Continue reading...

Snowball Fights

Snowball Fights

There are few times when a kid can throw a projectile at someone without admonishment. Once a sufficient blanket of snow has fallen, however, the rules change. The potential for war looms behind thick trees and parked cars and any other place that offers momentary cover. Attacks come with no warning, nor mercy. Negotiations are futile, retribution is a no-brainer. Let's face it - it wouldn't be winter without a snowball fight. Continue reading...

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It’s a Wonderful Life

A family favorite. A holiday perennial. An American classic. Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life is all of these and more, a crowning achievement of both the director and his leading man, Jimmy Stewart. Under the banner of his new production company, Liberty Films, Capra debuted the masterpiece just before Christmas, 1946. Continue reading...

Northern Exposure

Northern Exposure

A classic fish-out-of-water story, Northern Exposure was one of the cleverest, quirkiest and most under-appreciated television series in the 90s. Following the lives of a collection of colorful characters in a small Alaskan town, the show received an avalanche of critical accolades and developed a faithful and smitten fan following that persists to this day. Continue reading...

Pillsbury Doughboy

Pillsbury Doughboy

First off, and for the sake of accuracy, it should be noted that lovably irresistible lump of dough with the chef’s hat is really named “Poppin’ Fresh.” Most, however, know him simply as the Pillsbury Doughboy, the giggly mascot with the sensitive tummy. And when he was called on to represent a line of fresh-baked rolls, he didn’t hesitate to rise to the occasion. Continue reading...

Astronaut Food

Astronaut Food

Throughout most of the 20th century, it was no secret that space travel captured the imaginations of just about every tyke in existence. As the 60s arrived and astronauts started venturing out into this vast unknown, one particular area of interest was the food that the space travelers took with them. Realizing some serious marketing potential here, numerous manufacturers decided to give young consumers a taste of what these brave explorers were munching in their zero gravity environment. Continue reading...

Chatty Cathy

Chatty Cathy

Dolls have always happily provided companionship to little girls, acting as security blanket and trusted companion. But Chatty Cathy offered something more, something special. Not only could you talk to Chatty Cathy and share your woes but, thanks to the tug of a ring on a string, Cathy could talk back. And talk she did. Continue reading...

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

The residents in the town of Halloween take delight in fright. Each creepy and ugly, they aren’t malicious; scaring is just part of their job - in the delightful 1993 holiday offering by director (and former Disney animator) Tim Burton - The Nightmare Before Christmas. In this merging of two beloved holidays, Burton brought his delightfully macabre story to life with the utilization of stop-motion animation and a wonderful musical score by composer Danny Elfman. The result was a film that quickly became a must-see during every holiday season. Continue reading...