Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

American Greeting Cards first introduced the scrumptious sweetheart known as Strawberry Shortcake on a line of cards called Those Characters (the same breeding ground for the Care Bears and Popples.) Her popularity led to line of even-more-popular yummy smelling toy dolls and accessories, each with a flavorful scent to match their name. But Strawberry was ready to move her career forward and follow in the footsteps of her fellow greeting card characters. The time for an animated representation had come. Rather than take the Saturday morning series route, Strawberry opted for an annual special - six of them, in fact = which are still fondly remembered by her many fans. Continue reading...

The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk

"Don't make me angry... you wouldn't like me when I'm angry."If ever there was a warning to be heeded, it was this one. For once these words were uttered, clothing was going to rip, muscles were going to pop, complexion was going to turn a nice emerald green, and justice would be served – all in a day’s work for an otherwise humble superhero named The Incredible Hulk. And from the moment he made his television debut, fans faithfully tuned in to see Bill Bixby get mad enough to turn into a creature no sane man would mess with. Continue reading...

Dodger Stadium

Dodger Stadium

High atop a hillside known as "Chavez Ravine", and just a stone's throw from the City of Angels, lies a magical place where the inhabitant’s blood runs blue - Dodger Blue. From April until October of every year from 1962 to the present, the air has filled with the fragrant smoke of grilled foot-long Dodger Dogs, cheers from a legion of loyal fans, and the soothing, fatherly voice of Vin Scully to celebrate the wins, and comfort during the defeats. Fans and players agree that when it comes to Major League ballparks, Dodger Stadium scores a home run. Continue reading...

Smokey Bear

Smokey Bear

With World War II raging away, natural resources needed to be protected at all costs. A forest fire could be devastating in terms of lost lumber. The government handed a very special bear the task of informing the public on the dangers of forest fires and the need for watchful vigilance. And for over 60 years, he has proven himself worthy of the task. He is Smokey Bear and his contributions to the war effort and beyond have made him a legend. Continue reading...

Clue

Clue

At first glance, one couldn’t be blamed for thinking that Clue is just about the farthest thing from a family-friendly game on the market. Everyone gathers around and watches Mom accuse Junior of cold-blooded, motivationless murder with a blunt instrument. Junior points the finger at Pops and decries him for sullying the dignity of the conservatory. Pops accuses himself of everything in the book and glows with satisfaction when someone (anyone?) proves him wrong. Yet, families around the globe have gathered to play this addictive whodunit board game for over six decades now, ensuring its rightful place in pop culture history. Continue reading...

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

The concept of “bumbling inventor” was a tried and true formula for Disney, dating all the way back to The Absent-Minded Professor. In 1989, they would dust off the concept and cast Rick Moranis in the role of eccentric genius. The result was the highly-successful Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Continue reading...

April Fool's Day

April Fool’s Day

May the gullible beware! The centuries-old tradition of playing pranks on the first day of April causes quite the ruckus each year. It's that glorious day when telling fibs is not only allowed, but encouraged! And while we are tempted (oh, so tempted) to join in the fun, we decided instead to take a retro look at some of the clever pop culture hoaxes from the past. Continue reading...

Inspector Gadget

Inspector Gadget

Imagine a hybrid of Maxwell Smart, James Bond, and Inspector Clouseau and you have a pretty good representation of the trenchcoat- wearing, bumbling (but heavily-equipped) Inspector Gadget. Unfortunately, where he excelled in technological advances, he sorely lacked in savvy. Still, it was hard not to love Inspector Gadget, the syndicated cartoon series created by DIC Entertainment – which arrived on the airwaves in 1983. Continue reading...