The Littles

The Littles

Created by author John Peterson, The Littles were a series of popular children’s novels written in the late 60s and featured a family of tiny intelligent creatures that were part-human and part-rodent (evidenced by their long tails and mouse-like ears). In 1983, they emerged from the books to star in their very own Saturday morning cartoon series on ABC called, you guessed it, The Littles. Continue reading...

Tiffany

Tiffany

In the 80s, there was one place that herds of young teenagers could regularly be found – the local shopping mall. So, when producer George Tobin was faced with marketing his newest sensation, he took a rather unorthodox approach that would pay off tenfold. He brought his upcoming star to the fans, embarking on an ambitious tour of shopping malls around the country. Taking center stage, a young red-headed teen by the name of Tiffany, who captured the attention of millions of young shoppers with a penchant for pop music. Continue reading...

Planet-of-the-Apes

Planet of the Apes

One of the most successful science fiction franchises ever to emerge from Hollywood, Planet of the Apes (and the four sequels that followed) introduced film audiences to a world where apes ruled supreme, and with an iron fist. With Charlton Heston playing the lead human, and Roddy McDowell, Maurice Evans and Kim Hunter transformed into believable beasts (via loads of latex makeup), The Planet of the Apes continues to enthrall with its thought-provoking plot and colorful characters over four decades after its original release. Continue reading...

RC Cola

RC Cola

Coke and Pepsi may be the undisputed leaders in the cola beverage market, but a third option has existed since 1934, one that its loyal following has always insisted is the best of the three. Its full name is Royal Crown Cola, but most know it simply as RC Cola. And, though it certainly can't compete with the advertising budgets of the other two behemoths, RC has managed to hold its own quite nicely for over 70 years. Continue reading...

The Mod Squad

The Mod Squad

There was certainly no shortage of police dramas on 60s television, but they lacked the appeal necessary to capture the devotion of younger audiences who were becoming more turned off by the persona of the typical “square” authority figures. To try to capture some youthful television viewer attention, ABC responded with perhaps the hippest cop show to ever hit the airwaves. Centered on a trio of former juvenile delinquents who become undercover cops, these cocky and fashionable fighters of crime would be forever known as The Mod Squad. Continue reading...

Hi Ho! Cherry-O

Hi Ho! Cherry-O

Label a game as “educational” and it might just sit on a shelf gathering dust. Sometimes more covert tactics are necessary to get kids to put on their learning hat during playtime, perhaps by dangling a bunch of delicious-looking cherries from a tree. What youngster wouldn’t want to be a part of the picking action? Introduced in 1960 by Whitman Games, Hi Ho! Cherry-O was a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a learning game for kids in the 3-6 range that flew in under the radar because it was so much fun to play. One didn’t need to be able to read to play Hi Ho! Cherry-O, as everything was image-based. The board was laid out with four trees around the […] Continue reading...

The Bad News Bears

The Bad News Bears

Written by Bill Lancaster (Burt's son) and directed by Michael Ritchie (who had helmed adult fare like The Candidate and Smile), this winning 1976 film worked on a lot of levels-and not just the "hey, those naughty kids are cussing" level either. There was the underdog triumph story at the movie's core; there was the satire of the uniquely American institution of Little League and its overly-involved bench parents (in the year of our country's bicentennial, no less). There was also a redemptive character piece at work, as Buttermaker, via his group of misfits, tried to get his shambled life together once and for all. Continue reading...

Jabberjaw

Jabberjaw

A pinch of Curly from The Three Stooges, a dash of Rodney Dangerfield throw in for good measure. Mix the ingredients and stuff them into a Great White shark and you have the makings for Jabberjaw – a fondly-remembered aquatic creature animated by Hanna-Barbera. Jabberjaw debuted on Saturday mornings in 1976, and although his stay was somewhat brief, his memory lingers to this day. Jabberjaw resides in the year 2076, a shark with a great sense of humor and superb drumming ability. The only thing missing is respect, a fact that he constantly mentions to anyone who will listen. Still, his talents land him in the touring teenage band, The Neptunes. The band consists of Biff on guitar, Bubbles on […] Continue reading...