Mr. Owl

Mr. Owl

One wonders how many questions the wise Mr. Owl fielded over the year from the various critters in the forest. As it stands, he will always be remembered for that one particularly iconic question, posed to him by a young boy, who innocently asked, “Mr. Owl, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?” Of course, our fine-feathered friend succumbs to temptation, forgoes science in favor of flavor, and after chomping through the dense candy shell to get to his chocolaty prey, proclaims “three!” Continue reading...

Lion Country Safari

Lion Country Safari

In decades past, if you wanted to see wild animals in their natural habitat, free from the iron-barred cages of your local zoo, you had to travel to an exotic location such as Africa. Then a group of British and African entrepreneurs had a grand idea; a drive-through zoo (hey, it worked for the fast food industry)! What could be more fun than to sit in the comfort of your air-conditioned car and see man eating-lions, graceful giraffes, and cantankerous rhinos through the relative safety of your automobile windshield? Continue reading...

Fireworks

Fireworks

As the celebration of Independence Day draws near, we thought we would take a look at one of the oldest traditions of the holiday, fireworks. An iconic part of every Fourth of July celebration, they have accompanied the festivities since the earliest days of this country’s history. Every year, enormous public displays draw millions of families around the country to watch the sky awash in colorful explosions, usually accompanied by a rousing patriotic soundtrack. Continue reading...

Tree Houses

Tree Houses

From a very young age, most kids have this insatiable desire to build small dwellings for themselves, a place to hide and imagine, and in some cases, just escape that annoying younger sibling. Couch forts were fine during cold winters, but as we headed into the summer months of our collective youth, we ventured outdoors to build our shelters. And if you really wanted to stretch your independent wings, you looked skyward, for a tall and sturdy tree to call your home away from home. This is for all of you who built a tree house or two in your day. Continue reading...

Tempera Paint

Tempera Paint

Let’s face it - art can be a messy ordeal. And budding Picasso or not, mom wasn’t going to be too thrilled if those new school clothes were ruined in art class. Luckily, for teachers, custodians and parents everywhere, there was the magical medium of Tempera paint, ready to assist the future little Rembrandts paint vivid blue skies, majestic trees, and wild animals aplenty. Continue reading...

The Velvet Mouse Show

The Velvet Mouse Show!

From the founders of Retroland comes a brand new transmedia animated series with a refreshing retro feel that promises the return of Saturday morning. Retroland is proud to announce the pilot episode of The Velvet Mouse Show, the first original production from Jetset Studios. The Velvet Mouse Show begins when teen brothers Shaun and Donny Paradise cross paths with two stranded time-travelers: Star Academy cadet Jupiter James and Luck E. Charm, a bumbling wizard’s apprentice. Brought together literally by accident, the gang decides to start a rock band and go into the mystery-solving business, all while staying one step ahead of their nemesis, the bald Dr. X (and his equally bald cat, Max.) Coordinating their efforts and acting as mentor […] Continue reading...

Yearbooks

Yearbooks

Few publications can conjure up as many memories as a high school yearbook. Dare to pull a dusty copy from your bookshelf and you are almost assured to spend a few hours of reminiscence. Each flip of the page brings the era back as if it were yesterday, making these very magical books indeed. Continue reading...

Wax Museums

Wax Museums

As a kid, I remember being fascinated by wax museums. The first one I visited was in Orlando, FL., and I remember being mesmerized by the elaborate sets and the many iconic characters from my favorite films and television series. There was the entire Enterprise bridge from Star Trek – with a realistic representation of every crew member. Around the corner, Fonzie and the entire cast of Happy Days were kicking back at “Arnolds,” and Archie and Edith Bunker reclining in the familiar living room set of All in the Family. So enthralled was I, that I never really cared that I was basically looking at a bunch of human-shaped candles. I just remember that, to a 12-year old, all of it was very cool. Continue reading...