Showing posts with label 70s. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 70s. Show all posts

A Cartoon Christmas - "A Flintstone Christmas" (1977)

Monday, December 6, 2021

I really enjoy Christmas television specials, especially the older ones I remember from times gone by.  Many of my favorites were some of the older cartoons, and every year here on YesterYear, I try to highlight one of the Christmas cartoons I remember fondly from years gone by.    

Like any kid, I liked cartoons, especially if they had to do with Christmas!  These days, the Hannah Barbera cartoons get a bad rap by cartoon "purists" on the internet these days, but I don't understand their complaints.  I enjoy the simple animation and the now-iconic voice acting.  Growing up, I remember watching The Flintstones on TBS in early morning reruns before school.  During the early 90s, the reruns were paired with The Jetsons, and I remember eating cereal and getting ready for school while they were on.  I remember The Flintstones being on in the afternoon as well, where I could catch them before dinner.

The Flintstones is just good, clean, family fun.  Which is what a Christmas special should be all about, right?  "A Flintstone Christmas" is just that.  

Featuring a familiar storyline amongst many holiday specials, we find Santa Claus needing some help this year to save Christmas!  The 1977 Flintstone's special borrows the same storyline (and several re-used animation scenes) from a previous 1964 episode of the Flintstones titled "A Christmas Flintstone."  

The special we'll look at today, "A Flinstone Christmas," debuted on December 7, 1977.

Star Wars Characters You'll Find In The Cantina

Monday, May 4, 2020

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Every year on May the fourth, fans of the Star Wars series celebrate the movies that entertain so many of us.  Even the most casual Star Wars fans will likely pop in a DVD or new this year you can fire up Disney+ and sit down and watch one (or all!) of the films in this epic series.

My favorite of the nine films, more if you include offshoots and television shows, is Episode IV:  A New Hope.  The first film in the Star Wars universe was released in 1977, and one particular scene in this movie, just over 6 minutes long, is known to even those who don't consider themselves fans of Star Wars.  The scene surrounding the Mos Eisley Cantina is one of the most memorable of the film, perhaps even the series, and contains a song that will stick in your head for days.

Ben Kenobi (Obi-Wan) and Luke Skywalker arrive at the Cantina in search of a pilot and a spacecraft to help them get quickly and discreetly to deliver a recording from Princess Leia to Alderaan.  The two head, along with droids C3PO and R2D2 head to a bustling spaceport on Luke's home planet of Tatooine called Mos Eisley.  In a line I often use to describe the employee lounge at work, Ben warns Luke that Mos Eisely is "a wretched hive of scum and villainy."  The two arrive at the local watering hole, The Mos Eisley Cantina, where creatures from all over come for a drink, socializing, and shady business dealings.

Part of what makes Star Wars so much fun is just how expansive the Universe is.  You could get yourself into a multi-day long rabbit hole on official backstory about Tatooine and Mos Eisley.  What I thought would be fun to do today for May the fourth, would be to collect a little backstory and detail on the many different characters that appear briefly in the Cantina.  All-in-all, the online consensus is that there are somewhere between 75 to 90 characters inside the bar.  Most of them have no given background or name other than "SpaceMan #1" or "Local Ugly Man #3."  

Other characters, though, have quite the back story!  So I broke out a book I had as a kid called "The Star Wars Essential Guide to Characters," and dove deep into the Star Wars Wiki pages and Google and compiled a brief background on the characters that you've probably seen many times but never gave any thought to.