Showing posts with label Cartoon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cartoon. Show all posts

A Cartoon Christmas - "A Jetson Christmas Carol" (1985)

Monday, December 5, 2022

I enjoyed writing "A Cartoon Christmas" last year, and reviewing "A Flintstone Christmas" from 1977 so much (CLICK HERE) that I decided to continue the series again this year.  What better to pair our first two entries into the series than the Flintstones and Jetsons!  

Technically, this is the third entry in the series.  In 2019, I made a short list of my Top Five Favorite Cartoons, which you can find HERE.  

The Hanna-Barbera cartoons get a bad rap these days, but I love the simple animation and old-time, clean, family fun.  The Jetsons (and The Flintstones) were from before my time, but when I was younger, both shows would air on TBS in morning reruns before school.  I remember many times during elementary school that I would have my bowl of cereal or Granny's English muffin sandwiches and dread the closing credits because that meant the bus was coming any minute to take me to school.


As I get older, I get more enjoyment from Christmas television specials, especially the older ones from long ago when things were so different it seems like we all lived in a different universe.  These older ones just seem like charming, innocent family fun.  Isn't that what Christmas (and the TV specials) should be all about?

This animated show features a slightly different take on the familiar storyline of the Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol."  In it, we find the Jetson family and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Yet-To-Be, and Present, teaching the Scrooge-like Mr. Spacely the true meaning of Christmas.  

Originally airing in syndication on December 13, 1985, this 22-minute cartoon was later released in 1996 on VHS.  The 1996 VHS tape incorrectly calls this episode "The Jetson's Christmas Carol."  

By the way, before we start, based on the show's history, George Jetson was born earlier this year, on July 31, 2022.  It's kind of depressing that in this episode, he's approximately 40 and living in such a futuristic world just 40 years from where we currently sit.  

Oh well, maybe there are significant advances in technology made very quickly right around the bend!  It's Christmas, and I don't mean to be a downer, so positive thoughts!

Please click "Keep Reading" to check out "A Jetson Christmas Carol!"  

Creepy Cartoons: Garfield's Halloween Adventure

Monday, October 24, 2022

Every holiday season, I like to look back at a classic cartoon of yesteryear.  Some part of me feels like it's not really the holiday season until I watch a particular movie or cartoon special, and nothing makes me feel like I've gone back to my childhood more than watching a classic cartoon special.  Each year, I write about a holiday television special in a series that I call "A Cartoon Christmas."  

Last year, I covered "A Flintstones Christmas" from 1977, which you can check out HERE

I thought I'd expand that series this year into "Creepy Cartoons" for the Halloween season.  The toons aren't that creepy, but it goes with the Halloween theme, and I like alliteration.  Besides, it's my website, so I make the rules.  

Since I covered Garfield's Thanksgiving a few years back (click HERE for that), perhaps I'll start a "Cartoon Cornucopia" for Thanksgiving?  Well, we'll see.

Back to the holiday currently at hand, there are many incredible Halloween cartoons from the past to choose from.  This year, I've selected one that scared the pants off of me as a little kid when I first saw it, likely at 4 or 5 in 1988 or '89.  


Garfield's Halloween Adventure! 

I've discovered I wasn't alone in being scared silly.  AVClub.com has a long article about how the special, specifically the final scenes, was terrifying for most children.  

Originally titled Garfield in Disguise when it debuted on television in 1985, the special was renamed to Garfield's Halloween Adventure the following year.  The Garfield in Disguise title was still used for the book adaptation released simultaneously, although, in later reprints, the name was switched to match the animated special.  

I had several of those books as a kid and always kept the stack of them on the bookshelf built into my bed's headboard because I liked to read all the holiday ones repeatedly.  If you're interested in reading about any other Garfield television specials, you can read the brief synopsis I wrote about my 5 Favorite Specials HERE.  

We're here to talk specifically about Garfield's Halloween Adventure today, so let's get started!

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.

A Road Trip To Happy World Land

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Last week, The Retro Network dropped it's Preview Episode for a new podcast debuting on the platform.  Titled "Rental Return - Tales From the Video Store," the show will chronicle the lives of former store employees and their memories of working at retail stores who rented VHS tapes.  As part of the Preview Episode, the question was asked: "Did you have a specific video that you rented all the time?"

For me, that was "Tiny Toon Adventures:  How I Spent My Summer Vacation."  For a long time, when Mom would take us down to the Mom and Pop rental store called "Dollar Video" to rent a movie or video game, it was pretty much a given I was going to grab "How I Spent My Summer Vacation."
  

The original half-hour cartoon, "Tiny Toon Adventures," aired from September of 1990 to December of 1992.  In a several years-in-the-making collaboration between Warner Brothers and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, the pilot episode debuted as a CBS Prime Time special.  The series aired in syndication for its first season before moving to the popular Fox Kids programming block.  Airing in direct competition to the very popular "Disney Afternoon," "Tiny Toon Adventures" earned higher ratings than its Disney counterpart.  Despite its success, production was halted in 1992 to make way for a new series that was a success in its own right, titled "Animaniacs."

Daffy Duck's Quackbusters

Monday, October 26, 2020

We didn't have a Blockbuster in my town until I was in high school, and until then, there were only two other ways to get a movie that you didn't buy at the mall. You could visit the tiny rental store called Dollar Video (which surprisingly survived until 2010) or check out the town's library. 

My mother would walk us (it was just down the road and around the corner) to Dollar Video every Saturday morning and let us each get one movie or video game. I can still smell the bubble gum and plastic video cases that hit you in the face when you walked through the door.  Even though I spent many, many dollars at Dollar Video, they never had the one video I must have watched 100 times as a kid. I'd find that one at the library. 

One day, knowing I was a big Ghostbusters fan, my Mom brought home a movie from the library. When I had to take it back three days later, I immediately checked it out again. And again. And probably again. I must have taken that one home more than any other movie from either place in town. It was "Daffy Duck's Quackbusters."


"Daffy Duck's Quackbusters" is a 1988 Looney Tunes compilation movie starring Daffy Duck and other classic Looney Tunes characters. In the 80s, Warner Bros. was combining newly-animated footage and linking them with classic Warner Bros. cartoon to make one longer movie, such as "The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie" and "Daffy Duck's Fantastic Island."  "Daffy Duck's Quackbuster's" was the last in the compilation series and the final theatrical release until "Space Jam" almost a decade later. It was also Mel Blanc's next-to-last performance in a Looney Tunes project before his passing.

Elvira joins Scooby Doo for Halloween Fun

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Long time readers know that my wife and I love Elvira and her two films, "Mistress of the Dark" and "Haunted Hills."  Forgetting about her silly recent political commentary, I patiently await her very-long-awaited 3rd film... if it ever gets made.

For fans of Cassandra Peterson and her Elvira persona, however, you can find her in an all-new digital release (and on DVD) cartoon titled "Happy Halloween, Scooby Doo!"  The team of detective teens meet up with none other than Elvira herself (and Bill Nye the Science Guy) as they battle the famous Batman villain The Scarecrow.


The official statement reads: “With fake monsters and candy galore, Halloween is heaven for these hungry foodies going door-to-door. But this year, their sweet holiday turns sour when the neighborhood pumpkin patch is infected by toxic ooze, creating high-flying jack-o-lanterns, and a king-sized pumpkin leader squashing everything in its path. It’s up to Scooby-Doo and the gang as they team up with their pals, Bill Nye the Science Guy and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, to solve this mystery of gigantic proportions and save Crystal Cove!”

Written, directed, and produced by Maxwell Atom, who is best known for creating The Cartoon Network's Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy and executive producer of Disney Channel's "Fish Hooks," this project features popular voice casting for the series that includes Frank Welker as Scooby and Fred, Grey Griffin as Daphne, Kate Micucci as Velma, and Matthew Lillard as Shaggy.  Cassandra Peterson does her own voice work as Elvira.
Check out the official trailer below!

Retro Scans: Tiny Toons 1991 Wax Pack and 1994 Foil Pack

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Growing up, Tiny Toon Adventures was a favorite Saturday morning cartoon of mine.  I loved the movie, "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" and would often recreate (in my imagination) the road trip Hamton and Plucky took to Happy World Land whenever we went on long car rides.  

One of my biggest connections to Tiny Toons was a little plastic alligator my parents bought me at Silver Springs Amusement Park in Florida.  Even though Plucky was my favorite, I named that alligator Hamton and carried him with me everywhere.  Later in that Florida trip, we were at an iHop in Kissimmee eating breakfast before our day at the Disney theme parks and I dropped him down into a crack between the booth and the wall.  Devastated, as any 5 year old would do, I began to cry.

Like any good Dad, there was mine on his hands and knees literally tearing the booth apart when the waitress arrived with our food.  She must have thought we were crazy people, but, my Dad rescued Hamton.  Thankfully, the booth just snapped back together and we finished our lunch with him safely in my Mom's purse.  I still have him, but he's packed away in the basement and I cannot get to him right now to add a photo for this little blurb.  Some day I'll add it in.



Personal history aside here's TWO Tiny Toons Adventures trading card packs for your viewing pleasure!  The first up is a 1994 Foil Pack from Cardz.  The colors on these are just so vibrant still over 25 years later with some great stills from the actual cartoon.  The second bonus pack is a 1991 Wax Pack from Topps.  This pack has some good quality character images but the stills from the cartoons lack the crispness in color quality that the '94 foil pack has.

Target Exclusive Funko Domino's Noid T-Shirt and Vinyl Pop!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Please excuse the interruption to the Retro Road to Wrestlemania, but, I'm coming to you today with an exciting "Current Event" retro review on the Target exclusive Limited Edition Funko Domino's Noid Tee-Shirt and Vinyl Pop! from the Ad Icon collection! 


Once I saw the advertisement on Twitter the other day, I knew I had to have this!  As a child, I was a HUGE fan of the Noid commercials and even had several Noid toys, including a larger "Bend 'Ems" style Noid that I cherished for years.

A Cartoon Christmas: My Top 5 Christmas Cartoons

Monday, December 9, 2019

Nothing is more endearing (or enduring) as a Christmas cartoon.  I know it's sacrilege but I really don't like the "iconic" Christmas specials Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  Maybe they were before my time, but, I just never dug those.  I think the claymation creeped me out and I hated the elves... but no holiday spawns more television specials to choose from than Christmas.


I know this may be just another "Top 5" article, but, I feel like those types of articles give me the ability to mention a bunch of different topics that may spark a memory or emotion in you (and myself!) as we all take a road trip down our memory highway into yesteryear.

Garfield's Thanksgiving

Monday, November 18, 2019

As a young child my family would make the annual trek from our home just north of New York City to Syracuse to visit my Aunt and Uncle and their large family of 7 children.  I remember not really enjoying the long drive, the cold weather, and the loud crowd of nearly 50 people (most of whom I didn't even know) at Thanksgiving Dinner.  We stopped making the trip when I was 7 or 8 and to be honest I was so young I don't remember much about the trips we did make... but I do remember one important event.  On our last trip one of my many cousins allowed me to take home a book I had picked up from his bedroom to read while the adults talked.


It was Garfield's Thanksgiving.