Nostalgia

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Nickelodeon’s hype train of millennial nostalgia doesn’t seem to be dying down. Fans said “bring back the old shows,” and it seems like Nick is finally listening. Though many were disappointed with the trailer for the Legends of the Hidden Temple TV movie, the faithful designs released for the upcoming Hey Arnold! movie still have 90’s kids as optimistic as ever. With series creator Craig Bartlett set to write the film, the long-awaited Hey Arnold! movie: The Jungle seems to be just the return to form that the network needs. As if the new Hey Arnold movie wasn’t enough, Nickelodeon announced today that another famous Nicktoon is coming back from the days of Dunkaroos and Planters Cheez Balls and onto your flat-screen TV.  (more…)

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They’re cute, they’re naive and they’re our first and last line of defense against rampaging supervillains, invading Kaiju and the occasional cosmic catastrophe brushing past the planet. Since their 1998 debut, Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles have been Cartoon Network‘s most lasting franchises, earning them 2.5 billion dollaridoos in merchandise alone.Which is why the channel decided to plan a a bombastic comeback…

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You can’t stop a lucrative thing from churning out sequels. Whether you love or hate Michael Bay‘s approach to cashing in on 80’s nostalgia, the Transformers movies are a definite hit and as such, have already planned ahead for 3 more sequels, scheduled to hit theaters in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively. However, according to Hasbro, a fourth film has currently been greenlighted, to tell the stand-alone tale of one of the second most famous Autobot…

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We’re Rebooting ‘Hocus Pocus’ Now (Updated)

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The 90s nostalgia craze is starting to perturb me a little — and that’s a thing that is unfortunate since we’re likely just getting started. You see, I was raised on the center rail between 80s and 90s culture in that I was born in 1982 (I’m like the Blade of eras, I can walk in the light and the dark.), so while I have a soft spot for some of the reboots of these inherently 1993ish things, others make me flip up my Dwayne Wayne sunglasses because of all the shade that I’m throwing… and I’m looking right the hell at you, Girl Meets World.

Hocus Pocus is another shade-worthy item for me, though to be fair, it’s not entirely the fault of this live-action family-horror-comedy from Disney about a trio of witches (Otto Titsling historian Bette Midler, a post Square Pegs/pre-Miami Rhapsody Sarah Jessica Parker and a Mo Gaffney-free Kathy Najimy) that are brought back from the dead to wreak havoc on a Massachusetts town. No, the fault lies with an impervious VHS copy of Hocus Pocus and my little sister, who at the age of 8 qualified as one of the youngest practitioners of the Ludovico technique. Poor 12 year old me. I vomit anytime I see a schmaltzy Disney film now.

By the way, Tina Fey is producing a sequel to the film.  (more…)

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Some have called nostalgia a sickness, but I think of nostalgia as if it were a tub of icing — benign and enjoyable when smeared lightly on the top of things, but if you slam your fist inside your mouth and lick it clean, you’ll throw up for hours and hours.

The point is, nostalgia is good in small doses. It allows us to not just take solace in the warm memories of the past, but it also lets us accurately assess and feel the loss of things once familiar as they are crushed under the road roller of progress. That’s vital for some of us who were raised in a different world than the one we presently inhabit. (more…)

In the Great Hall of the Justice League there are assembled the world’s 2 greatest heroes created from the cosmic legends of the universe — Captain Hudson and Jason Man — there mission: to fight injustice, to fight that which is wrong, and to serve all mankind… with a podcast.

This week on the Bastardcast, Jeremy and Jason suggest some nerdy Olympic counter programming, talk about why chicken restaurants don’t want to serve gay muppets, and then tackle the DIRTY NERDY CONFESSIONS with a special, mystery guest. They also read some tasteful selections from 50 Shades of Grey(Skull)* and then in the first of a special, hard hitting expose, Jason and Jeremy Discuss Whether Old Crap or New Crap is Better If They Don’t Have Anything Else to Talk About: Action Figure Edition. Come for the laughs, stay for the subtle French bigotry.

*Apparently Jimmy Fallon did a similar 50 Shades of Greyskull bit last night. We were unaware of this when we recorded ours because we watch Craig Ferguson when we don’t feel like watching Adult Swim. Also, ours is better. Sorry, it’s the truth.

The magic hashtag: #50ShadesOfGreyskull


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Another Super Bowl has come and gone, and another batch of overly hyped but in the end, disappointing Super Bowl commercials have aired. I’m sure everyone feels this way but I swear the commericials when I was a kid were more memorable. Maybe now we’re all too old and jaded to see the fun in a million dollar advertising campaign.

But out of all the commercials aired this year only one seemed to pander to those of us craving some nerdy nostalgia. It was MetLife‘s commericial starring just about every cartoon idol from our childhood. All coming together to celebrate, uhh, insurance on some grassy hill.

I don’t really get it either. And bringing Voltron and Scooby-Doo into the picture doesn’t get me excited about life insurance.

What did you think of MetLife’s or any of the other Super Bowl commercials? Did you have a favorite?I think I liked the yogurt one with John Stamos getting head butted. I literally lol-ed.

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This is a real gem. Sorry, let me rephrase that, this is a real JEM, because this video is chocked full of so much cheesy, 80s splendor it can only be described by such dated references. Let me introduce you to Space Stallions, the 80s cartoon so fantastic you’ll wish with every fiber of your childhood it was real.

Space Stallions is the brainchild of students at The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark and their video answers the question, “If someone combined the best bits of My Little Pony and Master of the Universe, would it be totally tubular?” Yes. The answer is most definitely yes.

Perfect, simply perfect. I feel as if I’ve traveled to an alternate 80s where such awesomely bad concepts were aired once a week, every Saturday morning. It’s got it all. “Rockin” electronica soundtrack? Check. Bizarrely themed super hero group? Check. That theme is then represented in EVERYTHING? Check. Token chick and black guy to ensure diversity? Check. Villain of an undiscernible species? (I think it’s Larfleeze) Check. You name an 80s cartoon trope and you’ll find it Space Stallions.

Here’s its synopsis:

As darkness is covering the multiverse, far away in the galaxy of the wild stallion, a spark of hope is born. Guided by the light of Mother Mustang, the Space Stallions must defeat the Demon of darkness, Destructo.

The only real burning questions I have is, when can we get more? It could be this video just threw me into a nostalgia high, but I think this show could be a real hit. If you threw in plenty of satire, adult humor, and put it on [adult swim].

What do you think? Admit it, you wish Space Stallions was on when you were a kid.

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Ahoy fans of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We have a brief update regarding the rumored live-action reboot. Last year it was reported that Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures have teamed up with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company to re-imagine the popular film series. Brad Fuller, a producer from Platinum Dunes, recently stated that he is currently working on “a handful of films”, including the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake. Fuller confirms that a script for TMNT is currently being worked on and “hopes to have many more details [for fans] in 4 to 6 weeks.”

The original 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film is far and above the most under-rated cartoon/comic-book adaptation of all time. Though the film is more in touch with the toned-down animated series, its roots are squarely in the original comics created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. It sacrificed the kiddie stuff in favor of a darker, more brooding film. It’s been watered down and goof-ified since. I know there is a new generation of TMNT fans, but being how good the original was I do not wish to see it get rehashed.

Knowing that Platinum Dunes (Michael Bay’s production company) is responsible for the film, are any of you excited for the reboot?

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Speaking of Platinum Dunes, they are also putting their cultural death grip on another beloved cult 80’s film. The 1987 horror/comedy film Monster Squad, which followed a society of young pre-teens who idolize classic monsters and monster movies, is also facing a reboot; and Fuller says the screenplay should be ready for review within the next few weeks.

It was a campy 80’s flick, that while loved by some, is not gospel… reboot or not, as long as they keep the fun of the original… I don’t mind so much if it’s remade for today’s modern audience. Not everything from the 80’s was pure gold. Regardless, if they leave out “Wolfman’s got nards!”, I will be very pissed!

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Ten Cartoons Ready for a Reboot

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Saturday morning, a bowl of half eaten Captain Crunch cereal, Spiderman footy pajamas, watching cartoons.  Those were the days.  Well . . . really that was last weekend.  HEY!  As long as they keep making Spiderman footy pajamas in my size I’ll keep wearing them.  So the big thing in Hollywood these days is to dig through our past to find small nuggets of goodness to reproduce/repackage/reboot today.  Name recognition in the market is king these days.  If something has fans and at least everybody has some idea what that thing is, then you don’t have to spend as much to market it.

I figure if Hollywood is gonna reboot everything from the past before they take a chance on something new, than I could at least help them out with a list of some cartoons that I think are ready for a reboot.

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