Sunday, June 29, 2008

Cracked: Jason Goes to the Hellton!

I picked up this great old issue of Cracked magazine from April 1993, with a parody of Jason Goes To Hell on the cover.
Along with all the horror movie parodies inside, it also has a 4 page listing of "Jason's Body Count". I scanned in the pages and am presenting them here for all of you trying to keep score at home. Of course this list only goes up to Part VIII Jason Takes Manhattan, so this list is for amusement only... no betting please!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Batman's Got Milk

Here is a "Got Milk?" ad from 2005 with Batman sporting a milk mustache. This ad tied in with the release of Batman Begins in 2005.
There is also a brand new "Got Milk?" ad once again featuring Batman, this time, to tie in with the upcoming "The Dark Knight" movie. I'll scan and post it soon.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Who Knew, Batman uses Onstar?!

Here are two ads I found in some old magazines from 2000. I always thought that Batman was so cool when he was driving around in the Batmobile. That car could do just about anything, and made KITT look like a remote control kiddie car. But it turns out that Batman actually had a little secret up his sleeve, or under his suit... or whatever you want to call it.
Have a look at these two ads which reveal his little secret!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Little Golden Book Monday #59

Today's Little Golden Book is from the forth coming Disney / Pixar film WALL.E.
While at my local book store on the weekend I noticed they had lots of various WALL.E books in the kids section and decided to look for the Little Golden Book . I did not find one on the shelves, but asked the clerk in the children's area if they had received a WALL.E Little Golden Book. They went in the back and brought one out for me. It was in back, waiting to be part of a large display for the movie they will be putting out later this week.
Being as the movie is not out yet, I have been trying to keep myself in a media blackout as to the plot and look of the movie. I like going into a movie with little to no idea what its about, so as to make it all the more exciting. I did open the book to peek at one of the pages, just to wee what the art looked like. I was happily surprised to see a small drawing of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit on the edge of the page I had opened it to. With a smile on my face, I closed the book. I'll wait until after I have seen the movie to check out the book.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Little Golden Book Monday #58

Today's Little Golden Book is Disney's Mulan, based on the 1998 animated feature Mulan. I am not a huge fan of the film, but I do love the Jerry Goldsmith score, which does get stuck in my head any time I hear it. And the comedy provided by the Mushu, voiced by Eddie Murphy provides for lots of laughs.
According to Robert D. San Souci, who retold and researched the original story, Disney didn't like the idea of putting in a dragon as a companion for Mulan; they feared it would be too big and menacing. San Souci explained to them that in Chinese lore, dragons can be any size, so a small dragon was approved. Thus, Mushu was born. This change is acknowledged when Mulan calls him "tiny" and Mushu replies, "Of course! I'm travel size for you convenience! If I was my REAL size your cow (Khan) here would die of fright!"

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Squirly Puffs Cereal

Here is an ad for some video game web site, but that's not important. What's important, is that there are some great 'fictional' cereals on the selves of the store in their ad.
There are; Fruity Kitty Pebbles, Okay, Honey Buzz, Honey and Nut Oatsy Dotes, Mallow Yellows, Shredded Shreds, and my favorite Squirly Puffs... they're crazy good!
(*If you haven't figured it out yet, click on any of the images to make them larger!)

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Parker Brothers Continental Game Risk!

I love board games, and I am always on the look out for fun and interesting new games to add to my collection. I recently found this 1959 edition of Parker Brothers Risk! at a local thrift shop.
I wasn't that interested, as the box was in pretty rough shape, but I kind of giggled when I saw it. It reminded me of a joke Triumph the Insult Dog made at the premiere of Star Wars episode 1, about Star Wars geeks playing risk in their parents basements. While chuckling to myself, I realized I had never actually played Risk! before and decided to have a look at the game.
When I opened it up, I was first, amazed to see that all the parts seemed to be there. And instead of little plastic parts, all the markers etc were made of wood, and were all stored in little clear plastic boxes that were inset into the book for safe keeping when the games was put away. I then opened the game board and realized this was well worth my $2.
The game board is a map of the world, and, although my geography is not great, I was a little confused by Canada. On the map, is Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Northwest Territory. Then it all began to make sense. All these years I have wondered why, every time I watch a TV show where they ask Americans about Canada, they always seem to know Quebec, Ontario and Alberta, but can't seem to name any other Canadian provinces. I now realize it is because they have learned their Canadian geography from the map included in the game Risk!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Invasion of the Nibble-Bots

I picked up a pile of magazines at the Library book sale last weekend. I always love going though magazines and pulling out all the cool ads to add to my ad collection. I have a bunch of binders with page protectors in them, all full of ads. I have a Coke book, a Disney book, A Macintosh book, and a few miscellaneous books for everything else.
Here is an example of the sort of ad I am interested in. Its an ad for Cheez-It, which I am not 100% sure what that is. And from this ad, I am still not sure. I assume is it some sort of cracker product. But, who cares whey they are selling, the artwork is an awesome ode to old 1950's sci-fi movies.
I would go see this flick if it was showing at my local googaplex!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Thunder Road from Milton Bradley

Thunder Road, The Ram and Wreck Survival Game from Milton Bradley, 1986.
I picked up this very cool board game recently at my local thrift shop. Amazingly, it still has all its parts, which includes; 2 Switch & Link game boards, 12 cars, 4 choppers, 8 wrecks, 3 yellow dice, 2 red dice and 1 black dice, as well as a set of game play instructions.
Drive and survive on the never-ending road!
Its a desert road race played on a unique gameboard that never ends. Drive on the road and try to survive. Outrun opponents and dump the stragglers left behind. Switch & link the gameboard to create a new road every time you need one.
You have three attack cars and one aerial assault chopper. use them to ram and shoot at opponents' cars. Wreck them and ride to victory.
The last surviving car owns the road and its driver becomes the ultimate survivor. Will it be you?
Today, my son and I decided to set it up and have some fun. Once I got it set up, I decided to get some photos so I could share it with you!

Monday, June 02, 2008

Little Golden Book Monday #57

Todays Little Golden Book is Miss Piggy, Queen of Hearts from 1997.
I have always been a big fan of the muppets ever since I first saw them on Sesame Street as a youngster. I loved Kermit the Frog, especially when he was the reporter on the street. And Ernie and Bert were pure comedy gold for a young kid! And when the Muppet Show came along, I had a new favorite Muppet, as Fozzie Bear was introduced. I loved all the Muppets... except for one - Miss Piggy.
I never liked the Miss Piggy character, she was always very one dimensional, very annoying and the voice was horrifically awful! I was really annoyed when her character started getting so much of the spotlight. It seemed really odd to me, as I never knew anyone who actually liked the character. To this day, I hear people tell me how much they hated the Muppets, and when you ask why, they always say they disliked Miss Piggy.
At this point, its been almost 10 years since the last poorly received Muppet movie "Muppets from Space" and the most recent TV movie Muppets Wizard of Oz from 2005, was a huge disaster. Now that Disney owns the Muppets, I am sure they would love to reinvigorate them and introduce them to a new generation of fans. But, if they continue to put Miss Piggy in the spotlight, I am sure whatever form they take, they will continue to fail.
Here's hoping Disney has the smarts to leave Piggy in the past and move forward with the rest of the Muppet gang that everyone actually loves!