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Dec 242010
 

It’s Christmas Eve and these classic pop culture characters in this YouTube video I found, which was created by Scooby Doo Ninja Battles, are getting ready for the holidays. Merry Christmas everyone!

Jun 092010
 

The classic cartoon series from the early 80s called Spiderman and his Amazing Friends (1981-1986) was how I first heard about the witty iconic superhero Spiderman. On this show, Spiderman teams up with X-Men heroes Iceman and Fire Star to defend New York City against various evil forces.

On occasion other “Marvel” superheroes make appearances. Ones like Captain America, the X-Men, and others I haven’t heard of before like Submariner, Dr. Strange, and Shanna the jungle queen.

Sometimes even Stan Lee himself provides some commentary in an episode. I recognize the voice. I also recognize Iceman’s voice as Frank Welker, the voice of Fred on Scooby-Doo.

This was a creative series about the adventures of Spiderman. I still prefer it to the three movie versions because it has plenty of excitement and less repetitive morals and drama. I know that Iceman was part of the X-Men movies, but does anyone know what happened to Fire Star?

There was also a Spiderman ride at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure theme park, which was also an exciting adventure that I prefer over the movie versions. It’s a combination of a thrill ride and 3-D action. This ride can be a little rough around the edges, but it’s not like a roller coaster at all. That’s another reason why I enjoy it.

You get to be in the thick of the action in a SCOOP vehicle as Spiderman takes on Doctor Octopus, Venom, Electro, Hobgoblin, and Hydro Man. He gets everyone wet. And the rock music that plays in the background, awesome. Was that Iron Man on a billboard?

Mar 062010
 

Okay, I admit it. This show was a little before my time, but I still remember seeing it years ago. The Best of the Electric Company and The Best Of The Electric Company – Volume 2 (1971-1977) was so much like Sesame Street that I used to think the two shows were one and the same. It didn’t help that they were on PBS, back to back. The only major difference was that Sesame Street had a main story line that intertwined with the songs and skits and The Electric Company didn’t. Works for me, since the songs and skits were my only favorite parts anyway. There is a updated version that premiered on PBS in 2009, but it’s nothing like this one.

Some of the most memorable reoccurring segments include Silhouettes, Letterman, and Spiderman. Oddly, Spiderman never actually speaks. His dialogue only comes out as comic book balloons. The “Silent ‘E’” song was pretty catchy. As it turns out, Tom Lehrer, one of the top artists on The Dr. Demento Show, performed it. Many of my favorite artists and songs came from there.

When I saw this show on the “Noggin” channel a while back, I’ve noticed that big stars like Rita Moreno, Bill Cosby, and Morgan Freeman were among the regular cast members. Interesting, it makes me think of how many stars start out on creative shows like this. Such as Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In, Saturday Night Live, and Hee Haw.

The DVD sets also feature interesting factoids about the series. One that really stood out was that head writer Tom Whedon is Joss Whedon’s father. It’s definitely a different style from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Another interesting factoid was that Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Joan Rivers, and Mel Brooks were all voice actors for some of the animated segments. What I don’t understand is why they were never credited for it.

Overall I think this show is an excellent educational show to help children to read. Now if only there was a version for older kids, like teenagers and college students. It would just have tougher words and segments that would be more for a grownup audience. That could’ve helped me in high school… a lot.