You’re bringing *what* back??

As if 2017 wasn’t packed to the gills with 80s reboots in cartoons, toys, food and film, 2018 and ’19 will be continuing on with another round of re-dos and this time around 80s kids are wondering when we should call it quits and leave the glory days back where they belonged – in the 80s.

1. Muppet Babies – Disney’s got their claws all over this one but on first glance they don’t look horrible, just computer animated.

2. TMNT – now really, it’s about time we stopped all this nonsense as Nickelodeon has yet ANOTHER interpretation of the heroes in a half shell.

3. Transformers– Not exactly Transformers if Optimus Prime is handing the reigns over to Bumblebee…

4. Thundercats– already this one has generated a lot of interwebs anger from the original 80s children in that it takes the comic book style of the original and slaps a CalArts spin on. Think that complete mistake Teen Titans into Teen Titans Go! was…

5. Mega Man– Cartoon Network screws up a whole lot of stuff but this reboot doesn’t look so terrible off the cuff.

6. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? – Personally I hated this show but I was definitely a fan of the 12 million floppy disk computer game by Broderbund. Looks like Netflix is going on a more anime- themed reboot that might have some promise.

7. She-Ra: Princess of Power– Now I question She-Ra getting a reboot and not He-Man because their universe is codependent and the last big girly reboot Netflix did (looking at you, Rainbow Brite, oh and you too Popples) completely sucked. But you won me over at Voltron….

8. The Magic School Bus– this was a little past my time and even the books annoy me but clearly public television isn’t above the reboot cash-in.

9. Dungeons and Dragons – Instead of ruining this one in yet another series, D&D is in the works to go from the vintage animation to a feature film.

10. Clarissa Explains it All- Melissa Joan Heart will reprise as Clarissa, obviously out of her school- locker phase.

And from primetime 80s we’ll see updated versions of:

1. Miami Vice
2. Magnum, PI
3. Murphy Brown
4. Lost in Space (now on Netflix and actually pretty good)
5. The Twilight Zone (again?!)
7. Sabrina the Teenaged Witch
8. Cagney and Lacey
9. Sweet Valley High
10.The Greatest American Hero

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Disney Treasures: Si and Am

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Si and Am were the two nasty Siamese cats always trying to get Lady in trouble in Lady and the Tramp. Notable song sung by these two: We are Siamese if you please… We are Siamese if you don’t please… Disney Treasures cards property Too Groovy Toys.

What to do when your accountant is a superhero- Gizmo Duck

Deutsch: Logo der Serie DuckTales
Deutsch: Logo der Serie DuckTales (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Disney’s Ducktales ran from 1987-1990 and I do wish they’d start re-running it (though maybe somewhere it is, I have one of those too-many-channels-nothing-on packages and I watch Hulu or Youtube :$  If you’ll recall, DuckTales was about Donald Duck’s wealthy Uncle Scrooge who takes in Donald’s nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie after Donald gets drafted to the Navy. Other memorable characters were Mrs. Beasley the housekeeper, Launchpad McQuack, Webby Vanderquack, Duckworth the Butler, daffy Gyro Gearloose and Scrooge’s accountant, wussy Fenton Crackshell.

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DuckTales remastered property

Fenton was a former bean counter who who lives with his mother in a trailer, he comes to work as Scrooge McDuck‘s accountant and if there’s anything that boy can  do, it’s count. It’s too bad he’s always getting into trouble and trying to make amends because he’s also great at making a mess worse; his favourite phrase of frustration being “blathering blatherskite”. Fenton becomes GizmoDuck by wandering into GYro Gearloose‘s workshop (probably not the best thing to do on your own) and by mistake uttering his favourite phrase which is just what’s needed to activate a particular mechanical, Robo-cop– like suit on the workbench Fenton’s dumb enough to try on without supervision. With the magic phrase the suit comes alive and Fenton becomes Gizmo Duck.

As Gizmo Duck, Fenton is the personal bodyguard of Scrooge and guard to the vast moneybin (that suit must also have magic powers because if he’s the accountant by day and bodyguard by night, whew,I don’t have that sort of devotion at work!). As Gizmo Duck of course Fenton is brave and coordinated- everything he’s not outside of the suit. A few know his true identity – his mother, Scrooge and Launchpad. However, in New Ducktales the nephews know and of course also want to be Gizmo Duck but Fenton chooses Webby to take on the business after him.

GizmoDuck Zero to Hero courtesy imdb88

Gizmo Duck was originally planned as Robo Duck and the name stuck in  Japan and the Netherlands. Fenton also appeared in other Duck Tales versions and franchises- DuckTales the TV show, the Disney Adventures comics, Darkwing Duck tv show, Darkwing Duck comics, DuckTales Remastered game for NES, New DuckTales, tv movie Super DuckTales (Magical World of Disney). Also check out Timbone on DeviantArt for a beefed up Steampunk rendition of GizmoDuck.

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1986: the year of tomorrow

1955 | Tomorrowland
1955 | Tomorrowland (Photo credit: e r j k p r u n c z y k)

I was just reading this awesome article on Silly Things You Wouldn’t Know about Disney Theme Parks which is awesome and you must check it out- when I notice that #42 says that the Tomorrowland park was originally built to show what the world of the future was going to be like in 1986. 1986!  Let’s dig into that a little more…

The first Tomorrowland was part of the original Disney theme park Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. There are Tomorrowlands also in the Magic Kingdom (Disney World), Disneyland Park (EuroDisney / Paris), Hong Kong Disneyland, and currently slated to open in Shanghai Disneyland Park. The original opened in  1955 when 1986 must have seemed like, oh, 31 years away and oh so futuristic. I find that ironic as there was a such a resurgence of 50s nostalgia in the 80s…but back to my story.

Budget problems during the park’s opening year led to Tomorrowland being that last of Disneyland’s parks to be finished and several attractions didn’t make it to the finished product. Not just showcasing the Disney team’s vision of the distant-but-not-really future, Tomorrowland also showcased corporate America with exhibits from American Motors, Dutch Boy Paint, Kaiser Aluminum and several others. The park was overhauled and reopened as a second version in 1967, several months after Walt Disney’s death.

English: The Disneyland Monorail, stopped at T...
English: The Disneyland Monorail, stopped at Tomorrowland station, 1963 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another renovation to the park occurred in 1998 renamed as New Tomorrowland and is the current version at Disneyland today though it was repainted for the park’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2005. And while things are always changing in Tomorrowland, rides have come and gone, things have been repainted and phased out and moved and changed to keep up with that distant ‘tomorrow’, to this 80s kid 1986 was the perfect year to visualise as the glorious future.

Tomorrowland walkthrough 1967 courtesy VAULTDISNEYreturns


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