Movies & TV Shows That Made My Childhood Awesome – Part 1

Remember your favorite movies and TV shows growing up?

TV was great, especially during summer breaks and holidays. I used to be hooked on shows like The Fresh Prince and Degrassi, Heartbreak High and Beverly Hills 90210… those were the days!

I used to frantically rent the Marry Poppins video every Friday, borrow Grease from my next door neighbor, binge on Donald Duck cartoons, and watch Disney’s Pinocchio every time I stayed sick in bed.

My childhood favorites form a respectable list, and because there are quite a few worth mentioning, I’ll have to break the list into 3 parts. Ready for part 1?

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Kidd Video

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Kidd Video is an American cartoon created by DIC Entertainment in association with Saban Entertainment.

Plot: A teen rock band is abducted to a cartoon fantasy world where music is the key to defeating their enemies and finding their way home (via IMDb). The show is partially animated as the band are sucked into the cartoon-ish world of villainous Master Blaster and try to find their way back home using super cool music.

I love Kidd Video ’till this very day. I even downloaded the ringtone. This TV show symbolizes the 80’s to me more than anything else and I’ll always cherish it’s very cool 80’s soundtrack that introduced me to quality music like Tears For Fears’ Head Over Hills, Madonna’s Angel, Duran Duran’s The Reflex, Rockwell’s Somebody’s Watching Me and many more.

Kidd Video ran on NBC network from 1984 to 1985, but reruns continued airing until 1987.

Labyrinth

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A fantastic musical created and directed by Jim Henson which I used to be obsessed about when I was a kid. Labyrinth properly introduced me to David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly and I’ll always remember it fondly for helping me pass many afternoons.

Plot: Jareth (Bowie) the Goblin King takes away Sarah’s (Jennifer Connelly) baby brother, as she wished. Regretful she asks for her brother back. In return Sarah (Conelly) has to solve Jareth’s labyrinth in 13 hours before her brother’s finally returned to her.

As The World Falls Down is one of the best songs on the soundtrack, written and composed by Bowie himself. It’s romantic and enchanting and I always fantasized replacing Jennifer Connelly on this scene, dancing with David. Such a breathtaking scene! The entire soundtrack is pretty amazing, actually, with all songs written and composed by Trevor Jones and Bowie.

I adore Jim Henson for creating Labyrinth and I’m also a pride owner of the Collector’s Edition. It’s been a while since I last watched it. I think I overdid it with Labyrinth, but I’ll definitely be watching it with my kids.  I feel I need to pass on the legacy.

The Clan of the Cave Bear

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Woah. Let me tell you… if I here the opening theme now, I’ll probably cry with emotions. This is one movie I watched a lot as a kid with my older brother and cousin. This movie brings up so many memories… They don’t make ’em like this anymore.

Plot: The Clan of the Cave Bear is based on the epic novel of the same name written by Jean M. Auel. It tells the story of a young Cro-Magnon girl orphaned, left exhausted and on the verge of starvation that is found and raised by a group of neanderthals who call themselves “The Clan”. Soon accustomed to the ways of the clan yet still considered an outsider, the girl Ayla (Daryl Hannah) tries to earn her value by becoming a well respected medicine woman.

Daryl Hannah is amazing as Ayla. Such a young actress that pulled off such a complex role. The scene I remember most is the one where Ayla is attacked by a cave lion. She is violently bruised and left with deep scratches across her thigh, nail shaped, which become iconic throughout the movie. Alas, I could not locate that scene on YouTube.

I think I had the illustrated book once. Gosh… I should find it.

Mary Poppins

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Now who does’t remember the most iconic nanny of all time…

I think I broke a Guinness record with Marry Poppins – “the most rented video ever by the same person”.

Plot: Mary Poppins pops out of Edwardian London sky holding a black umbrella and bag to govern Jane and Michael. Unlike the sour-faced candidates aligned for the nanny position, Mary soon becomes a fantasy filled experience for the Banks children and introduces them to a world of music and adventure.

I don’t remember what happened after the video store manager told my dad that I’ve exceeded my Mary Poppins rental rights. But don’t you think it stopped me from getting it elsewhere! I needed my Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, damn it!!

Phew. That’s it for now. This post triggers so many childhood memories. Stay tuned for Part 2. I’m sure you’ll see some familiars on there as well.

Thank you for reading and feel free to share your awesome thoughts with me!

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Flight of the Concords- Bowie

Before reading this please make sure you are equipped with a strong British accent and repeat this line: “Hello Bret, I’m 1972 David Bowie”.

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This gem was introduced to me by AlexRaphael after sharing my grand love for David Bowie on one of my earlier posts, so thanks heaps, Alex! Really enjoyed watching this 🙂

Synopsis: Season 1, episode 6: Bret is having body issues after the band’s photo-shoot. He’s visited 3 times by the master of disguise, David Bowie, which gives him tips on how to overcome his problem. First dream: 1972 Bowie from the Ziggy Stardust tour, second dream: 1980’s Bowie from Ashes to Ashes video, and third dream: 1986 Bowie from the film Labyrinth.

Flight of the Concords are Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, a talented New Zealand based comic band trying to concur success in New York. To this brilliant duo also joins the awesome actor and comedian Rhys Darby as band manager Murray HewittKristen Schaal as the obsessive fan Mel, and Arj Barker as Dave.

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This episode is simply brilliant! Along with hilarious text and extremely accurate imitations to Bowie’s changing image and baritone voice, it contains the song “Bowie’s in Space”, performed by the pair mimicking Bowie’s changing style and vocals in songs like “Let’s Dance”, “Changes”and “Space Oddity”. The song also features a short sequence taking place in outer space. This funny bunch have a way of displaying humor in a way that’s witty and clever which also got them an Emmy award for Best Comedy. I love this kind of humor. You can’t watch an episode and stay serious, even if it’s not really your type of humor. I mean, you gotta love them just for making a full episode on DAVID BOWIE!!

I’m sharing the link to the full episode if you fantastic bloggers wanna check it out and have a good weekend laugh. If it doesn’t work, I’m also attaching a YouTube link for a small taste. Have a funky funky good time.

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Just a viewer

I love going to the cinema. It’s my sanctuary, my escape. The moment I step into a movie theater my face light up with excitement and relief, especially when I’m going alone. I feel like it’s my own thing. My little treat of the week. Before the movie begins I prepare myself for a better viewing by looking for the best seat in the house. I tend to go for the corner cozy seats in the back. Totally secluded and comfortable with my bag of crunching popcorn, one hand holding and the other gently diving in. I wait for the commercials to end, but in the meantime take notes of other movies worth watching for the next time around. Sometimes I cheat and turn on my cell phone during the movie, so I can write stuff I would not remember later. I’m sure I’m not the only one doing it. Other movie bloggers are hiding in the dark and secretly sketching verbal descriptions of what they see. I try to catch angry eyes looking at me for lighting up the phone screen and clicking but nobody cares really. Chewing the popcorn quietly using slow mouthy movements is one of my skills, but I fail sometimes and pop a sound. Nobody eats anymore.

The movie begins and I zone in to viewing mode. It’s just me and the screen. For the next 90 to 120 minutes I’m not living my own life, but somebody else’s. Seeing what they see, experiencing what they experience, feeling sad for what upsets them and happy for what they love. It’s inspiring. I cry, I laugh, I fall in love, I get angry, I become aroused, I get crazy. I feel freely without judgment. I’m simply being.

The day the TV and VCR was set in my room, was one of my best. My own comfort zone. I started collecting video tapes and record like crazy. I was old enough to rent videos as well, an opportunity which I used a lot. Finally I created a tiny library of favorite films. I was so proud of it. My goal was to keep growing and nurturing it so it can become an immaculate collection of classics. Years went by, and there were DVD’s now. I changed with time and moved to burning and downloading. At the age of 30, when moving to New York, Netflix became my main source of viewing. It’s a list now.

Ever since I was little, I got sad when a movie ended. It meant back to reality. Now, my reality was fine, but mind you, as an 8 year old girl, I was hooked on fantasy films and animations, and who wishes for that to end? I was and still am a dreamer. Movies like Labyrinth, Kidd Video and Ferngully contributed a whole lot to my imagination, which kept developing in speed over the years. I had company back then. I have a lot of memories of my brother, my cousin and me sitting on the carpet in my house and watching Bird on a Wire or Die Hard or something. Just us three. It was great, and I’ll never forget that. Just thinking about it and reminiscing makes me want to cry. Until today we all share the same taste in movies and recommend each other of movies worth watching.

So, I love going to the cinema, and I love watching films at home. Either way I’m a devoted viewer. I guess it’s a good thing I started writing this blog.

 

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

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With the up and coming Mad Max: Fury Road, I decided to reminisce a special older version, a favorite of mine… Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. A post-apocalyptic film created in 1985 (back to the 80’s) by director George Miller and George Ogilvie. A young Mel Gibson in his third go round as Mad Max (Max Rockatansky), a road warrior who is now on a mission to defeat Aunty Entity (Tina Turner), the vicious ruler of shady Bartertown. Max had a chance to win Aunty’s hearts desires, after she discovered his miraculous warrior skills. Breaking their deal, Max is being exiled to the desert’s by furious Aunty Entity, and fates exhaustion and probable death. “Bust a deal, face the Wheel.” He is saved by a tribe of children led by Savannah Nix, who recruits Max for the mission of the ruthless queen’s defeat.

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Aunty Entity and her army of barbarians

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Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985) Blu-ray Screenshot

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MadMaxBeyondThunderdome-Still15Growing up I remember loving this film. Much like Labyrinth, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome had managed to create an unforgettable mark in my film archive. Tina Turner joined a wall of villain fame alongside David Bowie’s Jareth, and Jack Nicholson’s Joker. Her costume and hairdo are still so inspiring, that even today’s artists mimic (Rihanna). Her theme hit song, “We Don’t Need Another Hero” was sung by me repeatedly, as I, until today, click on the song’s YouTube link to reminisce.

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Tina Turner as Aunty Entity

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“We are the children, lost generation”

Mad Max: Fury Road, starring Tom Hardy who takes Mel’s role as Max and Charlize Theron as bad-ass commander named Imperator Furiosa, is due to come alive in May 2015. More digital effects and less dialog, director George Miller states. Millennium shows its signs. In the meantime, let me take you back… to the 80’s!

Labyrinth

As I am turning 32 today, I decided to write about a special film. A childhood film. One that follows me to this very day…

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Labyrinth, 1986, Jim Henson

Labyrinth, 1986, Jim Henson

This 80’s fantasy flick is in my special list of great films and great soundtracks. Like a hidden treasure. A quick flash back… Sarah is an imaginative girl who loves to dream of fairy tales. In her own little world she is a beautiful princess who’s captured by an evil king. When Sarah’s asked to babysit her little brother, Tobby, who doesn’t stop crying, she’s wishing for the goblin king to come take him away. Unaware of the results to her own wish, Sarah finds herself lost in a huge labyrinth in a quest of finding Tobby. She encounters with all sorts of unusual characters along the way, who lead her to find true friendships and eventually getting her brother back.

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“Goblin King! Goblin King! Wherever you may be, take this child of mine far away from me!”

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“You have thirteen hours in which to solve the labyrinth”

Labyrinth is an outstanding direction and puppetry work of Jim Henson. The film Starring Jeniffer Connelly as Sarah, and the greatest of them all, David Bowie (yes, again!) as Jareth the goblin king.

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Reise ins Labyrinth, DieIt’s been so many years since, and yet I still feel very sad every time the film ends. For 100 minutes I’m lost in another world where anything could happen; hidden paths, talking door knobs, funny creatures…

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“As The World Falls Down”, David Bowie

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“Just fear me, love me, do as I say, and I will be your slave!”

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The entire soundtrack album is by David Bowie and Trevor Jones. Looking back to when I was 6, I remember memorizing all songs and singing them in my room. I was a funny kid… Needless to say I had an infatuation with David Bowie since then.  I remember loving one song in particular, “Dance Magic, Dance” which has a lovely part of church bells chiming in the middle. I get the chills still listening to this part. Gosh, this post really brings me back. I feel like a child again.

A little treat…