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Pat Benatar – Behind the Music…


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Date: May 16, 2019

01) Pat Benatar – Behind the Music


I think the one sole thing about Pat which I had a harder time with…was the “Hell is for Children” thing…

I was still pretty young when it came out..It sounded fine…It just always went over like a thud, with me…It’s a dark, very emotionally suggestive song, incorporating your typical themes on child sexual abuse.

Why it stood out, is because nobody was doing this type of thing…introducing that sort of issue, with that sort of depiction and message…

As I got a bit older…I realized more deeply what the song was actually about…and for most of my life, “Hell is for Children” has stood out in my mind…as a pioneering effort to construct this really dark mental picture…of “what it means for children to be touched by sex”…

…I dislike this song, because of what it lyrically pushes…in a black and white sort of way.

It always seemed like it was setting there, “right at the beginning”, fanning the flames of hysteria.

At the same time…I do realize, that “Hell is for Children” does represent the lived experience of many children in this world.

I just think the song falls short, morally…in that it’s so narrow in view…

…There is no distinction…It’s all just, “You shouldn’t have to pay for your love, with your bones and your flesh”…as if there were no other option, than brutality and injury.

Given everything that falls under the umbrella of “child sexual abuse”…I find this to be a really wrong, honestly reprehensible, framing of the issue.

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The Rise And Fall of Scrappy Doo (Ep3) – Inside A Mind…


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Date: August 07, 2018

01) The Rise And Fall of Scrappy Doo (Ep3) – Inside A Mind


“Scooby Doo has been running strong for nearly 50 years! But, there was a time where they were almost cancelled and taken off the air for good. Scooby Doo could’ve been very different to what it is now, had it not got an extra 6 years on the TV back in the early 80’s. The introduction of Scrappy Doo saved the show, but if that’s the case… How has he become one of the most hated cartoon characters out there to date? Let’s take a look back into the history of Scooby Doo and find out where it all went wrong for this little puppy.”

I used to call him “Crappy”…which likely makes my side of this fence clear…

As a character…it was not only loud and obnoxious…but it completely changed the tone of this, previously wonderful, show.

Thing about the original Scooby Doo…is that it was filling a niche, and doing things you couldn’t find anywhere else in the cartoon world…It was a great kids show…Then it got turned on it’s head, and became something I could no longer stand to watch.

I couldn’t figure out, why they were intentionally destroying the show…

But I get it today, of course…with the original writers leaving…and nobody being able to successfully emulate what they’d done…they opted for a cheap, easy shift in direction…and started appealing to a different child audience…

…Those of us who [as kids] loved what the original series introduced and established, were abandoned by the series.

I guess…tapping into that audience, which liked the far less sophisticated Scooby Doo, helped save the franchise…

…Though, I’d argue…the franchise really did die, after the second season…What came after, was…

…not Scooby Doo.

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The History of Voltron…


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Date: July 23, 2018

01) The History of Voltron


“In this episode Dan talks about the history of Voltron. How he was created and what lead to him being Americanized.

You’ll also learn about the other 2 versions of Voltron. A lot of people remember vehicle Voltron but there was a third version… sort of.”

The lion one was cool…and the best.


Voltron: Fleet Of Doom:

“Voltron: The Fleet of Doom was a television special involving heroes of both Voltron series working together to defeat their sworn enemy, King Zarkon who aligns with the Drule Empire to create a mighty armada called the Fleet of Doom.”


Voltron the movie 1984!!:

“(full version) voltron the 1984 movie”

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The History of The Garbage Pail Kids: From Parody to Pop Culture…


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Date: July 20, 2018

01) The History of The Garbage Pail Kids: From Parody to Pop Culture


“On this episode we cover the history of the Garbage Pail Kids.

What started out as a parody of a doll line has turned into a pop culture staple parodying nearly everything else.

From the start at Topps through the lawsuits, the Garbage Pail Kids movie and animated show through today with more series, Funko Pops, pins and more.”


Fanboy Flicks Garbage Pail Kids movie review:

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Colorforms…


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Date: April 22, 2018

01) Irate the 80s – Colorforms (Ep 10 History & Review) Pac-Man


“Back in the 1980’s Colorforms were all the rage. For this episode we are going to check out the PACMAN themed Colorform! Includes a history and review!”


1982 GI Joe Colorforms:


Colorforms is Classic!:

“Colorforms is Classic!” features Patricia Kislevitz, who co-founded Colorforms® along with her late ex-husband, Harry Kislevitz, in 1951. Patricia provides insights into some of the early decisions in getting the Colorforms business off the ground and later developments as the brand took flight. She closes by sharing her thoughts for the future.”

I loved Colorforms!…

I used to see these in the store, and long over them.

I only had one set, though…Snoopy [or Peanuts, if you prefer]…It was purchased for me, at a yard sale.

One of my brothers got a set themed on the Muppets.

I always remember the soft feel of these things…and the smell of them…and sticking them onto the scene…It was strangely like playing dollhouse, without the embarrassment of being a boy…who was playing with a dollhouse…

…Which reminds me of the time…when one of the girls in my third grade class brought her Colorforms set to school…A huge, Barbie themed house set…I recall standing off to the side, peering over at what the gaggle of girls were doing with this thing…thinking, “That is so freaking cool!”…”I want one!”…

I wouldn’t have been caught dead asking for that set, however.

Come to think of it…while I’m confessing my deepest embarrassing, boyhood desires…I always loved dollhouses, too…particularly the well built, detailed ones.

I never felt like a girl…nor did I identify with especially girlish things, on average…But, I did like some toys made for girls.

…Well…This post has gone in a curious direction…hasn’t it?

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Re-imagining The NeverEnding Story – Documentary…


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Date: April 09, 2018

01) Re-imagining The NeverEnding Story – Documentary


“A 2014 documentary about The Never Ending Story (1984) with interviews with some cast and crew”

“Barret Oliver was a sweetheart”…

…Oh, I’ll bet he was…He always seemed like one.


The NeverEnding Story | Noah Hathaway Panel | Sinister Creature Con 2017:

“The star of ‘The NeverEnding Story’ Noah Hathaway, who played Atreyu tells all about what it was like making the movie and what life’s been like since staring in the legendary movie, including the life-long back injury he suffered. Noah Hathaway is also known for his role of Boxey in the original ‘Battlestar Galactica’.”

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