TV Time Machine
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It's not often I hear from Polka Dot Door's Marigold, but she just left a comment on this entry. Hi, I actually played Marigold on Polka Dot Shorts for the eight years it was being shot.It was pretty fun, you can get tapes at TVO. Patricia Ellingson is still
George of the Jungle and Tom Slick will be forever connected in my mind. The other day I wrote about George of the Jungle, and ever since I've been hearing the Tom Slick intro in my head. It's a pretty simple tune, and maybe that's the appeal. It's something I
Earlier today, while I built yet another wonderful product from Ikea, I heard a familiar theme song in the background. I heard the theme for George of the Jungle, only it was different than I remembered it. I turned around and saw the kids were watching a modernized version of
For years I had a favourite after school routine. My best friend and I would go to his grandparents house and watch Thundercats. Hearing the intro theme song for the first time in years brings back a ton of memories. It's a pretty cool tune, too, with some killer guitar.
As a kid growing up in Toronto, there was always plenty of cartoon action on Saturday mornings, but Sunday mornings were a completely different story. The stations were littered with church programming and news talk and the pickings for a kid were pretty slim. As a result, Commander Tom was
In the mid-80s, CBC aired a cartoon called "The Raccoons". Bert Raccoon was the hero and Cyril Sneer was the bad guy. I loved the fact Bert and Cyril had these faucet-like noses. The raccoon named Lisa, introduced late in the series, was actually voiced by Lisa Lougheed who also
I loved the first two seasons of The Ren and Stimpy show that aired on MuchMusic back in the early 90s. I used to record the episodes and watch them over and over and over again. Space Madness, Ren's Toothache, Rubber Nipple Salesman and Sven Hoek were classics from Canadian
This clip has been making the rounds this week. It's old-school Sesame Street with Cookie Monster eating a computer. It's funny and all, but this Cookie Monster is quite different from the Cookie Monster I grew up with. There are two significant differences: This Cookie Monster has sharp lookin' teethThis
CHCH, the Hamilton station we watched on channel 11, didn't supply us with a wealth of great television, but they did give us The Hilarious House of Frightenstein. The Hilarious House of Frightenstein starred Billy Van who played most of the characters. Vincent Price would narrate parts, including the opening
Lately I've done a lot of writing about TVOntario shows from my youth. I've covered Jeremy the Bear, Barbapapa, The Fables of the Green Forest and Dr. Snuggles, but I've yet to cover the granddaddy of them all. The TVO show I watched the most as a kid was Polka
On the heels of my entry about The Mighty Hercules, a cartoon I enjoyed in the early and mid-eighties, I've found a much better clip on YouTube. This one has the great theme song by Johnny Nash, the voice of Newton I remember so clearly and that great animation when
Lesley just left a comment on my entry about Rocket Robin Hood. "Ah, memories! I was actually doing a search for the Barbapapas and came across your blog. Rocket Robin Hood was one of my favorite cartoons, too. And how about the Adventures of Hercules?" How about The Mighty Hercules!
I've finally created a category for my trips back in time to the late 70s and early 80s children's TV. Rocket Robin Hood was an animated show I used to watch daily on Global television in the 1980s. The series was actually created in the late 60s by a Canadian
Nothing takes me back like the theme songs of the television shows I watched on TVOntario in the late 70s and early 80s. I've already covered Barbapapa, Fables of the Green Forest and Dr. Snuggles, but my write up about Jeremy didn't include the obligatory YouTube video. It's time I
Lately I've been playing retro recall with myself, remembering kids shows I watched in the late 70s and early 80s. For a while I was restricting myself to shows that aired on TVOntario, but today I thought of a show that aired elsewhere. I thought of "The Great Space Coaster"
I recently wrote about The Fables of the Green Forest, a children's cartoon I used to watch on TVO in the late 70s and early 80s. Lori left a comment on that entry asking if I remember Barbapapa. Do I ever! I loved Barbapapa. I thought the way they changed
I think I watched a lot of TVOntario in the late 70s and early 80s. Most of my television memories are from shows airing on cable 2. TVO brought me Jeremy and Dr. Snuggles and Fables of the Green Forest. I'll never forget that opening with the blue jay warning
Last night a song entered my head. That's not unusual, except this was a song that hadn't been in my head for at least 25 years. In fact, at first I didn't know where it came from or whether it was an old memory or something I invented. I sang
Thinking about watching "Star Wars" in the late 70s and early 80s triggered another memory that had been supressed for some time. I've suddenly remembered Jeremy, the star of a stop-motion animated television show I used to watch on TVOntario. I was super young when I used to watch Jeremy,
I have vivid memories of a class trip to the Runnymede Public Library I took in 1983. We were assembled in a room on the second floor and shown a program on video cassette. The show we watched was "The Kids of Degrassi Street". I would soon discover other episodes
Yesterday, my brothers and I hooked up to play a DVD version of Trivial Pursuit. I was quite looking forward to it. I love playing games of trivia and this DVD version would play clips from movies, television shows and songs before posing a question about it. That's right up
I remember fondly being mesmerized by Hammy Hamster. Hammy Hamster was the lead character in a television show entitled Hammy Hamster and he was indeed a hamster. Not a cartoon hamster, but an actual hamster. His best friend was G.P. who was a guinea pig and there were others.
I grew up on Sesame Street. In the mid to late 70s, it was the show for children and I watched it daily. my mother tells me I'd be glued to the television when Sesame Street was on. Sesame Street is now beginning its 35th season. In recognition of this
With the passing of Bob "Captain Kangaroo" Keeshan yesterday, I realized I have no memory of ever watching Captain Kangaroo on television as a child. According to IMDB, the show was on from 1955 to 1984. That put it right in my wheel house. How did I miss it? I
I was a pretty big fan of the WWF back in the early to mid 80s. I know it's now called the WWE, but when I was a fan, it was the WWF. I was the perfect age for that type of theatrics. I remember watching my heroes battle it