Text 16 Apr Old School Lane’s new site

Hey everyone, as of April 16th, Old School Lane will no longer post on tumblr. Now don’t worry, we just relocated to a new website.

Follow us at oldschoollane.blogspot.com. Also, check us out at Manic Expression, a website that we contribute articles as well. Check it out at manicexpression.webs.com.

We’ve had a lot of fun posting here, but we need more space and abilities to post our upcoming articles. Hope to see you at our new site soon. Take care.

-Patricia and Kevin

Text 13 Apr Happy Friday, Pee-wee!

Hi, Pee-wee! Patricia here! I wrote a poem for you for this particular day. I hope you enjoy it! 

Today is Friday the 13th!

A day that many people dread

They await with fear and suspension

Of the bad luck that may lie ahead.

However, I wish you a happy Friday!

May good luck and happiness be with you!

May you spread fun and laughs to everyone

like I know you always do! 

For those who aren’t happy today

Take a moment to spread some cheer.

It may just sound too simple,

but they’ll be grinning ear to ear!

However, if today’s doesn’t go well,

Then tomorrow’s another day.

A fresh new start awaits you.

To sing and dance and play!

In fact, tomorrow’s a special day.

A day that fills our hearts with glee.

You’ll be receiving the Pop Culture Award

At the TV Land Awards in NYC!

While we may not be there in person,

We’ll support you anyway we can.

Believe it or not, Pee-wee,

You have a special connection from all your fans!

If your heart beats really fast,

That’s our loud clapping hands!

Keeping perfect rhythm

Like a thousand marching bands.

If you feel lighter than a feather,

That’s us feeling really proud! 

Today’s secret word is award!

When someone says it, we’ll scream real loud!

If you feel a sense of warmth

Piercing in your soul,

It’s from a sea of smiling faces

That is waving out of control!

If you burst into tears,

We’re all doing it too!

For you to get recognized for your brilliance,

Is 20 years overdue!

Although April 14th is when the Titanic sank,

That’ll be changed for sure.

Now it will be known from when you got your award (AAAAAH!)

For a show that taught us to be fun, different, and pure.

However, we won’t see you on that day.

Oh well, I suppose that’s fine.

We’ll just contain our excitement

On April the 29th!

Regardless, we couldn’t be happier for you!

We can’t wait to see what happens next.

Maybe a brand new Pee-wee movie

That’s funny, zany, and complex!

Until then, happy Friday, Pee-wee!

Don’t let anyone take away your happiness and glee!

Just remember this always,

You’ll forever have a friend in me!

-Patricia

Text 12 Apr First Impressions: The Casual Vacancy

Hey everyone, welcome to another installment of First Impressions. Today a brand new book was announced that really got me intrigued. A dark comedy novel called The Casual Vacancy written by J.K. Rowling and published by Little, Brown & Co. will be coming out September 27th. 

Known for writing the successful Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling is releasing her first novel exclusive for an adult audience. The story takes place in a fictional English town called Pagford which is described as “far more menacing than its pretty facade would indicate”. It opens with the sudden death of a popular man whose unexpected demise shocks the town. The battle for his seat on the local council sets off “the biggest war the town has yet seen,” with rich people fighting poor, parents battling their teenagers, and wives in conflict with their husbands. 

Okay, maybe not that dramatic. But, you get the idea. 

The Casual Vacancy will be a completely different from anything that we’ve read so far from J.K. Rowling. There’s no magical world hidden from our normal, non-magic society, no wizards, no witchcraft, no flying broomsticks, no house elves, and no curses. I think that this will be a great opportunity to have Rowling expand her creativity and her writing skills to come up with something that is just as fascinating, just as compelling, and just as epic as any Harry Potter book. Then again, some people might find that she’s taking a huge risk by stepping out of a successful franchise that is still popular to this day to embark on something she has never written before. People who have tried to write books for adults after being known for writing books for children never became as successful as they were before. After all, the Harry Potter books were originally intended for children and stepping into the world of adult literature could be disappointing for any fan who was been reading her books for over a decade. 

Well, my friends, I’m glad that she’s taking the next step by writing this book. While the Harry Potter series was intended for children, adults read it with interest and love as well. You have to understand that before the Harry Potter series, reading books wasn’t popular anymore. In a time when teenagers were reading books such as The Babysitters Club or Animorphs, the Harry Potter books were like a breath of fresh air to a tired, dying world of literature. It was like The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Chronicles of Narnia for a new generation. Besides, if she would have continued with the Harry Potter series, what else could she write about? Voldemort is dead, the wizarding world is safe, and Harry is living a happy life with Ginny and their three children. Not a lot to add, to tell you the truth. The series has a complete ending and it doesn’t need to be tampered with. We should leave it the way it is. Although, I am still waiting for the official Harry Potter encyclopedia. 

Whether you like the books or not, you have to give J.K. Rowling credit. I believe that without her, we wouldn’t be surrounded by the slew of popular book series today such as Twilight and The Hunger Games. Also, the children who grew up with the Harry Potter books are becoming adults now and they’ll be able to read a brand new book from someone they’re familiar with. It will bring up the same excitement to read something completely different from an author that we know that can take our imagination to a new world with interesting people, a dark setting, and a complex story line. I know that she will do an excellent job with this new novel and I will be one of the first people to buy a copy when it comes out. 

For more information about the new book, check out J.K. Rowling’s new official website http://www.jkrowling.com/.

That’s all for now, everyone. Tune in next time as I review the pilot episode of Don’t Trust the B—— in Apartment 23 and a new movie review. Oh yeah, and Kevin’s remaining top 20 cartoons until he reaches #1. Thanks for hanging out with us at Old School Lane. Thanks for reading.

-Patricia

Text 11 Apr Old School Lane presents Kevin’s Top 100 Favorite Animated Shows (29-20)

Hey everyone, welcome back to my list of my favorite animated shows of all time. We’re almost finished, so let’s not waste any time.

29. Jem and the Holograms (1985)

Yes, I know. I’m a guy. But I can’t help but love this show. If there are some guys who can admit liking My Little Pony and people finding that okay, then why can’t I admit that I love Jem? It’s about a girl named Jerrica Benton who owns her father’s music company after his death. When she comes across her father’s computer, known as Synergy, she’s given a pair of earrings to transformed into her pop singing, pink haired alter ego Jem. Think of it like Hanna Montana, except it was in the 80’s and was, well, good. Jem and her bandmates Kimber, Aja, and Shana have many adventures competing against their rival rock bands, The Misfits and The Stingers. They had over 150 songs that was catered to the show exclusively. Almost each song was catchy and memorable. It also showed music videos of the bands which was capturing the popularity of MTV and made the cartoon unique for its time. It was like Josie and the Pussycats for a new generation. They finally released it on DVD and they’re showing it again on The Hub for kids who had never seen it before, which is awesome. Now if only they would release the soundtrack of all the songs. That would be outrageous! Truly, truly, truly outrageous!

28. Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (1994)

This classic Nickelodeon cartoon had all the things I loved when I was a kid. Monsters, gross humor, and funny adult jokes. It involves with three monsters, Ickis, Krumm, and Oblina, going into a monster academy to learn how to be scary for the human world. Throughout each adventure, they always get themselves into trouble and have to find ways to get out of it. Each character were funny and memorable from their teacher, The Gromble to the crazy monster obsessed man named Simon the Monster Hunter. This show was animated by Klasky Csupo, the same studio who animated Rugrats and Duckman. Just like every show that was trying to capture the popularity of Ren and Stimpy at the time, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters was dark, gross, and not really intended for children.

Originally, there was supposed to be an Aaahh!!! Real Monsters movie that was supposed to come out, but Nickelodeon rejected it because they thought it would be too scary for children. That is straight up crap right there! Overall, I love this show and I always watch it on Netflix whenever I have the time to do so.

27. Extreme Ghostbusters (1997)

Not a lot of people remember that there was another cartoon of the Ghostbusters after The Real Ghostbusters. It was released in 1997, 13 years after the first Ghostbusters movie, 8 years after Ghostbusters II, and 6 years after The Real Ghostbusters had ended. So the popularity of the Ghostbusters series at the time was gone. However, this cartoon was good and it shouldn’t be forgotten. It takes place years after The Real Ghostbusters had ended. Since there aren’t any more supernatural crimes as there was before, the original Ghostbusters retired and had moved on with their lives, with the exception of Egon. He still lives in the firehouse with Slimer and is now a college professor teaching a paranormal class to four students, Eduardo, Roland, Garrett, and Kylie. When the ghosts start reappearing again, Egon recruits his students to fight the ghosts and save the day.

This was like Ghostbusters for a new generation. It kept the same scary moments and funny humor from its predecessors, but also added in a darker and moodier atmosphere. It’s a show that has been sadly overlooked and if you’re a fan of Ghostbusters, you should really check it out. Also, I’m still waiting for Ghostbusters III. Even if Bill Murray isn’t going to be in it! 

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26. Underdog (1964)

There’s no need to fear! Underdog is here! This classic 1964 cartoon involves with a dog named Shoeshing Boy, who shines shoes, but when trouble is calling, he runs to a nearby phone booth and turns into Underdog. His powers are similiar to Superman; he has flight, super strength, X-Ray vision, super breath, atomic breath, invulnerability from harm, and more. He mostly rescues the beautiful Sweet Polly Purebred from the evil villains The Electric Eel, Battyman, Tap-Tap the Chisler, and Overcat. Whenever he gets weak, he takes the “Underdog Super Energy Pill” and finishes his fight. Similar to Rocky and Bullwinkle, Underdog has different segments on the show such as Tennessee Tuxedo, Commander McBragg, Go Go Gophers, and Klondike Kat. This show was funny and action packed. A fantastic cartoon to watch again and again.

However, don’t watch the crappy Underdog movie! It has almost nothing to do with the cartoon and it pains me that they made this! Ugh!

25. Bobby’s World (1990)

If I were to mention the name Howie Mandel, what would you immediately associate him with?

Yeah, yeah. Deal or No Deal. But did you know that he had created an animated sitcom based on some stories from his childhood? Well, if you didn’t, then you should really check out Bobby’s World.

The story involves with a 4-year-old boy named Bobby Generic (who was voiced by Howie himself) and his family. Throughout the segments of each episode, we see his imaginative world and the interactions that he has with his family and friends. It was a show that really made me use my imagination that most kids shows today don’t have. Bobby, his friends, and his family members are all funny and memorable. At the end of each episode, Howie and Bobby would talk to each other about today’s lesson that they had learned from the episode. Overall, it was a great animated sitcom. Also, Howie had mentioned that he is working on new episodes of Bobby’s World. I can’t wait to see it when it comes out!

I also loved Bobby’s appearance in Deal or No Deal.

24. The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2002)

After the success of the movie, Jimmy Newtron: Boy Genius, Nickelodeon decided to have a TV series based on the 10-year-old boy genius Jimmy Newtron, his robot dog Goddard, his rival Cindy Vortex, her best friend, Libby Folfax, and Jimmy’s best friends Carl Wheezer and Sheen Estevez. Each episode involves with Jimmy inventing or experimenting on something that goes horribly wrong and he and his friends work together to fix it. Jimmy also saves his town of Retroville and sometimes the world from his arch enemies such as the aliens King Goobot and his assistant Ooblar, Professor Calamitous, Beautiful Gorgeous, and Eustace Strych. It had a catchy theme that I made Patricia sing to me all the time (no lie) and it was always fun to watch! A great show done by Nickelodeon!

However, the spinoff, Planet Sheen is really not that good. I would skip it.

23. Looney Tunes (1930)

What else can I say about it that you don’t already know? They’re fantastic cartoon shorts based on our favorite cartoon characters, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird, Elmer Fudd, and more. Each cartoon was great to watch and a lot of fun. They’re still showing it in Cartoon Netword as of today. Why? Because these cartoons are timeless and are still has much fun to watch as there were over 80 years ago.

22. Transformers (1984)

The original Transformers cartoon trumps the Michael Bay movies and the current Transformers cartoon by a mile. I did like Transformers: Beast Wars, but I would watch the original any day of the week. The fight between the Autobots led by Optimus Prime and the Decepticons led by Megatron was always action packed and violent. Each character was lovable and memorable. Also, the toys were fantastic. One of the most popular toy brands of the 80’s that I still own some today.

Overall, a fantastic show that brings you back to your childhood. If you want to see a kickass Transformers movie, see the 1986 animated one. Not the Michael Bay ones! They suck!

21. Gargoyles (1994)

Due to the popularity of Batman: The Animated Series, Disney decided to release a dark, serious animated show called Gargoyles. It’s about a group of gargoyles led by Goliath. They would turn to stone during the day, but at night, they would be released from their slumber and protect a castle, the king, and the princess during the Middle Ages. However, due to a crime they didn’t commit, a wizard cast a spell that would turn them into stone until “the castle was higher than the clouds”. Hundreds of years later, a billionaire named David Xanthos bought the castle and turned it into a skyscraper. This released the gargoyles from their spell. Along the way, a police officer named Elisa Maza discovers the gargoyles and together, they fight crime and stop the evils of supernatural beings in New York while adjusting to the new time period. It was a fantastic show with great characters and great storytelling. It’s too bad that Disney doesn’t release stuff like this anymore. Oh well, if you haven’t seen it, check it out.

20. The Simpsons (1989)

"What? This show isn’t at #1? Or even at your top 10? How dare you?!" Yes, yes, grab your torch and pitch forks! It’s not that I don’t love this show, I do. But in recent years, it hasn’t been as funny as they were in their earlier years, so that’s why it’s #20. I don’t even need to tell what it’s about. You already know. It’s about the Simpsons family, Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie, living their everyday lives in the town of Springfield, Oregon! That’s right. Oregon. Not Missouri, Maine, or Ohio. It’s in Oregon. Anyway, each of the characters from the town of Springfield have their own unique characteristics and personalities that makes it fun to watch. Although, the show has gone downhill, it’s still the longest running animated show in history and it’s always a treat to watch. Hell, even Patricia had mentioned a Simpsons episode in her Top 10 Favorite Pee-wee Herman moments of 2011. 

It still does a good job making fun of a bunch of celebrities and pop culture. Overall, it’s still a great show.

Oh yeah, check out The Simpsons Movie if you haven’t yet! It’s really funny!

That’s it for now. Tune in next time as I do a double header as we tackle the remaining cartoons until we reach #1. Thanks for hanging out with us at Old School Lane. Take care.

-Kevin

P.S. Also, Old School Lane’s Patricia has a Twitter account! Check it out for the latest, up to date posts or if you have any questions or comments, click on https://twitter.com/#!/patty_b_miranda. 

Text 6 Apr Old School Lane presents Kevin’s Top 100 Favorite Animated Shows (39-30)

Hey everyone, welcome back to my list of my top 100 favorite animated shows of all time. Wow, we’re almost finished with this list. Time goes by so fast when you’re taking a trip down memory lane…or Old School Lane. Am I right? Heh heh heh! Okay, that was bad! Moving on.

39. Hong Kong Phooey (1974)

When it comes to classic Hanna Barbera cartoons, this one doesn’t seem to be mentioned in a lot of people’s conversations as one of their favorites and I don’t know why. While it only lasted 16 episodes, each episode had our hero Penrod “Penry” Pooch working as a janitor who works at the police headquarters with Sargeant Flint and Rosemary, the phone operator who has a crush on Hong Kong Phooey. Whenever trouble comes about, he jumps into his filing cabinet and becomes Hong Kong Phooey. However, similar to Inspector Gadget, Hong Kong Phooey is a terrible martial artist who always screws up his chances of saving the city. But luckily, his faithful (and more qualified) sidekick Spot always assists Hong Kong Phooey without anyone else knowing and helps save the day.

Hong Kong Phooey had a great opening theme and each episode was packed with with action and humor. Check it out.

38. Toonsylvania (1998)

Pop Quiz: When someone brings up the topic of Steven Spielberg and cartoons, which ones in particular pop in your mind? If you said either The Land Before Time, An American Tale, Who Framed Roger Roger Rabbit, Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, or Freakazoid, then you would be correct. But when mentioning about the cartoon Toonsylvania, many people either don’t remember it or have never seen it before. It’s such a shame because for people who love watching horror movies like me, both classic and B horror, then this cartoon is definitely for you.

It involves with Dr. Vic, his assistant Igor, and their Frankenstein monster Phil. One of my favorite characters was their next door neighbor Seth Tuber, who was an homage to Norman Bates from Psycho. Similar to Animaniacs, Toonsylvania had different cartoon series in each episode like “Night of the Living Fred”, “Igor’s Science Moment”, and “Melissa Screetch’s Morbid Morals”. Each one of them were funny and had interesting life lessons to learn. However, the show wasn’t popular and it was cancelled after 19 episodes. Toonsylvania was Steven Speilberg’s last cartoon series that he had any involvement in, however it wasn’t his best. But if you fancy yourself in watching an underrated cartoon that spoofs the horror genre, I cannot recommended it enough.

 

37. The Berenstain Bears (the 1985 and 2005 versions)

Before I say anything, I first want to give my condolences to Jan Berenstain, the co-writer of The Berenstain Bears book series. She had passed away on February 24th of this year after continuing the book series alongside her son Michael. What she left behind is a great book series that will be remember for many generations. Everyone at some point had read the books and had seen the cartoon series based on them. I couldn’t decide which one was better, so I chose both.

With the exception of minor differences, both of the cartoon adaptations are pretty much the same. It follows the lives of Papa, Mama, Brother, and Sister Bear living their everyday routines of school and family life while learning lessons along the way. All of the characters from the book series such as Cousin Freddy, Too-Tall and his gang, the grandparents, and Lizzie were there and were fleshed out really well. Even after being around for over 50 years, The Berenstain Bears are timeless classics that are great to both read and watch.

36. Life with Louie (1994)

Life with Louie was a great animated sitcom from the 90’s. It was based on the childhood of comedian Louie Anderson growing up in Wisconsin with his family and friends. Each of the characters were very funny, especially Louie and his angry father. The episodes dealt with Louie’s everyday life and it made me wonder how much of it if the majority of the scenarios actually happened in real life. If it did, then Louie had a very interesting childhood. Not much to say, but I say check it out sometime for crying out loud!

35. Toxic Crusaders (1991)

Based on the Toxic Avenger movies, mostly the sequel, Toxic Crusaders seemed to have combined the movies with Captain Planet and the Planeteers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to make a great cartoon. It had all the things that I love from a cartoon that came out in the 90’s. It has classic animation, nonstop action, lovable characters, and wonderful life lessons. But the cream of the crop for me are the jokes. For a kids’ show, it had a lot of adult jokes that I didn’t remember hearing when seeing it again. They also had a great toy line that I will consider purchasing real soon. However, some of the figures are rare and expensive, but if I can get the original 1983 He-Man action figure, then anything is possible.

Overall, although it only had 13 episodes, Toxic Crusaders was a blast to watch again. I highly recommend it.

34. Jonny Quest (1964)

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By breaking the tradition of a typical Hanna Barbera cartoon at that time, Jonny Quest involved with action, adventure, and characters that were realistic and relatible. The story involved with a young boy named Jonny Quest traveling all over the world with his dad, Dr. Benton Quest, an intelligent scientist, Race Bannon, their bodyguard and pilot, Hadgi, an Indian orphan who’s Jonny’s best friend and an adopted son to Dr. Quest, and their dog Bandit. In their adventures, they confront zombies, monsters, robots, dinosaurs, and a slew of evil villains. It’s up to the Quest Team to save the day with their strength, intelligence, and even magic. It was a fantastic show that was groundbreaking for its time and is still praised today influencing shows like The Venture Bros.

However, do not watch The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest. It’s not as good as the original. In fact, this show is terrible.

 

33. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1990)

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Attack of the Killer Tomatoes was one of the first Saturday morning cartoons that premiered on the Fox Children’s Network. Similar to Toxic Crusaders, while the title says Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, it takes ideas from that movie, but it mostly ideas from the sequel Return of the Killer Tomatoes. All of the characters from the movies were there, including some new ones such as The Censor Lady, who was similar to Dana Carvey’s character “The Church Lady” from Saturday Night Live. Each episode has at least one joke where it pokes fun of the TV show or the movies, which is always a treat to listen to, especially if you know them. Again, similar to Toonsylvania, if you’re a fan of cartoons based on B horror movies, check this one out. It’s always fun to watch.

32. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (1969)

What can be said about this classic Hanna Barbera cartoon that hasn’t been said before? It involves with a team of 4 teenagers Fred, Shaggy, Velma, and Daphne, and their dog Scooby-Doo called Mystery Inc. solving mysteries in haunted houses, castles, amusement parks, and ships with creepy ghosts, monsters, zombies, mummies, and witch doctors. In the end, it always end up being a person with costumes and masks trying to accomplish an evil scheme. This show became one of Hanna Barbera’s best shows that is still as popular today with many movies, spinoff shows, guest appearances in other TV shows, toys, and more.

31. Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972)

One of the most influencial animated shows ever created, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids was created by Bill Cosby’s stand up stories. This show was one of the first shows that not only had a large cast of African American teenagers, but they were the main characters of the show. Each episode had Fat Albert and The Junkyard Gang learn wonderful life lessons that taught kids about stealing, racism, vandalism, smoking, and drug use, which was huge at the time. It’s always amazing to look back on this show and see how ahead of their time they were. I give major props to Bill Cosby for creating this groundbreaking cartoon.

30. Home Movies (1999)

This is a show that is very close to my heart. Home Movies involves with a boy named Brendon Small who makes movies with his friends Melissa and Jason. Although that most of the movies are really crappy, Brendon has a passion of doing them regardless of the struggles that occur. Similar to South Park and Rocky and Bullwinkle, although the animation doesn’t look appealing, it makes up for it with its clever and well written stories and amazing characters, especially Brendon, his crazy mom, and the drunken Coach McGuirk. I can relate to Brendon with having a love of making movies at a young age and not having a father figure around. This show has a cult following and it makes me proud to own the DVDs so I can watch it over and over.

Do you have any fond memories on any of these cartoons? Post it in the comments and let us know. Hope to see you around Old School Lane real soon. Thanks for reading.

-Kevin

Text 5 Apr Old School Lane presents Kevin’s Top 100 Favorite Animated Shows (49-40)

Hey everyone, welcome back to my list of my absolute favorite animated shows. Patricia and I are hard at work rewatching Nicktoons and SNICK shows for our tribute to Nickelodeon for this summer, which means that I should finish this list. Let’s get to it.

49. Betty Boop (1930)

 

Created by Max Fleischer in 1930, Betty Boop was one of the first animated sex symbols, but that’s not what makes her so memorable. She is super quirky, funny, and gets into a lot of fun adventures alongside her boyfriend Bimbo the Dog and their friend Koko the Clown. Watching the majority of the episodes is so amazing to watch as it has influenced a lot of animation history with its amazing drawing designs, surprisingly adult storylines, and quirky humor. It’s such a shame that many, many people don’t seem to know that.

One of the major moments for me was when Betty Boop made a cameo in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, it was great that she was able to appear twice in the movie. One of them was when Eddie Valliant sees Jessica Rabbit for the first time.

However originally Koko the Clown and Bimbo the Dog was supposed to be in Who Framed Roger Rabbit as well. There was a scene in which it was Marvin Acme’s funeral and Koko and Bimbo was crying over Acme’s casket, but it was cut from the movie. That’s a real shame. I would have loved to see them in the movie.

48. A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (1988)

Due to the popularity of The Muppet Babies, we were seeing a ton of younger or baby versions of our favorite characters. One of my favorites was A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. Taken place in Coolsville, their hometown, our five companions take on ghosts and monsters which end up being bad guys in masks. It was very similar to Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? except that the tone of the show was much more lighter and goofier, which to me was always fun to watch. Casey Kasem and Don Messick would return voicing Shaggy and Scooby-Doo, but this would be Don Messick’s last time voicing Scooby-Doo before he would voice other characters until his death in 1997.

Another thing to mention is that Tom Ruegger was the developer of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo before he would be one of the co-creators of Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Histeria, and Road Rovers. He was also the one who wrote the lyrics for the main opening theme. Pretty neat, huh?

47.Rocky and Bullwinkle (1959)

If people were to look Rocky and Bullwinkle for the first time, they probably wouldn’t be too impressed with the animation. While it’s true that the animation doesn’t look as polished, colorful, bright, and good compared to many others, the characters, the witty adult humor, and the pacing of the stories make up for it. Similiar to DragonBall Z, it always leaves you at a cliffhanger wanting to know about what happened next, making it addicting to know what happens next. The characters were extremely memorable, the writing of the stories were done very well, and it’s still just as fun to watch as it was over 50 years ago. I highly recommend that you watch this show again if you haven’t seen it in a while.

One more thing to note: don’t watch the movie! It’s terrible!

46.Wacky Races (1968)

Another great cartoon done by Hanna Barbera, it involves 11 racers competing to win the title of “World’s Wackiest Racer”. While all the racers had their own vehicles and personalities, my absolute favorite was the villain Dick Dasterly and his companion dog, Muttley with their vehicle Mean Machine 00. Each time I see them, I can’t help but always laugh out loud everytime they try to cheat to win the races. However, they never win and their plans never work, which is a shame since I would have loved to see what would happen if they won. It only had 17 episodes, but the show was successful enough to release two spinoffs:The Perils of Penelope Pitstop and Dasterdly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines.

45. The Woody Woodpecker Show (1957)

This great cartoon show starring our favorite crazy woodpecker was a big hit when he was first introduced in 1940 by Walter Lantz. This cartoon not only has Woody Woodpecker, but also many other characters like Andy Panda, Chilly Willy, Buzz Buzzard, Wally Walrus, and more. Each episode was always funny to watch as Woody causes mischief to anyone he comes across. Also, you can be able to get Woody Woodpecker dolls in Universal Studios, which is great that this character is anything but forgotten.

44.The Fairly Odd Parents (2001)

The Fairly Odd Parents is indeed one of the best shows that Nickelodeon ever released. Not to mention, it’s one of the longest running shows of Nickelodeon releasing over 100 episodes. The story involves 10-year-old Timmy Turner and his fairy godparents Cosmo and Wanda granting Timmy’s crazy and extreme wishes while not letting his parents, his evil babysitter Vicky, his friends, or his crazy teacher Mr. Crocker of his secret. Created by Butch Hartman, the show has funny humor, great characters, and an interesting concept. I wish that I have fairy godparents! That would make life so much easier.The Fairly Odd Parents was one of four cartoons that debuted in Oh Yeah, Cartoons! as shorts before getting its own TV series. It’s still a great show that you must watch if you’re a Nickelodeon fan.

43.Alvin and the Chipmunks (1983)

Alvin and the Chipmunks was one of the best cartoons that came out in the 80’s. Alvin, Simon, and Theodore Seville are three chipmunks who are a singing group singing classic songs and popular songs of the time. Dave Seville, their adopted father and manager, was a great character who loved the Chipmunks as his own sons, but would lose his temper whenever they caused trouble, especially Alvin. Also, I love the female trio, the Chippettes, Brittany, Jeanette, and Eleanor. They were a great rivals to the Chipmunks and were their on-and-off girlfriends. However, they were nothing more than female versions of the Chipmunks, so it was a tad bit of a letdown.

One of my all time favorite episodes was when Alvin, Simon, and Theodore’s birth mother reunited with her sons. It was one of the few TV moments that made me cry a little. If you have children who only know about the Chipmunks from those crappy movies, show them the animated show instead. It’s much better in every way.

42.The Smurfs (1981)

Originally from Belgium, this Hanna Barbera cartoon was very unique in every single way. The Smurfs are little blue creatures who live on a village with houses made of mushrooms, led by the leader Papa Smurf. The Smurfs live pretty much normal lives, until an evil sorcerer named Gargamel and his cat Azrael tries every scheme to capture the Smurfs and eat them. Each episode was always fun to watch. It’s also very fun to ask some of the most dire questions when watching this: If there are so many Smurfs in the village, why is there only one female there? Why do they say “Smurf” or some variation in their vocabulary? Why does Gargamel want to eat the Smurfs? What do they taste like? Euugh! I don’t even want to think about that!

Overall, it was a fantastic 80’s Hanna Barbera cartoon that you should watch again if you haven’t in a while. I beg of you to not watch the movie! Although, I’ve never seen it, it looks shitty. Originally, Nickelodeon was going to do the Smurfs movie that involved with the origins of the Smurfs and it was going to be have a more darker, serious tone. Why didn’t we get that but instead got this?!

41.Freakazoid (1995)

This animated cartoon created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, the same creators of Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, produced by Steven Spielberg, and written by Tom Ruegger and the majority of the Animaniacs writers. It involves with a geeky 16-year-old named Dexter Douglas getting his superhero powers from a computer bug that absorbed all information from the Internet. At least the early 90’s Internet. Similar to The Tick and Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Freakazoid may be a superhero, but he doesn’t act like one. It involves with silly humor, fourth wall jokes, brilliant satire to cartoons that were showing at the time, worldly events, and comic book heroes. This cartoon was definitely for adults in contrast to Tiny Toons and Animaniacs, that’s what made it great.

40.Tiny Toon Adventures (1990)

Just as I said previously in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, when The Muppet Babies went on the air, many other shows try to captalize on its popularity of creating shows based on the younger versions of cartoon characters. One of the first that came out of the 90’s that I used to watch all the time was Tiny Toon Adventures.The show was based in Acme Acres in which Toons like Buster Bunny, Babs Bunny, Plucky Duck, and Haminton Pig are attending a school called Acme Looniversary taught by Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat, and more. Each episode has so much humor, wackiness, and memorable characters. It’s fantastic in every way! I also watched The Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation. It’s a wonderful summer movie!

That’s all for now! Stay tune as we finish off the list of my favorite animated shows. Hope to see you around Old School Lane real soon. Take care.

-Kevin

Text 1 Apr Old School Lane celebrates the 33rd anniversary of…

Alright, this is it. This is really it! The moment you have been waiting for. The reveal for Old School Lane’s summer project. What is it? Well, before we tell you what it is, here’s a little history lesson.

On December 1, 1977, a brand new children’s television program was created on QUBE, the first two-way interactive TV cable system. It was called The Pinwheel Network. It was a network that went pretty much nowhere. The shows that were airing there didn’t catch the attention of a lot of viewers and it was at the point of failure. However, on this day, April 1, 1979, The Pinwheel Network did a huge overall by changing the shows and its name. It will forever be known as…

File:Nickelodeon 1982.svg

To this day, Nickelodeon is the #1 children’s program in cable TV. Now, you may be thinking to yourselves, “Hey, didn’t the Nostalgia Critic dedicate a whole month to Nickelodeon?” Well, yes. That’s true. However, he only covered a couple of the cartoons, SNICK shows, one game show, and one Nickelodeon movie. Kevin and I are going the whole 9 yards and dedicating three months to covering almost EVERY single Nicktoon, SNICK shows, TeenNick, movies, video games, and so much more that Nickelodeon has created. Also, expect a few other big surprises in between! 

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Let’s be honest: Nickelodeon has been a huge part in our lives at one point or another. Some of our favorite programs from our childhood came from this network from Rugrats and Ren and Stimpy to SpongeBob SquarePants and Avatar: The Legend of Korra. We have so much fond memories on watching our favorite cartoons or watching SNICK on Saturday nights. In fact, one of the reasons Kevin and I became best friends when we first met was our love for Nickelodeon shows. He even dressed up as Doug Funnie when he was in the 4th grade! That’s how much our love for Nickelodeon mean to us. What about you? What are your fondest memories of Nickelodeon? Post it in the comments below and let us know. We’ll be starting around June and ending it in September, so stay tuned as we cover the many great and many terrible shows, movies, video games, products, and more that came out of the “The First Kids Network”. 

Here’s a song that I know will bring you back.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dylX-4mljcE

That’s all for now. Tune in this summer as well as real soon as we wrap up Kevin’s Top 100 Animated Shows, more First Impressions, and who knows what. Hope to see you around Old School Lane real soon. Take care.

-Patricia and Kevin

Text 1 Apr Old School Lane’s Summer Project is…

Well, everyone. This is it! The moment that we’ve been waiting for. After weeks of hints and teases among the blog and Manic Expression, April 1st has finally arrived! Old School Lane’s Summer Project will be revealed today! A TV network that is still popular as of today is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Three months will be dedicated to the shows, the people, the influences, the products, our overall ratings of them, and a few surprises in between. So, what is it, you ask? Well, here it is? Old School Lane’s summer project is…

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The World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc! That’s right, you love it, I love it, everyone loves it! Around this time many years ago, the WWE has reached a huge following of more than 13 million viewers around the U.S. alone and has broadcast its hugely popular shows around 145 countries with over 45 languages. Each of the wrestlers have became household names whether you love them or hate them: Hulk Hogan, Andre The Giant, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Randy Savage, Chris Jericho, and much, much more!!!! Of course, we all know that each of these epic and violent wrestling matches are all 100% real! There’s no way that it can be fake, I mean, come on.

Can you dig it, brother?!

What better way to celebrate its awesomeness than to check out its brand new TV channel WWE Network debuting tonight where you will have 24 hours of nothing but wrestling, wrestling, wrestling! Only for the hardcore!

If this wasn’t what you were expecting, well, I’m going to quote one of WWE marketing campaigns.

That’s right! If you don’t like it, then go away! GET THE “F” OUT!!! You don’t have to read our posts in our blog. We can deal with it. But everyone knows that you can’t live without us, you’ll be reading our stuff anyway because you just love us so much. So, expect some EXTREME posts this summer as we tackle down on the WWE!

-Patricia

P.S. One more thing to mention before I go!

Hmm, interesting that SpongeBob is here… Maybe he’s…you’ll have to wait and find out! :)

Text 31 Mar Old School Lane says farewell to The Weakest Link

Hey everyone, welcome to a special, yet sad post courtesy of Old School Lane. There comes a time when you have to say goodbye to something that you love or has always been there for you when you needed it the most. Everyone has a TV show or genre in which they watch that they enjoy a lot to see, even though many people object to it. For me: it’s cooking shows and game shows. Game shows for me have an alluring charm to them that sucks you in for 30 minutes or an hour that you can’t help but sit down and watch the whole thing. Whether it’s the host, the contestants, the prizes, or the game show itself, game shows have been around television since the 1950’s and continue to be around today.

Some of the most popular shows in America were based on shows from the U.K. like American Idol, The Office, Big Brother, The Golden Girls, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, The X Factor, Dancing with the Stars, Who’s Line is it Anyway, and America’s Got Talent. But one for me that I always enjoy watching was The Weakest Link. 

The rules of the game show goes like this: a team of 9 contestants work together answering a series of questions in order to make a chain amount of money. The more questions they get right, the higher the amount goes. If a person gets one question wrong, the chain breaks and the money is reduced to 0. If a person says “Bank”, then the money is saved and the chain starts over. At the end of the round, the contestants vote on who they thought was the weakest link until one person remains and wins the money that has been earned. Combining influences from shows like Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Big Brother, the show first aired in August 14, 2000 and it became a critical smash among British TV. However, at the time, it was ranked #2 behind Who Wants to be a Millionaire that had aired two years previously.

To check out the very first episode of The Weakest Link, click on the “link” below. Hahaha! I kill me! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPZpGimJWTg&feature=relmfu

What made the show so successful and different was the host Anne Robinson. Unlike game show hosts who would support the contestants and give them positive reinforcement, she was portrayed as mean, sarcastic, and showed almost no emotion in her face. She was intimidating and scary, yet funny and witty, which was a breath of fresh air to see something different among game show hosts. Every time a person would be voted off the game, Anne would stare at the contestant and say her now famous catchphrase, “You are the weakest link. Goodbye”. It was great! 

She was already famous in the U.K. with a TV series called Watchdog, in which the show approaches businesses and corporate companies about the products they sell and if it’s worth buying. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnMlxWL8ttQ

To know more information about Watchdog, click here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/watchdog/about/

Pop quiz: Whenever a show gets popular in one country, what happens next? 

A: You have it made in another country! 

On April 26, 2001, less than a year after it debut on the U.K., they brought The Weakest Link to the U.S. hoping to gain the same popularity that Who Wants to be a Millionaire when it was brought to the U.S. Anne Robinson was the host of the U.S. version of The Weakest Link, unlike in the U.S. version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire in which Regis Philbin was the host instead of Chris Tarrant. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1eqDYLjcM8

The show became popular among viewers, but never gained a huge amount of ratings since Who Wants to be a Millionaire was the most viewed game show at the time. Around the second season, they tried to gain viewers by having celebrity editions of The Weakest Link, however it made the ratings worse since there were already too many shows based on celebrities. Anne Robinson left the U.S. version of The Weakest Link and was replaced by George Gray and reduced the timing from an hour to 30 minutes. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoAIRh17Khk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPWn8FMXvrI&feature=relmfu

The show became a disaster and it was cancelled on May 20, 2003, two years after it debuted. For game show standards, two years on the air is a joke. However it gained a cult following among fans as there was a video game and board game adaptation of The Weakest Link

Also the show was referenced among movies and TV shows, including Family Guy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSn7f9lPF3c&feature=related

While the U.S. no longer aired The Weakest Link, the U.K. still did. It still remained among one of the most popular game shows and had many celebrity editions. One of my absolute favorites is the Doctor Who episode. The first minute of the opening kills me every time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y628xnEm7LI

However, all good things must come to an end. As of March 31, 2012, The Weakest Link had aired its final episode in the U.K. after being on TV for 11 years. It is indeed a sad day for our friends across the pond as a game show that had so much heart, intensity, and a fantastic host is gone for good. But, as long as we have fond memories of it, it’ll never leave us. Maybe you feel the same way about this, maybe you don’t. Most likely, you haven’t even heard about this until today. But haven’t you had a show that you grew up with and had an empty feeling inside when it was gone? Post it in the comments below and tell us what show was it and the fond memories you had watching it. We will miss you, Anne.

To lighten up the mood, let’s have some of the best stupidest answers from British game shows.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7DYFdPKBjs

That’s all for now. Hope to see you around Old School Lane real soon. Thanks for reading.

-Patricia

P.S. Tomorrow’s the big day for the reveal of our summer project at Old School Lane. 35 years ago, a TV network debuted. While it’s under a different name now, it’s still one of the most popular networks on television. Kevin and I will dedicate those three months talking about the shows, the products, and maybe some extra special things in between. Can you figure out what it is? Find out in 24 hours from now! 

Text 29 Mar Movie Review: The Hunger Games

Hey everyone, welcome to another movie review courtesy of Old School Lane. Today we’re taking a look at one of the most anticipated movies of the year based on a current popular book trend, The Hunger Games. This movie review is going to be a little bit different as I am not only reviewing this movie alone. I was guest starring in a movie podcast calledSomething Cinematicby Timdiana. We discuss over an hour about the trailers, the movie experience, and our overall rating. Is it as good as the book series? Will it be the next Twilight? Well, click on the link below and find out.

http://blip.tv/timdiana-the-reviews/something-cinematic-the-hunger-games-6054871

Until then, hope to see you around Old School Lane real soon. Take care.

-Patricia

P.S. I had a great time doing this podcast with Timdiana and hope to do it again real soon. Also another thing to mention: listening to my voice for the first time in a podcast was weird. :P


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