Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Black Panther to Prowl Soon - Video of the Day


New trailer for Marvel's upcoming Black Panther.

This Day in Pop Culture for October 18

"The Jungle Book" opened in theaters on October 18, 1967

‘The Jungle Book’ Opens in Theaters

Walt Disney created his 19th animated feature film inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s book, The Jungle Book. Directed by the appropriately named Wolfgang Reitherman, the movie tells the story about Mowgli, an orphan boy who is raised in the jungle by wolves and then later by Bagheera a black panther and Baloo the bear. The movie featured the voices of Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, George Sanders, Louis Prima, Sterling Holloway, J. Pat O'Malley and Verna Felton. Mowgli was voiced by Bruce Reitherman, the director’s son. Disney passed away before the film made it to theaters on this day in 1967, but the film was a big success becoming the fourth highest-grossing movie of that year. The film was re-released in 1978, 1984 and 1990. In 1994, Disney came up with a live-action make of the story as well as an animated sequel, The Jungle Book 2, in 2003. In 2016, Disney created yet another live-action version of the original film which was directed by Jon Favreau. A sequel to that production is currently in the works.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

You Call This 'Fun' Size?

Should "fun size" candy be re-labeled "skimpy size?"
Are these really the FUN size?


Guest Post by Ted Vail

Since Halloween is knocking at our door, let’s talk a little about candy, and notably, those little candies that say “Fun Size” on the wrapper. First of all, when it comes to candy, “Fun Size” means more candy not less. Apparently, someone replaced the word “skimpy” with the word “fun.” There is nothing fun about less candy. 

Have you ever used this phrase: “Sometimes less is more”? There are probably situations where that is true, but I suggest one situation where it is not true: Candy!  I’d like to be mindful of another phrase as it pertains to candy, “Most of the time, less is less”. 

Can we sue?  We could petition for truth in advertising, requesting that skimpy candy wrappers say one of the following:
  • “Not as Fun Size”
  • “Just Kid-ding Size”
  • “We Can’t Believe You were Duped into thinking this is Fun Size”
Or at least:
  • “Fun for Us Size" and then in small print: "Fun for us as Profiting Manufacturers to Sell Consumers Scrawnier Candy for the Same Amount of Money and Tell You it’s Fun (p.s. we got sued and have to say this)”. 
On a less cynical tone, there are three positives about “fun size” to encourage you with: 
  • Perhaps in a win for humanity, when it comes to candy, we’re not so focused on the exterior wrapper; we actually do judge for content on this one.
  • I was going to say, better health, but are we really going to put the word “health” anywhere on a candy bar?
  • Umm…ok I guess there’s only one positive, but I’ll keep thinking.
Here’s the reality; we’re not suing, it’s candy and we’re going to buy whatever they sell us. So let’s celebrate the Fun Size revolution as we take our young ones out in the neighborhood with some “fun size” candy baskets, then return to our "fun size" homes and celebrate the season by kicking back in our "fun size" chairs (capacity .5 people) and watch a 19” "fun size" TV while answering the door and handing out unhealthy portions of "fun size" candy.

Ted Vail is a longtime time friend of mine who has shared this rant with me and others many of times and I thought that it was time that it was shared with the masses.

Aaron Cole Sings 'Right on Time' - Video of the Day


New music video by Aaron Cole with TobyMac.

Monster Cereals: A Brief History of a Spooky Breakfast

Boo Berry, Count Chocula and Frankenberry (General Mills)


You’ve probably noticed that different cereal brands come out with “special Halloween editions” of their cereal usually by just altering the color or shapes of the cereal, those of us of a certain age remember the original “Monster Cereals” by General Mills. Thought the look of the mascot monsters have changed over the years, the cereal has not.

For some, the golden age of cerealdom was created in March of 1971 when we saw our first glimpse of Count Chocula and Frankenberry. The Count was voiced by Larry Kenney impersonating Bela Lugosi saying things like “I vant to eat your cereal.” His strawberry-flavored cohort, Frankenberry was voiced by Bob McFadden who impersonated Boris Karloff. Count Chocula featured chocolate-flavored marshmallows (sometimes in the shape of bats) while Frankenberry featured strawberry-flavored marshmallow bits. The two monster would often argue about which cereal tasted best.

In 1973, Boo Berry was added to the lineup that featured a ghost voiced by Paul Frees (who also voiced the Pillsbury Doughboy) impersonating Peter Lorre. The “spooky fun marshmallows” were blueberry-flavored.

In 1974, General Mills added Fruit Brute to the trio that featured the “Fruit Brute” werewolf. According to Mr. Breakfast, the cereal was featured in Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 film, Reservoir Dogs and 1994’s Pulp Fiction. Fruit lasted from 1974-1982 and was revived briefly from 2013-2014.

This Day in Pop Culture for October 17

"Around the World in 80 Days" opened in theaters on October 17, 1956.

They Traveled ‘Around the World in 80 Days’

Based on the novel of the same name by Jules Verne, Around the World in 80 Days opened in theaters on this day in 1956. With a screenplay written by James Poe, John Farrow and S. J. Perelman, the movie was directed by Michael Anderson and starred David Niven, Cantinflas, Shirley MacLaine and Robert Newton. The film featured numerous cameos including Cesar Romero, Charles Coburn, Peter Lorre, Red Skelton, Frank Sinatra, Buster Keaton and Glynis Johns. Production of the movie included just 75 days of filming using 680,000 feet of film that was edited down to 25,734. Filming took place in England, France, India, Spain, Thailand and Japan. The cast included 68,894 people wears 74,685 costumes and 36,092 trinkets. 7,959 animals were featured in the film as well. The movie was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won five including Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Music and Best Writing. Disney created a remake of the film in 2004 that starred Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan and Cecile de France and also included a slew of cameos. Unfortunately, the second film wasn’t able to capture the favorable reviews that the original did.

Monday, October 16, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for October 16

"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" was published on October 16, 1950.

'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' is Published

“The Lion all began with a picture of a Faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood. This picture had been in my mind since I was about sixteen. Then one day, when I was about forty, I said to myself: 'Let's try to make a story about it,’” said C.S. Lewis about the creation of one of his most popular novels, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which was published on this day in 1950. It was the first of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia series. It was illustrated by Pauline Baynes. The story involved four siblings who wander inside an old wardrobe only to find that it led to another world called Narnia. While many have considered the work an allegory, others have described the story as “supposal” meaning that if Narnia was a real world, it too would need redemption. The story provides what type of incarnation of Christ might be sent there. When the book was first released, fantasy stories were somewhat frowned about for young adult novels. Lewis’ publisher was afraid that the book would ruin the writer’s reputation and some reviewers of the book thought that the book was overly moralistic and/or too Christian attempting to indoctrinate children. Today, the book is one of the most respectic children’s stories of all time.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

DC Heroes Come Together - Video of the Day


Here is the new trailer for Justice League coming to theaters next month. Can someone tell me why Aquaman spends so much time out of the water?