The Meg is Closer to ‘Jaws’ Than ‘Sharknado’

MOVIE REVIEW When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws opened in theaters in 1975, it took the world by storm. Not only was the movie hugely popular as it was genuinely scary, it actually affected society in a strange way. Audiences began to have an irrational fear of sharks even when swimming at a lake. When Jaws 2 came to theaters three years later, everyone knew the catchphrase, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” Since then, it’s been hard for movie studios to be able to drum up the same excitement with their own Jaws knock-offs. Shark movies became a joke. Even Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge were met with disdain (and with good reason). But sharks are still a popular subject, just not one that we take very seriously anymore.
This brings us to next big shark movie, The Meg which judging from the trailers alone, looks like another campy knock-off movie and while it indeed is campy, it isn’t as much as you would think. When comparing movies, The Meg is closer to Jaws tha…

This Day in Pop Culture for November 10

"Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom" opened in theaters on November 10, 1953

'Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom' Comes to Theaters

Walt Disney’s first cartoon to be released in Cinemascope was released on this day in 1953. Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom is an educational “Adventures in Music” animated short film that had a long life in public schools teaching children about music long after its initial theater viewing. The film begins with Professor Owl teaching his students about music. (In more recent years, this scene has been used for the opening of many of the Disney’s Sing-a-Long videos) The study of musical instruments included four core sounds: Toot (brass), Whistle (woodwind), Plunk (strings) and boom (percussion) with each presented as caveman character. The short won the 1954 Oscar for Best Short Subject.

Sesame Street aired for the first time on November 10, 1969.

Access to Sesame Street is Open

Sesame Street, aired for the first time on PBS on this day in 1969. The show was the result of talks between TV producer Joan Ganz Cooney and Carnegie Foundation vice president Lloyd Morrisett. From the beginning, the show featured short films, skits, songs and more hosted by live actors and Jim Henson’s Muppets. In 1981, when the federal government withdrew its funding, the Children’s Television Workshop turned to other revenue sources, including lucrative royalties on books and items based on the show’s characters. In 1999, the show featured a separate segment, “Elmo’s World” due to the popularity of the loved red Muppet. By the show’s 40th anniversary, it was being broadcast in more than 140 countries. As of 2014, Sesame Street has won 159 Emmy Awards and eight Grammy Awards and yet, we still do not know how to get there. Beginning in 2015, Sesame Street began a partnership with HBO airing new episodes on both networks.

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