Mon, 2 October 2017
Bugs Bunny, unlike most of us, can never enjoy the excitement and gratification of a well-executed high five. However, that rascally rabbit (wascally wabbit) may be a bit too old for the practice, since the high five has only been around for forty years and Bugs Bunny is nearly forty years older than that. But that’s not important right now. October has arrived, and that means we’ll be talking about Halloween for weeks. Scary, spooky, hairy, and kooky characters have begun populating stores and homes already and we’re continuing this great tradition on TechnoRetro Dads.
In the NEWS…
The superhero all decked in blue will return to Blu-Ray with a never-before-released and only once-aired (enough hyphens?) version of Superman as seen on TV in a two-night (another hyphen, but who’s counting?) special broadcast on ABC that captivated kids (and maybe adults) in 1982. With more scenes, more John Williams music, and more super-stuff, this Blu-Ray can be yours this Christmas. But, since it’s not Christmas, yet, and dark environments and glow-in-the-dark items are all the rage during the Halloween season, the upcoming release of two TRON Funko Pops gets our attention. Who are we kidding, TRON always gets our attention. They look really cool, too! Don’t forget that E.T. was centered around Halloween, too, which brings us to Spielberg: Direct from the Heart, the upcoming Steven Spielberg documentary coming soon on HBO. PLUS: more reboots from the “Greatie Eighties” are in the works with Battlestar Galactica and True Lies. Wait, they’re not from the ‘80s — but close enough.
We Love Our Cereal…
They say that you can’t teach an old dogs new tricks, but evidently an old rabbit can bring back old TRIX. Artificial colors will soon return to your cereal bowls as General Mills reveals that it will release the more-colorful version (complete with fun chemicals) alongside the newly-released all-natural colored TRIX that have become commonplace on grocery store shelves. While shazbazzar looks forward to this return to artificiality, JediShua will simply look through his rose-colored glasses (and yellow-colored glasses) at his all-natural bowl of cereal as he enjoys the healthier fare. Cheerios earns its place in cereal news this week with its newest flavor: peanut butter and chocolate. Unique? No. Better than “Sour Cream & Onion” Cheerios? Definitely!
Aftershocks of 1977
It’s the end of the regular season in 1977, Dusty Baker of the L.A. Dodgers cracks a home run to give him 30 in the season, and the iconic and decidedly American tradition of the “high five” is invented. Was it intentional, accidental, or an inevitable consequence of excited exuberance? Whatever your opinion, one thing is without question: this invention of Dusty Baker and Glenn Burke is obviously an aftershock of 1977 as the celebratory gesture continues as a common expression in our culture. And best of all, people can “high five” each other without paying any residuals to these two Dodgers from 1977.
Continuing the ongoing theme of October, JediShua suggests a Halloween Room for the TechnoRetro Arcade with Capcom’s Ghosts ’n Goblins. This 1985 side-scrolling adventure game follows Sir Rusty Arthur on his quest to rescue Princess Prin-Prin.
Bugs Bunny’s Howl-oween Special
Premiering on October 26, 1977, Bugs Bunny’s Howl-oween Special blended several Looney Tunes cartoons together into a humorously Halloweenish half-hour special that continues to thrill audiences who are lucky enough to see it in its entirety…even though the original cartoons have been edited to remove large portions of the individual plot lines in order to reorient them to fit into a continual story.
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