TechnoRetro Dads (technoretro dads)

Even if you’ve been tuned in to TechnoRetro Dads since the beginning, you haven’t heard a Spooktacular like this: From Charlie Brown to Orson Welles and lots of Halloweenish tunes from cartoons.  And since Halloween falls on a Monday, it’s a special trick and treat from shazbazzar and JediShua to get your morning started right.  With 77 minutes of truly #TechnoRetro tributes to the fun side of the spookiest night of the year, Spooktacular 2016 pumps up pumpkins, drags out Drac, freaks out Frank, and even takes a trip to Riverdale with Archie and Sabrina the Teenage Witch.  Whether you’re bustin’ ghosts or groovin’ with ghouls, plug in your earbuds and you’ll be ready to hand out candy or take the kids around the block for a great day and night of kooky creepiness and wacky zaniness.

 

Top 13 Halloween Cartoons tunes:

13.  Theme from Archie’s Weird Mysteries

12.  Theme from Sabrina, the Animated Series

11.  “The Haunt of Room 402” 

10.  Theme from Groovie Goolies

9.  “Frightening Frankie, Dangerous Drac, and Weirdo Wolfie”

8.  “What’s in the Bag?”

7.  Theme from Big Wolf on Campus

6.  Theme from Ghostbusters

5.  Theme from Casper the Friendly Ghost

4.  “Lights Out”

3.  “Monsters on Parade”

2.  “You Can’t Hide from Me”

1.  “Go Away and Don’t Come Back”

 

History Lesson

Orson Welles made H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds real for thousands of listeners in 1938.  With cacophonous complaints and loads of lawsuits, it looked like CBS and Mercury Theater on Air were headed for disaster and Orson Wells thought he might have ended his career.  Today, the iconic radio show is an well-known example of how easily people will believe anything popular media corporations put on the air.  But what would it have been like for those who heard it for the first time?  Through the amazing method of time-travel taping, TechnoRetro Dads present a brief record of two listeners who were taken in by the false news reports of Martian invaders at Grovers Mill.  Listen to Shawn and Zeke as they sip on sodas and hear Orson Wells’ broadcast live.  This exclusive coverage can only be heard on TechnoRetro Dads.  Catch it today…while you can!

 

Why limit yourself to one Spooktacular, when you can listen to three?  Check out Spooktacular 2013 and Spooktacular 2014 at TechnoRetroDads.libsyn.com.

 

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Thanks to our SuperFriends north of the border, Chris Hamilton and Mike MacDonald, we’ve all become aware of the ‘70s kids variety show The Hilarious House of Frightenstein.  With various segments of sketch comedy tempered with a few doses of educational material, HHoF entertained kids through the ‘70s and ‘80s and beyond — all from material filmed within a nine-month span of time.  Now, for the first time, shazbazzar and JediShua explore the corridors, crypts, kitchen, and radio station (?) of Castle Frightenstein with outbursts of gleeful surprise with this totally retro mix of kooky camp and inventive talent from Billy Van, Billy Van, Billy Van, Billy Van, Vincent Price, Billy Van, Billy Van, Fishka Rais, Billy Van, Joe Torbay, Billy Van, and more.  (Did I mention Billy Van?)  Cereal Connoisseur Sheldon Norton joins the ‘Dads to lend a Canadian point-of-view to the discussion.

 

History Lesson

From the present to the past and Back to the Future, this week’s history lesson involves remarkable firsts by Einstein the shaggy dog, the people from the Green Planet, Frodo Baggins, classy Classic X-Men, and Michael Myers.  PLUS: major thirds, augmented fourths, and a bit more time-traveling with Jean-Claude Van Damme.  Some of these tidbits of fictional facts are bound to stir your memories about things that happened in history this week.

 

So strap your monster on the operating table, get your latest, greatest invention, and dust the cobwebs off your library books for guaranteed fun with the Count, Igor, Gronk, Grizelda, Dr. PetVet, and the Wolfman (who may be a previous incarnation of Dave Filoni) for a return to brown couches, green carpet, and polyester double-knit leisure suits for 77 minutes of #TechnoRetro pleasure with Doublemint gum.

 

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As pumpkin spicy as autumn has become, shazbazzar and JediShua still remember the reason the season is called “fall” — falling leaves!  TechnoRetro Dads remember that toys not only grow on trees, they fall from them and can be used to build mountains, forts, or soften jumps from tree limbs.  Plug in your ear buds, EarBuds for an audio excursion into the past with bits of nostalgia and a the possibility of bites from vampires and leave the raking to us!

 

In the NEWS…  

Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock is remastered and returning to HBO soon.  James Bond and Boba Fett would be proud of a current crowdfunding project by JetPack Aviation.  Take a peek at some incredible concept art from the original live action Batman series from the ‘60s.  ThinkGeek presses R2-D2 into action yet again with a coffee maker.  The Beatles live in a LEGO Yellow Submarine.  J.C. Reifenberg pops up with “Scum & Villainy” next spring.

Science Lesson

New York Comic Con was the place to be for Star Wars fans’ science questions about that galaxy far, far away.  Lightsaber tech (including Kylo Ren’s crossguard), hyperspace travel, and planet-obliterating suppressers are all discussed while the tougher questions about jet packs, rocket boots, and astromech communications are left up to the scientific ingenuity of our own JediShua.

History Lesson

Travel through time with DC’s Batman, Flash, and Watchmen.  Flashback to the forties with Highlander.  Flux your capacitor back a year with Back to the Future II.  

Get your work week started off right with 77 minutes of #TechnoRetro goodness and leave the raking to us! In the meantime, tell us your #TechnoRetro memories via electronic-M (podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com) or via voicemail at (209)TR-TRDAD.  We want to hear from you!

 

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October has arrived, and black is the new orange…or something like that. JediShua and shazbazzar delve into a variety of topics and get sidetracked along the way in this witchy episode of TechnoRetro Dads. With input from awesome EarBud Armando and a massive Pumpkin Spice crossover with The Big Honkin’ Show with Superfriend Steve Glosson will ensure you are entertained in this Monday afternoon release. 

In the NEWS…  

Collegians from ASU New College artistically represent what Ready Player One means to them as production on the movie continues.  Jon Favreau directs Gnomes & Goblins, a virtual reality movie.  The Dark Crystal gets more love from Funko as ReAction figures.

We Love Our Cereal…

MrBreakfast.com continues to poll cereal lovers to discover the public’s favorite cereal.  In the end, we wonder whether favorites are truly favorites, or are they simply chosen because of nostalgic memories of childhood. Cinnamon Toast Crunch makes it to the top ten, but fails to secure the number one spot…so far. 

Family Circle

The ‘Dads try to get their kids to watch the very dated 1986 made-for-tv movie, The Worst Witch. With Tim Curry, Fairuza Balk, and Mrs. Garrett, the slow pace and lackluster green screen special effects make this first onscreen adaptation of Jill Murphy’s books less-than-ideal entertainment this October. Never fear, though, The Worst Witch has had various onscreen versions since 1986 and with a new Netflix series in the works for 2017, we haven’t heard the end of Mildred Hubble.

History Lesson

Creepiness continues with The Evil Dead, Prometheus, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  PLUS: Take flight with Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and Airplane II: The Sequel.

So strap on a witchy nose, glue on a wart, frizz your hair, adorn a pointy hat, grab your favorite flying broom, and tune in to TechnoRetro Dads.  In the meantime, tell us your #TechnoRetro memories via electronic-M (podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com) or via voicemail at (209)TR-TRDAD.  We want to hear from you!

 

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The incomparable pairing of Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski began thirty years ago today (at least, here in the States) when Mick “Crocodile” Dundee attracted the attention of roving reporter Sue Charlton, boosting Australia’s tourism dollars and sales of bowie knives skyrocketed.  Ryan Stampfli joins shazbazzar and JediShua to revisit the classic 1986 Aussie film, “Crocodile” Dundee.  With ABLE from TRON: Uprising wielding an antenna like a boomerang and a kangaroo shooting back at drunk drivers with amazing accuracy, this adventure comedy is as good today as it was at the box office when it became the second top-grossing movie of 1986 in the United States. 

Get out your duct tape and open your Swiss Army knife because MacGyver is back on the air (with the original series playing on NetFlix).  Lethal Weapon and Lost in Space get reboot treatments as well.  Transformers are represented on TV again as Dan Shaffer lands a spot on The Voice.  Think Geek opens another brick-and-mortar store — this time in Oklahoma City.  The Dark Crystal and The Golden Girls get exclusive treatments at NYCC, and the ‘Dads make plans for custom figures (think Holiday Special).

Pumpkin Spice continues to dominate cereal aisles as the seasons change around the globe.  Football players not only eat cereal, but get their own brands in Denver, Cincinnati, and other cities boasting NFL teams. Magically delicious eclairs keep the cereal-to-doughnut craze going strong with Lucky Charms.   

The man of steel and stone-carved creatures feature heavily in fictional history with Superman Returns, Man of Steel, and Gargoyles.  PLUS: Phileas Fogg embarks on a world-wide tour encompassing the globe in less than three months.  All this in this week's TechnoRetro Dads History Lesson.

So drop off your dirty dishes at Natalie’s Platter Palace, grab your bowie knife, tip the bellboy, wash your backside, spread up a Vegemite sandwich, and tune in to TechnoRetro Dads.  If you get a chance, tell us your #TechnoRetro memories in your best “Crocodile” Dundee voice via electronic-M (podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com) or via voicemail at (209)TR-TRDAD.  We want to hear from you!

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Jack Burton gears up for adventure and excitement with his friend Wang, a Mannequin, a Tibetan Monk, and Azmorigan from Star Wars Rebels in John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China. This cult classic from 1986 continues to entertain fans and first-timers in a wacky sci-fi action flick that keeps audiences guessing about what will come next.  Kurt Russell channels John Wayne to create a convincing Han Solo(ish) hero for this cornball excursion into the underworld of Little China to rescue not one but two green-eyed ladies from the clutches of a two-thousand year-old demon worshiper and his minions. Joe “Joey-Wan Kenobi” Tavano from RetroZap.com and Brews & Blasters joins shazbazzar and JediShua for a rousing discussion (and distractions) of this fun-filled film.

PLUS: Discover Star Trek connections with Jason Swank of Rebel Force Radio. Find out how Captain Kirk pronounces “sabotage”. Unveil the links between Big Trouble in Little China, The Golden Child, and Conan the Barbarian.  

In the NEWS…  
JediShua goes bonkers for a newly announced Netflix talk show with his hero Bill Nye.  Paul Meyers depresses shazbazzar with news about more TRON experiences on the other side of the globe. Rogue Friday will have a Midnight Madness at Toys ‘R’ Us.

Feedback
We open the mailbag for a couple of messages from EarBuds Armando and Chris.  And with more messages coming up next week, send us your #TechnoRetro memories via electronic-M (podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com) or via voicemail at (209)TR-TRDAD.  We want to hear from you!

Travel back to the ‘80s this week with Calgon, the California Raisins, Kool Aid, Mutual Fidelity Insurance of Sacramento, Star Trek II, TRON, Zuckuss, and 4-LOM (pronounced el-oh-im).  Your Monday morning will be better because you’re listening to TechnoRetro Dads.

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Since 1971, no childhood has been complete without meeting the gentle spirit in the strange and sadistic candy man as portrayed by Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Although the 2005 remake (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) is noted for being more faithful to the Roald Dahl novel, and Johnny Depp’s performance was intriguing and enjoyable, Gene Wilder will always be the face and voice of Willy Wonka for generations. This week, we remember the Music-Maker and the Dreamer of Dreams with his “Pure Imagination”.

Come with me and you'll see
In this world of Pure Imagination,
Our friend Gene has defied expectations!

If you think a smile is paradise,
Go into show world and show it —
Grin from ear to ear and grow it.
You can change the world, if you just know it.

There is no one I know
Who compares with Gene's imagination.
He’s the kind who’ll be kind ‘cause he wants to.

If you want to view paradise,
Simply look around and view it —
Anything you want to, do it.
Want to make the world?
There's nothing to it.

There is no life I know
To compare with Pure Imagination.
Living there, you’ll be free
If you truly wish to be.

In the NEWS…  
Marcia Brady puts on her dancing shoes to compete on Dancing with the Stars. NetFlix announces season two of Stranger Things. SuperFriend Michael Witwer becomes a dad — again!

We Love Our Cereal…
Go cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs while bouncing here and there and everywhere with Disney’s Gummy Bears in this week’s edition of the Cereal Gourmet.

SuperFriend Dave Dollar from The Deucecast…
The Deucecast Movie Show is striving to find the best movie year ever in an ongoing tournament, but Mikey, Pinky, and Dave have run into a snag: the vote is split (2:2) between 1982 and 1995. We invite D$ to make his best argument for 1995 over 1982 (even though we all know he has no argument) and announce the tie-breaking listener vote. JediShua and shazbazzar strongly endorse the candidacy of 1982 for this round in the tournament because of the longevity and significance of films such as TRON, E.T., The Dark Crystal, The Secret of NIMH, The Last Unicorn, Poltergeist, and many, many more. Vote this week on their Twitter feed, then watch their Facebook page and TheDeucecast.com for other voting opportunities. #Vote1982.

There are surprises around every corner on this week’s show with memories of innocence and the days of youth and an unhealthy dose of sugary sweetness — just what you need on Labor Day!

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Thirty-five years ago, Andrew Wyke (Sleuth) ruled Olympus, much to the chagrin of Professor McGonagall (Harry Potter) and that Bond Girl, while Michael Kuzak (L.A. Law) battled various Ray Harryhausen creatures to save Vicky Gordon (The Adventures of Black Beauty) from Ymir (20,000 Miles from Earth).  Clash of the Titans (1981) appealed to our appetite for more mythological movies while we awaited the third movie in the Star Wars saga.  JediShua and shazbazzar remember and revisit this classic movie from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and talk a bit about the more recent reboot as well as the short-lived line of toys.

 

In the NEWS…  

Weird Al voices the titular character in the upcoming Disney XD series, Milo Murphy’s Law.  Various rumors surround the Beastmaster reboot.  Star Wars Rebels Season 2 hits stores tomorrow.  The story behind the Curious George books is in development.  And SuperFriend and Concept Artist Paul Bateman introduces us to the most amazing D&D map ever created!

 

We Love Our Cereal…and shoes

Kith your hunger good-bye with a shoe full of cereal on Broadway in an upscale shoe store/cereal bar.  The ‘Dads heap tablespoons of stereotypes on the Millennials who, according to a recent study, find eating cereal to be “too much work” (Inside Indiana Business).
PLUS: Lucky Charms teams up with the Wacky Races for colorful fun for a dose of Saturday morning nostalgia in this week’s edition of the Cereal Gourmet.

 

Flashback Games TechnoRetro Flashback

Play Donkey Kong, Jr. with shazbazzar and JediShua at Flashback Games Retro Arcade & Grill as you celebrate the 25th anniversary of the initial release of Super Nintendo in America.

 

Fully Fictional History Lesson

Doc Brown and the townsfolk of Hill Valley (1885) feature heavily in this week’s History Lesson alongside Skynet and a legendary wizard’s first day at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

 

Feedback

New EarBud Hasan lends his thoughts about Transformers and school supplies in an electronic-M.  The Ska Geek, LionsForge, RaisingFangirls, and Chef Armando tweet #TechnoRetro greatness on social media.  Let us know what you’re thinking, too by sending us your messages via electronic-M to podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com or calling us at (209) TR-TRDAD or (209) 878-7323 right away!

 

Don’t miss out on the myths and mythters in this limping and lisping epithode of TechnoRetro Dads.  Remember the past and look forward to the future while laughing at the present in your Millennial Falcon or riding Pegasus the winged horse.  Just don’t look at Medusa’s Eyes! 

 

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Almost forty years after Disney introduced an invisible animated dragon into the small New England town of Passamaquoddy with snake oil salesmen and sloshed singing, Pete’s Dragon is rebooted with a friendly, fuzzy dragon in a lumber town in the northwest.  Chris Hamilton from Star Wars KidsCast joins shazbazzar and JediShua to remember the 1977 Disney musical.  But that’s not all!  From Falcor to the EberSisk, the ‘Dads fly through some of the most memorable dragons on screen over the past five decades.  Put on your purple wings, grab your Tic-Tac-Toe stick, and warm up your vocal chords for a time-traveling trip back in time to a memorable (whether cherished or not) movie from the minds of ‘70s kids.

 

In the NEWS…  

Ready Player One is in the news with a signature version of the book and pictures from the set of the movie in Birmingham (England, not Alabama).  John Williams confirms he’s working on Star Wars Episode VIII.  Clancy Brown wants to play an Egyptian Spanish peacock in the rumored reboot of Highlander.  The Batman animated movie with the voices of Adam West and Burt Ward is coming this November.  

 

We Love Our Cereal

USA Gymnasts will soon appear on boxes of Kellogg’s Special K while ice cream is flavored with cereal milk, and it sounds like it will be “licking the cone good!”  PLUS: a new segment is introduced as two captains team-up for a classic combination of great tastes in your bowl on your TV in the Cereal Gourmet.

 

Next week we will feature some feedback from EarBuds, new and old, so send us your messages via electronic-M to podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com or voice mail to (209) TR-TRDAD or (209) 878-7323 right away!

 

Your day won’t be draggin’ when you remember your favorite dragons from days gone by! 

 

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Lunchboxes, backpacks, Trapper Keepers, pencil cases, ornamental erasers, and a Little Professor calculator are but a few of the things you absolutely had to have when you went back to school after a summer of fun in the sun.  Start your work…er…uh…school week off right with 77 minutes of TechnoRetro Dads as we take a trip back in time to our own school days with essential supplies from the annual “Back to School” sale.

 

In the NEWS…  

Continue your education after school with an updated version of the ‘70s classic edutational PBS program The Electric Company, now on HBO (alongside Sesame Street) with a new cast featuring schools of superheroes.  Play Dungeons & Dragons online with your friends via Roll20 — a fully interactive and graphically-enhanced way of playing hundreds of classic role-playing games on the GRID (thanks for the heads-up, Sheldon).  The middle school kids from Hawkins may make their way into an 8-bit video game to bridge the gap between the first and second seasons of Stranger Things (thanks, Ryan, for this bit of info).  And, of course, everyone watched the Olympic Games in Rio last Thursday night to see Michael Phelps win another gold medal (while millions awaited the premiere of the latest Rogue One trailer).

 

We Love Our Cereal

We finally review and rate Tiny Toast according to the TechnoRetro Dads Official Cereal Connoisseur Rating System and find both flavors curiously sweet (shaz thinks they taste like Monster Cereals).  And speaking of Monster Cereals, in an election where you can actually vote in support of a candidate rather than against the one you feel is less qualified than the other, General Mills offers voters a real option online at MonstersVote2016.com.  Plus, Darth Taxus tweets some pics of new cereals hitting stores this month.

 

Back to School (1986)

JediShua and shazbazzar revisit Rodney Dangerfield’s Back to School (PG-13) featuring Sally Kellerman, Burt Young, Ned Beatty, Keith Gordon, M. Emmet Walsh, Sam Kinison, Robert Picardo, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., and Robert Downey, Jr.  A wealthy clothing entrepreneur decides to venture into the realm of academia as he enrolls in college with his son (that guy from Christine) and a young Tony Stark.  The laughs still resonate, but the color is certainly “off” in the vintage ‘80s style.

 

Celebrate the beginning of the school year with TechnoRetro Dads this Monday morning! 

 

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