TechnoRetro Dads (technoretro dads)

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Remember when rock stars recorded that actually told the plot of the movies?  From 1980’s Flash Gordon to the glut of mid-eighties “on-the-nose” theme songs for Back to the Future, Barry Gordy’s The Last Dragon, Footloose, and more, some of the biggest names in music lent their sound to describing themes and plots of movies in unforgettable lyrics.  Sometimes, we were even left wondering if songs like “Ghostbusters” actually existed in the fictional world on the silver screens (it could have been a jingle for their commercial, after all).  JediShua and shazbazzar welcome back SuperFriend Michael Witwer to explore some of the most glaring examples of plot-literal theme songs as performed by bands like Huey Lewis and the News, Queen, Cheap Trick, and Survivor.  Why don’t we still hear these today?

In the FAMILY CIRCLE, the ‘Dads take their kids to Space Camp, where an all-star cast of ‘80s regulars took a rather unlikely voyage to the stars.  With Kate Capshaw, Lea Thompson, Tom Skerritt, Larry B. Scott, and a breakout performance by a very young Joachin Leaf Phoenix, Space Camp celebrates its 30th anniversary in a very campy ‘80s way — complete with loads of Star Wars references.  

With NEWS about a live-action adaptation of a series of graphic novels and a Red Nose Day Holiday Special with The Walking Dead, your earbuds will blast you with memories of the past and hopes for the future in this extended edition of TechnoRetro Dads.

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It’s a three-day weekend for most folks in the USA as the country unites to honor those who sacrificed all for the cause of liberty and self-government, so shazbazzar and JediShua celebrate the occasion with Goose, Maverick, Iceman, and Merlin as these fighter aces take to the skies in Top Gun.  With Tom Cruise enjoying his early prime, Meg Ryan, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, and Anthony Edwards lead this all-star cast for the most profitable movie of 1986, and shazbazzar believes he knows why it was so popular with both men and women.  What do you think?  Is Top Gun an action movie or a chick flick?  Let us know!

The flying continues as the ‘Dads open the Star Wars Scrapbook to remember starships and flying toys from their childhood and today.  From X-Wings to TIE Fighters to Folded Flyers, the pilots in that galaxy far, far away had the machines to satisfy anyone’s need for speed.  

But there is more… lots more!  Angry Birds can be a fun distraction for the day, on your phone, tablet, or in the theater.  Just make sure you prepare yourself for the experience.  Keanu Reeves is attacked in 1897 before playing Wembley stadium with his band Wyld Stallyns in 2001 — on the same day that RoboCop was born.  And if those things don’t seem to fit together, you have a pretty good picture of what’s going on in our minds this week on TechnoRetro Dads.

In the NEWS, Ernie Cline and Steven Spielberg call for talented artists to submit their 3D avatar designs for Ready Player One.  Star Wars Celebration Tickets are scooped up by anxious fans — and a few lucky fans score some highly desirable VIP tickets (let’s hope that no one decides to scalp them).  The equally addictive, entertaining, and frustrating game TETRIS may soon find its way into movie theaters.  And the sounds of Kmart can now be found online thanks to the thoughtful preservation of a former employee.

Be sure to review TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes and chime in with your thoughts about Apple Jacks.  As always, you can be a part of TechnoRetro Dads by leaving a message at (209)TR-TRDAD or with an MP3 sent via electronic-M to podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com.

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After a couple weeks of Technological Issues, shazbazzar and JediShua are back in the saddle again.  Join the TechnoRetro Dads as they return to The Jungle Book to reminisce about Disney’s 1967 animated classic as well as make new memories with their families watching Disney’s brand-new live-action version.  Surrounded by elephants enjoying Peanuts on Boomerang, comical Monkees in music videos, high-scoring gorillas named after belligerent horse-like creatures, animated animals jamming in space, 8-Bit centipedes, and a rabbit that used to be a stormtrooper, this Monday morning is sure to be wild and (possibly) dangerous.

PLUS:  New reviews on iTunes give EarBuds a chance to win a signed copy of Ernest Cline’s latest novel, Armada.  So be sure to get on iTunes to rate and review TechnoRetro Dads (hopefully positively)!

Topping this NEWS-heavy episode off with a HISTORY LESSON that travels through time with Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, revisits the release of Star Wars in the long-anticipated 5-25-77, and follows the Earth Space Defense build-up as it has progressed since Independence Day.

If you want to know more about The Jungle Book and its various representations on the silver screen, you can check out shazbazzar’s latest TechnoRetro Connections on RetroZap.com.  From 1942 to 2016, Rudyard Kipling’s book has been represented and reimagined by movie makers for nearly seventy-five years.

And in the meantime, stay out of the jungle after 5:00 PM unless you want to risk being flattened.

Thanks for joining us for another visit to the fun and fandom of youth combined with eager expectations of the future in this episode of TechnoRetro Dads.

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Greetings, Programs!  

This week we retro'd TechnoRetro Dads with an idea introduced four years ago this week on the show.  With Summer Vacation just around the corner, we want to hear what games our EarBuds played when they were kids and games they're playing today.  Let us know!

But that's not all we're talking about.  No way!  Since JediShua's computer has been a bit on the fritz lately, shazbazzar enlisted a guest co-host for the Lazy Book Club segment.  In fact, he's the busiest member of the Lazy Book Club, because he always has to do the reading for other members.  Enter: Teddy Ruxpin, the bane of Brews & Blasters' existence -- a cuddly sweet Teddy from the '80s that talks to you...as long as his gears are working well and batteries hold out.  Teddy Ruxpin reads a children's story book from Pete's Dragon called The Best of Friends.  

PLUS: In the Star Wars Scrapbook, shazbazzar added his most recent collectible to his scrapbook with a recording of shazzyLuke's 8th Grade Spring Concert while JediShua reads along with the Star Wars Read Along Book & Record.

With summer knocking at the door, TechnoRetro Dads are getting ready to let the sunshine in with loads of fun from the past, mountains of hope for the future, and plenty of laughs in the present.

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It’s only May second, but May the Fourth is coming.  Be sure to choose your Star Wars ensemble wisely.  This week, shazbazzar and JediShua get ready for Captain America: Civil War by taking a peek at earlier incarnations of Captain America in movies and serials.  In a stunning revelation, JediShua discovers that the Captain America of today is often very different from the Captain America of the past.  He’s not even Steve Rogers!

Since this Friday marks the release of the latest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it seems only appropriate to dig into the attic and dust off some Marvel-centric toys from our childhood.  From The Incredible Hulk to Spider-Man and Secret Wars, the ‘Dads had a variety of MARVELOUS playthings from that era, and not all of them were action figures! 

In the NEWS, shazbazzar mentions a couple upcoming releases that EarBuds might find interesting: Jim Henson’s Labyrinth will be released in a special 30th anniversary edition in September and Jon Spira’s Star Wars documentary, Elstree 1976, will be available digitally this Friday.  JediShua notes that Sid and Marty Croft’s highly-anticipated reboot of Electra Woman and Dyna Girl is already available through a YouTube subscription service.

You can be a part of TechnoRetro Dads by leaving a message at (209)TR-TRDAD or with an MP3 sent via electronic-M to podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com.  PLUS: Share your opinions about Apple Jacks in our Cereal Challenge this month in the Facebook poll.

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Silly Rabbit!  Trix are for kids!  The poll results have been tallied and the more than sixty year-old cereal has divided the ‘Dads.  They told us never to talk money or politics, but who knew cereal could be so polarizing?  Discover whose taste buds didn’t appreciate the “fruity” taste of Trix.

And more tricks are in the lineup as shazbazzar and JediShua remember watching the likes of David Copperfield, Doug Henning, Lance Burton, and Harry Anderson when they were kids and give props to magical duos Penn & Teller and Siegfried & Roy.  Which tricks did you enjoy?  Did you have a magic kit when you were a kid?  Can you still read the back of a marked deck of cards?  Let us know via electronic-M to podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com.

JediShua pulls his red TONKA Jeep down out of the attic to reminisce about toy trucks.  Who doesn’t think of TONKA when remembering building roads in their sandbox or pushing big metal cars and trucks around their room?  With nods to Nylint and BuddyL, shazbazzar and JediShua take you on a trip down Memory Lane in the back of a green pickup truck pushed down the playground slide.

In the NEWS, Amazon Prime has a Thunderbirds reboot available now and Disney parks will eventually have an immersive Star Wars dining experience.  R.I.P. Colonel Hiller from Independence Day.

So pour yourself another bowl of Trix and invite that silly rabbit to listen in with you for a tasty treat this Monday morning!

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It’s TAX DAY in the U.S.A. and while for some, there is hope for a refund from the government, for most who have put off filing their taxes until today, it’s time to pay.  (Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.)

But speaking of NEWS, there has been so much #TechnoRetro News this week that we hardly have time to talk about anything else in this NEWSAPALOOZA episode!  

First, JediShua discovers an upcoming art book that EarBuds are sure to love.  The Art of Atari: From Pixels to Paintbrush is currently being developed by Tim Lapetino as a coffee table book featuring (hopefully) cover art from all 136 game boxes and labels commissioned over the years by Atari.

Next, shAbbeyzzar tweeted her ‘Dad a link to the trailer for this November’s return to J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  Not only do we get a glimpse of Newt Scamander and some American magic users, but Hutch from Kyle Newman’s FANBOYS is evidently featured prominently in the film.

SuperFriend Jovial Jay Shepard linked JediShua with an intriguing story about reboot of the Hanna-Barbera Universe.  With a Scooby-Doo animated film set to kick off the promising franchise, DC hopes to challenge Disney’s growing power at the box office with S.C.O.O.B. and more animated features with characters like Jonny Quest, Yogi Bear, and maybe even Space Ghost.

Of course, Star Wars is in the news with recent wins at the MTV Movie Awards, the original trilogy’s return to theaters via The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and the ongoing legal struggles George Lucas has with his proposed Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago.  Discover more from SuperFriend Michael Witwer at EmpireOfImagination.com and sign the petition at change.org.

With warmer weather just around the corner, Sperry hopes to help beach-goers and boaters look their best in a line of shoes inspired by Steven Spielberg’s JAWS.

T-Bird tweeted a bulletin announcing a job opportunity (volunteer only — no salary) with the Roald Dahl Museum in Buckinghamshire, England.  However, the ‘Dads can’t agree on the pronunciation of Buckinghamshire.  But that’s not news to EarBuds, is it?

David Dollar from The Deucecast Movie Show on RetroZap.com chimed in with a recently discovered Easter Egg in Mike Tyson’s Punchout.  For those still playing the nearly thirty year-old game, this clue will help you beat Piston Honda and Bald Bull.

Fans of Ernie Cline will be thrilled to hear about the latest contest that began last week with the paperback release of ArmadaPhaëton, a heretofore fictional video game is now playable online at PhaetonWasReal.com where players can compete to win real prizes, like patches for gamers’ jackets, copies of both of Cline’s novels, or a complete Oculus Rift VR setup with headset and Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog joystick.

With even more news from #TechnoRetro favorites like Animaniacs and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, you’re sure to find something to look forward to this year and in the future when you listen to TechnoRetro Dads!

If you find something that deserves our attention, tweet all about it (#TechnoRetro), post on Facebook, and rate/review the show on iTunes and Stitcher.  You can even leave us a voicemail at (209) TR-TRDad (209)878-7323 or record a message on your computer or phone and send us an electronic-M to podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com.  Be sure to take this month’s cereal challenge and let us know whether TRIX are just for kids.

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As those of us who didn’t purchase the digital download of Star Wars: The Force Awakens last Friday while away the hours until tomorrow, shazbazzar and JediShua recall Star Wars comics from 1986 — specifically the Droids comic books.  These bi-monthly continuations of Nelvana’s Droids cartoon (which sadly lasted only one season), were the final breaths of Star Wars in pop culture before the infamous “dark times” of the mid-late ‘80s.

The future is in the NEWS with tomorrow’s BluRay release of The Force Awakens, a 2019 release date for Indy 5, and an amazing holoportation device that is coming closer to the present than the far away dreams of tomorrow!  But we may have to wait for the 25th century to resolve the question of rights to Buck Rogers in court.  

PLUS:  Bike-riding FEEDBACK from EarBuds has been pouring in for two weeks on Twitter, Facebook, and via electronic-M.  So let your animalistic desires loose as you get down and dirty with the TechnoRetro Dads’ zany zoo.

We love to hear from our EarBuds! If you like what you hear, tweet all about it (#TechnoRetro), post on Facebook, and rate/review the show on iTunes and Stitcher.  You can even leave us a voicemail at (209) TR-TRDad (209)878-7323 or record a message on your computer or phone and send us an electronic-M to podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com.  Be sure to take this month’s cereal challenge and let us know whether TRIX are just for kids.

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Wake up from your sugar rush slumber to some great news and other noise from TechnoRetro Dads.  JediShua is living large with his summer plans (in spite of having a snow day in the middle of Spring Break) while shazbazzar bemoans the popular squishy Easter treats: Peeps. So whether you’re losing your sweet tooth or overdoing the jelly beans this week, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your craving for fun with your EarBuds with TechnoRetro Dads. 

In the NEWS:  We get out the correction tape on The Tick, a Dad documents his family’s struggle with his son’s terminal cancer in a video game,  and casting continues for Ready Player One (for better or worse), and the writer of The Martian has a short story added to the official RP1 canon. 

Tom Hanks and Shelley Long experience the joys of home ownership and remodeling in the 1986 film, The Money Pit…and it isn’t as easy as HGTV makes it look week after week.  In the classic physical comedy stylings of Tom Hanks, this movie may not win a major award, but the fun memories flow freely as the ‘Dads remember this movie from thirty years ago.

But it goes back even further, as shazbazzar brings his… not-quite-a Mr. Microphone down from the attic to broadcast his voice on any FM radio.  The premise was better than the presentation for little shaz in 1979, though, when his generic wireless microphone failed to achieve the same effects (and results) of the Mr. Microphone advertised on television. 

And, with the release of Batman v Superman, we reveal the winner of the “Battle of the Bowls” in this month’s cereal challenge.  Our EarBuds’ taste buds were seriously challenged with the task of choosing one over the other in the categories of crunch, flavor, appearance, and more.  

We love to hear from our EarBuds! If you want to leave us a voicemail, be sure to call us at (209) TR-TRDad or record a message on your computer or phone and send us an electronic-M to podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com.  

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Spring is here and the ‘Dads are a bit feverish to get outside and play in the warm sunshine.  Take a trip back to the carefree days of riding your bike with your friends from morning till night as shazbazzar and JediShua recall the bicycles of their youth.  Whether it was a Schwinn, Huffy, Murray, Free Spirit, or Kent, a bicycle was a two-wheeled ticket to freedom — even if you were restricted to simply riding around the block.  Bicycles could become anything you imagined, from horses to cars to X-Wings or TIE Fighters, and as we got older, our bikes carried us to friends houses, movie theaters, and even Carter Caves!  With the weather getting warmer, it’s time to get out your bike and ride.

PLUS: Entertainment is the NEWS this week!  Indy 5 has been announced with an expected release date in 2019 (since Spielberg is tied up in the OASIS with a certain futuristic film at the moment), shazbazzar speculates on Tim Burton’s anticipated sequel to Beetlejuice, and JediShua reveals Amazon’s plan to resurrect The Tick with Patrick Warburton, whom shazbazzar somehow confused with that guy who played Brisco County, Jr. and starred in Army of Darkness

Astronaut Scott Kelly stars in the TechnoRetro Dads’ SCIENCE LESSON as we discover the effects a year in space has on the body, as well as the impact of returning to Earth after twelve months away from gravity.  One impressive fact: you’ll come home taller than you were when you left!

Be sure to participate in the Battle of the Cereals with Batman v Superman cereals in this month’s TechnoRetro Cereal challenge on our Facebook page.  And if you want to leave us a voicemail, be sure to call us at (209) TR-TRDad or record a message on your computer or phone and send us an electronic-M to podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com.  

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