Enjoy Stuff: A TechnoRetro Podcast

Star Wars! If you've only seen it this way, then you haven't seen it at all. Luckily, in 1997 the Star Wars Trilogy - Special Edition returned to theaters and returned to our hearts. But this was much more than just a re-release! Jay and Shua look back at the anniversary of the biggest resurgence of a franchise in history!

 

Where were you in 1997? If you were like most of the world, you were standing in line to watch a 20 year old movie. The Star Wars - Special Edition not only gave us the beloved story back on the big screen, it also gave us a cleaned up look, experimental digital effects, and ‘a few new surprises’. This is the Star Wars Trilogy - Special Editon. 



News

-These two new Kit Kat flavors may be just what you’ve been looking for! 

-We are excited to share that a Quantum Leap reboot may actually happen! 

-Daniel Radcliffe is going to be playing Weird Al in a new movie (we’re not even kidding!) 

-Shane the Roving Spoonster found Jay’s long lost Beatles parodies

-Please consider helping some of our neighbors who lost their homes in the Marshall and Middle Fork fires in Colorado on December 30, 2021 [link]

 

What we’re Enjoying

Shua started the year by revisiting some favorite books. He’s been ‘lazy reading’ Ready Player One and Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline, which has prompted him to revisit all kinds of awesome things that were referenced in the story. Jay has been watching the mind-numbing, adult oriented action of John Cena’s Peacemaker on HBO Max. 



Enjoy Movies!

Star Wars celebrates the anniversary of yet another milestone; the release of the Star Wars Trilogy - Special Edition in 1997. But is a re-release of a movie really that big of a deal? You bet your sweet womp rat!

 

After the success of the re-releases, Lucas was able to do a ton of development which was focused on, but certainly not limited to, the prequel trilogy. 

 

What was different about the Special Edition (SE)? To begin with, they were able to clean it up significantly. 20 years of degradation of the film meant that we could lose the brilliant piece of art forever. Plus, the company developed new restoration techniques which paved the way for film companies to restore other films. 

 

Also, George used this as a chance to improve some things that he was never satisfied with because of budget or technology constraints. Some of these changes were exciting to fans, but some made them madder than a Wookiee losing a chess match. What did you think?

 

The boys share some stories of their experience with the SE back in ‘97. It made some memorable times in their lives, inspired them to get involved in fandom, and eventually led them to each other.  



Was your Star Wars fandom sparked by the Special Editions? Did you join the throngs of people lining up to revisit an old movie? Let us know. Come talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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Dream a little dream with Jovial Jay and Shua as they dive into the subconscious of Dream Movies.  

 

Grab a glass of warm milk and get comfortable under that blanket because we are about to explore your mind. Movies that involve movies can sometimes get a little trippy. Do you believe what you see? Let’s look into the world of dream movies. 



News

-What genre fits with giant mechanized robots more than any others? Musicals, of course! And now there’s a Gundam musical just for you!

-Looking to ditch those annoying headphones? Well, get ready for completely invisible ones! 

-We say goodbye to the beloved Betty White and a bevy of other celebrities who we’ve lost this year already. 

-Please consider helping some of our neighbors who lost their homes in the Marshall and Middle Fork fires in Colorado on December 30, 2021 [link]

 

What we’re Enjoying

Who’s Jay gonna call? Ghostbusters! The boys finally got around to watching Ghostbusters: Afterlife and they were pleased. It was a nice combination of homage and new blood. After watching the Hawkeye series on Disney+, Shua wanted to check out the classic comic series by Matt Fraction that inspired so much of the show. Great art, story, and characters.



Enjoy Movies!

What are dreams? Well, according to the Sleep Foundation, “Dreams are images, thoughts, or feelings that occur during sleep.” There’s a lot of speculation about why we dream, but there’s no arguing that the idea makes for a great movie-making opportunity. Let’s take a look at Dream Movies!

 

Dreams with actual dreaming-

A classic movie with dreams as the central plot is the 1984 Dennis Quaid thriller Dreamscape. It explored the idea that some could go into your mind with you to control your dreams and even kill you! The same year, Nightmare on Elm Street looked at it from an even scarier point of view. Films like Wizard of Oz and Brazil tell stories that connect our dreams to reality. And Inception created dreams within dreams to give Leonardo DiCaprio opportunities to make us question what we’re seeing. 

 

Daydreaming-

But you don’t have to be asleep to let dreams affect the way you behave. Ralphie daydreamed about his Red Ryder BB gun until his dream finally came true (and his mother’s nightmare that he’d shoot his eye out). And The Secret Life of Walter Mitty showed how daydreams can be both dangerous to your mental health but also inspiring. 

 

Was it actually a dream?-

Some of the most thrilling dream movies make us wonder if we’re watching reality or that character’s subconscious dealing with a crazy world. Did Quaid really save Mars in Total Recall? Was Neo really plugged into the Matrix? And did George Bailey ever really exist in Bedford Falls, or is It’s A Wonderful Life just a bunch of bunk?!

 

Grab your Teddy and snuggle up with Jay and Shua as we take a trip around the world and back, and explore the world in your mind. 

 

What dream movies do you enjoy? Got any dreams that would make a good movie? Let us know. Come talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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Come Together as Jay and Shua Get Back to where they once belonged with memories, history, and influence of the Beatles on Enjoy Stuff. 

 

This week we share our admiration and influence of the Fab Four. For many years Beatles music has been inspiring musicians and fans with their groundbreaking performances. 



News

-George Harrison’s My Sweet Lord gets Star Studded music video

-Apparently George Jetson was born in 2022 

-Please consider helping some of our neighbors who lost their homes in the Marshall and Middle Fork fires in Colorado on December 30, 2021 [link]

 

What we’re Enjoying

The end of the year brought us a little time off to catch up with some fun stuff. Shua and his family had a great time in Anaheim, California at Disneyland and California Adventure. Plus, he watched Encanto and the latest season of Cobra Kai season 4. Jay has been immersing himself in all things Spider-Man in preparation for No Way Home. And he’s been experimenting with art on his Affinity program. 



Enjoy Music!

The Beatles are generally regarded as one of the greatest musical artists of the 20th century. For Jay and Shua, despite the fact that they had broken up before either of them were born, they became an important influence in their life. 

 

The guys look at the cultural impact of the Beatles throughout their history, while discussing their discography. And they share how the boys from Liverpool made a difference in their lives. 

 

Throughout their relatively short history, they made twelve Albums

  1. Please Please Me - March 22, 1963
  2. With The Beatles - November 22, 1963
  3. A Hard Day's Night - July 10, 1964
  4. Beatles For Sale - December 4, 1964
  5. Help! - August 6, 1965
  6. Rubber Soul - December 3, 1965
  7. Revolver - August 5, 1966
  8. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - May 26, 1967
  9. The Beatles (The White Album) - November 22, 1968
  10. Yellow Submarine - January 17, 1969
  11. Abbey Road - September 26, 1969
  12. Let It Be - May 8, 1970
  1. Believe it or not, they made five movies
    1. A Hard Day's Night
    2. Help!
    3. Magical Mystery Tour
    4. Yellow Submarine
    5. Let It Be
    6. Plus Get Back (3-part documentary on Disney+)

 

Do you enjoy the Beatles? What stories do you have? Let us know. Come talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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Join Jay and Shua as they look back at 2021. There was plenty to indulge in, from movies, TV, and the premiere of our brand new podcast! Come along with us as we remember how to find the fun in everything, and how to Enjoy Stuff!

 

Despite all the challenges in the world, we certainly hope that 2021 has been good to you. If it seems like it may have left something to be desired, we try to look back on all the things that made us smile. This was 2021. 



News

-We said goodbye to Monkee, Michael Nesmith and designer of NES and Super NES

Masayuki Uemara.

-The Library of Congress just inducted some really cool movies this year

-A new Toys R Us megastore is now here!

 

What we’re Enjoying

Jay has been catching up on some fun holiday movies on his extra time off. Did it help to make a fun Christmas? Shua and his family are currently wrapping up their Christmas in Disneyland. He’ll post some reports on social media. 



Enjoy Everything!

We say goodbye to 2021 by looking back at a bunch of cool stuff that has happened. 

 

Movies: The Green Knight, Jungle Cruise, and the return of amazing Marvel movies were some notable pieces of entertainment. Some were worthy of returning to a theater, and some were enjoyed right in our homes. 

 

TV: Ted Lasso, Resident Alien, and The Mandalorian were only 3 shows on a long list of awesomeness. And the great thing is, there are so many more to come. 

 

Podcasts:  We said goodbye to good friends and a fun history when TechnoRetro Dads came to an end after 8 years. But in May we returned with Enjoy Stuff and are making new kinds of fun with more plans in the future. Jay signed off of Jedi Journals after 11 years of history-making Star Wars literature content. But he fired up some great Sci-Fi articles and a fantastic website called MCU Location Scout. 

 

Personal Lives: Graduations, college, anniversaries. All the kinds of personal stuff you might expect from 2 dads. But we also started to see some positive results from getting in shape. Jay has actually become a runner! Shua turned the big ‘five-oh’ this year, and he did it by travelling out to see Jay in person! All this and more defined a year like no other. 

 

So many great things took place in yet another challenging year for the world. We are so grateful that you chose to take us along through your year. 

 

Were you able to find some good in 2021? What stood out to you? Let us know. Come talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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It's Claus vs Claus on this week's Enjoy Stuff! Who emanates the most Christmas spirit. Jay and Shua look at 16 Santas from TV and Movies in a competitive bracket to determine the top 2021 Santa Claus. 

 

Let’s get ready to Jiiiiiiiiiiingle! Jay and Shua rank Santa Claus based on a variety of traits to crown this year’s top Kris Kringle. 



News

-This is the week to grab those Froot Loops candy canes

-Have you been enjoying your holiday cereals? We talk about the kind of variety you can find on the grocery shelves this year. 

-Last minute shopper? We have a few retro ideas for you.



What we’re Enjoying

Shua got a couple early Christmas gifts this year. He has been trying to beat his high score on the new Arcade1Up TRON machine he received from his amazing wife. And speaking of amazing, he opens up his gift from Jay on the show and it was a great surprise. Jay has been revisiting all the Spider-Man movies so he was ready when Spider-Man: No Way Home came out last week. 



Enjoy Christmas

The ultimate showdown of Clauses happens here! As Master Blaster once said, “Who runs Christmas Town? Santa Claus runs Christmas Town!” Check out the rankings below and listen to the show for the final results. 

 

Who do you think is the best Santa?  Let us know. Come talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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Get in the holiday spirit with Jay and Shua on a special, festive, musical episode of Enjoy Stuff. 

 

When Jay finds out that the AT-AT he wished for one past Christmas is now within his grasp, he and Shua hop in the ‘76 Chevy Vega and head to the North Pole. But will they make it before Christmas? It’s time to Enjoy some Christmas music to get in the spirit of the holidays on the 2021 Enjoy (Stocking) Stuff(-er).



Songs Featured

Merry Christmas Everyone- Shakin Stevens 

The Monkees - Christmas Is My Time Of Year (1976 Fan Club Mix)

Brian Setzer - Jingle Bells 

Mel Blanc Christmas Chopsticks

A Muppet Family Christmas - Sleigh Ride

Seth MacFarlane - Little Jack Frost Get Lost

Tom Lehrer Christmas Song

Jingle Jangle - The Penguins

William Shatner - Feliz Navidad

Miley Cyrus & Bill Murray - Sleigh Ride (A Very Murray Christmas)

Never do a Tango with an eskimo - Alma Cogan

The Royal Guardsmen - Snoopy's Christmas

Duck The Halls - Jing-a-Ling-a-Ling

77 Santas - Glenn Miller Orchestra

Yoda Baby - Mega Couch Media

Star Wars: The Mandalorian Theme x Carol of The Bells - Samuel Kim Music

Spirit of Christmas -  Christmas Chronicles 2 - Kurt Russell

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our Earbuds! Come talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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If Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer doesn’t shine bright enough for you and It’s A Wonderful Life isn’t so wonderful, maybe you just need an alternate way to get into the holiday season. This week we dive off the Nakotomi Plaza right into unconventional Christmas movies. 

 

What makes a Christmas movie a Christmas movie? Everyone likes to Enjoy Stuff around the holidays. But taste is a broad spectrum. While some enjoy wall-to-wall Christmas plot, others find the fun in movies that may have just a pinch of gingerbread sprinkled in. 



News

-We’ve got the Breakin’ action figures you’ve been waiting for since 1984!

-The Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes are getting the “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” treatment on December 7



What we’re Enjoying

The Beatles are on the minds of Jay and Shua. Shua broke out some of his old Beatles vinyl albums and has really enjoyed the nostalgic feel of the limitations of albums. It’s been very therapeutic. Jay indulged in the hours long epic Peter Jackson Beatles documentary, Get Back on Disney+. If you’re a Beatles fan, it is worth checking out.  



Enjoy Movies

For the last few years people have been debating whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie. So the TechnoRetro Dads break it down once and for all. 

 

We look at a plethora of films that have some kind of connection to the holidays. Whether they take place around Christmas or they just have a scene where Mel Gibson beats someone up with a Christmas tree, we look at some unconventional films that fit many people’s holiday tradition bill. 

 

Do you Enjoy any of the films on our list? Did we miss some? Let us know. Come talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

 

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Pull down the cardboard boxes of tinsel and get ready to increase your electric bill because it is time to decorate! This week the TechoRetro Dads take a look at the history of holiday decorating and what we do on this festively glowing episode of Enjoy Stuff.

 

Deck the halls with boughs of holly, strings of lights, and all the gaudy accoutrement you can find. Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to decorate for the holidays. But how long have people been celebrating by going over the top? Jay and Shua take a look at the very, very long history of holiday design. 



News

-We rundown a bunch of the cool things that have come out in the last couple weeks from movies to TV

-Ridley Scott says he’s working on a Blade Runner TV series

-”Oh Noooooooooo!” You may want to get rid of that Kool-Aid



What we’re Enjoying

Jay watched the mind bending Edgar Wright film Last Night in Soho. It’s a fun thriller/horror film with some pretty cool effects. And there’s a fun twist at the end that may surprise you. Shua has been playing a new game that combines the technology of today’s phone apps and yesterday’s 8-bit football, with Retro Bowl. 



Enjoy Life

It’s time to deck the stuff with all you can find. But do you realize that people have been decorating for holidays for seven centuries? 

 

First we take a look at the history of some of the most iconic decorations throughout history, such as the Christmas tree and Christmas lights. Where did they start and how have they changed?

 

Next, we talk about movies where decorating was an important part of the story. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation has been inspiring crazy dads to blow fuses for many years. How much would something like that cost you?

 

Danny DeVito took decorating to unheard of levels in the movie Deck the Halls, also starring Matthew Broderick. Do you have enough lights to be seen from space?

 

Other films have been using decorating for plot devices too. Edward Scissorhands, Christmas with the Kranks, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and more.



Do you decorate for the holidays? Are you the envy of the neighborhood? Let us know. Come talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

 

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with the TechnoRetro Dads as they think about all of the wonderful things in their life that they are thankful for and what makes them happy. There's never been a better time to find the fun in everything.  

 

Life can be pretty rough for everyone.  But we bet you have some things or people in your life that help to make it a little bit better place.  During this Thanksgiving week we hang out and remember the things we can appreciate even in the toughest times, and have some laughs along the way. 



News

-Let’s meet the cast of the new Disney+ Willow series! 

-A Buckaroo Banzai sequel novel is now available to catch up with what the rock n roll surgeon has been up to

-Ready for a TechnoRetro Christmas movie? Check out 8-Bit Christmas, releasing on November 24 

-Rest in peace, Al. Quantum Leap’s Dean Stockwell passes away.



What we’re Enjoying

Shua can’t get enough of the eccentric positivity of Jeff Goldblum on his documentary series The World According to Jeff Goldblum. Check it out on Disney+. Jay has been getting the Led out as he revisits Led Zeppelin IV 50th Anniversary. Plus, he found a really cool graphic novel, illustrating a great genre; The History of Science Fiction: A Graphic Novel



Enjoy Life

This week, in America, people will be celebrating Thanksgiving. We love this time of year because it helps us to remember the great things in our life. Come join us as we thank the friends and family that have made a positive difference in our lives.  

 

Plus, we have some fun with some classic movies and tv shows that we love revisiting this time of year.



We hope you have the opportunity to have a pleasant Thanksgiving, no matter where you live or who you can be with.  And if you want to hang out with us and other Earbuds, come talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

 

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There's no better time to celebrate a day of peace and harmony. November 17 is Life Day. Jay and Josh celebrate the silliest Star Wars creation with the silliest Enjoy Stuff ever. Let's find ways to have fun with the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special on Enjoy Stuff!

 

Come with us back in time as we find the fun in everything, even the Star Wars Holiday Special! On this year’s Life Day, we remember some of the crazy scenes and situations we experienced on November 17, 1978 and have a little fun with them. With characters, situations, and sounds from the special, and a few parodies thrown in for good measure. Plus, the iconic Happy Life day song from High Adventure. This is the Enjoy Stuff: Star Wars Holiday Special Special!

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Take a journey through time, and the wild mind of Terry Gilliam in Time Bandits! 40 years ago, this film captured imaginations and created a fantasy time travel tale like nothing you've ever seen. Let's search for the most fabulous object in the world as we Enjoy Stuff!

 

Grab the map before the Supreme Being catches up with us! We are off on the original time heist with Kevin, the unsuspecting kid that gets swept up in the excitement of history while trying to talk some sense into God’s wayward assistants. This is Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits. 



News

-Boston Dynamics Teaches Spot to Dance like Mick Jagger 

-Golden Grahams Creamer? Absolutely

-Arthur Fonzerelli’s Jacket, from Happy Days, is up for Auction 

-If you haven’t checked out the trailer for Lightyear, do it!  It’s awesome!



What we’re Enjoying

Prithee, have thou heardst of Ian Doesher’s book, Get Thee Back to the Future? It’s another in the Shakespearian series of pop culture presented in the language of the Bard. Shua has been enjoying the full casted audio presentation of the classic story of Marty, Doc, and the Delorean. Jay’s classic earworm has been working overtime as he has been enjoying listening to the iconic Fleetwood Mac album Rumours. It’s great music, but it’s also amazingly deep. 



Enjoy Movies

In 1981 Terry Gilliam directed his third film. Penned by Monty Python partner Michael Palin, the idea was to present a story told from the point of view of a kid. Literally. A low-angle point of view. But Gilliam believed a child couldn’t hold the movie alone, so he cast a troupe of little people to be the greedy bandits. 

 

They were certainly no slouches either. David Rappaport (Randall), Malcolm Dixon (Strutter), Mike Edmunds (Og), Jack Purvis (Wally), R2-D2’s Kenny Baker (Fidgit), and more! Many were alumni of the Star Wars movies, and all had fun personalities for this crazy ride.

 

Plus, the historical figures were talented actors in their own right. Ian Holme plays Napolean at the end of the French Revolution. Michael Palin and Shelly Duvall play star crossed lovers across time periods. John Cleese plays Robin Hood, the leader of Merry Men you would’t expect. And the legendary Sean Connery plays King Agamemnon. 

 

In an appropriate bit of casting, the very British Ralph Richardson reveals himself as God. And TRON’s nasty villain Sark, played by David Warner, gets to antagonize all of them as the Evil Genius.   

 

With a strong cast, you already have a foundation for a great performance, but the story was so original and fun as well. It’s really more of an interesting coming-of-age story more than a time travel one. And with a surprisingly dark and mysterious ending, it will keep you thinking too. 

  

Have you experienced Time Bandits? Talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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Stuff. Enjoy Stuff. Join Jay and Shua as they look back on the long, action-packed history of your favorite British secret agent, James Bond. You'll be in double-o heaven as we Enjoy Stuff!

 

What’s a Bond movie that you can Enjoy? We like “Dr. No Time to Live and Let Die Another Daylights” Whether you’re into the fifties, manly-standard Connery fan, or prefer the gritty realism of Craig, there’s something for many tastes in the Bond universe. Jay and Shua remain shaken, but not stirred on Enjoy Stuff



News

-The World of Jeff Goldblum returns to Disney+ for a second season next week. 

-A copy of Dragon Magazine has recently been uncovered showing D&D stats for cartoon characters. 



What we’re Enjoying

Jay thought the new Denis Villaneuve film Dune is a great interpretation of the book, and a visually stunning movie. Have you seen it? What did you think? Shua has been obsessed with old Monkees TV episodes on YouTube.  They’re always good for a laugh. 



Enjoy Movies

The first James Bond movie came out in 1962. While it certainly wasn’t the first time Bond had come to life, it inserted the character into the mainstream for everyone to experience. 

 

Sean Connery’s Bond in Dr. No began some of the classic Bond expectations, and then built on in the next few movies. We saw gadgets, his Astin Martin, and of course his favorite drink, a martini, shaken, not stirred (because we’re not cavemen!).

 

After a few movies Sir Sean was getting a little bored of the part and was replaced with George Lazenby, everyone’s favorite Bond. ….Just kidding. It was definitely a departure that wasn’t as well received, so Connery returned for Diamonds are Forever. 

 

But he was really, really finished after that. He would NEVER, absolutely NEVER play Bond again. (At least that’s what we say) Roger Moore became the Bond a lot of people grew up with and he made it his own. He made more Bond movies than any other actors, still to this day. 

 

Of course, Connery would return one more time in 1983, in the Never Say Never Again, the same year Moore’s Octopussy came out. But both of them were favoring prune juice to martinis by then, and Timothy Dalton took over for a couple films. 

 

At the time, some didn’t care for his portrayal, but they have grown a following over time. But eventually, a fan-favorite choice named Pierce Brosnan took over for four films. While the films may have lacked a few things people expected from Bond,  he definitely made his mark until a Bond for the 21st century took over.

 

Daniel Craig rebooted the whole universe with Casino Royale in 2006. His grittier, more realistic Bond really connected with a lot of fans and he ended up with 5 films, all closely connected up to this year’s release of No Time to Die.  

 

Are you a fan of 007? Who could take over in the future? Could it be someone that is different than what we’ve seen before? Talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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What are the scariest movies you've seen? Zombies, haunted houses, werewolves....what is it that gets your heart pumping? Jay and Shua crossover with 31 Days of Horror to talk about what keeps them up at night on Enjoy Stuff.

 

Jay and Shua compile a list of the movies that keep them up at night but are still fun. This week’s Enjoy Stuff looks at all sub-genres of horror and which films rise (backside up) to the top. 



News

-Mel Brooks’s History of the World part 2 will finally show us more of what we imagine real history to be

-Toy catalogs may be a little different, but Amazon sent one this year that remind us of all the nostalgic fun of making your holiday list. 

-Speaking of toys, the Fisher Price Chatter Telephone can now make real phone calls.



What we’re Enjoying

Shua learned a lot about an actor he’s always admired in Val. It’s an emotional no-holds-barred documentary about Val Kilmer put together from hundreds of hours and years of personal video footage. Jay has tried to cleanse his horror film binge watching by revisiting two classics: Chinatown and The Two Jakes with Jack Nicholson. 



Enjoy Movies

Some movies are memorable because of the intense screaming we experience when watching them. Jay and Shua compile a list of their favorite scare fests. 

 

An American Werewolf in London has made a big impression on both the guys. And it’s created some scary moments during their childhood. (Plus a few nightmares)

 

Jay likes the suspense and drama of movies like The Shining and Phantasm. Shua gets his scary kicks from more modern day films like The Sixth Sense and Get Out.

 

Another couple movies that define Jay’s taste include some outer space aspects such as Alien, or John Carpenter’s classic The Thing. Shua prefers the humor in the horror remake/spoof Young Frankenstein. 

 

No matter what your taste is, sometimes you can have fun with a little adrenaline. Scary movies can bring us together and create a few laughs, along with the shouts. 

 

What are your scariest movies? Do you like haunted houses or aliens? Talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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Halloween costumes are one of the favorite activities for Halloween, but where did the tradition come from? Jay and Shua look at the history of costumes and look back at some of their favorites. Join us for the Halloween season as we Enjoy Stuff!

 

Let’s look at the rich and creepy history of Halloween costumes. From the early days when goat heads were trending to this year’s favorite from Squid Game we snap on the rubber band and get prepared to sweat all night on our face. Get dressed up with us and Enjoy Stuff!



News

-The Movies That Made Us Season 3 is now showing on Netflix with some great movie choices

-William Shatner has successfully completed a brief trip to space, making him the oldest person in space ever!

-The Beatles: Get Back premieres on Disney+ on November 25

-The TRON Machine has officially been announced and will be available for pre-order Tuesday October 19



What we’re Enjoying

Jay really enjoyed the Muppets Haunted Mansion Halloween special on Disney+. It had some great Muppet humor along with some great references to the Disney ride and some fun celebrity appearances. Shua revisited a book he bought in 2010 called Earth (The Book) A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race by Jon Stewart and his crew at the Daily Show. It’s a planet sized parody of life as we know it. 



Enjoy Halloween!

Halloween costumes have been around for longer than you may realize. Since the days of the Samhain Celtic festival people have been pretending to be something else for reasons ranging from warding off evil spirits to scamming people out of candy. 

 

As humans continued to pretend to become smarter and wiser, the tradition of costuming also continued. But it evolved into terrifying acts of pranking from young boys and ultimately a commercially successful tradition starting in the 50’s when parents fought back the violence with bribery.  

 

Once adults realized they could keep kids from digging up corpses for fun, the costume rage grew exponentially. Each decade brought new costume trends. Clowns turned into pop culture icons and spooky legends like witches, vampires, and Hulk Hogan continued to be timeless favorites.  

 

Jay and Shua reminisce about some of their most memorable costumes from the past. Werewolves, buccaneers, and Star Wars of course left a lasting memory on the guys. 

 

What is the wildest costume you’ve come up with? Which one made the biggest impression? What’s a costume you’ve seen that you’d love to be able to try? Talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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Classic horror movies were the foundation of a scream inducing movie genre. This week Jay and Shua discuss movies from the 31 Days of Horror articles and how they defined what was to come. Join us as we Enjoy horror movies

 

Since cinema was invented, filmmakers have been trying to make their audiences scream. The Horror genre is still going strong today, but where did all the ideas come from. This week we look at some of the classics that defined the genre and how it has evolved to what it is today. 



News

-Check out these Kellogg’s action figures from Plastic Meatball

-William Shatner is heading to space for real!

-The latest cereal to be inspired by other food is Wendy’s Frosty Breakfast Cereal

-This amazing Ghostbuster projection display will make you want to trick-or-treat at this house in California



What we’re Enjoying

Shua finally got around to watching the Disney live action remake Cruella. He liked it fine, but what really stood out to him was the soundtrack. The eclectic mix of punk, rock, covers, and new songs are a fun playlist to listen to this autumn. Jay read some cool comic biographies, The Twilight Man: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television and Lugosi: The Rise and Fall of Hollywood’s Dracula both by Koren Shadmi and published by Life Drawn. It’s a new, fun way to learn about a couple of important men in Hollywood. 



Enjoy Movies

Filmmakers in the early days of Hollywood recognized that audiences love to be scared. And the idea quickly evolved into movies that have defined the genre even today. 1931’s Dracula with Bella Lugosi created some important characteristics of vampires that might just save your life today, (if you happen to run into a vampire). The movie’s popularity quickly spawned another story when the cinematic version of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, giving us a Boris Karloff monster that has inspired hundreds of future stories.

 

Universal kept riding the wave with the Mummy (1932) and The Wolf Man (1941). It wasn’t too long before master filmmakers like Alfred Hitchcock were honing the craft of the scare. Psycho is not only one of the best scary movies, but one of the best overall movies of all time. 

 

But many of the ones on our list were likely never intended to be classics, or inspirations. Nevertheless, we began to see branches of horror movies about zombies, possession, haunted houses, and psycho killers. (Qu'est-ce que c'est?) Night of the Living Dead, Rosemary’s Baby, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Friday the 13th are just a few. 

 

Do you like classic horror movies? What are some of your favorites? Turn on a classic and join us on Enjoy Stuff

 

Be sure to check out Jay’s articles, “31 Days of Horror” on RetroZap.com. Talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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Zoinks! It's a g-g-ghost! Oh, nope, it's Scooby Doo and the gang. For more than 50 years these eternally young teenagers have been solving mysteries and catching bad guys. Jay and Shua take a look at the history of one of the most legendary cartoons ever on Enjoy Stuff. 

 

Hey Scoob, is that a Spooky Space Kook or is it a Ghost Clown? Whatever the villain, Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma are sure to catch them. Scooby Doo has been a staple for generations. What has kept them going? Who were the best bad guys? And where are the Scooby snacks?



News

-What did you think of the new Stranger Things trailer?

-Muppet Haunted Mansion is coming to Disney+ this week!

-The new Cobra Kai Season 4 reveals a release date of December 31!

-We have a new high scorer for the arcade game Pole Position

-AMC Theaters are hosting surprise horror movies in October

-Would you like a Babylon 5 reboot? It’s coming from original series creator J. Michael Straczynski




What we’re Enjoying

Jay is digging the Hulu series Y the Last Man, based on the comic books. Do you think you could survive a world with only one dude? Just in case it might happen, you may want to watch this series. Shua has been revisiting an art book he got a few years ago. Cartoon Modern by Amid Amidi discusses the modernist 50s animation that was so popular in that decade. It’s a collection of beautiful, abstract cartooning. 



Enjoy Cartoons

In 1969 Joe Ruby and Ken Spears came up with a premise for a show that was inspired by Abbot and Costello scary movies. The cartoon wasn’t all that original, but it was well done and it sure was fun!

 

Scooby Doo, Where Are You? Was the first series, but it spawned dozens of follow ups. Still, those originals are beloved by generations. Even the clunky animation and repetitive plot structure didn’t deter us from tuning in for years and years. 

 

The New Scooby Doo movies brought in famous characters and actors into the world of Scooby. These longer episodes crossed over into other worlds and sometimes introduced us to people we may not have known, like Mama Cass Elliot or Don Knotts. Batman and Robin stopped by and even the Harlem Globetrotters.

 

Sometimes Shaggy and Scooby set off on their own, and occasionally had to drag Scrappy along. These series may not have been as memorable, but it kept Scooby on people’s TV. 

 

Sometimes the gang were depicted as young kids, sometimes more intricately animated, and sometimes they became post-apocalyptic zombie hunters. Eventually, their iconic status brought them to the live action movie screen. 

 

These meddling kids continue to drive around in their Mystery Machine and solve mysteries, and we’re confident they’ll be entertaining us for years to come.

 

What’s your favorite version of Scooby Doo? Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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Think more about a sustainable way to approach life and share some of our tips to take some of the stress out of your life. This week we talk about mindfulness in the things we enjoy. Come on a fun journey with Jay and Shua as we Enjoy Stuff! 

 

Come with us, leave yesterday behind and take a giant step outside your mind. Jay and Shua look into mindfulness this week. 



News

-Turkey Dinner and other new candy corn varieties are here for Halloween

-Build-A-Bear Workshop Launches Online-Exclusive Beetlejuice Plush

-‘The Thing’ Board Game back in Stock at Mondo

-‘Flight Of The Navigator’ Reboot In The Works At Disney With Bryce Dallas Howard Directing & Producing

-Ikea has some cool, TRON-like gaming furniture

-Is the TRON Arcade1Up cabinet coming October 20?

-General Mills Releasing New Apple Pie Toast Crunch Cereal For the Holidays





What we’re Enjoying

Shua took his own advice and started a rewatch of the classic sci-fi series Buck Rogers. It’s exactly what he didn’t know he needed right now. Jay revisited a retro Jackie Chan movie called ‘Wheels on Meals’. Sounds like they’re in the mood for some action and cheesy humor.  



Enjoy Life

Are you grateful for the things in your life? Do you experience your day with mindfulness? How have movies made a difference with the way you see the world? Jay and Shua examine what helps them. 

 

Jay shares a recent Eddie Murphy movie called A Thousand Words. Murphy’s character learns how his words and the way he views the world can really make a difference in people’s lives. Hopefully none of us has to be spiritually connected to a tree to learn about ourselves. 

 

Bill Murray showed us that it takes a lot of work to get things right. And even then, it may come down to how you view the world. Have you found yourself in a destructive pattern?

 

The Truman Show helped us understand that we can learn things from watching other people. They’re triumphs and tragedies can teach us valuable lessons. Question your place in everything and you may just find yourself, even if it is a little scary. 

 

And the classic Tom Hanks existential trip Joe Vs The Volcano reminds us to see the world as a big and wonderful place, and not as something that’s holding us down. These movies and so many more have helped to shape and influence us throughout our life. 

 

What entertainment has made a positive difference in your life? Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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Shiver me timbers! International Talk Like a Pirate day inspires Jay and Shua to pick a pirate for any mood. Movies, theme park rides, baseball teams; what kind of pirate are you? Drink up me hearties and Enjoy Stuff! 



Yo ho, yo ho! It’s a pirate’s life this week on Enjoy Stuff. We look at a bunch of movies, plus some other fun ways you can channel your inner Blackbeard or Jack Sparrow

 

“CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow!”

 

Sorry, Captain Jack Sparrow. Hoist anchor and join us on the poop deck of piracy. Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day, by finding a pirate movie for any mood. Plus, some other ways to get some booty. 



News

-Creepy ’80s Toy Teddy Ruxpin is getting his own movie!

-Picard renewed for Season 3 and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds gives us the Captain Pike series people have been looking forward to

-The Pinball museum has fire sale



What we’re Enjoying

Jay reaches another fitness milestone as he runs a virtual 5k. It’s like the OASIS, and healthy too! Shua’s weekly pleasure has a bit more sugar as he finally finds grape flavor Big League Chew bubble gum. At least he’s exercising his mouth. 



Enjoy Movies

Pirating takes many forms, but we love seeing them in movies. Hollywood has been cranking out buccaneer flicks for more than 100 years. It has developed into it’s own genre. 

 

Want some vintage pirate history? Check out the classic Errol Flynn movie Captain Blood. Or see how Walt Disney himself interpreted those mutineers in Peter Pan or Treasure Island. Or a later modern day telling of Blackbeard’s Ghost.

 

But they’re not all really bad eggs. Peter Pan, Muppet Treasure Island, and Pirates: Band of Misfits give the whole family something to laugh at.

 

If you want some music while you sit in the crow’s nest, how about the Pirates of Penzance? Or maybe some inappropriate Monty Pythonesque humor in Yellowbeard or the questionable 80’s story of Ice Pirates.

 

It may look a little different, but we still think the Goonies and Princess Bride qualify as pirate movies. But the first one most people think of these days is the Pirates of the Caribbean with Johnny Depp’s quirky Captain Jack Sparrow.

 

Movies aren’t the only way to be a beggar and blighter. You could ride the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in the Disney parks. Or enjoy a baseball game in Pittsburgh. Or catch a documentary learning the truth about the out of work merchant sailors.

 

Do you kidnap and ravage and don’t give a hoot? Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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TV in the 70's had its share of Sci-Fi even before Star Wars. Some of it may have been cheesy and kitschy, but it was loads of fun! Jay and Shua find a treasure trove of Disco-ey science fiction and don their sparkly bell bottoms on Enjoy Stuff

 

Did you grow up in the 70’s? If so, you probably watched more Sci-Fi on TV than you remember. If you didn’t, you gotta listen to us explain what inspired the great stuff we have today! 

 

News

-A cool dad make his kid a homemade Star Tours in their garage!

-Get ready for a bunch of GameBoy games coming to the Nintendo Switch Online

-The Matrix 4 gets a mind-blowing trailer



What we’re Enjoying

Star Trek: Lower Decks has beamed its way into Shua’s heart. This series may be a parody, but it honors all the Trek shows with references and care. Check it out on Paramount+. Jay has been watching some Jackie Chan flicks. Supercop was the third in a series of Chan films that showcased his stunt work and karate ability. Oh wait, they all did that...



Enjoy TV

Sci-Fi has been around for generations. And it really gathered some steam after Star Wars came out in 1977. But there certainly was some interesting stuff on television in the early 70’s. Saturday mornings had some great kid-centered cartoons like Sealab 2020, but Sid and Marty Krofft had some live action classics like Land of the Lost, The Lost Saucer, and the wacky Far Out Space Nuts. 

 

Ark II and Jason of Star Command used a slightly bigger budget to enhance their effects, but they had their share of kitsch too. As kids, we didn’t care. We loved the imaginative adventures. 

 

In syndication, we got some anime like Battle of the Planets and Star Blazers. Star Trek the Animated Series kept the Trek Dream alive. 

 

Prime time TV kept trying to figure out exactly what Sci-Fi was with early showings such as Land of the Giants, Space: 1999, The Six Million Dollar Man, and the Bionic Woman. But as George Lucas unleashed his vision upon the world, the later 70’s showed us Sci-Fi juxtaposed in just about every genre of TV entertainment. 

 

Comedies like Mork and Mindy and Quark kept us laughing. Hour long cinematic stories like Battlestar Galactica, Logan’s Run, and Buck Rogers experimented with episodic drama mixed with cheesy 70’s humor and music.

 

There were so many different shows to choose from! And it helped keep us involved and inspired to create all we have today. 

 

Do you think 70’s Sci-Fi is groovy? Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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Mario has been a video game star for 40 years. And his brother Luigi has ridden his brother's coattails...er overalls to 'super' stardom. Join us as we look back on the Mario Bros and how they've evolved on Enjoy Stuff!

 

There are few characters that have been as popular as Mario on the video game world. His legacy spans more than 200 different games. He and his brother have also starred in cartoons and movies and they show no signs of slowing down. Let’s Enjoy Mario!

 

News

-Kellogg's Sued by Woman Over Ingredients in Pop-Tarts 

-”Dug Days” Shorts premiered on Disney+ 

-The Rocketeer Will Return in a New Disney+ Movie

-Suicide Squad almost had more Mario references

 

What we’re Enjoying

Jay rewatched the 2020 Charlize Theron movie The Old Guard, a tale of immortal beings helping humanity and how they try to deal with each other. Check it out on Netflix. Shua revisited some classic books of his youth written by Keith Laumer. The Retief series is about an unconventional diplomat in space who gets things done by breaking the rules of the stuffy bureaucracy. Find these books on Amazon. 



Enjoy Games

Forty years ago, Jumpman rescued Paulina from the title character in Donkey Kong. That tricky ape went on to do some of his own follow up projects, but how many video game characters can say they’ve appeared in more than 200 follow-ups. Probably none but Mario. His legacy spans many years and a continual evolution that is still going today. 

 

He may have started off as the hero in his first game, but in Donkey Kong Jr. he decided to show his nasty side as the antagonist. From there he went back to being the hero with his brother in the 1983 Mario Bros. In the 80’s popular games meant cartoon spin offs. The Saturday Morning Supercade gathered favorite characters of the arcade, including Mario. 

 

Then his first real sequel dropped in 1988 in the strangely different Super Mario 2. Now you could play a variety of characters. This inspired other platforms like the Game Boy, another show with the first live action version, played by wrestler Lou Albano, and products galore.

 

His #3 game was even the focus of the 1989 movie with Fred Savage called The Wizard. 

 

This year marks the anniversary of what is considered to be one of the best video games of all time, Super Mario World for the SNES. Along with new 16 bit programming, this game featured all kinds of new abilities, characters, and levels. We look back on the legendary game and how Mario and his brother continue to evolve today. 

 

Are you a fan of Mario? Do you have favorite games? Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

 

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Tom Lehrer was an American songwriter and satirist whose songs have been making audiences laugh for decades. His dark humor and sharp wit made people think about some heavy issues of the day, from war to politics. Let's learn about Tom Lehrer on Enjoy Stuff - A TechnoRetro Podcast

 

If you listened to the Dr. Demento show in the 80’s, you probably heard some of the comedy stylings of Tom Lehrer. His clever song parodies paved the way for greats such as Weird Al Yankovic. Jay and Shua take a look at his work and why we love it. 

 

News

-Frogger Game Show Trailer Released by Peacock

-Get ready to get down to 3 tunes inspired by Lucky’s magical charms. 

-Starbucks PSL Makes Its Earliest Return Ever

-Charlie Watts: Rolling Stones drummer dies at 80



What we’re Enjoying

Shua checked out the dark, thought provoking, Arthurian legend The Green Knight. If you dig thinking about the movies you watch and tons of symbolism you might want to check it out. Jay just finished Andy Weir’s “Project Hail Mary” book. Another fun one that he has been enjoying.  



Enjoy Music

Tom Lehrer has an educational background in math, but he is best known for his songs he performed in the 50’s and 60’s. It was a time in history that our culture really needed some humor to help us understand and cope with some pretty nasty stuff happening in the world. 

 

Even the threat of World War III wasn’t off limits to Lehrer’s wit. Plus, he accessed the deepest, darkest, depths of his imagination by writing about some truly disturbing topics like Poisoning Pigeons in the Park. He once said, "If, after hearing my songs, just one human being is inspired to say something nasty to a friend, or perhaps to strike a loved one, it will all have been worth the while."

 

He even wrote songs that helped educate a generation of Electric Company viewers. We learned important rules like Silent-e, L-Y, and O-U (The Hound Song). Let’s check out Tom Lehrer. 

 

Have you ever heard a Tom Lehrer song? Did we inspire you to check him out? Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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I, for one, bow down to our robot overlords. Robots have been all around us for many years. Why do we have such an obsession for these audacious automata? Jay and Shua look at robots in movies, TV, and life in general on Enjoy Stuff.

 

Bang your head with some heavy metal! Robots have become a regular part of our life. We look at the history of robots and how they have programmed their way into our pop culture. This week on Enjoy Stuff, it’s The Life Robotic with 5T3V3-Z1550U.

 

News

-The purchase of Casa Bonita by Matt Stone and Trey Parker is official

-Mexico will soon be able to enjoy Krispy Kreme Donut Cereal

-Dress up for breakfast with some Fruity and Cocoa Pebbles Cereal makeup

 

What we’re Enjoying

Jay and Shua are both tremendously enjoying the Apple+ series Ted Lasso with Jason Sudekis. It has heart and humor with some great messages thrown in. 



Enjoy Life

Where did robots come from? How long have they been around? It may surprise you to find out that the first automated machine dates back to 1737. Though ‘Digesting Duck’ may have been a far cry from Boston Dynamic’s Spot robot, it was still the humble beginnings of centuries of mechanized men. 

 

Once we got our first glimpse of a non-biological creature doing its thing, we couldn’t get enough. Soon they were beeping their way into books, movies, toys, and everyday life. We use them to entertain, to do jobs that are too dangerous for humans, and for companionship. (I love you, Roomba!)

 

To head off the imminent threat of a Cylon takeover, Isaac Asimov created three laws that should keep them in their place. But writers have been challenging that concept in many stories ever since. 

 

But what makes a robot a robot? Could it be classified as an android or a cyborg? 

 

What kinds of robots do you have a magnetic attraction to? Johnny 5? Wall-E? Or do you have more dark tastes and would like to snuggle up with the Terminator? Did you play with robot toys growing up? Or did you wait until we had real robots of today, like the Mars Curiosity Rover?

 

We would love to hear your thoughts on those plastic pals that are fun to be with. Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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Goodbye summer! As the toasty months wind down, we remember some of the movies that made us remember why those vacations were so tiring. Jay and Josh revisit Summer vacation and camp movies as they Enjoy Stuff!

 

In summer, anything is popsicle! Do you remember family vacations? How about summer camp? There are a ton of movies where we can watch people’s summer hardships from afar and laugh!

 

News

-The Monster Cereals are getting fruit snacks this year too!

-The legendary Idris Elba is playing Knuckles in the Sonic 2 movie

-Funko makes some classic board games and retro cereal Pop! figures.

-Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Symphonic Suite Gets First Repressing Since 1980

-Get yourself a retro R2-D2 Tamagotchi




What we’re Enjoying

Josh opens his latest Etsy purchase on the air; a TRON video game header sign. He can’t wait to get it framed. Jay has been watching the hysterical Monsters at Work on Disney+. Great stuff to check out. 



Enjoy Movies

Summer vacations are supposed to be about getting a break from the stress of everyday life, but not in movies. The more stress these characters come under the better. 

 

We start with the classic 60’s Jimmy Stewart movie Mr. Hobbs Takes A Vacation. This movie seemed to be the inspiration for future summer movies like Summer Rental and One Crazy Summer.  But who can take a road trip without thinking of Chevy Chase taking his family on a crazy road trip in National Lampoon’s Vacation. There are a ton of classics.

 

But some kids spent their summer at camp, and the movies didn’t leave them out. 1979’s Meatballs started off the wacky setting for campers and inspired more to come. Sometimes they missed the mark like 1980’s GORP. But a lot of them generated some hearty laughs for a variety of ages. From Camp Nowhere to Wet Hot American Summer, you can find some great Summer Camp memories at the movies. 

 

What summer movies do you remember? Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

 

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It's good to be the king. At least when that king is legendary director, comedian Mel Brooks. For more than 70 years, Brooks has given us memorable comedy to make us laugh and think. Jay and Josh look back on his films on Enjoy Stuff: A TechnoRetro podcast

 

If you’re blue and you don’t know where to go to, why don’t you go where...movies make you laugh! Mel Brooks has written, directed, and starred in some of the greatest comedies of all time.

 

News

-The Russo Brothers are developing a live action Battle of the Planets

-There is another ‘Kelvin’ timeline Star Trek movie coming...someday

-Would you eat Flamin’ Hot Cheetos ice cream?

-The creators of South Park want to buy and restore a classic Mexican restaurant in Denver, called Casa Bonita

-Stay tuned to Disney+ for a Lego Star Wars Halloween special called Terrifying Tales




What we’re Enjoying

Jay has really been enjoying his new books with a collection of comic book artist Alex Ross’s Marvel work, plus the Making of Back to the Future. Shua liked looking behind the scenes of some of the Disney parks most iconic rides featured on Behind the Attraction on Disney+.



Enjoy Movies

When Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner first performed the 2000 year old man sketch on Sid Caesar’s ‘Your Show of Shows’ they probably didn’t realize that it was the start of some comedy that would likely be around for 2000 years. Brooks’s success led him to begin writing and directing movies like The Producers and The Twelve Chairs. But just a few years later, he created two of the best comedies of all time, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein.

 

Are his movies sometimes crude? Absolutely! Are they ridiculing all different types of people? Of course! But they also have important messages about racism, greed, and understanding. From the slapstick humor (and lack of dialogue) that should never have been made in the 70’s called Silent Movie to the completely offensive History of the World Part 1, Brooks has hooked us with our secret desire for naughtiness and taught us a valuable lesson along the way. 

 

Even if you aren’t a fan of his later work, such as Spaceballs or Robin Hood: Men in Tights, you can still respect the creativity and success this icon has shared with us. 

 

Are you a fan of Mel Brooks movies? Would you like to check them out for the first time? Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

 

Enjoy Food

Having a Brooks-athon? You’ll need snacks!  Will you pick beans or Ovaltine? We give you a list of treats that would appeal to any character in a Mel Brooks movie! Well…..some of them anyway. 

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Stamps, action figures, toenail clippings? Just about all of us have some sort of collection in our lives. But why do we collect? And what are great ways you can enjoy collecting? Jay and Shua take a dive into their collections (be careful, they're deep!) and share their insights about the art of collecting on Enjoy Stuff.

 

Gather ye acorns because we are about to jump into the world of collecting! For many people, collecting is an important part of their life. Do you have a collection? Beanie Babies? Pogs? Patrick Nagel Prints? Whether you’re using their value to pay your kid’s college tuition or just do it for the value of your own happiness, collecting can be a great way to Enjoy Stuff. 

 

News

-The Star Wars Visions teaser has been released and it looks great!

-The Goonies Never Say Die board game is available now

-Star Trek the Motion Picture to get a 4K Director’s Cut

-A mint condition Super Mario 64 game sells for record $1.5 million




What we’re Enjoying

Shua’s new Game-Boy-like iPhone case has been very useful on his long trips.  Jay found his way back to the movie theater this week when he saw Black Widow with Shua.  Both are having tons of fun this summer. 



Enjoy Life

Are you a collector? Jay and Shua share things that they’ve been collecting as far back as their childhood. Star Wars, comics, Disney, video games...they have acquired a lot of fun that have given them a lot of pleasure. And they share some of their more unusual collecting habits.

 

Plus, they discuss why people like collecting. Is it the thrill of the hunt? Maybe an investment? Whatever the reason, we talk about how to make the most of your collection and how to make it a positive experience. 

 

We would love to know what you collect and how you share it with others. Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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Disneyland celebrates its birthday on July 17. Jay and Shua relive fond memories of the past and savor the challenge and promise of the future. Happy birthday to the Happiest Place on Earth. 

 

On July 17, 1955 Walt Disney opened up his deathtrap to all who wanted to dive into his imagination. That first day may have been a disaster, but it just kept getting better. Jay and Shua share some of their experiences and how you can enjoy similar special experiences too, even if you can’t go to Disneyland. 

 

News

-Good news: The owner of a Flintstones themed house in California can keep character statues on her front lawn. Take that HOA!!

-Check out the cool Jurassic Park/Transformers mashup

-Jerry Seinfeld will be starring in a new Netflix movie about Pop-Tarts




What we’re Enjoying

Jay has been enjoying hosting Shua at his house for a visit. And they went on an epic MCU Locations road trip. Make sure to check it out on Superhero Suite. In preparation for his trip to Disney World, Shua has been reading some good ol’ fashioned Disney comics. Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck go wild as they try to avoid the murderous Pete who literally tries to kill them. Wow!



Enjoy Life

On July 17, 1955 Walt Disney uttered those iconic words, “To all who come to this happy place, welcome!” And since then, more than 800 million people have visited. Jay grew up in California and had a lot of great times in the park. Shua has been visiting for 32 years and loves it every time. The guys reminisce about great times they have had and the stories that go along with them. Plus, they look back at the history of the park and what Walt was thinking. 

 

Disneyland may not be for everyone, and it certainly isn’t accessible to everyone, so they also talk about how people can enjoy experiences like they have had in other places too. 

 

Enjoy Food

If you’re planning a trip to Disneyland, you’ll for sure want to budget a ton of money for some of the great food they have there. Jay and Shua pick some of their favorites from the park. 

 

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Grab a hot dog and a cold one as we look back at some of the most memorable patriotic movies to celebrate America's Independence. Get patriotic the way the founding fathers intended; freedom for all and a bucket of popcorn on Enjoy Stuff: A TechnoRetro Podcast!

 

In America, July is the season to remember the freedom that we work so hard to preserve. And what better way to do that than to watch a patriotic movie? Whether Wil Smith and Captain America are fighting for our independence or Lin-Manuel Miranda is teaching us how groovy the founding fathers could be, this is the time to celebrate (even if it is on the beach away from the water). 

 

News

HBO Max is getting ready to premiere a very TechnoRetro version of some old Hanna Barbera friends in the new animated series Jellystone

Harrison Ford is injured while making Indiana Jones 5

Happy Belated 95th birthday to Mel Brooks



What we’re Enjoying

Shua decided to revisit a book he got a few years back all about the ridiculous mail order products you could order from comics back in the good ol’ days. Jay has been checking out his late Father’s Day gift. A book called Good Omens by Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett. A fun story about the final judgement of mankind. 



Enjoy Movies

July 4th may be America’s birthday, but it’s also a great day for movies! On this episode we look at some classic movies that spotlight a spirit of America. Maybe it’s the plucky spirit of our heroes like Roy Schneider saving a beach from a deadly shark, or Captain America stopping the evil of the Red Skull. Or maybe it’s the idea that a president could actually be a hero that stops terrorists from taking over his plane or fires the final shot on invading aliens. It could even be a musical cast teaching us all about the history of how our founding fathers wrote a bunch of documents just so Nicolas Cage could one day rip them off. Whatever gets you in the mood for the Red, White, and Blue, we have it on our cinematic list. Get ready to return to the theater for some patriotic movies.  

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Board games were the entertainment of choice growing up in the 70's and 80's. We look back at some of the memorable classics and how they came to be. Plus, news and fun as we Enjoy Stuff!

 

Break out the dice and lay out the gameboard, because we are looking back at some of the classics in games. Jay and Shua remember some of their favorites from childhood and share a few modern ones too. 

 

News

Fan favorite LeVar Burton begins his short run as host of Jeopardy in July

Now you can get vintage game magazines sent to your door

The Robotech collector’s edition is here!

Is Kellogg’s bringing the classic Toucan Sam back to us?



What we’re Enjoying

Jay is doing a little research for a character that will be showing up in the MCU pretty soon; Kang the Conqueror. He’s reading some classic comics where he appeared. . Shua has been enjoying a new book by ‘The Martian’ author Andy Weir. It’s called Project Hail Mary and lays out how one man does whatever he can to save humanity before the sun is literally eaten up. Check it out!



Enjoy Toys

Growing up, did you enjoy time with Rich Uncle Pennybags? Or maybe you liked setting up the Rube Goldbergian Mouse Trap game. Perhaps you went for world domination as you strategically set up Risk. We love board games. Jay and Shua look at a brief history of some of their favorites and how you can enjoy them today. 

 

Plus, they share some of the Earbud’s favorites too. 

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In 1979 Gary Larson's Far Side was first published and a new era of comic strips was born. Shua and Jay remember the legendary masterpiece and how it influenced many things after. Plus, news and fun as we Enjoy Stuff.

 

Superman 2 was highly anticipated by audiences, but had a lot of drama behind the scenes. Either way, it’s a movie we still enjoy. Jay and Josh look back to the Super Sequel. 

 

News

Jeff Goldblum Joins Second Season of the Dungeons & Dragons Podcast 'Dark Dice' as an Elven Sorcerer

Kit Kat Introduces Fruity Cereal Flavor

Pillsbury Launches New Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cookies, Cinnamon Rolls



What we’re Enjoying

Both Shua and Jay have been enjoying Disney+’s newest Marvel content Loki. Is anyone surprised? Probably not, but Shua was surprised how much he’s enjoying it. And Jay revisited a classic comedy movie starring John Candy and Eugene Levy called “Armed and Dangerous”. Check them out!



Enjoy Toons

Gary Larson’s “The Far Side” ran in newspapers for fifteen years, but his legacy has never died. His early career beginnings were like a Cinderella story, having fallen into the field with only a little effort. And his popularity spread fast. His unique style seemed to appeal to most people that had a tolerant sense of humor. 

 

The influence of the strip inspired future cartoonists of course, but it has even made a lasting scientific impression. An insect has been officially named after him. Scientists have even adopted a Gary Larson joke as an unofficial name to a part of a stegosaurus.  

 

Join us as we remember the genius of Gary Larson and The Far Side.

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In 1981 we knew a man could fly, but we were still excited to get another dose of the Man of Steel. And this time he's battling three nasty Kryptonians. Superman 2 turns 40 this week, so we take a look back as the adventure continues.

 

Superman 2 was highly anticipated by audiences, but had a lot of drama behind the scenes. Either way, it’s a movie we still enjoy. Jay and Josh look back to the Super Sequel. 

 

News

Would you like your very own miniature arcade? Even if it’s paper, this new find is pretty cool!

We have an update on the Cheerios challenged issued by John Oliver

Grab your wallet, because McFarlane Toys have a cool ‘66 Batman playset

Sylvester Stallone teases a Rocky IV Director’s Cut



What we’re Enjoying

Jay enjoyed Netflix’s new zombie movie from Zack Snyder, “Army of the Dead”. But it may make you think twice next time you’re in Las Vegas. Shua has been listening to Marvel’s Wastelanders: Old Man Starlord podcast. A new way to experience the Marvel characters. 



Enjoy Movies

In 1981 Americans finally got to experience the sequel to the smash hit Superman-The Movie with Christopher Reeve. Fans had been anticipating the release since the hint of General Zod and his cronies at the beginning of the first movie. The three villains were cast out of Kryptonian society with no dignity or remorse. But it was nothing compared to how the Salkinds were about to treat their director Richard Donner. He was quickly replaced with Hard Day’s Night director Richard Lester.  

 

Hollywood drama aside, there was a whole generation of kids that thought Superman 2 hit all the marks.  The action, humor, and comic bookiness of the film felt like a perfect balance even if it didn’t entirely stand the test of time. 

 

Did you enjoy Superman 2? What’s your story? Let us know by sending us and electronic-M to EnjoyStuff@RetroZap.com or join in on the fun on our discord channel.  

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There's no better time than now to be good to yourself. Jay and Shua discuss what has influenced their views of who they are and how they see the world. Get ready to remove negativity from your life and Enjoy Stuff!

 

It’s time to be proud of who you are!  But that’s a lot easier said than done. Don’t worry Earbuds, Jay and Shua are here for you! Together we can help each other to get through the grand adventure of life! 

 

News

You heard us talk about PacMan 99, how about Joust deathmatch?

‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ TV Series Begins Production at Hulu

Avengers Campus now open in Disney’s California Adventure



What we’re Enjoying

Shua has found a new, retro app for his phone. This one is called “Dispo” and if you thought that treating your phone like a disposable camera wouldn’t be fun, but Shua begs to differ. And Jay is enjoying revisiting some old Marvel “Eternals” comics to get ready for the new movies. 



Enjoy Life

Hey you! Yeah, you! You’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and gosh darn it, people like you! Now quit beating yourself up and be proud of who you are! But how do we do that? We’re starting with the men in the mirror, Jay and Shua. How much did the entertainment we consumed as we grew up influence us and how much was how we were raised? 

 

Going through school can be tough for a kid. Teasing, bullying, and the day to day pressures can really drag a kid down. Luckily for us, we had comics, sci-fi, TV, and more to help us get away from the grind. And when we became parents, we knew we wanted to give our kids what they needed to traverse the gauntlet of childhood. Luckily all the great things we grew up with are easy to access today.

 

How can you remove that negativity in your life? We’ll talk about mindfulness and gratitude and how to live in the moment. Plus, we’ll share some of our favorite movies that help you remember that. And we have a lot of fun along the way. 

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It’s time to get Looney! Shua and Jay kick off the summer by rolling on the floor laughing at the wackiness of years of Looney Tunes cartoons.  Plus, News and more! 



Overture, Curtain, Lights! This is it, you'll hit the heights! And oh what heights we'll hit! It's time for Looney Tunes and summertime! Let's look back at all the Looney characters!

 

News

Is a TRON Arcade1Up machine on the way? Or more specifically, WHEN CAN I GET IT?!?!

A ‘Flamin’ hot scandal on the Flamin Hot Cheetos movie. 

There can be only 2!! Henry Cavill the new Highlander?

Scooby Doo, where are you? Or, where have you been for 52 years? Time for a reunion to find out!

 

What we’re Enjoying

Jay has been revisiting Night Court while Shua gets his international music fix by watching clips from Eurovision. Was Iceland robbed?!?!

 

Enjoy Toons

For 91 years the crazy characters of Looney Tunes cartoons have given us plenty of reasons to laugh. Legendary artists and directors like Tex Avery and Chuck Jones created iconic stories that raised generations of kids. Plus, the amazing voice talent of Mel Blanc gave personality to hundreds of characters! There are so many ways to enjoy Looney Tunes.

 

Enjoy Merchandise

There is an almost never ending list of merchandise with those lovable characters on them.  Clothes, toys, books, video games, and so much more. We find the most expensive and discuss some that made a difference for us. 

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Do you feel the need for speed? Jay and Shua look back at 35 years of Top Gun, how to enjoy it, and what's coming in the sequel.


In 1986 Tom Cruise blasted off from the runway to unleash the pure macho-ness of Top Gun. The film went on to influence future military films, movie music, and even the Navy! We look back on it’s 35th anniversary and forward to the upcoming sequel, Maverick. Plus, news and the music of Top Gun.

What we’re Enjoying
Shua finally got to check out season 2 of Love, Death, and Robots and it didn’t disappoint. Jay is liking Charles Soule’s book “The Oracle Year”

News:
The Muppet Haunted Mansion is coming to Disney+
Trix yogurt makes a comeback
What would a Back to the Future Delorean look like combined with James Bond’s Spy Who Loved Me Lotus?
Two kids from School of Rock are still a cute couple all these years later

Enjoy Movies
Tony Scott’s film Top Gun gave us a very macho Tom Cruise flying jets, impressing the girl, and of course playing volleyball. 35 years later we can see the influence of the movie. The highest grossing movie of the year inspired more movies to be created in this genre, gave us tons of quotable lines, and even began the home video industry. Why do we enjoy it? How can you enjoy it? And what can we expect with the upcoming sequel, “Maverick”

Enjoy Music
People couldn’t get enough of Top Gun in ‘86. The soundtrack gave us a ton of radio hits. Kenny Loggins, Cheap Trick, Berlin, the list goes on. Action combined with romance, all in a nice pop music package. What’s on your playlist?

 

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Grab your tokens and set the wayback machine to 1980 because Jay and Shua are looking at some legendary arcade games from 1980. Plus, news and one of the most classic video game movies, The Last Starfighter. 



1980 wasn’t the year arcade games made their first appearance, but it brought us some of the most important and iconic game ever. They ushered in a golden era of video games and helped influenced a wide variety of other games and media. 

 

What we’re Enjoying

Jay shares a fun movie on Netflix and Shua shares a great TechnoRetro app that makes VHS style video.

 

News

  • It’s not quite cereal, but there are a variety of unexpected new flavors of Lays potato chips
  • Get ready for a Flamin’ Hot Cheetos movie
  • The Monkees announce their farewell tour
  • The Noid returns to Domino's commercials
  • NBC’s classic sitcom Night Court gets a reboot




Enjoy Video Games

Do you remember the year certain arcade games were released? Probably not, but if there was any year that deserves to be remembered it’s 1980. Pac-Man, Centipede, Missile Command, Berzerk, and more ushered in a Golden Age of arcades and became the catalyst for cartoons, songs, toys, and beach towels. And they helped inspire tons of other games that evolved into what we have today. How do you enjoy video games?

 

Enjoy Movies

There are a handful of eighties movies that were centered around video games. But one of the most legendary was The Last Starfighter. We remember the movie and discuss Jay’s Sci Fi Saturdays article.

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Bring out your dead! The TechnoRetro Dads who say "Ni!" are back to talk about Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Plus news and a very Spammy recipe.



In 1975, the British comedy troupe Monty Python presented their most ambitious project yet; the legend of King Arthur. Despite the difficulties they had getting the movie made, the film became a legend and one of the best comedies of all time. Get ready to Enjoy Monty Python and the Holy Grail. 

 

News

  • Steven Spielberg became Ernest Cline’s motivator for Ready Player Two
  • Amer Chadha-Patel is cast in the new Disney+ Willow Series
  • Imagine tearing up your carpet and finding a super-old Monopoly board painted on the floor!
  • I mean, who doesn’t Enjoy “Citizen Kane”?!
  • The one true Josh has been crowned in Nebraska




Enjoy Movies

How do you know so much about swallows? Well, you have to if you’re a king, you know. And you have to know that Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a legendary comedy that has inspired generations of fans to quote the lines and pretend to ride horses with coconuts. Jay and Josh take a look back at this classic film, plus the musical that it inspired, “Spamalot”. 

 

Enjoy Food

What movie snack goes with Holy Grail? Popcorn, Milk Duds? Nope. Spam! Have you ever tried Spam? Are you giving it a fair chance? We have some recipes that may even appeal to the fine dining connoisseur. Just try it and see if you Enjoy Spam!

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Welcome to Enjoy Stuff: A TechnoRetro Podcast! Your Hosts, Shua and Jovial Jay love finding fun in everything they do. This week we revisit the classic Ewok movies from the 80's. Plus, news and more!



On the premiere episode of Enjoy Stuff, we take a look back at the 80’s Ewok TV movies, Caravan of Courage and Battle for Endor. It’s a nostalgic trip to the past as we pull up the Disney+ Vintage Star Wars Collection, sit back, and enjoy!

 

News

  • A new Prince release?
  • Goonies Rocky Road ice cream
  • You can watch the Monkees original auditions for the show
  • A new Star trek gets a release date, but not a title, story, actors….or anything else really
  • The Space Invaders board game 2 years in the making
  • General Mills releases a Ghostbusters and Galactic Lucky Charms cereal

 

Enjoy Movies

In 1984, just when we thought we weren’t going to get anymore Star Wars ever again, ABC presented a brand new movie, starring those lovable Ewoks!  Originally titled the Ewok Adventure, we got to know the little girl Cindel and (for one movie at least) her brother Mace. As a follow up, we were graced with The Battle for Endor, starring Wilford Brimley. Now that you can now stream it on Disney+, we decided to revisit these classic vintage movies because it’s the right thing to do. 

 

Enjoy Food

In the Ewok movie, Cindel and Wicket pick some wild berries and make a pie. Did they enjoy the delicious dessert, or are there some hallucinogenic properties that could make you like these movies even more than ever? We come up with a recipe and even dub it by its very first name, “Cindel Pie”

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Jovial Jay and Shua are back! Enjoy Stuff: A TechnoRetro Podcast is the spinoff show you’ve been waiting for. Before the first official show is released, get to know your hosts, their history, and what this show is all about. Get ready to Enjoy Stuff!

Get to know the guys of Enjoy Stuff: A TechnoRetro Podcast on this special Pilot episode before they get things kicked off in May. Remember, have fun, smile more, and Enjoy Stuff!

We truly appreciate all you Earbuds who have hopped on board and joined us for our next chapter!  Join in the fun by reaching out to us! And make sure to Share and Enjoy with all your friends! 

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Join JediShua, shazbazzar, and Jovial Jay on this special sendoff show as they say goodbye to TechnoRetro Dads. We remember the great times, listen to memories from Earbuds, and visit with Shane the Roving Spoonster. It’s the closing of one chapter and the opening of the next on The TechnoRetro Dads



Come with us to the TechnoRetro Mall as we remember 8 amazing years of TechnoRetro Dads! JediShua, shazbazzar, and Jovial Jay look back on all the great movies, cartoons, toys, games, and cereal that they’ve shared over the years. We revisit some old clips and songs that will go down in the TechnoRetro Hall of Fame. Plus, we hear some memories from the most important part of the show, the Earbuds.  

 

Thank you for so many great years! They have truly been an important part of our lives. Stay tuned in May for our spinoff show, Enjoy Stuff - A TechnoRetro Podcast.

 

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As the TechnoRetro Dads head into the sunset, we look back at the great things we've had the opportunity to share with our families throughout the years, and what they've shared with us. From movies to video games to music, Jovial Jay and JediShua wrap up the series looking to the past and sharing it with the future.  



In the 8 years of TechnoRetro Dads, we have had the opportunity to revisit so many of the great things we grew up with that influenced who we are today. But even better than that, we have had a chance to share it all with our amazing families. This week we look at how the TechnoRetro Way has given us even more great experiences. 



TechnoRetro News

  • A Micronauts movie may still be coming to your future
  • The Dark Crystal Ballet is a real thing, so let’s all meet up in London
  • Thanks to the DeuceCast Movie show for the tribute



Enjoy Stuff: A TechnoRetro Podcast

Coming in May, The TechnoRetro Dads present a brand new podcast featuring Shua and Jovial Jay. Tune in for “Enjoy Stuff! A TechnoRetro podcast” Enjoy Stuff will look at all the great stuff we love in pop culture, and how you can enjoy it. It’s all about making a positive experience. We will talk about the movies, toys, tv shows, and games we’ve loved for years and the great new stuff that we love to do today.  And we want to hear from you! How do you make every experience tons of fun for yourself, your friends, and your family? Keep this podcast feed open for Enjoy Stuff! A TechnoRetro Podcast, coming in May! 



I Love My Cereal

Well, this week we’re not so sure. A man has discovered some very unsavory items in his Cinnamon Toast Crunch. And until General Mills makes up for it, we are demoting them to Sergeant Mills! Tune in….if you dare.



Magazine Rack

The April 1981 issue of Starlog features Hawk, the newest character for season 2 of Buck Rogers. How did they decide to portray this character and how did he prepare for it? Plus, some cool looks back at the making of Escape from New York, an update on Saturn photos from Voyager, and some cutout Fuse Blocks (Warning: Do not cut these out of your iPad!)



Vinyl Scratchback

What music do you love? Is it still the stuff you grew up with? Have your tastes changed, or maybe even expanded? Do your kids sing along or roll their eyes? And can you tolerate their melodious choices or do you feel (like Huey Lewis) that they’re “just too darn loud”? The TechnoRetro Dads keep an open mind as they shape the next generation of music lovers. 



TechnoRetro Arcade

We love sharing video games with our kids. But like everything, they may not enjoy all of the games we love. Luckily, we’ve taken strides to get them into a few of the great ones we grew up with. And it has given us some fun times when our Padawans have surpassed our skills. 



Let’s All Go to the Movies

Movies may be the TechnoRetro Dads most important form of entertainment. And luckily for them, the kids seem to like most of the ones they like too. But the movie itself isn’t the biggest part of sharing with the youth. It’s better if it’s a whole, positive experience. How have we done it over the years, and have we sat through an occasional stinker just for our youngins? Of course! 

 

Thanks to all the Earbuds that have supported us over the years!  We love you and can’t wait until the next chapter! Stay tuned April 1, 2021 for the series finale of TechnoRetro Dads.

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It's a birthday extravaganza! We celebrate Jay's special day by looking at some of his favorites like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Micronauts, and Peter Gabriel.  It's always fun to celebrate birthdays with your Earbuds, so grab a slice of cake and join The TechnoRetro Dads!



Let’s all don our pointy, cardboard hats with the snappy, elastic string as we celebrate Jay! Toys, movies, music, and more are the topics of fun discussions this week because we’ll use any excuse to party.  



TechnoRetro News

  • The Indiana Jones Saga is coming to 4k
  • Nicholas Meyer has pitched a Star Trek story idea to Paramount
  • Kevin Bacon and Michael Gross are back in Tremors….kind of
  • Some classic Star Wars cartoons are coming to Disney+, including Genndy Tartakovsky and the Ewoks cartoon



Toys in the Attic

Before Star Wars figures came out, we had a different space action figure to play with. Micronauts! The original Mego toys, based on the Microman toy line from Mego were tons of fun, and eventually worked great with all the Star Wars toys that were to come after. We remember what we had. 



Vinyl Scratchback

Jay shares a few of his favorite musicians growing up; Peter Gabriel and Yes. We look at some of their history and memorable hits that helped to shape him as he grew up. Sledgehammer, Shock the Monkey, In your Eyes were some of the great songs from Peter Gabriel that were gracing the airways in the 80’s. Yes has had a very long history dating back from the ‘60’s and released such memorable progressive rock hits like Owner of a Lonely Heart and Long Distance Runaround. Drop the needle on the record player as we spin some favorites on Vinyl Scratchback. 



TechnoRetro Arcade

What was your first home arcade console? Jay had an Intellivision that made some great memories. He’s recently found a working console that he’s cleaned up and got working to revisit some of those good times. Come to the home console wing of the Arcade and grab your numbered controller to revisit the biggest competitor of Atari in the early 80’s. 



Let’s All Go to the Movies

You probably have a list of movies that you love putting on for your birthday. Jay celebrates one that probably falls on a lot of lists; Raiders of the Lost Ark. We remember the first time seeing in, why we love it, how it affected us. We go back to the movie theater again to revisit the perfect movie!

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ATechnoRetro Dads: Bowzilla vs King Donkey!

ll monsters attack!  Soon we’ll get to see the ultimate battle between the Kings! Godzilla vs Kong premieres in a few days so Jay and Shua look at the history of the giant kaiju and choose who they think will be triumphant. But who would win if it was Donkey Kong vs Bowser?

 

Godzilla vs Kong is a battle years in the making. We look back at the history of both Titans and predict the victor. But they’re not the only monsters we pit against each other. We also debate the epic rivalry of Donkey Kong vs Bowser.



TechnoRetro News

  • The Powerpuff Girls are all growed up and ready for life in their 20’s on a new CW show
  • There’s also a new Kung Fu show ready to update the original
  • Alamo Drafthouse has declared bankruptcy. We hope they can get through this difficult time. 



Cereal

Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No! It’s Superman Ice Cream! A talented baker in Michigan has come up with a delicious cheesecake ice cream recipe that Shane, the Roving Spoonster says is delicious.  



TechnoRetro Arcade

Legendary Titans battle in an epic battle for the ages. But this one takes place in the arcade. Donkey Kong and Bowser may have a common enemy, but who would win in a battle. Jay and Shua debate each other in the TechnoRetro Court. And don’t forget to vote on who you think would win too!



Let’s All Go To The Movies

Godzilla vs Kong will soon grace our streaming services (and a few movie screens). We are excited for the sheer epicness of the battle. But these two have been going at it for years. Jay and Shua look back on the history or Godzilla, the first time King Kong joined the fight, and all the fun they’ve had over the years watching the battles. 

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We can’t wait to return to the movie theater! But in the meantime, let’s imagine what our Ultimate Movie theater would look like. From food to design to ambience, Jay and Shua talk about what they would include if they could build the best cinema house possible!

 

We would like to invite you to the TechnoRetro Cinema! Jay and Shua aren’t just imagining a movie house, but a mecca for movie lovers that can get whatever they want!



TechnoRetro News

  • Christopher Lloyd co hosts a new Documentary on Discovery+ where he and Josh Gates look for the missing DeLoreans.
  • Is Mr. Potato Head still a Mr? A Mrs? Something else?



Cereal

Shane the Roving Spoonster shares an update about the Crunchcup. It now comes in XL size! Would it work for you? Plus, Kellogg’s gets into the cereal mashup business with Frosted Flakes. 



Let’s All Go To The Movies

What would you include in your own movie theater? Recliner seats? A decorated lobby? Maybe you’d prefer a drive-in. We look at a brief history of cinema, and then decide what ours would look like. And we share our Earbud’s ideas too. Join us as we make movie theaters fun to go to again. 

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What would you include in your Ultimate Arcade? Jay and Shua decide what the best video games, food, music, and more would be the best to include in the TechnoRetro Arcade. Plus, the March 1981 issue of Starlog on Magazine Rack. 

 

If you could build your very own TechnoRetro Arcade, what would you make it look like? Would you just recreate your childhood refuge or would you deck it out with everything you ever wanted? We give our suggestions and the suggestions of our amazing Earbuds.  And will Altered States be a good movie? The March 1981 Starlog should tell us. Or does it?



TechnoRetro News

-Disney+ has released some very cool Muppet Show parody promo posters.

-Daft Punk calls it quits. We think we know why.

-Scooby Doo-The Sword and the Scoob premieres. Is it destined to be a classic?

-The Knight Rider semi has been found by the Knight Rider Historians...wait...Knight Rider Historians?



Cereal

Lucky Charms is going all out for St Patrick’s Day!  From green milk to Candy Land, check out Shane, the Roving Spoonster’s report of what you can expect. Plus, Carnation Breakfast Drink is getting the cereal flavor treatment. Plus, what does more than 600 dominoes falling over in a school look like? They look like cereal boxes for the local food bank, and lots of good potential lessons for the students. And some drug runners got a lesson of their own when federal agents seized the cocaine they were smuggling in boxes of Corn Flakes. What a horrible way to waste cereal! 



Magazine Rack

The March 1981 issue brings us a variety of stories beginning with a not so thorough article about the upcoming horror movie Altered States. Then it takes a look at how The Incredible Shrinking Woman managed to get made because of the legendary Verna Fields. And how does the 1980 actor’s strike affect the movies that came later and does it reflect what we may see in movie releases in the coming year?



TechnoRetro Arcade

If we’re gonna open an  arcade, then we want to do it right! Sure it’s going to include tons of legendary video games, but what else does it need? How big will it be? What will the decor look like? What kind of food should we serve? We lay it out in our brains and incorporate some great ideas from our Earbuds as well.  Join us in our Ultimate Arcade!

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  1. Has there ever been a year with more epic movies? Maybe, but it sure was a fun one. Jay and Shua look back at a long list of great (and not so great) movies from thirty-eight years ago. 

 

Each year brings us a variety of movies that you may like, or could rather do without. And many of them pass through the night without another thought. But not in 1982. The entire year gave us so many influential and memorable movies that we continue to revisit today. Let’s take a look back at a bunch of them. 



TechnoRetro News

  • A napkin with the original design for KITT has been found, and it’s a great piece of history
  • Fortnite continues the fun crossovers with a TRON skin
  • A special announcement concerning the future of TechnoRetro Dads



Cereal

Do you think the Crunchcup is a good idea, or another kitchen dud? Grape Nuts apologizes for the shortage by giving away free cereal!



Let’s All Go to the Movies

Were you around in 1982? If so, you may have seen one of the many movies that came out that year. Action movies like Firefox and First Blood. Culture-changing stories like Tootsie and Deathtrap. And who could forget the plethora of Sci-Fi. Star Trek II, TRON, Blade Runner, and more! We look fondly back on almost 50 movies that we loved, how they made a difference, and the legacy they have created. 

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Love! Horror! What better combination? In honor of Valentine's Day, we look at some famous arcade couples. And in honor of anniversaries, we look at the 30th of Silence of the Lambs. Get ready to hold your sweetie!

 

What better motivation than love? As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, we honor some legendary arcade characters and the love of their life that they must save. And 30 years ago Hannibal Lecter gave us something to fear and menus to avoid in the award winning Silence of the Lambs. 



TechnoRetro News

  • RIP Christopher Plummer and all his legendary roles.
  • Play Dungeons & Dragons as a Muppet in this adaptation of the classic game. 



Cereal

Everyone seems very excited about the new Little Debbie’s Cosmic Brownie Cereal. Is it for you? Let us know what you think?



TechnoRetro Arcade

So many of our favorite, legendary arcade characters started their adventures by rescuing their true love. Mario and Peach, Link and Zelda, Dirk and Daphne, who did you relate to? And were the damsels in distress in as much distress as we thought? We look at the games we loved and the relationship tips we got from the arcade. 



Let’s All Go to the Movies

Thirty years ago, Jonathan Demme brought us one of the scariest films of all time. Silence of the Lambs earned all of it’s accolades and awards as Jodie Foster portrayed a strong, intelligent woman against the insanity of Anthony Hopkins and his portrayal of Hannibal the Cannibal. The movie led us into an era where our culture was obsessed with crime drama, but none ever came close to scaring us like this. But Shua is pretty wimpy when it comes to scary movies, so he needs to silence his lambs by watching some horror comedies. Abbott and Costello, Monster Squad, Transylvania 6-5000; there were bunches of options for those that needed the kids table of scariness.

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Pew! Pew! Lazer Tag has always been a fun way to express our aggressive nature in a safe, futuristic way. From fun centers like Photon to backyard competitions on warm summer nights, the futuristic toy led us into the 21st century to prepare us for any zombie apocalypse that we may be facing. 

 

Lazer Tag was Pho-tons of fun! It was a futuristic way to play cowboys. We got to run around and shoot lasers at each other in places like Photon. Jay and Shua remember the fun of running around in the dark getting zapped. Plus, news, cereal, jokes and more. 



TechnoRetro News

  • RIP Screech. Dustin Diamond passes away at age 44
  • Will George Clooney be the new Buck Rogers?



Magazine Rack

The February 1981 issue of Starlog Magazine features David Cronenberg’s Scanners. Plus, news about the Space Shuttle’s first launch, George Takei in politics, and a new book called Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Why didn’t we get our annual sequels to Christmas in the Stars? And some great looks at movies of the time. 



TechnoRetro Arcade

Did you ever go to Photon, The Ultimate Game on Planet Earth? It was a popular, albeit brief, facility where you could go play Lazer Tag without having to furnish your own batteries. Jay recalls his Saturday nights with his buddies, and even still has his Photon card. 



Toys in the Attic

If you weren’t lucky enough to have a Photon, maybe you had your own Lazer Tag game to play with your friends in the neighborhood. This Worlds of Wonder toy was very popular until some unfortunate accidents. It even spawned a cartoon, puzzles, and a Commodore 64 game. 

 

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The Muppet Show was a groundbreaking television show that showed us that puppets weren’t just for kids. With the show soon available to everyone, we take a look back at the history of the show, some of the memorable guests, and how Henson’s vision grew into something even bigger. 

 

It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights. In 1974 The Muppet Show helped Jim Henson to build his vision of bringing his creations to the world. On February 19, Disney Plus will make the show available for streaming.  In addition, we look at the book and the music album that helped to share the show across other mediums as well.  



TechnoRetro News

  • The Godzilla vs Kong trailer blew us away
  • Did Cookie Monster start out as a rock?



I Love My Cereal

A tasty new Japanese Hershey’s cereal looks great in a variety of ways. Now we just need someone from Japan to send us some. A new cereal restaurant is opening in Indianapolis, but what are the mysterious pictures coming from the Cereal Box, Inc. Instagram all about?



Muppet Show Special Look

We have loved the Muppet Show since the very first pilot in 1974. But it was a long road to get there. We look back on how Jim Henson started building his vision from his early days on Saturday Night Live, to he crazy pilot called Sex and Violence. And who were some of our favorite guest hosts on the show? Mark Hamill, Vincent Price, John Denver, and so many more made legendary appearances over the years. This is what we call the Muppet Show!



Vinyl Scratchback

Shua shares songs and memories from The Muppet Show Album that includes some songs from the show along with some classic skits. So much Muppety goodness. 

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80s teen comedies were tons of fun at the time, but were they a deeper influence than we remember? Plus, the classic puzzle-platform video game Lemmings and other brain busting games. 

 

When we were independent enough to see more mature movies, we often chose from a variety of 80s teen comedies. Sure they were ridiculous, but they also presented relatable coming of age stories that stuck with us into adulthood. Plus, keep your mind sharp by playing the ‘91 classic Lemmings or other puzzle platform video games. 



TechnoRetro News

  • Mortal Kombat is set for a more mature and true to the game rated R version
  • A Buckaroo Banzai sequel novel is finally coming from the original author
  • The original Muppet Show will soon be on Disney+
  • Are you on board for a Willy Wonka prequel movie?
  • How about a Young Guns 3 sequel?



I Love My Cereal

More classic cereals are getting the snack bag treatment with Cap’n Crunch’s Oops! All Mega Berries. And the Ghostbusters sequel will start out the hype with a General Mills cereal



TechnoRetro Arcade

Lemmings has been a favorite for 30 years. In this puzzle platform video game, you control a pack of lemmings (or more scientifically accurate; a ‘slice’ of lemmings) as you lead them to safety. And we would occupy ourselves with other puzzles like Tetris, Qix, The Incredible Machine, Minesweeper, and Myst.  What were some of your favorites?



Let’s All Go To The Movies

The 80s gave us so many great movie genres that have influenced us in different ways. But were Teen Comedies just mindless fun, or did they make a difference too? We look back as some of our favorite goofy, fun, sometimes raunchy selections and how they may have been deeper coming of age stories for all of us to learn from as we grew up. 

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Bro, do you even TechnoRetro? Have movies shaped your life? What cartoons taught you life lessons? How does cereal teach independence? This week we look at why we still love all the great things we grew up with and how they shaped who we are. 

 

We grew up with so many great things. And we still love remembering it all today. Has it affected who you are as much as us? Jay and Shua reminisce about how they got where they are and share some of the influences of you, the Earbuds, too. 



TechnoRetro News

  • We have confirmation that the TRON coaster at Disney World will be delayed.
  • Congratulations to The Mandalorian for winning Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy series at the Critics Choice Super Awards.
  • Could Cobra Kai be getting a spinoff series soon?
  • The Willow series loses a director
  • Bethesda and Lucasfilm Games announce a great new Indy game
  • The Risk Board Game is getting a live action series treatment



I Love My Cereal

Shane the Roving Spoonster gives us news of a tasty cereal snack from Post. Plus, UK cereal gets an organic version. Will it be tasty? We want to know!



Saturday Mornings

Whether you enjoyed GI Joe, Bugs Bunny, or Challenge of the Super Friends, Saturday morning was a special time in a kids life in the 70s and 80s. Which shows were your favorites? Did the raving commercialism actually do us harm, like the so-called experts claimed? Or did it help us with creativity and ethics? That’s probably a matter of opinion, but either way, they stuck in our brains all these years. 



TechnoRetro Arcade

Did you have a local arcade in your town? Or did you have to ride your bike to the 7-Eleven to indulge in your favorite game? Jay and Shua share their stories about why the enjoyed their experiences with the house of games and how it helped them grow. 



Let’s All Go To The Movies

Arcades weren’t the only escape we got to go to when we were younger. The movies gave us an opportunity to learn valuable life lessons too. And a lot of times we capped off the time with a little jaunt around the mall. How did you experience your movies? Let us know, and try to make it a great experience for the next generation. 

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If you're wondering which decade dripped the most machismo, it had to be the 80s. Iron Eagle was a perfect movie example of this, but it probably had something to do with the montage-style music it included. Jay and Shua look at both this week on TechnoRetro Dads.

 

Need an F-16, but just for an afternoon? No problem! Just get Chappy to help you grab a couple so you can go rescue your dad from his Biyalian captors.  Thus the plot of the 1986 macho film, Iron Eagle. Plus, this movie included a macho soundtrack, a staple of many 80’s flicks. We look at montage music on Vinyl Scratchback.



TechnoRetro News

  • A Rubik’s cube movie is in development, but will it be the Dark Knight of game movies?
  • Michael Keaton is Batman, now and forever. Seriously! We are getting word that he will be THE Batman in the DCU.



Let’s All Go to the Movies

In 1986, movies about the military and macho heroism was all the rage. So the Louis Gossett Jr movie, Iron Eagle came at a perfect time. Doug Masters must rescue his father from his Biyalian captors after he is shot down illegally. But Doug is only 18 years old. So he enlists the help of experienced Air Force Colonel Chappy Sinclair.  They use their wits and plot conveniences to hijack a couple F-16s and begin their mission. We break down all the crazy, unlikely fun of Johnny Lawrence’s favorite movie.  



Vinyl Scratchback

If you need to show a lot of things happening at once, remind everyone of what’s going on, and with every shot, show a little improvement, to show it all would take too long, you need a montage. It was a great way to move the plot along in 80s films. We look at some memorable montage music on Vinyl Scratchback. 

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We're sure all the Earbuds are ready to start a fresh new year! Let's do it by bursting our brain while watching the horror classic Scanners. Plus, the January 1981 issue of Starlog and our recap of the amazing TechnoRetro gifts we got for Christmas this year.

 

Now that the holidays are over, we can get back to horror movies, right? Well, that’s what David Cronenberg though in 1981 when he brought us Scanners. A new month brings a new issue of Starlog from 1981 on the Magazine Rack. And we share the great gifts we were lucky enough to receive for Christmas. 



TechnoRetro News

  • Netflix gave us a Christmas gift when they announced that season 3 of Cobra Kai would premiere early on January 1
  • We send all our best wishes to legendary voice actor Tom Kane who has been recovering from a stroke
  • The surviving Beatles have been keeping busy during the pandemic. Both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr released new music. 
  • Saturday Morning cartoons have returned to MeTV!




Cereal

Shua shares some holiday discoveries and The Roving Spoonster has two great stories. Pebbles has a great filter if you are a user of TikTok. And you can share it to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Kellogg’s is releasing a Crayola Crayons cereal, but does it taste as authentic as the real thing?



Magazine Rack

The cover story about Star Trek actor Mark Lenard doesn’t even scratch the surface of what you can find in this issue of Starlog. If you were lucky enough to pick up the actual paper copy, you would have acquired a free vinyl disk by Neil Norman who plays sci-fi songs in his own special style. And you could read about the animated Flash Gordon, the Wild Wild West, and an announcement about the upcoming Star Wars Radio Drama. And tons more! Check out the Magazine Rack!  



Let’s All Go to the Movies

In 1981 David Cronenberg was experimenting with all kinds of gruesome special effects as he built his directing career.  Michael Ironside, in one of his early roles, stars as an evil, telepathic ‘Scanner’ who wants to build an army of more evil, telepathic Scanners. How well does the 40 year old movie hold up by today’s standards. And what did this groundbreaking movie do to push special effects into the future. This is Scanners



Toys in the Attic

Jay and Shua give a rundown of the great TechnoRetro gifts their friends and families bequeathed upon this this holiday season. Toys, games, comics, and more for the grateful Dads. What did you get?

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Santa Claus has been around for a long time, but in 1985 we got to see him in his very own movie! Dudley Moore and John Lithgow star in Santa Claus the Movie. Plus, the Earbud Toy Catalog Champion has been chosen!

 

Have you ever wondered about the origins of Santa Claus? We get to find out in Santa Claus the Movie and also learn why commercialism is an evil, greasy mistress. Plus, Christmas memories, arcade toys, and the Champion of the Earbud Toy Catalog. 



TechnoRetro News

  • We say goodbye to another Star Wars legend. Boba Fett, Jeremy Bulloch, passed away at age 75. We honor his memory and his kindness. 
  • Chris Pine plays Dungeons & Dragons?! Well, he’ll be playing someone in the new D&D movie




Let’s All Go to the Movies

Did you see Santa Claus the Movie in theaters? Or did you decide to see Rocky IV instead? David Huddleston gets to present his interpretation of the man in the red suit, but still gets third billing after Dudley Moore and John LIthgow. Either way, Jay and Josh look back on a legendary movie made by the same people who brought us Superman in 1978. 

 

Toys in the Attic

We remember arcade games we received for Christmas when we were growing up. From LED sports to Pac Man watches, we explain why we had so much fun with toys that were so Low-Def. And the Earbuds join in too. 

 

Earbud Toy Catalog 2020

The final results are in!  The final four found UNO vs Lego and GI Joe vs Big Wheel. Who took the Championship this year? 

 

Christmas Memories

The memories of Christmastime helped to shape who we have become in our lives. And with this year’s holidays being so different than ever, it’s a great time to build special, new memories with your family. We reminisce about the before time, the long, long ago with Christmastime of the past. And Shua shares the great gift that was given to him by Jay. Check it out here: https://imgur.com/gallery/txNflqN 

 

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Ernest Cline's "Ready Player Two" has arrived. We give our spoiler-free impressions of the new novel. And 40 years ago, the legendary Robin Williams gave us his interpretation of Popeye. Plus, the Toy Catalog and tons of breaking Star Wars news

 

In 1980 Director Robert Altman gave us his idea of the classic comic character Popeye. But it wasn’t quite the blockbuster they expected. And we’ve been looking forward to the release of Ready Player Two. It’s here! What did you think?



TechnoRetro News

  • Back to the Future will get some answers to unanswered questions in a new DeLorean Owner’s Manual. 
  • Breaking! Disney made announcements of TONS of new projects. We give our first reactions of all the Star Wars coming our way

 

Cereal

General Mills announces 16 new cereals for 2021. The Roving Spoonster found us all the scoop of some tasty morning treats. 

 

Let’s All Go to the Movies

He’s strong to the finish, ‘cause he eats his spinach. He’s Popeye the Sailor Man! And in 1980 he was played by the legendary Robin Williams. Director Robert Altman made the film with his own style, and a feel that was reminiscent of the original strip. But despite the attention to detail, the film didn’t hold up to expectations. Was it the writing? The performances? The music? Whatever it was, it launched the movie career of Robin Williams and gave us fun stuff to talk about. 

 

Book Review

Ready Player Two is the follow up to Ernest Cline’s best selling novel Ready Player One. The story hits “continue” right where we left off from the first book. We find Wade dealing with all the pressure of becoming the most powerful man in the world. But not long after he takes control of the OASIS, a new threat emerges and it could spell disaster for the whole world. Jay and Shua review the novel without spoiling it for you. And we want to know what you thought. Send us a message to podcast@technoretrodads.com 

 

Earbud Toy Catalog 2020

This week we break down the Creative Toys Division of the Toy Catalog. Who will be the winner of this round? Rubik’s Cube? Lego? And make sure you vote on the last division “Fun For All!” as we make our way to the Final Four. 

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Flash! Ahhh ahh! He'll save every one of us. Forty years ago we got a modern day interpretation of a classic space hero! Flash Gordon may not have been the hit they hoped, but it has lived on in legendary status. Plus, the December 1980 issue of Starlog on the Magazine Rack.

 

Flash Gordon has been around for 86 years, and the 1980 interpretation has gained a cult following all on it’s own. Let’s talk about his history and celebrate 40 years of Flash. 



TechnoRetro News

  • RIP David Prowse
  • New casting announcements for the Willow series, including Enfys Nest herself 

 

Cereal

Today’s cereal news is brought to you by the letter S for Sesame Street Cereal. Coming soon! We speculate how good the new flavor or Fruity Pebbles is going to be. And for those of you that like to think healthy, Foodnerd may have some new plant-based cereals for you. 

 

Magazine Rack

The December 1980 issue features the new movie Flash Gordon. They show a lot of sci-fi love for it. Plus, mentions of Outland, Heavy Metal, and Escape from New York. 

 

Let’s All Go to the Movies

The 40 year anniversary of Flash Gordon generates all kinds of conversation as Jay and Shua remember their experiences, talk about the making and history of the Character. Sam J Jones and Max Von Sydow star in this 1980 classic.



Earbud Toy Catalog

The results are in for the next division of The TechnoRetro Dads Earbud Toy Catalog! The other divisions; Creative Toys and Fun for All are up now!   Will your favorites make the cut? Share the survey with everyone and check back all week to see which toys are moving to the next rounds. Look on social media and Discord for the links to the surveys

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Kevin! Don’t be sad that you’re Home Alone! You have The TechnoRetro Dads to keep you company. We remember the movie on its 30th anniversary and the video games it inspired. Plus, the Mousetrap game that may have just inspired Kevin’s booby traps. And the results of the first matchups in the Earbud Toy Catalog. The holidays are here!

 

We may all be Home Alone this year, but we can still have some fun. We remember Kevin McCallister’s antics and the Mousetrap board game that reminds us that we can play at home. 



TechnoRetro News

  • Ready Player Two is available now! What do you think?
  • Indiana Jones is timeless. Well, we hope so since Indy 5 begins pre production next year. 

 

Let’s All Go to the Movies!

30 years ago Kevin McCallister taught us the true meaning of Christmas while protecting your house from really, really stupid burglers. Home Alone is one of the highest grossing comedies of all time. Let’s look back on all the holiday fun!

 

TechnoRetro Arcade

Home Alone inspired a slew of video game versions for tons of platforms. We compare them and discuss how it could look today.

 

Retro Holiday Shopping

We remember the old stores we used to go to for the holidays and why they stuck in our memories. Do you remember going shopping with Mom or Dad? Let us know your stories!

 

Toys in the Attic

Mouse Trap was a fun board game. Did you know it actually had rules?! Us neither. We though you just set up the Rube Goldberg device and captured your Star Wars figures with it. We look back at the 58 year old game and share our experiences. 

 

Earbud Toy Catalog

The results are in for the first division of The TechnoRetro Dads Earbud Toy Catalog! The next round is Action Figures. Will your favorites make the cut? Share the survey with everyone and check back all week to see which toys are moving to the next rounds. Look on social media and Discord for the links to the surveys

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Happy Thanksgiving from The TechnoRetro Dads! Tons to be thankful for even this year. Wacky cereal recipes for your feast, video game mods for the season, and some of our favorite retro Thanksgiving specials. Join us at the table for a holiday week of fun and laughs. 

 

Missing everyone for the strangest holiday season ever? Come hang out with The TechnoRetro Dads! We have cereal recipes, video games, Thanksgiving specials and more!  



TechnoRetro Cereal -News

The Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser continues to make progress and we have now been given a taste of what the rooms will look like. Star saving now because you may need to dip into your kids’ college fund to afford it. But one Disney property that won’t break your bank is the Star Wars Lego Holiday Special on Disney+. It’s tons of fun!

 

Cereal 

The Roving Spoonster has shared some adult cereal flavored beverages to indulge in for the holidays. More companies are trying out the snack bags. And you can flavor up your coffee too. Unless you want to just drink it straight. 

And we have some cereal supplements (or straight out replacements) for your Thanksgiving feast. 

 

Earbud Toy Catalog

The TechnoRetro Dads Earbud Toy Catalog is back! This week, we feature retro games!  Share the survey with everyone and check back all week to see which toys are moving to the next rounds. Look on social media and Discord for the links to the surveys



TechnoRetro Arcade

What if some of our classic arcade favorites had their characters replaced with turkeys for Thanksgiving? Join us in the arcade and make sure you don’t get gravy in the Pac-Man machine.



Saturday Mornings

Thanksgiving specials may not be as common as other holidays, but there are still some great ones. From the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to the Charlie Brown Special, we always had some great TV to look forward to. We remember some of the most popular and discuss some more obscure ones. What specials do you remember?

 

Thankful for Thanksgiving

It’s the perfect time to look at our life and truly appreciate all we have to be thankful for. Jay and Shua share some of the most special things in their life and how it’s impacted them even today. And we are always thankful for all of you. 

 

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We pay tribute to the memory of Sir Sean Connery (and others) when we look back at some of the movies that made a difference to up. And the November 1980 issue of Starlog focuses on Mark Hamill in the Magazine Rack. 

 

Connery. Sean Connery. The legendary actor passed away at age 90 recently. But he left behind a slew of memorable films and set a bar for a generation of machismo higher than just about anyone else. Jay and Shua look back at some of the greatest ones and Shua remembers how his father turned him onto the actor. 



TechnoRetro Cereal -News

General Mills has once again begun to include some toys in their cereal. But how long will Cereal be around? Well, the village of Cereal, anyway. And keep your eye out for the latest cereal flavor in the grocery store aisles as Cinnamon Toast Crunch-flavored milk will soon be a reality. 



Magazine Rack

In November of 1980, The Empire Strikes Back had changed the way we saw Sci-Fi in the cinema, and we couldn’t get enough of it. This issue features the long-awaited interview with Mark Hamill who may have predicted the future of Star Wars almost 40 years ahead of time. Plue, the state of science fiction on TV as Starlog looks at everything available from the point of view of the culture that gave us the foundation for everything we have today. 



The Star Wars Holiday Special!

It’s been 42 years since CBS graced us with the first Star Wars sequel.  It’s aged like a fine cheese. Whether you love it, hate it, or pretend it doesn’t exist, it’s always fun to talk about. But what would it look like if it aired today? We recast a modern day version and speculate what it would look like to a whole new generation to be embarrassed by. 



Mandalorian

Season 2 of Disney+’s hit series is back. Jay and Shua give their brief impressions of how it’s looking so far.



Movie Legends

Did your dad turn you on to Sean Connery movies? Ours did. The late actor left behind a library of movies to inspire your machismo. We look at some of the most memorable roles of Sir Sean that made a difference to us. 

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The TechnoRetro realm turns medieval as we talk with Superfriends Mike Witwer, author of Heroes' Feast: The Official Dungeons & Dragons Cookbook and Antony Soehner, author of After School Adventures. 

 

Hungry? We hope so, because we have some delectable food from the Middle Ages as we welcome Michael Witwer, celebrated Dungeons & Dragons author, whose latest book “Heroes' Feast: The Official Dungeons & Dragons Cookbook” is available now. Plus, author of multiple D & D based novels, Antony Soehner stops by to share his latest series. 

 

In the NEWS

  • We offer best wishes to Jeff Bridges as he faces a health battle. And we are confident he will conquer it!
  • The Portable Atari Mini Pong Jr. is the portable video game you didn’t know you needed
  • The video game that became a board game, now becomes a video game. The Kickstarter success “Space Invaders” will soon entertain you on your table and your electronic device.



TechnoRetro Cereal -News

The Roving Spoonster’s very own Grand Rapids, Michigan is soon getting its very own cereal bar! And more impressive than that, it’s being run by a 17 year old!  We wish all the best of luck to her and can’t wait to hear a review. 



Superfriends

Antony Soehner has written six great novels based in the world of Dungeons & Dragons, and he’s not slowing down now. We discuss his work that’s available now, and what may be to come. Make sure you check out his great stories and share them with your friends by going to antonysoehner.com   



Michael Witwer returns to TechnoRetro Dads to share another of his great Dungeons & Dragons literature projects. This time it’s an incredible cookbook with food straight from the realm. Pick up Heroes’ Feast - The Official Dungeons & Dragons Cookbook, available now. 



Would You Rather?  Dungeons & Dragons Edition 

Would you rather have everyone in your D&D party have no hands and only fight with their feet, or have everyone’s weapons be made of seaweed? Mike and Tony use a spell to open the door and enter the chamber when suddenly they are confronted with these types of questions. Their only way out is to decide what they would do in these ridiculous scenarios. 

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Not very scary Halloween specials were a staple as we enjoyed our retro candy choices. Do they stack up against today's sweets?

 

We really enjoyed the “not very scary” Halloween specials that would show up on TV every October. What were some of your favorites? We discuss them as we indulge in a variety of popular 80’s candy and pit them up against today’s choices. 

 

In the NEWS

  • Willow comes to Disney+ as a series with director Jon M. Chu
  •  The Witches gets a remake thanks to HBO Max and Robert Zemeckis, plus some big named stars



TechnoRetro Cereal -News

The Roving Spoonster has shared cereal news that’s good for all!  Minnesota Vikings’ Kirk Cousins launches a cereal for charity. Kellogg’s has cereal boxes for the visually impaired. General Mills held a contest with free artistic renderings of our favorite Monster Cereal mascots for anyone that entered. And for those that need a little boost in their taste buds, you’ll soon get a chance to use SpoonTEK. Cereal is the great uniter! 



Saturday Mornings - Not Very Scary Halloween Specials

You know the hype was building in October when the TV stations started playing the Halloween specials. Every episode of Scooby Doo made it seem like Halloween. In 1985 Garfield gave us his first Halloween adventure. And who could forget It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown? But only the Simpsons has given us more than 30 years of special episodes every year. We remember our favorite Treehouse of Horror episodes, plus Earbud ideas too. 



Halloween Candy TechnoRetro Taste Test

We know we loved candy in the 80’s (yes, even Bit-O-Honey). But does it stack up against the candy we have to choose from today? Are the new, fancy ones worth getting in your Trick-or-Treat bag? Jay and Shua push through the sugar sweats as they sample a plethora of sweet treats from the past and present.

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As Halloween approaches, get ready for some spooky games in the arcade! Plus, learn a lot about life on the 30th anniversary of Edward Scissorhands.

 

30 years ago, director Tim Burton presented a story of love and acceptance in the way only he can with the classic Johnny Depp movie Edward Scissorhands. And while you prepare yourself for a Halloween like no other, why not revisit some spooky games in the arcade? 

 

In the NEWS

  • Jeff Bridges and his daughter have written a great picture book about their relationship
  • The synopsis for Ready Player Two has been released
  • Alice Cooper is planning a fun Halloween for all the kids!
  • Our Life Day present came early when Disney+ announced the Lego Star Wars Holiday Special 



TechnoRetro Cereal -News

The Roving Spoonster has shared his insight once again! Do you live in Massachusetts? You may be interested in Pixels and Pints where they are beginning to host all you can eat cereal and Saturday Morning Cartoon events. Check it out and let us know! And Post will be releasing some cereal infused bunnies for Easter this year. We can’t wait to try them out! 



TechnoRetro Arcade - Spooky Games for Halloween

Video games have had a rich history when it comes to games featuring scary monsters and situations. From all the way back in 1972 when Killer Shark appeared, the genre has been one of the most popular. We look at featured games such as Atari’s Haunted House, movie-based games like The Evil Dead, Halloween, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Friday the 13th, and Nightmare on Elm Street. Plus, gory additions such as Splatterhouse and Doom. Do you like the Horror genre of games? Let us know! 



Let’s all go to the movies! - Edward Scissorhands

In 1990 Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp were just beginning their illustrious careers. And when now legendary director Tim Burton cast them in his surreal classic Edward Scissorhands, they ended up being the perfect pair to teach us all lessons about kindness, inclusion, and how to treat people that are different from us. We take a close look at the movie on its 30th anniversary and share what it’s meant for us. 

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There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to Dads. We look at Twilight Zone: The Movie, the classic show, and the Golden Earring song and misheard lyrics of 80’s songs. 

 

For more than 60 years the Twilight Zone has given us a ton of stories to fill us with dread and make us think about the world. Jay and Shua look back on the classic TV show, the Movie, and the Golden Earring. But are we hearing those lyrics correctly?

 

In the NEWS

  • Cobra Kai returns in January and it’s been renewed for a season 4!
  • We recommend some great new books featuring art from video games
  • Would you try pumpkin spice Mac and Cheese?
  • We honor the memory of Eddie Van Halen 



Let’s All Go to the Movies - Twilight Zone: The Movie

In 1983 four legendary directors put together some Rod Serling-esque stories to give us Twilight Zone - The Movie. We look back at the origins of Rod Serling’s creation and how it evolved into the movie and future versions of the show. 



TechnoRetro Dads - Vinyl Scratchback

Twilight Zone also inspired (sorta) a classic 80’s song by Golden Earring. This song was a definite product of the 80’s but we may not have been hearing all the lyrics correctly. We figure out what they really said and also share some other wacky misinterpretations of lyrics. 

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October is here! And who better to usher in the spooky month than the Godfather of Spooky himself, Vincent Price!

 

Vincent Price became a legend in all things Halloween. We look back at some of his great roles and appearances in classic movies, TV shows, and songs.  Plus, the TechnoRetro Dads Magazine Rack features the October 1980 issue of Starlog and the dwindling Sci-Fi options on TV.

 

In the NEWS

  • Some very cool stylized Back to the Future figures are now available online and in stores. Just in time for Christmas!
  • Artist Travis Falligant has made some very TechnoRetro Scooby Doo prints featuring classic horror movie villains. 



TechnoRetro Cereal -News

The Roving Spoonster has done it again! Great cereal news. Holiday cereals will be hitting the shelves soon. The newest this year is Elf cereal, based on the Will Ferrell Classic. ARe our cereals going back to basics? General Mills is, even with their recipes straight from the 80’s. And if you’re looking for a new video game, why not check out Cereal Killaz?



TechnoRetro Dads - Vinyl Scratchback

Danny Elfman’s genius has given us a ton of classic music over the years, but one of their biggest mainstream hits was Dead Man’s Party. We look back at the history and influence of the classic whether it’s October or any other month. 



Let’s All Go to the Movies

Vincent Price has hundreds of acting credits to his name over his career. But in 1953 he began developing his trademark type of character in House of Wax. From there he starred in a variety of spooky movies, often parodying himself. Plus, he made appearances in TV shows from Love Boat to the Muppet Show. We talk about our favorites, what are yours?

 

Toys in the Attic - Shrunken Head Apple Sculpture

Vincent Price didn’t stop at the movies. He also endorsed some creepy toys too. All you need is an apple. This would be perfect for Halloween, so get your twisted Mr. Potato Head knockoff now!

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Don't look now, but Michael Keaton is moving into your house. We look back at Pacific Heights and movie-based video games that never were.

 

In 1990 Michael Keaton terrified any yuppie that was looking to become a landlord. We look at Pacific Heights. And we think about movies that didn’t get their own video games in the TechnoRetro Arcade.   

 

In the NEWS

  • The Dark Crystal will not be having a season 2 and we’re not very happy about it. 



Let’s All Go To The Movies - Pacific Heights

Suspenseful thrillers were all the rage in 1990. Michael Keaton, in his next movie after Batman, gets into the game with Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine as he channels his not-so-inner sociopath. He is Carter Hayes and he’s making the young couple’s life miserable as he rents out their apartment and proceeds to torment them in a complex scam that threatens to ruin their life. 



31 Days of Horror

Jovial Jay continues his tradition of watching a scary movie a day in October. This year’s RetroZap posts will be a plethora of “H-origins”. With movies like Dracula, The Invisible Man, and Psycho, the month looks to be a promising fright-fest. He tells us some of the movies he’ll be sharing as we prepare for 31 Days of Horror. 

 

TechnoRetro Arcade - 1990 movies that would be horrible video games

James Bond, Batman, Jurassic Park...these movies all got great video games. Why not other 1990 movies. Wouldn’t you love to play a Pretty Woman video game? Or how about showing off your gaming skills as Mel Gibson’s Hamlet? The obscure (and fictitious) Obscure Games room gets some imaginary additions as we wonder what could have been. 

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Slide on those knee pads and pile up the cardboard boxes! The TechnoRetro Dads are preparing movie stunts and look at Lee Majors’s 80’s macho show, The Fall Guy.

 

We might fall from a tall building, we might roll a brand new car. But we should probably leave that up to the professional stuntmen. 

 

In the NEWS

  • The Mandalorian Season 2 trailer is here! We are very excited about the upcoming show. 



TechnoRetro Cereal - News

Are you ready for gingerbread? If so, it’s making its way to your breakfast as Kelloggs introduces gingerbread toaster pancakes. And what is the greatest spinoff in history? We’d say Honey Nut Cheerios. 



TechnoRetro TV

Lee Majors is known for his macho roles. And he got to show off about as much machismo as anyone could handle back in the 80’s with his stuntman-turned-bounty-hunter Colt Seavers. He would catch those fugitives with his partners Howie and Jody and use his Hollywood stunt skills to do it for our dramatic entertainment. Jay and Josh look back at the retro ABC show The Fall Guy. 

 

Let’s All Go To The Movies - Classic Movie Stunts

Hollywood has a rich history of movie stunts. From Buster Keaton to Jackie Chan, the stunt people risk their lives for our pleasure. We take a look at some of the classic, memorable stunts from movies we love. First, Jackie Chan tops our list with some of the craziest stunts you’ve ever seen. And who could forget how many times James Bond has thrown his body all over the place. Plus, we remember the incredible thrills of Speed and Raiders of the Lost Ark. 

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Sports are back! We commemorate the return by looking back at some fantastic sport video games. Plus, we lay out our ideal Saturday Morning Cartoon lineup would be. 

 

We. Could. Go. All. The. Way! ….back to the beginning of video games to look at the sports that kicked all of them off, and how they evolved. Plus, we try to figure out what our ideal Saturday morning cartoon lineup might be. 

 

In the NEWS

  • An update on the progress of the TRON coaster
  • The Princess Bride cast to reunite for a table reading
  • You can get a really cool Sid Krofft jigsaw puzzle, signed by the man himself
  • They Live gets an impressive box set
  • Do you have a golden ticket? If so, you could win your very own candy store!



TechnoRetro Cereal - News

The Roving Spoonster has been working overtime this week. General Mills and Champion team up for some cerealicious clothing. Are you trying to eat healthy? There are some sugar free options out there. Buffalo, New York gets their very own cereal restaurant. And Little Debbie decides to get into the cereal game with a version of their oatmeal cream pies. 



TechnoRetro Arcade - Sport Games

The very first video game was inspired by the real sport of tennis. From their, the games evolved into more and more realistic games. Which is good, because they’ve been the only sports we’ve really had access to lately. Pong, soccer, boxing, baseball, football, hockey, racing...the list goes on. Jay and Shua share some of their favorites from their childhood while looking at some of the history as well. 

 

Magazine Rack - Starlog September 1980

This month’s Starlog had a cover story about a legendary, cinematic special edition. Nope. Even before Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind returned to theaters with never before scenes, but not digitally-added Jabba the Hutt. There were also some great features about Space 1999, Clash of the Titans, and Galaxina. Empire Strikes Back had been out for several months when this issue came out. What was the reaction after it had successfully woven it’s way into the new decade? It may not be what you think. 

 

Saturday Mornings

If you had your own TV station and access to all the cartoons, what would you schedule for your Saturday Mornings? Jay and Shua try to come up with a good 5 hour lineup and find it more difficult than expected. But there’s just so many to choose from!  What would be included in your lineup?

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No matter what school looks like this year, we can always make memories that last a lifetime. The TechnoRetro Dads take a look back at their edu-macation and maybe give you a few ideas for using all the retro memories to help today’s kids. 

 

It’s time to head back to some form of learning!  But let’s pause and take a look back at what it was like back in the day. 

 

In the NEWS

  • Our first impressions of Bill and Ted 3
  • And Cobra Kai is making impressions with us
  • Jay is looking forward to a new Star Trek book
  • And there may be a possibility of a movie in your future...



TechnoRetro Cereal - News

A newly graduated student is using cereal to help with some unfortunate circumstances. And was the classic cereal mascot Quisp inspired by a comic book character. Plus, where can you find a bag of just Lucky Charms marshmallows?



TechnoRetro Arcade - The Tech of our Schools 

When did you go to school? The 80’s? The 90’s? No matter what decade you found yourself learning the basics, it is always a big deal when your school gets some new technology. Even having that freshly mimeographed worksheet passed out to you was a sign of modern times. We take a look at some of our early tech exposure such as the Apple ][ computer, or the TRS-80. And who could forget those wonderful filmstrip projectors?

 

Magazine Rack - Starlog September 1980

This month’s Starlog had a cover story about a legendary, cinematic special edition. Nope. Even before Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind returned to theaters with never before scenes, but not digitally-added Jabba the Hutt. There were also some great features about Space 1999, Clash of the Titans, and Galaxina. Empire Strikes Back had been out for several months when this issue came out. What was the reaction after it had successfully woven it’s way into the new decade? It may not be what you think. 

 

TechnoRetro School Supplies

Do you remember getting the chance to go to the store and pick out your new supplies for the upcoming school year? Even today it’s a memorable experience, but we take a look back at some of the more iconic items such as cardboard pencil boxes, Pee Chees, and Trapper Keepers. And then we get ready for lunch by grabbing our legendary tin lunch boxes with a wide variety of pop culture characters. Can we help make this school year memorable in a positive way for today’s generation? Let’s hope so 

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Who is Darkman? He's everywhere and nowhere, but mostly he's Liam Neeson. 30 years ago we witnessed the birth of a new kind of hero and launched Neeson's career. The TechnoRetro Dads look back at Sam Raimi's classic.

Darkman stepped into the light 30 years ago and helped make Liam Neeson a star. We review the finer aspects of the 1990 film.

In the NEWS
Wil Weaton returns for the audio version of Ready Player Two


TechnoRetro Cereal - Coffee for Breakfast
Hostess introduces the world to two new coffee possibilities. Ding Dongs and Twinkie flavored Latte. Shua thinks it sounds intriguing. But what do you think? Let us know at podcast@technoretrodads.com

Let’s All Go to the Movies - Darkman
In 1990, Sam Raimi wanted to make a superhero movie. Not being able to gain the rights of some of his beloved classic heroes, he decided to create his own. Enter Darkman; the tragic antihero who was viciously attacked and left for dead. His recovery included severing his pain receptors, loss of emotional control, and liquid skin. This movie was Liam Neeson’s first leading role and while it is a product of its time, it is chock full of cinematic history. We take a deeper look at the movie and revisit some of our favorite Neeson films.


TechnoRetro Arcade - Games inspired by Liam Neeson movies.
If you’re going to be a big action star, you better expect a slew of video games featuring your characters. Liam Neeson’s long career gave us some good ones. Krull may be a cult movie, but it inspired a really great, underrated game full of action, rolling rocks, and glaves. Our featured movie, Darkman could be played at home in a variety of versions, Batman Begins was a hit in the cinemas and a stunning cinematic game with Neeson as the main antagonist. And of course we couldn’t leave out Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. Grab your quarters and come join us in the arcade.

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Tech is everywhere! But in the 80’s we looked at it with a little wonder, a little excitement, and a lot of neon. We look at the technology our heroes used to save the day and the toys that helped us grow. 

 

Technology in our favorite TV shows and the tech toys that kept us entertained and edumacated.

 

In the NEWS

  • The Princess Bride is coming to a board game near you
  • A Knight Rider movie is in the works! 
  • TRON 3 gets a new director
  • The last Blockbuster Video is available for a sleepover! Pack those PJs
  • Space Camp may just be around for a bit longer!



TechnoRetro Cereal - Junior Spoonster

Jay brings us news of a new type of breakfast; Mac and Cheese...wait, that can’t be right. Mac and Cheese?!?!?! Would you indulge in this traditional kiddie meal as a morning feast? Let us know. And you’ve gotta check out the Teachable Machine Lucky Charms Marshmallow extractor.  It’s sure to change your late night snacking habits.

 

Saturday Mornings - Retro TV with Tech-Centered Stories

We loved our TV heroes! In the 80’s those heroes often got to use cool new tech to save the day. Automan was a hero straight out of TRON. He is a complex computer construct that partners up with a police computer expert. And he’s got a sweet glowy car! Max Headroom was a one of a kind piece of technology that helped shape the 80’s without ever leaving a TV screen (or having a body). The Street Hawk was a super fast, super cool motorcycle. And Airwolf saved the day from the sky while Stringfellow Hawke piloted the powerful helicopter. Finally, Michael Knight was a faithful partner to KITT, the computer powered super car whose legacy lives on to this day. How cool were they? And how much did they influence the future? 



Toys in the Attic - Tech Toys

Was there anything more exciting for a kid to get a toy that needed batteries? Electronic toys became more accessible to kids in the 80’s. They kept us entertained and helped us learn. The Little Professor calculator was where Shua learned his numbers and the Speak and Spell built his words. Most kids enjoyed their Mattel Electronic sports games, even though it was really just a few little red LED lights. But blinking lights could be fun, and be the basis of games like Merlin and Simon. The Microvision was the granddaddy of the handheld games we love today. And if you like games of fantasy, Dark Tower and Dungeons & Dragons Computer Labyrinth Game sparked our imagination.

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The truth is out there. But since we’re hanging out at home, we’ll have it delivered straight to you! Jay and Shua take a look at some classic movies and TV shows that focused on some classic conspiracies. And we’ll take a second look at what our retro board games were really trying to do to us. 

 

Conspiracy movies and TV with some very suspicious board games.  

 

In the NEWS

  • Holidays come to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in Disney World!
  • Remembering the legend of Wilfred Brimley

 

TechnoRetro Cereal - Roving Spoonster

Shane shares some tasty stories this week. Tim Hortons has a deliciously sweet looking Froot Loops donut that just bowls us over (or is it a sugar coma?)  Post’s Dunkin Donuts coffee cereal is sure to wake you up. And we look at some discontinued cereal and contemplate which ones should return.

 

Let’s All Go to the Movies - Conspiracy Movies

Movie goers have always been fascinated with stories with plenty of intrigue. And no genre has more than conspiracy movies. We look back at some memorable conspiracy stories from the 70’s, 80’s, and even 90’s. Do you remember The Parallax View with Warren Beatty? How about some Robert Redford dramas like Three days of the Condor or All the President’s Men? Space was all the rage with the Mars launch hoax of Capricorn One or the Area 51 inspired Hangar 18. Roy Scheider traded boats for helicopters in 1983’s Blue Thunder. And we would never forget Buckaroo Banzai’s contribution to saving the world from aliens. He probably inspired Roddy Piper in John Carpenter’s They Live. And of course, the granddaddy of all the conspiracies would have to be Oliver Stone’s classic cover-up story inspired by true life events in JFK. Which ones do you like? And what did we leave off the list?

 

TV - More truth to be uncovered

Conspiracies weren’t limited to the cinema. TV had it’s share of intrigue. V: The Miniseries had us questioning if we were being invaded by aliens or fascists. Or maybe fascist aliens. But we’ll never stop questioning all the mysteries of the world in Leonard Nimoy’s In Search Of, or Jack Palance’s Ripley’s Believe it or Not. And as we prepared to head into the 21st Century, Agents Mulder and Scully helped us to track down the real story behind mysterious aliens and why you shouldn’t smoke so much.

 

Toys in the Attic - Board Games or Conspiracies

We grew up with so many great board games. But were they given to us to entertain ourselves or control our minds? Take the quiz and listen to the evidence. Can you identify the board game by the conspiracy theorist description?

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You don’t have to be a Real Genius to know that Weird Science can get out of control. Science was all over the place in August of 1985. If you want the fiction of it, just look in Starlog Magazine. We take a look at the classic Sci-Fi publication in a new segment called Magazine Rack. 

 

Starlog Magazine, plus the sciencey movies Weird Science and Real Genius 

 

In the NEWS

  • Longtime character actor John Saxon passes away
  • A Transformers/Back to the Future crossover? Could that really happen?
  • We got our first look at the live action Tom and Jerry movie
  • Coming soon: A Back to the Future 4K set, complete with tiny floating hoverboard
  • Please consider helping to save Space Camp for future generations of young scientists by donating to savespacecamp.com

 

TechnoRetro Cereal - Tiger Paws

Jay tries the new Kellogg’s snack and lets us know if it’s worth it. Well, if you like sweetness, it may be for you!

 

Magazine Rack - Starlog August 1980

In a new segment on TechnoRetro Dads, we take a look back at the classic sci-fi magazine Starlog. This month’s cover story is an interview with Harrison Ford, the star of the newly released Empire Strikes Back. There are also some great articles about how the 1980’s sci-fi genre entered the 80’s. Battlestar Galactica left TV, Buck Rogers was grasping for one last chance, and a little science fiction movie from Ridley Scott, starring Harrison Ford was on the horizon.

 

Let’s All Go to the Movies - Weird Science/Real Genius

August 1985 was a rich time for science in the movies. Well, science may be a little generous when describing these films, but they certainly felt sciency. John Hughes’s Weird Science starred Anthony Michael Hall, Kelly Lebrock, and Ilan Mitchell-Smith. It tells the story of Gary and Wyatt trying to fit in with their High School peers by creating the beautiful, smart, and magical Lisa from thin air. Aahhh, remember when you did that in high school? Then, watch Val Kilmer at his finest in the classic smart people against the government story Real Genius. Chris Knight helps his roommate Mitch to build a super powerful laser, but must stop it when they realize how it’s going to be used. Both movies featured quotable lines and lots of laughs. And if you want a little science cherry on top, check out the third movie that month, My Science Project. 

 

Vinyl Scratchback - Weird Science/Real Genius Soundtrack

There may have only been a few memorable songs from these movies, but the 80’s vibe was very important to the flow of both. We break down which ones were important, such as Oingo Boingo’s hit Weird Science, and the Tears for Fears favorite Everybody Wants to Rule the World. 

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Ever wonder where to go during an earthquake? How about what to do in case of fire? Would you duck and cover at the first sign of a meteor? These disaster and much more made up a good portion of movies in the 70’s and 80’s. Everyone wanted to know how their favorite stars were going to survive and become heroes. It even transferred to the arcade in great games like Missile Command. Get ready to shake and bake as we relive massive destruction!

 

Retro disaster movies and Missile Command 

 

In the NEWS

  • Jim Varney was much more than just Ernest P. Worrell. A new documentary will show off his brilliance
  • We are excited to see how the prequel animated series based on Gremlins will avoid feeding tose little guys after midnight.
  • The hit YouTube series ‘Cobra Kai’ moves every season over to Netflix
  • Hide your skyscrapers because Godzilla vs Kong just release a trailer for the upcoming flick 

 

TechnoRetro Arcade - Missile Command

In 1980, Atari was preparing us for any kind of attack from the sky we may have to face. Missile Command was a new kind of video game for the arcade, with a trackball and multiple firing buttons. And despite the fact that there’s no way to win, the frenetic pace mad it a fun game to play. 

 

Let’s All Go to the Movies - Disaster Movies

In the 70’s a wave of disaster movies swept through theaters like a hurricane! Audiences were shaken when they watched their favorite stars escape from every danger the world could drop on them. People like Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Sean Connery, and Lorne Greene burned their performances into our memories forever. Stay home, away from germs, and listen to our look back at the most entertaining destruction you’re gonna get this side of the fault line!

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I’m alright. Nobody worry about me. Because we love watching movies. This week we take a look back at the 1980 classic comedy Caddyshack. For 40 years fans have been inspired by the wacky humor and quotable lines. Plus, it had a cool soundtrack. We also head to the arcade to play a legendary digital golf classic, Golden Tee. 

 

Caddyshack, it’s peppy soundtrack, and the arcade Golden Tee. 

 

In the NEWS

  • The Battlestar Galactica is in energetic preparations on the Peacock streaming service
  • Star Wars animation gets an exciting boost with the announcement of Bad Batch
  • Jon Hamm will star at the title character in the Fletch reboot 



We Love Our Cereal

The Roving Spoonster digs deep once again for the best in cereal news. After far too many years, we will finally be getting a female cereal mascot. Even if she is undead. Will South Koreans enjoy the much anticipated Green Onion Chex cereal? And put the matches away, because you won’t need a campfire to enjoy the new S’Mores cereal. 

 

Let’s All Go to the Movies - Caddyshack

40 years ago the guys that brought us National Lampoon set their sights on the golf course. Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield, and a variety of hilarious actors prove once again that bullies will get their come-uppance in any environment. Grab that 9-iron and be the ball. 

 

Vinyl Scratchback - Caddyshack soundtrack

Kenny Loggins beat out Pink Floyd when got the opportunity to write songs for the movie. And he is still singing about how he’s “Alright” today. Plus, an iconic Journey song made it’s way into the movie. More specifically into Al Czervik’s golf bag. 

 

TechnoRetro Arcade - Golden Tee

Some arcade games have medieval action. Some have enemies from space. Some have plumbers chasing turtles. But if you’re ready for something a little slower-paced, then we have a golf game for you. In 1989 Incredible Technologies gave us the strategic golf simulator “Golden Tee”. The series continued for years and was popular with those that would rather stay inside and swing the clubs. 

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July is JediShua’s top month because he gets all the attention for his birthday! To celebrate the TechnoRetro Dads find some fun facts about the 35 year old favorite, Back to the Future. What makes the best cereal cake? We want you to tell us. We’ll wait, but in the meantime let’s play a little Dig Dug and remember some cool birthday gifts from the past. 

 

Back to the Future fun, cereal cake, Dig Dug, and birthday toys from days gone by. 

 

In the NEWS

  • Great big news as we get some very promising news about TRON 3! Shazbazzar stops by briefly to celebrate
  • What was the top movie at the box office on Independence Day weekend? It’s not what you may think! 
  • Your chances of getting your very own two-wheeled, perfectly balanced, transportation system just got slimmer because Segway will be ceasing production. 
  • We are enjoying Gary Larson’s return with new Far Side comics out now
  • And more great news in the future of retro entertainment as Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player Two” gets a release date. 




We Love Our Cereal

JediShua tried to make an ice cream cone out of Cinnamon Toast Crunch with mixed results. For Shua’s birthday he wants a cereal cake. But which one? There are 3 really good ones to choose from. Why not make one and let us know which one would be best? Here’s some links with recipes. 

Fruity Pebbles Cake

https://www.popsugar.com/food/Cereal-Cake-Recipe-44091253 

Froot Loops Rainbow Cake

https://www.yummly.com/recipe/Rainbow-Cereal-Cake-1542919 

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cake

https://livforcake.com/cinnamon-toast-crunch-cake/ 



TechnoRetro Arcade - Dig Dug

Go underground in the 1982 classic arcade game Dig Dug. It’s fun to sadistically pump up Figars and Tookas as you create crazy mazes in the dirt. Both Jay and Shua liked the gameplay, the music, and the fact they could actually play the game well. Let’s revisit Dig Dug. 



Let’s All Go to the Movies - Back to the Future

35 years ago we experienced a movie that’s changed our lives. It’s no secret how much we love Back to the Future, and we thought we knew everything there was to know about the classic film. But we found some facts that were not only obscure, but totally interesting too. And we get to enjoy a song from Biff too!



Toys in the Attic - Birthday gifts from our past

Do you still have any of the toys you got for your birthday when you were a kid? Even if you don’t you still have the memories.  Jay enjoyed his Star Wars Landspeeder and the Death Star that seemed to reproduce. Shua had the immortal Suckerman and a sweet Walkman. What gifts do you remember?

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Looks like you picked the wrong week to stop eating cereal. 40 years ago one of the funniest movies of all time was unleashed. Airplane! flew over Macho Grande and into our funny bones. We stay a mile high as we look back at memorable airplane video games and Evel Knievel  teaches us new ways to land. 

 

Look! Up in the sky! Airplanes, video games, and Evel Knievel!

 

In the NEWS

  • The 80’s ‘kid running from the government’ classic movie DARYL gets a sequel TV series
  • Ever wondered where the Ferris Bueller song “Oh Yeah!” came from? The writers reveal their inspiration
  • We say goodbye to comedy legend Carl Reiner




We Love Our Cereal

We love new ways to use cereal, and the Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cheesecake recipe may be one of the sweetest ways to do it. General Mills releases several new cereals along with Kellogg’s and their superfood for kids. And the Roving Spoonster has us excited about Froot Loops Tropical. 



Let’s All Go to the Movies - Airplane!

In 1980, Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, and David Zucker spoofed the forgettable movie Zero Hour! to create the comedy classic Airplane! It starred Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty, plus a collection of classically serious actors like Peter Graves, Lloyd Bridges, and of course Leslie Nielsen. We look back at the quotes, the jokes, and all the fun that inspired a whole new genre of comedy.  

 

TechnoRetro Arcade - Airplane games

 How many airplane video games do you remember? We start in the early days of gaming all the way back in 1970 with the first flying game ever, Jet Rocket. As the years went on, we saw graphics change but our joy of flying never dwindled. As long as we dream of soaring, they’ll keep simulating it.

 

Toys in the Attic - Evel Knievel

If you’re like us, you probably used your bikes for some pretty crazy stunts when you were little. You may have been inspired by the motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel. We look at his life and the cool toys that he inspired. Don’t try this at home, kids! 

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Do you remember your first car? The freedom it gave us was the beginning of an important chapter of the TechnoRetro Dads’ lives. And the FM radio we listened to kept us entertained as we cruised down the road. 

 

A look back at our first cars and the FM Radio that we all listened to!

 

In the NEWS

  • Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water, it’s the 45th anniversary of the classic Spielberg movie Jaws
  • Sir Ian Holm passes away at 88
  • Cobra Kai is coming to Netflix
  • A new book focuses on the toys of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe




Toys in the Attic - Our first cars

You never forget your first ride. Jay had a VW Beetle and Shua had a...well, he’d like to forget. We remember what our first cars meant to us, and share some of the sweet wheels our earbuds had too. What did it mean to you and what ended up happening to it? 

 

Vinyl Scratchback - FM Radio

In the 70’s and 80’s there was almost no form of entertainment so accessible as the radio. We listened in our bedrooms, our living rooms, doing yardwork, in our headphones, and especially in our cars. And FM stations crowded the airwaves giving us the legendary music that is still popular today. Shua break down a short history of how FM was developed into what it was when DJs ruled the airwaves. Then we remember some of the stations that were big in the cities where we grew up. 

 

Saturday Mornings - Speed Buggy

Speed Buggy was a Hanna-Barbera cartoon that only lasted for 16 episodes, but it left a mark that keeps it in our memories today. Part Scooby Doo, part Josie and the Pussycats, it told the tale of a little dune buggy and his friends.

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Happy TechnoRetro Dads Day! Shane the Roving Spoonster joins Jay and Shua to talk cereal, take the ultimate Dads Quiz, and revisit the Rick Moranis classic, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

 

We celebrate the Papas and those who are fulfilling the Papa role!

 

In the NEWS

  • School House Rock is now available on Disney+
  • Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2020 has been officially cancelled

 

We Love Our Cereal

For the first time ever, The Roving Spoonster, Shane joins us to talk Dads and cereal. First, he shares news of each state’s favorite cereal. Did your favorite make the cut? Next, what can we do if our coffee creamer runs out? How about some cereal milk. Another casualty of cancellations is Battle Creek, Michigan’s National Cereal Festival. And have you ever tried to freeze your cereal? We’ll talk about some results. 

 

Ultimate Pop Culture Dad Quiz!

It’s Father’s Day week. Do you remember all the dads that helped to raise you? We’re talking about, of course, the ones you saw on TV and in the movies. How much do you remember about these retro Pops and what they did right (and wrong) when raising their kiddos. Shane and Jay go head-to-head in this fun game of Daddy-ness.

 

Let’s All Go to the Movies - Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

On June 23, 1989 you may have been sitting in a movie theater watching the premiere of Tim Burton’s Batman. But if you couldn’t get in, you may have checked out another movie that opened that day. Disney’s Honey, I Shrunk the Kids starred a nice, wide variety of popular actors from the time, including Ghostbuster’s Rick Moranis and Max Headroom himself, Matt Frewer. It tells the story of four kids that get miniaturized by their quirky, scientist dad Wayne Szalinski. They have to cut their way through the backyard to find a way to get big again. Shane joins in the discussion as we revisit this fun, family comedy. 

 

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Take Off with Bob and Doug’s Strange Brew!

Superfriend Sheldon joins us as we look back at the movie Strange Brew, test our Canadian knowledge, and play the arcade game Root Beer Tapper.

 

Take off to the Great White North!

 

In the NEWS

  • Mad Magazine’s Al Jaffee retires at 99 years old!
  • Paul Hogan revisits his character Crocodile Dundee (sort of)
  • The trailer for Bill and Ted Face the Music arrives, and it’s wonderful!



We Love Our Cereal




Let’s All Go to the Movies - Strange Brew

In 2020, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley intercepted with the International Space Station, but in 1983 Bob and Doug McKenzie intercepted with the Elsinore Brewing Company in the movie Strange Brew.  This spinoff of their popular skit on SCTV hit theaters and showed the fictional brothers’ true love of beer. Sheldon Norton, Superfriend and Canadian, join Jay and Shua to reminisce about the goofy comedy and then give them a test to see how Canadian they actually are. 

 

TechnoRetro Arcade:  Bally Midway’s Root Beer Tapper

In 1983, Bally released an arcade game where you got to be a bartender! But you have the option of serving up some delicious, foamy root beer in this classic game where your coordination must be in tip top shape so you don’t drop the mugs. 

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Jay and Shua get their tushies to Mars as they look back at Ah-nuld’s classic movie Total Recall! Plus, summer toys, and cereal!

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TechnoRetro Dads: A Summer of Monkeys and Chevys as we welcome Jovial Jay!

Fletch, Paul Simon’s Graceland, and a Secret of Monkey Island

 

Our good buddy shazbazzar is going to be taking some time off from the show. But never fear, the witty and effervescent Jay Shepard will be filling in!

 

In the NEWS

  • Mike Mignola has some great cereal art for charity
  • Rancho Obi-Wan now gives virtual tours
  • We are enjoying Josh Gad’s Reunited Apart shows on YouTube
  • It may just be a satirical story, but we would look forward to sequels from John Carpenter’s - They Live

 

We Love Our Cereal

Great stories, courtesy of our Roving Spoonster Shane! Kelloggs has heard our wishes and given us giant cereal for your snacking pleasure. A new, sweet cereal is released from the small company Magic Spoon. A new way to close cereal boxes. Plus, enjoying some mini pancakes as a cereal. Is it a good idea?

 

Vinyl Scratchback

Do you remember Paul Simon’s 1986 release, Graceland? We take a look back on the influence of this groundbreaking album, and discuss some of the more memorable songs. And do we recognize someone from that You Can Call Me Al video?

 

TechnoRetro Arcade:  The Secret of Monkey Island

In 1990 Lucasfilm Games released one of their biggest hits about a pirate named Guybrush Threepwood. Well, he wants to be a pirate. And you, as the player, will have to go on adventures and solve puzzles in this graphic adventure game reminiscent of the Pirates of the Caribbean.

 

Let’s All Go to the Movies

The summer of 1985 was kicked off in the movie theater with one of our favorite Not Ready for Primetime Players, Chevy Chase. Fletch was one of Chase’s biggest, (and funniest) movies. Quotable lines and hysterical humor made this one a movie with years of rewatch potential.  

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The Empire Strikes Back premiered in theaters 40 years ago today.  And since the number 40 has a nice ring to it, TechnoRetro Dads delve into the archives of American Top 40 with Casey Kasem as a soundtrack for the day.  In a strange turn of events, an alternative version of the radio show came across the airwaves as host Spacey Ace’em counts down the Top Ten from the week of May 21,  1980 and while the tunes sound familiar, the lyrics are a bit odd.  Count down the greatest hits of this week 40 years ago with a flair from that galaxy far, far away.  

 

10.  “Biggest Hope We Have” (Am Yozia)

Yozya, of a wrinkled and green species unrecorded in the Official Archives of the Galactic Empire, sings about his great, great, great, great uncle’s training of a farm boy from Tatooine during his self-imposed exile on Dagobah. 

 

9.  “Another Snow-Covered Brawl” (Pink Asteroid)

This controversial piece has been banned from educational academies throughout the Galactic Empire because of its alleged ties to the traitorous Rebel Alliance.   

 

8.  “Don’t Find a Friend in a Gambler” (Gordon Rogers and Buck Girard)

A duet about scoundrels, pirates, and honor among thieves that you’re going to have to hear to the end.

 

7.  “You May Be Right, I May Be Scruffy” (Joel Willbilly)

Willbilly hits hard with this raucous tune about a scoundrel with a high opinion of himself.  Perhaps a princess and a scoundrel could have a future.

 

6.  “Roll the Dice” (Dr. Bookie)

Known for their songs about fast podracers, fast ships, and fast money, “Roll the Dice” comes from the band’s latest album, Canto Blight.

 

5.  “With You I’m Left Behind” (C-3PO and R2-D2)

The second duet in the top ten this week features a protocol droid and an astromech singing a song you’ll hope never ends.

 

4.  “BespinTown” (Faux No)

From the album Villa Manilla, the lip-syncing pseudo-band Faux No tells the story of a city that will get you moving and grooving.

 

3.  “Frozen Love” (Iron Lung)

“Frozen Love” will warm the coldest hearts with a love song that will make you say, “I know.”

 

2.  “Fly the Slave 1” (Cross-2-4-Chris)

Cross-2-4-Chris knows about the relationship of a pilot and his ship.  While it’s not quite as romantic as his number one hit “Solo’s Falcon”, this song about Han Solo’s rival will have you hunting bounties in no time.

 

1.  “Call Me” (Blah N Di)

Force Time.  Enough said.

 

And that’s the Top Ten.  Of course, there are a few surprises along the way, so plug in your ear buds, EarBuds, and turn up the tunes.  We’re betting you’ll be crying before it’s over.

In case this wasn’t all you hoped it would be, tune in to the last Top40 Top Ten from May 25, 1977 here.

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Where would we be without our Moms?  Well, nowhere, obviously.  I mean, people don’t just randomly occur by chance.  And no, storks are not the answer folks, regardless of what Papa Smurf told you about “once in a blue moon”.  

 

In the NEWS

  • Will Ryan Reynolds be Dirk the Daring?
  • Just how cool would it be to meet the creator of TRON and the man who wore the suit?
  • The cast and crew of The Goonies reunite!
  • Star Wars: Droids on one long YouTube video!

 

We Love Our Cereal…

…and more and more people are jumping on the #chillyourbowl bandwagon as boxes disappear from grocery store shelves like they were toilet paper.  Discover new cereals for your taste buds while binging your favorite toons on your days off.  You can even order cereal (and more) from The Cereal Box, Inc.

 

TechnoRetro Arcade: Mothers

Atari brought a hip-hoppin’ punch-throwin’ Mom to the arcade with a Popeye vs. Donkey Kong game called Kangaroo.  PLUS: we find out the origins of Blanka from Street Fighter II — and see his mom!

 

Let’s All Go to the Movies

Moms in movies from the ‘70s and ‘80s were scary, sweet, tormented, and awesome.  Which ones do you remember?  Which ones would you like to forget?

 

Thanks for tuning in to TechnoRetro Dads, EarBuds!  Go online for more TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RetroZap.com, or TechnoRetroDads.libsyn.com.  Pick up your TechnoRetro Dads merchandise at TeePublic.  Don’t forget to rate and review TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, share us and with us on social media, get TechnoRetro merchandise at TeePublic, and join discussions on Discord about toys, cereal, games, movies and/or shows from the ‘70s and ‘80s by giving the ‘Dads your feedback via voice mail at (209) 878-7323 or sending us your mp3dback via electronic-M to podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com.

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May 25, 1977 — Star Wars dazzles audiences.

May 21, 1980 — The Empire Strikes Back hits a home run.

May 4, 2020 — TechnoRetro Dads pay tribute to the FORCE that became even more powerful with the sequel.  

 

In the NEWS

Disney+ says, “May the 4th Be with You” with:

  • Cool artwork
  • The Rise of Skywalker
  • Behind the scenes of The Mandalorian
  • The Clone Wars finale

 

And Yoda Is His Name-Oh

There was a Jedi, not too tall,
and Yoda was his name - oh!
Y - O - D - A -

Well, even if his name has too few letters to fit the song, even if he isn’t tall enough to ride certain attractions at Walt Disney World, and even if he is all wrinkled and green, Yoda proved to be the ultimate Jedi Master with his quirky personality, questionable syntax, and quotable words of wisdom.

We continue in our amazement of Yoda lifting Luke’s X-Wing from the swamp and examine why his pithy proverb uttered in The Empire Strikes Back has had such an impact on the world and the ‘Dads themselves.

JediShua remembers when Yoda was purple; shazbazzar thinks that the Hulk was, too.

 

We Love Our Cereal…

…and we think that Star Wars characters would, too.  JediShua and shazbazzar consider which cereals from our galaxy would most appeal to our friends from that galaxy far, far away.

 

TechnoRetro Arcade: The Empire Strikes Back

From the Atari arcade revamp of Star Wars to the home version of the “Battle in the Snow” to the immersive experience of on the Super NES, shazbazzar and JediShua remember when you could put yourself in the action of The Empire Strikes Back.

 

Thanks to Talented Friends and Friendly Talents

We think you’re funny!

  • Joey, Nathan, & Kelly from Animanicast
  • Author Antony Soehner
  • RetroZap Emperor Joe Tavano from Brews & Blasters
  • Dennis Keithly and Jay Krebs from Podcast Stardust
  • Roving Spoonster Shane in Grand Rapids with Trusty Sidekick Emma
  • RetroZap Writer Courtney Martin
  • The Specialist Chris Luby from The Geek State Podcast
  • Jovial Jay and JediShua from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Case Files and Superhero Suite
  • JediShua “Going to Dagobah”
  • Weird Al Yankovich “Yoda”
  • The Syzlaks “The Lando System”
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After seven years of podcasting, did the TechnoRetro Dads call it quits?  Well, not yet at least.  Join shazbazzar and JediShua for the premiere of the eighth season of TechnoRetro Dads today, featuring musical cues from:

  • High Adventure
  • Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, & Martin Short
  • Ben C. Foster
  • Buckner & Garcia
  • R. Cade & The Video Victims
  • The Family Shua

Thanks for tuning in to TechnoRetro Dads, EarBuds!  Go online for more TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RetroZap.com, or TechnoRetroDads.libsyn.com.  Pick up your TechnoRetro Dads merchandise at TeePublic.  Don’t forget to rate and review TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, share us and with us on social media, get TechnoRetro merchandise at TeePublic, and join discussions on Discord about toys, cereal, games, movies and/or shows from the ‘70s and ‘80s by giving the ‘Dads your feedback via voice mail at (209) 878-7323 or sending us your mp3dback via electronic-M to podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com.

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Take time to enjoy the stuff you loved as a kid as the weather gets better outside and a lot of people are in the middle of Spring Break.  Check out what’s on TechnoRetro Dads this week:

  • These “Dad Jokes” are for the birds!
  • Strange Cereal News and a March Madness Cereal Bracket!
  • Saturday Mornings: Streaming ‘80s Cartoons
  • TechnoRetro Arcade: Games to Play Online
  • Vinyl Scratchback: Songs You Know by Heart
  • Let’s All Go to the Movies: Feel Good Flicks
  • Star Wars Scrapbook: Historical March Timeline

Thanks for tuning in to TechnoRetro Dads, EarBuds!  Go online for more TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RetroZap.com, or TechnoRetroDads.libsyn.com.  Pick up your TechnoRetro Dads merchandise at TeePublic.  Don’t forget to rate and review TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, share us and with us on social media, get TechnoRetro merchandise at TeePublic, and join discussions on Discord about toys, cereal, games, movies and/or shows from the ‘70s and ‘80s by giving the ‘Dads your feedback via voice mail at (209) 878-7323 or sending us your mp3dback via electronic-M to podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com.

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In the mid-80s, Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories was a weekly treat for fans of the far-out and freaky with its John Williams’ theme and oddball anthology style.  Every Monday night brought another mini-movie as science fiction crossed over with comedy, horror, drama, or fantasy.  Now that it’s back on AppleTV+, shazbazzar and JediShua renew their fervor for the series as the “third season” picks up where we left off more than thirty years ago.

 

In the NEWS

  • Netflix plans to bring back Kids in the Hall.
  • Amazon announces third season of Lost in Space.
  • Disney+ claims they will not pursue Tron series.
  • Remember the vibrant career of Max Von Sydow.

 

We Love Our Cereal…

…but not everyone is a fan of cartoon cereal mascots.  Aldi is set to follow the trend of pulling cartoon characters from boxes of sugary cereal.  Syracuse alumnus kicks off a new business creating a brand of “healthy” kids’ cereals.

 

Saturday Mornings: Jonny Quest

Who knew that Jonny Quest was originally aired in a prime time slot in the ‘60s?  While it wasn’t actually Saturday morning fare, the short-lived series was ahead of its time in artistic style, story content, and pretty much everything except for the dog.  Somehow, Bandit must have sneaked onto the set unseen and the Quests couldn’t get rid of him.

 

Amazing Stories

From the John Williams theme to the stranger than Stranger Things vibe of the show, anthology series Amazing Stories touched a nerve among teens who were looking for science fiction/fantasy entertainment in the mid-1980s.  Now that the series is being continued on AppleTV+, the ‘Dads revisit the show they loved more than thirty years ago.

 

The Road to The Empire Strikes Back

Where would Mark Hamill go to plug the sequel to Star Wars?  A comedy variety show, of course.  Accompanied by the characters of Star Wars, Mark had a blast with the “argyle gargoyle” and the entire cast of The Muppet Show as Mark, Luke, C-3PO, R2-D2, and Chewbacca invaded the Muppets’ stage in this unapologetic “vaudevillainous” stop on the press tour as the hype for The Empire Strikes Back continues to grow in February 1980.

 

Thanks for tuning in to TechnoRetro Dads, EarBuds!  Go online for more TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RetroZap.com, or TechnoRetroDads.libsyn.com.  Pick up your TechnoRetro Dads merchandise at TeePublic.  Don’t forget to rate and review TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, share us and with us on social media, get TechnoRetro merchandise at TeePublic, and join discussions on Discord about toys, cereal, games, movies and/or shows from the ‘70s and ‘80s by giving the ‘Dads your feedback via voice mail at (209) 878-7323 or sending us your mp3dback via electronic-M to podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com.

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Beneath your feet a superheated maelstrom is churning, burning, yearning to be borne to the surface through a crack in the crust and carried to new heights in a funnel-shaped mountain in hopes of bursting forth into our cruel, cool world.  Magma, lava, it’s all the same — just a different location.  Tune in for explosive eruptions on TechnoRetro Dads as we explore the hot topic of volcanoes.

 

In the NEWS

Nik Wallenda walks across the mouth of a volcano . . . on a tightrope.  And he did it just in time to be featured on this volcanic episode of TechnoRetro Dads.  Yep.  We’re that hot!

 

We Love Our Cereal…

…even in pancakes.  And the world seems to agree.  Cap’n Crunch has a new Berrytastic Pancake Mix you can make at home.  Or, if flipping flapjacks sounds like too much work, you can go to IHOP and enjoy their cereal pancakes.  Swiss Miss will soon release Lucky Charms hot chocolate you can heat over the cone of a volcano (if you’re daring).  Florida girl is a cereal hero who continues collecting boxes of cereal for the less fortunate in the Tampa area.

 

Joe Versus The Volcano

Thirty years ago, Tom Hanks was connived into agreeing to jump into a volcano for Lloyd Bridges because Robert Stack clouded his mind through masterful manipulation.  And just when it seemed that things couldn’t get any stranger, Meg Ryan showed up with Meg Ryan and Meg Ryan — all of whom were more than a tad bit interested in Tom Hanks.  Add some orange soda and an island big enough for Abe Vigoda and Nathan Lane and you’ve got a match Vegas would love to see.  In the aftermath of Mike Tyson vs. Buster Douglas, we were given a red hot battle in Joe Versus the Volcano.

 

TechnoRetro Arcade: Volcanoes in Video Games

Whether it was the never-changing vector-graphic volcano in Battlezone or “Lethal Lava Land” in Mario 64, we lava the explosive eruptions and  magmaficently brilliant digital flows in video games at home and in the arcade.

 

Feedback

  • The Jeffries tubes on the Enterprise-D came from the Red October.
  • Less than Jake did a song for a Pac-Man cereal commercial.

 

Thanks for tuning in to TechnoRetro Dads, EarBuds!  Go online for more TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RetroZap.com, or TechnoRetroDads.libsyn.com.  Pick up your TechnoRetro Dads merchandise at TeePublic.  Don’t forget to rate and review TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, share us and with us on social media, get TechnoRetro merchandise at TeePublic, and join discussions on Discord about toys, cereal, games, movies and/or shows from the ‘70s and ‘80s by giving the ‘Dads your feedback via voice mail at (209) 878-7323 or sending us your mp3dback via electronic-M to podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com.

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You can #chillyourbowl in the frigid waters of Russia with Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin in the first film adaptation of a Tom Clancy “Jack Ryan” novel.  

 

In the NEWS

  • Tony Soehner publishes the first book in a new series of Dungeons & Dragons novels.
  • Bob Iger leaves office and people want to know if he will pursue a political office.
  • Jif peanut butter gets into the digital graphics game with a bit of flavorful fun.

 

We Love Our Cereal…

…and when there’s gold in boxes of Lucky Charms, there’s even more to love.  But when buying a box of cereal means you have to pawn your wedding ring, we’re not overly excited. 

 

TechnoRetro Arcade: Video Game Cereals

From Donkey Kong to Pac-Man, cereals have been known to capitalize on licensing video games to garner more of the Saturday morning cereal lovers’ pastimes.

 

The Hunt for Red October

With an iconic soundtrack by Basil Poledouris and an all-star cast featuring Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill, James Earl Jones, Joss Ackland, Tim Curry, Stellan Skarsgård, Courtney B. Vance, Jeffrey Jones, Fred Thompson, Sven-Ole Thorsen, and Gates McFadden, The Hunt for Red October preyed on our lingering fears from the Cold War and our interest in suspenseful action movies.  JediShua and shazbazzar remember and rewatch The Hunt for Red October thirty years later.

 

Feedback

Check out these voicemails and electronic-Ms from our EarBuds!

  • Onkl Mawks analyzes the voices of your hosts.
  • Chris the Arvadinian has a favorite arcade game.
  • Ben C. Foster shows his artistic talent in music and pen & ink drawings.

 

Thanks for tuning in to TechnoRetro Dads, EarBuds!  Go online for more TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RetroZap.com, or TechnoRetroDads.libsyn.com.  Pick up your TechnoRetro Dads merchandise at TeePublic.  Don’t forget to rate and review TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, share us and with us on social media, get TechnoRetro merchandise at TeePublic, and join discussions on Discord about toys, cereal, games, movies and/or shows from the ‘70s and ‘80s by giving the ‘Dads your feedback via voice mail at (209) 878-7323 or sending us your mp3dback via electronic-M to podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com.

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How did two years of “Retro Day” pass without us noticing?  Join shazbazzar and JediShua as we make up for lost time in a week devoted to a mix tape of truly TechnoRetro tributes.  

 

In the NEWS

  • Masters of the Universe finds its voice(s)
  • Scott Bakula talks Quantum Leap
  • Rick Moranis and Joe Johnston to return for Shrunk.
  • Wil Wheaton hosts E-Sports game show.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars is back!
  • New Amazing Stories trailer.

 

We Love Our Cereal…

…and magic.  However, the lines between science, magic, and downright witchcraft are getting blurry with the pink pebbles that may make blue poo as Post announces Magic Fruity Pebbles.

 

Vinyl Scratchback: Retro Mix Tape

JediShua and shazbazzar suggest five-song TechnoRetro Day mix tapes from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s.  Several EarBuds chime in with their ideas, too!

 

TechnoRetro Arcade

Remember what it was like to go into the arcade at the mall or shopping center with a five-dollar bill?  With a bit of foresight based on hindsight (it is 2020, after all), JediShua and shazbazzar plan their TechnoRetro Day trip to the arcade.

 

Saturday Mornings

The ‘Dads dig into truly retro cartoons they dug as kids (even if they weren’t strictly Saturday morning fare).  With just a bit of controversy, their lists of TechnoRetro Day cartoons will have you reaching for a chilled bowl of your favorite cereal this Thursday.

 

The Road to the Empire Strikes Back

During the three year-long interval between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, the kids of the ‘70s needed something to keep them in that galaxy far, far away without losing their minds waiting for there heroes to return.  Thankfully, Kenner had the prescription to keep hypersensitive kids from going full-on hyperactive: Star Wars action figures, playsets, and vehicles.  Take a trip back in time as shazbazzar and JediShua relive the timeless toys from 1978, 1979, 1980, and beyond on the Road to the Empire Strikes Back.

 

Thanks for tuning in to TechnoRetro Dads, EarBuds!  Go online for more TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RetroZap.com, or TechnoRetroDads.libsyn.com.  Pick up your TechnoRetro Dads merchandise at TeePublic.  Don’t forget to rate and review TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, share us and with us on social media, get TechnoRetro merchandise at TeePublic, and join discussions on Discord about toys, cereal, games, movies and/or shows from the ‘70s and ‘80s by giving the ‘Dads your feedback via voice mail at (209) 878-7323 or sending us your mp3dback via electronic-M to podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com.

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Tune up and tune in for some cartoon tunes as animated bands set the stage for music and memories on this mid-February episode of TechnoRetro Dads.  

 

In the NEWS

  • The Academy Speaks Korean
  • Gear up for Retro Day

 

We Love Our Cereal…

…and Buffalo does, too.  Check out The Cereal Spot where the bowls are chilled all winter!  Go to Kansas City and get you a super bowl of Mahomes Magic Crunch!  In Japan, you can even get a sweet box of Hershey’s Matcha Chocolate cereal.

 

Saturday Mornings

Listen to the bands as they play cartoon tunes on Saturday mornings from the 1960s to the early 1990s.  Some of these may be more obscure than others, but with a little help from EarBuds, shazbazzar and JediShua have pieced together a nice set list of songs from animated television.

 

Let’s All Go to the Movies: Witness

When an eight year-old Amish boy witnesses a murder as he travels to Philadelphia, John Book has to get involved for everyone’s safety as the case is investigated.  Remember Witness from 1985 starring Harrison Ford, Lukas Haas, and Kelly McGillis, and many more famous faces.

 

The Road to the Empire Strikes Back

From soundtracks to disco covers, the music of a galaxy far, far away lived on in the late ‘70s and 1980 as we all eagerly awaited the sequel to Star Wars.  Get out the turntable and spin some vinyl with JediShua and shazbazzar as we listen to everything from orchestral music, disco, and even read-along books on the Road to the Empire Strikes Back.

 

Thanks for tuning in to TechnoRetro Dads, EarBuds!  Go online for more TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RetroZap.com, or TechnoRetroDads.libsyn.com.  Pick up your TechnoRetro Dads merchandise at TeePublic.  Don’t forget to rate and review TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, share us and with us on social media, get TechnoRetro merchandise at TeePublic, and join discussions on Discord about toys, cereal, games, movies and/or shows from the ‘70s and ‘80s by giving the ‘Dads your feedback via voice mail at (209) 878-7323 or sending us your mp3dback via electronic-M to podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com.

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The football champions have been crowned.  Grammy and Oscar have had their nights.  Once again, it’s time for TechnoRetro Dads with an episode that’s longer than a commercial for Super Mario Bros. 3.  

 

In the NEWS

  • Starbucks has secret drinks from a GFFA.
  • Galaxy’s Edge has new drinks, too.
  • New DeLoreans are coming.
  • Atari is in the hotel business.

 

We Love Our Cereal…

…but not the way everyone eats it.  JediShua reveals why #ChillYourBowl is better than a recent TikTok challenge as shazbazzar unveils the best ice cream cereal ideas ever will soon be in the freezer at your local grocery store.

 

TechnoRetro Arcade

In 1990, Mario and Luigi got new powers and costume changes in Super Mario Bros. 3.  The U.S. release of this game brought in lots of cash for Nintendo after the longest commercial in video game history was shown in theaters under the name The Wizard.

 

Romantic Scenes from TechnoRetro Movies

With Valentine’s Day coming this week, it’s a great time to look back at some great movies from our younger years to highlight some of the most romantic scenes in the movies we love.  It shouldn’t surprise anyone to learn that these movie scenes taught us life-long lessons about love.

 

Don’t Forget!

Although the GOLIVERSE marathon for Cure Childhood Cancer is over, you can still make your tax-free donation to help eliminate childhood cancer in our lifetime by making your gift here! 

 

Thanks for tuning in to TechnoRetro Dads, EarBuds!  Go online for more TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RetroZap.com, or TechnoRetroDads.libsyn.com.  Pick up your TechnoRetro Dads merchandise at TeePublic.  Don’t forget to rate and review TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, share us and with us on social media, get TechnoRetro merchandise at TeePublic, and join discussions on Discord about toys, cereal, games, movies and/or shows from the ‘70s and ‘80s by giving the ‘Dads your feedback via voice mail at (209) 878-7323 or sending us your mp3dback via electronic-M to podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com.

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Sure, you recognize Mom and Dad are palindromes, but did you notice the racecar?  It was a Toyota.  Yep, that was another one.  It could be expanded in context, too: A Toyota. Race fast, safe car. A Toyota.  Wow, that was long!  And we saw a Jawa sew DNA.  Okay, that really didn’t make much sense, but if it was an offworld Jawa, it might explain something about baby Yoda.  Since this is the last show before Palindrome Day, shazbazzar and JediShua wanted to remind you that next Sunday is 2020.02.02 (or 02.02.2020).  So get busy going backwards and forwards at the same time.  Wait, isn’t that what TechnoRetro Dads is all about?  

 

In the NEWS

 

TechnoRetro Arcade

Nintendo seems to have forgotten Stanley, the hero of Donkey Kong 3.  So have the rest of us, evidently.  Witness the child of Galaga and Donkey Kong below:

https://youtu.be/n3kjQzcp7Lk

 

Game Shows

From Wheel of Fortune to Jeopardy, game shows have been a part of our lives since childhood.  We remember hosts, games, prizes, and more from shows like Tic Tac Dough, Press Your Luck, Scrabble, Hollywood Squares, $10,000 Pyramid, $25,000 Pyramid, The Price is Right, The Gong Show, Name that Tune, Sale of the Century, Concentration, Card Sharks, Jokers Wild, Win, Lose, or Draw, as well as Double Dare, Remote Control, and Legends of the Hidden Temple.

 

The Road to The Empire Strikes Back

Comic books were essential for the continuing story of Luke Skywalker and his friends after Star Wars left theaters.  Part of the hype leading up to The Empire Strikes Back included catching up with old friends and meeting new ones in the pages of Marvel’s Star Wars comic books.

 

Thanks for tuning in to TechnoRetro Dads, EarBuds!  Go online for more TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RetroZap.com, or TechnoRetroDads.libsyn.com.  Pick up your TechnoRetro Dads merchandise at TeePublic.  Don’t forget to rate and review TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, share us and with us on social media, get TechnoRetro merchandise at TeePublic, and join discussions on Discord about toys, cereal, games, movies and/or shows from the ‘70s and ‘80s by giving the ‘Dads your feedback via voice mail at (209) 878-7323 or sending us your mp3dback via electronic-M to podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com.

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The LSU Tigers are the undisputed champions of college football.  JediShua has had some experience with electronic and hard-hitting Big Toe football.  Scott Ryfun has an odd collection of football games.  The Mississippi State Bulldogs have an entertaining new coach.  And of all the games we're talking about this morning, football really isn't it.  But you would do well to take a RISK and tune in to TechnoRetro Dads right now!

 

In the NEWS

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker nominated for the Academy Awards with Missing Link.
  • Disney is considering remaking Space Camp.
  • Quantum Leap looks like it might be making a comeback.

 

We Love Our Cereal…

…and Cheerios love our hearts.  Plus: Reese's Big Puffs have been spotted in the stores.  Is the picture on the front of the box a scale version of these enormous cereal puffs we've been hearing about?

 

TechnoRetro Arcade

JediShua and shazbazzar imagine what their home arcades could be like even as Shua is actually putting his together.

 

Saturday Mornings

Part of the fun of our youth was sitting in front of the TV with a bowl of cereal on Saturday mornings before your friends (and maybe your family) got up.  Some EarBuds chime in on shows they remember.  

 

Risk: A Game of World Domination

Start with one continent and then expand outward while protecting your land from outside attackers in the classic game of Risk.  Draw your cards, move your pieces, roll the dice, get ready to fight in this game that continues to be popular after over sixty years.

 

The Road to The Empire Strikes Back

With no internet access to quench Star Wars' fans' thirst for information about the upcoming sequel, kids and adults relied on print media to provide sufficient bits of news to keep the hype going and growing on the long, long drive down the Road to The Empire Strikes Back.

 

Thanks for tuning in to TechnoRetro Dads, EarBuds!  Go online for more TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RetroZap.com, or TechnoRetroDads.libsyn.com.  Pick up your TechnoRetro Dads merchandise at TeePublic.  Don’t forget to rate and review TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, share us and with us on social media, get TechnoRetro merchandise at TeePublic, and join discussions on Discord about toys, cereal, games, movies and/or shows from the ‘70s and ‘80s by giving the ‘Dads your feedback via voice mail at (209) 878-7323 or sending us your mp3dback via electronic-M to podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com.

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Whether Mr. Cab Driver refuses to pick you up or Lady Cab Driver is caught in the Crosstown Traffic, Baby, You Can Drive My Car while we talk about cars this week on TechnoRetro Dads.  Take us along on your Monday morning commute for a road trip through five decades of love bugs, imperial slugs, with wheels, deals, and lots of banana peels.

 

In the NEWS

  • Disney+ Willow series in preproduction.
  • Legendary Visual Futurist Syd Mead dies at 86.

 

We Love Our Cereal…

…but Mexico evidently doesn’t like iconic cartoon cereal mascots like Tony the Tiger.  However, Gene Simmons does enjoy his cereal — with ice cubes.

 

Herbie Goes Bananas (1980)

In the third sequel to Disney’s The Love Bug, Herbie has ended up in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and has been inherited by Pete from his uncle Jim Douglas. As he goes to pick Herbie up with his friend DJ, the two are pickpocketed by an orphan boy named Paco.  In an unexpected twist, Paco also robbed some bad guys, who are after some Incan gold. In the stolen wallet was a piece of film that would lead the villains to the gold.  Seeking an escape, Paco hides in Herbie and gets onboard the cruise ship Sun Princess.  All our heroes meet up with Captain Blythe, Louise, and her anthropology student niece, Melissa. The captain tosses Herbie overboard after his mischievous antics and all seems lost.  But Herbie swims to shore, meets up with Paco, fights a bull, and helps Paco, Pete, and DJ race for the gold. 

 

JediShua’s New TechnoRetro Studio

The walls are up.  The shelves are installed.  The collectibles are being displayed.  Soon, JediShua will share the O.A.S.I.S. with family, friends, and EarBuds in a fun-filled room with absolutely no rabbits allowed — except on boxes of TRIX.  

 

The Road to The Empire Strikes Back

Forty years ago, young Shua and younger shaz anxiously awaited the sequel to the most amazing movie they had (and have) ever seen.  Join the TechnoRetro Dads each week as we remember the five month long drive down the Road to The Empire Strikes Back.

 

Thanks for tuning in to TechnoRetro Dads, EarBuds!  Go online for more TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RetroZap.com, or TechnoRetroDads.libsyn.com.  Pick up your TechnoRetro Dads merchandise at TeePublic.  Don’t forget to rate and review TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, share us and with us on social media, get TechnoRetro merchandise at TeePublic, and join discussions on Discord about toys, cereal, games, movies and/or shows from the ‘70s and ‘80s by giving the ‘Dads your feedback via voice mail at (209) 878-7323 or sending us your mp3dback via electronic-M to podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com.

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As the smoke clears from shazbazzar’s ongoing battle with the chipmunks, Sheldon Norton and JediShua help clear shazbazzar’s vision by providing insights into some aftershocks of Star Wars that could have catapulted Disney into the modern age of science fiction with the last movie made “the old-fashioned way”.  It’s perfect 20/20 vision in the first episode of 2020 this Monday morning!

 

Sad NEWS

  • Jack Sheldon of SchoolHouse Rock fame dies at 88.
  • Caroll Spinney from Sesame Street dies at 85.

 

We Love Our Cereal…

…and dad jokes on cereal containers’ labels that our Roving Spoonster discovered over the holidays.

 

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Sheldon, Shua, and shaz recount their experiences watching The Rise of Skywalker for the first (second and third) time before studying some Star Wars Aftershocks from 1979.

 

The Black Hole

After the blockbuster success of Star Wars, filmmakers rushed headlong into the cinematic “space race” in hopes of capitalizing on the success of George Lucas’s zeitgeist.  Even Disney was not immune to the attraction of the stars above, embarking on a quest the Mouse had never before undertaken.  That’s how Disney found themselves pulled into the inescapable gravity of a huge budget and PG rating of The Black Hole.  In a quest to discover answers, Disney tells the story of how German scientist Hans Reinhardt maintains his ship, the Cygnus, next to a black hole, planning to plunge the ship into and through the dark monstrosity in his quest for knowledge: specifically, what caused the cause that created the known universe.  

 

EarBuds’ Toy Catalog

The results of the “toys for all” bracket of 2019’s toy catalog are in.  SPOILER ALERT: It’s Nerf or nothing!

 

Thanks for tuning in to TechnoRetro Dads, EarBuds!  Go online for more TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RetroZap.com, or TechnoRetroDads.libsyn.com.  Pick up your TechnoRetro Dads merchandise at TeePublic.  Don’t forget to rate and review TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, share us and with us on social media, get TechnoRetro merchandise at TeePublic, and join discussions on Discord about toys, cereal, games, movies and/or shows from the ‘70s and ‘80s by giving the ‘Dads your feedback via voice mail at (209) 878-7323 or sending us your mp3dback via electronic-M to podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com.

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’Tis the season of Star Wars with The Rise of Skywalker, and of course the ‘Dads seen it…once or twice.  Now shazbazzar and JediShua go window shopping and find special last-minute gifts for each other in the spirit of Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (or The Gift of the Magi, if you prefer).

Take 77 minutes of music with you on your last day of work and final shopping trips this weekend with tunes by Buster Poindexter, Kurt Russell, John Kirby, The Monkees, Brian Setzer, Yogi Yorgesson, Danger Danger, Dropkick Murphys, William Shatner, Ray Stevens, The Matinee, Cyndi Lauper, and more.  Experience cartoon voices from The Smurfs, ALF, The Transformers, Pinky and the Brain, G.I.Joe, and Pac-Man.  Finally, plug into the Christmas spirit with Star Wars and video game music.  It’s the sixth edition of UnScrooged — share and enjoy!

Merry Christmas, EarBuds!

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Join us for an “uncut” and “raw” episode of TechnoRetro Dads in this Star Wars Scrapbook covering eight movies, several theaters, and a handful of states as we recall our lifetime of involvement with the Skywalker family in the films that have had the biggest impact on our lives.

May the Force Be with you.

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If your family’s antics are a bit more for you to deal with for two or more weeks of winter break, you can always ease the tension with a highly competitive board game like Battleship or a nerve-wracking round of Perfection.

 

Whether Sorry summons your inner sadist to the surface or your masochistic side years for endless hours of Monopoly, we’re all likely to break out the board games over the holidays.  So put your copy of Christmas Vacation in the VCR and gather the family for a rousing game of Trivial Pursuit.

In the NEWS

  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in concert
  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance on vinyl
  • Star Wars deck of Cards Against Humanity
  • Disneyland After Dark goes totally TechnoRetro

We Love Our Cereal…

…and cereal boxes with Star Wars themed T-Shirts from Funko at your local WalMart!

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Celebrate thirty years with the Griswolds at their home in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  JediShua and shazbazzar recall the Vacation movies, especially Christmas Vacation as the season continues to be holly jolly in spite of Murphy’s Law interrupting this movie for a couple hours of laughs most of your family will enjoy (others will squirm in their seats, become sick, or just walk out of the room).

TechnoRetro EarBuds’ Toy Catalog

Games are on deck as Mattel Electronic Football, Battleship, skateboards, Connect Four, Mousetrap, Barrel of Monkeys, Monopoly, and Risk compete for votes from our EarBuds.  Don’t let your vote go unnoticed.  Be sure to check social media outlets every day and voice your choices in the Toy Catalog brackets this week!

Board Games

JediShua and shazbazzar thumb through EarBuds’ comments about the games they have loved from childhood and today.  Play on!

Thanks for tuning in to TechnoRetro Dads, EarBuds!  Go online for more TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RetroZap.com, or TechnoRetroDads.libsyn.com.  Pick up your TechnoRetro Dads merchandise at TeePublic.  Don’t forget to rate and review TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, share us and with us on social media, get TechnoRetro merchandise at TeePublic, and join discussions on Discord about toys, cereal, games, movies and/or shows from the ‘70s and ‘80s by giving the ‘Dads your feedback via voice mail at (209) 878-7323 or sending us your mp3dback via electronic-M to podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com.

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Their five-year mission was cut short on television, but a decade later, Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Dr. “Bones” McCoy embarked on a brand-new ongoing mission that would take them beyond the limitations of living rooms and into the cinematic universe with Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

TechnoRetro Toy Catalog
The second round of wish book wishing has finished with Earbuds’ pics for creative toys in 2019, but there’s more to come this week as games are in the brackets next.  Be sure to check our social media pages every day for your chance to cast your votes.

Star Wars Aftershocks: Star Trek: The Motion Picture
SuperFriend Jovial Jay (Jedi Journals, Scarlet Velocity, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Case Files) adds valuable insight into the discussion of Star Trek: The Motion Picture as the first (and sometimes maligned) Star Trek movie…er, uh, motion picture… gets its due in this rematch and review.

TechnoRetro Arcade
Star Trek wasn’t just a motion picture, though.  Before the Star Wars vector-based game hit arcade in 1983, Sega’s Star Trek vector-based game showed what was possible in first-person space shooters.  Although the game doesn’t resemble the concept or sounds of Star Trek (on small or silver screens), the music is there, the computer logic-produced synthetic voice is virtually Spock-like, and the game play is a fun and challenging arcade experience — especially the alternate seated version of the cabinet.

Science Lesson
EarBud JediHolmes wonders about Pluto’s planetary status and the Voyager program is discovered to include Pluto’s potential in mankind’s future among the stars.

Thanks for tuning in to TechnoRetro Dads, EarBuds!  Go online for more TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RetroZap.com, or TechnoRetroDads.libsyn.com.  Pick up your TechnoRetro Dads merchandise at TeePublic.  Don’t forget to rate and review TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, share us and with us on social media, get TechnoRetro merchandise at TeePublic, and join discussions on Discord about toys, cereal, games, movies and/or shows from the ‘70s and ‘80s by giving the ‘Dads your feedback via voice mail at (209) 878-7323 or sending us your mp3dback via electronic-M to podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com.

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When Mr. Carlson gets his next hair-brained idea for a Thanksgiving promotional for WKRP, someone please remind him of what happened last time.  Especially if he thinks he can use the Omegahedron to create some gobblers to save the world from the evil witch Serena.  Maybe it would be better to stay in and watch Gary Coleman’s appearance on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century on Turkey Day.  It might avoid another Turkeypocalypse.

 

In the NEWS
Ron Howard and Warwick Davis have a promising future on Disney+ with an upcoming Willow series. 

 

We Love Our Cereal…
…and the Roving Spoonster gives us more reasons to love coffee with news of Cinnamon Toast Crunch Coffee-Mate.  PLUS: you can enjoy a bowl of Oreos cereal in a new, comfy Oreos onesie (or with a friend in a Double Stuf sweater).

 

Prime Time on Thanksgiving (1979)
After the football games, you might have enjoyed these prime time programs with your family on Thanksgiving 1979: The Waltons on CBS, Laverne & Shirley on ABC, or enjoy Gary Coleman’s appearance on NBC’s Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.  Can you guess what we were watching?

 

TechnoRetro Toy Catalog
The first round of wish book wishing has finished with the ultimate action figure for EarBuds in 2019, but there’s more to come this week as creative toys hit the brackets next.  Be sure to check our social media pages every day for your chance to cast your votes.

 

Let’s Go to the Movies: Supergirl
SuperFriend Steve Glosson (The Big Honkin’ Show, Geek Out Loud, Disney Vault Talk, and Forceology) brings his depth of superhero (superheroine) knowledge to TechnoRetro Dads.  Now that Supergirl has earned her own ongoing television series, it’s a good time to look back at her big screen appearance thirty-five years ago this month.

 

Thanks for tuning in to TechnoRetro Dads, EarBuds!  Go online for more TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RetroZap.com, or TechnoRetroDads.libsyn.com.  Pick up your TechnoRetro Dads merchandise at TeePublic.  Don’t forget to rate and review TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, share us and with us on social media, get TechnoRetro merchandise at TeePublic, and join discussions on Discord about toys, cereal, games, movies and/or shows from the ‘70s and ‘80s by giving the ‘Dads your feedback via voice mail at (209) 878-7323 or sending us your mp3dback via electronic-M to podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com.

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Perhaps you remember seeing Chewbacca’s family on your TV that fateful night in November of 1978, but it’s highly unlikely that you knew about the sequel to The Star Wars Holiday Special before today.  We have rediscovered the promo for The Star Wars Holiday Special Strikes Back and think we know why the program was shelved before its release.  Tune in for a bonus-sized, early release of TechnoRetro Dads on the 41st anniversary of The Star Wars Holiday Special.

 

In the NEWS

Hey, hey, the Monkees (well, half of the Monkees) are going on tour again this April.  

 

We Love Our Cereal…

…and Twinkies, too!  Beware of speeding to the store to find Post Hostess Twinkies cereal, though.  The police are watching for people who eat cereal and drive — they may be impaired.

 

TechnoRetro Toy Catalogue 

The brackets begin this week as we scour the pages of our old toy catalogues for the action figures we want most for Christmas this year.  Be sure to watch our social media pages every day this week to vote for the toys you want Santa to put under your tree this year — or last year — or in 1984…

 

The Star Wars Holiday Special (Strikes Back)

On November 17, 1978 at 8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, lucky kids across the nation were treated to two hours of indistinct chatter (and growls) from Wookiees, threats from Imperials, music, magic, and mania that was The Star Wars Holiday Special.  And for the past six years, shazbazzar and JediShua have been celebrating Life Day this time every year in honor of the television special we thought we would never see again.  But this year we have rediscovered the nearly unknown sequel, The Star Wars Holiday Special Strikes Back.  Thankfully, we have the promo for the unaired special on cassette tape, so strap in for excitement and entertainment from a galaxy far, far away with Yoda and the Wookiees as we play the tape for you this week!

 

The Mandalorian

Chris Luby, cohost of The Geek State Podcast, joins the ‘Dads for an extended discussion of the first chapter of The Mandalorian and speculation about future chapters and seasons of this instant hit series on Disney+.

 

Thanks for tuning in to TechnoRetro Dads, EarBuds!  Go online for more TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RetroZap.com, or TechnoRetroDads.libsyn.com.  Pick up your TechnoRetro Dads merchandise at TeePublic.  Don’t forget to rate and review TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, share us and with us on social media, get TechnoRetro merchandise at TeePublic, and join discussions on Discord about toys, cereal, games, movies and/or shows from the ‘70s and ‘80s by giving the ‘Dads your feedback via voice mail at (209) 878-7323 or sending us your mp3dback via electronic-M to podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com.

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