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Join shazbazzar and JediShua each week for a look back at the 70s and 80s as they share the fun and fandom of their youth with their friends and families. Topics include TV, film, music, and games of the 70s and 80s as well as franchises which have continued into the 21st Century, like Star Wars an…

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    Enjoy Stuff: Eat, Drink, and Be Scary!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 90:49

    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

    Enjoy Stuff: Costume Cavalcade

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 95:52


    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


    Enjoy Stuff: Halloween Horror Classics

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 82:20


    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


    Enjoy Stuff: Scooby-Doo Meets the TechnoRetro Dads

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 93:45

    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

    Enjoy Stuff: Your Focus Determines Your Reality

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 82:06


    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


    Enjoy Stuff: A Pirate's Life for Me!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 97:25

    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

    Enjoy Stuff: Seventies Sci-Fi Spectacular

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 83:38


    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


    Enjoy Stuff: Super Mario Grande!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 74:04

    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  

    Enjoy Stuff: The Genius of Tom Lehrer

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 62:58


    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


    Enjoy Stuff: R0807S

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 93:43


    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


    Enjoy Stuff: Another Sun Bites the Dust

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 93:53


    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  


    Enjoy Stuff: Babbling Brooks

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 95:28


    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. 


    Enjoy Stuff: What to Expect When You're Collecting

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 89:05

    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

    Enjoy Stuff: What Happens in Disneyland...

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 83:30

    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.   

    Enjoy Stuff: Red, White, and Silver Screen

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2021 73:58


    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.  


    Enjoy Stuff: Board Not Boring Games

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2021 91:09


    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. 


    Enjoy Stuff: Inside The Far Side

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2021 81:15

    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.

    Enjoy Stuff: And Superman Too!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 80:18


    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.  


    Enjoy Stuff: Be Good To Yourself!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 91:41

    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. 

    Enjoy Stuff: What's up, Earbuds?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2021 76:30

    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. 

    Enjoy Stuff: Enter The Danger Zone

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 66:50


    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?  


    Enjoy Stuff: Token Arcade Episode

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2021 80:30

    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.

    Enjoy Stuff: Monty Grail and the Holy Python

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2021 70:15


    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!


    Enjoy Stuff: Ewoks This Way!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2021 61:58

    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”

    Enjoy Stuff: The Pilot

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2021 12:29

    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! 

    Enjoy Stuff: The Pilot

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2021 12:29

    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! 

    TechnoRetro Dads: End of Line

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2021 104:33

    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.  

    TechnoRetro Dads: All Good Things...

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2021 101:10

    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.

    TechnoRetro Dads: Jay's Birthday Bash!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2021 89:02


    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!


    TechnoRetro Dads: Bowzilla vs King Donkey!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2021 85:36

    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. 

    TechnoRetro Dads: Let's All Go to the Movies!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2021 89:33

    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. 

    TechnoRetro Dads: The Ultimate Arcade!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2021 88:18

    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!

    TechnoRetro Dads: Nineteen-Eighty-Too...Many Movies!

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2021 109:14

    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. 

    TechnoRetro Dads: St Valentines Massacre of the Lambs

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2021 76:41


    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.


    TechnoRetro Dads: Lazer Tag, You're It!

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2021 85:11

    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.   

    TechnoRetro Dads: Sensational, Inspirational, Celebrational, and Muppetational

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2021 84:25

    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. 

    TechnoRetro Dads: Jumping Off Cliffs with 80s Teen Comedies

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2021 87:37

    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. 

    TechnoRetro Dads: Seriously, Just Enjoy Stuff!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2021 95:38

    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. 

    TechnoRetro Dads: Ironing Eagles with a Montage

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2021 75:49

    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. 

    TechnoRetro Dads: 'Scanning' in the New Year

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2021 89:40

    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?

    TechnoRetro Dads: TechnoRetro-Ho-Ho! Santa Claus the Movie!

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2020 95:30


    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   


    TechnoRetro Dads: Popeye Has Entered The OASIS!

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2020 107:17


    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. 


    TechnoRetro Dads: 40 Years of Flash Gordon

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2020 85:19


    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


    TechnoRetro Dads: Home Alone Together

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2020 92:15

    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

    TechnoRetro Dads: Thanks for Nut N Honey!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2020 90:25

    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.   

    TechnoRetro Dads: Remembering Connery and Other Legends

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2020 107:29

    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. 

    TechnoRetro Dads: Funyuns and Flagons

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2020 77:48

    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. 

    TechnoRetro Dads: Candy Coated Special

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2020 96:05

    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.

    TechnoRetro Dads: Arcade ScissorDads

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2020 83:41


    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. 


    TechnoRetro Dads: Steppin' Into the Twilight Zone

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2020 98:28


    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. 


    TechnoRetro Dads: The Price is Fright

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2020 83:54

    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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