Episode #29 of the Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind podcast picks up from episode #28 where it was decided that each of the team would watch a classic children's/family movie that we had never before seen, then sit down to talk about. This episode sees Dan discuss 'The Princess Bride', Imran review 'Adventures in Babysitting' and Tee-J make a wish for '16 Candles'.
Episode #28 of the Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind podcast sees Tee-J, Imran and Dan settle down to classic movies that we've never actually seen. In a call back to Episodes #10 and #11, we pitch each other three movies and vote on which ones each person should watch. Marvel with us in astonishment at the gaps within our own catalogues!
In the summer of 1991 two cartoon characters premiered on US TV channel Nickelodeon that would change the way we watch cartoons forever. Starring a near psychopathic chihuahua (Ren) and lovable yet dimwitted Manx cat (Ren), the chaotically weird duo became an integral part of must see 90s television. The Ren & Stimpy Show was the cartoon the cool kids watched, it was the show most parents wanted to ban. With strangely surreal adult themes, blatant homosexual undertones, wilful parody and deconstruction of American capitalism (especially aping the 'made to sell toys' cartoons of that era). Ren & Stimpy riffed on 1950s society, whole chunks of each episode were done in black and white, with nods to the slap stick comedy stylings of The Three Stooges and many more. It used the most wonderful back catalogue of movie sound FX and sonically comedy and gross out set pieces ever used. As well as having it's own zany and original score, gut churning close up stills, mind numbing repetition, brain worm quality songs, gross out story lines and characters that pushed every boundary and taboo to the very limit. Nickelodeon even had to heavily edit and cut episodes sent to them (often late) by its producers Spumco, in order to keep the cartoon 'family friendly' before eventually pulling the show from Spumco and its creator altogether for its second season.
It would later turn out that creator and original voice of both characters John Kricfalusi was a deeply troubled genius, with multiple unsavoury accusations surfacing about his private life and even that of one of his Spumco associates. Not to mention the later released (then swiftly cancelled) Adult version of the show, which finally stepped over every line and boundary the original series merely hinted at, ripping out subtext in place of bludgeoning the viewer to death with in your face gross out adult themes and soft porn in cartoon form.
Rich Roth and Dan Collacott sat down to discuss their love of the original cartoon, best moments and episodes and the controversial plans for a reboot. Whilst trying their level best to avoid discussing the cult of personality that is the shows incredible yet deeply flawed creator. Listen below.
Episode #14 of the Close Encounters of the 4th Kind podcast sees Tee-J, Imran and Dan - and special guest Richard Roth - discuss the toys that had the biggest impact on us growing up and we relive the heartache when also highlighting the ones that got away.
By Dan Collacott
If you were a child of the 80s and 90s then you would have seen not quite the birth but definitely the household take over of big franchise toys. Each toy line spearheaded by its own cartoon series or film. Your box shaped television promised you play sets, vehicles and figures in loud, colourful and repetitive advert form. Your Argos catalogue (or similar) told you the value of the toys and where to buy them so you could pester your parents into submission. We did a survey of our manly friends and listeners who were children of the 80s or 90s to pick out the most sought after toys that we either never owned or treasured when we did.
The criteria for our choices were that these toys could not include lego, puzzles, board games, bikes or video/lcd games. Further disclaimer some of these toys made their debuts in America and other countries years before they came to the UK and the retail prices vary. Listen to our top toys podcast here
10. Thundercats: Thundertank: Released 1985 (Reissued in 2012)
Value then: £14 - Value now: £100+ loose complete, £200-300+ boxed complete
Features: It’s claws would rise up and the mouth ramp would open when in pop out mode. Two figures could sit in it one behind the other. The Thundertank was a mighty hunk of tank shaped plastic that kids in the 80s loved.
9. Real Ghostbusters: Ecto 1 - Released: 1984
Value then: £16 - Value now: £50+ loose complete, £80-£150+ boxed
Features: Grappling arm and claw to catch ghosts. Weird pull out chair with guns on it that could clip onto the roof. It looked good but was a bit clunky and naff to play with, not that it mattered!
On a random note Ecto 1 from the far less successful Extreme Ghostbusters cartoon and toy line (featuring cool flashing lights and a siren) was definitely an upgrade on the first toy. Extreme Ghostbusters was released in 1996 meant as a sequel to Real Ghostbusters and was the next generation of ghostbusters semi-led and taught by the original team. Although in reality this only seemed to be Egon, Janine and Slimer (although the rest did cameo at the end).
8. Star Wars: Ewok Village - Play set - Released 1983
Value then: £32, Value now: £120+ loose complete £200-300 boxed complete
Features: Net Trap and cage on pully, hollow plastic tree stumps you could put Ewoks in. It’s a big chunk of plastic that didn’t really do much, but the fact you could recreate scenes from Return of the Jedi made it something that made most kids most wanted lists.
The play set like most Star Wars play sets had a lot of moving and individual parts, it wasn’t that rare to get hold of in the 80s and it isn’t rare now. But to get hold of a complete set with all the Ewoks and accompanying figures is clearly a lot harder nowadays as some of the last Ewoks made cost over £100 each loose.
7. Thundercats: Cats Lair - Play set - Released 1986
Value then: £30-40+ Value now: £80+ loose complete £150-200 boxed complete
Features: Giant laser shooting head, trap door and dungeon, plus electronic FX.
It looks awesome but in reality like most play sets it was pretty limited in what it did, but hey it had a giant cat head that swivels... so who cares!
6. Real Ghostbusters: Firehouse Set - Released 1986 (probably closer to 1988 in the UK)
Value then: £40 or less - Value now: £70+ loose complete £200-300 boxed complete
Features: A swivelling fire pole, doors that you can wheel Ecto 1 through, goop grates and a ghost containment unit and a single ghost trap.
This big ass chunk of plastic was a must have for Real Ghostbusters fans (and fans of the films), it had some nice features without setting the world on fire (no pun intended).
5. Mask: Rhino - Released: 1985
Original cost around: £30. Value now: £60+ loose complete £120+ boxed complete.
Features: Mini buggy that forms the back axel, hidden bomb and launcher, front bumper ram.
After Optimus Prime any big rig lorries were cool and Rhino didn’t disappoint in terms of size feel and hidden features. Rhino wasn’t that rare at the time of release but as Mask arguably wasn’t quite as popular as the other cartoon franchises at the time it wasn’t as common for you or the kid next door to own one.
4. Scaletrix - Knightrider Pursuit Mode - Released 1986
Cost then: £30-40 - Estimated value now: £30 loose £70 boxed
Featured a silver Datsun 260Z (which in my set was actually faster than K.I.T.T which ruined any chases). Even though many consider Scaletrix as the king of trigger press slot car racing brands, it was rivals Tyco that bought the more interesting franchises licenses and featured anything from Transformers to A-Team and Thundercats themed sets. Tyco were bigger in the US so us Brits didn’t have as much choice.
3. Transformers: Optimus Prime Released 1984:
Cost then: £14 Estimated value now for an original standard release: £50-70 loose and complete £150-250+ boxed complete. Reissues and KOs can be cheaper.
Like most transformers, 80s Prime has so many parts that he is difficult to get hold of with his fuel hose and pipe, missiles, separate fists that pop off easily plus roller and big gun! But the fact his trailer opened up into a mini base with operating table/crane made him a popular toy.
Prime has possibly more toy variations than any other toy in existence (not just Transformers) from a French red feet version, to the original Diaclone big convoy version that predated the Hasbro release. Then there are countless reissues and KO versions, not to mention thousands of versions of him that came in the toy lines that followed the 80s version (and then the terrible toys from movies). Even today he is being retooled in new toy lines as well as Masterpiece versions that retail at nearly £400.
2. Star Wars: Millennium Falcon - Released 1979
Cost then: £32 - Estimated cost now: Loose £100-200+ if complete and in good condition
£500+ if boxed and mint
Features: Chair you could sit a figure in that was attached to the main gun that turned round.
The Falcon was tricky to keep complete as a kid (or later to find complete) as it had so many random removable parts, like the radar dish, main gun, trapdoor legs, chess board table and worst of all a small ball and training arm.
There have been over hundreds of different versions of the Falcon since the original including new versions for the final trilogies, and many all new moulds and sizes including Lego (although the 95 version may use the same mould as the original or close). The king of the Falcons is considered to be the giant 30 inch (2 feet long) 2010 Legacy Millennium Falcon which has a raft of parts and sound fx, only downside is because it’s so huge it’s hard to find space for it.
AND THE WINNER!
1. Masters of the Universe - Castle Grayskull - Play set - Released in 1983
Cost then: around £35 - Estimated value now: £150-300 loose depending on condition and if it’s complete. £500+ if boxed and mint.
Features: Gun tower, weird pulley lift, chair that when turned triggers a cool trapdoor.
Castle Grayskull was made as a play set for both the 1980s and 2002 Masters of the Universe toy lines (before being released again in 2013 when the toys were rebooted again). It is considered by many as king of the 80s play sets, because who doesn’t want a giant green plastic skull on their bedroom floor!
Other nominated 80s toy favourites:
Mask: Boulder Hill, Star Wars: AT AT
Ominibot 5402, Speak and Spell, Transformers: Metroplex
WWF: Ring Playset Blue, Big Trak, Thunderbirds: Tracey Island play set
GI Joe: HQ play set, GI Joe: Cobra play set, TMNT: Turtle Blimp
My Pet Monster, Marvel Secret Wars: Tower of Doom play set
Real Ghostbusters: Ghost Zapper, TMNT: Sewer play set
TMNT: Technodome Playset, Photon/Lazer Tag set
Masters of the Universe: Snake Mountain - Play set
Thundercats: Tomb Fortress, Star Trek The Next Generation: Enterprise D Bridge
Transformers: Fortress Maximus, Micro Machines: Lunch Box play set
Micro Machines: Gas Can Play set, Eliminator TS-7, Mr. Potato Head
Teddy Ruxpin, Star Wars: Jabba's Palace, Scalextric: Le Mans 24hr
Power Wheels, Masters of the Universe: Eternia, Zoids: Zoidzilla
G.I. Joe: U.S.S. Flagg, G.I. Joe: Space Shuttle, Stretch Armstrong
Thundercats: Hovercat, Thundercats: Sword of Omens
by Dan Collacott
One of the best things about straight to VHS films was the fact they often toyed with insane concepts that would usually only be reserved for video games. Arena is exactly that, it's like someone went 'what if Tekken was a movie' only Arena actually predated Tekken and is far more crap than that idea.
Arena tells the story of a futuristic fighting tournament where alien species dominate. Only this time lead Steve Armstrong (Paul Satterfield doing an amazing Christopher Reeve impersonation) is fired from his job as a cook and persuaded to become the first human in a thousand years to try and win (easy right?). The competition also uses some kind of equalising system that levels the fight for each participant, no matter what their physical/strength/limb to teeth ratio differences are (and yes despite this they still cheat like absolute bastards). Steve is assisted by mentor/manager/companion 'Shorty', a Bilbo Baggins-a-like who looks like he wandered from the shire onto the set of Arena, where some FX experts then attached two new but non working arms to his body without telling him.
Directed by B-Movie helmer Peter Manoogian, Arena has plenty of cliches and goofy acting plus a garish 80s wardrobe of horrendous outfits, featuring a lot of make up and clothes borrowed from starlight express, including lots of silver, gold, big perms, wide shoulders and shiny/sparkly things. Steve's initial fighting outfit is so weird and camp it looks like something from a very bad Eurovision pop video. Weirdly most of the creatures Steve fights are incredibly slow and cumbersome looking, one of them is even called Sloth and you can kind of see why.
There is a bit of romance between 'no nonsense' fighting promotor Quinn and Steve and the directors clearly spent most of the film trying to recreate the Cantina scene from Star Wars only with the budget and attire of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.'
Aesthetically watching this film made me feel like they had got extras and actual actors from Babylon 5 and every 80s B-Movie FX specialist to create some insanely weird creature FX on their coffee break (the film is alleged to have had a $10 million budget). In a world before CGI the physical effects are great despite this being a low ball B movie (ok maybe 'great' is an over statement but they sort of work). Released at a time when Rocky was absolutely huge, Arena is a true against all odds underdog story, where humanity gets its mojo back when it realises one of their own can win the biggest tournament there is.
by Dan Collacott
Before the current age of streaming plus on demand movies and fast cinema to DVD/Blu-Ray releases, there were VHS videos (or for a short time Betamax). If you were a child of the 70s or 80s the wonders of the cinema were often secondary to the treasure trove your local video rental shop presented. Back then most block buster films took an age to land on video, which meant there was a huge market for cheaply shot straight to video movies. Including a lot of films that were rip offs of their big budget cinema brethren.
Often VHS/TV films were able to do a great deal on small budgets, showcasing often hugely imaginative concepts and ideas that no big time movie producer would risk. In my Straight to Video series we will be looking at some of the best films that skipped the big screen and landed in your video rental outlet.
My first pick is Wedlock (also know as Deadlock) a film that stars one of the kings of 'straight to VHS' movies, the late great Mr. Rutger Hauer! A man who seemed to excel in small screen action/martial arts style films. Odd considering this is a man who back in 1982 starred in one of the biggest sci-fi films of all time (all be it at the time Blade Runner wasn't nearly as appreciated as it is now).
What is Wedlock about, I hear few cry? (Mild spoilers below)
Set in the not too distant future, Mr. Hauer stars as diamond thief Frank Warren. After a shiny stone robbery, Frank ends up being imprisoned in Camp Holliday (silly names ahoy) after his best mate Sam and fiancée Noelle (Mimi Rogers), betray him and hand him over to the authorities. Why? Well of course they don't want to split the diamonds three ways and Sam presumably doesn't want to share Noelle! But fear not Frank has hidden the diamonds so both his partners in crime are unable to reap the spoils of their dastardly actions.
The Sci-Fi Concept at the heart of the film:
Camp Holliday is an experimental prison camp with no cells or walls, this is because each convict is given an electronic collar containing an explosive device which is electronically connected to another inmate. If any one tries to escape from the camp and is separated from their collar-mate by more than 100 yards, their collars will explode (yep exploding heads folks, that is this films gory punchline). Even at the time I saw this film as kid I remember thinking 'surely any Government round the world should watch this film and build new prisons using this in-genius concept?' I wonder if even now I could pitch the idea of proximity triggered exploding collars to the UK Government?
Back to the plot... Frank fortuitously finds out he is connected to fellow inmate Tracey Rigg and they both escape with their exploding head collars in tact. Despite them fleeing the camp, things get even more intense when both realise it's not only the authorities that are pursuing them but back on the scene are traitorous duo Sam and Noelle (who still need Frank's help to find the diamonds). Wedlock soon becomes a good old fashion chase film, where the two leads must avoid capture and find the diamonds without accidentally at any moment separating for more than 100 yards! (As if they do boom go their brains and nicely quaffed 90s haircuts).
Directed by legend Lewis Teague who is famous for some very good 80s and 90s films (Cats Eye, The Jewel of the Nile 1985, and sequel Romancing the Stone, 1984) and also terrible ones (Navy Seals, 1990).
Wedlock was even funded by US TV giants HBO!
Verdict: Wedlock takes a genius sci-fi concept, mixes in some bad future action and cheap FX/gore, a sprinkling of wooden and silly over acting to produce a goofy piece of retro action heaven. It also stars Danny Trejo as Tough Prisoner #1, so what's not to love?
Also check out these other awesome Rutger Hauer films: Blind Fury, The Hitcher and Beyond Justice.
Episode #11 of the Close Encounters of the 4th Kind podcast follows on from Episode #10 which saw Tee-J, Imran and Dan confess to classic movies they haven't actually seen ('2001: A Space Odyssey', 'Monty Python & The Holy Grail' and 'The Godfather', respectively). This episode catches up with the gang now having seen the movies in question and discussing whether they were worth the hype in the first place.
Episode #10 of the Close Encounters of the 4th Kind podcast sees Tee-J, Imran and Dan settle down to classic movies that we've never actually seen. We pitch each other 3 movies and vote on which ones each person should watch. Marvel with us in astonishment at the gaps within our own catalogues!
The Best 80s and 90s Cartoons!
2. Transformers (1984-1987)
Before he was mercilessly killed off in the cartoon movie (spoiler alert) Optimus Prime and the Autobots were kicking Megatron and his fellow the Decepticon butts in this iconic 80s cartoon about robots who could transform into awesome things like cars, planes, dinosaurs, tanks, small tape recorders and tapes, smaller guns, telescopes and a camera (ok not all of them had cool alt modes). Whilst Takara/Tomy flooded kids living rooms with the transforming toys versions of ever character that starred in the cartoon.
Even killing Optimus off in the 1986 animated film didn’t kill the franchise although millions of small children cried (including me), although before anyone shouts at me, they brought him back!
Worth noting that Transformers is a rare breed of cartoon because the toys actually existed before the were the cartoon or comic. Hasbro licensed various toys from existing Japanese toy lines like Diaclone, Microman, Takatoku and many more. Optimus Prime was originally just called Battle Convoy and he and many of these toys had little men that rode inside each character (hence why Grimlock has a cockpit left over from his original mould). It was various writers at Marvel that gave the toys the iconic names, characterisation and story lines we know and love now.
The first generation of the cartoon ran for 98 episodes (not including the G2 cartoon, Beast Wars, Machine Wars the Japanese continuity and cartoons that continue today). Despite Michael Bays attempts to ruin the franchise… Optimus and friends still remain awesome today, with cartoons, films and toys still being sold by the big red truckload!
Bonus trivia: Gobots may be seen as the poor idiot sibling to Transformers and an obvious cheap rip off. But the fact is Gobots actually went to market before Transformers did, they just weren't as good (even if they were often smaller and cheaper to buy).
Watch: Transformers the Movie (1986)
3. Centurions (1986 - ran for only one year)
“Robots are cool right? Ok so we need to make humans cool, how do we do that? Maybe give them loads of awesome mods and suits and things you attach to suits. And make them sort of space cool, rather than military cool? Maybe stick them on a space station? Ooh can we still give them macho names like ‘Thunder’ and ‘Rex’ and a villain called Doctor something evil sounding like ‘Terror.'" Cried many toy/cartoon exec in the 80s. So for two seasons and 65 episodes Centurions delivered all of the above, with their GI Joe style characters in brightly coloured power suits. Comic writers Jack Kirby and Gil Kane provided concepts for Centurions, which was animated by prolific Japanese studio Sunrise (Studio 7) creators of Gundam cartoons and many more.
The toys were pretty cool but for some reason they and the cartoon didn’t have the lasting power of some of the other action cartoons and toy lines of the 80s and 90s.
4. Mask (1985-1986)
After Transformers introduced the notion of things transforming into cooler things, a lot of toy and cartoon companies tried to get in on the action. Mask was pretty much GI Joe meets Transformers (which as a concept later come to exist in comic form), just without the robots. Instead they had cars, bikes and other vehicles that would change into other erm... different vehicles… as well as bases, armored rigs and more.
Did they have butch sounding characters with ridiculous facial hair and middle names like Hondo ‘Striker’ MacLean and Brad ‘Chopper’ Turner? Hells yes they did!
Kenner who also made the Centurion toy line created some really awesome toys for the series, even after the animation finished the toys kept being produced for another two years (although later toys were oddly more racing focused than crime/terrorism).
5. Mysterious Cities of Gold (1982-1983)
One of many French-Japanese collaborations from the 80s that was redubbed and syndicated to many different countries. This one had an oddly involved and complex plot, with historical and religious overtones.
It all felt very epic despite being only 39 episodes long. Do I actually know what it was all about? No. I presume Esteban eventually found his dad and the titular Cities of Gold, as I don’t remember getting to the end. But I do remember loving it.
6. Battle of the Planets (1978-1985)
The show was an American adaptation by Sandy Frank of the Japanese anime series Science Ninja Team Gatchama and ran for 85 episodes. It featured G-Force, a group of caped powered individuals, who flew in an awesome spacecraft called the Phoenix (that could literally turn into a giant flaming bird). This incredible anime series hit TV screens the same year as Star Wars was released, (it even had a robot that looked like R2D2 called ‘7-Zark-7’ that was added almost in direct response to Star Wars and the need to adapt the show for Western audiences).
The history of the license, censorship and adaptation is incredible and confusing, but if you were a kid watching the cartoon in the 80s experiencing this high-energy and complete loco sci-fi anime series, you knew just how impressive this series was. This was sadly one of the few 80s cartoons that didn’t have the toys, merch and overall PR of the many series that followed.
7. Ulysses 31 (1981-1982)
Despite running for only 26 episodes, Ulysses 31 was a strangely dark and enchanting sci-fi cartoon based on the Greek mythology of Odysseus. Like Cities of Gold, Ulysses was also a French-Japanese collaboration between DiC and TMS.
At the time it felt epic and the futuristic twists on Greek mythology led to some interesting villains and set pieces throughout. The lead also looks a cross between Strider from the SEGA game franchise and a Jedi with his own light-saber type weapon.
8. Dungeons & Dragons (1983-1985)
Not to be confused with the famous role-playing past time, D&D the cartoon ran for three seasons with a fairly modest output of 27 episodes but strangely never finished. A 28th episode was meant to conclude season three and potentially extend the plot for a fourth season. But oddly though scripted it was never produced*.
Animated by Toei Animation of Japan and produced by Marvel and TSR, D&D was a fun filled fantasy romp focusing on six young friends who are transported to a mysterious realm that affords them cool weapons, powers and fantasy personas. The six are led by the Yoda-esque Dungeon Master in a series of quests and romps that are meant to eventually lead them home (only they don’t quite get there*). D&D had a compelling story line and a popular ‘kids can be heroes’ theme, it even had its dark moments and was criticised for being too violent. The series spawned some board games but no toy figures that I know of.
9. TMNT (1987-1996)
You had me at ‘Ninja’ except if you were watching the cartoon in the UK as the censors replaced the ‘Ninja’ with ‘Hero’ and edited out all instances of nunchucks (even though these guys and gals also had swords and other spiky implements). Despite the censorship this cartoon had a brilliant blend of goofball comedy action, ninja moves, awesome mutations, ridiculous villains and pizza, enough to make it a pepperoni topped classic. Even the live action films were good (the first ones not the crap Michael Bay again ruined).
The toys were pretty awesome and the original show ran for a gob smacking 193 episodes! TMNT toys, cartoons and films are still produced even now.
10. Thundercats (1985)
A group of muscular heroic cat like humanoid creatures fleeing their doomed planet of Thundera, pursued by an ancient mummy and his goons. Led by the fairly young Liono who is the main cat as he can wield the magic Sword of Omens! I mean what's not to like?
I would probably tie Thundercats with He-Man and the Masters of the Universe in terms of them both being two well-crafted fantasy action cartoons, both with swords that get bigger or exude powers when chanted magic words at; and both with huge toy franchises around them. Those heroic cat people just edge tenth place though as their series ran for four seasons to He-Man’s two.
Both He-Man and Thundercats established some well grounded action cartoon rules in the 80s and 90s such as:
1) Completely bat shit crazy villain: Mumra and Skeletor both have wacky origins stories and are certifiably insane with incredibly voice actors to boot.
2) Dumb Henchmen: There is always something about cartoons in this period where the main villain has two or more muscle-headed henchmen who are easily defeated and very stupid. Sometimes they provide some form of comic relief, acting as a vessel for the heroes’ witty one-liners as they get disposed of. Thundercats had the likes of Slithe and Monkian; He-Man had Beast Man and Merman (amongst many others). Turtles had Be-Bop and Rocksteady.
3) Goofy Sidekick/Comic Relief: Thundercats have Snarf who is for some reason not an anthromorphised cat; rather he is an actual cat with a whiny voice and cowardly nature. He is literally like the Thundercats pet, which is pretty ironic when you think about it. He-Man has Orko, a sort of cross between a Jawa and a Wizard, who casts comically bad spells and engages in other silly shenanigans (She-Ra had Kowl a sort of floating thing that looked like the unfortunate offspring of a koala and owl).
4) Pre Credits or Post Credits ‘moment of morality’: A lot of cartoons were used to convey a moral message to kids, this was usually at the end of the show and rarely tied to the plot of that episode. GI-Joe is famous for telling kids life skills, whilst a lot of cartoons used their ‘comic relief side-kicks’ to convey some kind of message about being good to one another. In fact practically all-popular action based cartoons in the 80s used their shows to tell teach kids a lesson, especially the ones primarily made for Western audiences.
Avoid: The recent reboot
Here are some other quick lists to keep you in the mood for toons!
Best comedy based cartoons or animations
1. Danger Mouse
2. Ren N Stimpy
4. Count Duckula
7. Fraggle Rock
8. Muppet Babies
9. Beavis & Butthead
Best stop-motion or puppet-based animations
4. Fraggle Rock
5. The Clangers
6. Captain Scarlet
7. Moss Chops
8. Trap Door
10. The Flumps
Worst 80s and 90s cartoons!
1. Captain Planet and the Planeteers
2. Biker Mice from Mars
3. Scooby Doo
6. Inspector Gadget
7. Around the World with Willy Fogg
8. Rude Dog & the Dweebs
9. Defenders of the Earth
10. Bucky O’Hare
Emanating from London, UK, and hosted by Dan Collacott, Tee-J Sutherland and Imran Mirza, our 4ever in Electric Dreams website and accompanying podcasts are designed to help us celebrate the things we loved growing up and the things that continue to excite and inspire us today.