Read-Along Books were common lazy afternoon fodder for kids in the ’70s and ’80s. Fairy tales, classic stories, and lots of movie adaptations and franchises made their way to books sold with records or cassettes where narrators (with music, sound effects, and sometimes guest stars) read-along with you in your book.
Read-along books allowed our imaginations to take flight as we listened to tapes or records and read (or looked) at the books. As the seventh season of TechnoRetro Dads begins, shazbazzar and JediShua take the Star Wars Read-Along book one step further as they land on the pages of the book to talk about the amazing things they’ve witnessed while growing up Star Wars.
Black and white Batman, blue and grey Batman, black-armored Batman, even super-armored Batman — the Dark Knight, the Caped Crusader, half of the Dynamic Duo — Batman turns 80 this month and he has changed with the cultural climate in print, on TV, and in film over the generations. Join shazbazzar and JediShua for 77 minutes of fun and fandom centered around this archetype of law and justice.
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen provide Terry Gilliam with the vehicle for social commentary on the oft-acclaimed Age of Reason we desperately need. And it’s all done in a fun, imaginative way. What a relief from the cold, dreary days of winter as we move into spring this week in the land of TechnoRetro Dads!
Splish-splash, Madison was taking a bath, but had to dry off her lower half before Allen Bauer discovered her looking like a fish out of water in “Splash”.
High Adventure is on the horizon and in your ear buds, EarBuds as shazbazzar and JediShua roll up great characters on Game Master Day with The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.
Khan’s wrath was averted, Spock was sought and found, and the crew of NCC-1701 comes back to San Francisco in 1986 to save Earth’s future by saving the whales in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
JediShua and shazbazzar watch Lion-O as he leads the ThunderCats to success on television, in toy stores, and even in schools (maybe) from 1985 to 1989. Since then, the franchise has enjoyed two resurgences in this decade with toys, toons, and a tune that has been stuck in their heads all week.
George Lucas pushed to capitalize on cuteness after Return of the Jedi left theaters with two made-for-television Ewok features and two seasons of animated Endorians in Nelvana’s Ewoks. Both shazbazzar and JediShua love every incarnation of the little furry guys and share their appreciation for the tribe from Bright Tree Village before taking another trip through time in the dark comedy/love story/science fiction movie, Time After Time.
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure kicked off Keanu Reeves’s career, spawned a sequel, and filled Alex Winter’s mailbox with lots of notes from teachers. As the thirtieth anniversary of the movie approaches and a second sequel lingers on the horizon, shazbazzar and JediShua take a trip back to 1989 to reminisce and revisit this cult comedy.
G.I. Joe was common vernacular for kids in the ’80s (and still is, though the kids have all grown up — or at least gotten bigger and pay more bills). From the toys to the cartoons, with comics and games, Hasbro’s G.I. Joe ran alongside Kenner’s Star Wars in the early part of the decade and really blew up (so to speak) when Star Wars toys disappeared from toy aisles. Join JediShua, shazbazzar, and Retro Joe Tavano for fun memories of the Real American Hero.
Vampires, video games, and vacation ends as a SuperFriend returns to podcasting. Chris Luby from The Geek State joins shazbazzar and JediShua for The Legend of Zelda and some Funkos…
Steve Glosson from Geek Out Loud joins shazbazzar and JediShua to talk about He-Man and the Masters of the Universe toys from the 80s.