Classic animation ranks high on the nostalgia meter in the magical Rankin/Bass Christmas special — Frosty the Snowman.
JediShua and shazbazzar bring you a brief respite between viewings of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story for a chilling tale of magic and mischief in Frosty the Snowman with Jimmy Durante. PLUS: Classic games!
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Frosted Flakes or Frosty the Snowman: Which is Grrrreatest?
Professor Hinkle blamed a malfunctioning magic hat for his failure as an entertainer, but the truth is, he was just a bad guy. Of course, we all discovered that years ago watching Frosty the Snowman (another Rankin/Bass special), but we’ve never discovered why Santa Claus would bring any presents to evil magicians. There’s just something anti-canonical about that idea in Santa lore. However, with a brand new Star Wars story in theaters, we can easily overlook this slight error in canon. Rogue One premiered this weekend, and the ‘Dads have enjoyed sharing the magic of 1977 with their families and friends — and boy, oh, boy it was AMAZING (more about that will come in later episodes)! To top it all off, shazbazzar hit double-fours yesterday with some fun greetings from fantastic friends. It’s all here for you on this last Monday morning before Christmas.
We Love Our Cereal!
The Monster Cereals election results are in, leaving one ‘Dad distressed as the other really rubs it in — but seriously, did the other candidates really have a chance against the unique hairstylings of the Count? Nope. And we have the numbers to prove it! PLUS: Christmas cereals of 2016 get brief reviews as Cinnamon Crunch needs to keep the Toast in the title. Both shazbazzar and JediShua bring their final holiday cereal recipes to the table with Holiday Chocolate/Peanut Butter Cereal Peanut Butter Bars and Frosty’s Flakes (this part of TechnoRetro Dads may be unsuitable for fearful listeners).
Frosty the Snowman
It’s time to rediscover another Rankin/Bass classic with Frosty the Snowman. With the voice talents of Jackie Vernon, Billy De Wolfe, Jimmy Durante, and
John Goodman (nope, that was Frosty Returns, of which we will not speak). While both ‘Dads remember watching this when they were kids, shazbazzar was traumatized by the melting of everyone’s favorite frozen man.
Toys in the Attic
Classic boardgames deserve a look every Christmas. This week, we name just a few — Monopoly, Risk, Clue, Candy Land, Mastermind, Chinese Checkers, and more are discussed briefly in this final gift-giving Christmas Toys in the Attic.
So plug in your ear buds, EarBuds, and head out to the stores for your final week of shopping before the big man squeezes his way down your chimney this weekend.
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About TechnoRetro Dads
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 families, friends, and EarBuds. Topics include TV, film, music, toys, and games of the ’70s and ’80s as well as franchises which have continued into the 21st Century, like Star Wars, TRON, Lord of the Rings, and Rankin/Bass Christmas TV specials. TechnoRetro Dads is a blend of new stories as old legends are passed down from one generation to the next.
If you’re a TechnoRetro Dad, the child of one, or just want to relive the joy of the ’70s and ’80s today, then this podcast is for you!