My wife’s hand found its way to mine; in the corner of the overly lit room our five-year old son was blissfully unaware of cruel trick the fates had played upon him. We were in shock. Tears welled in my eyes as I looked at him enjoying perhaps his last happy moments, ripping the head off of one of the dolls in the bucket of toys that so many doctor’s offices place in the corner of their exam rooms as a way to offer “comprehensive” medical care.
I looked back at the doctor. I could see that her lips were moving but I could hardly discern the words that [...]
The "classic" kids show of the days of early television have a curious amount of nostalgic pull, considering they did not flourish for long. I blame Baby Boomers, who consider all of their cultural touchstones vastly superior to what followed. Whatever the reason, the children's programming of the 1950s — Howdy Doody, Bozo the Clown, Captain Video, and the like — is still what many people think of when they think "kids show." A puppeteered or costumed ringleader, a series of corny recurring characters, a few cartoons, and a studio audience of cheering preteens. Think Krusty the Klown without the Percodan-addicted host.
In the late 1980s, decades after most [...]
In a casting move you can probably already hear in your head, Eddie Murphy will voice Hong Kong Phooey for a film based on the Hanna-Barbera animated series from the '70s. Having voiced a donkey, a cranky super and a tiny dragon of some sort, portraying a crime-fighting kung-fu master dog seems like the next logical step, career-wise.
In a video conceived by Chris Kelly, the kindergartner who wrote Fast Five chats with The Onion's Today Now! about his new action-packed film. Though he may not be old enough to not pee his pants when he's asleep, Chris Morgan knows what American audiences want: cars that go boom, Vin Diesel's big muscles and trains with holes in them. I can only assume he wrote the previous four The Fast And The Furious movies as well. Missing teeth, taking off his shoes on-camera and falling asleep mid-sentence seems par for the course for most screenwriters, but somehow Morgan manages to make it work. I look forward [...]