Coming up on the Multifarious Man Podcast Episode 24

What do you remember about the 1987-88 school year?  For me it was a transformative year.  Not only was it my first year of high school (my sophomore year, in fact), but I was away from home for the first time staying at something akin to a boarding house while I attended New Canaan High School.  In this episode I will take you on a journey  through the top songs of 1987 and 1988 as I tell the story of the first time I experienced the world through my own eyes, without the protective prism of my parents.  So have a little faith, walk where the streets have no name, because here I go again on my own.

Multifarious Man Podcast 23: Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (Show Notes)

On today’s show, I am talking about my favorite animated television series and movies of all time.  There are no limitations to the eras or animation types that are being included.  So expect to hear about animation from the early days of Walt Disney’s hand drawn cartoons up to today’s CGI from Dreamworks or Pixar.  Based on the title of this episode, you can probably guess at least one of my favorites.  As usual, expect to find some classics and unexpected gems.  So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

How to listen:

Reading, Watching, and Listening to:
  • All Debts, Public and Private – by Chad Sanborn
  • The Americans – FX Network
  • Bosch – Amazon Prime
  • BLACKsummers’night – Maxwell
Animated TV and Movies
  • Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (Original series 1969)
    • I was not a fan of the New Scooby Doo Movies (Sandy Duncan, Batman, Harlem Globetrotters)
  • The Incredibles (Feature Film 2004
  • Transformers: The Movie (1986)
  • Woody Woodpecker (Original 1940)
  • Created by Walter Lantz
    • I prefer the shorts from 1950-1954 voiced by Grace Stafford
  • Looney Toons  (1930)
    • Created by Warner Bros. to compete with Disney
    • Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, etc.
    • Mel Blanc
  • Tiny Toon Adventures (1990-1995)
    • Kid versions of cartoons attending Acme University where they are taught by Bugs Bunny and crew
    • Babs and Buster Bunny
  • Animaniacs (1993-1998)
    • The Warner Bros. and the Warner Sister (Yafo, Wacko, and Dot)
  • Transformers: Beastwars
  • Gargoyle (1994-1997)
    • Gargoyles transported from medieval Scotland to modern day New York
    • Complex story/character arcs and melodrama
    • Shakespearean themes
  • All-Start-Laff-A-Lypmics (1977-1979)
    • Hanna-Barbara cartoon characters in Olympic / Battle of the Network Stars like events
    • Scooby Doobies / Yogi Yahooeys / The Really Rottens
  •  Defenders of the Earth (1986-87)
    • Flash Gordon, The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician vs. Ming the Merciless
    • Supported by their children
  • Bionic Six (1987-1989)
    • In the near future, a scientist implants bionic technology in his family (wife, natural and adopted kids) to save them after an alien spacecraft triggers an avalanche during a ski vacation in the Himalayas.
    • Each team member had unique powers/enhancements
  • Robotech (1982-84 in Japan. USA 1985)
    • Three separate series in Japan and adapted for US audience creating a multi-generational shared universe story
    • One of the first anime televised in the US that attempted to include most of the complexity and drama of the original Japanese source material
    • Serialized. Season long story arcs and character development.
      • The First Robotech War (The Macross Saga)
        • Rick Hunter
      • The Second Robotech War (The Masters)
        • Dana Sterling
      • The Third Robotech War (The New Generation)
        • Scott Bernard
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008)
  • The Legend of Korra (2012-2014)
    • 70 Years after Avatar
  • Star Wars Clone Wars (Movie and Series)
  • Star Wars Rebels
  • Voltron: Defender of the Universe
  • JEM
  • Chip and Dales Rescue Rangers
  • Tailspin
  • Duck Tales
  • Darkwing Duck

Multifarious Man Podcast 22: Must See TV – Cult Classics Part 2 (Show Notes)

On the last episode I talked about Cult Classic films from the ’70s and ’80s.  On today’s show I am covering the Cult Classic TV shows from the same decades.  Now you should note that to qualify, these shows had to have first run or new episodes during the ’70s and ’80s.

How to listen:

Reading, Watching, Listening to:
  • Off Armageddon’s Reef – David Weber
  • Blindspot – NBC
  • Dig in Deep – Bonnie Raitt (cover of Need You Tonight by INXS)

Cult Classis TV Shows

  • The White Shadow (1978 – 1981) A white former professional basketball player takes a job as the basketball coach at a tough, mixed-race school in Los Angeles
  • Sigmund and the Sea Monters (1973-1975)
  • Shazam! (1974-1977) A young boy, able to transform into a superhero Captain Marvel, travels the country in a Winnebago fighting evil. (Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, Mercury)
  • Land of the Lost (1974-1977) A family is thrown back in time and must survive a dinosaur dominated land.  Sleestaks.  Cha-Ka
  • 3-2-1 Contact (1980 – 1992) A children’s show explaining various principles of science and their applications.  The Bloodhound Gang
  • The Great Space Coaster (1981-1986) A children’s program that featured three friends that loved to make music.  Cartoons and Musical Numbers.  Gary Gnu
  • Space 1999 (1975-1977) The crew of Moonbase Alpha must struggle to survive when a massive explosion throws the Moon from orbit into deep space. Martin Landau.  Alien woman that can change into any living creature
  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979-1981) A 20th Century astronaut is revived out of 500 years of suspende animation to become the greatest hero of a future Earth
  • BJ and the Bear (1978-1981) A trucker and his pet monkey travel the highways of America, getting into various adventures and misadventures along the way
  • Defenders of the Earth (1986-1988) Four of the greatest comic strip characters join forces to battle Ming the Merciless – Flash Gordon, The Phanton, Lothar and Mandrake the Magician
  • Small Wonder (1985-1989) Father Ted Lawson create a robot, Vicki
  • Voyagers! (1982-1983) A member of a league of time travelers and a boy travel through the time repairing errors in world history.
  • Wildside (1985) Five weapons specialists/cowboys, fight crime in the town of Wildside, CA.  Howard E. Rollins Jr., Meg Ryan
  • Outlaws (1986) Five outlaws from 1886 travel to the year 1996 to fight for justice.



Multifarious Man Episode 22 posting tonight 

Well it looks like I had entirely too many cult classic TV shows so the Leap Day show ran long. I need to make some tough editorial decisions to get the show down to a reasonable running time before posting. But fear not, the show will still be filled with many gems.