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Those Meddling Kids

This weekend I saw a display of plush Smurfs at that little mom and pop boutique down the block, Le Mart de Wal.  Smurfette and Papa weren't far from a wall of Play-Doh and another wall of New, Fast-Pitch Softball Coach Strawberry Shortcake.

See, whoever owns Hasbro and Mattel aren't stupid; they're well aware that we Children of the 80's are now grown and reproducing-- especially my family, The Amazing Breeding Germans, with three babies on the way in 2009 alone.  We push a cart past the toy aisle, we see a Sit'n'Spin, we forget that it really kind of sucked, and into the cart it goes.  Your childhood shall be my childhood, son, no matter how many questions about communism the Smurf Village raises.

There are new episodes of Scooby-Doo out on DVD, too, complete with new theme music by Blink-182 and a totally stoned Shaggy.  The only apparent change is that Fred has been made .0000000000001% less metrosexual; he is now without his alarming ascot.  Plotlines remain reassuringly stupid.

"Is that a real monster?" Jim The Small Child Nephew asked his mother, with growing anxiety, the first time he watched it.

This was the cue for Julie The NephewsMama to bring him into one of the great truths of life.  "In Scooby-Doo," she said, "it's never a real monster, only a guy in a mask."

Next episode:  "Mommy, is that just some guy in a mask?"  And so another American is brought into the fold of the apex of Western Civilization:  1980-1990.

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I'm never been sure if it was an effect of getting older or not, but I was ten when Scooby Doo originally aired, and my lifelong feeling has been that they DID get dumber as time went by.
Not that they were rocket science to begin with....
wait until Jim finds out about Scrappy.

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstarnarcosis

It's not just Hasbro who are involved on cashing on our childhood memories. Hollywood stopped trying to get new ideas for movies —maybe Cocaine is getting to expensive?— and decided people are very happy to see endless rehashes of 80's TV shows.

Oh, and in case you were wondering: Yes, Smurfs—http://www.slashfilm.com/2008/02/17/first-look-the-smurfs-movie/" rel="nofollow">The Movie IS currently in production. They'll release it in 2011 —maybe they'll get Paris Hilton to do the voice of Smurfette (I'm only half-joking).

There will be also a new He-Man & the Masters of the Universe movie —hopefully it will not suck s much as the one they made in the 80s, although that is not setting the bar too high.

I think there's also plans for a Yogi movie, and pretty much any Saturday morning cartoon you can imagine. I confess though, it would be pretty cool to see a Thundercats movie, PROVIDED it doesn't end up looking like http://roflrazzi.com/2009/05/12/celebrity-pictures-thundercats-movie/" rel="nofollow">this!! :-P

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

[...] A few notes on those meddling kids. Share and Enjoy: [...]

"[...]and my lifelong feeling has been that they DID get dumber as time went by."

One can assume there were other substances consumed aboard the Mystery Machine besides the customary Scooby Snacks.

...Zoinks! :-P

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

I just want to let you know that the sit-n-spin of the 70s was AWE.SOME! I was too old to use the 80's version, although I did watch the Smurfs cartoons and loved Smurfette. I wonder how she helped frame my femininity today?

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne from Iowa

Or they were sometimes "Very Special Scooby Snacks" lol

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstarnarcosis

Want to talk about a flashback?

I so totally bought an Intellivision II game console - working, complete with about 40 games - on eBay last week.

I fully intend to connect it to my TV and play "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons" and "Burgertime" to my heart's content.

The 80s were awesome. I miss them.

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy P.

I am one of those nostalgic saps who will probably buy my boys Smurfs (but only because I can't imagine them wanting to play with Strawberry Shortcake dolls).

Sigh ... SS and her buds were my favorites, once upon a time. It was wicked cool when they sold them with the little plastic pets (remember that?).

Alas, the clothing for the SS community has gone way downhill since the 80's. It used to be so cute ... now so blah.

Anyhow. Thanks for a fun trip down memory lane.

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGinny
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