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Re: Retro TV that nobody seems to remember...

Posted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:03 pm
by bonerlaw
tekaotaku wrote:how about james the cat, you just wouldnt get away with calling the main character "fatty" these days

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwOTQI3Q ... re=related - james the cat

or how about the little green man

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tl2ke-DL2XE

gonna be whistling that theme all day now, grrrrrrrrrrrrr............
Thank you sir! Nobody I know remembers The Little Green Man and Zoom Zoom!

Re: Retro TV that nobody seems to remember...

Posted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:21 pm
by tekaotaku
bonerlaw wrote:
tekaotaku wrote:how about james the cat, you just wouldnt get away with calling the main character "fatty" these days

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwOTQI3Q ... re=related - james the cat

or how about the little green man

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tl2ke-DL2XE

gonna be whistling that theme all day now, grrrrrrrrrrrrr............
Thank you sir! Nobody I know remembers The Little Green Man and Zoom Zoom!
I used to love the little green man when I was about 6-7 years old, apprently I used to drive my parents mad trying to whistle the music round the house. Not sure of the age of the cartoon, I think it was on re-runs ( or 3rd or 4th time round) when I watched it.

Re: Retro TV that nobody seems to remember...

Posted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:31 pm
by Helensification
I loved the Tomorrow's People and Battle of the Planets. I would make sure my homework was done just so I could watch them.

My school books were covered in sketches of Princess and Jason, who I 'loved'. I was very disillusioned when I saw what Casey Kasem (who's voice was used for Jason) really looked like.

Also there was a series which I can't remember the name of from the 70's. I remember a couple of the scenes where the adults were affected by the electric pylons and became like zombies and where a young girl was stuck in her bedroom and the standing stones on the grass outside kept moving closer to her house.

It scared me for a long time afterwards and I still don't like pylons. :D

Re: Retro TV that nobody seems to remember...

Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 3:59 pm
by vanhelsing
ismellicecream wrote:
necronom wrote:
ismellicecream wrote:Mr Rossi (I think it was a french cartoon)
The main thing I remember about that is that the opening titles lasted for about 5 minutes!
All I remember is that you could always see both of his eyes, even when viewed from the side.

Anyone remember 'Hard time on Planet Earth'? With the nasty sensei dude from Karate Kid, where he was an alien with a little metal floating eyeball pet type thing?
Mister Rossi was Italian

Re: Retro TV that nobody seems to remember...

Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:04 pm
by Shinobi
Few others not mentioned yet

The incredible Smoo looked like the thing of a boy and his Blob
Tellybugs
Alfie Atkins just remember the episode when he couldn't sleep as he was so scared of the ghost in his house

That Lord of the Rings rip off cartoon where James Earl Jones done the voice 'Oberdon' or something like that

Re: Retro TV that nobody seems to remember...

Posted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:31 am
by djcarlos
Will Kwac Kwac

Re: Retro TV that nobody seems to remember...

Posted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 11:13 am
by paranoid marvin
Helensification wrote:I loved the Tomorrow's People and Battle of the Planets. I would make sure my homework was done just so I could watch them.

My school books were covered in sketches of Princess and Jason, who I 'loved'. I was very disillusioned when I saw what Casey Kasem (who's voice was used for Jason) really looked like.

Also there was a series which I can't remember the name of from the 70's. I remember a couple of the scenes where the adults were affected by the electric pylons and became like zombies and where a young girl was stuck in her bedroom and the standing stones on the grass outside kept moving closer to her house.

It scared me for a long time afterwards and I still don't like pylons. :D
It was called 'The Changes'. and I've always been scared of pylons too! Look like metallic giants :shock:

Re: Retro TV that nobody seems to remember...

Posted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 3:12 pm
by JazzFunk
Does anyone remember this short film(???) that was on in the early/mid 80s, round about the time when 'V' was showing on ITV at night?

It was basically this little boy getting chased by Darth Vader (!iirc) onto this subway train, and it had this pulsating synth music in the background. It was only like five-ten minutes long, I *think*.

Anyone know what the hell I'm on about? It's been bugging me for years!

Re: Retro TV that nobody seems to remember...

Posted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 4:09 am
by The Master
paranoid marvin wrote:
Helensification wrote:Also there was a series which I can't remember the name of from the 70's. I remember a couple of the scenes where the adults were affected by the electric pylons and became like zombies and where a young girl was stuck in her bedroom and the standing stones on the grass outside kept moving closer to her house.

It scared me for a long time afterwards and I still don't like pylons. :D
It was called 'The Changes'. and I've always been scared of pylons too! Look like metallic giants :shock:
Wasn't the one with the standing stones called "Marianne Dreams"?
I like the sound of the pylon thing though.

Re: Retro TV that nobody seems to remember...

Posted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 5:40 am
by Helensification
paranoid marvin wrote:
Helensification wrote:Also there was a series which I can't remember the name of from the 70's. I remember a couple of the scenes where the adults were affected by the electric pylons and became like zombies and where a young girl was stuck in her bedroom and the standing stones on the grass outside kept moving closer to her house.

It scared me for a long time afterwards and I still don't like pylons. :D
It was called 'The Changes'. and I've always been scared of pylons too! Look like metallic giants :shock:
Thanks 'paranoid marvin' - that does ring a bell.
The Master wrote: Wasn't the one with the standing stones called "Marianne Dreams"?
I like the sound of the pylon thing though.
Thanks 'The Master'. Now that you mention it, the two scenes could easily have been from different TV shows. The mind just messes things up at times, especially from 30 years ago. The pylon one (The Changes) was really good but it would be funny to watch it now and see if I can work out why it scared me so much. The only other thing I remember scaring me as a child was Dr Who - not the Daleks though, it was Dr Who himself. I apparantly hid behind the settee when he came on the screen (Patrick Troughton) but I was only 3 or 4 at the time.

Re: Retro TV that nobody seems to remember...

Posted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 6:35 am
by The Master
Helensification wrote:Thanks 'The Master'.
Just "Master" will do :D
Helensification wrote:Now that you mention it, the two scenes could easily have been from different TV shows.
"Marianne Dreams" was televised in 1972 as "Escape into Night":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marianne_Dreams
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escape_Into_Night

It still exists, albeit only in black & white thanks to the Beeb's "trash 'em all" policy of the 70s.

In fact I'm downloading it now...

Re: Retro TV that nobody seems to remember...

Posted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 7:19 am
by TwoHeadedBoy
JazzFunk wrote:Does anyone remember this short film(???) that was on in the early/mid 80s, round about the time when 'V' was showing on ITV at night?

It was basically this little boy getting chased by Darth Vader (!iirc) onto this subway train, and it had this pulsating synth music in the background. It was only like five-ten minutes long, I *think*.

Anyone know what the hell I'm on about? It's been bugging me for years!
I want to know what this one is, sounds amazing!
The closest thing I can think of is Incredible Games, but that was more of a mid-90s gameshow thing. It had a bit where Darth Vader would chase them around a chess board, then sometimes pop up in corridors and chase them into a lift.

Re: Retro TV that nobody seems to remember...

Posted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:19 am
by Fred83
ox tales!

Re: Retro TV that nobody seems to remember...

Posted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 2:42 pm
by JazzFunk
TwoHeadedBoy wrote:I want to know what this one is, sounds amazing!
The closest thing I can think of is Incredible Games, but that was more of a mid-90s gameshow thing. It had a bit where Darth Vader would chase them around a chess board, then sometimes pop up in corridors and chase them into a lift.
It definitely wasn't Incredible Games, though that sounds amusing in itself(!)

It was probably a one-off, it would've definitely been around 1983/1984, maybe some kind of Return Of The Jedi promo material (????). What I kind of remember is when Vader is just about to 'get' the kid near the end of the train, the kid's dad turns up and Vader is gone (something like that). The whole thing had this 80s 'neon' feel about it, and was pretty surreal.

I've asked about this years back on a now-defunct film forum, and never got any answers! :o

Re: Retro TV that nobody seems to remember...

Posted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 6:12 pm
by Juggernaut Headcrush
JazzFunk wrote:It was probably a one-off, it would've definitely been around 1983/1984, maybe some kind of Return Of The Jedi promo material (????). What I kind of remember is when Vader is just about to 'get' the kid near the end of the train, the kid's dad turns up and Vader is gone (something like that). The whole thing had this 80s 'neon' feel about it, and was pretty surreal.

I've asked about this years back on a now-defunct film forum, and never got any answers! :o
Piqued my interest too, so I typed "Darth Vader" and subway into Google, and someone else was looking for it on another forum...don't know if it was yourself or not :lol: . Here's what they wrote...

"I think I know what you're talking about. It was one of those odd little film shorts HBO used to run inbetween movies in the 80's.

The plot is basically just a boy riding alone on a monorail(?) type of train. (I remember it being an elevated track.) He was reading a Marvel Star Wars comic, and his imagination cuts loose as the train keeps going. A whole lot of pseudo-2001 visuals set to a synthesizer score follow, as the boy imagines travelling in hyperspace and firing at the bad guys.

There is no dialogue, which is why it might have seemed like it was a music video.

When he arrives at his station, Vader is waiting for him! He starts to flee, when Vader grabs him! The boy snaps out of the fantasy, and realizes it's just his older sister. They go down the escalator together. The End."