80s, 90s, Blog, Saturday Recap — April 5, 2014 7:30 am

Saturday Morning Recap: Vol. 2

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Remember when Saturday mornings were worth getting up for? While we can’t provide a four-hour block of programming, here’s some retro news you may have missed (or simply want to revisit) from the past week.

Saturday’s Cartoon:

The Gummi Bears was a Saturday Morning staple… but have you ever heard the theme in German? You’re welcome.

But really, here’s your full episode. Pay close attention and let me know how your Gummiberry Juice turns out!

Video Games:

Mario Kart 8 Double Rainbow (Road)? WiiU’s Mario Kart 8 (wait, we’re up to eight of these now?!) will not only feature a remake of the N64 Rainbow Road, but also a brand-new Rainbow Road. WHAAAT!

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There’s also a My Girl The Game because you hate yourself, but love listening to a MIDI of The Temptations’ “My Girl”.

Movies:

The Jem and the Holograms movie is set to start filming in a few weeks. If this is an elaborate prank, I am going to lose my shit.

Music:

Rock group They Might Be Giants announced a release date for their next collection, which is being billed as “neither a ‘best of’ nor a ‘rarities’ set”.  Leave it to them to invent a new album genre!  Look for it May 27. (Fun fact: the director of their early music videos, Adam Bernstein, would later direct several episodes of Breaking Bad.)

Musicals:

The Australia cast of The Lion King sang “Circle of Life” on their flight, both delighting passengers, and annoying those who didn’t know wtf was going on.

Comic Book Musicals:

Wolverine delighted audiences by getting the musical spirit, as well.  Looks like someone twisted his claws to make this appearance happen, but it’s delightful just the same!

Television:

David Letterman announced his retirement this week and people were actually surprised, despite his show being both modern and retro.

In Case You Missed It:

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CompleteSet: Enabling and Helping Collectors Everywhere— we interviewed CompleteSet co-founder Gary Darna on his great new service to help collectors organize their collections and seek out more items.

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We celebrated Craig T. Nelson’s 70th birthday by digging up this lost pilot opening sequence of Coachergeist.

Elsewhere…:

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And if you like weekly recaps, make sure you check out Rediscover the 80s’ The Weekly Links every Wednesday for more retro goodness!

R.I.P.:


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Teddy Ruxpin creator Ken Forsse passed away on March 19, 2014 at the age of 77. Although somewhat frightening, Teddy Ruxpin was the top-selling toy of 1985 and 1986 (take that, Cabbage Patch Dolls) and even spun off into the animated series, The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin.

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