Agro’s Cartoon Connection – a children’s show that’s not for children?

Every so often, I find a vintage television show on YouTube that catches my interest.  And for various reasons, I want to find out more about it.

Such is the case with an Australian program called Agro’s Cartoon Connection.

If you tuned on your Oz TV in the mid-1990’s, you might have seen a puppet show with a wombat and a human co-host, with an intro that sounds like it was cribbed from an old Saved By The Bell episode.

This was Agro’s Cartoon Connection.  It had live-action clips interspersed with various cartoons.

Seems normal, right?

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The day Captain Kangaroo visited Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood

I had a warm, fuzzy flashback this morning.

One of my favorite TV shows as a kid was the Captain Kangaroo children’s show – with the Captain, Mr. Green Jeans, Dancing Bear, Mr. Moose, Bunny Rabbit, the cartoons, all the fun stuff.

Another one of my favorite TV shows as a kid was Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, where the gentle and affable Fred Rogers would bring us to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe and provide us with gentle, fun entertainment five afternoons a week.

So imagine my pleasant surprise when I found this video clip of Mr. Rogers and Captain Kangaroo – appearing together in a rare television episode.  Scuse me while I change into my sweater and sneakers and grab a bowl of Rice Krispies.

This clip is waycool – in that not only do we get Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Rogers talking together, we also get a nice episode of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, with Bunny Rabbit visiting King Friday XIII’s castle.

This is so cool… and let’s face it, how many kids watched these shows and learned wonderful life lessons at the same time?

Trust me… in times like these, I’d rather watch Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood over the latest newscasts in a heartbeat.

Who’s with me on this?

 

Blood Drive 1.03: “Steel City Nightfall” episode review

When we last left our intrepid road racers Arthur and Grace, they were racing to Utah with the rest of the Blood Drive teams.  Arthur continued to gather information about the Blood Drive and the participants, while Grace stayed hyper-focused on winning the race to rescue her sister Karma from the mental institution.

Yep, it’s another episdoe of Blood Drive, the homage to 1970’s low-budget drive-in movies.  And this week, we get to visit the “mutation” genre, where a town or village experiences a chemical mutation that turns their people into vicious monsters.

This should be fun.  As always, please note that Blood Drive is rated TV-MA and is only intended for mature audiences.  Seriously.  Don’t watch this show with your kids. 

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Blood Drive Episode review 1.02: “Welcome to Pixie Swallow”

Part of me really loves trashy, so-bad-it’s-good television.  Heck, that’s why I did those Amish Mafia episode reviews years ago.

And now that I’ve found a new television series – Blood Drive – that’s so far over the top it lands in the next county – I’m hooked.  Not only does the show – a cross-country road race where the cars are fueled with human blood – pay homage to every 1970’s late night double feature drive-in movie, it does so with the full and complete knowledge that the viewers are in on the joke.

Episode 2 of Blood Drive – the wryly named “Welcome to Pixie Swallow” – encompasses that trend.  Note – this review is of a television show that is rated TV-MA, and this review is recommended for mature readers only.  Viewer discretion is advised.

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Blood Drive on Syfy – what the hell did I just watch, and can I see more please?

About ten years ago, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez collaborated on a double-feature film called Grindhouse, where they created two separate exploitation-homage movies – Planet Terror and Death Proof – along with various trailers for films like Werewolf Women of the S.S., Hobo with a Shotgun, and Machete – and released it in theaters.  You might remember the film, the Planet Terror pic had Rose McGowan as a freedom fighter whose leg is replaced with a machine gun; and Kurt Russell was a stuntman who drove a car that was death-proof for him – but not for his passengers.

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Reflections on Adam West

Last night, I heard the awful news that actor Adam West passed away at the age of 88.  He led a fll and long life, and whether he was typecast in one specific role or not, and although he eventually grew to appreciate and embrace that one role – he will always be, to a generation of television viewers, the legendary Caped Crusader, Batman himself.

He was my first true television superhero – every afternoon at 4pm on WRGB would be a brand new (to me) Batman episode.  Maybe I didn’t understand the camp value of the series – how most of the actors were playing their roles over-the-top and tongue-planted-directly-in-cheek – but for a six-year-old who had enough drama in his home life, Batman was an escape for me.

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Can The Orville break the U.S. sci-fi comedy TV curse?

Among the many television shows scheduled for the upcoming 2017-18 prime time television season is a brand new program from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.  No, it’s not another animated series like The Cleveland Show or American Dad!  Instead, it’s a science fiction comedy spoof series.  In this new FOX TV series, MacFarlane is the captain of a space ship called The Orville.  Hence … the name of the show.

Better yet, here’s the trailer for the series.

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