Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Looney TV: Porky & Daffy (1938)

80 years ago last month, Bob Clampett put Porky Pig & Daffy Duck in the boxing arena. Daffy's the fighter, and Porky his manager-promoter, using a gimmick not too dissimilar to what the Three Stooges would use in a live-action short on the same subject.

Here's "Porky & Daffy":

Sub the clang of a "dinner bell", if you will for the Stooges using "Pop Goes The Weasel", and it's basically the same idea.

Rating: A.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Toons After Dark: Mr. Magoo meets Sherlock Holmes (1964)

From The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo:

Magoo (Jim Backus, Gilligan's Island) is Dr. John Watson, faithful associate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famed sleuth, Sherlock Holmes. Paul Frees is heard as "Holmes", as if you couldn't tell.

Amusing. Too bad the open & close, with Carl Brandt's swinging score, were edited off.

Rating: A.

Daytime Heroes: He-Man meets Visitors From Earth (1984)

From season 2 of He-Man & The Masters of The Universe (Filmation series):

A pair of Earth astronauts go through a spatial warp and end up on Eternia. We find that Queen Marlena was herself an astronaut back on Earth, and the presences of fellow astronauts creates an interesting scenario for her.

Here's "Visitors From Earth":

Rating: B.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Toon Legends: Popeye in Can You Take It? (1934)

In 1934's "Can You Take It", Popeye (William Costello) decides to join a tough guys' club, run by Bluto. The initiation is worth the price of admission alone.

The title comes from the question posed by Bluto and the club. Well, ask a silly question......

Rating: A.

Saturday (Afternoon) Ringside: A Shakespearian fight scene in 2018

In the hometown, they had something called "The Enchanted City" yesterday. It's an annual event, now in its 5th year, which encourages all sorts of cosplay across the timestream. Not just 19th century steampunk, mind, but also, a dash of Shakespeare.

Sam Wilson, the genius in charge of Mondo 70, The Think 3 Institute, & True Pulp Fiction, was there, and recorded this sequence, adapted from the Bard's Merchant of Venice. I am reminded of Daffy Duck & Porky Pig's scene in "Robin Hood Daffy", but this looks like they're auditioning for some Jules Verne film festival......

Sam has his own YouTube channel, so go check it out. You'll be glad you did.

Game Time: The Video Game (1984)

After TBS cancelled Starcade, the show's producers went back to the drawing board, and developed a similarly themed show for syndication.

I will tell you right now that The Video Game didn't play in my market in its lone season (1984-5), so there ain't going to be a rating for this one. Greg Winfield is your genial host.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

On The Air: Ring Warriors (2018)

Former NWA (National Wrestling Alliance) President Howard Brody founded the Ring Warriors promotion a number of years ago, but it seceded from the NWA in 2012, trying to function on its own. Brody closed up shop four years later, but after securing a national television contract with WGN America, Ring Warriors is back.

WGN America has placed the program at 8 am (ET/7 am CT) on Saturday mornings, ahead of a Married..With Children marathon block. Talk about a buzzkiller. Many of the names on the roster will be familiar to fans of TNA-Impact, Ring of Honor, Major League Wrestling, or, in the case of backstage reporter Ken Resnick, either the AWA or the World Wrestling Federation. Resnick worked for both in the 80's, and hasn't been on the national scene since the American Wrestling Federation in the 90's.

Impact's current champion, Austin Aries, is a storyline minority owner of Ring Warriors, and sat in on commentary for the opener. I missed the first 20 minutes of today's show due to other commitments, and missed Aries' promo, which is excerpted in the following trailer....

The show is being filmed, not taped, in Las Vegas at Sam's Town, which has hosted ROH tapings in the past. The other drawback is the early time slot. WGN America is like a number of other cablers, spamming reruns of older acquisitions into the ground when they could find a better spot for their newest series. I recommend an early evening berth that the NWA would be familiar with from back in the day.....

Rating: Incomplete.