Classic TV Commercials

-Sam H

Commercials tell a story to promote and sell products. Commercials have dialogues and jingles. For example, this Connect Four commercial from 1985 shows that the classic game can be for kids of all ages.

Sometimes products were often advertised by a famous celebrity. For example, Florence Henderson was the spokeswoman for Wesson cooking oil from the mid-70s to mid-90s. Here is a Wesson commercial starring Henderson from 1988.

One of our older instructors, Ed of the Wood department was born in 1945. Here’s an example of a Cheerios commercial that his generation grew up with.

You can find many classic commercials on youtube. It’s fun to see what was shown on tv before our time.

The Fight for the FoxBox (TV Special: Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review The Fight for the FoxBox. This half-hour TV Special was released on August 31, 2003.

The TV shows featured in this special are

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003),

Sonic X,

Kirby: Right Back at Ya!,

Ultimate Muscle,

Cubix: Robots for Everyone,

Funky Cops,

The Cramp Twins and Shaman King (Promo).

The protagonists in this TV Special are

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT: 2003),

Sonic the Hedgehog (Sonic X),

Kirby (Kirby: Right Back at Ya!),

Kid Muscle (Ultimate Muscle),

Cubix (Cubix: Robots for Everyone) and the Funky Cops, Ace & Jack (Funky Cops).

The antagonists in this TV Special are

Shredder (TMNT: 2003),

Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik (Sonic X),

King Dedede & Escargoon (Kirby: Right Back at Ya!),

Dial Bolic (Ultimate Muscle),

Dr. K (Cubix: Robots for Everyone) and Wayne Cramp (The Cramp Twins).

In this special, a mysterious evildoer (Wayne Cramp) has had enough of the villains and evildoers always losing to the heroes and do gooders time and time again. So, he steals the Broadcast Codes for the FoxBox and disperses it into five segments and entrusts each segment to Shredder (FoxBox Code: 5E3KZ), Dr. Eggman (FoxBox Code: 9HT6A), King Dedede & Escargoon (FoxBox Code: B7Z51), Dial Bolic (FoxBox Code: MM881) and Dr. K (FoxBox Code: L1415G). Fortunately, the Funky Cops overhear the villains plot via their car’s CB-Radio & soon after The TMNT (after viewing a Promo for Shaman King) head out to retrieve the Broadcast Codes with the help of Sonic the Hedgehog, Kirby, Kid Muscle, Cubix and 1,000,000 viewers.

In conclusion, I found this TV Special to be quite the most uniquely interesting crossover I’ve ever in fact experienced. As such, the Heroes of FoxBox have United. Their mission, to save TV from the Forces of Evil.

Captain Planet & The Planeteers (TV Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review the cartoon series, Captain Planet & The Planeteers. This series had 6 seasons worth of episodes equaling 113 episodes in total.

In this series, the Earth faces grave threats corresponding to overpopulation. Gaia, The Spirit of the Earth decides to enlist the aid of 5 special youths to protect the Earth’s environment as the Planeteers. She grants each of these youths one of the 5 Elements of Nature in the form of Rings. In critical situations, the Planeteers can combine the power of their rings to summon Earth’s greatest champion, Captain Planet.

The Planeteers are

Kwame (Home: Africa)(Power: Earth),

Wheeler (Home: North America)(Power: Fire),

Linka (Home: Former Soviet Union)(Power: Wind),

Gi (Home: Asia)(Power: Water) and Ma-ti (Home: South America)(Power: Heart).

The Eco-Villains in this series are

Dr. Blight,

Duke Nukem,

Sly Sludge,
Hoggish Greedly,

Verminous Skumm,

Looten Plunder,

Zarm (Former Spirit of the Earth) and Captain Pollution (Captain Planet’s Evil Counterpart).

In conclusion, I found this series to be both highly informative and well educative in teaching us the utmost value of cleaning the environment and preventing pollution. “Remember, The Power is Yours.”

Minions: The Rise of Gru Movie Review by Angel

I finally saw Minions: The Rise of Gru in theaters during National Cinema Day: September 3rd.

it is the sequel to the spin-off prequel Minions (2015), the movie is about Young Gru plans to become a supervillain with the help of his Minions which leads to a showdown with a malevolent team, the Vicious 6.

The movie was good, fun, entertaining and hilarious: great to see Steve Carell back voicing Gru, a younger version of the character and Pierre Coffin voicing the Minions, also familiar characters that we seen before.

I give this movie 4 stars.

Muppet Treasure Island (Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Muppet Treasure Island. Muppet Treasure Island is the 5th theatrical film in the The Muppets franchise.

This movie is based on the 1883 novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

The main cast of characters are

Kevin Bishop as Jim Hawkins,

Tim Curry as Long John Silver,

Kermit the Frog as Captain Abraham Smollett,

Miss Piggy as Benjamina Gunn,

Gonzo the Great as Himself,

Rizzo the Rat as Himself,

Sam Eagle as Mr. Samuel Arrow,

Fozzie Bear as Squire Trelawney Jr.,

Dr. Bunsen Honeydew as Dr. David Livesey,

Beaker as Dr. Livesey’s Assistant,

Waldorf & Statler as the H.M.S. Hispaniola’s Figureheads.

In conclusion, I found this “Muppet-style Parody” movie to be adventurously exhilarating, musically entertaining and hilariously entertaining. In short, this movie is guaranteed to have you all “Sailing for Adventure on the Big Blue Sea”.

Sonic Frontiers (Preview)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to preview the upcoming game, Sonic Frontiers for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 & 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X & Series S. This game is a celebration of the franchise’s 30th anniversary and it also utilizes an open-world, free-roam feature.

In this game, The story begins when Sonic the Hedgehog, Miles “Tails” Prower, Knuckles the Echidna and Amy Rose are sucked through a wormhole and Sonic is now lost on the mysterious Starfall Islands, separated from Tails and Amy. An artificial intelligence guides Sonic as he seeks to collect all 7 Chaos Emeralds as well as to find all his missing friends.

In this game, Sonic battles robotic enemies led by a mysterious, new villain known as Sage as well as battles against colossal-sized robots called Titans.

This game is scheduled to release on Tuesday, November 8, 2022

In conclusion, I believe that this particular game will take the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise straight to the next “Chaos-Control” level and one of “Super-Sonic” proportions I might add.

Dinozaurs (TV Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review the anime series, Dinozaurs. This animated tv show is a dinosaur-styled Transformers series that consists of 26 episodes.

In this series, alien dinosaurs known as the Dragozaurs invade Earth back in prehistoric times to steal/devour the planet’s lifeforce only to be driven away from the earth by the Dino Knights (dinosaurs converted into Transformer-styled heroes by mysterious entities known only as the Ancients). 65 million years later, the Dragozaurs return to Earth to consume the planet’s lifeforce once and for all. The Dino Knights (who were in a long “fossilized” slumber) awaken due to the Dragozaurs return and prepare to defend the Earth from them yet again.

The Dino Knights are

Dino Tyranno/Ultimate Dino Tyranno (Male)(Tyrannosaurus Rex)(Tyranno’s Weapon: Silver Sword)(Ultimate Tyranno’s Weapon: Mega-Blade Broadsword),

Dino Tricera/Ultimate Dino Tricera (Male)(Triceratops)(Tricera’s Weapon: Tricera Spears of Jade)(Ultimate Tricera’s Weapon: Triple-Threat Halberd),

Dino Brachio (Male)(Brachiosaurus)(Weapon: Axe of Valor),

Dino Stego (Male)(Stegosaurus)(Weapon: Stego Skeletal Revolution),

Dino Sabre (Male)(Smilodon)(Weapon: Saber Wailing Whip),

Dino Ptera (Female)(Pteranodon)(Weapon: Ptera Bristle Boomerang),

Dino Mammoth (Male)(Mammoth)(Weapon: Mammoth Tusks of Vigor),

Dino Icthyo (Female)(Ichthyosaurus)(Weapon: Trident of the Tides),

The Cerazaur Brothers consisting of Dino Centro (Centrosaurus)(Weapon: Fossil Sun Sword), Dino Toro (Torosaurus)(Weapon: Fossil Moon Sword) & Dino Styraco (Styracosaurus)(Weapon: Styraco Sword of Stealth) and the Dino Weapons consisting of Dino Pachy (Male)(Pachycephalosaurus)(Weapon: Pachy Spike Sword), Dino Kenty (Kentrosaurus)(Weapon: Kenty Skeletal Drill) & Dino Arch (Archelon)(Weapon: Arch Bone Drill).

The Dragozaur big-shots consist of

Drago Wing (Dragozaur Field Commander),

Gigano Dragon (Dragozaur Warrior),

Dark Dragon (Dragozaur Wizard) and Diamond Ryugu (Dragozaur Leader).

In conclusion, I found this series to have taught me quite well indeed. Through this series, I’ve learned that our planet much like ourselves has a limited lifespan.

Digimon World 4 (Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Digimon World 4 for the Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo Gamecube and the PlayStation 2. This game is loosely based on the movie, Digimon: X-Evolution which was released in japan back in 2005.

In this game, Players play as one of 4 Digimon who also happen to be the newest members of the DSG (Digital Security Guard). These Digimon consist of Agumon, Veemon, Guilmon and Dorumon. The key DSG-related Digimon you encounter/interact with in this game are Ophanimon, Seraphimon, and Leomon.

In this game, a mysterious computer virus of unknown origins called the X-Virus has begun spreading throughout the Digital World, infecting multiple Digimon. In the process, an area of the Digital World called the Yamato Server mysteriously vanishes. Soon afterwards, a new area called The Doom Server emerges in its place just as mysteriously. As such, it’s up to you to eliminate the source of the X-Virus and save the 

Digital World.

The 4 main areas you traverse throughout The Doom Server are Death Valley, Dry Land, Venom Jungle and the Machine Pit.

In this game,  You also face off against physical manifestations of the X-Virus known as Mecha Rogues

The main Digimon antagonists in this game are

Death Valley’s Blossomon (Sub-Boss), Mammothmon (Sub-Boss) and Apocalymon (Boss).

Dry Land’s Scorpiomon (Sub-Boss), SkullGreymon (Sub-Boss) and MaloMyotismon (Boss).

Venom Jungle’s Diaboromon (Sub-Boss), ShogunGekomon (Sub-Boss), Mecha Rogue #04 (Sub-Boss) and Lucemon: ShadowLord Mode (Boss).

Machine Pit’s Mecha Rogue #05 (Sub-Boss), Crusadermon aka LordKnightmon (Sub-Boss) and Mecha Rogue X (Final Boss & Source of X-Virus).

In conclusion, I found this game to be an interesting twist from the usual Digimon World games. Thus, I hope you all find this game to be just as interesting as I do.

Batman: The Movie(1966)(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review the 1966 feature film, Batman: The Movie. This movie hit theaters two months after the last episode of Season One’s Batman (1966! TV Series) premiered.

In this movie, Batman & Robin’s archenemies: The Penguin, The Joker, The Riddler & The Catwoman team up to form a criminal organization called United Underworld, who then kidnap British inventor, Commodore Schmidlapp of Big Ben Distilleries and use the Commodore’s new invention to abduct the United Nations’ Security Council & hold them for ransom. Now Batman & Robin must save both the Commodore and the Security Council as well as put an end to the organization, United Underworld.

The protagonists are

Bruce Wayne/Batman (starring Adam West),

Dick Grayson/Robin (starring Burt Ward),

Alfred the Butler (starring Alan Napier),

Commissioner James Gordon (starring Neil Hamilton),

Chief O’Hara (starring Stafford Repp) and Commodore Schmidlapp (starring Reginald Denny).

The antagonists are

The Penguin (Maestro of a Million Criminal Umbrellas)(starring Burgess Meredith),

The Joker (The Clown Prince of Crime)(starring Cesar Romero),

The Riddler (The Master of Criminal Conundrums)(starring Frank Gorshin) and The Catwoman (The Feline Fatale)(starring Lee Meriwether).

The Hero/Villain vehicles in this movie are The Batmobile, The Batcopter, The Batboat, The Batcycle, The Penguin’s Submarine (Pre-Atomic model) and the United Underworld’s Giant Rocket-powered Umbrellas.

In conclusion, I believe this movie may be in fact Adam West’s crowning achievement in his role as the Caped Crusader. Thus, I’ll end this article with a Batmobile quote from this movie: Atomic Batteries to Power, Turbines to Speed. Roger, Ready to Move Out.

Digimon: Survive (Preview)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to preview the upcoming game, Digimon: Survive for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch.

Digimon: Survive is an upcoming visual novel/tactical role-playing game (RPG for short) with survival elements. This game is also a celebration to the Digimon franchise’s 25th anniversary.

In this game, a group of teenagers get lost while on a school camping trip and suddenly find themselves unexpectedly transported against their will into a strange new world that’s filled with both monsters and danger.

There are eight protagonists in this game, each one with his or her own digimon partner. The eight protagonists are:

Takuma Momozuka (Digimon Partner: Agumon),

Kaito Shinonome (Miu’s big brother)(Digimon Partner: Dracmon),

Miu Shinonome (Kaito’s little sister)(Digimon Partner: Syakomon),

Shuuji Kayama (Digimon Partner: Lopmon),

Saki Kimishima (Digimon Partner: Floramon),

Ryo Tominaga (Digimon Partner: Kunemon)

Minoru Hinata (Digimon Partner: Falcomon),

Aoi Shibuya (Digimon Partner: Labramon).

In conclusion, I believe Digimon: Survive will be the Digimon franchise’s most major accomplishment in its 25th anniversary celebration thus making it in fact well worth the wait. This game is scheduled for release this Friday, July 29, 2022.