Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Interactive Wednesday: Many Happy Returns of the 1980s

As the good uncle, I took my niece to see most of the Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake movies and events in the 1980s. Thus, I have an almost unhealthy knowledge of these Reagan era icons. Fortunately I have no family members of the age that would require gaining a similar knowledge of Hannah Montana. When will there be a Lala Utah? So I'm not sure how I feel about Ms. Cakes' recent makeover, and I'm certainly not happy about her dumping her cat Custard for a cell phone. I think the best indirect reference to her in a pop tune was this one.

Please weigh in.

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9 Comments:

At 1:32 PM, Blogger mouse (aka kimy) said...

oh freaky friday....oh wait it's wednesday! I can't believe the synchronicity of the universe...ms t picked up a strawberry shortcake dvd this morning as we were finishing picking up books at the library. generally I slip the dvd's back she picks up but I was intrigued by the cover art and the fact that ss is still around! talk
about flashback!! long story short, we checked it out and actually watched it before story and naptime after we got home while eating our cottage cheese and peaches for lunch. let me assure you that ms shortcake still has an adorable cat (and dog) companion... I didn't catch a cell in this episode....

I do like the new chapeaus....

re the tune: dimes to make a phone call - there's another flashback, or in this case anachronism

strawberry shortcake what on top???

 
At 1:39 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Mouse - I do prefer Ms. Cakes old shoes to her new ones. Dimes for a call? Do kids today even know what a pay phone is unless they live in a drug dealer neighborhood?

I've always heard that lyric as "Strawberry Shortcake/Cream on Top". I need to head down the street and teach that ditty to the girls on the corner jumping rope.

 
At 4:04 PM, Blogger marxsny said...

I was surprised to find that Strawberry Shortcake was still around when we received her and her strawberry house as a birthday gift several years ago. She isn't one of the more popular toys in the the playroom though. The Hannah Montana juggernaut is sort of hard to avoid but there are worse things out there. But I have to say when I find my self laughing at it, it's for reasons my 5 year old is completely oblivious to. Speaking of makeovers if you didn't notice Holly Hobbie has had an "Extreme Makeover".

 
At 4:10 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Mark - You're a stronger man than I to endure Hannah Montana. I had the misfortune a few months back of being seated in a restaurant next to five tables reserved for hyped up tween girls who'd just been to the HM movie. Luckily they arrived just as my bill came. Personally, my favorite kids character was Billy Baloney on "Pee Wee's Playhouse".

 
At 6:49 AM, Anonymous The Angry Young Man said...

I just googled Hollie Hobbie and I nearly had a heart attack. Instead of the young FLDS girl we all came to know and love back in the day, Holly Hobbie has been completely transformed into a flared jean and flat cap wearing annoyance. The original Hollie Hobbie has been relegated to the "Classic" bin. Unbelievable.

The transmogrification of the Hollie Hobbie and Strawberry Shortcake characters is interesting in that they're basically being designed to mimic the immensely popular but controversial Bratz characters. The Bratz characters, with their giant, pouty lipped heads, and scrawny, malnourished bodies, have been accused of everything from teaching pre-pubescent girls that being a slut is a good way to acquire cell phones and other material goods to reenforcing body dysmorphic attitudes among tweeners. This is all nonsense, of course.

 
At 7:08 AM, Blogger rich bachelor said...

I have the album that 'Cake (Shorty?) made in the early '80's. Interestingly, most of the voice work was done by Eddie n' Flo of The Turtles and Zappa fame.

But you want some messed up shit? Rainbow Brite, my friend.

 
At 7:14 AM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Angry - Wow, you sound so...angry. Holly's new look is horrid. Who's next, Little Miss Shy and Little Miss Bossy?

Rich - Eddie 'n' Flo/The Turtles' "Battle of the Bands" is one of the most under-appreciated classics of that era. Rainbow Brite? Egads.

 
At 11:58 AM, Blogger Gavin Elster said...

I used to wear a strawberry shortcake shirt. just a few years ago.

Kudos on the wacky audio find!

 
At 1:54 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Gavin - Wacky? It's poetry to me.

 

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