Afterween: I review Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit”.

I am truly an 80s lover. I was a teen in the 80s, not a child, but I coveted a lot of things kids liked in the 80s(My Pet Monster, for example) as well as the stuff teens were into. So I feel I have a sort of double-whammy 80s love.

I especially reveled in the music. Although I am probably a bigger fan now of hand-played music, all the techno of the 80s radio airwaves was like nothing we’d ever heard before; it was fresh, exciting, and sometimes really bizarre.

Enter the music video. Called “promo films” in the 60s, music videos were nothing new; it’s simply that when I was a teen a mind-blowingly cool channel called MTV gathered all those promo films of current songs together and came rocking into the lives of those of us who had the mystical “cable”, which I at first thought was an actual cable that connected to a movie theater!!!!!

So where am I going with this? I’m setting up that I was a true MTV kid.  My generation was always ready for the next big video that came out, talking with friends at school about new videos that next day, taping videos on my family’s top-loading VCR to be able to not only hear the song over and over until I could get the record or tape, but to analyze the video or be able to pause it on cool shots and cute guys wearing way too much makeup. Videos might be surreal mini-movies or straight-up “live performances” on stage with the artists lip-synching.

Then there was Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit”.

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Halloween Countdown 2017: The Teal Pumpkin Project Finale!

I try to keep my two websites separate since Puppatoons is the “cleaner” site, but I can show yall some content I made for it and its Facebook Page. Our home is participating in The Teal Pumpkin Project, which is a campaign that aims to make Halloween safer for everyone, including the one in 13 kids who has a food allergy ranging from mild to life-threatening.

 

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Star Wars Creatures: The Rancor!

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A rancor is a large reptilian carnivore native to the planet Dathomir.They are about five meters tall,with long arms,horrible claws, armored hides and immense toothy jaws in a pug-nosed face.
Jabba the Hutt kept a rancor in a pit below his palace court, to which he fed any who displeased him.

In Return of the Jedi, the rancor was first tried out as a man in a creature suit, but the results were unsatisfactory. The beast was then made as a rod puppet, and  filmed with a high-speed camera. Then its movements were slowed down to give the illusion of a much larger creature, moving a bit more ponderously.

Television Monsters: ALF!

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Also known as Gordon Shumway, ALF(Alien Life Form) crash-landed his ship in the garage of the Tanner family. He is a native of the planet Melmac. The Tanners hide him from the Alien Task Force, and he becomes a member of the family, although his presence causes them many inconveniences.

Despite the cat-eating tendencies of ALF and his kind, I absolutely LOVED this show. I thought the puppetry and puppet design was stellar and the performances by puppeteer Paul Fusco hilarious. I miss him!