Pink Panther Animated Clock

I've Always Loved This Guy

by Joi

Pink Panther Animated ClockA few Saturday mornings back, I turned the tv on and couldn’t help thinking that “back in the day,” Saturday mornings were a heck of a lot more fun.  We knew how to do Saturday mornings then! Cartoons and cereal… then more cereal and cartoons – right up until about 12:00, when our dad’s Saturday fun began with baseball or football games.

I guess it’s just as well that they don’t show cartoons on Saturday mornings anymore. After all, they’d mess that up, too.  Seriously, have you seen what passes for cartoons these days?

Thank goodness for BOOMERANG!

Pink Panther, Scooby Doo, the Flintstones, Bugs Bunny, Pepe Le Pew, Daffy Duck, Tom and Jerry… you just can’t beat the classics!

Since I can remember, I’ve collected cartoon-related toys, ornaments, figurines, etc. I’ve never seen any need to stop because they make me smile as much today as they did then.

The adorable NJ Croce CL2300 Pink Panther Animated Clock, pictured above, is just one of the Pink Panther lovelies on Amazon. This animated clock runs on two AA Batteries (not included).  Pink Panther’s right arm and tail sway back and forth, making this a MUST HAVE for any collector.

Amazon has everything from a Pink Panther Teapot to a Pink Panther Scultped Mug - with lots of figurines and toys, too, of course.

Click through any of the links for more information.

How Most of Us Will Always Remember Shirley Temple

Animal Crackers in My Soup...

by Joi

Shirley Temple Black died February 10 (2014) at the age of 85.  Not only did the lovely actress get to live a long, fascinating life – she’s left a legacy most would love to have: She has made millions smile and will make millions more smile as they enjoy her “feel good” movies.

Not only was she an actress, dancer, and singer, Shirley Temple Black was also a  former U.S. ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia AND served as Chief of Protocol of the United States from 1976-1977.

Like I said – fascinating!

Needless to say, she’ll forever be remembered as the adorable, happy, singing and dancing little girl we all loved.

Shirley Temple Trivia:

  • Shirley Temple was born in 1938 in Santa Monica, California
  • She got her first role at the age of 3.
  • Some sources say that the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (1939) was actually cast with Shirley Temple, but 20th Century Fox refused to lend her to MGM. Other sources say that, while she was considered for the role of Dorothy, her singing wasn’t as strong as Judy Garland’s, so the role went to Miss Garland.
  • Shirley Temple was box-office champion for 4 years in a row: 1935-36-37-38.
  • She once said, “I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph!”
  • Actresses Shirley Jones and Shirley MacLaine were both named after Shirley Temple.
  • She was close friends with Ronald Reagan.
  • When Gary Cooper first met Shirley Temple (on the set of their movie Now and Forever), he asked for her autograph.

I class myself with Rin Tin Tin. People in the Depression wanted something to cheer them up, and they fell in love with a dog and a little girl.” – Shirley Temple

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Movie Poster

This One's a Favorite

by Joi

Audrey Hepburn - Breakfast at Tiffany's Gold One-Sheet
Audrey Hepburn – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of the most popular movies of all time – especially when it comes to memorabilia and movie posters. Those of us who are obsessive Audrey Hepburn fans know why too. It’s her!

The great movie poster above is a favorite with Breakfast at Tiffany’s fans as well as just movie poster fans in general. It has a deliciously vintage look and feel that set it apart from a lot of the “modern” Breakfast at Tiffany’s movie posters.

Click through for a closer look. You’re going to love this one.

See Also: More Audrey Hepburn posters


Audrey Hepburn Travel Mug

As a coffee fanatic AND Audrey Hepburn fan, this Audrey Hepburn Travel Mug (with lid) doesn’t just speak my language, it IS my language.

Click through the link or picture for more information. You’ll find a lot more Audrey Hepburn gift ideas and merchandise on their website. Be sure to look around, you never know what else you may find!

 

Television Facts: Including the 10 Most Watched Series Finales

I'm Shocked that a Few Fan Favorites Didn't Make the List

by Joi

TV Facts: Most Watched Series Finales of All Time

Most Popular Season Finales

The infographic above shows the most watched series finales of all time.  Here’s a kick in the seat – the only two I saw were the Cosby Show finale (never missed a second of the Huxtable family’s antics) and the Magnum, P.I. series finale. Another series finale I was glued to was LOST – I’m surprised to see it isn’t in the top 10. I’m also surprised that Good Times isn’t on the list. Talk about a great season finale – whenever I see series end with depressing or wildly confusing finales, I always think of Good Times and the PERFECT way they wrapped it all up.

Fans want to see a happy ever after for characters they’ve come to love over the years!

Click on the series titles below to find seasons on dvd. Some (MASH and Seinfeld, for example) are packaged in some pretty clever ways.

MASH

Cheers

Seinfeld

Friends

Magnum, P.I.

Heeere’s Johnny – The Definitive DVD Collection from The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson (Temporarily out of stock – but if you place your order now, they’ll deliver it when it’s available.)

The Cosby Show

All in the Family

Family Ties

Home Improvement

Adorable Gone With the Wind Christmas Ornaments

Must Haves for Fans and Collectors

by Joi

Gone with the Wind Scarlett OrnamentThe beautiful Scarlett’s Green Gown – Gone With The Wind 2013 Hallmark Ornament, above, is available on Amazon. It’d make a beautiful gift for any Gone With the Wind fan or collector.

Below are more Gone With the Wind ornaments available. Click through for more information (and to find even more!).

Scarlett O'Hara Christmas Ornament

Scarlett and Rhett Christmas Ornament

Rhett Butler Gone With the Wind Ornament

See More Gone With the Wind Ornaments!

Two Beautiful Gone With the Wind Calendars for 2014

(One Even Includes a Scarlett O'Hara Paper Doll)

by Joi

Gone with the Wind 2014 Calendar

One of the most popular movies with our Hollywood Yesterday visitors has always been Gone With the Wind. In fact, I probably hear from more Gone With the Wind collectors than I do all other collectors combined (although James Bond, John Wayne). GWTW is second only to Audrey Hepburn in terms of popularity with our readers. So, I know there’ll be a great number of you interested in this post.

Here are a few beautiful 2014 Gone With the Wind Calendars available on Amazon. Needless to say (given the movie’s popularity), it’d probably be a great idea to go ahead and order your favorite calendar before they sell out!

The beautiful 2014 Gone With The Wind Wall Calendar is shown above. The picture of Scarlett on the cover shows my favorite dress from the movie. She – and the dress – are just gorgeous.

The 2014 Gone With The Wind Special Edition Wall Calendar, pictured below, is also extra special. This calendar includes a beautiful Scarlett O’Hara paper doll and five beautiful dresses for her to choose from.

2014 Gone with the Wind Calendar and Paper Doll

Click through either link or picture for a closer look.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Gifts and Collectibles

Ornaments, Toys, Mugs, Dolls, Figurines, Lawn Decorations...

by Joi

 Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Clarice Mug

 As I confessed in the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Trivia post, I’m as big a fan of this classic as you’ll find. I’ve collected Rudolph gifts for a while now – from ornaments to dolls – and always look forward to the next addition to the collection.

Apparently, I’m not the only fan out there because I noticed that a lot of the Rudolph gifts shown here are selling FAST on Amazon.  Click through for more information.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Coffee Mugs:

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Ornaments

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Christmas Ornaments:

 

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Figurines and Collectibles:

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Santas Sleigh Figurine

Clarice Stuffed Doll

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Toys, Dolls, and Figurines:

Rudolph and Bumble Outdoor Christmas Decoration

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Outdoor Decorations:

I couldn’t possibly show you all of the collectibles, toys, figurines, or collectibles available on Amazon – but if you click through any of the above lovelies, they’ll show you TONS more. There are Rudolph blow ups for the yard, a Rudolph the Reindeer Operation game, more figurines, more Build A Bear Stuffed dolls….

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Fun Facts About The Christmas Classic

You know Dasher and Dancer, and Prancer and Vixen...

by Joi

Rudolph the Red Nosed ReindeerI’m going to let you in on a little secret (but only because I like you so much): I’m more obsessed with the classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and its adorable characters than most kids are with Santa Claus.

The movie came out the year I was born (1964), so I guess it’s fitting that I’m its biggest fan.  I’d hate to even try to count the number of times I’ve seen it because not only have I watched it every year, In the VCR’s heyday,  I recorded it and watched it multiple times and since getting the dvd, I’ve been known to pop it in several times during the Christmas season.

In fact, I think it’s high time I watch it today…

I’ve also been collecting Rudolph memorabilia over the years and its one of the funnest collections I have going. People get almost as big a kick shopping for these collectibles as I get receiving them.

Below are some cool facts about this classic and the people who made the magic happen.

Santa’s reindeer are all seen and even mentioned, by name, in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The three reindeer with “speaking roles” are all voiced by Paul Kligman. These reindeer (along with their roles) are:

  • Donner – Rudolph’s father
  • Comet – Coach of the infamous Reindeer Games
  • Dasher – One of the other buck’s (at the games) dad

Sam the Snowman is the Narrator of the movie. Burl Ives was the speaking and singing voice behind Sam.  The face of Sam the Snowman was designed to resemble Mr. Ives.

The Abominable Snow Monster of the North is also called The Bumble in the movie.

Rudolph was voiced by Billie Mae Richards and, yes, this was a female.  In addition to voice overs in quite a few Care Bear movies, she was also the voice of Rudolph in the movies Rudolph’s Shiny New Year and Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July.

Yukon Cornelius was voiced by Larry D. Mann. In the 1964 TV movie Return to Oz, Mann was Rusty the Tin Man.  He was also in episodes of Get Smart, The Big Valley, Bewitched, and several other classic television series. Watch for him, it’s a real hoot to hear Yukon Cornelius’ voice coming out of someone else.

Corinne Conley provided the voice for the adorable doll on the Island of Misfit Toys. She (the actress… not the doll) went on to play the second Phyllis Anderson on Days of Our Lives.

The original Misfit Toys didn’t have their happy ending. Although it’s hard to imagine, in the original TV version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Rudolph, Hermey the elf (who wants to be a dentist instead of an elf), and Yukon Cornelius visit the Island of Misfit Toys and promise to help them. However, the original movie ended without the Misfits ever being seen again… let alone helped.After it aired, the producers were SWARMED with letters from upset children who wanted to know why the Misfit Toys weren’t helped!  A new scene was produced and added to the end of the show – the adorable scene where Santa and his reindeer (led, of course, by Rudolph) land on the Island of Misfit Toys, pick them up and take them to their new homes.

The main Misfit Toys were comprised of:

  • Charlie in the Box – a Misfit simply because he’s named Charlie instead of Jack.
  • Spotted Elephant – Seemingly a misfit because of the spots?
  • A Toy Train – The back wheels were square instead of round.
  • A Bird – Able to swim but not fly.
  • “Dolly for Sue…” or just “Dolly” – One of the questions most people have always asked about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is, “Why is the doll a misfit toy?”  One of the producers, Arthur Rankin Jr., finally addressed the subject.  He said Dolly’s “problem” was psychological! He said she was abandoned by her human and it left her feeling depressed and unloved.  OK, is that priceless or what?

Santa’s magic works wonders. If you watch closely, at the end of the movie, when the toys are “delivered,” the train’s wheels are all round.  Also, the bird doesn’t need a parachute like the other toys for his trip from the sky – he simply flies!

Rudolph isn’t as big as he appears. While the Rudolph puppet, on screen, appears to be about three feet tall, in reality “Rudolph” is actually much smaller. He’s really the size of a newborn kitten.

They used to laugh and call him names… and that’s never okay. Author and special education professor, George Giuliani, recognized the behavior of some of the characters toward Rudolph as qualifying for bullying.  In In December 2011, he decided to wrote a book titled No More Bullies at the North Pole!

If you’re a fan (or you’re looking for gift ideas for a Rudolph fan), check out these Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Gifts and Collectibles

Photo Credit: Click the picture or the following link to order a copy of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Watch Full Episodes of TV Classics Online

TVLand Comes Through for Us Again

by Joi

A few days ago, I watching back-to-back-to-back episodes of Andy Griffith on TVLand and thinking endless warm and fuzzy thoughts about this network. They keep television’s rich history alive on a daily basis by not only showcasing the best shows of the past, but by downright celebrating them.

What’s more, with new original hit series, TVLand proves that the stars of yesterday (Betty White, Kirstie Alley, Rhea Perlman, Michael Richards, Valerie Bertinelli, Cedric the Entertainer, Mark Reisman, Kristen Johnson, Mary Tyler Moore…) shine even brighter today.

Watch full episodes of many classic television series as well as new TVLand favorites, like Hot in Cleveland online here.  If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out the new series on TVLand like Hot in Cleveland, The Exes, you can see what you’ve been missing.

As for Kirstie (starring Kirstie Alley, Rhea Perlman, and Michael Richards), watch for the premiere on Wednesday December 4 with back to back episodes.  Having Kirstie Alley back on television is like an early Christmas present.

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