The Sixties will always be known as an extremely exciting and interesting era, and with all the interesting and exciting things going on in the world kid's TV shows tried to keep things interesting as well.
Some shows played on the world's obsession with space, others embraced psychedelia and rock music to keep things thoroughly mod, but above all kid's TV shows were stranger in the 60s than they'd ever been before!
(This list is far from comprehensive, so please feel free to tell me about any shows from the 60s that I left out and I'll include them in a follow-up article.)
Space Angel centers around Captain Scott McCloud and his crew, who are agents working for the Interplanetary Space Force aboard the spaceship Starduster.
They battle extraterrestrial enemies such as the Anthenians and the Evil Queen Of Space, and with a little help from McCloud's alter ego Space Angel they're able to defend Earth one static panel at a time.
Compositing video footage of a talking human mouth over traditional animation is a practice that is seen as silly and hoaky to this day, but adding talking mouth footage to illustrations by legendary comic book artist Alex Toth- now that's just plain criminal!
Awww, look at the cute little extraterrestrial sock critters! The Clangers are a family of mousey aliens who live on, and inside, a faraway planet. They're called clangers because of the clanging sound made by the trash can lids that cover their burrows, which help protect them from meteor strikes.
They eat Blue String Pudding and soup provided by the Soup Dragon, encounter strange flora and fauna on the planet's surface, and solve problems while under the protection of their dad, Major Clanger. They're cute and, like, totally far out, and if you watch one episode you're sure to fall in love! -Thanks Skipweasel!
Kids who grew up in the 80s were exposed to a lot of cool flicks, many of which had plots that revolved around kids like us overcoming any obstacle to become the awesome hero they were meant to be.
These movies were inspiring, empowering, and made you feel like kids could conquer the world, but no movie delivered the awesomeness along with the kid power message quite like The Goonies.
It had everything a kid could want- an (almost) all kid cast, adventure and exploration in search of treasure, pirate themed bad guys, and a crazy monster dude that ended up being everybody's friend.
Speaking of Sloth, did you know the guy behind the makeup was a first overall pick in the 1973 NFL draft, and went on to win two Superbowls with the Oakland Raiders? His name is John Matuszak, and he gave a nod to his former team in The Goonies by wearing a Raiders t-shirt in the beginning of the film.
The nerdy crew at ThinkGeek have an annual April Fool's Day tradition that's both fun and a bit frustrating- they release images of fake products, complete with links to fake product pages in their shop, then laugh like maniacs as fans go crazy for that shiny new product they'll never get to own.
People got wise to their ways and stopped believing in their April Fool's Day product releases, and then they went and changed the game again- by actually producing some of their most popular fake products.
This year ThinkGeek went big and feline friendly with their April Fool's Day product release for 2015- The Voltron Cat Condo:
With a $190 price tag the Voltron Cat Condo isn't going to be one of their best sellers, and frankly looks like a pretty easy DIY project, but the cats look pretty pleased with their epic robo condo!
Once upon a time they were just a bunch of a-holes who kept the park clean and running smoothly, but now they're the galaxy's last hope...looks like we're screwed! This pack of goofballs won't be able to act as noble guardians, much less mindless grunts, so how are they going to keep intergalactic ingrates from rockin' our worlds? With a mighty YEAHUH! and some sweet karate moves, that's how, and if those super jerks don't stop messing around they'll finish 'em off fo'sho with the Rigby Rocket!
Add some crossover cool points to your geeky wardrobe with this Regular Guardians t-shirt by LavaLamp, and you'll be the coolest critter in town!
Old Evil No.1 has an ancient flavor few mortals can stand, let alone appreciate, and the squidly aftertaste isn't for those with a weak stomach. But if you can stand to drink the stuff Old Evil packs one hell of a buzz, preparing your body for possession or transformation into a servant of Cthulhu, and it comes in a cool black bottle! When your life has grown dull reach for a bottle of Old Evil No. 1, and unleash the madness!
When you drink please drink responsibly, but when you get dressed go all out with this Old Evil N. 1 t-shirt by Ikado, it's the refreshing way to greet the Great Old Ones when they come to enslave us all!
Having a hideous skull for a face can make you feel mighty unattractive, even if you've got a body that would make Mr. Universe jealous, and feeling unattractive can sometimes lead to antisocial behavior. So what's a skeletal overlord to do with all that angst bottled up inside him? Why, start a rock band, of course! With Beast Man on bass, Evil Lyn rockin' the electric guitar and Clawful pounding out a wicked beat on the drums the new sound of evil was born- Antisocial Overlord!
Master the art of mashup fashion with this Antisocial Overlord t-shirt by Devil Chimp, you don't have to be a He Man fan to appreciate the hilarity.
The tenth incarnation of the Doctor was known for many things- his signature trench coat, his love of 3D glasses, and his madcap personality, but there's one French phrase that describes him better than all the rest. It has come to be known as his catchphrase, though who needs a catchphrase when you're a time travelling lord, and whenever we hear that phrase uttered we can't help but think of the tenth. That phrase, of course, is Allons-Y, meaning "let's go", and when the Doctor shows up at your door yelling "Allons-Y, Allons-Y!" you either go or regret not going for the rest of your life!
Bring some sci-fi character to your geeky wardrobe with this Allonsy! t-shirt by Tom Ryan's Studio, it's a fun way to show love for your favorite incarnation of the Doctor!
Magic- a simple word that conjures up images of wizards in pointy hats casting spells, and stage magicians who take off their top hat to reveal they've had a rabbit under there the whole time!
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The Lumpy Space Princess was born with all her lovely lady lumps, so she's had time to figure out how to work what she's got and drive the guys wild! It's not every day that some ordinary guy from a candy kingdom gets to talk to an actual alien princess, and when she's also delightfully lumpy it's like a two-for-one for some lucky dude! The only guy who doesn't seem swayed by her lovely lady lumps is Finn, but that's because he likes those stuck up skinny girls who do science and stuff, and he doesn't realize what an adventure he's missing!
Isn't it time you brought some lumps to your geeky wardrobe? With this You Can't Handle These Lumps t-shirt by Guicanoide you can get all lumpy and make your fellow fans turn purple with envy!
Moustaches are manly but not that scary, but as soon as they become part of a beard the whole hairy look becomes utterly terrifying, that is if you're a villain. Sometimes they get scared because the man behind the beard is a cold hearted badass, other times they're terrified by the thought of all that mystical power concealed within a guy's gray shaggy beard, and then there's the Wolverine. He's such a stud that he doesn't need a moustache or beard hairs in the middle of his chin to make a statement, his claws do all the talking for him!
Spread awareness about the power of facial hair with this Fear The Beard t-shirt by Butnyes, which can also be used as a field guide to personality types in the urban jungle.
Measuring stuff can be an ordeal, what with the 2.54 centimeters in an inch and the 453.592 grams in a pound, but if you think the differences between U.S. customary and metric are wacky you've never tried to measure the amount of land a single person behind a single oxen can till "in the morning hours."
At least the units used by the two main systems of measurement make sense, but how the heck did people use “a cow’s grass”, aka the amount of grazing land needed to feed a single cow, as a unit of measurement?
And if you think that’s hard to wrap your head around try measuring the difference in shoe sizes by The Barleycorn, which originally stood for the size of a corn of barley but has since been standardized to 1/3 of an inch. The Barleycorn must die!
Some monks sit and read old bible verses all day, some sit in silence and pray for the world’s sins, and then there are those monks who train both their bodies and their spirits to become mighty enlightened.
Check out this video of a Shaolin monk who has trained his body to become an ultimate tool of awesomeness- he's able to withstand just about anything his sparring partner throws at him, including a drill to the head. (Warning- totally intense!)
Mr. T is part tough guy, part motivational speaker and all larger-than-life, and even though he has played some iconic roles during his thirty plus years in showbiz he simply hasn’t been in enough stuff.
Maybe it’s his immutable style, or his gruff method of delivering lines, but whatever the reason Mr. T is a hard hire for projects with scripts sadly missing the stage direction “Mr. T enters and talks about pitying fools".
Nintendo has created their own signature brand of strange during their thirty plus years in the video game business, and yet even they have cancelled games because they were just too strange to sell.
Games like Donkey Kong's Fun With Music and Super Mario Spikers had all the right faces, and yet they didn't properly fit into the mainstream Nintendo universe, deemed too weird to sell.
And then there's Mike Tyson's Intergalactic Power Punch, a game that sounds like a great follow up on paper but actually stunk worse than Venusian slime when playtested. It's a shame Intergalactic Power Punch never got off the ground, because we finally could have played as Tyson!
Fans of The Simpsons are a dedicated bunch, which isn't surprising since many of us grew up watching wacky stuff happen on the mean streets of Springfield. As fans grow up they look for more adult ways to express their love of that colorful cartoon show, and the most popular adult way to show love for The Simpsons is with a totally boss tattoo!
Some feel that sporting a sexy Milhouse tattoo on their calf will totally change their life
And a tattoo of stunt triking Homer will inspire all who see your ink
And if you're a cartoon loving badass you might as well get a killer Sideshow Bob tattoo
All of these amazing Simpsonian tattoos and many, many more can be found at an Instagram account called The Simpsons Tattoo, where the tattoo ink flows like cartoon blood and the collection seems to grow by the day.
Americans find Canadians fascinating in many ways, and even though our neighbors to the north are way more like us than many ‘Mericans would like to admit we're fascinated by the differences in our cultures.
We have an undeniable fascination with Canadian slang, which many Americans are introduced to by TV shows like The Kids In The Halland SCTV, and the most Canadian movie ever made, Strange Brew.
Bob and Doug taught us when to use words like “hoser” and “beauty”, and to follow up most sentences with “eh?!”, but most Canadian slang eludes Americans because we don’t hear it on a daily basis.
Howl separated himself from human society long ago, and yet he still exists in our world, his strange castle moving across the country still constantly forced to contend with civilization. Most people find the structure strange, and avoid Howl's marvelous monstrosity like the plague, but those who have the nerve and are actually curious enough to see what lies inside the structure are greeted with a wonderland of imagination and magical delight that make the outside world seem like an extremely mundane place to live.
Bring some anime inspired imagination to your geeky wardrobe with this Howl's Moving Castle t-shirt by Coconut_Design, it's bold and geeky just like your favorite animated Ghibli films!
Pirates Of The Caribbean is one of Disneyland's most popular rides, and even though the story inside the ride has been whitewashed and given a Depp makeover in recent years it's still a fan favorite.
Walt Disney personally supervised the creation of the ride to ensure everything looked and felt right, but he originally intended for Pirates to be a wax museum type attraction.
The animatronics in It's A Small World and Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln were such a big hit at the 1964 World's Fair that Disney changed gears and made Pirates the animatronic heavy ride it is today.
Walt changed his mind about the Blue Bayou restaurant as well- it was originally going to include pirate themed dinner theater performances, which he cancelled after one dress rehearsal.
Attack On Titan is one of the most deliciously dark anime series ever created, and fans of the show have been creating mashups and parodies based on the show’s epic theme song since well before it made its way to the U.S.
Some simply added the theme song to a preexisting video and created a unique mashup, while others created their own brand of awesomeness to fit the song, an original creation that visually captures the spirit of the show:
Studio 54 made a name for itself by being the kind of place where anything goes, and the trendy New York nightclub was known for playing host to some of the most famous faces of the day.
These people didn’t necessarily want their picture taken while partaking of all the fun Studio 54 had to offer, but there were artists and photographers present who blended right in with the club’s star studded clientele.
One shutterbug who totally dug that Studio 54 vibe was named Hasse Persson, and he was there to capture it all and document the club's microcosm of reality. Unfortunately Hasse’s photos were never published and therefore never shared with the curious world...until now.
Max Strom's new book Studio 54 features never before published photographs by Hasse Persson, images that immortalize some of the amazingly rare moments that took place at Studio 54, like Andy Warhol acting like a goofball!
Disney Studios have been busy creating live action adaptations of their most beloved animated features, and they’ll continue to do so until movies no longer exist or they run out of money, whichever comes first.
We know live action adaptation of the films that star humanoid characters are coming, such as Snow White and Peter Pan, but what about the animated features with an animal protagonist? How would Disney’s live action adaptation of an animal flick like Bambi play out?
The Uchiha Clan made a name for themselves by battling their way to the top with a grace and beauty not seen in most clans. Of course, their mastery over the Great Fireball skill didn't hurt their standing, but in the end it wasn't enough to keep Uchiha alive. It seems beauty is a fleeting thing, even among the timeless shinobi, and the best thing a clan can do to retain their dignity is know when to gracefully bow out of the game...
Bring some anime color to your geeky wardrobe with this Beauty With A Vengeance t-shirt by xKireiDesigns, it's the perfect attire for a day on the town or an afternoon spent watching Naruto!
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Pixelated invaders from space started coming down in rows, launching rectangular laser beams at the Earth and breaking our stuff to an 8-bit beat. The Bit Wars had begun, and now it fell to Earth's mightiest heroes to defend the planet and repel those super square space invaders. Street fighters abandoned their matches mid-round and began lending a hand wherever needed, because even though the Invaders could defend against our bullets and missiles they had no idea how to block one of Ken's mighty dragon punches!
Take the geeky tee battle back to the old school with this The Bit Wars 2.0 t-shirt by RetroGamerAddict, it's super stylish and way more fun than getting punched in the face!
When you hire Clarabelle as caller for a good old fashioned hoedown there's one instrument you know that cowgirl will be bringing along- the mighty cowbell. Clara's cowbell clangin' skills are legendary, and even though she's been asked to go on the road by everyone from Mickey to Mick Jagger Clarabelle's a country girl at heart, and she prefers to play her cowbell for her boot scooting friends and family back home on the range.
Bring some animated rhythm to your geeky wardrobe with this Cowbell t-shirt by Ellador, it's fun to wear whether you're attending a square dance or just watching classic cartoons on the couch!
There are a legion of people out there who take surveys, undergo psychological tests, record search engine rankings and transcribe audio files for a living, taking whatever job comes up on the Mechanical Turk job list.
These people are part of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing program, a place where people are paid paltry sums to complete HITs (Human Intelligence Task) and build up a feedback rep. The work is often mind numbing, and generally pays a buck or two an hour, depending on how fast you can work and how lucky you get with the queue.
Have you ever heard of the Turkers? There's about a half million of 'em online, and every day they're turking for a living.
Paget Brewster and Keith David have joined the cast, the budget is still big enough to afford plenty of the fantastic fantasy segments we’ve come to expect from the show, and Dan Harmon is back in the driver’s seat.
And speaking of Dan Harmon- do you know who got him back at the helm after that nasty dustup with the Sony execs? Jeff freakin’ Winger himself Joel McHale that’s who! Joel insisted Dan come back after a failed fourth season left everyone wishing they had Changnesia.
Some people shoot for the moon, meaning they decide to blow up the moon and become the greatest super villain in the world, but for some there's nothing better than the life of a henchman. Aside from the occasional atomic accident or beheading by Brock Samson the life of a henchman is a pretty cushy one, and you get to wear a fun costume to work every day! But before you decide to go hench heed this warning- those bros Hank and Dean are not what they seem...
Declare your allegiance to geekdom with this Hench 4 Life t-shirt by Kgullholmen, I venture it'll make your fellow fans grin with delight!