AtariToday wrote:If you get a chance, please find those recorded tapes and share them! I hope you caught some of the commercial breaks. Boy what a time capsule that would be!
Boy, would I ever love to. I do owe the folks a phone call here in a few days, and I'll see if they have any idea where any more of those tapes could be. Granted, a lot has happened in the 30-ish years since then (flooded basement, several moves, downsizing) but it does seem like the folks are always a bit reluctant to get rid of any of my childhood items. It's worth a shot, at least!
I did manage to pick up a few tapes from their basement when I visited their new home a few years back. Nearly every tape I used looked the same (Kodak tapes, with the bright yellow sleeves) and so many have been taped over that the labels on them are usually not accurate. I took the only two tapes I could find, labeled "The Big A** Beakman Tape" and, fittingly, "Cartoons." The Beakman tape didn't lie, and was my treasure trove of Beakman's World episodes, commercials and all, taped off of CBS Saturday Mornings in the mid 90s. YES!! The one labeled "Cartoons" contained... the 1998 Motor City Bowl between Louisville and Marshall. Womp, womp...
I do love when people post old shows on YouTube and leave the commercials in place. A shame whenever any of those videos get pulled down, too. I mean, they're chock full of ads, right? Who cares if the actual show is copyrighted, I want to see ads for Sega CD, Circuit City, and Boston Market, dag nabbit!!
I think W&G is a fine choice, ActRaiser. "Cheeeeese, Gromit!" I'm not much on British Humor, myself, but the whole family had a great time with that series. I can even still whistle the entire theme song. I missed the boat on Prince Valiant, though I do remember seeing ads for it on TV. I did watch the Family Channel back then, but I think it was mostly for game shows and the like. Wasn't there a weird one called "Masters of the Maze," where the final part had the kids go into some sort of futuristic hall of mirrors? Such a bizarre show!
Many of my friends did stick with TMNT over the years, and a few were fans of the 2003 reboot that Burner mentioned. There was a strange live-action one on Fox in the late 90s that I think only lasted one or two seasons. I was so bizarre, but I loved that it reminded me so much of the earlier live action films. I did catch a few episodes of the newer 3D animated one that Nickelodeon put out a few years back, and I actually really, really liked it. Had a few decent videogame spinoffs including a Metroidvania-style adventure game called "Danger of the Ooze." Picked up the Xbox 360 version at a secondhand shop for five whole dollars. It was a cheap budget title, but man, did it have a killer soundtrack. I frequently pull it up on YouTube and let it rip in the background.