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Answers to TV theme song trivia 2

May 24, 2014

Answers to TV theme song trivia 2

These are the answers to

Who is the one on whom we can depend? TV theme song trivia 2

If you want to see if you know them, go to the post linked above before coming back to this one to see how you did. 🙂

1. Who “…is the one on whom we can depend?” (I’ve always liked this one, for being  grammatically correct…although that’s not the only reason)

Sailor Moon Youtube video Sailor Moon collection at Amazon (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

2. Who has a character who is “…transferred into a fire-breathing dragon”? (Yes, that’s right…”transferred“, not “transformed“. I never understood how that blooper was the cut that got used)

Mightor Youtube video Moby Dick And The Mighty Mightor: Complete Series (2 Disc) (at AmazonSmile)

3. Who is a “…cool exect”? (That’s another blooper…the singer is very careful to hit the “t” at the end of that strongly…even though the line should actually be a “…cool exec”. It’s common slang, short for “executive”

Iron Man (1966 cartoon) Youtube video The Marvel Superheroes ’66 Collection (at AmazonSmile) [currently unavailable]

4. Where does someone mention “…drinking fresh mango juice”?

Red Dwarf Youtube video Red Dwarf: The Complete Collection (at AmazonSmile)

5. Who’s what are “…like a shield of steel”?

Batfink’s wings Batfink: The Complete Series (at AmazonSmile)

6. Who are you going to want for your valentine? (But stay away…this person is spoken for)

Gidget Youtube video Gidget: The Complete Series (at AmazonSmile)

7. Who doesn’t charm the crabs right out of their shells?

Phyllis Youtube Phyllis – Volume 1 (Two episodes): TV Series Premiere Episode/ Bess Is You a Woman Now? (at AmazonSmile)

8. Who makes the vilest villain cower?

Atom Ant Youtube video Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s Vol. 1 (at AmazonSmile)

9. Who’s got tricks up his sleeve most bad guys won’t believe?

Secret Squirrel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-S_F9U9gNEQ Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s Vol. 1 (at AmazonSmile)

10. Who could be wrong now…but I don’t think so? (and in meta-fashion, hated it when the character hates when “they” change the theme songs)

Monk Youtube video

Monk: The Complete Series – Limited Edition (at AmazonSmile)

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the  The Measured Circle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

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Casey Kasem is missing

May 14, 2014

Casey Kasem is missing

You may be able to help.

Legendary DJ and voice artist (Shaggy on Scooby Doo; Robin on more than a decade of Batman cartoons) Casey Kasem is missing, according to his daughters in this

CNN video

Kasem reportedly suffers from DLB (Dementia with Lewy bodies), and therefore may not be able to communicate well or make plans which could help authorities recover him.

He may be in the company of his wife, Jean Kasem, who is an actor who appeared in Ghostbusters, but is probably best known as Loretta Tortelli in Cheers and its spin-off, The Tortellis.

If you believe you have information on Mr. Kasem’s whereabouts, you are asked to report that to the local police.

We appreciate Casey Kasem’s contributions to geek culture, and wish him the best in this situation.

Update: Casey Kasem has been found safe by authorities in the state of Washington:

CNN article

 

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This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the  The Measured Circle blog.

Who is the one on whom we can depend? TV theme song trivia 2

May 14, 2014

 Who is the one on whom we can depend? TV theme song trivia 2

It’s hard for me to believe it’s been four years since I did a TV theme song trivia post!

What does the nut do in pajamas?

You’ve missed it, right? 😉

I’m going to give you clues to famous TV show theme songs…see how many of them you know (without looking them up…that’s cheating, or at least, demonstrating an entirely different skill). I’ll post the answers later.

  1. Who “…is the one on whom we can depend?” (I’ve always liked this one, for being  grammatically correct…although that’s not the only reason)
  2. Who has a character who is “…transferred into a fire-breathing dragon”? (Yes, that’s right…”transferred“, not “transformed“. I never understood how that blooper was the cut that got used)
  3. Who is a “…cool exect”? (That’s another blooper…the singer is very careful to hit the “t” at the end of that strongly…even though the line should actually be a “…cool exec”. It’s common slang, short for “executive”
  4. Where does someone mention “…drinking fresh mango juice”?
  5. Who’s what are “…like a shield of steel”?
  6. Who are you going to want for your valentine? (But stay away…this person is spoken for)
  7. Who doesn’t charm the crabs right out of their shells?
  8. Who makes the vilest villain cower?
  9. Who’s got tricks up his sleeve most bad guys won’t believe?
  10. Who could be wrong now…but I don’t think so? (and in meta-fashion, hated it when the character hates when “they” change the theme songs)

How did you do? Answers later…

New! Try the free The Measured Circle magazine at Flipboard

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the  The Measured Circle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

 

Happy Star Wars Day: the original trilogy is less than 10% of Star Wars

May 4, 2014

Happy Star Wars Day: the original trilogy is less than 10% of Star Wars

Today is May 4th, which is known to geeks (and to the studio) as Star Wars Day. It comes from a pun (and oh, we geeks love puns): “May the Fourth be with you.”

Before I get to the sales on products (and there are a lot), I was curious about something.

As somebody who saw the first movie when it was first released, that’s what Star Wars is to me.

However, for many people, Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series was not only their first exposure, but probably what they think is the “real Star Wars”.

I decided to do a rough analysis of how much of Star Wars commercially released movies and TV shows were actually represented by the original movie.

While it is a bit subjective to calculate (you have to decide what to include, and you have to decide how long to credit for a TV series episode), it clearly comes out to less than 10%…for the entire original trilogy.

That number is going to contribute to drop over time…in addition to the new movies in the works, there are new TV series (Star Wars: Rebels soon) and even unreleased material (Star Wars Detours would really change the statistics.

I also chose not to include videogames…not to mention novels and comic books. I also didn’t do parodies (although Troops is still one of the best Star Wars entertainments, in my opinion).

These are my stats (I generally used IMDb’s running times):

Title Year Minutes %
Star Wars 1977 121 2.39%
The Star Wars Holiday Special 1978 97 1.91%
The Empire Strikes back 1980 124 2.45%
Return of the Jedi 1983 134 2.64%
The Ewok Adventure 1984 96 1.89%
Droids TV series 1985-1986 286 5.64%
Ewoks TV series 1985-1986 770 15.19%
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor 1985 94 1.85%
The Great Heep 1986 48 0.95%
The Phantom Menace 1999 136 2.68%
Attack of the Clones 2002 142 2.80%
Clone Wars TV series 2003-2005 120 2.37%
Revenge of the Sith 2005 140 2.76%
Star Wars: The Clone Wars 2008 98 1.93%
Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series 2008-2014 2662 52.53%
Total: 5068

One interesting thing to me was how the movies generally got longer over time (until Revenge of the Sith shaved two minutes off Attack of the Clones’ running time).

Now, on to celebrations (and deals) of the day:

First, here’s the official site’s listings:

http://starwars.com/star-wars-day-2014.html

You’ll find everything there from M&Ms to yo-yos (some are in store only items).

If you visit

Amazon Star Wars store (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

you’ll find lots of deals (including freebies)…some of them are time-based, so you may have already missed something.

You name the product category, it’s probably there…including some sold at other sites.

Between the official listing and Amazon, you are going to have a lot of options. Hurry, though…some deals will sell out!

New! Try the free The Measured Circle magazine at Flipboard

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the  The Measured Circle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

 

Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. reported dead

May 3, 2014

Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. reported dead

If you think of F.B.I. agents as earnest and upstanding, it may be because of Efrem Zimbalist Jr.‘s nearly decade long portrayal of Inspector Erskine on the popular TV series.

For fans of 77 Sunset Strip found that a bit odd: Erskine was one of the stars of that earlier TV series, and it had a light tone, and was sometimes an almost experimental show (they did an episode with no dialog, for example).

Erskine, though, also did geek friendly roles, especially later on. Starting in 1992 on Batman: The Animated Series, Erskine voiced Batman’s butler Alfred…right up through 2004 on Justice League. It’s likely Erskine has played Alfred in more productions than anyone else:

  • Batman: The Animated Series
  • The Batman Superman Movie: World’s Finest
  • Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero
  • The New Batman Adventures
  • Superman: The Animated Series
  • Static Shock
  • Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman
  • Justice League

Crossing publishing houses, Erskine also voiced Doc Ock on the 1995 Spider-Man series…and also did both voices for their videogame versions.

Geek-friendly roles include:

  • The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
  • Wait Until Dark
  • Terror Out of the Sky (a killer bees movie)
  • Beyond Witch Mountain
  • Fantasy Island
  • The Tempest (as Prospero)
  • Remington Steele (he is Stephanie Zimbalist’s father)
  • Zorro (1990s TV series)
  • Hot Shots!
  • Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father videogame
  • The Legend of Prince Valiant 1990s animated series (as King Arthur)
  • Biker Mice from Mars (again, as King Arthur)
  • Gargoyles
  • Iron Man (1990s animated series) (as Firepower/Justin Hammer)
  • Picket Fences
  • Mighty Ducks TV series
  • Babylon Five (William Edgars)
  • The Visitor TV series

Good-bye, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr…the world is less sincere without you.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.


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