Tuesday, April 1, 2008

When nostalgia hits

The arrival of a large cap to my bandwidth limit (Please Telkom it’s still not enough) has allowed to me to revisit some of the old series from my childhood. Being brought up in a television generation, in spite of the many ‘when we were younger we used to roll tyres down the street’ speeches, there are many such series. The Gummi Bears, Grammi, Gruffy, Tummi, Sunni, Cubbi and Zummi are characters that should be introduced to a whole new generation of followers. The little blue smurfs who somehow managed to produce kids with only one smurfette was quite the entertainer. The Thundercats were the 90’s answer to spiderman though somehow I fail to see how I ever watched that show. Beware people watching Thundercats now will leave you bewildered and have you breaking your Lion-O swords in shame.

This however lead me to wonder which of the series I watched as an impressionable young boy would still be relevant in 2008, and would have the kids of the 21st century switching off their X-Boxes for a good dose of child entertainment. My 5 in no particular order are :

1. - Pumpkin Patch – Many (that talking donkey, and the scary purple dinosaur) have tried to claim the throne but none have close to the infinite wisdom of Uncle Bill, Woofles, Speckles, Freckles and that blonde lady. Pumpkin Patch wo o o pumpkin patch – sing along you know you wanna

2. - Gummi Bears – Gummi Berry juice was all the rave and I’m positive the kids now would be bouncing off the walls with this one. No I’m not gonna sing again.

3. - X-Men the series – The only reason I’d wake up early on a Saturday. Do I really have to explain what the X-men are?

3. - Bravestarr – Speed of the puma, eyes of the hawk, ears of the wolf, strength of the bear, nuff said. Oh and a horse with a big gun. Can’t quite remember the name of the little dwarf deputy thing.

5. - Darkwing Duck – It was the other Duck show. He was a duck. He was a crimefighter. He wore purple. He was brave…