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17 Apr 2012 Leave a comment
We all wore them either when we were a kid, a teen, or adult, they were the styles of the 90s.
Bright and Baggy (Yeah baggy was a style name. What in the world?)
Belly tops to show off that awesome belly ring or maybe a nice floral dress. See through was also very popular.
DENIM (Yes that’s the Cast of Beverly Hills 90210)
I don’t even want to ask.
Fashion in every decade is different. And although some might argue that the 90s was the time of simplicity, I would have to say it was the time of making everything loud yet simple.
17 Apr 2012 Leave a comment
Everyone should have a heard of Beverly Hills: 90210. If not, then you didn’t have a TV or you weren’t born in the 90s. I myself have never watched the show. but I knew that it was a melodrama about teens in Beverly Hill learning about life the California way. A lot of shows were like that in the 90s and the early 2000s before they became slapstick and overly dramatic than normal; So overly dramatic that people can’t relate to the characters.
While waiting in line to see Starkid at their panel at C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo) I was talking to a friend of mine Crystal, who is a Journalism Major at Columbia College, about this blog. We started talking about the 90s and how most of the people in line can’t really appreciate what the 90s had to offer, for example Beverly Hills:90210. I told her that I had seen at least the first 7 or so episodes of the remake 90210 when it first came out but it was too over dramatic for my taste. I then asked her a few questions about the differences between the original and the remake.
Me: Can you talk about the differences in 90210?
Crystal: The original focuses on two teenager who are struggling to get use to a new location. The new series puts them in the same situation but more exaggerated situations which make the show less relatable. But with the popularity of reality TV, the unbelievable is what we want instead of relating to characters.
Me: Can you give me some examples?
C: The old episodes tackled things like relationships, popularity, friendships. The new series does the same but it complicates where it’s not authentic. They can tackle drunk driving but then it’s like that is never going to happen. You are being way to serious. You start to tell yourself “That would never happen in real life” and that’s what makes it less interesting and makes the original one more appealing.
Me: So overall, what is you conclusion between the two? Is the new one better?
C: The topics are a good idea but they purposely over exaggerate it and the audience can predict it. We want to be surprised not write the whole story as we watch it.
10 Apr 2012 Leave a comment
My Best Friend Carly hates iCarly. First of all, they have the same name. So when she would volunteer at Preschools and introduce herself, the little kids would ask her, “Hey aren’t you the girl from iCarly?” Second, they would ask her where Sam and Freddie were. Then they would ask her how come she wasn’t at home doing her show. This ticked Carly off 100%. Carly hated iCarly because she didn’t want to share the same name with a person who thought it was funny to make weird sounds and punch homeless people. She also didn’t understand the point of the show. Why was this girl trying to make the great points of Old Nick look so horrible? How was that even possible? Then there was the fact that people always called her iCarly.
My friend looks nothing, and I repeat, nothing like Miranda Cosgrove. Carly has long wavy goldish brown hair while Miranda has straight black hair and as Carly says, “An annoying voice.” She was always disappointed when her youngest brother would watch iCarly on their TV at home. iCarly was a bad example and she learned nothing from her mistakes. According to my friend, Carly on the show broke at least 4 different laws whenever she watch the show (and she has seen the show about three times.) iCarly runs on doing stupid thing to make kids laugh. So how does that differ from the live action shows from the 90s?
All That was the preteen version of Saturday Night Live. They did crazy sketches involving food, loud noise, and wacky characters. Kennan and Kel was a show with two of All That’s members about two African American boys living in Chicago and the crazy things they got into. The Garcia Brothers, Unfabulous, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd, Clarissa Explains It All, and more were shows I watched as a kid. Some were random, and some I learned lessons from. The way the shows kept your attention with story lines and entertainment were balanced in these shows.
Now I have watched iCarly a number of times. Mostly to catch a celebrity who is randomly on the show like The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons. And I do have to say that I understand why it’s popular. It tries to use the old humor that Nick use to have with it’s 90s shows and it’s early 2000s shows. But it doesn’t have that lastly effect that the shows I grew up with did. iCarly’s audience are children between 9-14. So what happened to kids from about 6-8? They watch it too, but what do they get from it? What good is throwing food at people and laughing if they got hurt? What lessons do they learn besides falling in love and not getting the guy you wanted? At least when I watched Zoey 101 I learned something from it.
So the question that has been formed is this: Is there truly a difference between Old Live Action Nick and New Live Action Nick? And the answer is yes and no. Watching these shows with my 10 year old Golden Retriever, I have discovered that there is a difference but also a similarity. New Nick shows concentrate on relationships more than they do the heart of the show making it a mini TeenNick. Heck iCarly and Victorious are part of TeenNick showing the marketing for Teens. So what happened to the Live Action Shows that were market towards children as well? I guess that is the difference between the 90s and now. The 90s had shows and movies where they made sure you learned a lesson at the end. It could had been that brushing your teeth is important and a kid would have gotten it.
Here let me give you a better example.
Spongebob Squarepants when it first started vs now
When Spongebob first aired, there was a great balance between learning a simple lesson and having fun. Hey I’m not going to lie here, I learned how to tie my shoes better watching that crazy yellow sponge. Now he just goes around doing overly stupid things with Patrick not learning anything at the end. It’s like the more stupid and disguesting you are, the funnier it is. That was not really the case when Spongebob first stated. Having Patrick as the stupid one was enough to get the point. But having both Patrick Star and Spongebob not get the point just creates confusion and does not build a good story line.
So which one wins for me? Old Nick for sure. Old Nickelodeon gives more of a fun safe feel to it that balances everything together from learning a lesson to laughing your heart away. TV ahas changed since I watched it. I can barely watch cartoons on Cartoon Network anymore (That’s for a different post). But I know that once this new generation grows up and Nick once again changes how they do their network, those kids will be making a post just like mine saying how much better iCarly is than Show blah blah blah. But I know that when that argument comes along, my friend Carly will be right there to prove them wrong.
10 Apr 2012 Leave a comment
Any 90s kid would say this this is not even a battle since old Nickelodeon is where it’s at. But then some good things came from the new Nickelodeon like The Legend of Korra that airs this Saturday. But how does one really compare the old vs the new like the Nostalgic Critic does?
Old Nick ~ 1991-2004 Cartoons (this was the time I stopped watching Nick)
Nicktoons ~ 2005-2012
Now there is a huge difference between these two colons. First of all, the first colon 19 out of 21, 90%, of the shows were traditional cartoons and they took over Saturday mornings and the channel as a whole. The second colon, 8 out of 15, 53%, of the shows were traditional cartoons however they are now pushed onto their own channel were they keep replaying the same two shows (Spongebob and The Penguins).
But that is not all
Majority of Nickelodeon now is mostly live action and no Slim.
The Old nick was full of laughs, messiness, lessons to learn all the time.
Now most of the live action shows, they just yell, dance randomly and hurt each other trying to make people laugh.
It’s hard to say and this argument can go on forever. But as you can see I prefer old Nick. I’ll make another post talking about Live Action shows on nick.
10 Apr 2012 Leave a comment
Part two on why I hated talking toys. Angelica was always the bossy little 4 year old on Rugrats. So it was only natural that she was bossy at a karaoke doll.
“Come on, SING!” Let me just remind you that that was an order she gave you. Not a suggestion. When I got this for Christmas the year Rugrats in Paris came out, I was excited. It had been a long time since I had a talking toy so I was beyond excited to see what this baby could do. After four months of playing with her, she decided to turn herself on. She would randomly sing in the night and talk to me when I would clean my room. I cried one night when I heard her demanding me to sing when I was changing clothes. My Dad took her batteries out but her face still haunted me. I soon hid her away some where in my room. It wasn’t until I was in the 7th grade redecorating my room did I find her again. And the scariest part about it? She had batteries in her…
09 Apr 2012 Leave a comment
What was my favorite Disney movie? That has been a big question since I entered into college. For a while I pretended that it was the Lion King. But then I realized that I only like the movie because I love the musical. But this took a year to really think about the answer for. I was lost thinking about every single Disney movie I watched as a child over and over again. What movie I watched every week not which one I had the most toys from because that was what my parents and my Grandparents got me. It was a challenged but after a year of thinking, I think I came up with the answer.
I thought about the times I would visit my Big Mama, my mom’s mother, over on the West Side of Chicago. Since she only had local channels, I would bring over my own movies to watch. The three movies I would always bring were The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Oliver and Company, The Rescuers: Down Under, and The Fox and the Hound. Sure I loved the Disney Princesses and I was a huge fan of Peter Pan since I loved Tinkerbell so much. But those four movies were always the ones I would watch. Kind of strange isn’t it?
However they weren’t strange or random picks by a five-year-old going to her Big Mama’s house. All four movies were related in a way. These four movies weren’t fairy tales where the main character got everything they wanted, well maybe Oliver and Company, but all of them had the message of being different is normal. That you have to face your problems head on and that no matter what, you will have friends by your side. Now you might be saying “Hey there Monica, that’s The Lion King you are talking about.” But it’s not. The Lion King had a whole different message to it. Yes those were the sub messages, but the main one was that you have to follow the circle of life. My four favorite movies dealt with more serious issues. They were a bit darker than most, and they had a more mature story line than the Lion King. (Please don’t kill me) These three movies including The Great Mouse Detective, which I never owned but saw on a few occasions, were some of the most underrated Disney films ever. They deserve more hype than they have.
Sitting with friends and talking about why we love the films we loved, I knew why I love these three films better than any other Disney movie. Yes the Lion King showed Mufasa’s death and all that jazz, but it didn’t show the true darkness and sadness that the Hunchback showed. It didn’t show the loneliness that Oliver and Company had. And it didn’t show the true bound of Friendship and trust that Oliver and Company had. I might be rambling right now but this is a simple journal entry about my thoughts about my favorite Disney movies. I just feel like they should be heard. What was your favorite Disney movie and why? Do you think it’s underrated?