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What made you, you??? – Discuss.

Posted on: Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I’ve been thinking lately about bits of mass media from my childhood that marked my consciousness and made me into the chronically overcommitted would-be hippie I am today. Here are a few of the most dastardly offenders:

Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest – What more do you need in a kids’ cartoon? A little bit of fantasy, a little bit of awesome soundtrack (“Batty Rap,” “If I’m Gonna Eat Somebody (It Might As Well Be You)” and “Toxic Love”), and a little bit of really powerful message make this movie the complete package. Plus, I just found out it had Christian Slater as Pips (who I’ll admit I had a total crush on — Pips, that is, not Christian Slater!) and Tim Curry (who’s basically a god) as Hexxus. (I won’t mention Robin Williams.) This movie may have been my personal Inconvenient Truth. Just saying.

The Little Mermaid – Okay so I can’t really back this one up, but it made me want to be a pretty fishgirl like Ariel and live under the sea, just like millions of other impressionable young people. Is that a crime? It was really about the nature part anyway — Prince Eric is about as dumb as his sloppy old dog, and definitely not worth risking your life and losing all your sea friends over. Please. Anyway, to this day I’m still obsessed with the sea and surfing, and filled with fantasies of moving to someplace warm and maritime, especially in times of record-breaking snowfall and general crappy northern weather.

Ghostwriter – This show was basically awesome and speaks for itself. It’s easier to pinpoint its impact on my dad than on me, since he still thinks every black kid on my brother’s soccer team is named Jamal, but that aside I guess there were some pretty good role models in that show. I mean, no one was particularly ditzy and they were all out worrying about real issues, not who was cheating on who or whatever. Plus they had those pens on strings, those were friggin cool.

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I’m starting to feel like I could go on for a long time about this, so I’ll shut up and turn it over to you: What books, movies, songs, whatever else, totally brainwashed you for life? Comment plz.

– K8

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8 Responses to "What made you, you??? – Discuss."

Ghostwriter was definitely one of my very first favourite shows. I don’t even remember much about it anymore – there was a subplot with aliens who were blue at some point, there were pinball machines and a gang that wore monster masks, there were flashbacks to the past that had something to do with Jamal, I think, and I remember that Lenny liked eating breakfast food for dinner and didn’t have a mom. Oh, and there was something about toxic waste being dumped somewhere, and the ghostwriter kids found bags of shredded paper that they were trying to use as evidence. Yeah, I loved that show. I’d used to tape it on VHS tapes and watch them over and over again.

I think that after that, my taste got significantly worse…i.e. my pre-teenage life was pretty much coloured by Xena: Warrior Princess. I just happened to love Greek mythology at the tender age of nine, and Xena just offered this sort of alien and racy world of cleavage, swords, and epic adventure that I’d never really seen anything like.

I would also that that my early moral development was influenced by the Quest For Glory computer game series. It was just cool to be paladin and do good deeds and fight evil, you know?

I remember all those episodes. Also: THABTO (Two Heads Are Better Than One), Galaxy Girl, and tetrachloroethylene (perk?) being dumped in the community garden… it all makes so much sense now!

And how the hell did I leave out video games?? Hello Warcraft II, Red Baron, Creative Writer, Heroes of Might and Magic II + III, Sim ____ (anything but The Sims), Kid Pix, Ernie’s Big Splash, Animals of Ontario, Oregon Trail, King’s Quest I-VI, Roger Wilco, Day of the Tentacle, Monkey Island, Wing Commander, Commander Keen, Wolfenstein, Duke Nukem, Doom, Dune, various Star Wars…! Holy hell!

Math Circus! Castles II! Math Blaster! Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing (lol) (the games were fun)!

Dot and the whale? Dot and the bunyip? Anyone?

I remember Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing.
Also good on you for Dune, Star Wars, Sim anything but The Sims, Warcraft II(although I was more into Red Alert myself), Red Baron, and Duke Nukem (assuming you mean the sidescrollers)

Also Storybook Weaver. Anyone?

Oh man Storybook Weaver. I made my mom buy that for my home PC. And yes, the sidescrollers.

I liked gost writer…. or “El fantasma escritor” in the spanish version i used to wacht, i remember a episode were jamal almost dessapear but gost writer went to he past and save his grandpa`s doctor. and the little mermaid is my favorite disney`s princess cartoon movie.

I am intrigued by the “top post” feature in this new layout. Which is what brought me to this post. At which point I realized that I haven’t actually read all the posts in this blog! At which point I realized that my childhood was vastly different from yours.
Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Silver Spoon, Diff’rent Strokes, Tom and Jerry, anyone? Yeah I grew up in the 60’s apparently. Also Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, X-Files, Are You Afraid of the Dark, Student Bodies.
As for games: Prince of Persia (haha get it, I was in the Middle East haha), Chip’s Challenge, Sonic.
I’ve repressed the rest. ❤

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