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So, something pretty damn RAD happened…

I’ve been in full on Rad mode lately, I know, so bear with me for one more piece of excitement I’d like to share.  After recording the latest episode of the Cult Film Club about the flick, Pax, Jaime and I got a chance to interview the one and only Cru Jones himself, Mr. Bill Allen!  I mean, HOLY CRAP! This is the first time I reached out to one of my childhood heroes and for a month I was chewing off my nails.  I was pretty damn worried the interview was going to devolve into the Chris Farley show.  But I pulled myself together, put on an appropriate shirt and this past Tuesday night I sat down and talked with Mr. Allen for about an hour…

Co-Host Shawn Rad

If you want to listen to us talk about the movie Rad, Bill’s penchant for extreme hobbies, his music career, and what it’s like to be associated with a cult classic film and to have inspired countless athletes and filmmakers, then head on over to the Cult Film Club and download episode 17!  We also dig into his new memoir, My Rad Career, which highlights his 30 years spent in front of and behind the cameras. It was an honor and an amazing pleasure to chat with one of our film heroes and we hope you enjoy the conversation. So without further to do, queue up Send Me An Angel, put on your sequined shirts, and jump on your bike as we talk to a supremely Rad dude!  You can also listen to it by clicking, or right-clicking & downloading it here!

Lastly, I woke up this morning to find my review of Bill’s memoir featured on his website!  Too cool.  If you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go reenact the BMX dance sequence from Rad to celebrate…

Branded on Bill Allens Site

Wanna listen to me geek out about Halloween?

Sigh, I totally didn’t make my goal of sharing 31 monster animation cels this season, but in retrospect I don’t mind all that much.  Doing these sorts of blogging marathons can get grueling when doing them day by day, and this Halloween season was extra jam-packed with stuff for my family outside of my work on Branded.  So in short, I had a great Halloween season, as I hope the rest of you did out there in internetland, and sooner or later I’ll find the time to scan the rest of the animation cels I planned on sharing and get them posted here.

One of the cool things about this past October was getting a chance to be a guest on a number of podcasts, so I wanted to give a shout out to a couple that dropped recently…

The Nerd Lunch crew were gracious enough to invite me back on their show recently for a discussion on some obscure Halloween specials.  I always love getting a chance to chat with Paxton & Jeeg, and I finally had the opportunity to talk to Jay of the Sexyarmpit.com!  So if you wanna hear me and the guys speak to the importance of Paul Lynde’s chest hair and whether or not Fairuza Balk’s character from the Worst Witch grows up to be the evil bitch in The Craft, head on over to the Nerd Lunch site, or heck, you can download the episode by subscribing to the show on iTunes, or even directly right here!

I also had the opportunity to talk all things Halloween-y with the fine folks over at the Beaucoup Pop Podcast!

I’ve chatted with amazing artist Justin Stewart online for ages (as well as getting a chance to meet him in person during the Up! Fair and he was a super cool dude), so it was a real treat to get a chance to chat with him and Tressa (another great artist by the by) about the holiday and my obsession with 80s era cartoons.  Also in on the conversation are the super talented Sara & Brian Turner of Cricket-Press.com, and it’s always a pleasure to hang out with those guys.  You can find episode 75 of the Beaucoup Pop Podcast over at their website or by subscribing to the show on iTunes!

90s era SNICK is coming back, and I hope it brings Pete and Pete with it…

Did you know that Nickelodeon, based on fan outcry, was planning to bring back a chunk of their early 90s original programming back to the network?  Starting Monday night TeenNick will begin airing a block called “The 90s Were All That”, which will feature episodes of Doug, All That, Kenan and Kel, and Clarissa Explains It All.  They’re also launching a new Facebook page that’ll let viewers vote on 90s era programming for possible inclusion in the block (hoping to see Pete & Pete, Rocko’s Modern Life, Nick Arcade, and Double Dare.)  If it wasn’t already evident, I tend to find nostalgia fascinating, and now that we’re breaking into a new decade it seems like the kids who grew up in the 90s are starting to get the same pangs to revisit the wistful days of their childhoods that I was suffering from back in 2001.  I’ve already noticed a bunch of 90s era ephemera and branding popping up on websites and in stores, most notably with the initial crop of DVD sets of cartoons and teen shows from the era.  Through Amazon’s MOD DVD program we’ve already seen a bunch Nickelodeon shows like Doug, Rugrats, and Ahhhhh! Real Monsters, but just recently Shout! Factory announced they were going to start distributing these along with some new to DVD content like my personal favorite Hey Dude.

I was recently interviewed by Jessica Goldstein of The Washington Post about why there’s so much interest in these 20 year old Nickelodeon series, as well as why those shows in particular tend to hold up so well.  You can read the article here, or click on the image below.

Personally, one of the reasons that I think Nickelodeon shows were so cool, especially back in the early 90s when the channel started producing a ton of original content for the first time, is that the network had a very interesting viewpoint dating back to its inception in the late 70s.  First, most likely in an effort to save money when it first launched, Nickelodeon ignored the typical American programming standards and sought to distribute mainly international programming (mainly from Canada, but also from France, Japan, the U.K and other countries) that had a vastly different and less hindered take on children’s programming. Coming off of this broad worldly influence and bolstered by the ideal to provide shows that felt like they were made for kids, by kids, the network concentrated on creating content that felt like nothing was off the table.  The shows catered to the idea that anything was possible, which is a viewpoint that most adults lose along the way, but it’s something that kids never forget.

I’m really curious to see where this fan initiated change in programming will lead, as it’s a step away from the older network standards of relying on outdated ratings structures that don’t represent the audience’s viewing habits like they did 40 years ago.  These days people want their content on their own terms (DVR, DVD, streaming, etc.) and it’s kind of cool to see Nickelodeon going outside the comfort zone to see what their audience really wants to watch…

Small Interview thingie…

Marty Weil, who’s got a really sweet blog dealing with all things ephemeral including interviews, tips and some intersting pieces, and I recently did a little conversation/interview thing about my burgeoning obsession with 80′s stickers and stuff.  Go check out his site, there’s some really great info and some fun collectors and collections profiled.