Sunday, September 20, 2009

ON MOVIES ~ The Good Old Days...


Feature Presentation...
MONDAY MOVIE MEME

Molly looked around for a weekly meme about movies and did not have any luck. So therefore she decided to start her own! Andy will play along as well - hopefully you will too. Go to your blog and create your own post on the topic, linking back to us in your post, then come back and leave a link to your post here in our Comments section. If you don’t have a blog, just share your response in the Comments section.

This week's movie topic is all about Your Childhood Favorite...

Molly spent Sunday surrounded by nieces, nephews and other much loved short people, aka kids. It got her to thinking about how fun life was to be in elementary school without a care in the world and how simple things like going to the movies were such a treat providing endless hours of entertainment after the fact reliving them with friends or in dreams. So when Andy got back from Guy's Weekend she asked him about his favorite childhood movie and found that we had come up with the same one. Share on your blog a movie that rocked your young world and then link back here at The Bumbles. And don't forget to visit your fellow participants!

STAR WARS

As children in the '70's I'm sure we weren't alone in being swept away by this galaxy far, far away. Molly harassed her mother endlessly to the point that she took her to see the movie to shut her up about it. And then Molly spent the entire movie asking her mother question after question about who that guy was and why those guys were shooting the other guys and what kind of creature a Wookie was anyway. Her mother was so busy answering one question that she missed the action in order to answer the next round. Needless to say Molly had to convince her dad to bring her to the sequels.

Andy got to go with a group of kids when visiting a family friend. He liked it so much he wanted to run out and buy up all the action figures to re-enact all those cool special effects on the big screen. That high-tech drama was a sight to behold, especially on the big screen. Beta tapes and HBO were a few years off so going to see films at the theater or being broadcast on T.V. were the only methods we had. So Star Wars pretty much took over the lives of all young kids and by default, their parents.

We milked our parents for all the Star Wars merchandise there was. We had action figures, Millenium Falcon and Death Star replicas, models, halloween costumes, glow in the dark light sabres that made a "swoosh" noise when you waved them through the air, albums that retold the story so you could listen to it over and over again, not to mention trading cards.

Star Wars consumed much of our childhood and carried us through to the sequels as well. When the movies were re-released in sequence over the span of a few months in the theaters about 15 years ago, we made a pilgrimage to the theater reliving our childhood with glee. And we talked about it all over again with our friends. Just like the good old days.


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17 comments:

Jennifer said...

Ugh, I still love them: Gone With The Wind and Grease 2

kaye said...

interesting, one of the tv stations had a marathon today and showed all of the films. I watched a little of it. I was already grown when the first star wars was released so I had to go back a little further in time. If you want to wander down my road I’m home.

Sandy Nawrot said...

It was hard to know which part of my childhood to explore with this one. I could have gone really young, or more toward the teen years, but I think the movies had the most impact on the years in between. Here are mine!

http://sandynawrot.blogspot.com/2009/09/monday-movie-meme-good-old-days.html

Penny said...

Def. Star Wars.
My dad carved a light saber out of wood for me and even painted it silver and neon green. It was so radical!!! We would run about in bed sheets with belts. I was always Luke. He was way more B.A. than Princess Lea.

Another favourite of mine is Goonies. I could probably recite that whole script right now.
:)

Beth F said...

Star Wars!!! Super choice. I don't know. I have always had a soft spot for How the West Was Won because I remember going to the theater with my family for that.

busy91 said...

I could never get into Star Wars, although I do remember my dad taking us to see this when it came out.
Mine is up

Carleen said...

This was, by far, the most fun theme so far! Now I'll be singing "One Tin Soldier" all day, but I don't mind.

My childhood favorite is here.

Ashley Ladd said...

I'm older than you so it's hard to remember that far back. :)

I was about 17 when Star Wars came out.

I enjoyed seeing the original "Yours, Mine, & Ours" at the theater with my mom when I was about 6.

http://www.ashleyladd.blogspot.com
I also enjoyed the old Disney movies with Herbie the Love Bug, Tommy Kirk & Anette Funicello, Kurt Russell, and also the Elvis movies.

hmsgofita said...

Big Star Wars fan as well! I'll be posting my Movie Meme post later today...but I have an award for you in the meantime

http://gofita.blogspot.com/2009/09/more-fun-awards.html

The Gal Herself said...

I can't recall when, before this morning and your post, I last saw a reference to a Betamax. This really was a time capsule!

I admit I was never a big fan of Star Wars, but the buzz was so pervasive even I had to go see the original on the big screen. I think it's great that seeing it now transport you back to that happy childhood time.

I played and my answer is up.

ds said...

Okay, now you're really aging me! "Star Wars" came out the year I graduated from high school...Movie with the most impact was the first one I ever saw: "Mary Poppins" for which my saintly parents stood in line through at least one showing so that antsy me could see it. Once it came up on the screen, I was mesmerized...(will finish at Sandy's as I follow her too).

hmsgofita said...

here's my link!

http://gofita.blogspot.com/2009/09/feature-presentation.html

Lulu said...

I like starwars... but I have only seen it this past couple of years.... my entry ... in my own perspective... http://lulu-bitz-and-pieces.blogspot.com/2009/09/monday-movie-meme-good-old-days.html

Terry Kate said...

I didn't get nightmares from one of them then but I do now. Great topic - short list. I can only recall a couple. My List
Terry Kate
Romance in the Backseat.com

Janet said...

One of my favorite childhood movies was The Ghost & Mrs. Muir...did you ever see it?

boliyou said...

Great post! Since we're of an age, how could I go with a movie other than Star Wars, too?

http://www.endomental.com/2009/09/monday-movie-meme_21.html

Julie said...

Even though I was 8 years old when Star Wars came out, it wasn't until 1997 (when the refurbished series were released in the theaters) when I finally got around to seeing it.