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Little Lulu Moppet: From Comic Strip to Big Screen

Jul 31, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  2 Comments

A creation of Marjorie Henderson Buell, Little Lulu Moppet first appeared in 1935 in the Saturday Evening Post as the main character in a series of single panel cartoons. Buell was one of the few female cartoonists in the comic book and cartoon business. Little Lulu quickly became a public favorite, and continued to grace the

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Gumby – America’s Beloved Claymation Character

Jul 23, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

50+ Years of Entertaining America In 1955, Art Clokey made a short animated film with shapes of clay moving to music playing in the background. The film – Gumbasia – was created using stop-motion animation. This technique, when used with clay figures, is called claymation. The clay object is placed on a set, and a film frame

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Speed Racer: “Go Speed Go”

Jul 09, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  1  Comment

Ever-popular Speed Racer originated in 1966 as a Japanese comic strip (Manga) called “Mach Go Go Go”. The creator, Tatsuo Yoshida, modeled Speed after Elvis Presley’s race car driver character from Viva Las Vegas, and the Mach 5 was inspired by James Bond’s Aston Martin from Goldfinger. In 1967, the comic strip was adapted into

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Mr. Bill: Pop Culture Icon of the 1970s

Jul 02, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Oh noooooooo! Mr. Bill! Anyone who was a fan of Saturday Night Live in the 1970s would recognize this as a line from Mr. Bill, one of the most famous television personalities of all time. In fact, Mr. Bill has become a pop culture icon, still seen today in TV shows, films and commercials. Mr.

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Snap! Crackle! and Pop!

Jun 27, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  1  Comment

Snap! Crackle! Pop! Rice Krispies® The cute gnomes we all know as Snap! Crackle! and Pop! are advertising icons. They were the very first advertising characters the Kellogg Company used to sell their products, and they are the longest running character advertisement to date for Kellogg – they’ve graced boxes and ads for more than

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Mary Jane Candy

Jun 04, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Remember going to the corner store and picking out penny candy to enjoy on the way home? Mary Janes, the bite sized peanut butter and molasses morsels, were always a favorite at candy counters. The story of Mary Jane began with a small candy company started in 1884 by Charles N. Miller and his three

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