Thursday, September 12, 2013

Two Funny Oldies

When my brothers and sisters and I were growing up, our dad made sure our cultural education was filled with well-written, often hilarious and intelligent entertainment. 

Including a few episodes of the mid-to-late 1980's Steven Spielberg creation "Amazing Stories", which was somewhat similar in temperament to "The Twilight Zone". Each week's episode featured a stand-alone short story, ranging from sci-fi to fantasy or horror. Each episode was written and directed by different artists, including Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood,  and Danny DeVito.

My dad was pretty excited to show us one particular feature, from Season 2, Ep. 16. called "The Family Dog". I could tell you about it, but I would rather just show you. Enjoy:

Still to this day, we quote this cartoon. The dry humor, the facial expressions, the plight of the dog and the other family members, the way the little girl talks-- all hilarious.

Another short that we loved was this 1978 classic parody of Star Wars-- from long long ago in a galaxy where Youtube, How It Should Have Ended, Bad Lip Reads and "Spaceballs" had yet to be created: "Hardware Wars"
While it is rather dated, this is still pretty funny. 

I especially love the pastries on the princess, but the best part is when Auggie Ben Doggie grabs his head and Fluke says, "What is it, Auggie Ben Doggie? Did you feel a great disturbance in the force? Like thousands of voices cried out in fear and were suddenly silenced?" and Doggie says, "No, no, it's just a little headache." Ha ha... 

It was a strange decade, for sure.

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