Toy Commercial Tuesday: Mr. T

You might have thought I blew my A-Team related toy load a month back when I featured the 80s A-Team toys in a previous Tuesday Toy Commercial entry, but I was saving this bad boy in my back pocket specifically for this week, which will see the A-Team movie drop. “He’s got a real cool haircut and a mean, mean look in his eye!” Man, gotta love that song. All I know about this toy is that it was produced by Galoob in the 80s and I want it. Also, if you’ve ever wondered what a young TJ looked like, it’s the white kid in this commercial. It’s kind of creepy actually.

Anyone know anything else about this toy? It’s not even on my usual source of old school toys Virtual Toy Chest!

T ‘n’ T: Talking With Mr. T August 17th, 2006

While working in the research department I got to talk to a lot of cool people both comic and Hollywood celebs alike. But, for a long time, my absolute favorite interview was when when I got the chance to talk to Mr. T for his then-upcoming show I Pity The Fool on TV Land. I don’t think I ever watched an episode of the show and this seven page interview resulted in a small info piece in the Hollywood section, but the experience of talking and listening to one of my childhood heroes made the whole thing worthwhile. The interview takes a little while to get going, but the highlight is when he started doing his lines from Rockey 3. I guess that’s more entertaining when listening to the actual recording, but I recommend reading the interview in his voice. Frankly, I recommend reading EVERYTHING in his voice, but you get the idea. Hit the jump for the FULL interview. Continue reading T ‘n’ T: Talking With Mr. T August 17th, 2006

Kids Movie Double Feature: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) & Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (2009)

Hope everyone had a good Memorial Day Weekend, I sure did. Though we didn’t do a whole lot, the missus and I did check out a few movies, two of which were decidedly kid-based. I liked both of them, but one definitely more than there other. Let’s begin!

Last night we watched Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson’s stop motion rendition of Roald Dahl’s book of the same name. I’m a big Dahl fan, though I’ve never read FMF. On the other hand, I’m not a huge Anderson fan, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from the movie. In the end, I liked it but the movie never really grabbed me. I loved the stop motion and thought it look amazing, especially when they did the moments where the characters move into the background but the camera stays where it is. It looks like a side scrolling video game in that respect and I kind of dug it. Aside from that, though, the movie looks like exactly what it is: a stop motion movie directed by Wes Anderson. Not being a huge fan of the man, it’s not a huge draw for me, but it looked good enough.

The plot is where the movie lost me. It’s not a bad one, but I feel like the movie might move a little too quickly and not allow the emotions of the plot to sink in. Or maybe I just wasn’t all that invested. I’m not sure what it is, but I didn’t particularly care about what was going on. I did like the voice work by George Clooney, Merryl Streep and the rest, but all they did was make me think that this was like a solo animal-filled Danny Ocean movie with the caper theme. Ah well, it wasn’t a bad movie and I’m glad I watched it because it looked rad, but I won’t be watching it again. I would imagine that Anderson fans will and did dig it though.

On the other hand, I really liked the CGI Cloudy With A Chance Of Meat Balls, based on the children’s book by Judi and Ron Barrett with characters voiced by Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Anna Faris, Mr. T (!), Bruce Campbell and a slew of others. I know that I read the book as a kid, but don’t remember it too much. The plot of the movie is that Hader’s character builds a machine that converts water into food. The machine accidentally gets launched into the sky where it starts raining food down on the town. There’s a lot of other stuff going on involving him and his dad and him trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to woo the visiting weather girl played by Faris.

The movie got me early on by starting off with young Hader wanting to be a scientist. I love that sense of inventing for invention sake and experimentation that you can only really get in cartoons and kids movies (it’s the big reason I love Meet The Robinsons). Personally, I get bogged down with actual science (not that I’m an expert by any means) and forget that wonder that comes from the youthful idea that you can invent anything you dream up.

In addition, the plot was fun and fast enough to not really let you get bored and it sucked me in right off the bat. The only problem was that the visual quality of the Netflix Instant went in and out, so the amazing CGI (I’d like to see this in 3D) went from being really crisp to being pixelated.

If you’ve got to watch a movie with some kids, I recommend this one!

Toy Commercial Tuesday: The A-Team

I wish I could tell you that I was a longtime A-Team fan as a kid. The show was on from 1983-1987 which makes it concurrent with my first through fifth years of life, which means, honestly, I don’t remember a damn bit of it. However, I was a Knight Rider fan and that show went from 1982-1986. Blame it on syndication I guess, Knight Rider was all around while The A-Team was no where to be seen by a Toledo kid combing cable for reruns. Anyway, I’ve always loved Mr. T, seen a few episodes over the years and greatly anticipate the coming film, so of course, I love these figures. They really love saying Mr. T’s A-Team character B.A. Bracus don’t they? Anyone have these bad boys growing up or now? I always loved seeing this Mr. T figure pop up in various ToyFare TTT’s or pages over the years.

Quick Movie Review: D.C. Cab (1983)

Wow, how is this movie not up there with other 80s icon movies like Beverly Hills Cop and Fletch? Well, possibly because it’s not a tight script like those movies. Many, I love those two flicks. Anyway, DC Cab might suffer from less good plot, but it benefits from starring Mr. T, Adam Bladwin (Jane from Firefly), Gary Busey, Bill Maher and Paul Rodriguez. The idea is that Baldwin’s dad was a cabbie but he died, so Baldwin came to DC to learn how to be a cabbie with the ensemble cast. Like Car Wash, another movie involving Joel Schumacker (he wrote the story for this one and directed) DC Cab features a bunch of blue collar dudes just trying to make a living and be generally alright people while putting up with all the bullshit that comes from doing those kinds of jobs.

In the end, the movie turns out to be a weird kind of ransom story with Baldwin and some jaded rich children getting kidnapped and his fellow cabbies rallying to save him (and the kids presumably).

I added this movie to my queue for two reasons. The first being that I remembered this poster/cover from the old VHS days of video rental and the second being that it stars my namesake Mr. T. Okay, so he’s not my namesake, but I did get the chance to interview the guy once while at Wizard and it was a truly amazing experience (look for the full transcript coming soon). He’s kind of a bit player in the movie, but he does his usual schtick. The real surprise here was Busey who I didn’t even know was in the flick but acted exactly as you might expect him to. I had a great time watching this flick last night and would recommend anyone to do the same on Netflix’s instant watch, but the movie expires today. Maybe this will be like one of those Starz movies that “deletes” and then reappears right away, but I would recommend this for any 80s action/comedy fans who don’t mind watching a little nonsense before seeing Mr. T rough some dudes up.