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EspanolBot

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« on: 04-28-2004 07:24 »

Remember any programmes that you are or were incredibly weirded out by?
Impossible

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« Reply #1 on: 04-28-2004 10:10 »
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There was this kids TV show from the 80s called Wizbit. It was this massive wizards hat, a 6 foot rabbit and Paul Daniels. I remember it well...it was freaky!
Lurrr

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« Reply #2 on: 04-28-2004 10:20 »

There was an episode of Roland Rat (if any Brits remember that) that freaked me out because it seemed like Roland was coming onto one of the presenters. My innocent little mind couldn't understand it so it seemed like he was a dirty pervert. I guess that was my strange mind at work.

Those Boobah things are weird too. It's like what would happen if a five year-old smoked pot.
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« Reply #3 on: 04-28-2004 10:38 »

I've re-watched (via the magic of DVD) a couple of kids shows from my era: Jamie & The Magic Torch and Chorlton & The Wheelies.

Both were utterly incompehensible and Chorlton couldn't be shown now without an epilpsy warning.
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« Reply #4 on: 04-28-2004 12:06 »

Lurrr > I would agree on both counts there, Roland Rat I did not get and those Boobah things are very weird.

I can't remember too much, other than when I was quite little I watched 'The Fantastic Four' cartoon with some older boys and the Human Torch scared me. I can't remember why. He just seemed scary in his form.
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« Reply #5 on: 04-28-2004 12:11 »

I've been told that I was afraid of a cartoon called Stop-it and Tidy-up when I was a toddler. My sister said she used to force me to watch it, and then I'd scream when it started.
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« Reply #6 on: 04-28-2004 12:14 »

Booh Bahs!!
Wurzel Gummage!
That scary animal cartoon with the violent rabbits.
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« Reply #7 on: 04-28-2004 12:16 »
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In Quebec we have a kid show called "Dans une galaxie pres de chez vous" (could be translated by "In a galaxy near you" ) and they just made a movie this year.

The show is about a canadian spacecrew that is sent to find a new planet for humans because earth is about became barely livable. They also have a robot with them...

I just saw the movie they made this year... The word "Calisse!" (Quebec's version of the F word) can be heard twice ... I was freaked out!

EDIT : and they refer to sex (including oral sex) a few times too... Man! It's not a movie for kids let me tell you!
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« Reply #8 on: 04-28-2004 12:38 »
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Originally posted by fromage:
EDIT : and they refer to sex (including oral sex) a few times too... Man! It's not a movie for kids let me tell you!

[Helen Lovejoy]Won't somebody please think of the children??[/Helen Lovejoy]

Lurrr

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« Reply #9 on: 04-28-2004 14:26 »
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That scary animal cartoon with the violent rabbits.

Watership Down. Oh let's kick up a fuss about seeing some titty during the superbowl, but let's ignore that fact that our kids have been scarred for life by seeing cute little bunnies rend each other apart  eek

 
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I've been told that I was afraid of a cartoon called Stop-it and Tidy-up when I was a toddler.

I remember the books and the cartoon, they were great.
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« Reply #10 on: 04-28-2004 14:33 »
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Originally posted by ~FazeShift~:
That scary animal cartoon with the violent rabbits.
I used to watch Watership Down so many times as a child. I loved it.


And does anyone remember The Trapdoor?
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« Reply #11 on: 04-28-2004 15:05 »

 
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Originally posted by Impossible:
I've been told that I was afraid of a cartoon called Stop-it and Tidy-up when I was a toddler. My sister said she used to force me to watch it, and then I'd scream when it started.

I remember Stoppit and Tidyup! I used to have that on video and I enjoyed it very much as I recall. Must see if I've still got it, actually.
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« Reply #12 on: 04-28-2004 15:53 »

If anybody watches BBC2 on the morning (god forbid...) you will have probably noticed an extremely disturbing program by the name of "big cook little cook". It involves a normal sized man called Ben and a 10 centimetre tall man unoriginally called Small, who own a cafe in an imaginary town. At the end of every episode Small says "now can we play?", *shudders*...
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« Reply #13 on: 04-28-2004 16:01 »

I recently watched a few episodes of Ren & Stimpy and I can't believe it was ever on Nickelodeon. I used to watch it as a little kid, and it seems like the kind of show my parents would keep me from watching.
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« Reply #14 on: 04-28-2004 17:03 »

I loved Watership Down too and wore the recording out, have it on dvd now, but it's not really a childrens film. I was very surprised to see it is a U-certificate. Though it isn't mindless violence, it teaches about life... when will disney start doing that? *watches spirited away* oh right...

The scariest program was Rainbow especially that hilarious innuendo episode that never got aired, that er contained talking about "playing with twangers" and stuff. Also, captain pugwash...naive children immune to innuendo. Makes you wonder.
catindisguise

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« Reply #15 on: 04-28-2004 17:22 »

I remember Rainbow. But Boobah is really terrifying. I have no idea what's going on.

Anyone remember superted? I used to love that when I was little! But the guy who looked like a giant spotted banana with legs mentally scarred me.  frown

Anyone remember button moon too?  smile I can't remember what went on, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't as warped as some of the rubbish they have on nowadays.....
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« Reply #16 on: 04-28-2004 17:27 »

I'm with Dr. Morberg. I used to watch Ren and Stimpy when I was little and believe me that show seemed like it was on crack.
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« Reply #17 on: 04-28-2004 17:32 »

I have a ren and stimpy certificate on my wall from when I won a d-ream single from Nickelodeon's early days  smile classy. The log song roxx0rs, as does the national anthem and "in the army"
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« Reply #18 on: 04-28-2004 18:07 »
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Oh, Ren and Stimpy. I was disturbed by that and yet was still compelled to watch. 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?' never scared me until I saw a certain episode involving three whistles, a monster made of garbage with a skull on top and a bucket of rats. It scared the CRAP out of me and I only ever saw it once.  And.. Don't forget about Rainbow Plucking.
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« Reply #19 on: 04-28-2004 19:08 »
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Originally posted by catindisguise:
But Boobah is really terrifying. I have no idea what's going on.

Neither do the production team if the episode I saw is any indication.

 
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Anyone remember superted? I used to love that when I was little! But the guy who looked like a giant spotted banana with legs mentally scarred me.    frown

Wasn't that Jon Pertwee?

 
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Anyone remember button moon too?    smile

I just about remember it.  Peter Davison sang the song.  There's a pattern developing here...

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« Reply #20 on: 04-28-2004 20:59 »

Watership Down, that's the one! *shudders*

cat: What's wrong with Spotty?
PCC Fred

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« Reply #21 on: 04-28-2004 21:01 »

Ooh, did you guys get the Superted car safety ad too?

"Not behind the bus, Spotty!"
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« Reply #22 on: 04-28-2004 21:25 »

Nope, but I remember someone with either Surperted bed covers or Superted jammies.

And it wasn't me, I had BMX covers and all sorts of 80's jammies.
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« Reply #23 on: 04-28-2004 21:26 »

 
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Originally posted by catindisguise:
Anyone remember button moon too?   smile I can't remember what went on, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't as warped as some of the rubbish they have on nowadays.....

I saw Button Moon live when I was little. Apparently, that was a big thing.  big grin
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« Reply #24 on: 04-28-2004 21:39 »
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Wow...British children's television seems so much scarier then ours. Well English Canada, I can't speak for Quebec because those shows scare me. All the freaky puppets. Bibo and some chick...worst kid's show ever. Even the cat got up and left when thatw as on.
Gawd the French shows are worse because they try and trasnlate them into English and it's just...bad.

Teddy Ruxpin always kinda freaked me out when I was little. It's like someone wanted to make a masive fantasy world cartoon and was too much of a pussy. So they made that.

I like the show Ants in Your Pants we have here. It's this monkey puppet who screams at carpenters ants who sometiems ryhme and try and ruin his life and tree fort. Then all of sudden they stop yelling at each other and play a 'rocking video' of some scarily animated kid's song. It's pretty fabulous. I can't imagine any child watching that ever.
It's liscence free programming though! Now that's quality...
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« Reply #25 on: 04-28-2004 22:04 »
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Woah! Wizbit, Roland Rat, Trapdoor and Superted (Welsh you know   tongue).  I really have to get some of these shows on DVD.
@Impossible: You are a Crackout fan?  Excellent stuff.
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« Reply #26 on: 04-28-2004 22:54 »

i used to watch My Little Pony. And it was great, until the horses started walking upright, wearing clothes and hanging out at the malt shop.
EspanolBot

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« Reply #27 on: 04-29-2004 03:43 »

 When i was younger i seemed to watch the original 'Real Ghostbusters' cartoon all the time (the one based on the films). But 'the Extreme Ghosters' sequel i found really disturbing. People were eaten by plants, a woman was slowly turned into a cockroach and their was a fat bloke with a saw in his head.
 The same goes for the Batman cartoon. Loved it. People were killed a lot for a cartoon though. And Catmwoman was made into a literal catwoman, with no clothes no no less? Yep, thats exceptable for children.
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« Reply #28 on: 04-29-2004 04:24 »

Button moon was a bit dodgy now that I think about it. Overall though I quite liked the childrens programs back when I was a child.

Its things like the Tellytubbies which disturb me, that damn sun with the babyface on it making baby noises was weird.
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« Reply #29 on: 04-29-2004 05:05 »
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From a Site I read about Button Moon
Let's face it, the 80s was a very scary place to be, especially as far as kids TV was concerned. You may not have thought it then as you plonked yourself infront of the TV to watch your favourite programmes, but looking back on it now... Eek!
No wonder I have grown up to be the way I am today. I swear the 80s was just one big experiment by the government to test the impact of severe surrealism on young children. If you never watched Button Moon as a kid, then you've probably turned out to be one of those normal people everyone keeps telling me about.In one episode, they were learning about the history of blanket sky, and let's just say it involved a moon moster in a flying wok! Don't worry though, everything was saved thanks to a giant magnet.

Oh and....


We're off to Button Moon, to follow Mr. Spoon...
EspanolBot

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« Reply #30 on: 04-29-2004 06:31 »

What are the Bombahs? All they do it squeak and fart.
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« Reply #31 on: 04-29-2004 07:03 »

'The Trapdoor' wasn't disturbing, Impossible! It was awesome! The first theme song I ever learned.

Now, if we're talikng disturbing, you can't go past Mullygrubs... Aussies may know what I'm talking about, and it's our sacred duty to ensure the rest of the world never learns of it's true horror.
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« Reply #32 on: 04-29-2004 07:04 »

Button Moon was cool, as was Superted. Funnily enough, my youngest sisters still watch my old tapes of those (amazing that they've survived ten to fifteen years of replays). I've also got videos of Thomas the tank Engine (absolutely timeless!), Fireman Sam (that theme tune rocked!) and Postman Pat which they watch as well.

Have you noticed that this thread is full of British programmes? Must be all the great quality Brit kids shows that came out of the 80s  tongue
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« Reply #33 on: 04-29-2004 07:12 »
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"Don't you open that trapdooooor, there's something down there" lol!!

@Lurrr - The original Thomas the Tank with Ringo Starr rocked!  My personal favorite (and still is) is Gordan and the Ditch or Gordan in the Ditch or something along those lines....

Ahhh, childhood memories...robbed off of me from under my nose by adolesence...
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« Reply #34 on: 04-29-2004 07:13 »

 
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Originally posted by Impossible:
 And does anyone remember The Trapdoor?

I remember The Trapdoor very well from when I was younger. I wouldn't have thought that it was disturbing or weird, I actually liked it.
Somewhere in the dark and nasty regions
Where nobody goes,
Stands an ancient castle.
Deep within this dank and unviting place lives Berk - "Hallo!"
- Overworked servant of The Thing Upstairs.
"Berk! Feed me!"
But that's nothing compared to the horrors that lurk beneath the Trapdoor.
For there is always something down there,
In the Dark, waiting to come out.
Don't you open that Trapdoor!
You're a fool if ya dare!
Stay away from that Trapdoor!
'Cause there's somethin' down there!



  wink Also, do the Bombahs live in weird floating pod things? I think I saw that show once. I would have posted it before but I wasn't sure what it was called. Now that is one weird show.   tongue
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« Reply #35 on: 04-29-2004 11:53 »
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Originally posted by PCC Fred:
Ooh, did you guys get the Superted car safety ad too?
"Not behind the bus, Spotty!"
I used to love Superted. I think I may have even had a toy of him   smile And I remember that advert too!

Thomas The Tank Engine was pure class. All my old Thomas train tracks and sets are still in the attic.

Button Moon was also awesome. My sister got to see it live in the mid-80s, lucky   tongue

 
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Originally posted by SJM
'The Trapdoor' wasn't disturbing, Impossible! It was awesome! The first theme song I ever learned.
It was to me! I was scared of just about everything when I was little ... I remember having a fear of the Michelin Man...

Thinking about it now, I've just remembered this TV show that was on in the early 90's called The Riddlers, which was good. Had some freaky puppet things in it though.

And for the record, this is Boohbah:
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« Reply #36 on: 04-29-2004 12:13 »

 
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Originally posted by ~FazeShift~:
cat: What's wrong with Spotty?

Superted! I used to love that too.
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« Reply #37 on: 04-29-2004 12:18 »

I know it's not a show, but that NIMH movie. Terrified me as a kid.
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« Reply #38 on: 04-29-2004 14:06 »

There's two Superted DVDs out!!  eek
catindisguise

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« Reply #39 on: 04-29-2004 14:39 »

What?! Where?! Tell me fazey! You have to!

I'm pretty sure I went to a superted show too. I know I got a toy of spotty and superted from a theatre place... (or I could have possibly dreamed all of it)
I don't know what I don't like about spotty. Maybe it was just his voice or his hair that annoyed me.

Although I can't remember Button moon live very well, I'm pretty sure I enjoyed it.  big grin
Davie: that button moon stuff is quite weird. Was it really like that? but I remember the song.  big grin

Does anyone remember Sharky and George? The crimebusters of the sea?!
I had a tape of them somewhere, but the only thing I can remember was a fish who was a clown running away or something....
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