Kristy Puchko is a film critic/movie blogger who has written for Cinema Blend, Next Movie, Jezebel, The Film Stage, and Critical Mob. You can read her movie reviews here, or follow her on Twitter @KristyPuchko
From Justin Bieber to Skrillex, Taylor Swift and Adele, it turns out just about every song known to man can be improved with a bit of screaming goat thrown in. This got us wondering how Hollywood, which is obsessed with capitalizing on the latest pop culture trends, might respond to the goat craze that has swept the interwebs.
The family sitcom formula went old school -- like prehistoric old school -- in 1991 by focusing on a family of dinosaurs in the aptly named comedy series 'Dinosaurs.' The show, produced by Jim Henson Productions, brought puppetry to a massive scale, putting puppeteers in complex animatronic suits to properly portray the larger-than-life members of the Sinclair family.
Many of us had imaginary friends growing up, but none were so wild as the green suited anarchist at the center of 'Drop Dead Fred!'
This off-the-walls comedy from 1991 followed Lizzie Cronin, a grown woman who'd failed to blossom after her parents locked away her fantastical BFF. But when her life hits a serious low point (no husband, no job, no money or car), she comes across a taped-up Jack-in-the-Box and rediscovers her moxie as well as Drop Dead Fred.
In 1988, some serious movie magic brought cartoons to life in a way that awed audiences, critics and the Academy Awards. In 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit,' daring director Robert Zemeckis seamlessly blended 2D hand-drawn cartoon characters into a live action film, where they interacted with physical props as well as some incredibly game performers!
Nominated for eight Academy Awards, 'American Beauty' was one of the most talked about films of 1999. Setting a tale of self-discovery and a mysterious murder in suburbia, the film not only launched former TV director Sam Mendes and screenwriter Alan Ball, but also cemented each of its cast into film history...
It's the movie that taught us the phrase "Carpe Diem." It's the film that forged our long-lasting crush on Robert Sean Leonard and Ethan Hawke. It is the Oscar-winning coming-of-age drama that made boarding schools seem dreamy yet nightmarish. It is 'Dead Poets Society.'
One part comedy show, one part game show, 'Whose Line Is It Anyway' brought the whimsy and energy of improvisational comedy clubs into homes across America. Sure, the points didn't matter, and there were no actual prizes handed out. Nonetheless, it was riveting television with whip-smart comedians spinning wild narratives and creating kooky characters off the top of their heads!
In the wake of 'Beauty and the Beast,' an ambitious animated feature called 'FernGully: The Last Rainforest' aimed to capture the imaginations of children while teaching them a lesson about the importance of environmental conservation. Based on the book of the same name by Diana Young, 'FernGully' took audiences deep into the rainforests of Australia to show the incredible creatures that live there and how they are at risk because of reckless human greed.
Since 1981, MTV has been a taste-maker, influencing teens and tweens in the ways of music, fashion, movies and social awareness. And if you're old enough to remember when MTV actually centered its programming on showing music videos, then you're old enough to feel nostalgia over the wide array of beautiful people who served as VJs over the past thirty-some years.
Following the success of his 'Star Wars' trilogy, George Lucas chose to collaborate with Ron Howard on a family-friendly fantasy film about a little but brave man forced by fate into a grand adventure. The result was 1988's 'Willow.' Ultimately the film earned mixed reviews and was deemed only a moderate box office success, yet it became a beloved touchstone of countless childhoods.
As children we were all terrified by Disney's villains. Their evil cackles rattled our still-developing brains, and haunted our nightmares along with their songs, which gleefully reveled in their bad intentions and malevolent plots. Yet looking back, these vicious villains are a beloved part of our childhood, from their cruelly pointed toes to their audacious hairdos.
Centering on a family made up of a pint-sized genius, grade school arsonist, master strategist and a father as hairy as a Sasquatch, 'Malcolm in the Middle' offered countless laughs over the course of seven seasons and a wide array of wild misadventures. It's been nearly seven years since the show called it quits, but we still can't get its theme song out of our heads!
Through their long line of beloved animated adventures, Walt Disney Pictures has unveiled a sprawling and dazzling array of animal characters, from Baloo the Bear and Winnie the Pooh, to the Cheshire Cat and Sebastian the crab.
You know their voices. You know their songs by heart. Now get to know the folks behind these memorable characters that enchanted your childhood.
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