Oh wow… This year is the 20th anniversary of the ending of The 90’s, huh? Here is a look back at my childhood? A mixture of politics, TV, comics, movies, and video games I’m afraid… with no real order besides year.
1990 – South Africa frees Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher resigns, Back to The Future 3, Tiny Toons, Fox Kids, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (movie), The Super Nintendo, Rugrats, Ducktales The Movie, Rescuers Down Under, Home Alone, Die Hard 2, Fox’s Peter Pan & the Pirates
1991 – Gulf War, Cold War ends, The World Wide Web, America Online (DOS), The Simpsons (Arcade), Turtles in Time (arcade) Sonic The Hedgehog (Genesis), Tiny Toons music special introduces me to They Might Be Giants’ Particle Man, Dark Wing Duck, Doug, Beauty And The Beast, Street Fighter II, Switch, Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, Hook, Dutch, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
1992 – Hurricane Andrew, America Online (Windows), Mortal Kombat, X-men arcade cabinet, Wolfenstein 3D, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Cartoon Network, Batman The Animated Series, X-Men, Aladdin, The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past, Malibu Comic’s Protectors starts, Buffy The Vampire Slayer (TV), Ferngully: The Last Rain Forest, Nick launches SNICK (Saturday Night Nick), Batman Returns, X-Men: X-Cutioner’s Song, Spawn (comic) Sega CD (US) ADV Films (founded) The Death of Superman
1993 – President Bill Clinton, World Trade Center bombed, Waco, Mortal Kombat II, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, DOOM, Animaniacs, Louis & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, The X-Files, Groundhog Day, Mrs. Doubtfire, Super Mario All-Stars, Malibu comics makes The Ultraverse, The Secret Garden, Demolition Man, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Super Mario Bros. (movie) The Simpsons – “Marge vs. the Monorail,” Late Night With Conan O’Brien, Ranma 1/2 licensed by Viz Media
1994 – NAFTA, Paula Jones accuses Clinton, O.J. Simpson’s ex wife murdered, John Candy Dies, Doom 2, Final Fantasy III (actually VI), Tiny Toon’s Spring Break, Power Rangers in Prime Time, Gargoyles, Spider-Man, Reboot, The Tick, The Magic School Bus, AH! real Monsters, The Lion King, The Mask(film), Ultraverse cartoon from DiC, Forest Gump, Dumb & Dumber, Playstation, Marvel comics buys Malibu Comics, Marvel cancels many Malibu comics including The Protectors at issue 20., Spider-Man Clone Saga starts, Super Gameboy, The Wedding of Jean Grey and Cyclops, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Interview With The Vampire, The Critic, All That, Generation X (comic), Sega 32X
1995 – Oklahoma City Bombing, O.J. Simpson acquitted, Selena murdered (age 23) Kids WB,Pink & The Brain, Sailor Moon, Freakazoid, A Goofy Movie, Pocahontas, Toy Story, Batman Forever, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, X-Men: Children of The Atom (US), Marvel Super Heroes, Sega Saturn (US) Sailor Moon (US)
1996 – Bill Clinton re-elected, Quake, Tomb Raider, DC Versus Marvel / Marvel vs. DC, The Daily Show with Craig Kilborn, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Scream, Mortal Kombat Trilogy, X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Marvel files for bankruptcy, Spider-Man clone Saga ends, Twister, Space Jam, Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers, Power Rangers Zeo, X-Men’s Onslaught Saga, Nintendo 64, Resident Evil (PSX), Dragon Ball Z (US) Ghost in The Shell (US)
1997 – President Clinton’s 2nd term, Chris Farley dies, Toonami, Daria, King of The Hill, Hercules, Titanic, Star Ship Troopers, Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, Malibu comics Night Man on TV, Selena (movie), Batman & Robin, Scream 2, Buffy The Vampire Slayer (TV), Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, Power Rangers Turbo, Spawn (movie), Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes, Golden Eye (Nintendo 64) Final Fantasy VII, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Married with Children ends (11 seasons)
1998 – Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, Phil Hartman murdered by wife, Half-Life, Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil 2, Godzilla, Google, Powerpuff girls, The Big Lebowski, Spider-Girl first appears, Practical Magic, You’ve Got Mail, Celebrity Death Match, Half Baked, Power Rangers in Space, X-Men vs. Street Fighter (US), Blade (movie), Pokemon Red & Blue, Pokemon (anime) Dragon Ball Z hits Toonami
1999 – Clinton acquitted of charges, Columbine High School massacre, Fear of Y2K, Star Wars: Episode I, Sailor Moon’s “Lunar Eclipse” airs on Toonami, Tom takes over Toonami, Ed, Edd, n Eddy, Buffy The Vampire Slayer episode Earshot is postponed as well as the season finally of that season’s Mayor arc due to… Columbine massacre, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Batman Beyond, Digimon Adventure, Doug’s 1st Movie, The Sixth Sense, Fight Club, The Blair Witch Project, The Dreamcast, Malibu comic’s Nightman ends, The Matrix, South Park The Movie, Pokemon The First Movie, The Green Mile, Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy, Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo 64)
Yeah. that was pretty much the 90’s. I threw in a few things I didn’t care about until later, but for the most part, that’s either stuff that I liked or happened during one of the most important decades ever… at least to me?
Allow me to paint you a picture. I was a 17 year old kid displaced from my home after my house had some mold in it, who that summer had brand new clothes for the new school year that August. the most popular television show on my favorite cartoon channel, was of course Dragon Ball Z. Even though I was more of a Sailor Moon fan, I ended up buying several Dragon Ball Z shirts for the new school year…
Living in a hotel, unable to go back to where most of your stuff is, is a terrible thing. We spent Summer, Fall, and I believe the start of Winter in a hotel. Our multi-disc DVD player was stolen from our home along with a few other things including my copy of the anime movie Ranma 1/2: Nihao My concubine, but I’m getting off track.
So there I was, trapped in a hotel for several months, mostly with the supplies that I had cobbled together from what was my life before major construction had begun on my home.
I wore a crap ton of Dragon Ball Z shirts. That’s where all of this was going. I’m not sure why I dragged it out as long as I have.
I was sitting in a classroom one day, and a classmate looks over at me in my DBZ shirt, and goes something like “Another Dragon Ball Z shirt? Dang… you must really love that show, huh?”
I then replied the only way I knew how… “I did. I almost literally have no other shirts right now other than Dragon Ball Z shirts.” It was a very sad moment in my history.
I’m really glad that we left the hotel before Christmas. Fun fact, someone who worked there at the time, now works with me at my current job.
GameStop is not doing great at all, and when people complain about their past employees, they take it personally and go after them at their current places of business. While their stock continues to fall to new low low prices, GameStop thinks up new old ways to re-brand themselves in an ever-changing world where physical video games are becoming more and more cumbersome. So… what should GameStop do in this case?
Stop being GameStop. Bring back the old company names and logos that you purchased, such as FuncoLand, Software Etc., EB Games, and possibly even Babbages.
Stranger Things season 3 featured a lot of defunct 80’s brands and stores, and the nostalgia for those things that can never be again was HUGE. They should tap into that, especially considering they want to sell retro video games in stores. Team up with console creators new and old, and re-release the mini and flashback consoles alongside other novelties. This might help GameStop survive as company for a few years longer than it will.
I assume GameStop wont do this out of ignorant pride. Maybe I’m wrong?
I, like most people [I hope] know of the poem and the classic 1946 Walt Disney animation known as Cast at The Bat. That video is below… you should see it and be impressed by classic animation that is from one year after the end of World War II.
Now, since everyone should know and have experienced all of that… what if I told you that in 1954… 8 years after that first animation, they continued what I’m dubbing The Bat-universe… no wait… that’s stupid… The Casey universe…. with a sequel.
Casey Bats again… is sort of a feminist short that showcases how toxic-ly masculine Casey is, as life doesn’t just give him what he wants. He ultimately makes lemonade out of lemons though.
While some of the interactions in Casey Bats Again could be seen as sexist in 2019, I believe that in 1954, this short would be rather progressive. Hell… is still could be seen that way today.
I hope the characters from this short somehow appear in Kingdom Hearts: The Next One… featuring Kari. That would be pretty nifty.
There are so many questions! Is that Ganondorf in the midst of a blood moon, for example? Are they under Hyrule or are they under Zora’s domain? Who knows?! `The new game looks amazing, and check out Zelda’s new hair cut!
I saw Men in Black: International, and… it was fun? Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? Men in Black is a Sony made movie using a property owned by Marvel comics thanks to their 1990’s acquisition of Malibu comics… kind of.
The first two movies were pretty straight forward. Great movie, lesser okay sequel, and then the third movie involved time travel so that was the best of all three original Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith movie.
Men in Black: International is a return to form for the franchise. Sony took two big Marvel comics stars, Thor Hemsworth and Valkyrie Thompson and threw in the amazing Liam Neeson to boot!
Tessa Thompson sounds different here than she did in Thor Ragnarok, so that made judging her acting a bit odd because that was a little jarring and made her sound a little weaker/quieter than she should have? Hemsworth was fine for the most part. Bottom line, the two main leads come off quite charming, but they seem to be missing a lot of the comedic aspects of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Thankfully a sidekick alien character is thrown in, which is voiced by Kumail Nanjiani who had some of the best moments in the movie.
Before watching the movie, my group made some predictions, and some of them came true, and here some of the less spoilery ones. They do not romantically pair either main character together, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are never prominently mentioned/featured, and they never play ‘Here comes The Men in Black.’ from the first movie. Also, there is no after credits… at least as of the early showing that I caught on Tuesday evening.
I can easily see The Men In Black continuing on after this one, as it’s pretty good… definitely better than the last 3rd party Marvel movie that came out this month that stars a woman while having feminist undertones. Men In Black: International is certainly above average and I can definitely understand this being someones favorite of the franchise!