May The Force Be With You. And Maybe Some Antacid too!

While we were spending some time reading in the living room this afternoon Vivian was pulling out toys from her bins, when out popped – Watto the cup topper. He was followed in short order by Anakin, Queen Padme Amidala, Nute Gunray, Sebulba, Jar Jar Binks and Darth Maul. I had to chuckle a little as I thought back on how we came to get these.

It was 1999, living in LA and working for Razorfish. When Episode One tickets went on sale the whole office was online, on their cell phones and on land lines trying to buy tickets for the show. There were tons of promotions going on but the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell (Tricon Global) one wasn’t to be beat. A new limited edition cup topper “head” with cup “body” each week highlighting main character and they were different to each restaurant so you could only get 1 a week or until they were gone.

I remember BJ, Tom and myself visiting each location each week to get a new one. Of course by that time I think we had also seen the movie 3 or 4 times too!

Opening night was in Marina Del Rey and that same weekend in Westwood Village, followed by 3rd St. Promenade and Mann’s Chinese Theatre.

We still have a few of the cups around and most of the toppers, but no Mace Windu, R2D2 or Yoda.  Looks like a could get the whole set on eBay for $85 (including straws!) but I’ll settle for the ones I have and the laugh I got thinking about collecting them.

Dark Days

Amazing movie – just finished it. It was a documentary about the homeless community in NYC that live in the subway tunnels. Looked for the website but it’s gone. While surfing I came across a few other movies I’d like to watch

  • Strange Fruit (also want to find the Billie Holliday version of the poem)
  • My Brother’s Keeper
  • Into The Arms of Strangers
  • Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

Any one seen these or have others to recommend?

Emmett Otter and The Synapses Misfire

At work looking out the window of my office and I see 2 otters playing in the creek. My mind goes right here….

Emmet Otter and his Ma are dirt-poor, but very happy and good singers. Christmas is around the corner, both of them want to get something special for each other and the talent show prize is $50! So, Ma gets a song ready, and Emmet forms a jug-band with his friends. But the Riverbottom Gang, a bunch of rich kids with killer electric band equipment are going to be tough competition.

They decide to compete in the Frog Town Hollow Talent Contest in order to win money, but Ma will have to hock Emmet’s tool chest to buy a costume, and Emmet will have to put a whole in Emmet’s washtub for his band!

Kermit the Frog hosts this classic Muppet musical Christmas tale, based on the book by Russell and Lillian Hoban, with original songs from master tune-smith Paul Williams

I love random thoughts.

imdb.com

I love love this site. Where else you can end up surfing around the site finding taglines like “No Good without Evil. No Love without Hate. No Innocence without Lust. I am Darkness” from the 1985 movie “Legend” all when you started out looking for the name of the kid in SlingBlade.