10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About…Tom and Jerry!

Ahhh how we’ve missed these! It’s been a little while since we did our last 10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About…feature. It’s just all gone wild here at TruffleTowers with more and more cool products hitting the store and everyone getting nice and ready for Christmas. Exciting!

So! To kick things back off with a bang, we’ve been searching the cyber-space-web-net for some of the coolest, most interesting and unknown facts about one of the world’s most-lived cartoons, Tom and Jerry!

Taking us right back to our childhood of watching this at home and at school on rainy days when we couldn’t go outside. (Remember the big old TV’s??….scary). Sit back and take a trip down memory lane with us as we teach you some of our top Tom and Jerry facts. Enjoy!
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1) Tom and Jerry were actually lined up to star in 1988 classic flick ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’, sadly legal smegle issues stopped it from ever happening happening. However! The cartoon team had already featured in live action films before including the 1945 ‘Anchors Aweigh’, when Jerry stole the show in a dance sequence with Gene Kelly!

Some might know this from the Family Guy adaptation with Stewie...
2) The fantastic creators of this cartoon classic – William Hanna and Joseph Barbera went on to create The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, Yogi Bear, Top Cat, The Smurfs and countless others. Imagine the cartoon world without all of these!
3) Tom and Jerry actually got their names from a studio-wide competition to come up with permanent names for the cat and mouse. This was won by John Carr who bagged himself $50 as a reward. Before this chance Tom was known as Jasper and Jerry was nameless.
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4) Back in 1975, Tom and Jerry actually became friends, proper friends! In a special series, we saw them travel the world competing in sports, solving mysteries and enjoying some good old fashioned bromance. Luckily, it didn’t last.
5) Tom and Jerry had a spin-off! A series called Spike & Tyke was created in 1957 and saw the American bulldog father-and-son team who occasionally beat up Tom! 🙁 Sadly they only released two episodes before the studio was shut down.
6) Sometimes criticized for being what many consider unnecessarily violent, in reality, there is actually no blood or gore in any of the original cartoons and neither are ever seriously injured.
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7) Thirteen entries in the Tom and Jerry series were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons. Seven of them went on to win the Academy Award, breaking the Disney studio’s winning streak in that category! Tom and Jerry won more Academy Awards than any other character-based theatrical animated series. Amazing!
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8 ) Back in 2000, Tom and Jerry was named one of the greatest television shows of all time by Time magazine.
9) Bit of a sad one folks! In the final episode of Tom and Jerry produced by Hanna Barbara Cartoons, the two come to a very bad end when they both take their own lives on a train track. See for yourself
10) Did you know that we’ve got our hands on some amazing Tom and Jerry T-Shirts including our latest collection below! Take a peep…
So there you have them folks! Lot’s of little facts for you to enjoy (or not at some may be). Know any other cool Tom and Jerry facts? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Thanks everyone!

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TruffleShuffle Time Machine! Our Top Pictures From Your Childhood…

Such a little treat fr you here folks! Ever look back at old pictures, find something from the depths of the darkest cupboard, or even see something online that makes you just scream….Ahhh!! I remember that!?

Well! We’ve been busy collecting some amazing pictures that are just bursting with nostalgia goodness ready to show you guys and send the memories flooding back. If you were born in the 80s but grew up in the 90s like many of us here did, these should transport you back to the school playground or those long hot summers. Enjoy!

No party was truly complete with out PARTY RINGS!
Remember trying to work out what the big art attacks would be? Art Attack showed us we could all create something special with just a few little odds and ends from around the house and of course….more PVA glue than anyone would possibly own. Amazing!
Tucked away at the back or your school sports hall was a weird and wonderful mash or metal, wood and rope. It was only until everything was pulled into place and belted down that you saw the brilliance that was the climbing gym! Loved it!
Surely no packed lunch is complete without these little gems!
Now you certainly shouldn’t, but you (like us) played football in the street or…well…on any patch of grass that was big enough. this inevitably meant your ball would be stuck under the surrounding cars more than they went in the goal. Only one thing to do…..
Smoking on these badboys and looking just so cool 😉
Everyone had one of these little pocket pets! Needing more attention than any real life pet, these were so much fun until they does for no real reason leaving us devastated.
Hours and hours of fun to be had with a classic Scalextric set! collecting cars, building the ultimate tracks and hoping it all worked when you wanted it to. Heaven!
Anyone remember the little bit at the end you just couldn’t get to? Such injustice 🙂
Your handwriting hasn’t been the same since you used one of these.
Getting your feet measured at Clarks! Can still feel the tickle form the tape now 🙂
The legend that was Otis the Aardvark
Back when how you looked was the clearly least important thing about any football player, we collected Football Stickers! Opening each new pack with hope for a cool and rare shiny card, then frogginging through the book  to fill the gaps. Oh and swapping!
Such a simple classic! Push down, wait and watch it fly! Naturally these were quickly banned from schools but this was probably after you’d lost them anyways 🙂
X-Brain Yoyos were THE toy at our school! How long could yours sleep for? How many tricks could you do? Can still feel the sore spot on our fingers from the string now 🙂
no school years were complete without the simple OHP. The noise, the heat! and of course getting to be in charge of this in-front of the school or class was the ultimate honour. Simple times.
Best view for any retro school kid…..enough said….
Ahh so many well spend hours battling with the evil Ivo Robotnik all the while trying to capture as many rings as possible while whizzing around. Such a classic.
So what are your biggest childhood/school memories? LEt us know by leaving a comment below and we might just add some extras in 🙂

Thanks everyone!

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10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About…Edward Scissorhands

We’re back with another little hop, skip and jump into the inner workings and behind these scenes action of another classic film!
This time, we’ve been looking into some amazing facts from none other than 1990, Johnny Depp classic Edward Scissorhands!

Possibly one of Depp’s best performances, this cult icon really showed us his amazing skill to portray so many emotions using as fewer words as a movie dares. Simply amazing stuff! Take a peep at some of our 10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About Edward Scissorhands!

1) According to the director Tim Burton, Edward’s suit was made of (among other things) latex, leather, the old sofa in his first apartment and tape.
2) Johnny Depp only says a total of 169 words through the whole film. Easy script or what!
3) Filming wasn’t easy! Burton said it was difficult filming in Florida, not only because of heat and humidity. At times of the day it was so thick with black bugs that they couldn’t shoot, it would make the film look grainy. Also because the clouds moved so quickly, it is almost like a different day every time they’d go to take a shoot making it hard to match shots. Tricky!
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4) The ‘death scene’ was later to become Vincent Price’s last ever screen performance.
5) Remember the scene when Edward is being driven into town? The kid that they pass who is playing on a slip ‘n’ slide outside their house is none other than Backstreet Boy Nick Carter
6) Bit of a weird one, but if you look closely through the film you will notice that the scars on Edwards face actually change, varying in size and depth.
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7) The film was shot in an actual neighbourhood in Florida. The houses were all painted to match as they are seen in the movie and were later painted back however some residents liked the new look and kept it how it was.
8 ) Burton first asked Robert Smith of The Cure to score Edward Scissorhands, but Smith turned him down because he was too busy working with his band on their next release, Disintegration. Others who were considered for the role included Tom Cruise Jim Carrey, and Robert Downey Jr.
9) All of Edwards make up too around and hour and 45 minutes to apply each day.
10) Because of this film and its success, Depp and Tim Burton went on to work together a further six times in the films including Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, and Alice In Wonderland!
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So there you have them folks! Hopefully our little collection of facts have given you a snippet more insight into this classic film, the people who made it and how it was created.

Looking for more? Another little Scissorhands fact is that we’ve just got our eager mitts on even more movie t-shirt awesomeness with our amazing new collection of Edward Scissorhands T-Shirts featuring the man himself. Take a look…

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Classic Retro Toys You Didn’t Get As a Kid But Can Buy Now!

We’ve all been there, when there is that one toy, game or gadget that seems like the perfect thing ever. It will solved all of life’s problems, it will make you happier than anything and for as long as you could possibly imagine and well….everyone else had one!

But alas! Not every toy that kept you up at night just thinking about would ever be yours, but don’t let that crush your dreams! That thing you wanted more than ever back then is possibly still up for grabs and now nobody can say that most evil word ‘no’.

To refresh some of these childhood memories and perhaps dive into our back pockets and start waving money at whoever stands in the way of us and our childhood dreams, we thought we would put together some of our top toys and gadgets we wanted back in the day but never got. Take a peep!
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Talkboy
First used by Kevin in the hit film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, thanks to popular demand, the Talkboy was later created for real and released in 1993 to tween consumers everywhere. Manufactured by TIGER, the Talkboy was a simple handheld cassette player with attached microphone, allowing for instant playback. One of the coolest features was the fast/slow switch, which sped up or slowed playback, causing some pretty funky distortion and endless fun. In other words, you either sounded like a demon or a caffeinated chipmunk. Awesome!
You can pick one up today for around £30-£40.
Mr Frosty
Surely everyone in the land wanted one of these bad boys! It was so simple but so amazing. We all had visions of being the cool kid in the group as friends crowded round taking turns to pop some ice in the top, tive it a few quick turns (yeh right!) and hey presto you had a perfect summer treat full of any flaour you desired. Well! We never had one and can only remember a few people who did. Perhaps our parents saw it for what it was.

You can pick one up today for £18.99 brand stinking new!

Nintendo Power Glove
This was the best things since…well ever! The Power Glove wasn’t just a neat gaming accessory, it was a real status symbol like having a flashy car or big house gate. The Power Glove was unique for its time, allowing players to use motion to control their games much like people do today using the Wii.
As cool as this was, it did make you look weird and also didn’t really give you the dynamic control you were lead to believe making it harder to play than the standard controller. Not the point though right?

You can pick one up today for around £70-£90.

Game Boy / Game Boy Colour
We loved these! Before the times when you could get the latest games downloaded onto your smartphones and saved on a cloud along with you MP3s and MPEGs (yes, we’re cool and know techie things) the idea of getting to take some of your favourite games and characters with you wherever yo went was simply amazing! We can still remember waiting for our next long car trip and making sure we had spare batteries just so we could live the dream and play some games on the move. Bliss! If you had a game boy colour, you had Pokemon, that was a rule!
You can pick up a old model for around £30 or a colour for around £10-£20. Bargain!
Glo Worm
Glo Worm was THE hot toy in the early 80s! Such a simple idea too. These super cute and hugable worm that glowed became the must0-have thing for kids everywhere and later so did all the Glo Friends too. We just had to collect them all!

You can pick one up today for around £25-£30.

Baby Talk Doll
Now we all know (the guys anyway) that dolla are just plain creepy! Not imagine that but it can talk to you like something our of a classic horror film. Well this was big! All the girlies wanted this more than ever, to tak e care of and call your own. IT was perfect.

These have been solf on ebay for as little as £11!

Transformers
As retro toys come, they don’t get much cooler than Transformers! You could have endless fun trying to get them back into their ‘disguise’ as well as pulling off some pretty big stunts, all the while hoping something doesn’t get snapped off!

Classic 80s G1 toys can be picked up for as little as £30 each.

So there you have them folks! Any other toys you didn’t get growing up that would love to have now? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Thanks!

Cowabunga! 10 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About… Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

In celebration of our fab new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles T-Shirts and in anticipation of the release of the brand new reboot film which hits our shores on 17th October we are dedicating this blog post to Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Donatello.  I am proud to present to you 10 things you (probably) didn’t know about everyone’s favourite ass-kicking reptiles.

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1. The turtles started life as a brainstorming session between friends Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman in 1983, they found the idea of a slow, cold-blooded reptile with the speed and grace of a Japanese ninja very funny and the concept grew from there.  Using money from a tax refund and borrowing from Kevin’s uncle they formed Mirage Studios and self published the very first issue of the Turtles comic.  From humble beginnings…

2. This original comic series was actually pretty adult, the turtles would slash and stab their enemies with their weapons and they even killed off Shredder in the first issue!  They even liked to drink a spot of booze and throw around a swear word or two, but then don’t we all!  Shredder was brought back to life in 1987 when he became the Turtle’s arch nemesis.

3. Shredder was inspired by Kevin Eastmen seeing a large cheese grater and inquiring “Can you imagine a character with weapons on his arms like this?”

4. Here in the UK we originally knew the team as Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles because some countries felt that the name Ninja had violent connotations for a children’s show.  Any scenes featuring Michelangelo’s nunchucks also had to be cut as any use of that weapon in shows and films would get an automatic 18 certificate.

5. The voice actor of Shredder in the original seven series of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon was none other that James Avery, best known as Will Smith’s Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.

6. The Japanese version of the Turtles cartoon has to be seen to be believed!  A Japan-exclusive two-episode mini series was made in 1996, titled Mutant Turtles: Choujin Densetsu-hen.  It featured the Turtles as superheroes, who gained scary look muscles with the use of a Mutastone, a new addition to the franchise.  Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady could also transform with the use of a Dark Mutastone.

7. There was a female turtle called Venus De Milo who made a very brief appearance in the ‘Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation’ series on Fox Kids, before disappearing with no explanation to where she went.  Co-creater Peter Laird apparently hates the character with a passion and has banned her from being used in the recent films and comics.

8. Another noticeable thing from the ‘Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation’ series is when they met the Power Rangers!  In an episode called Shell Shocked the Turtles are brainwashed and forced to fight the Power Rangers against their will, they soon come to their senses and team up to form the dream team of many a 90s child!

9. There was originally going to be fourth live action film between 1995 and 1997 called ‘TMNT: The Next Mutation’ but the project was cancelled.  Each of the Turtles would have got a new power with Raphael gaining long sharp teeth and claws, Leonardo getting steel-like skin, Donatello developing telekinetic and telepathic powers and Michelangelo had the ability to morph into human form.  there was also talk of Splinter bulking out into a super muscular form and an evil April O’Neil!

10. Kevin Eastman, one of the original creators, is very excited about the new film.  He was quoted as saying…

“Everyone I have encountered has been nothing more than incredibly sincere to try and bring the Turtles back in a way that’s new, fresh and exciting, but with total respect to everything that’s come before. I’ve read the script. I have a cameo in the move. It’s awesome — really fun.”

If he can give it the seal of approval then it must be something to look forward to!

I hope this has been an enlightening read for you and if you’re in the mood for even more Turtle action, check out our totally awesome collection of TMNT T-Shirts and other cool homewares and accessories dedicated to the fab four!

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