The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown – 345

Chooo chooooo! Steaming its way down the rails, another retro movie weekend is here and looking oh so good!

Packed with classic tales, iconic characters and a whole heap of top talent, we’re back with another look at an extra long weekends top movies. Plenty to be getting stuck into this bank holiday!

SATURDAY 24th August

Baby’s Day Out (1994) Film4 12:35pm-2:35pm
Three bungling kidnappers hatch a plan to pose as society reporters and snatch the baby son of a wealthy couple. However, the infant escapes on to the streets of New York, evading the crooks’ every attempt to recapture him. Comedy, starring Joe Mantegna, Lara Flynn Boyle, Joe Pantoliano and Brian Haley.

Babe: Pig in the City (1998) 5STAR 1:00pm-2:50pm
The pig and his farmyard pals take a trip to the big city, where their curiosity and love of adventure lands them in trouble, leaving the courageous Babe to find a way to save his chums from danger. Family comedy sequel, starring Magda Szubanski, Mickey Rooney and James Cromwell, and featuring the voice of Elizabeth Daily as Babe.
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Our Favourite Famos Getting Festive!

Today marks a special day here at Truffle Towers, yes we’re really getting into the festive spirit along with many people across the land as we have just decked the halls and decorated our 2013 Christmas tree! Of course packed with some retro treats and our very own TruffleShuffler angel on top, we’re well and truly into the swing of things and loving every minute 🙂

To help us on our merry way through this December, we thought we would have a little look around and see what some of our favourite celebs have been sporting in the run up to the big day. If you needed more proof or confirmation that you NEED a classic Christmas Jumper in your life, we think here is reason enough. Take a peep!

Myleene Klass
Myleene Klass
Julie Walters
Gok Wan
Gok Wan
Lauren Laverne
Lauren Laverne
Chris Evans
Chris Evans
Alex Jones
Alex Jones
This Morning
Phillip Schofield Holly Willoughby
Phillip Schofield Holly Willoughby
Phillip Schofield Holly Willoughby
Kanye West Christmas
Kanye West
Ashleigh and Pudsey.
Ashleigh and Pudsey
Dom Joly
Dom Joly

Get the look! Pick up one of our very own cheesy Christmas Jumpers today and get stuck into some festive fun in style. Happy shopping all you little Elves!

xoxo

Talk Ti-mmy! We catch up with the legendary Timmy Mallett…

School holidays were supposed to be about lie-ins and staying in bed until lunchtime, but this dream was shattered in 1985 when the alarm clock had to be set for 8:45am in order to hit the sofa for the 8:50am start of Wacaday.

Oringinally co-presenting the Saturday morning show Wide Awake Club, Wacaday gave Timmy Mallett the chance to shine in the zaniest way possible, and within days of the first show being aired (which coincidentally was the same week Timmy turned 30), us 80s kids were hooked on this utterly brilliant show!

25 years after those good ole Wac-a-days, Timmy remains a legendary character. His thirty year career started out as a radio presenter (in charge of a team including Chris Evans and Brian Cox) before presenting various TV shows, singing a number one hit single, appearing on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!, performing in a couple of pantos and more recently enjoying the limelight of being a very successful artist.

We have the pleasure of working with Timmy on our range of Mallett’s Mallet T-Shirts and thought you TruffleShufflers might want to know the same things we’ve wanted to know all these years…

TS: So Timmy, we love your fabulously daring sense of fashion in particular those crazy glasses you wear! Which are your all-time favourites?

TM: I have squillions of pairs of spex. Lots were made specially for my TV shows and hit records! The Eiffel Tower, the mad skier, the Olympic rings, The Wacaday spex and the big Mallett’s Mallet pair.  I have the pink cadillac spex and the Itsy Bitsy spex with palm trees! Wild, and  I love ’em all. I have a pair in my studio at the moment that I spent the morning painting. I’ve attached toys and buttons to them and they will be on my face at my next show!

Timmy Mallett's Glasses

TS: There were a lot of crazy moments on Wacaday! What is your funniest memory of the show?

TM: I loved it when we had the occasional guest star on the show – Jason and Kylie playing Mallett’s Mallet was fun. It was always great to go on travels around the World with the Mallet and see the way kids everywhere enjoyed the fun of the show.

I loved the way Magic the cockatiel would fly around the studio and land on the the camera with his tail in shot. The cameramen would get nervous in case he left a little present on their heads!

Wacaday Clips

TS: We love your cute companion, Pinky Punky, but whatever became of him? Are you still in touch? What is he doing now? Has he found love?

TM: Pinky Punky – the little Mallet who popped up to shout out the address – “Wacaday….blah blah Blah, London NW1 8TQ!!!!!!” and “Mr Mallett, I’m so excited can I got to the toilet!”  He was our little audience, and often the props guy would use a water pistol to wee all over the place!  Pinky Punky has a girl friend – Hanky Panky and the good news is you can get your very own Pinky Punky Mallet now and keep him to remind you of the happiest days of your life!  You’re never too old to be a kid again!

Malletts Mallet

TS: Who’s your most famous fan?

TM: Mrs Thatcher  wanted to be hit on the head by the Mallet, Tony Blair’s family came to panto so they could look at each other and go BLAAAH; Princess Diana loved watching Wacaday with Princes William and Harry; Gary Barlow invited me to sing Itsy Bitsy at his wedding anniversary – Dawn was one of my itsy bitsy girls; and Simon Cowell used to plug records to our show.  Shall I carry on?

TS: No, Timmy, that’s enough to put a smile on our faces for days… and we now know what Prince Harry was doing in that infamous picture on the balcony at Buckingham Palace, all together now… BLEEEEEUUUUGHHHHHH!

Wacaday Famous Fans

Huge thanks to Timmy for taking the time to answer our burning questions. While writing this blog post, I’ve been fascinated re-reading Timmy’s website – in particular the history of Wacaday – and would recommend anyone to grab a cuppa, sit down for half an hour and soak up some truly awesome stories!

This blog post was brought to you by TruffleShuffle.com, the home of Timmy Mallett T-Shirts, Wacaday T-Shirts and Pinky Punky Mallett’s Mallets!


WIN Signed Timmy Mallet Pinky Punky AND a Timmy T-Shirt!

To enter, simply answer this question with a comment below…

Q) If you could play a game of Malletts Mallet with any retro character or personality, who wold it be and WHY?

Closes 2pm on Monday (25th) and we’ll pick our favourite as our lucky winner shortly after.

Good luck!

xoxo


The First Avenger.

This July, there’s excitement brewing in the TruffleShuffle office… On the 29th of July the man who is not afraid to mix stripes with stars will be hitting the big screens all around the UK. Some may think this is some kind of fashion faux-pas, but for Captain America it’s the only option….

So with the movie just around the corner, what better time for me to fill you in on a bit of background information on this fighter for Liberty and Justice….. Captain America‘s real name is Steve Rogers. During World War 2 Rogers was turned away by the US military for being too sickly and weak but Rogers was given a second chance to serve his country by joining a top secret military project to create the world’s first super soldier. The procedure involving Super-Soldier Serum and “Vita-Ray” treatment was a success but the experiment was ambushed by the evil Red Skull (Head of Nazi terrorist activities, the commander of terrorist organization HYDRA & soon to become Roger’s greatest foe). Unfortunately for Red Skull, the scientists were also killed during the ambush taking the super soldier formula with them.

Powers

The serum and ray treatment turns Roger’s into the pinnacle of human perfection, giving him super human strength, speed, agility and extraordinarily keen reflexes and senses. He has blended judo, western boxing, kickboxing, and gymnastics into his own unique fighting style and has also trained in multiple martial arts and weapons training. His weapon of choice is possible one of the most iconic in the Marvel universe, a shield.

Captain America’s iconic shield

Captain America's Shield
Captain America's Shield

Made from a near indestructible mix of adamantium steel and vibranium alloy this shield is able to withstand massive impacts from enemy gun fire and huge energy blasts. Captain America utilizes this unique weapon by throwing it at his enemies (sometimes multiple targets) and luckily for him, his trusty tool then returns to his side, just in time to protect him from enemy attack.

The Movie

“Captain America: The First Avenger” will focus on the early days of The Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program and becomes the super soldier that is Captain America. And with help from Bucky Barnes and Peggy Carter he’s set to wage war on the evil HYDRA organization led by Red Skull. Captain American is played by Hollywood star Chris Evans – the Fantastic Four actor has famously bulked-up for his role as Steve Rogers, a young soldier deemed unfit for military service who volunteers for a top secret project that transforms him into a human-fighting machine.

Other famous faces to star alongside Evans include Tommy Lee Jones, Dominic Cooper and Matrix villain, Hugo Weaving as Captain America’s arch-nemesis, Red Skull.

Captain America Movie Poster
Captain America Movie Poster

Not long to go now, so who else is looking forward to seeing the First Avenger in action?

Just a bit of fun…

If you’re as excited about this movie as we are, check out this trailer for the original 1990 film!! We’re hoping the new film will be a little less cheesy…

And don’t forget – here at www.TruffleShuffle.com – we’ve got a tonne of awesome, official Captain America tees and accessories to help you get even more excited about the upcoming new release! We particularly like this little gem…

Men's Capt America Say No To Drugs T-Shirt from Junk Food £28.99
Men's Capt America Say No To Drugs T-Shirt from Junk Food £28.99

And how flipping cool are these Captain America inspired headphones from Coloud….

Retro Captain America Marvel Headphones from Coloud £34.99
Retro Captain America Marvel Headphones from Coloud £34.99

They come complete with standard 3.5mm jacks that can plug into pretty much any audio device (including the iPod and most of today’s smartphones) so prepare for Captain America to invade your ears as well as your eyes this year!

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