The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown 122

Stop the Ghost Train! Is it the weekend so soon??!

Getting geared up and ready for the nights scary action, let us be your group of trick or treating zombies, vampires and werewolves as we eagerly make our way through the streets from house to house, scaring all that we see as we go gathering more and more sugary treats of the night from more and more unsuspecting victims! Let us be your trusty pillow case as we fill ever more with cinematic greatness, before bursting at the seams, spilling our celluloid wonder all over this weekend!

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 1st NOVEMBER

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The Italian Job (1969)
More4 4:50pm-6:50pm (2 hours)
A crook puts together a motley gang to steal £4million in gold bullion from an Italian armoured car, which brings Turin to a standstill and enables the robbers to make a quick getaway in a fleet of Minis – but they end up falling foul of the Mafia along the way. Crime comedy, starring Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Benny Hill, Tony Beckley and John Le Mesurier.

Back to the Future Part III (1990) ITV2 7:35pm-10:00pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
Time-travelling teenager Marty McFly is transported back to the days of the Wild West, where he strives to save his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown from death at the hands of a villainous gunslinger. Final instalment in the sci-fi comedy trilogy, starring Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen and Thomas F Wilson.

Footloose (1984) E4 9:00pm-11:10pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A rebellious, hip-swinging student from the city moves to a small religious community, where he instantly clashes with an old-school fire-and-brimstone preacher – who has banned dancing and rock ‘n’ roll because he considers them immoral. Drama, starring Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Chris Penn, Dianne Wiest and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Scream (1996) Syfy 10:00pm-12:00am (2 hours)
The students of a high school are stalked by a masked knife-wielding maniac with a love of scary movies and a penchant for playing mind games with his prey. One of the girls on his hit list begins to suspect there is a connection between the killer and her mother’s murder a year previously. Wes Craven’s horror, which satirises the genre’s cliches, starring Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox.

Fun Fact: When the phone slips out of Billy’s hand and hits Stu’s head, it was completely unintentional. Wes Craven kept it in because of Stu’s realistic reaction.

The Evil Dead (1982) Film4 11:15pm-1:00am (1 hour 45 minutes)
Five students staying in a remote cabin find an ancient magical book, and unwittingly unleash evil spirits on the world. The dark forces they have conjured up possess them one by one, transforming them into ravenous zombies with an insatiable desire to feast on the living. Sam Raimi’s horror, starring Bruce Campbell and Ellen Sandweiss.

SUNDAY 2nd NOVEMBER

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The Great Escape (1963)
MGM Channel 8:05am-10:55am (2 hours 50 minutes)
The most rebellious Allied prisoners of war are sent to a supposedly escape-proof maximum-security detention camp during the Second World War. They plan an ingenious mass breakout by digging a tunnel, but even when free of the camp, making it across occupied Europe proves a dangerous journey. Drama, starring Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Donald Pleasence, James Garner, Charles Bronson and Richard Attenborough.

The Simpsons Movie (2007) Channel 4 4:50pm-6:35pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
Homer unwittingly pollutes Lake Springfield, so the US government decides to isolate the city underneath a giant dome. The Simpsons manage to escape and plan to start a new life in Alaska – but learn Springfield is about to be destroyed, and return to save their friends. With the voices of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) ITV2 5:25pm-8:00pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
Scientist Dr Ian Malcolm reluctantly joins a research team on the island where his employer first designed genetically engineered dinosaurs. Meanwhile, a big-game hunter takes the chance to bag the biggest prize of all – a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur adventure sequel, starring Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite and Richard Attenborough.

Beetlejuice (1988) Channel 5 7:15pm-9:00pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
Recently deceased couple Adam and Barbara Maitland enlist the professional services of a hard-boiled veteran ghost to scare away the obnoxious yuppie family who have moved into their former home. Tim Burton’s supernatural comedy, starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O’Hara.

The Departed (2006) Film4 9:00pm-12:00am (3 hours)
A cop infiltrates the inner circle of a feared Boston mobster, unaware a fellow officer is already an informant on the gangster’s payroll. When both the crooks and the police discover they have a mole in their ranks, the two detectives realise they are in sudden danger and try to expose each other. Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning thriller, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen and Alec Baldwin.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend,

xoxo

The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown 52!

Batten down the hatches, it’s only the weekend!

So like a big hairy spider dominantly standing in the centre of your bath tub, let us be your fearless Nanna, as we try and scoop you up in the giant glass of retro movie greatness before we squish you under the rolled up newspaper of cinematic awesomeness and wash you away in a flood of celluloid decadence.

Have a happy retro weekend 🙂

SATURDAY 18th MAY

Beetlejuice (1988)Sky Movies Sci-fi & Horror 3:30pm-5:10pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
Recently deceased couple Adam and Barbara Maitland enlist the professional services of a hard-boiled veteran ghost to scare away the obnoxious yuppie family who have moved into their former home. Tim Burton’s supernatural comedy, starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O’Hara.

Ladies Ghost With The Most Beetlejuice T-Shirt £22.99 (also available for men!)
Ladies Ghost With The Most Beetlejuice T-Shirt £22.99 (also available for men!)

California Man (1992)Film4 5:10pm-7:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Two high-school students accidentally unearth a frozen Stone Age caveman in their backyard. They decide to thaw him out and show him off around town. Unfortunately, their ticket to cool starts to run out of control and cause mayhem all over the state. Teen comedy, starring Brendan Fraser, Sean Astin, Pauly Shore, Megan Ward and Mariette Hartley.

Small Soldiers (1998)ITV2 6:30pm-8:45pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
A hi-tech computer chip has a bizarre effect on a squad of toy soldiers, causing mayhem for their owner as the miniature marauders engage in a series of scaled-down skirmishes. Children’s adventure mixing live action and computer animation, starring Kirsten Dunst, Denis Leary and Gregory Smith, with the voices of Tommy Lee Jones, Frank Langella, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Christina Ricci.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)Film4 9:00pm-12:15am (3 hours 15 minutes)
In the aftermath of the Normandy landings, a group of American soldiers scours the battlefields of France in search of a missing infantryman, who has been given compassionate leave to return home because his brothers have been killed in the conflict. Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning Second World War drama, starring Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Matt Damon, Barry Pepper and Vin Diesel.

SUNDAY 19th MAY

Caddyshack (1980)Sky Movies Comedy 2:50pm-4:30pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
A host of weird and wacky characters cause mayhem at an exclusive golf club, including a laid-back professional player, an obnoxious millionaire, the snobbish club president, a motley collection of teenage caddies and a psychotic groundskeeper engaging in a fight to the death with a canny gopher. Comedy, starring Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Michael O’Keefe and Rodney Dangerfield.

Cinderella (1950)Sky Movies Disney 6:35pm-8:00pm (1 hour 25 minutes)
An orphan is forced to live a life of servitude by her cruel stepmother. The king of the realm she lives in organises a lavish ball to find a bride for his son, and a caring fairy godmother puts her magic to the task of turning the downtrodden girl into a princess. Disney animated fairytale, with the voices of Ilene Woods, William Phipps and Verna Felton.

Ladies Cinderella T-Shirt £19.99
Ladies Cinderella T-Shirt £19.99

The Simpsons Movie (2007)E4 8:00pm-9:50pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Homer unwittingly pollutes Lake Springfield, so the US government decides to isolate the city underneath a giant dome. The Simpsons manage to escape and plan to start a new life in Alaska – but learn Springfield is about to be destroyed, and return to save their friends. With the voices of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith.

Simpsons Homer This Dude Rocks Lounge Pants £16.99
Simpsons Homer This Dude Rocks Lounge Pants £16.99

The Incredible Hulk (2008)ITV2 7:45pm-10:00pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
A bungled experiment causes a scientist to turn into a monster whenever he gets angry. He travels the world seeking a cure for his condition, while a ruthless general is determined to capture him and use the creature as a weapon. However, one of the soldiers under the officer’s command undergoes a terrifying transformation of his own. Comic-book adventure, starring Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth and William Hurt.

Men's Green Keep Calm Don't Make Me Angry Incredible Hulk T-Shirt £17.99 (also available for ladies)
Men's Green Keep Calm Don't Make Me Angry Incredible Hulk T-Shirt £17.99 (also available for ladies)

Allakazoo, it’s bonus movie clip time. I find myself singing this any time I’m making lunch – not sure why!

If only fairy God Mothers actually existed……! 😉

Mmm yet another tasty weekend of films, looks like we’ll be working on improving that butt-groove in the couch a little bit more.

Whatever you get up to this weekend remember no dive bombing in the shallow end and always enjoy yourselves.

Top Cartoon Voices – Who are they?

Are you an animaniac? Crazy for cartoons? Well you probably have a great collection of Cartoon T-Shirts already (if not, why not?) but have you ever really thought about some of the voices behind your favourite animated characters?

Me neither, so I set off in search of some of my favourite characters and voices. Here’s what I found….

Grandpa Huxtable was a Thundercat!

Between 1984 & 1992, Earle Hyman played Grandpa Russell Huxtable in The Cosby Show. Despite being a trombone playing, Hillman College graduate and a really bad buyer of sweaters in this popular sitcom he was also moonlighting as a humanoid warrior feline from outer space, Panthro.

Panthro was the resident mechanic in the cartoon Thundercats and was also the least clothed member after Snarf.

Earle talked about voicing Panthro and he says it was an easy job because he just pretended he was talking to his cats, which makes me think he probably misunderstood the plot of the series just a little bit.

Uncle Phil was a Shedder!

Actor James Avery played Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Obviously not content with just putting up with all the shenanigans caused by an annoying wannabe rapper called “Will Smith” he also voiced Shredder from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.

For over 100 episodes, the man best known for playing a conservative judge also lent his voice to an Asian ninja master best known for living inside a giant mechanical eyeball and hanging out with a hideous man-hog and a disembodied brain. Avery openly admitted the relationship between him and Krang was played “like an old married couple.” Check out the full interview here:

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Fergie was Sally Brown!

Stacy Ann Ferguson, aka Fergie, is probably best known for being part of the ‘pop sensation’ The Black Eyed Peas along with Will.i.am and….. those other guys?!?! Apart from being a member of the B.E.P’s, Fergie has also done some film acting (Planet Terror, Nine) and voice acting work (Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa), but the highlight to her career has to be when she voiced Sally Brown, Charlie Brown’s little sister in Peanuts.

Sally is remembered for her crush on Linus and for not being the brightest spark in the box. Fergie was one of the original Sallys. As Stacy Ferguson, she voiced the character in two classic Peanuts movies and The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show, starting when she was only 9. Here’s what she sounded like back then:

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And apparently she can still do that voice, which means that if they did a CGI remake of the Peanuts movie, casting Fergie would actually be quite a good decision.

Kelsey Grammer was Side-Show Bob!

When you think of Kelsey Grammer you probably think about Frasier Crane, the character he portrayed for 20 years on ‘Cheers’ and then in ‘Frasier.’ But Kelsey is also responsible for another pretty noteworthy and long-running television fixture and probably my favourite cartoon bad guy Sideshow Bob.

Sideshow Bobs tendancy to break out into song comes from Grammer’s own life. Apparently Grammer had a habit of singing during the shooting of ‘Cheers’ and Sam Simon, who wrote and produced ‘Cheers’ before developing ‘The Simpsons,’ recommended Grammer incorporate this trait into the character Sideshow Bob.

Other Sideshow Bob secrets revealed is that Bobs accent comes from the late stage actor and personal friend of Kelsey, Ellis Rabb. More confessions to come from the interview reveal Kelseys favourite Sideshow Bob line. So why not check out the interview below:

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So there you have it, 4 of my favourite cartoon voices. Thankfully we have plenty of cool tees available so you can show your appreciation for these vocal genius too!!

Ladies Thundercats Characters T-Shirt
from Sticks and Stones
£19.99

Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtles Backpack
£44.99

Men’s Blue Marl Snoopy Lets Do
Lunch T-Shirt
from Junk Food
£29.99

Ladies Snoopy The Good Life
Slub Vest from Junk Food
£24.99

Men’s Cheers Where Everybody Knows
Your Name T-Shirt from Sticks & Stones
£15.99

Men’s Simpsons
Duff Beer T-Shirt
£19.99

Summer Colours To Brighten Your Wardrobe!

Ok, so we know we are not exactly enjoying much of a “Summer” at the moment however we have been brightening up our daily attire with some fabulous new TruffleShuffle tees which help to lift the gloom of all this rain! We thought we would give you a little insight into the summer colours we are loving right now so you too can forget about the dreary weather and brighten up your outfits! 😉

Ladies First – we are old “fashion”ed like that! Whether you look Pretty In Pink, fancy yourself as a bit of a Baywatch babe, Big Bang Theory nerd or just love a bit of Disney and My Little Pony we have the tee for you, which will you choose?

If super bright isn’t quite your style you could always opt for a slightly less “in your face” pastel colour which is very much on trend at the moment, see our selection of perfect pastels featuring everything from Button Moon, Raggy Dolls, Moomins, Guess Who, Cluedo and Jem And The Holograms!

If none of these are your cup of “tee” you can check out the full range of Ladies T-shirts on the site to find your perfect summer treat!

Now for the men, whatever your style we have the summer colour to suit. Whether you’re more Sesame Street or Simpsons, Superheros or Sports we have it covered with these bright colours featuring Harry Potter, Coca Cola and music tees!

Whoever said pastels were just for the girls obviously hadn’t seen our huge collection of very manly designs on some great masculine colours! See for yourselves! Starting with Mr Men‘s Mr Grumpy or the original Play-Doh logo. For any of you guys wanting so show off those muscles this summer we have a selection of vests which are just the ticket and just added to the site is the fabulously retro Heat Sensitive colour changing t-shirts, just a fascinating as they were the first time round! Not forgetting the Labyrinth collection and the brand new Danger Mouse t-shirts and of course ultra masculine Ford designs!

To see the full men’s range click here and find your brilliant bright or perfect pastel design to see you through the summer (should it ever happen!)

I hope this has helped to inspire your summer wardrobe, here’s hoping for some sunshine soon so we can show off our new purchases and get working on those t-shirt tans! 🙂

xoxo

The Real Life Springfield is finally revealed!

I think I speak for everyone when I say our childhoods would not have been the same without the loveable characters of Springfield. In fact…childhood? About 85% of my Sundays are spent on the sofa watching The Simpsons thinking ‘I haven’t seen this one – why haven’t I seen this one’? The endless pot of goodness is brought to us by Matt Groening – who recently revealed a secret about his inspiration for the setting.

Classed as one of the best-kept secrets in television history, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening has now pointed to Springfield, Oregon, as his inspiration for the animated home town of Homer and the gang. Groening told Smithsonian magazine recently that he was inspired by the television show ‘Father Knows Best’, which took place in a place called Springfield. He worked out that Springfield was one of the most common city names in the US.

“In anticipation of the success of the show, I thought, ‘This will be cool; everyone will think it’s their Springfield’. And they do,” he said.

The show has made a running joke of hiding the true Springfield location. In one episode, Lisa points to Springfield on a map, but the animated “camera view” is blocked by Bart’s head

The city has already incorporated the Simpsons into local lore. The Springfield Museum features a couch similar to the animated one shown in the show’s opening credits, and a plaque marking the movie’s release.

Here are some snaps from the real Springfield, and the Springfield we know and love…

The Springfield we see in The Simpsons is not always a flattering portrait. The school is falling apart, there is a constant fire at the town dump and the mayor is helplessly corrupt. “We kind of got past it,” said a spokesman for Springfield. “We don’t dwell on the bad stuff. Obviously we don’t have a nuclear power plant. We don’t have a lot of stuff in the Simpsons. What we do have are a lot of blue-collar working families that go to church every week and eat dinner together. That is accurate.”

All together now…awwww!

To show some appreciation – check out our Simpsons t-shirts and accessories at TruffleShuffle

xoxo