Saturday, February 27, 2021

Dolls, Games, and History

It looked like it rained earlier today, but by the time I had breakfast around 11, the rain was long gone. Watched a new Muppet Babies episode as I ate. Robin wants to be "The Ribbiter" and play a super-villain with Animal, Fonzie, and Gonzo. His concerned Uncle Kermit sabotages his Bad Guy Audition to make sure that doesn't happen. It's a "Presto Uh-Oh" when Piggy tries to use Summer's magic wand to fix the fan that's supposed to be part of her act...with less-than-magical results! 

Switched to Tubi to try something I hadn't seen in over 30 years. Captain N: The Game Master was one of Rose's favorite cartoons in the late 80's-early 90's. This massive crossover featured typical video game-loving kid Kevin, who ends up in a world where Nintendo characters are real. He rounds up several of them to save their world from Mother Brain and help him get home. 

The episodes at Tubi are from the second season that focused more on shorts revolving around the adventures of Mario and Luigi with Princess Peach and their buddy Yoshi in Dinosaur Land, to the point where Tubi calls the show Super Mario World. "Send In the Clowns" has the plumber brothers rescuing the cave people from King Bowser and his children's circus. Kevin and vampire hunter Simon Belmont "Return to Castlevania" to get an award, only to be told that Simon's grandfather wasn't as brave as previously believed. The two follow Count Alucard's very early 90's surfer dude son to find out the truth.

Moved to reorganizing the doll clothes and dressing the dolls after the cartoons ended. Ariel's things are now in the smaller box. She has the least clothes; they're the only ones that fit. 

Took advantage of my final day off to get the dolls into their early spring and St. Patrick's Day outfits. One of the dresses that came with the Amazon collection from Lauren last Christmas has a floral print that's great for St. Patrick's Day. Ariel wears it with a matching scarf around her hair and the white lace jacket from the Our Generation Retro picnic outfit. Whitney wears the navy Picnic outfit skirt with the white and green print turtleneck from the American Girl Girl Scout outfit and Molly's saddle shoes. 

Molly's in a shamrock-print dress I found at a yard sale years ago and the white t-strap shoes from her Polka-Dot Outfit. Samantha wears her mint green Special Day Dress. Jessa has an emerald-green wrap blouse, a pair of cargo pants, and black and white high-tops worn with Molly's thick bobby socks. Felicity sports her friend Elizabeth's celery-green "Summer" Gown. It has a quilted insert that really makes it more appropriate for spring than summer. Josefina's dressed in her Harvest Outfit with the long-sleeved camisa (shift) and sage-green print skirt.

It was quarter after 2 when I got to lunch. Put on DC Superhero Girls while I made a Banana-Cherry Smoothie for lunch. Diana Prince gets a "#CrashCourse" when she becomes determined to earn her driver's license. "Bumblebee" Karen, the youngest Superhero Girl, and "AquaLad" Garth join her for the ride. She's scared to really drive until Harley Quinn, Livewire, and Catwoman speed past in a stolen car. The ensuing chase ends with them in the river and Garth having to use his water powers to get them out. Karen and Diana beg for one last chance...and this time, when they encounter the speeding bad girls, they manage to get them off the road and still obey traffic laws.

Worked on writing for a while after that. Dolly asks if she can stay with her husband Dick on Gene's ship; Captain Tom Kennedy tells her it's fine. Gene promotes Jimmie Walker to cabin boy and lookout, Gary to navigator, Dick to third mate, Charles to second mate, and Brett to first mate. Charles and Gary get them turned around to follow The Family Fortunes down south while Tom leads his crew back onto The Golden Medley to unearth Jack's treasure at Cape Island. 

Spent the rest of the evening watching Buzzr's African American Greats Marathon. Buzzr's first major marathon of the year spotlights Black History Month with episodes either featuring a popular African-American performer as a panelist, or highlighting a remarkable historical figure that was profiled on the show. Such was the case with episodes of What's My Line? from the 50's that featured poised and gracious tennis star Althea Gibson and let The Harlem Globetrotters show off their signature trick basketball moves. Singer Adam Wade was a contestant on To Tell the Truth in 1960; he would become the first African-American game show host on the 1975 show Musical Chairs. As a jazz fan, I loved seeing The Modern Jazz Quartet play live at the end of a 1972 syndicated What's My Line? episode. 

By far my favorite episode of the night was the syndicated Family Feud show from 1989, and not just because I may have seen it as a kid. Though Buzzr played up Little Richard's appearance on this Grammy-themed special, he was far from the only superstar playing. Other black greats who turned up to play that week included soul singers Luther Vandross and Dionne Warwick, pop beauty Vanessa Williams, and Bobby McFarrin, whose "Don't Worry, Be Happy" was one of the biggest hit songs of 1989. The groups were rounded out by jazz and rock vocalists The Manhattan Transfer. According to host Ray Combs, the ladies were winning the week, but the guys came back to win the night for The United Negro College Fund.

Two pioneering TV performers turned up on Password Plus and Super Password as I made pan-fried crusted tilapia, steamed broccoli, and leftover arroz con pollos for dinner. Della Reece is known to most people nowadays for her long run on the drama Touched By an Angel, but she'd done everything from host daytime talk shows to play game shows for decades. She joined Bill Anderson for one of the later Tom Kennedy-hosted Password Plus weeks from 1980, and seemed to have a good time despite only getting her contestant to the Alphabetics board once on the episodes I saw.

Kennedy returned as a player on Super Password in 1986, this time with Nicholle Nichols of the original Star Trek. Nichols started off a bit nervous, but she did much better as the episodes went on. By the second episode, she helped her contestant make it pretty far through the Super Password bonus round. 

Finished the night online with The Emperor's New Clothes on Tubi. I go further into this comic Cannon Movie Tale featuring Sid Caesar as the Emperor and Robert Morse as one of the flim-flam men who sell him on a magical cloth at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog. 

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