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Meow Mix

Posted by Big Boo on April 8th, 2011

Meow MixNow here’s another classic TV advert that’s right up there in cheesy stakes with the Shake ‘n’ Vac ad. I remember the first time I saw it the whole family were watching TV, and every single one of us was rolling on the floor laughing at it. Even the family dog loved it, and was sat there watching intently nodding her head from side to side.

The advert in question is for a cat food called Meow Mix, and it simply consists of a cute little cat singing about what she likes to have for her dinner. Whilst the cat has unsurprisingly been dubbed with a human voice, all that human voice actually ever sings is “Meow”, and instead the translation of what the cat is singing about appears at the bottom of the screen karaoke style, complete with little bouncing ball.

By far the best bit though is when the voice over man tells us all about how great Meow Mix is, yet you can still hear the dubbed cat singing along with real feeling in the background.

Not much more too say about it really other than it’s an awesome ad, and one of the first examples that I remember seeing of playing a piece of film backwards and forwards repeatedly to give the effect that an animal is able to talk like a human. Check it out below…



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Step Aerobics

Posted by Big Boo on April 6th, 2011

Step AerobicsWhether you are a fitness fanatic or a couch potato, I’m sure you will have heard of Step Aerobics at some point, and maybe have even given it a try? Nowadays there are many different types of Aerobics classes which pull in ideas from areas such as dance or weightlifting, but Step Aerobics, which hit the keep fit scene in 1989, was one of the first exercises to add a different slant to the bog standard aerobics class.

Basically the idea behind Step Aerobics is that you have a sturdy plastic box, called a Step, which you repeatedly step on and off whilst doing different types of moves. You typically start a routine stood behind the Step, but during the session the instructor may tell you to move sideways, backwards and forwards, turn whilst stepping and much more.

Step Aerobics has developed its own lingo, just like many other forms of exercise do, so if you’re new to the idea then when the instructor calls out to perform an L-Step, a Hop Turn or Straddle Ups you might be a little confused, but generally the moves are repeated several times so you just have to keep an eye on the instructor and your fellow steppers to get back in sync with the rest of the class. All of sudden it becomes apparent why aerobics studios tend to have lots of mirrors in them!

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M.A.S.K.

Posted by Big Boo on April 4th, 2011

M.A.S.KSome cartoon series in the Eighties were notable for being more a glorified TV advert for a range of toys rather than just a piece of children’s entertainment, and M.A.S.K. was no exception to this. This doesn’t mean that the cartoon wasn’t good, indeed far from it, as a poor cartoon is not likely to make kids want the accompanying toys, is it?

M.A.S.K. was a high action cartoon aimed squarely at young boys, and can best be described as a mix between Transformers and Action Force as it featured cool looking vehicles that could transform into even cooler looking vehicles, and a group of highly trained action men and women.

As the dots in the name suggest, M.A.S.K. was an acronym. It stood for Mobile Armored Strike Kommand (how Kool is that?) which was an organisation intended to fight crimes that were carried out by the also acronymed group named V.E.N.O.M. (Vicious Evil Network Of Mayhem – so no mistaking them as the bad guys then!).

Both M.A.S.K. and V.E.N.O.M. were made up of experts in various different fields, each of which drove their own appropriate vehicle. When the need arose, these special agents could don a special piece of head gear (a mask, see, the acronym works on two levels) and their vehicle would transform itself into something with a bit more oomph, whether that be in speed terms or just extra firepower.

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Real Transformers On Their Way!

Posted by Big Boo on April 1st, 2011

Real Transformer?The Transformers toy range is one that most people will be familiar with, either through the toys themselves, the cartoons or the more recent Hollywood movies or one of the many other forms of entertainment they have been adapted to. There’s no denying it’s a really cool concept, and it appears it’s one that may actually be about to become reality.

Boffins in America (no, not Japan as you might have expected) have released news that they have a working prototype of a real Transformer, that can transform from robot mode into a drivable car in the blink of an eye. Not only can the car drive around, it is also possible for the robot mode to walk, albeit with a bit of a stuttering pace at this stage, though the makers are working on this.

Not convinced, check out the video clip of it in action below…



OK, so it’s just a bloke in a suit, and the top of the car doesn’t sit nicely with the wheels when in car mode, but you have to admit it is very clever. A bit sad perhaps, but clever. Given today’s date I couldn’t resist stringing you all along though… 😉

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