Around 1998, a couple years after I moved to Vancouver, once I lived in a place with a living space big enough to accommodate guests, I organized what would become a sometimes annual tradition. The first few didn’t have themes but on or before 2001 I came up with themes and printed out the schedules. Here they are!
2001 (Fourth Annual) Theme: Robots and Automatons
2002 theme: Origin Stories
2003 (Sixth) Theme: The Supernatural
2004 (Seventh) Theme: Double Trouble
2005 (Eighth) Theme: Outer Space
2006 (Ninth) Theme: Jokes!
2007 (Tenth) Theme: Mind Games
2008 (Eleventh) theme: Time!
2009 – SMCP Goes Public
For a year or two we did weekly screenings at venues like the Rio Theater and VIVO. Then we got burned out and quit. Until….
2017 Theme: Cats (in Memoriam, Kodos)
Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 9:55 AM. Back to private functions in Toren’s living room.
I did not craft a printed schedule but here’s the itinerary:
Schoolhouse Rock: Conjunction Junction Star Trek Animated: Mudd’s Passion Superfriends: Attack of the Cats Looney Tunes: Mouse Wreckers Swat Kats: A Bright and Shiny Future Thundercats: The Unholy Alliance Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack: Who Let the Cats Out of the Old Bag’s House? Adventure Time: Fiona and Cake The Amazing World of Gumball: The World Powerpuff Girls: Cat Man Do Steven Universe: Cat Fingers Mighty Mouse New Adventures: Catastrophe Cat Samurai Jack: Imakandi Simpsons: Citizen Kang Ren & Stimpy: Rubber Nipple Salesmen Thundarr: Treasure of the Moks
This is your guide to what episodes to watch during the first 26 seasons from 1963 to 1989, featuring the first seven Doctors.
For the first two seasons of Doctor Who and most of the third (1963–1966), each episode carries its own title. At story #26 “The Savages” episodes are simply listed as Part 1, Part 2…etc.
Episodes are about 25 minutes.
Due to the BBC’s 1970s junking policy, 97 episodes of Doctor Who from the 1960s are no longer known to exist. As a result, 26 serials are currently incomplete, with one or more episodes represented only by audio and, in many cases, clips or still frames. For commercial release, some episodes have been reconstructed using off-air audio recordings, paired to surviving visuals or newly commissioned animation.
FIRST DOCTOR: Crotchety curmudgeon William Hartnell
Years: 1963-1966 Number of Seasons: 3ish Theme: A lot of visiting Earth history Best companions: Susan, Barbara and Ian What to watch:
Story #1 “An Unearthly Child.” Four episodes Story #2 “The Daleks.” Seven episodes. First appearance of the Daleks.:
Story #9 “Planet of Giants.” Three episodes
Story # 29 “The 10th Planet.” Four episodes. First appearance of the Cybermen. Final appearance of the first Doctor
SECOND DOCTOR: “Space hobo” Patrick Troughton
Years: 1966-1969 Number of Seasons: 3 Theme: more space, more action Best companion: Jamie What to watch:
Story #30 “The Power of the Daleks.” The originals are lost, there is an animated version (more like a motion comic). The Doctor regenerates for the first time.
Story #38 “The Abominable Snowmen.” Six episodes. Story #41 “The Web of Fear” Six episodes. Introduces Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart
Story #46 “The Invasion.” Eight episodes. Introduces U.N.I.T.
THIRD DOCTOR: Aristocratic secret agent John Pertwee – IN COLOR!
Years: 1970-1974 Number of Seasons: 5 Theme: Earthbound James Bond vs Aliens Best companion: Sarah Jane Smith What to watch:
Story #51 “Spearhead from Space.” Get to know the new Doctor. (4 eps)
Story #55 “Terror of the Autons.” The first appearance of The Master (4 eps)
Story #65 “The Three Doctors.” The three incarnations of the Doctor (so far) reunite to thwart the revenge-seeking Omega. (4 eps)
Story #70 “The Time Warrior” Introduces Sarah Jane Smith and the Sontaran race (4 eps)
FOURTH DOCTOR: Whimsical and warm Tom Baker
Years: 1974-1981 Number of Seasons: 7 Theme: Gothic horror Best companion: Romana What to watch:
Story #76 “The Ark in Space.” (4 eps) – Alien before the movie Alien. Story #78 “Genesis of the Daleks”
Tokyo Station’s Character Street, two minutes away from Tokyo Station’s Yaesu exit, inside First Avenue Tokyo Station, you can find the shop named Donguri Kyōwakoku. Find more info at the link, including detailed instructions on finding the shop: https://matcha-jp.com/en/2039
In Tokyo Shibuya area the Mega Don Quijote has a decent selection of stuff on the second floor toy area. 28-6 Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 154-0042 03-5428-4086 https://g.co/kgs/oyPDNv
In Kamakura Komachi Dori Shopping Area, the Ghibli shop technically has two floors but they are two side-by-side boutiques. Here there are a few items that I didn’t see elsewhere どんぐり共和国 鎌倉店 〒248-0006 Kanagawa, Kamakura, Komachi, 1 Chome−5−6 松秀ビル 0467-24-7705 https://g.co/kgs/baHm32
In Nakano Broadway And of course if you are at Nakano Broadway you wont need to go far to find some truly outstanding stuff both new and vintage. Start on the second and third floor. I saw a large, extremely rare hebikera (flying centipede) toy/model from Nausicaa and Laputa: Castle in the Sky robot stackable game
Google “Ghibli shop Kyoto.” Two locations will pop up in Gion neighborhood. They both have unassuming store fronts but are surprisingly large on the inside, especially the one with the cafe (the Northernmost of the two). They have many wonderful items at various price points that puts the Tokyo Ghibli Museum gift shop to shame. It is a short walk between the two shops and I found unique items in each so visit both if you can! And if you’re not interested in Ghibli then disregard. Happy to answer any questions
Donguri Address: 363-22-2 Masuyacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0826, Japan
This year the theme for my annual Saturday Morning Cartoon Party was… Dungeons and Dragons! I included cartoons in which the characters played D&D (in some version or another) but also some cartoons that were set in a fantasy world similar to D&D (Visionaries, Gummi Bears, Korgoth of Barbaria). It’s a long list and there were actually some cartoons on theme that I didn’t include due to time constraints (Voltron “Monsters and Mana”; My Little Pony “Dungeons & Discord”
Here’s the final schedule:
Here’s the cereal buffet!
At about the halfway point I did trivia. Here are the questions – how did you do???
In the Dexter’s Laboratory episode “D&DD”, Dexter’s character is Hodo the Furry Footed Burrower. To what D&D race is this a reference?
2. In the Futurama episode “How Hermes Requisitioned his Groove Back” which iconic D&D monster guarded a corridor in the Central Bureaucracy Headquarters?
3. In the episode “Mazes & Mutants” the ninja turtles LARP in the sewer tunnels, perhaps an homage to which 1982 movie starring Tom Hanks?
4. The classes of the children in the D&D cartoon are: ranger, barbarian, magician, thief, cavalier and acrobat. Only one of these is a class that’s available to play in the Basic Set of D&D (1977). Name that class.
5. IN the D&D cartoon, Venger has a sycophantic servant. The type of creature and the name it goes by are the same two words. What are they?
6. In the Adventure Time episode “Dungeon” Finn comes across an ooze that resembles which classic 6-sided monster from D&D?
7. In the Simpsons episode “Home Goes to College” Homer plays D&D with his new geek friends. His character was slain by what creature/race?
VOICE ACTOR SECTION:
8. In the 2012 TMNT series, Raphael is voiced by an actor who famously played a hobbit on the silver screen. a) Who is the actor? AND b) What is the name of the hobbit?
9. In Futurama episode #216 “anthology of interest 1” which creator of D&D guest starred?
10. Zummi Gummi is voiced by Paul Winchell, He is better known for voicing which cartoon tiger?
11. Eric the Cavalier was voiced by Donny Most, who is best known for playing “Ralph Malf” on which live action TV sitcom?
12. Brendan Small co-created Home Movies. he went on to create and provide voice and music for which cartoon series featuring the heavy metal band “Dethklok”?
13. Name the comedian who guested on the premiere of Harmonquest who also voiced Mr Peanutbutter on Bojack Horseman, Deputy mayor Cunningham on Bob’s Burgers, and Gladstone Gander on the new Ducktales.
14. This actor voiced Uni and Tiamat in the D&D cartoon, but also voiced Elminster and Korax in the Baldur’s Gate video game. Who dis? Hint: he is probably the most prolific voice actor in cartoon history – his most recent imdb role is in the 2020 film Scoob
Dirk the Daring, Princess Daphne and the evil dragon Singe are characters in a 1983 arcade game that went on to become a short-lived saturday morning cartoon. What is the name?
In Stranger Things season 1, what is the name they give the monster which they borrow from the D&D game they’re playing
3MAZES AND MONSTERS
A: SEAN ASTIN; B: SAMWISE GAMGEE
PAUL F TOMPKINS
TIE BREAKERS Dirk the Daring, Princess Daphne and the evil dragon Singe are characters in a 1983 arcade game DRAGON’S LAIR
In Stranger Things season 1, the monster name which they borrow from D&D: DEMOGORGON
Now that the 2019 Atomic D&D Tournament has concluded (Congratulations Kim, Ren, Carolina and Kieran!) I thought it might be fun to look at some of the best cartoons that feature Dungeons & Dragons!
1983: Dungeons and Dragons (Marvel/TSR) – The series featured six everyday 80s kids who rode a D&D carnival ride into another dimension, are given the coveted (by Venger, voiced by Peter “Megatron” Cullen) Weapons of Power by the enigmatic Dungeon Master, and joined by Uni the unicorn. Lots of great eps but “The Dragon’s Graveyard” in which the kids stop running and face Venger (with the aid of Tiamat the 5-headed dragon) is intense!
1994 : Reboot “Wizards, Warriors and a Word From Our Sponsor” (Mainframe) – Bob, Dot, Enzo and Mike the TV must learn to work together to overcome traps, giant spiders, and battle carrots in a game called “A Dungeon Deep.”
1997: Dexter’s Laboratory “D&DD” (Cartoon Network) – As Game Master for the game “Mazes & Monsters,” Dexter cheats dice rolls and is obsessed with killing his friends’ characters. When his sister Dee Dee takes over the game the kids have a lot more fun, except Dexter who is forced to play the role of Hodo the furry-footed burrower.
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles “Mazes & Mutants” (Nickelodeon) Paul Ruebens (Pee-Wee Herman) plays a nerdy mutant who makes the heroes’ LARP (Live Action Role-Play) into reality…or does he?!?
2016 Teen Titans Go “Riding The Dragon” (DC/Warner) – Robin’s adherence to the rules of “Dragon’s Fire” sucks the joy out of the game for the rest of the team. An important lesson for all Dungeon Masters out there!
1979 “Lord of Middle Earth” – Superfriends Season 4. Not good, but definitely notable as a very blatant “homage” to Tolkien, as the heroes quest for a magic ring so they can defeat the evil wizard who has turned them into ‘trolls’ (hobbits).
Other notable shows: Home: Adventures with Tip and Oh “Lords and Lasers” SpongebobSquarepants “Dunces and Dragons” My Little Pony Friendship is Magic “Dungeons and Discords” She-Ra and the Princesses of Power “Roll With It” VoltronLegendaryDefender “Monsters and Mana” Gravity Falls “Dungeons, Dungeons and More Dungeons” Regular Show “But I Have A Receipt” Amazing World of Gumball “The Master” Harmonquest (any episode)
Beware – the season of forest fires in BC is nigh. FIRE BAD… unless it’s portrayed in a movie for our entertainment. Here are my top 3 fire scenes in film AND the top 3 takeways from wildland firefighting training that my firefighter friend Allan wants you to know
#3 fire tip: Never ever EVER throw cigarettes from car windows. #3 movie scene: A young girl with telekinetic powers loses it at the prom, and starts an electrical fire in Carrie (1976)
#2 fire tip: If you live in an area where evacuation is possible, keep an emergency evacuation kit in your vehicle. #2 movie scene: after a few false starts, Kurt Russel deals with the titular monster in the Thing (1982) in the original “kill it with fire” moment.
#1 fire tip: When given an evacuation order, comply immediately. #1 movie scene: John Goodman runs down a blazing hotel hallway shouting “I will show you the life of the mind!” in the Coen Brothers’ Barton Fink (1992)