Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mirror Mirror In My....Soup?! Or Snow White and The Seven Bradys

I love The Brady Bunch. I love Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. Put them together and what have you got?

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo? 

One really stupid episode. But to be fair, most of  fifth season was bad. In fact, I would consider this one of the highlights of the last season of The Brady Bunch, along with that ridiculous Shirley Temple episode (which I may do a post about sometime). Both episodes revolve around Cindy, who is still dressing and acting like a six year old despite the fact she's pushing thirteen.

Anyhoo, this is the episode where The Brady family decides to perform Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs in their back yard. Actually, Cindy was the one to decide this. Seems that her teacher, Mrs. Whitfield is retiring and all she's ever wanted was some first edition books that cost $200. Now rather than have Cindy's class put on a play to raise the funds, for some reason The Brady family is putting on this show. I wonder how Cindy's classmates felt about this? Maybe ol' Tommy the lizard boy that Bobby bribed with a real Kennedy half dollar to be Cindy's secret admirer would've liked to play Prince Charming, or perhaps even Chris Partridge number 2, but no, for some reason Mike Brady is playing that part. Not that he wants to though. He seems less than thrilled when Cindy and the missus come into his den and inform him all of this. He only agrees to the whole shebang when dear ol' Cindy lisps "Daddy?" and gazes at him with those baby blues that Santa Claus just couldn't resist.

 She's got the same hypnotizing eyes....

as Kaa in The Jungle Book.

So Mike is playing Prince Charming (with that gold chain that he suddenly started sporting once he got the perm) and Carol is playing Snow White. That leaves all the Brady kids duking it out for the role of Dopey. All of them want to be Dopey, even Marcia. Yeah right. Like she doesn't wants to be Snow White.

I'm beautiful and noble...I'm Juliet!

Even Alice wants to be Dopey, but ends up with the part of the Wicked Queen instead. The Brady kids decide to settle this matter without having to build a house of cards and opt instead on drawing their roles out of a random hat that nobody ever wears. And by some strange coincidence, each kid draws the dwarf that reflects  their future grown up self.


Cindy is pretty grumpy in A Very Brady Christmas.
Everybody still treats her like a twelve year old. 
She even gets placed at the kiddie table during Christmas dinner.

Poor Bobby can't seem to find the words
to tell his parents that he's dropped out of graduate school
and has become a race car driver.

You'd be worn out to if you had a bratty son
AND a husband who likes to sleep in the nude.

This one is the spookiest coincidence of all.
Greg grows up to become a doctor....
even though it was Peter and Jan that showed interest
in that field of work in that episode
where Greg fakes wanting to be an architect to please his father.

I bet she was really happy that it was only "Fake Jan" on The Variety Hour.

Peter=7 and a quarter...err Sneezy
Actually, it's more like Peter is SLEEZY.
Especially on The Bradys.
And I didn't get a good enough look up his nightgown
 to see if it was 7 and a quarter. 

As Peter is drawing for his role, it finally dawns on everybody that there are only 6 Brady kids. Mike jokes that if that's a hint for another kid, forget about it. Fourteen episodes later, Cousin Oliver arrived. Obviously, somebody didn't forget about it. But as Oliver is still only a glimmer of a thought for the moment, Sam the Butcher conveniently arrives at that moment delivering some meat and is informed by Alice that he is Dopey.

All is going well until Cindy finds out that she messed up the reservations for the theatre this play was to be performed at. There are a couple of things I have to question here----

*Why was Cindy left in charge of booking a theatre? Why didn't Carol or one of the other members of the PTA handle that?

* Doesn't the school have an auditorium? Why not do the play there? Romeo and Juliet and that Benedict Arnold play were performed on a school stage.

So that's how it comes about that Mike decides to build a makeshift theatre in the backyard. And for all that work and setting up, they put on one short lame play. The dwarfs costumes pretty much suck---they all wear suspenders, shorts and yellow shirts with their names across the front. More thought went into the adults costumes.

All except Sam the Butcher that is.

Knowing Mr. and Mrs. Brady, they probably already had those outfits from the last costume party they went to.  Alice is so happy to have a day out of her maid uniform that she practices and practices...and eats all the "poisoned" apples.

You don't suppose that the audience
would settle for a poison banana?

And as there is none left on the day of the play, Mike and Sam the Butcher (both in costume) make a mad dash to the local grocery store, where they get questioned by a police officer. Seems that for all the knowledge and words of wisdom in Mike Brady's head, he has no clue that you need a permit to put on a play in your backyard.

And then the play is all of FIVE minutes long. Seriously, for all the trouble that it took to put it on, the Brady kids (and Sam) trot across stage a couple of times singing Heigh Ho (and then provide some live action behind the stage animal growls for forest scene) and Carol as Snow White whinnies like a horse. And Prince Charming wears his horse. 

She's pfffttt!!!

Someday my prince will come...
and he'll be wearing a plastic pony.

 And then poor bewildered Mrs. Whitfield gets dragged onstage and looks bewildered as the Brady kids serenade her with some more Heigh Ho. And shove heavy books into her fragile arms. 

Oh thank goodness it's over!
These books are so heavy on my old lady arms.

Psst...let's sneak over to the Partridge Family's garage. 

Ghostbusters Meet.....Professor Simon Scary?!

The first thing I ever bought off  eBay was a copy of Ghostbusters Meet The Laser Ghost.  

The second thing I bought was the Silent Oz video collection...which introduced me to The Lonesome Zoop.

The third thing I bought was the New Monkees record.
It introduced me to Marty Ross.
 Yeah, what ever, judge me---
it's still one of my favorite albums in my record collection.

I owned Ghostbusters Meet The Laser Ghost when I was younger. Well, maybe not me personally. When you have a bunch of siblings it's hard to remember what's your and what belongs to everyone. In any case, The Laser Ghost was in our read along book and cassette collection and we listened to it a lot. We used to all go around singing the silly Ghostbusters song from that tape. The chorus went like this:

Ghostbusters! Ghostbusters!
Spirits in the night!
Ghostbusters! Ghostbusters!
Something here ain't right!
Ghostbusters! Ghostbusters!
Makes you want to scream!
Ghostbusters! Ghostbusters!
Get a ghostbustin' machine!

We actually have a tape recording of my younger brother Jason singing that over and over and it's just like the cutest thing. I think he was four or five years old. On the same tape, there is my awful hideous 4th grade rendition of I'm Late from Alice In Wonderland. I messed up the lines and ask "May I repeat over?" and then start over from the beginning and obviously I am reading the words to the song (which I got from the read along book of that movie) and yeah...it's horrible and I still get teased about that occasionally. 

Anyways, I had that tape for years and then one day while I was looking for it when I was a teenager, I discovered that we no longer owned it. Most of the read along books that we had growing up disappeared but for the most part we still have the tapes (well, I have them. I keep them in a JEM and The Holograms lunchbox.) So when I found Ghostbusters Meet The Laser Ghost on eBay in the early 2000s, I had to have it. I watched it for days, hoping that nobody would outbid me. And then when it arrived....I opened it up (as it was still sealed in it's plastic) and discovered that the staples holding the book together were rusty and the middle pages were falling out. 

Tetanus just waiting to happen.

The story of the record is okay---two kids see a green mist that taps on the window and they call the Ghostbusters. For some reason Egon and Ray's voices and personalities are mixed up and it's just wrong. Then it turns out that it was just a laser show by Professor Simon Scary. 

It was only done in fun.

The back of the book said to be on the lookout for more exciting read alongs about the Ghostbusters but I've only ever heard of one other read along about them (Ghostbusters Meet The Ghost Rider). 

You lied Peter Pan Records. You lied with a smiley face.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Books I Read In 2012

Well, here I am, another "Books I Read This Year" post. 56 books...not too bad I guess, since I'd only read three books by March (my cat died in January, I took it pretty hard and spent most of that month watching re-runs of The Wonder Years and The Critic so I wouldn't have to think).  But then I pulled out the big one and finally read Gone With The Wind, which I had been meaning to read since I was 15 years old.   I also finally read Pride and Prejudice, so I don't feel too bad that most of the books I read are young adult (I guess V.C. Andrews qualifies as young adult... I started reading them in 8th grade when I was 13). At the moment, I am reading Twilight's Child (which in no way shape or form has to do with Renesmee Cullen, ha ha), which is the third book in The Cutler Series by V.C. Andrews' bearded ghostwriter (my sister and I call him "Ghost Beard").  I very much doubt I will finish it this year, but then there's two days left. Yeah....I've been kinda on this V.C. Andrews kick. Books are dumb and repetitive AND SO FREAKING ADDICTING. I'm still waiting for that darn Fifty Shades Of Grey to come into the library. My sister got the whole series for Christmas, so chances are I'll be reading it soon, but I still want to see how long it takes to get that book. I think it's been 6 months now....

Anyways, "The Books I Read" list-----

1.) Dawn's Big Date (BSC #50) by Ann M. Martin

2.) The Midnight Club by Christopher Pike
3.) Deenie by Judy Blume

4.)Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
5.) Are You There God? It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume
6.)Forever...by Judy Blume
7.)Breakfast At Tiffany's by Truman Capote
8.) Runaway by Gloria D. Miklowitz
9.) Witch by Christopher Pike
10.) Final Friends: The Party by Christopher Pike

11.) Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself by Judy Blume 
12.) The Immortal by Christopher Pike
13.) Final Friends: The Dance by Christopher Pike
14.)Final Friends: The Graduation by Christopher Pike
15.)Just As Long As We're Together by Judy Blume
16.) Hawkes Harbor by S.E. Hinton
17.)Weekend by Christopher Pike
18.)Sooner or Later by Bruce and Carole Hart

19.)Here's To You, Rachel Robinson by Judy Blume
20.)The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
21.) Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
22.) It's Not The End Of The World by Judy Blume 
23.) The Invention of Hugo Cabret  by Brian Selznick 

24.) Jessi's Horrible Prank (BSC #75) by Ann M. Martin 
25.) Abby And The Best Kid Ever (BSC #116) by Ann M. Martin
26.) Amalia Diary 2 (California Diaries) by Ann M. Martin

27.) Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson
28.) Abby In Wonderland (BSC #121) by Ann M. Martin
29.) Up A Road Slowly by Irene Hunt
30.) The Secrets Of Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson

31.) Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen
32.) Ruby by V.C. Andrews
33.) Between The Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
34.) Love And Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson

35.)Pearl In The Mist by V.C. Andrews
36.)All That Glitters by V.C. Andrews
37.)Hidden Jewel by V.C. Andrews 
38.)Into The Darkness by V.C. Andrews
39.)Tainted Gold by V.C. Andrews
40.)Melody by V.C. Andrews
41.) Heart Song by V.C. Andrews

42.)Unfinished Symphony by V.C. Andrews
43.) Music In The Night by V.C. Andrews
44.) Olivia by V.C. Andrews
45.) The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
46.) My Sweet Audrina by V.C. Andrews
47.) Lucy and The Merman by Audrey Brixner
48.) Ten Good and Bad Things About My Life (So Far) by Ann M. Martin

49.) The Member Of The Wedding by Carson McCullers
50.) My Darling, My Hamburger by Paul Zindel
51.) P.S. Longer Letter Later by Ann M. Martin and Paula Danziger

52.) Dawn by V.C. Andrews
53.) Snail Mail No More by Ann M. Martin and Paula Danziger
54.) Secrets Of The Morning by V.C. Andrews
55.) What Happened To My Sister by Elizabeth Flock
56.)The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky