Old School Lane has been associated with the website Manic Expression since pretty much the beginning and over the past 5 years, they accomplished so much from podcast plays to a documentary. Now, they want to create their biggest project yet: a full length animated movie. They’re asking for a measly $2000 and need your help to fund the movie.
Today is the 5th anniversary of the website Manic Expression, the site that Old School Lane has been associated with since the beginning. In honor of the occasion, Patricia invites founder James Walsh and discusses about the site’s origins and what upcoming future projects are coming.
A few days ago, I went over to Paradise City Comic Con over at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center. It was once known as Magic City Comic Con which was at the Miami Convention Center, but the Miami center is currently being renovated and the remaining South Florida anime/video game/comic book conventions will be held at Ft. Lauderdale. With it being a newly named convention, it was smaller than Florida Supercon, but there were still plenty of fun activities to do and lots of awesome guests to meet.
Michael Maronna and Danny Tamberelli
Mike and Danny were both in The Adventures of Pete & Pete as the Pete brothers. I had already met Mike a few years ago at the Slimed! book event at NYC, but this was the first time I met Danny. They were really awesome guys as we briefly talked about Pete & Pete, the book event, and them even talking about a possible reunion next year. I even wore my Polaris t-shirt proudly as I got my picture with them. Danny autographed my Slimed! book next to Mike’s autograph.
Later that day, I went to the Pete & Pete panel where Danny and Mike answered questions from the fans about things from the show, Home Alone 2, The Mighty Ducks, and All That. They told a lot of stories that made everyone in the audience laugh. It was even better when an unexpected guest showed up. Joey Fatone from NSYNC appeared asking a bunch of questions that the fans had already asked making the audience laugh even harder. He even called himself Frank saying that he wasn’t Joey Fatone, but we all knew he was. It was, hands down, the best convention panel I’ve been to yet.
After the Pete & Pete panel, I walked over to Joey’s desk and got a picture with him.
Lori Alan is a voice actress known for characters such as Pearl from SpongeBob SquarePants, Diane Simmons from Family Guy, and even voiced Chairry on The Pee-wee Herman Show in LA. She was very nice and next to her was Rodger Bumpass, the voice of Squidward from SpongeBob. I had already met him at Florida Supercon two years ago and it was nice to see him again. I even went to their panel where a lot of kids showed up asking a ton of questions about SpongeBob. I was the only one who didn’t ask questions on SpongeBob asking Lori about her experience with Paul Reubens at The Pee-wee Herman Show and Rodger about his experience working as the Chief in Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? It was a lot of fun, especially when seeing the kids smile whenever Lori and Rodger quoted lines as their characters.
Afterwards, I went over to meet up with Melissa Fahn, a voice actress well known for characters such as Edward from Cowboy Bebop and Gaz from Invader Zim. I asked her to autograph my Invader Zim DVDs adding her signature to my collection alongside Richard Horvitz, Rikki Simons, and Rodger Bumpass.
Next, I went to a few more panels such as Dante Basco’s panel, an actor known for his roles as Rufio from Hook and Prince Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender. It was pretty awesome that a group of people remembered that the day he was doing the panel was the 25th anniversary of Hook and surprised him with a cake. There were questions about Hook, Avatar, working with The Nostalgia Critic, working with Mako, and representing Filipino actors. I met him afterwards and he was a pretty cool guy.
I later went to the Disney trivia panel and paired up with two Disney fans who were cosplayed as Esmerelda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Cooking Mama. We worked together to answer various questions from animated Disney movies, Star Wars, Marvel movies, and the Disney theme park attractions. We won 3rd place and had gotten Disney tattoos and an Ariel pin. I gave it to my sister as a gift since The Little Mermaid is one of her favorite Disney movies and Ariel is her favorite Disney princess.
I stayed until almost closing time and walked around to enjoy the last round of activities. I walked towards Tad Stones’ table and asked him for a picture with him. Tad Stones is known for being the creator of Darkwing Duck. He even gave me a sketch of Darkwing Duck that he was drawing for free and autographed it.
I then went over to the video game room and played some Super Smash Bros. Melee with some people until it was closing time. I came home tired and starving, but it was the happiest I’ve been in months after going through a lot of personal issues and depression. It was just the thing I needed.
That’s all for now. Tune in next time as I countdown my top 20 Hey Arnold episodes, do an analysis video on the Hey Arnold Christmas special, and release the last podcast of 2016. Hope to see you around Old School Lane soon. Thanks for reading.
We have reached 60 episodes of Casual Chats and what better way to celebrate than with Patricia interviewing actor Greg Lee, mostly known for being the host of the 1989 Nickelodeon show Total Panic, the 1991 PBS game show Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, and the voice of Major White in the Nicktoon Doug.
In this episode of Casual Chats, Patricia interviews founder of former video game website GameTrailers and co-founder, editor-in-chief, and voice over in video game review/livestream channel Easy Allies.
Check out Brandon and Easy Allies’ links down below.
In this final installment of Clarissa Month, Patricia and special guest Christina, discuss about the 2015 book Things I Can’t Explain, the true continuation of Clarissa Explains it All written by the creator himself Mitchell Kriegman. It’s been over 20 years since the 1995 pilot Clarissa Now where it tried to continue where Clarissa Explains it All, but didn’t. How does this book fare out?
In this episode of Nickelodeon Questions Answered, Patricia answers the most puzzling Nickelodeon questions from you, the viewers. Enjoy! Special thanks to Deen Muanda, Daniel Martinez, Zeether Brown, and Chris Lang for asking me your questions. Super special thanks to Alex DeCourville for inspiring me to create this skit based off of his video series Movies Questions Answered.
Continuing with Clarissa Month, Patricia discusses about the 1995 CBS pilot Clarissa Now, a spinoff series of the 1991 Nickelodeon sitcom Clarissa Explains it All and gives a review on how well it not only presents itself as a proper followup to the 90’s classic, but to see if holds up over 20 years later.
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone Instead of reviewing an episode of a show or movie that involves with love and romance, we’ll be taking a look at the pilot of the 1993 Nickelodeon show The Adventures of Pete Pete and compare it to the TV series. The pilot just so happens to be a Valentine’s Day episode and it recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. What perfect timing.
Christmas is right around the corner, so in celebration Patricia and special guests Manic Expression members Some Jerk From Boston, Kyle, newcomer Edwin a.k.a. Jockerlee77, and Comic Book Cast member Tom a.k.a. indexsonic discuss about the Home Alone franchise in honor of the first movie’s 25th anniversary.
It was the tail end of the 80’s and Nintendo was at the top of the world with the 3 Super Mario games being one of the most popular ever made. Around 1989, Nintendo released their first handheld console: the Game Boy. The Game Boy revolutionized the gaming industry by having great quality games that kids could play anywhere: on a car, on a school bus, during recess, at a friend’s house, and more. It was decided that the one of the first launch titles for the Game Boy would be a Mario game. However, the first portable Mario game would NOT have Shigeru Miyamoto on the helm, but Satoru Okada, Gunpei Yokoi, and the R&D1 team, the same team that created Metroid and Kid Icarus. Also, Koji Kondo, the composer of the Mario games would NOT compose the soundtrack for the game, but Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka, the composer behind Metroid, Kid Icarus, Tetris, and Dr. Mario. With that said, Super Mario Land debuted on April 21, 1989 in Japan and August of the same year in North America bundled with the Game Boy.
The next installment of the Mario franchise took about 2 years with 10 people working on it with Shigeru Miyamoto as the director. Eventually around 1988, Super Mario Bros. 3 debuted in Japan.
The game features Mario grabbing scepters from Bowser’s children known as the Koopalings which was used to transform seven kings into animals. Then eventually, Bowser kidnapped Princess Toadstool and held her hostage at his fortress. It’s up to Mario to travel to the eight worlds to save the day by defeating Bowser and the Koopalings, turning the kings back to normal, and saving the Princess. Read more
Despite Super Mario Bros. 2 (Japan) getting some decent reviews from both critics and fans, it was decided not to release the game in America due to detracting casual gamers from being frustrated with its difficulty. With that said, the Nintendo Mario developers were working on a prototype game consisting of a two player co-op vertical strolling game that eventually formed into Yume Kojo Doki Doki Panic which debuted in Japan on July 10, 1987 in partnered with Fuji TV. The game was remade into Super Mario Bros. 2 that debuted in America on September 9, 1988, which was almost 3 years after Super Mario Bros. came out.
For the sake of focus on the main tribute, I’ll be focusing on the American port of the game. If I am going to be discussing about Doki Doki Panic, it will only be for comparison’s sake.
After the release of Super Mario Bros., video games became massively popular again thanks to the genius of creator Shigeru Miyamoto alongside with Donkey Kong and The Legend of Zelda. As time went on, gamers became more and more skilled with the levels and gameplay of Super Mario Bros., almost at the point in which it was no longer a challenge anymore. Takashi Tezuka, the assistant director of Super Mario Bros. joined alongside Miyamoto to do a followup to the game, but make it much more difficult. It was titled Super Mario Bros. 2, which released in Japan on June 3, 1986, a few months after the original game’s release.
In the next month, the Super Mario series will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. For many people my generation, it was one of the first games we’ve ever played. It was the our entry into the vast world of video games. It was family friendly with a simple premise, a classic style of gameplay, and colorful characters with quirky personalities. In honor of this occasion, I’ll be looking back on the Super Mario franchise and see how big of a legacy they left in video games as well as how well they hold up today. Afterwards, there will be a Casual Chats podcast on the Mario franchise.