1. Welcome to the Muppet Central Forum!
    You are viewing our forum as a guest. Join our free community to post topics and start private conversations. Please contact us if you need help with registration or your account login.

  2. Sesame Street Season 48
    Sesame Street's 48th season officially began Monday August 6 on PBS. After you see the new episodes, post here and let us know your thoughts.

    Dismiss Notice

The new What Made You Smile Today thread

Discussion in 'Friends and Family' started by MikaelaMuppet, Mar 6, 2017.

  1. ConsummateVs

    ConsummateVs Well-Known Member

    That's cool! Could you give a link to your story? I kinda wanna read it.
  2. Flaky Pudding

    Flaky Pudding Well-Known Member

    Here's the link. A brief warning, it is violent (as to be expected with HTF), but there's nothing else inappropriate about it aside from that
    ConsummateVs likes this.
  3. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    It's the right thread.
  4. Flaky Pudding

    Flaky Pudding Well-Known Member

    Nice, :)
  5. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    I'm finally selling my old iPod Touch at last, after all these years.
  6. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    My iPod Touch got sold at last.
  7. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    @D'Snowth , you'd appreciate this.
    Finally got to see the black and white pilot for "Hogan's Heroes".
    I'm always going to have a soft spot for 60's sitcoms. They generally fall into several categories:

    The odd family member trying to blend in with middle-class suburbia, like "Bewitched", "I Dream of Jeannie".

    The rural sitcoms: "Beverly Hillbillies", "Gomer Pyle", "Green Acres", etc., all of which were purged by CBS when Norman Lear and "All in the Family" took over. As someone put it, "CBS killed anything with a tree".

    Slightly ahead of the pack, edgier in content and higher on satire, "Hogan's Heroes" and "Get Smart".

    I was around when "Hogan" was still in its original network run. Even though it would be years until I was old enough to appreciate how brilliant the show was, little toddler me still loved the opening credits.

    I loved the drum march, and if you notice as the feet are running out the door into the snow (Stalag 13 ALWAYS was covered in snow, even in the summer!)
    one pair of feet is making a right turn and ALMOST slips. I thought that was neat.
    Also neat was LeBeau peeking up from the trap door under the doghouse.

    As a four-year-old, it's impossible to notice how they were spoofing Nazi officers, or exactly why they were there. But even at that tender age, these guys were COOL!
    And Richard Dawson cracking a safe (or shuffling cards) sealed the deal for me.
    D'Snowth likes this.
  8. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    The HOGAN'S HEROES pilot is interesting because of so many other differences from the series proper, like Burkhalter being a Colonel instead of General, or all of the prisoners being part of Hogan's team and not just his usual four comrades, and most vexing of all: Carter is just passing through on his way back to London while Hogan has a Russian tailor named Vladimir.

    And here's a little bit of trivia for you: did you happen to notice Newkirk talks a little differently in the pilot? Richard Dawson wanted to stray away from the American stereotype that all British people have a cockney accent, and wanted to give Newkirk a Liverpool accent, thinking American audiences might like hearing a different British dialect unlike what they're used to, but he was advised against it on the grounds that it was hard to understand what he was saying, so he relented and gave Newkirk the over-the-top cockney. Then Beatlemania swept America, and nobody seemed to have a hard time understanding them. ;)

    And I see what you mean. You mention how the Norman Lear shows like ALL IN THE FAMILY, SANFORD AND SON, THE JEFFERSONS, etc. pretty much purged previously popular 60s sitcoms, but when you think about it, the fantasy sitcoms of the 60s kind of did the same thing to the more wholesome, domestic sitcoms like LEAVE IT TO BEAVER, DENNIS THE MENACE, and others. The fantasy sitcoms like BEWITCHED, I DREAM OF JEANNIE, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, THE MUNSTERS, and others were really, really big in the 60s, because they were so way out and kooky that they offered TV viewers an escape from the tumultuous realities of the world around them like the Civil Rights movement, Presidential assassinations, and things like that, and that really makes a lot of sense.

    I used to hate-watch HOGAN'S HEROES, because I found the show to be really silly, fluffy, and trivialized war and Nazis too much - I mean, when you compare it to a masterpiece like M*A*S*H, it's like trying to compare, say, Dora the Explorer to SST. But, the more I hate-watched Hogan, the more it grew on me, and I have to say that my previous hatred of the show was actually unjustified: I saw many of the earlier episodes, where the humor was a lot more broad, silly, and even cartoonish at times (like GREEN ACRES, but in a German prison camp), but I eventually saw that as the series progressed, the humor matured a little - maybe not to the level of sophistication as M*A*S*H's humor, but there is a noticable difference in the humorous tone when you compare episodes from the first and final seasons. And as for trivializing Nazis, that was something that even the Jewish actors portraying them were okay with: Werner Klemperer (whose family fled Germany as Hitler was coming into power) even stated that he wanted Klink to always look like a fool, and always be thwarted by Hogan's gang; John Banner (who fled Austria) even said he felt a lovable dumbkopf like Schultz represented the little bit of good found in every generation (and even remarked, "Who better to play Nazis than we Jews?). Robert Clary is even a Holocaust survivor - as an entertainer, he always wore sweaters or long sleeves to hide the serial number tattoo on his arm. The only one who took issue with the show was the actor who played Vladimir in the pilot: he felt making fun of Nazis was insensitive and opted not to sign on as a castmember when the pilot went to series, hence why Carter was brought back and retconned as one of Hogan's men.
  9. BlakeConor14

    BlakeConor14 Well-Known Member

    England qualified for the Russia World Cup 2018!!!!!!!!!
  10. ConsummateVs

    ConsummateVs Well-Known Member

    I just opened up some early birthday presents from my parents - a Zootopia card that plays "Try Everything", peanut butter M&Ms (yum), and some McFarlane Toys Steven Universe figures!
  11. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    Can I have some? I love candy myself.
  12. ConsummateVs

    ConsummateVs Well-Known Member

    Sure! *gives you a handful*
  13. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    I had peanut butter toast this morning and it was so good! Cinnamon goes great with the toast also.
  14. ConsummateVs

    ConsummateVs Well-Known Member

    I used to eat cinnamon sugar toast all the time when I was little. It was pretty good. I haven't eaten it in a long time, though.
  15. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Words cannot express how happy this video made me.
  16. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    My mom got me Growing Up Brady yesterday!
  17. Flaky Pudding

    Flaky Pudding Well-Known Member

    These funny people who take popular songs and make Christian parodies of them. I know that the term "Christian parodies" sounds blasphemous, but it's quite apparent that they mean well and are done in a respectful manner. These people are VERY clever with wordplay and if you know the original song, it kind of has a "Weird Al effect" to it, where you may associate the official song with the parody version every time you hear it. Heck, even Weird Al himself said that these people were really funny and creative and you know what, I completely agree with him. Maybe, good old Al isn't that weird after all lol jk.

    This is my favorite one of their songs. I'm a huge John Mellencamp fan so anytime I'll come across the rare Mellencamp reference, that'll automatically grab my attention. Plus, whoever impersonated his voice in this song totally nailed him, okay maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration but he does sound a lot like the real John Mellencamp in my opinion. Let me put it this way:if I randomly stumbled upon this song on the radio, I would've automatically known who they were supposed to be parodying :).
  18. Flaky Pudding

    Flaky Pudding Well-Known Member

    I decided to step in and write a couple of episodes for one of the annual "Halloween specials" on HTF Fanon wiki. Every year (well, until next year that is. It's a long story and I don't want to get to it). But anyway, every year in October a few writers will write a few Halloween-themed HTF episodes and put them in a fanfic catalog known as the Specy Spooktacular. It's kind of like The Simpsons Halloween specials, but with a little more relevance to the rest of the series (the events from the Halloween episodes will sometimes be referenced in our regular fanfictions, whereas The Simpsons ones have been proven to have no canon whatsoever). From parodies of horror films to more lighthearted Peanuts-style Halloween themed episodes to bizarre original ideas, we've basically covered everything when it comes to horror, weirdness, and Halloween in general with these short fanfictions. Well, this year I thought I might contribute two of my own ideas and personally, I really like how they turned out.
    They are about the following things:
    -A bear named Seth turns into a werewolf and rampages around town
    -Giggles becomes a test subject of several unusual science experiments

    Here are the episodes if your looking for a fun fanfiction to read that isn't about anime, Undertale, or ponies.

    Please note that while these stories aren't scary per say, the comedic violence may be a bit much for younger and or sensitive people. But I would say that they are slightly tamer than the show though, because you aren't actually seeing it happen. Also note that I have no hatred towards any of these characters and killing them off is simply for comedic effect. Which makes sense when you think of all the crap I put my poor little Giggles through in the second story lol

  19. Flaky Pudding

    Flaky Pudding Well-Known Member

    I'm sure you all saw this coming but:the Robot Chicken Walking Dead episode put a HUGE smile on my face :). It was soooooo inappropriate and most of the time very juvenile but also very funny, just like I would expect. For example, one extremely twisted scene involved Glenn (a character that The Walking Dead killed off last season, which was one of the most controversial scenes in the history of the show) coming back home with a huge gash on his head. The character got smashed with a baseball bat and Robot Chicken basically showed what would happen if he were still alive and it was just as offensively funny as it sounds. But I don't really think it's offensive due to the fact that they were talking that way about a made up person not a real one. If they had done that about a real person's death or injury on the other hand, I may have felt a bit uncomfortable (that's why it kind of makes me cringe whenever they talk about Anne Frank in a sarcastic way, make fun of Stephen Hawking or show Jesus on the cross). There was also an unexpected cameo by freaking Snoopy of all characters and while I'm not entirely sure because I never watched the show, I'm pretty sure they put the guys from The Dukes of Hazzard in there too. I definitely laughed just as much as I did with the average episode of the show and it only made me more hyped for the 9th season. Unfortunately, I have no idea when it will premiere but from what I've heard:It's going to be really funny and loaded with 90s references. It's about time they moved on from He-Man to Rugrats lol
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2017
  20. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    It's one of the few modern Robot Chicken episodes I enjoyed.

    The skit with Glenn trying to "find" Maggie was pretty funny.

Share This Page