Sunday, October 18, 2020
Flopcast 441: CBS Saturday Morning 1990 - Dink!
It's another cartoon-themed episode, as we continue our look at the Saturday morning TV landscape of 1990. This time we've tuned into CBS and found some long-running favorites (Muppet Babies, Garfield and Friends, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pee Wee's Playhouse) and a couple of short-lived oddities (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures, and yes, Dink the Little Dinosaur.) Our discussion includes Barbara Billingsley, Lorenzo Music, a couple of cartoon chickens (Camilla and Sheldon), and a tooth-brushing turtle. Also: John Lithgow sings, George Carlin is pumped up like Hans and Franz, and the DragonCon American Sci-Fi Classics Track has serial killers battling cereal mascots. The Trix Rabbit shall have its final revenge, and we're all doomed.
Happy Birthday, John Lithgow! Kevin also wants to outlaw dancing. Bonus info: Lithgow and The Mayor's father were in the same class at Harvard.
Barbara Billingsley, aka June Cleaver, was Nanny to the Muppet Babies!
Another sitcom veteran, Lorenzo Music, was unmistakable as the voice of Garfield.
Even Felicity, a fan of the movies, didn't know the bizarre history of the Bill & Ted cartoon series and subsequent live action version.
Dink the Little Dinosaur was not Ruby-Spears' finest hour.
No Saturday morning was complete without sugary cereal...and the latest American Sci-Fi Classics virtual panel presented an interesting angle on cereal mascots!