Friday, April 25, 2008

1970's Movie Goer

Catherine is it again with the Friday Flashback writing prompts.

Today's theme is... well... let's just say that
Catherine is really pregnant at this point and the theme is something about movies of your youth, the first movie you remember seeing or a movie that moved you as a young person.

Something like that anyway.

The first movie that came to mind for me was
Pete's Dragon.

What I remember is the AWESOME soundtrack (heh) and that I had a massive crush on Pete, a dirty faced, red head with masses of freckles.

[What was I thinking?]

See for yourself.





The next film I vividly remember loving was Escape to Witch Mountain.

My first thriller!

[I feel compelled to link to Michael Jackson.]

[And now, because that is the only youtube version of "Thriller" that I could find, I feel even more compelled to wonder about the racial politics of what I just linked to... the video has running commentary about the song's pop cultural influence provided entirely by white people. Um... hello? How about a little diversity of thought? People of color don't have an voice in this analysis? What a load of crap. Listen here, I ain't no tool of the man, people.]

This is the deep end.








This is me fallen off of it.

Anyway, here is a slideshow of the real deal in kiddie thrillers...




The next film that came to mind was Born Free.

When K and I were in Kenya we visited the home of Joy Adams.

K had never read Born Free, nor had he seen the movie so I had a hard time explaining why I was so EMOTIONAL at her house.

I mean, the home of Elsa? Come ON.




Finally, I remembered that my childhood friend Tomi and I were obsessed with Pippi Longstocking.

I was a card holding member of the Pippi Longstocking Fan Club.

I'm not sure why, because looking at some of the online clips now, I think...

My GOD, what is this odd sh*t?

Case in point... this next clip seems to be some sort of Launch to The Campaign Promoting Childhood Obesity.






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39 comments:

Mimi aka pz5wjj said...

I can so relate to the Witch Mountain series and Pipi Longstockings! They were my faves too. Add in "The Apple Dumpling Gang" and you could be me.

And cool that you got to go to Elsie's house!

Beck said...

My kids love the Pippi books more than ANYTHING.
I never saw Pete and The Dragon but I had the story record and read-along book.

Lisa Milton said...

I've got to track down Pete's Dragon. I think my kids would love it.

Chilihead said...

The Rescuers was a huge movie for me. I also loved Pete's Dragon. Anyone remember the lame Disney movie Unidentified Flying Oddball? OMG.

It seems you have a thing for red-heads with freckles. When I meet you again, you are going to LOVE me. ;)

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

I remember going to see Benji at the movie theatre with my grandparents in the early 70s. And all those Disney specials on Sunday night with Kurt Russell? I had a crush on him. ;)

Oh, The Joys said...

I can't believe I forgot Benji.

Benji!!

What is wrong with me?

Sayre said...

I LOVED Escape to Witch Mountain and Born Free. Never did get on the Pippi train though...

I did your tag!

Kevin Charnas said...

The first movie that comes to my mind is "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".

And now, I just know about my oatmeal and flaxseed version of it.

Jo Beaufoix said...

I remember Escape to Witch Mountain, but luckily never saw Pippi Longstocking. That looked mad. Is it me, or were the children's voices dubbed over with adult ones? Shivers.

bzybead said...

i must have been under a pinking sheers and rickrack crafting rock, because I don't remember any of those. . . what number is your pippy longstocking card J?

Memaw's memories said...

The first movie I remember seeing in the theatre was 'Westward Ho the Wagons'. The year was probably about 1956 or 57.

Before that we saw 'serials' on the side of the barbershop in our small town on Saturday night. They were free and were usually westerns.

we_be_toys said...

Hey now - don't be knocking Pippi - she can't help being weird - its her schtick!
Wasn't Jodi Foster in "Escape to Witch Mountain"? Ah the Disney films of our youth!

I think the first movie I ever saw at the theatre was "Bambi". I was so little, it was all a blur - I didn't even know what the heck had happened to his mom - i just remember the darn skunk, Flower!

Law Student Hot Mama said...

The first movie I ever saw in the theater was Snow White. What a cheap floozie she was!

Oh, and you forgot "The Goonies" . . . who are decidedly badass. Especially "Chunk."

that girl said...

My first movie was "Dumbo" -- talk about a downer...

I love Witch Mountain. Jodie Foster tells a story about the mountain lion saving her from falling off a cliff or something while filming. It's on the extra stuff on the Freaky Friday DVD.

Yeah, don't ask. Lotta free-time over here!

Scout's Honor said...

oh, I love Escape to Wirch Mountain--so much that we own the DVD and now my eight year old daughter watches it.

Hmmm...

I might just do this:

My picks would have to be


Sinbad & The Seven Seas

The Fox & The Hound (yep, really depressing)

Moonraker (Roger Moore 007)

Escape to Witch Mountain

And my first R rated was Terminator in which my teenage sisters and brother snuck me in when I was 10 on Thanksgiving day.

And I always remember my mom sneaking in home-popped popcorn and strawberry zingers. Too many kids--six--to plunk down money for movie theater popcorn.

Queen Karana said...

I LOVED witch mountain!!!

All time favorite movie for a couple of years.

Meg said...

I think the only thing I ever watched as a young kid was old Shirley Temple movies. As a teen I saw "Butterflies are Free" with Goldie Hawn. I mean, starring Goldie Hawn. Ever since, I've been a "hippie".

And gosh, I must be in a different Flashback Friday group. My Friday flashback was about breasts, ur, I mean, breastfeeding.

This group seems like fun! Unlike breastfeeding.

Chantal said...

I totally forgot about Escape To Witch Mountain, I love that movie. And I did watch Pipi (in french though) it is funny to look back on those movies as an adult. And what is up with the manikin arm... Just strange.

Above Average Joe said...

The one and only drive-in movie I remember seeing was Star Wars. The drive-in is now gone, replaced by a big box store.

Emily said...

Was that kid carrying a prosthetic arm in the Pippi Longstocking's clip?

The first movie I remember is Muppets Take Manhattan. I saw it in the theater with my Mom and Dad and my sister who was 6 and completely smitten with the muppets.

Bob said...

the first film I can remember is one of the clint eastwood spaghetti westerns - I don't remember which because I spent the entire time in the lobby - 'cause I was scared.

I read and liked the pippi longstocking books when I was a kid - the tv show was after that time.

liv said...

oh, snap! escape to witch mountain rocks it the most!

Frances said...

Great theme! I love it.

I loved the Pippi books.. I think I saw the movie a long time ago.

Movies and I never forgot - The Goonies and Gremlins.

I got mine posted if you want to take a look.

irishkat said...

I loved Pippi as a child as well, though I agree, when you go back as an adult you wonder why. I chose E.T, Poltergeist and Cat's Eye for my Flasback contribution. Enjoy :)

Izzy said...

Ha! I totally had a crush on that Pete's Dragon kid. And that boy from Family Affair, too, which now prompts a big old WTF 'cause he really wasn't that cute. I must have had my chocolate milk goggles on or something.

Ben said...

We went to see Witch Mountain for my birthday - my parents taking a gaggle of kids to see it.

I fell in love with the girl, of course. I mean, she could do MAGIC. Isn't she related to Paris Hilton somehow (now, not then)? There was also a Winnebego!

Anyway, awesome stuff.

nutmeg said...

My kids have both Pete's Dragon and Escape to (and Return to) Witch Mountain. I could listen to Helen Reddy sing all day and you have to admit, Mickey Rooney is adorable. I can't believe I forgot about Born Free. I'm getting it this weekend! We all need a good sob. (My best friend has a thirty four year old stuffed cat named Elsa and now a five year old dog. Big time fans!)

How about Swiss Family Robinson?

Kim/2 Kids said...

I loved Escape to Witch Mountain so much I bought it for my girls and they hated it. Loved Swiss Family Robinson. I watched more TV,
Patridge Family
Gong Show
Bionic Woman
Family Affair
and my all time favorite.. Sigmund the SeaMonster

Bon said...

Pete's Dragon was the first movie i ever saw, too!!! (or possibly something called Candleshoe, which i have no other memory of, so let us never speak of that again). i had the Pete's Dragon soundtrack. Helen Reddy rocked.

Lottifish said...

I LOVE Pippi! I was her for Halloween once. Red braided pigtails with wire, scrub brushes on my shoes, the whole deal. Sadly, everyone thought I was Wendy...from Wendy's.

Mrs. Flinger said...

OH! Pete's Dragon! Also a fave here. I cried when it ended because I didn't it want it to.

I still do that sometimes. ;-)

Jenn said...

Goonies, The Burbs, The Great Outdoors, Dirty Dancing (nobody puts baby in a corner), Sixteen Candles, Can't Buy Me Love; that would be my youth summed up in a movie list.

Pendullum said...

Great list... But you definitely forgot Heidi... Everyone remembers their first dry with Heidi...
I used to love Sunday afternoons as that was when all the old classics would come on....
I loved the ole Tarzan movies, Humphrey Bogart and the likes...
And it gave me a great base to bond with my Grandmother as we would talk about them and how they figured in her life.... I always have loved hearing people's stories...
And one of my favourite moments was talking to my Gran after I watched Gone With The Wind... It opened a whole new world, as my grandparents went to see it on their honeymoon in Dublin... I got to hear of their romance all due to me watching Gone With the Wind....

Karen MEG said...

A witch mountain fan here as well.. boy, your post and these comments are bringing back some serious memories. I think Chitty chitty bang bang was one of the first movies I saw in a theater (yeah, I'm that old). I showed it to my kids who have no interest.
Why are they in such a rush to grow up?

nomotherearth said...

LOVED Escape to Witch Mountain - totally my kind of movie! I also liked the Dark Crystal.

(I only read the Pippi books, but I was a huge fan.)

myrac said...

i LOVED pipi! (but only read the books) i'm so glad i discovered your blog.

Queen of the Mayhem said...

Did you know that "Pete's Dragon" is all about a drug trip?

Wait....that's "Puff the Magic Dragon"....NEVER MIND! :)

Ok, Where Was I? said...

I think I kinda had a crush on Helen Reddy.

Birdie said...

Gotta tell ya about my giveaway at the Maple! We're scavenger hunting -the prize is a pair of beaded flip flops & matching earrings.