It's back-to-school time, and you know who is still the best? Lisa Frank, that's who. I don't know if people still use Lisa Frank school supplies, but I do know that they should. Urban Outfitters — which sells Lisa Frank merchandise — released this interview with the creator of the colorfully whimsical designs, featuring everything from panda bears to bananas wearing sunglasses.
Lisa Frank was everything when I was a kid, but alas, when you are 10, you cannot always afford to purchase that coveted Lisa Frank folder. Thankfully, I'm an adult now, so I can do what I want. (That's how adulthood works, right?)
What were your favorite Lisa Frank items?
Last time I wrote about some of the greatest '90s cartoons, I knew my list wasn't comprehensive. But it was later brought to my attention that I missed a few big cartoons and/or the cartoons I chose were not entirely '90s cartoons because they started to go into the 2000s. Totally fair points. So here we go with 6 of the best '90s cartoons, part deux.
Main characters: Baloo, Don Karnage, Rebecca Cunningham, Wildcat, Kit Cloudkicker
Summary: After his air cargo freight business is bought out, Baloo the bear finds himself under new management. The business, now named "Higher for Hire," is owned by a woman named Rebecca Cunningham and they — along with an orphan child named Kit Cloudkicker — make up the company's staff. They use their airplanes to navigate the City of Cape Suzette but, more often than not, find themselves entangled in some type of adventure. A gang of air pirates, led by Don Karnage, turn out to be Baloo, Rebecca, and Kit's biggest problem.
Why it's awesome: Um... adventure? Air pilots? And Baloo? This show takes a character we already love (Baloo from Disney's "The Jungle Book") and not only gives him a hat and shirt, but also turns him from a scavenger in the jungle to a business-savvy pilot. Dreams do come true, people. The show, "Talespin," is actually based on a film called "Plunder & Lightning" that was so good, it won an Emmy. Also, Baloo and Rebecca are said to have been modeled after Sam and Diane of "Cheers," AKA two of the greatest characters of all time.
I already talked about the best boy bands of the '90s, followed by '90s boy bands we probably forgot about. Now it's time to give the ladies some love. Here are the top five girl bands of the '90s — girl power and stuff!
Let's be real here, when anyone mentions '90s girl bands, the Spice Girls are not only the first one you think of, but quite possibly the only one you think of. The British pop group was (is) made of five members: Melanie Brown (Scary Spice), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice), Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice), and Victoria Adams (Posh Spice). And they were huge in the '90s. You couldn't escape the group, their catchy songs, their Barbie dolls, mini Barbie dolls, stickers, hit clips, CDs, DVDs, T-Shirts, jewelry, books, lollipops, candy... okay, so, whatever, they were also heavily marketed. But that doesn't take away from the fact that they have sold over 80 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling pop groups of all time. They are the most successful British band since the Beatles — just let that sink in.
There are so many sitcoms I used to watch and love as a kid. They were wholesome! They were funny! They kept me out of my family's hair for at least a good 30 minutes! I may have loved them then, but that doesn't mean I'd still love them today. Here are four shows I was obsessed with as a kid, and now totally regret trying to re-watch as an adult.
"Full House" is the ultimate '90s sitcom offender. The cheesy intro, the live studio audience, the puns, and that music. You know the music I'm talking about. Something bad has happened and one of the girls needs to have a stern talking to, or they need to learn a life lesson — which, in turn, means we need to learn a life lesson. That soft music starts up and it's not long before you're learning why it's not okay to give in to peer pressure or why we should all just be ourselves. And then everything is perfectly resolved and they all live happily ever after.
As a kid, this format worked perfectly. You got a couple of laughs, and you also learned something (to its credit, "Full House" did tackle subjects like loss). It wasn't complex, it was wrapped up in 20 minutes, and it usually had a happy ending. As an adult, this format is cloying to the point where you're lucky if you make it past the first few minutes of an episode.
It's the end of May, and this week: Will and Carlton reunited for the most awesome "Fresh Prince" throwback ever, some incredibly smart kids got their very well-deserved 15 minutes of fame, and we're still dissecting every second of "Arrested Development."
Fresh Prince of Bel Air, revived
Will Smith and his son, Jaden, have been making their rounds as of late to promote their newest film (out today) called "After Earth." They stopped by several talk shows, but undoubtedly the one that's most exciting is their appearance on the UK's "The Graham Norton Show." Though the interviews included some interesting chatter — including the fact that Kanye West has been urging Will Smith to get back in the studio and rap again — what had everyone talking was Will and Jaden rapping the "Fresh Prince" theme song, while DJ Jazzy Jeff played the music AND Alfonso Ribeiro (AKA Carlton from "Fresh Prince of Bel Air") did "The Carlton Dance"! It was an awesome moment for any former "Fresh Prince" fans (like me) who know all the words to the opening rap... because come on.