A great article, with a lot to say. I’m thinking the editors had the feeling that the more words the more intellectual it will seem.
At the end of the article John Hench notices the trees on Main Street have grown too large and are out of scale, "I guess we're going to have to do something about that" he says, and in 1981 they did so something about it (link).
Cartoons Come Back! Funky early Pinocchio sketch.
Interesting stuff here… Lord of the Rings? More about that later.
Everyone seemed to know the upcoming ECPOT was not Walt’s vision, so why bother?
A sign of the times…
How about some vintage advertisements? Most of the ads are for booze, this being the best one, give Amaretto to a Priest, whisper in his ear then watch him smile.
The American car companies were in a world of hurt in 1978 (has history repeated itself?) therefore there is a noticeable lack of any ads from them. VW of course stepped right in and was ready to sell you a Rabbit (pulled from a hat of course).
Ok, technically this is an American car company, but this cute little Challenger was imported from Japan. Gotta love that interior!
“The New Toyota Truck” nah, it’ll never sell.
“The Lord of the Rings”. I must have completely missed this back in 1978. Most notable for its extensive use of “rotoscoping”, this movie looks pretty bad (link).
Glad Rags indeed.
What? You can record a show and watch a different one at the same time, pure magic. I bet within 10 years everyone will have a BetaMax in their living room.