Old toy has startling revelation!

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  1. SSgt Burton

    SSgt Burton Sr Member

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    Well... maybe "startling" is a little strong. ;)

    So I was over at my Parents' house yesterday and they had pulled out an old toy of mine that they thought I'd like to take home with me. It was my old Fisher Price Movie Viewer (I think it was called this as the side label had been torn off for decades).


    This is one of them-

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    So this was a hand cranked movie player that you inserted a cassette into. The cassette had a movie actually on film. You would look through an eyepiece and point the viewer at a light source. Cranking the handle you could control not only the speed of the film, but you could go backwards or forwards as well (which was really, really cool for a five year old in 1975 :lol)! Best part was the film was on a loop, so you didn't have to rewind it once the movie ended.

    (Do you kids know what it means to "rewind" something? :confused :lol)


    The movie supplied with the player was a 1937 Disney cartoon called "Lonesome Ghosts." There were other cassettes you could buy separately.

    So with a look of glee on my face I decided to relive my childhood and play the film. To my astonishment I realized that "Lonesome Ghosts" is pretty much the plot for "Ghostbusters"!

    The cassette is only maybe two minutes of film, but the full length cartoon is on you tube:

    Lonesome Ghosts - 1937- Disney - YouTube

    Check it out! :lol

    They even end up covered in sticky white goo at the end! (Please... no innuendo jokes :rolleyes :lol).


    Funny enough- the online pic of the viewer is from a blog in which the author says "Lonesome Ghosts" is "Ghostbusters" as well.


    Kevin
     
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  2. hankey01

    hankey01 Sr Member

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    I had that and about 2 cartridges..Lonesome Ghosts was one of them. I must have seen it thousands of times!!
     
  3. SSgt Burton

    SSgt Burton Sr Member

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    Yeah I think I may have had a couple of other cassettes.

    One thing I do remember is having a Six Million Dollar Man cassette (which included the title sequence and feats of Steve's strength), however looking online it turns out to be from a different movie player altogether. Unfortunately that player is long gone methinks. :(


    Kevin
     
  4. hankey01

    hankey01 Sr Member

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    I wish I could remember the other ones I had..this one stands out for sure. I know I saw actual video clips from this toy online.
     
  5. hankey01

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  6. The Dude

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    I remember a Star Wars one as well.
     
  7. hankey01

    hankey01 Sr Member

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    Surely not!!!! I would have never let that leave my side if I had a Star Wars cartridge!
     
  8. Dave Porter

    Dave Porter Sr Member

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    I remember that 'movie' - I can't remember how many times I watched it as a kid.
     
  9. Atlanthia

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    I read somewhere that the INCEPTION movie was taken from an old Scrooge McDuck comic story. They even posted the original comic pics, too!
    I guess there really are no original ideas left, after all..........
     
  10. hankey01

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    Of course the opening sequence of Raiders of the Lost Ark was ripped off of a Scrooge McDuck comic.
     
  11. Got Maul

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    Goofy actually says "I ain't afraid of no ghosts"
     
  12. badmojo

    badmojo Active Member

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    I still have mine! Loved that thing. I was always * that the supplied caasette was labeled Lonesome Ghosts but it was actually Mickey in Jack And The Beanstock.
     
  13. 0neiros

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    It's more that the Scrooge McDuck comics were so far ahead of their time it's unreal. My friend has 2 GN compilations and the stories are the kind that as a kid you enjoy on one level, but as an adult it's like "WHOA" at some of the stuff in there that only an adult mind would catch.
     
  14. James Kenobi 1138

    James Kenobi 1138 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    At the San Diego Comic-con they were selling these by the pound. My daughter was less then impressed with what I called a "1970s portable DVD player".

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    I had the Star Wars movie too as a kid.
     
  15. Abelugo

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    I had one of these with a pirate ship scene with Mickey and Goofy, and a lot of water splashing. What a great toy.
     
  16. neosporing

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    omg, these were the best! my friend had one with the star wars detention scene in it. I spent the better part of my summer with this glued to my face going frame by frame and backwards and forwards. I attribute this device to my getting a job editing for film and television.

    coincidentally, I was trying to figure out what this this was called a few days ago! thanks for the thread!

    to this day, i can't watch the new hope detention scene without flashing back to sitting by the kitchen window, cranking the viewer watching hand and chewie blow up the cameras.
     
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  17. robn1

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    I had the Lonesome Ghosts one, and several Star Wars ones. They were super 8 film. I opened up the Star Wars cassettes and spliced the clips together to run on my projector. Star Wars at home on the big screen, before big screens and even before we had a VCR. Silent of course.

    Now I wish I had the cassettes still intact, of well :unsure
     
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  18. Michael Bergeron

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  19. SSgt Burton

    SSgt Burton Sr Member

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    Thanks everyone! :thumbsup

    I found the "other" movie viewer; it was made by Kenner:


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    Aside from several "Star Wars" cassettes (with different clips from "Star Wars" 1977) and the "Six Million Dollar Man" one I mentioned, they also had a cassette with clips from Ridley Scott's ALIEN! :eek


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    Man I would LOVE to see what's on this clip! :eek



    By the way, don't put "Kenner Movie Viewer" into a google image search with the safe search off... well... at least not at work or around the wife/kids. ;) :lol


    Kevin
     
  20. Clerval

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    Had the SW and Disney ones as well. If I remember correctly, you could also get a device that the cartridges snapped into to play them on a small screen.
     
  21. Vaderman

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    Wow. I can remember wanting one of this really badly.

    Thankfully I am broke or my next typed words would be in eBay, trying to get one, now that you reminded me!
    :D

    There must be a way to hack the cartridges and add in your own film.
    I used to have a few Godzilla movies on 8mm or Super 8. Silent and very abbreviated versions of the films. I wonder what landfill they are in now? :(
     
  22. Michael Bergeron

    Michael Bergeron Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    You know. For kids! :lol
     
  23. SSgt Burton

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    Yeah it really kills me how many toys there actually were from this R rated horror film!

    Apparently the original 1979 ALIEN Kenner toy was pulled from the shelves because it frightened children!

    The movie viewer cassette probably contains clips like Kane at the dinner table, Brett meeting the Alien, and Ash trying suffocate Ripley (although some would call it "rape") with an adult magazine.

    Like you said... kid's stuff. :lol


    Kevin
     

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