Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

Trailer For Thundercats Movie That Will Never Be

Next year will see a CGI feature film remake of the Thundercats. I guess that I shouldn't be surprised as the 80s continue to be plumbed for the next big hit (and junk to put on T-shirts at Urban Outfitters). I guess that it beats coming up with original ideas...

For those of you who may not remember the original cartoon (and I must admit that I barely do), the Thundercats are He-Man type studly man-cats (or cat-men according to your preference) on the planet Thundera. The series mixed D&D style myth with sci-fi tropes, and of course a moral at the end of every episode. The animation was actually pretty good for TV, overseen by Rankin Bass. My favorite bit of output from the show is a spectacular set of filthy audio outtakes that can be found on the internet, and have no place on a nice website like Retro Thing.

Clearly someone couldn't wait for an official trailer, so this home made video will have to do for now. Don't dismiss this as just another fanboy effort though, this is amazingly (and alarmingly) clever. The trailer splices together  elements from many disparate movies, adds in some colorization and FX (in Photoshop, of all things!), and it all comes together in a perfectly credible trailer. It's a great technical achievement, but it also points out how interchangeable many contemporary movies' stories and characters are. With Hollywood suffering both a dearth of ideas and money these days, perhaps we're not too long from a new era of first-run recycled remixes like this one.  Sad, really...

"Homemade Hollywood" great book about fan films
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"Steam Trek" - fans make Star Trek as a silent movie


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